Hormones & Your Hunger
Did you know what you eat can affect your hormones?
Balancing hormones is complicated. But you have to start somewhere one of the many ways to balance your hormones is to eat foods that help keeps the body in balance.
Balance Blood Sugar
Bad eating habits and stress can cause our blood sugar to swing up and down throughout the day. When our blood sugar drops, we can experience anger, fatigue, weakness and depression. Normally, we then receive a signal to do something such as a sugar craving or a desire for a coffee or alcohol. If we respond to the craving, and consume something, this will bring our blood sugar back up. Caffeine, sugar and alcohol all cause the blood sugar to swing up high. This causes a high insulin release. And too much insulin can affect other hormones.
If we do not respond to the craving, then our adrenals send a signal to tell the liver to release stored glucose and bring up blood sugar. Blood sugar swings high and again, large amounts of insulin are released.
To keep blood sugar stable it is important to eat small meals throughout the day with fiber and/or protein. Blood sugar stabilizing foods such as Jerusalem artichokes, cinnamon and legumes can be very helpful. Complex carbohydrates are also good to help manage post meal blood sugar spikes as they are higher in fibre and digest more slowly. Oatmeal, brown rice, quinoa, potatoes, beans, peas and lentils are examples of complex carbohydrates. Adding a good fat to a meal also helps keep your blood sugar stable and are excellent for hormone health. Examples are good quality olive and coconut oil, avocado, nuts and seeds.
Lowering stress also helps keep blood sugar stable.
When we are stressed, the adrenals work overtime to protect us from what they consider physical stress (even though we are not really in danger). This is our fight or flight response. It causes the adrenals to produce higher levels of adrenaline and cortisol.
Because we can only produce adrenaline for a few seconds, our fight or flight response is dependent on excess cortisol, and this is where the havoc begins. Excess cortisol has been linked to depression, blood sugar problems, reproductive issues, anxiety and weight gain around the middle.
To balance your blood sugar it is key to include a source of protein, good quality fat and complex carbohydrates as well as stress reduction as this will go a long way to balance your hormones.
A story about one of my client…
One of my clients came to see me as she suffered from intense sugar cravings as well as mood swings, PMS and poor concentration. She was under a lot of stress to the point she had difficulty making the simplest decision. She has been following the hormone program for 2 months and has seen vast improvements. The biggest changes were her sugar cravings have reduced and she has reported that she does have a sense of calm and her focus has improved.
Here’s the good news…
And it does not involve buying expensive supplements or doing complicated exercise routines
It involves something you really like to do – eating.
l have developed a complete hormone balancing program that allows you to eat your way to re-balancing your hormones.
The Healthy Hormones 8 Week Program will help you re- balance your hormones, using the foods that the systems in your body need to function properly. Click here for more details
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