How Food Affects Your Hormones

I like a challenge.

Many days, I kick myself for choosing this path in life, however I just can’t get away from it. I tend to go after things that are unusual, tricky and make me go “I wanna figure THAT out!”

Estrogen is one of the reasons why I have chosen to focus my entire career on women. It is a constantly challenging topic! Estrogen makes us particularly unique, and our lifestyle needs very different from our male counterparts.

You have your very own blueprint for how your hormones are programmed. First, there is what your hormones are supposed to be like; then, there is what your hormones levels actually look like.

Caffeine, sugar, alcohol, dairy and refined carbohydrates all affect your hormone levels. Other things like stress, workouts and the quality of your sleep add to the equation.

One of the very best things you can do to begin eating in support of your own natural hormone levels is to eat every 3 to 4 hours and be sure that each meal and snack has an intelligent combination of protein, fats and carbohydrates.

A general sweet spot for most people is to get 40 of your meal of snack from carbohydrates, 30% of your meal from protein and 30% from fat.

 I am always preparing for my next meal by asking myself: “What is going to be my protein?”

First I choose what protein I’m going to eat. Let’s say it’s turkey breast. (Nothing new there).

Next is to determine what carbohydrate you’ll pair with the protein. Today I had a gluten free tortilla (probably won’t do that again! Yuck).

Last is to add in just a bit of fat. I don’t eat mayo or avocados (I know, I know) so instead I had a very small handful of pecans. (Smile)

If you combine the three macronutrients Protein, Fat and Carbs at each meal and snack, and eat every 3-4 hours, you’ll be one big step closer to happier hormones!

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And lastly,

Today’s #Strengthspo

“Change can be hard, but it isn’t impossible. You are capable of accomplishing whatever you set your mind to.”

Stay strong, friend. 

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