In this blog post, I’m going to share with you the power of food and lifestyle changes in helping to balance your hormones. Because I know you’re sick of feeling fat and bloated, and none of your clothes fitting you anymore. That you’re worried your marriage can’t take another of your emotional outbursts and you just feel so tired all the time…
And 5 years ago, I was just like you!
I was exhausted, stressed, grumpy and fat. I was falling asleep on the sofa every night, arguing with my partner over nothing and snapping at the kids. I felt 10 years older than I was and appeared to have lost the ability to focus and concentrate (do you ever have that feeling?). The pounds were creeping on and I swung from being on whatever diet was the latest fad at the time to eating my own body weight in crisps and chocolate. I felt completely overwhelmed and out of control of my body and emotions. Perhaps you feel this way too?
I knew something wasn’t right and had been to numerous GP appointments, had all the blood tests and was told that everything was fine and it was normal for a mum with a young family and a stressful job. Whatever normal means!
I had a bit of a eureka moment when I was reading a magazine one day and there was an article on how to balance your hormones naturally and some dietary recommendations. It was as if they were describing me! I started to eat better and take more care of myself and it literally changed my life. My relationships improved, I fit in my clothes, I didn’t feel like a crazy lady anymore and I could concentrate and remember things again.
If you’re anything like me, you feel stuck and fed-up and want to stop feeling so miserable too. So, here’s my insight into the changes you can make to manage your hormonal symptoms naturally and sail through the perimenopause.
- Balance your blood sugars. This is basic stuff but you need to make sure that you are fuelling your body regularly and with the right types of foods. Cutting out the processed foods, sugary snacks and white carbohydrates and replacing with whole foods, plenty of vegetables, wholegrains and good quality protein.
- Healthy fats. The message is finally filtering through that fats are good for you as long as you eat the right types. They help to balance your hormones, calm your nervous system, balance moods, increase focus and concentration and kick-start fat burning. During the perimenopause, fats such as flaxseeds, almonds, walnuts, oily fish, avocado and coconut oil are essential to help you support your body through the changes and reduce symptoms.
- Nourish your body. Essential nutrients such as magnesium, selenium, B6 and zinc all support hormone production and how they are used the body. Optimise levels by eating foods in as natural a state as possible and focusing on plant based foods such as nuts and seeds, pulses and a rainbow of different coloured fruit and vegetables (to ensure you are getting the right balance of vitamins and minerals).
- Self-care. Late nights, working long hours and not taking time to relax and recharge all affect your hormonal balance and make you stressed. When you are stressed, your body produces the hormone cortisol in excess and ths blocks production of hormones such as oestrogen and thyroid and depletes your body of essential nutrients such as vitamin C and magnesium. Making sure you go to sleep at a decent hour and aim to get between 7-9 hours a night and be in bed by 11pm as that is when your body starts to regulate certain hormones that control your stress levels, mood and appetite. Take time to relax even if it is only a short walk or yoga session, relaxing bath or time reading a book to help reduce stress hormones and balance your hormones naturally.
I know you’re going to feel energised and calmer by implementing these tips. However if you want to discuss how you’re feeling, whether it’s possible for you to get it under control and how I can support you in making these changes, book a Heal Your Hormones Strategy call here.