Thanks to much of what we hear in the media, healthy eating has earned a reputation for being a bit extreme, and a bit confusing. When you hear the word “healthy” in connection with food it’s hard to separate the fads and extreme diets from a more practical and sustainable approach.
My approach to eating for hormone health is simply this: MAXIMISING what does you good, MINIMISING what does you harm and PRIORITISING the choices that promote health and well-being.
My definition of healthy eating is simply to focus on natural, whole foods that are full of the nutrients that feed our cells and to avoid the foods that are nothing but empty calories and which disrupt hormones and cause inflammation.
The truth is, eating well is one of the key ways to ensure that your hormones are happy. And if your hormones are happy, you are happy. It doesn’t have to involve any of the above—it is simply about eating in a healthy, supportive manner, so you can give your body the full range of tools and building blocks it needs. To be honest eating well is simply about going back to a simpler, more holistic approach to food.
The following are four myths many people associate with any bid to make healthier choices. Understandably, these myths may get in the way of you making really positive choices for yourself, so it’s worth taking a closer look.
Myth # 1: Eating well means deprivation.
Eating for hormone health isn’t just about eating lettuce with a drizzle of olive oil. There are many delicious recipes that can be prepared using healthy ingredients that not only taste amazing, but nourish and detox your body as well.
The best part is, many of them don’t involve any fancy ingredients and can be prepared even by a cooking novice. In fact, participants in my Jumpstart Programmes always discover new foods and recipes that they absolutely love that have become staples in their diets long after the programme ends.
Myth #2: You’ll struggle to overcome cravings and hunger.
It is an unfortunate fact that the things that are the worst for us are the ones that are the most addictive. We know that this is the case when it comes to alcohol and recreational drugs, but it is also true of the foods that we tend to crave as well – including all those sugary and starchy foods that undermine our best efforts to look after ourselves.
Overcoming addiction is never easy, but the pay-off is so great the effort has to be worth it. The choice we have is to struggle with is this: suffer cravings indefinitely or tackle them head on and make them a thing of the past. If we decide on the latter course, we are back in control and able to choose foods that serve us (and not the companies that make them!)
The first three days in any change to our normal habits are the worst, but once you get through those, it’s pretty much plain sailing from then on. One of the great benefits for people who’ve mean on my programmes before is that they have been able to overcome their cravings, sometimes for the first time in their lives.
Myth #3: You need to do an all-liquid detox to remove toxins from your body.
Liquid-only detoxes have had more than their fair share of popularity. These types of detoxes can backfire: Not only do people often gain the weight back as soon as the detox ends, but such restrictive eating for several days can be detrimental to your hormonal health as it sets up a cascade of responses that impact our thyroid and overall metabolism. Much better to eat a variety of whole foods that provide your liver, kidneys and digestive tract with the raw material it needs to do the de-toxing work they were designed to do.
Aside from the benefits discussed above, focusing on natural, whole foods is an incredibly effective way to identify if you have any food sensitivities, balance your hormones, and establish healthy habits for the long term.
I’ve worked with participants of my programmes who not only have lost weight and kept it off, but who have also seen their energy level skyrocket, their skin clear up and even their allergies disappear.
Myth #4: Health programmes are just a way for people to make money out of expensive supplements.
To my mind, supplements involved in any protocol should be just that, a supplementary part of the programme, not the primary source of your nutrition. While on any of my programmes you will get all of your vitamins and minerals from whole-food sources.
Occasionally, and in specific circumstances depending on each individual, supplements may be recommended to help your body make the most of the nutrients it receives from these foods. For example, by including probiotics in your diet, you help your body produce vitamins, absorb minerals and remove toxins from the body.
Are you ready to discover for yourself the benefits of eating for hormone health?
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