One way to safely and naturally boost and balance our hormone levels is through a healthy diet. I never fully understood this concept until this past January.
I signed up for a 30-day challenge that included a meal plan and workout plan. I wanted to drop a few pounds before a having major surgery in February. I became hesitant when I read the first week’s plan because it was mostly a liquid detox for the first three days that required me to drink at least a gallon of water every day…on top of drinking 3-4 smoothies and dandelion tea twice a day.
Everyone who knows me knows that I have the world’s smallest bladder. Seriously, I get up one to two times every single night to use the restroom so the thought of drinking so much water made me nervous. I started this challenge as a skeptic.
By the third or fourth day of following everything to the “T”, I found that I was not using the restroom as much as before and I was sleeping the entire night without getting up.
If you’ve gone through menopause, you know that sleeping is an issue. This tediously put together meal plan was designed with foods to provide the body with protein, build metabolism, and balance hormone levels. It challenged me to try foods I otherwise would never have put into my mouth. And, I loved them!
While I am no longer doing a 30 day challenge, I am still incorporating many of the food varieties into my meals.
This post isn’t about that meal plan though…it’s about how our diets can help support our hormone levels. So, meet one of my new favorites—Flaxseeds.
Flaxseeds are considered a super food, but I consider them to be a SUPER DUPER food because they contain phytoestrogens. In fact, they provide one of the richest sources of estrogen. As we women age, our estrogen levels decrease. Estrogen is a vital function of the pituitary gland, which pretty much controls all things hormone.
Flaxseeds also provide other health benefits such as lowering cholesterol, and providing omega-3 fatty acids. You can easily incorporate them into your diet by sprinkling them on a salad, as a topping to yogurt, or adding them to smoothies.
One of my favorite recipes for using flaxseeds is by incorporating them into my already awesome granola recipe. I have been making this granola for a several years so I just incorporated the flaxseeds into it to make an even more healthy snack.
In large bowl combine:
4 cups old fashioned oatmeal (not instant); 2 cups sliced or whole almonds; and 2 cups flaxseeds. Mix together.
In a separate microwave safe bowl combine:
¼ cup raw honey; ¼ cup pure maple syrup; and ½ cup coconut oil. Stir and heat in microwave for 45 seconds to 1 minute.
Remove liquid from microwave and add the following:
- 4 tsp vanilla
- 2 drops Cinnamon Vitality Oil (supports a healthy immune system)
- 2 drops Nutmeg Vitality Oil (supports endocrine system)
- 2 drops Clove Vitality Oil (most concentrated antioxidant known to man)
Stir and pour liquid mixture over dry ingredients and mix until coated. Pour onto 2 greased cookie sheets.
Bake at 275 for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. For the last 15 minutes, I add dry berries of choice (raisins, cherries, cranberries) & shaved coconut (not grated).
Let cool then store in airtight container. The granola will keep fresh in container for several weeks.
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Live healthy, my friend, and remember that age is just a number.