Hormone Health Diary: Part 2, Food

It's three weeks into 2018 and I have some updates! I can't say it's been an easy three weeks, but it's been new and different. I've been sick twice, which has put a hiccup in things, but I've also set goals, laughed with friends, and enjoyed time with my husband.

Because my adrenals are so fatigued, I've cut out dairy, gluten, caffeine, added sugar, and alcohol from my diet. For people who know me, they know I love cheese and pasta. So, it's been more than a little difficult to not have those things. Fortunately, I've been powering through and I've been able to find new meals that I've been loving. My diet mostly consists of tons of vegetables and lean proteins (salmon, chicken, ground turkey), but I've decided to let myself have one piece of chocolate each night. Deprivation is never a smart move when trying to make significant changes, so chocolate is my way of tricking my brain into not feeling deprived. 

Here's a peak into what I eat in an average day...

Breakfast: Mint Tea with a Smoothie (1 scoop plant-based vanilla protein powder, 1 scoop of greens powder or spirulina, 2 tablespoons of almond butter, 1/2 a frozen banana, 2 teaspoons of cinnamon, 1 teaspoon of maca powder)
Lunch: 4 ounces of salmon with roasted kale, broccoli, and chickpeas
Snack: Chocolate Chip Rx Bar
Dinner: 4 ounces of cilantro lime chicken topped with avocado and served with coconut roasted broccoli
Dessert: 1 piece of chocolate and herbal tea
Snack: 1 scoop of plant-based protein and almond milk or coconut milk

I'm also taking some additional supplements and vitamins...

1. Isotonix Multivitamin with Iron  (I like this one because it's a powder you mix with water, so I don't have to swallow another huge pill. It's plant-based, it digests really well, and you don't have to take it with food like most other multivitamins.)
2. Twinlab Stress B-Complex  (This B-complex has sufficient levels of ALL of the B vitamins.)
3. Gaia Herbs Vitex Berry (Helps with hormone production and keeping hormones in balance.)
4. Gaia Herbs Adrenal Health Jumpstart (This has Rhaponticum and Cordyceps, which support the body's ability to manage fatigue. Rhodiola has the unique ability to help optimize energy levels while also promoting a healthy mood.)
5. Emerita Pro-Gest Cream (A bio-identical progesterone cream to get rid of estrogen dominance.)

From what I have learned, the key to balancing your hormones is putting as many natural products as you can into your bodies. I am focusing on hormone-free/antibiotic free meat, organic, high-fiber fruits and vegetables, healthy fats, and getting creative with herbs and spices. Going gluten and dairy free helps the body reduce inflammation and irritation, which reduces cortisol demand. This helps with weight loss and detoxification.

Now, this may seem like a lot, but in my mind, it's totally worth it. So far, I haven't seen a ton of changes because this isn't a sprint, but I have noticed that I haven't been bloated in three weeks. To me, that's a huge win! I still have sugar cravings occasionally, but I've been able to combat those pretty well. I know this won't be difficult forever and eventually I can add gluten and dairy back in, but for now, this is what will make me healthy again and THAT IS WORTH IT!

Comment below with any questions or if you want to see more food diaries! Thanks for stopping by. :) 

Beck