Bio-Individuality We are all individuals with one common denominator: We want to be healthy. Below you will find the basic guidelines for controlling your hormone balance with nutrition. Our nutritional choices either feed or starve disease in our bodies. Processed foods are full of hormones, chemicals and additives that only increase that imbalance. By following a nutrition program that is based off of clean whole foods will help you moderate your GI levels and gluten intake as well. It is important that you keep in mind that everyone's body reacts differently, you are an individual and some things might need to be modified for your specific balance. If you want to inquire about a specific meal plan for your bio-individuality contact me.
Why low Glycemic? The glycemic index (GI) is used to describe how a carbohydrate containing food will affect your blood sugar levels, the higher the level the larger the spike in your blood sugar levels. Foods with high GI are considered a "fast carb" meaning they are digested and absorbed quickly, this causes you to feel hungrier sooner than if you were to eat a "slow carb" that is digested and absorbed slower. Following a low GI meal plan you will help regulate your blood sugar levels and maintain positive portion control, which in turn will assist with weight loss and maintaing a healthy lifestyle!
Why Gluten Free? Gluten is a protein that acts like a glue that holds food together and maintain its shape. When we think of foods that contain gluten we automatically think of bread. However, gluten is lurking in a lot of processed foods such as pastas, cereals, crackers, cakes, candy, soups and sauces, ketchup, processed meats, fake meat (tofu meats), soy sauce... the list goes on and on. I preach gluten free to help you eliminate processed foods all together. There are a lot of "gluten free" foods on the market today that are loaded with tons of other chemicals and nightmares. There are signs that you can look for to see if you have a gluten intolerance (1) :
* Bloating, constipation and diarrhea * PCOS or unexplained fertility * Mood disorders such as depression, anxiety and PMS * Diagnosis of an autoimmune diseases like Hashimotos thyroiditis
Personally, since eliminating gluten from my diet I have experienced an increase in my energy and a decrease in bloating!
Dairy? I recommend little to no dairy. Every individual is different and we have to find what works best for us. Because of my diagnosis of PCOS I stay away from dairy. The argument of no dairy for woman suffering from PCOS is that dairy contains IGF-1, which is a hormone stimulant...and the whole goal of combatting PCOS is balancing our hormones. So, ingesting a hormone stimulant should be on the bottom of your list. I used the elimination diet to test my own tolerance for dairy. I cut ALL dairy for 90 days, totally flushing my system and then tested different types of dairy to see how they affected me. After 90 days without a "toxin" your body WILL TELL YOU when you are eating something that does not agree with it, I promise. The results were not pretty -The ONLY type of dairy that does not make me feel bloated and septic (for days) is Kerrygold cheese (not promoting them, just preaching my truth). That brand is a grassfed clean dairy. I still eat it in moderation! My recommendation to each of you is to completely cut it out - for 90 days, I promise you will survive. After 90 days you can introduce different dairy products back into your diet to see how your body reacts. It is important that you make informed, educated and tested decisions about your health.
Just Say NO to Soy! This is a controversial topic and highly debated topic in most health circles. From my own research and experiments with soy in my diet with PCOS, I HIGHLY recommend that you avoid soy and soy based products. I can write about my issues with Soy for days, but I will keep it simple here and promise to blog about it soon. My biggest concern with soy is that 94% of soy grown in the United States is GENETICALLY MODIFIED (GMO) (2). When something is genetically modified it is essentially a chemical "crap" storm. To find that balance in our hormones we need to stay away from chemicals and toxins. Here is a great article/video that covers soy and its perception as a health food. Its dated 2010 so the amount of GMO soy has grown since then!