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Eating According to Your Hormones: A New Idea for Weight Loss?

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A new, well-researched book comes forward with a theory that eating according to your hormones is an unexplored avenue for weight loss and maybe even reducing anxiety. Let’s find out why.

Have you been feeling exhausted, drained, and fatigued? Have you been retaining water since forever? Are you having problems losing weight? Then maybe you should try eating according to your hormones, says Magdalena Wszelaki, who recently published this cookbook called [amazon_textlink asin='0062643134' text='‘Cooking for Hormone Balance’' template='ProductLink' store='xdeli-20' marketplace='US' link_id='f6fe5c16-5458-11e8-a5ae-6bcc65e396a1']. It features 125 recipes that have one purpose: to promote healthy hormone levels.

Wszelaki starts from common knowledge: the fact that a good, balanced diet is an integral part of our well-being: physical, psychological, and it related to sleep patterns and energy levels. She was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease in 2008, an autoimmune disease (where her immune system attacks her thyroid) the most common cause of hypothyroidism in the United States. Inflammation caused by the disease often leads to an underactive thyroid gland. Wszelaki also suffered from bad acne for a large part of her life.

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Has anyone tried the Cheesy Delight dressing from the cookbook? The nutritional yeast (rich in vitamin Bs- key in liver detox) and miso (fabulous probiotics) make it taste like cheese, but without any dairy. A wonderful spread on top of any boring steamed vegetables. Today’s PFF (Protein Fat Fiber) breakfast was steamed broccoli with Cheesy Delight dressing, sauerkraut and a porkchop. A bit more meat than usual but I craved it today. What was your breakfast like? Have you tried PFF kind of breakfast? Many recipes in my cookbook.#PFFBreakfast #SavoryBreakfast #Probiotics #Msl #NutritionalYeast #FermentedFoods #CulturedFoods #HormoneBalance #HormonesBalance #CookingForHormoneBalance #MeCare

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An idea born of personal struggles

The author decided to research her condition as thoroughly as possible and find practical solutions for her well-being. The first step was removing ‘inflammatory’ foods such as dairy, soy, and gluten from her diet, which she claims cleared her skin after just a few weeks. Six months later, her Hashimoto’s symptoms also improved, according to her.

Wszelaki talked to The Independent newspaper about her book. “People say ‘you are what you eat’, but the truth is that you are what you can absorb,” she said. What she means is that when the lining of the small intestine is inflamed, it cannot properly absorb nutrients anymore. And there are seven food groups that scientists consider ‘inflammatory’: gluten, dairy, eggs, soy, corn, peanuts, and nightshade vegetables (potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, and aubergine). If you overdo it with these items, you might have trouble absorbing nutrients. Even if most of these foods are considered to be pretty healthy.

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Grain-free Pizzas** This crust has no grains, nuts, yeast, eggs, or tomatoes...yet it is still delicious! The pizza base is a fantastic herbal pesto and the toppings (pizza on left) include crispy bacon, artichokes, Kalamata olives, leeks, and fresh basil. Pizza on right includes medicinal mushrooms for immunity 😀 These recipes are part of the pre-order BONUSES for my new cookbook Click on the link in bio to learn more http://cookingforhormonebalance.com/ **NOTE - to claim bonuses... 1. Order book from your fav retailer using this link: http://cookingforhormonebalance.com/ 2. Write down receipt and go back to the same order page 3. Complete the "claim your bonuses" section 4. We will email you the bonuses 😀

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Eating according to your hormones and inflammation

Wszelaki sees a clear connection between eating according to your hormones and inflammation. For one, the latter makes your hormone levels fluctuate because the state doesn’t leave your body too receptive to your usual hormone suspects.

Of course, your body parameters matter a lot in this instance. It depends on what kind of hormones you’re high and low on. Wszelaki exemplifies that by talking about estrogen. A high estrogen level could lead to hair loss, facial hair, water retention, and cellulite. While someone with low estrogen levels could have troubles with fatigue.

Or another example. You know about cortisol, also known as the stress hormone. Well, a high level of that in your system can make you gain weight. But you don’t want too little of it, because that has consequences like poor sleep, depression, and anxiety.

What are the solutions?

It’s all about trying and testing all of those foods, Wszelaki recommends. Because all bodies are different, you might be affected by different combos of those foods. First, you would have to eliminate them all from your diet and reintroduce them, one by one, to see which one or ones affect you the most. Keep a journal of that.

Wszelaki just wants to make sure everybody knows that eating according to your hormones is not an actual diet. It’s just a set of recipes that help you include foods that help with inflammation in your meal plan. The best ones? Citrus fruits, salmon, walnuts, butter, cruciferous vegetables, coconut oil, and berries.

I’m a pop culture nerd who thinks too much about fried bacon, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and life, the Universe and everything. I love food and sometimes you can see that on my hips, but I don't care that much about that.
What I do care more about is trying to eat healthier, even though I admit that I like to indulge in my food fantasies. I’m addicted to puns, so forgive me for that when you read my articles. I now know too much about nutrition to be fun to hang out with. So long and thanks for all the fish-based omega-3 fatty acids.

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