Can Clean Eating Help Restore Hormonal Balance?
So, during a regular appointment earlier this week, my doctor confirmed what I’ve suspected for the past couple of months: My hormones are completely out of whack.
Ever dealt with a hormonal imbalance? It’s pretty stressful. Not only can it cause weight problems and wreak havoc on your skin , but a hormonal imbalance sometimes brings mental health symptoms like depression, anxiety, and disorientation.
Fortunately, my problem is fairly straightforward. We know what caused it (both starting and stopping birth control pills combined with my age) and we’re pretty sure my body can fix itself without involving drugs.
Only time will tell, of course, but basically I need to pay closer attention to my food and beverage intake, make sure I keep up with my exercise, and get more sleep.
More exercise and sleep? Agreed. Toward the end of fall and beginning of winter, I always fall off the exercise wagon for a little bit (well, it’s more like the wagon’s dragging me; I haven’t completely let go) and, for some reason, my sleep routine has been total crap for the past few weeks.
I wasn’t sure how to pay closer attention to what I eat and drink, though. Sure, I have the occasional greasy pizza and I could probably stand to cut back on eating out, but I feel my diet’s pretty good overall.
“Do some research on clean eating,” the doctor suggested. “You don’t have to go all out, but get some ideas.”
So, I did, and for the past two days I’ve been trying to eat as “clean” as possible.
Hence the picture above of my breakfast this morning: Plain, non-fat Greek yogurt with blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries. I eat fruit- and honey-flavored Greek yogurt all the time, but according to my research, adding fresh fruit to plain non-fat Greek yogurt is “cleaner.”
I’ll share with you what I’ve learned about clean eating during my research, but for now…
…do any of you practice clean eating? If so, why, and what’s your experience been like?
Sparks, A. (2012). Can Clean Eating Help Restore Hormonal Balance?. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 23, 2015, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/your-mind/2012/11/can-clean-eating-help-restore-hormonal-balance/