Lois Garton has been a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for over 25 years. She explains why nutrition is key to maintaining hormone balance as you age.
If the body is well balanced going into menopause, any problems encountered are going to be minimized. The hormonal changes are going to be easier for the body to manage. If you have a body that has been out of balance for 20 or 30 years, that will contribute to having more of a problem when the hormones begin to change.
In Chinese medicine, the Kidney energy is the mother of all energy. This energy naturally depletes as we age; our hair turns grey and our skin ages. How do you keep the Kidney energy strong? First, don't expend your energy carelessly, and second, eat well to keep your energy replenished.
In TCM theory it is the Spleen that works to provide the nutritive energy necessary to buoy up the Kidney energy. Interestingly, in TCM, the Spleen is not only involved in good digestion and absorption of nutritive energy but also in maintaining a balanced hormonal system. So you really do have to eat well and regularly!
I see women in their 50’s who have been pushing themselves every day and following poor dietary habits. When they hit menopause, the wheels fall off. These are the women who are likely to have more severe menopausal symptoms.
Get yourself balanced in your 30’s and 40’s so that at menopause, if you have problems, they will be less severe and easier to address.
Proper nourishment is a good starting point when it comes to keeping the hormones balanced. Hormonal transitions such as menopause can be supported by a nutrient dense diet consisting of whole foods. Include quality protein sources, antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables, and hormone-balancing dietary fats in your daily nutrition.
Eating food high in nutrients will keep your body functioning optimally and give you a better chance at managing your hormonal changes.
Check out last week's blog on Healthy Fats.
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Eat well - Stay active - Live happy and enjoy a healthy body for life!
This is a touchy subject among women. As women, we are often encouraged to follow a diet low in fat. But fats are an important part of a healthy diet and help our body function properly.
Here are some of the benefits.
Some healthy sources of fat are avocados, nuts and seeds and their butters, olive oil, flax seed oil, coconut oil, and fish oil.
Make it a habit to carry healthy snacks with you that are a good source of fat such as nuts and seeds with fruit.
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Here is a great breakfast, lunch or snack idea.
Avocado & Egg Toast
1 piece of bread
1 tsp coconut oil
1 egg, fried
1 dash salt & pepper
1. Toast slice of bread.
2. Smash avocado and spread on bread.
3. Fry egg in coconut oil and place on top with dash of salt & pepper. Enjoy!
"To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe."
I have a sign on my home office door that reads:
What am I going to do today that will take me one step closer to my dreams!
Let's take one step today and every day to help get us closer to accomplishing our goals and dreams!
I hear this all the time..."I don't like the taste of water!" We all know that we should stay hydrated for good health. And that a good general rule of thumb is to drink 8 glasses of water a day. So what to do if you still say you don't like the taste?
Here is a simple, refreshing, and great tasting way to add flavour - not calories - to your water with no added colours, preservatives, or artificial flavours.
Refreshing Lemon Mint Water
- 2 litres of water (2 quarts) and ice
- add the juice of one lemon
- 2 thinly sliced lemons
- a few sprigs of fresh mint
Keep in the fridge and enjoy!
We can almost pretend it's already summer while drinking this refreshing drink :)
There are many different ways to use fruit, vegetables, and herbs to infuse flavour into your water. Experiment with berries, cucumber slices, and much more.
At the beginning of every year I give myself a quote, to help me stay motivated and focused on my goals. This year my quote is...
"There is no GROWTH in the COMFORT ZONE -
there is NO COMFORT in the GROWTH ZONE!"
I use this quote whether it's for a physical fitness goal, personal goal, business goal.
Sometimes we get stuck in the familiar, the comfortable, the seemingly easy.
Do we step out of our comfort zone? Do we progress? Do we meet our goals?
Here's wishing you a HAPPY MONDAY. Let's all take stock today of where we are with our goals and strive to get to the next level.
Remember, if you're comfortable, you're not growing.
Let's keep GROWING!!! Let's keep pushing the limits!!! And remember to SMILE 😀