On this episode, Magdelina Wszelaki and I discuss her book Cooking for Hormone Balance. This book is much more than a cookbook, it provides many different recipes using the foods that support hormone health. Beyond that, the book presents the science behind why these foods do what they do.
As a young woman, Madelina didn't eat well and as a result, she began to suffer health consequences. These got progressively worse until she said enough is enough and started working on her food to get proper hormone balance.
Hormone balance starts with digestive health
She recommends we work on our digestive health first. Digestive imbalance can lead to internal stress that causes cortisol and adrenal issues, These hormones are the foundation for maintaining hormone balance. Problems with digestion can cause all kinds of hormone imbalances, including estrogen dominance and gallbladder problems.
Constipation is a problem that many of us suffer from. This is a red flag that our digestive health is off. You should be having a good bowel movement each day.
Magdelina presents an elimination style diet. She recommends you eliminate (her recipes are free of all of these items):
After you've allowed your digestive system to heal, you can reintroduce these foods one at a time to see how your body deals with each. This will allow you to identify your troubled foods.
Blood sugar levels
When Magdelina moved to the US ten years ago, she was shocked at the amount of sugar was in the foods. This is even the case for foods that are advertised as healthy. Excess sugar causes inflammation and can eventually cause insulin resistance. Our adrenals will step in to assist with balancing blood sugar levels. This further taxes them.
You should focus on having a savory breakfast with protein, fat, and fiber. Avoid sugar. You'll feel more grounded and clear in the head.
There are different elimination pathways in the liver. Each helps remove different things like viruses, parasites, toxin, heavy metal, or hormone. Supporting your liver, giving it the right nutrition, so it can bind with and remove hormones. Foods high in sulfur such as broccoli, cauliflower, bok choy, an arugula are very important to support liver health, leading to hormone balance.
It's about the Food
Her program is a systematic approach that uses good tasting, healthy foods to deal with your hormone issues. After you heal yourself in phase one of her program, she presents a phase two to help you maintain. She also includes specific protocols for specific issues. And then there are some really awesome recipes.