I came across one article in the magazine that was talking about how you can balance your hormones in the body with a diet approach. I was always interested in that as our hormone system is so complex with all those different hormones is like an orchestra with different instruments. If one instrument is out of sync, you can feel and hear it right away. It is exactly the same with our hormones. I always questioned not only how to balance the hormone system, but how I can sustain that balance. Reading this book it turned out that it is all possible with proper diet and nutrition.
“The Supercharged Hormone Diet” is written by a Naturopathic Doctor Natasha Turner. She laid out a 30-day plan that you can personalize for your case and see which types of food your body “doesn’t like” by having a certain reaction. Especially if you want to lose weight, this book will help you a lot. In the beginning she gives a great overview of major hormones, what causes dis-balance and what body part is pointing to this dis-balance (in terms of body fat storage). There is a questionnaire to personalize this system to fit your goal and a pyramid approach to target the hormones (or areas of your body) you need to work on.
I found it very useful a healthy shopping list tips and her product recommendations including brands and product names so that you can have a balanced diet during the program. It will save you a lot of time in the grocery store if you are the type of person who is reading all ingredients on the packaging. I know I am this type of person and sometimes it takes some extra time to shop for the food I want.
There is another section in the book where Dr. Turner explains supplement options, dosage, and use for every hormone in her chart. You should consider the ones that you feel suits your symptoms.
The last and probably my favourite section of this book is … recipes! Yes, she suggests a number of recipes you can make for breakfast, snacking time, lunch and dinner that you can cook during this program. They are simple, but very delicious, and most important they improve your health, not taxing it.
I already implemented some of her tips into my daily menu. One of them is that proteins-to-carb ratio in your meal should be 1:1, meaning if you have 28g of protein for dinner ,you should have 28g of carbs or less (NOT more) as well. The same rule applies for snacking (I love my apple with raw almond butter ). It is a very practical book and a great read to educate yourself what proper nutrition can do for your body and discover if you have any food sensitivities. After all “We are what we eat”, so eat wisely.
You can also visit www.thehormonediet.com for more info on events, news, and tips.
About Natasha Turner, ND
Dr. Natasha Turner is a leading naturopathic doctor with a special focus on hormonal and digestive concerns. She is the founder of Clear Medicine, and Canadian-based wellness boutique that provides integrated health care. As a speaker and educator, Dr. Turner lectures across Canada and appears frequently in the media. Her first book, The Hormone Diet, became #1 national bestseller within a week of its release. Her past consulting positions have contributed to the creation of two commercial weight-loss programs, which have helped to transform many lives.