Hormones can be managed naturally!

There are so many things that I learn about and add them into my daily routine and then I forget that everyone else doesn’t already know about them too so I wanted to share this amazing concept 🙂

Seed cycling! The idea is that RAW seeds, freshly ground, have so many amazing health benefits and if you use certain seeds at different times of your cycle, it will help to regulate your hormone levels.

The website that I learned about all of this from is http://www.dr-kristy.com/balancing-hormones-with-seed-clycling/

My daily routine includes a smoothie for either breakfast or lunch. I use a magic bullet for my smoothies. The smallest container that comes with it and the flat blade is our seed grinder. This keeps things simple for us. The regular blade is then washed and left out to dry so it is always ready to go when we are. My frozen berries are perfect for not adding sugars. These are approved for low FODMAP diet as well as almost every other book I have read on the subject of good things to not sabotage your day. You want to avoid sending your blood sugar levels on a rollercoaster so try to avoid banana, mango, pineapple, grapes and most other fruits when using

 a smoothie as a meal. If you want a sweet treat, you could add those fruits but be aware that they must be eaten in moderation. 

Also in this picture is whole flax seeds, whole raw pumpkin seeds, frozen strawberries, frozen blueberries, unsweetened coconut milk and my Shaklee Vitalizing protein. This is part of days 1-14. My seeds will change to sesame seeds and sunflower seeds for days 15-28.

I hope this information helps give you relief from your hormonal symptoms. It sure has helped me!

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Lettuce wraps

This is an obvious one but it has been such a huge help for myself and many other people who are trying to avoid eating wheat.

Lettuce is one of the dirty dozen foods so make sure you use Organic lettuce!

  • Bib, Romaine, Iceberg Lettuce are all good for this 🙂
  • You can use anything from chicken salad to chunks of meat or slices of lunch meat. Whatever is on sale that week!
  • Mustard
  • Sharp cheddar cheese(the harder the better) Less lactose will help you avoid a reaction

Lay the lettuce out and overlap several pieces then lay the cheese or meat out, add mustard or another seasoning then roll up and eat!

“bowtie” pasta

UPDATE! Aldi’s has pasta now too! Make sure you buy a brown rice and quinoa pasta. It is delicious and nutritious!

My kids LOVE this meal. They devour it! Our version of this recipe no longer can be “bowtie pasta” because they don’t make a gluten free “bowtie”….

  • gluten free pasta- TJ’s spiral pasta works well
  • 1 lb. ground sausage. We use Bowman and Landes turkey sausage
  • organic frozen chopped spinach
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • parmesan cheese

Brown and crumble the sausage in a pan. While that is cooking start a large pot of boiling water to cook pasta. Be sure to not overcook the pasta! Put the spinach in the microwave to heat up then drain the liquid off in colander. Add the spinach to the cooked sausage. Drain the pasta in the colander and add the butter to the hot pan then add the drained pasta. Then add the spinach and sausage. Serve with parmesan cheese grated over the top.

Shopping List Ideas

Now what!? Let’s eat!! Here are some must-have foods that I make sure to always have on hand. I will update this list as I think of things but NOTICE the only “gluten free” foods that I purchase are just a substitute to rice and quinoa products. We love our pasta noodles so definitely check out Trader Joe’s and Aldi’s for those! NOTE: this is a list for those who are looking to eliminate the 7 common food intolerances.

  • coconut oil
  • quinoa
  • organic black beans, navy beans, kidney beans for recipes
  • organic tomato sauce(read the labels! look for ones with no soybean oil)
  • roaster chicken(throw it in the oven in my dutch oven with salt, pepper and butter on 375 F, pick the chicken and then add water for broth) We can get two to three meals from this
  •  quinoa/rice pasta(spirals) from Aldi’s or Trader Joe’s- I have recently found other good pastas in grocery stores but these are still my go-to pastas
  • quinoa
  • organic lettuce-romaine for salads, iceburg for lettuce wraps
  • organic bell peppers
  • organic cucumbers
  • organic carrots
  • cashews for snacking and recipes
  • almond and/or cashew butter for recipes
  • oats! Lots and lots of oats. If you start out gluten free, make sure that you use gluten free oats to make sure you are getting all gluten out of your system. Later on if you find that you are able to tolerate them, you won’t have to be so selective if you need to watch your budget.
  • local ground turkey and ground turkey sausage in freezer section
  • organic spinach frozen to add to recipes
  • Find a local farm for meats. We have been getting our chicken and beef locally. Otherwise get Laura’s ground beef and other cuts depending on the price.
  • onions for recipes
  • protein for smoothies- look for soy free! We carry a yummy protein powder 🙂
  • frozen organic berries for smoothies
  • dates to use in snack bars

Copycat Clif Bars

15-17 pitted dates

1 cup almonds(use more oats if need to be nut free)

1 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup shredded coconut or chocolate chips

1/2-3/4 cup water

Preheat oven 325 F

Grind oats and almonds in food processor until crumbly

add dates and coconut(I would run dates in the food processor by themselves and add a little bit of the water to make a paste)

add all above ingredients adding water slowly to the food processor, pulse until batter forms

line with parchment paper with enough sticking up to pull the paper up

spread batter. press down mixture with a spatula

bake 20 minutes

cut bars and store in fridge