Holiday eating is not known for being overly healthy. As you gather with girlfriends this year, are you thinking about how to balance your hormone system?
Are you planning a holiday gathering with your girlfriends this year? I would like to suggest that you throw out all guilt and fear of holiday overindulgence and grab hold of the opportunity that a holiday party presents to nourish your fabulous female hormone system!
Start the night by welcoming, hugging, and laughing with your girls. Be aware of and thankful for all of the joy and pleasure they have brought to your life this past year. Tell funny stories and bask in the glow of your “feel good” hormones like the endorphins and oxytocin.
Set your table to delight and nourish your holiday guests. Keep the good feelings flowing with a delectable spread of hormone nourishing foods. Sweet potatoes, butternut squash, and rutabagas are healthy and delicious root vegetables that will help to balance your blood sugar with their slow-releasing carbs. Delight your palate with additions such as coconut oil, walnuts, and cinnamon. The healthy omega-3 fats in walnuts and plant-based saturated fats in coconut oil will provide your body with the building blocks for the female sex hormones. (Plus, eating a tablespoon or two a day of coconut oil has been shown to help with weight loss.) Cinnamon is a delicious blood sugar balancing bonus.
Winter greens are out in force at the farmer’s markets this time of year. Cook some up for yourself and your friends for added fiber for the good poops that help keep too much estrogen in check. Plus they taste fantastic when braised in olive oil (another healthy omega-3) and broth (homemade is full of bone building minerals) and toasted garlic or ginger (to prevent and fight off winter colds and flus) .
Finally for top billing at your holiday dinner party, find a local pasture-raised turkey that has had the opportunity to roam the farm and eat organic feed. Because it was allowed to snack on bugs all of its life, it will provide you and your girlfriends delicious protein and omega-3 fats. Healthy forms of protein stabilize your blood sugar and help provide the building blocks for hot mama muscles.
By the time you are toasting the New Year this season (with sparkling water for hydration, or a glass of champagne full of antioxidants), your female holiday hormones will be in full swing. If your New Year’s resolution is to truly feed your body and soul this year (instead of spending one more year obsessing about your weight and feeling guilty about everything), make healthy living a party!
JESSICA DRUMMOND, MPT, CHC of www.jessicadrummond.com is an expert in women’s health from a mind-body-spirit perspective that is based in practical experience and evidence-based practice. She was educated at UVA, Emory University, IIN, and Duke Integrative Medicine. She is the original women’s health coach. She is also a women’s health physical therapist. She writes, teaches, and lectures nationally on subjects relating to women’s health in the years after childbirth through menopause.