The holidays can be a stressful time, and full of temptations. Chocolate Easter eggs anyone? While, a bit of creative stress is great as you prepare to share your home and table with friends and family, it’s still wise to keep a basic hormone care routine in place. Here is what to look out for.
Excessive stress levels: Running around non-stop to do the shopping and prep the meals without taking a break can boost your cortisol levels to an all-time high. If you find yourself feeling exhausted, agitated and snapping at everyone, unable to even think straight, your adrenal glands have reached optimum capacity.
Solution: Make a list of everything you need from your supermarket and plan to go at a time you think there won’t be so many people. Also, have a good breakfast like oats or quinoa porridge to keep your blood-sugar levels intact and don’t rely on caffeine as a stimulant to get you through. Take small breaks often throughout the day and have a healthy snack for energy like fruit or some raw vegetables with a hummus dip. Remember to take deep belly breathes throughout the day and focus on your feet touching the earth, it will keep you calm and grounded.
Too much sugar: Easter is definitely synonymous with chocolate, but as we know sugar can impact our hormone levels negatively especially for some of us who have PCOS – sugar feeds this condition. Blood-sugar spikes from too much chocolate can cause our bodies fat cells to excrete more estrogen, and as a result cause PMS, cramps, acne and can disrupt ovulation. Be also mindful of simple carbs, which you will find during this time mostly in white bread and flaounes.
Solution: While having a few pieces of chocolate or a few pieces of flaouna on Easter Sunday really won’t be so detrimental to hormone balance, prefer to indulge after lunch and even make an effort to go for a short walk or keep moving to burn the energy before it impacts you. Keep your healthy breakfast going throughout the holiday season and prefer not to replace it with flaounes but leave themfor later in the day as a snack. Also keep wine consumption to a minimum to protect your liver and once again estrogen dominance.
Red meat: As you come out of the fasting period and get back into eating meat and other animal proteins, prefer to leave out red meat as estrogen overload is likely.
Solution: Fill your plate with more green salads and vegetables and keep your meat consumption to a minimum. Also take some time to reflect on how you felt during this fasting period to see if this more plant-based meal plan may actually suit your body better and stick to it long-term.