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Sexy Saturdays: How to Feel Good Naked: Change Your Diet

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Bloating. Zits. Decreased sex drive. If you’re a woman, and you’re aging up, we may have just described your average Tuesday night.

Alisa Vitti, a hormonal health expert and the author of WomanCode, a book about “supercharging your sex drive,” says it doesn’t have to be that way.

Alisa found herself suffering through the symptoms of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), and was able to heal herself through food and lifestyle changes. Relieved and reborn, she made it her mission to empower other women to be able to do the same.

Whether you are suffering from irregular periods, fertility issues, depression, or lack of sex drive, Alisa Vitti says that meds and anti-depressants aren’t the only solutions.

woman code“What’s normal is a sex drive that increases as you age,” she says. “You need to train the body to maximize the kinds of foods that provide us with micronutrients that help us produce optimal levels of hormones.”

I am not sure if I competely believe her, but I definitely agree in taking a holistic approach to your health and that includes your diet. I also know all to well the power of hormones (Hormones You Are Not My Friend: The Postpartum Return To Fertility). For most of my life I have only thought about food in terms of fat and calories, but now I have realized that there is so much more to it than that.  Your body is an extremely complex balance, and you need to eat foods that will support that balance.

When it comes to your diet a really easy way to judge what you are eating is to just open your fridge and look inside. As you look at the contents realize you are taking a look at what’s inside your body. Do you like what you see?

Ideally you should be looking for  rainbow of colours that comes from lots of fruits and vegetables and not the packaging of processed products.

While there are a million and one tips for eating healthier, today we are specifically looking at the endocrine system, so here are some of Alisa’s tips for keeping your hormones in balance and improving your sexual health.

AVOID

Soy: More specifically, soy protein isolate. It’s packed full of estrogen, which can very often exacerbate many hormonal symptoms. However, small quantities of fermented soy, such as miso paste, tofu and tempeh, are OK.

Cow’s Milk: It contains casein, a protein that can make it difficult for nutrients to get to the target glands of the endocrine system (a collection of glands that secrete hormones). This can make it difficult for proper hormonal function and elimination and can worsen symptoms such as acne. Concerned about calcium? Bok Choy and sesame seeds are good alternatives to dairy.

Wheat: Or the protein that gives wheat-based foods such as pizza their chewy texture: gluten. It has been shown to decrease fertility in some individuals by raising stress levels.

Alcohol: It causes dehydration, bloating and adds extra calories to your diet.  Also consuming moderate to large amounts can have an effect on your endocrine system which will mess with your hormones.

LOAD UP ON

Green juice: The antioxidant glutathione, present in raw fruit and vegetables, helps with egg quality, liver detoxification and to protect the ovaries. One juice a day is enough; just blend together some kale, cucumber, parsley, ginger, lemon and apple.

Eggs: Help the body make progesterone, the hormone that opposes estrogen and keeps you balanced in terms of your mood.

Avocado: The creamy green fruit is a great source of essential fatty acids. As hormones are stabilized in a lipid ring, EFA’s help keep them stable and functioning properly.

Spinach and Kale: The dark, leafy greens contain calcium and magnesium that help the body break down and eliminate estrogen, which in excess, is at the root of many hormonal symptoms.

While I do believe people are way to quick to jump on  bandwagons (i.e. gluten free etc.) the point of this article was just to get you to stop and think for a minute about what you are putting in your body. Looking and feeling healthy is sexy.  Treat your body right and it will return the favour.

Cheers!

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About Shannon

I am a university educated full-time working mother of four children. Proudly Canadian, I freeze my butt off along with my loving partner, two dogs and a cat. I hope you enjoy reading my posts as much as I love writing them, but if you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything at all.

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2 thoughts on “Sexy Saturdays: How to Feel Good Naked: Change Your Diet

  1. Great post, really helpful

    Posted by Expat Mammy | March 15, 2014, 12:47 pm

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