Carbohydrates are super important when it comes to women’s hormones – but it’s all about how we eat them (HINT: with a good source of protein!).
Don’t get us wrong, we believe that healthy fats are incredibly important for women’s hormones and our health in general. But we’ve noticed that our fixation with eating healthy fats doesn’t leave much room for the consumption of good quality carbs and protein, which are just as - if not more important!
Carbohydrates are our body’s main source of fuel. They calm the nervous system, provide us with energy, and as women, we actually require an adequate amount of carbs to ovulate and sustain a healthy period.
Consuming protein and carbs together helps to balance our blood sugar levels, providing us with sustained energy levels and a supported stress response.
Signs you might need to increase your carbohydrates
🌟Feeling anxious, stressed or burnt out
🌵Amenorrhea (missing your period)
🌵Feeling impulsive when it comes to food with a tendency to binge
It’s all about consuming the right kind of carbohydrates from wholefoods, and pairing it with a good source of protein. When we restrict our intake of carbs, we’re more likely to binge on sugar or just consume more food in general – because we’re not giving our body what it’s asking for!
Sources of carbohydrates:
- Starch – potato, kumara, pumpkin, carrot
- Rice, oats, millet, buckwheat
- Fruit – banana, blueberries, raspberries
Carbohydrate & protein snack ideas:
- Greek yoghurt with raspberries
- Carrot/apple with cheese
We’re not into demonising food groups, but we want to bring your awareness to the food you're eating - and we encourage you to question if it’s actually serving you. We often over complicate our nutrition, which is why we’ve been talking more about getting back to basics with our food and simplifying how we eat.
Nutrition is the foundation for hormonal health and our overall well-being! Eat to nourish your hormones - this topic is a big clue into a special offering we will be bringing to you soon.
If you’re struggling with what to eat and you’d like some extra support or guidance with your nutrition, we would love to hear from you!