What should I eat to achieve the hormonal balance? Is it enough to practice hormonal yoga or do I have to change my diet too?
I have tried many different diets and healthy lifestyles such as macrobiotics, veganism or raw food. I need to feel the effects on my body, my energy level, my digestion etc. I have to evaluate how my own body reacts on the specific diet. I have become a vegetarian when I was 14 years old. Firstly as many other kids I just didn't like the meat anymore. Later it was more about the moral, ethical or ecological issues. But I didn't change my diet nor lifestyle. I only stopped to eat meat. This led to a consumption of junkie food and sweets and gaining weight.
Please don't follow me in here. When you are willing to change your eating style, do it gradually and with common sense. There is no "must". It's always individual because we are all different. There is always your own way, what feels the best for you. You can try and experiment as I did to find the right diet for your own body. It's not easy because our mind wants to have pleasure and food is pleasure quite often, right?
Nowadays I have a big inspiration in my teacher and the creator of Hormone Yoga Therapy technique, Dinah Rodrigues. Dinah is now 90 years old, still teaching her yoga therapy method worldwide. She is in great shape and health condition and she is not a vegetarian. She says that you can eat meat with moderation. Good quality meat (best organic), not preserved, better avoiding pork and fat meat and go for chicken or fish instead.
We can divide our food into 3 categories:
1. Fruit and raw vegetables, yoghurt, royal jelly, bee pollen, wheat germs, sprouts, whole cereals...
This kind of food corresponds with the concept of yogic diet - sattvic food. In yoga philosophy we have 3 gunas (qualities, attributes). These three gunas are called: Sattva (goodness, constructive, harmonious), Rajas (passion, active, confused), and Tamas (darkness, destructive, chaotic). All of these three gunas are present in everyone and everything.
We want to eat fresh and ripe fruit and vegetable without agro toxics, which is easy to digest and is rich in prana. Prana is according to yoga philosophy our life force. We get prana mostly from the air and food. It's beneficial to eat a lot of raw food (fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds) since cooking eliminates prana and kills most of the vitamins.
Royal jelly and bee pollen are amazing nutrition supplements. Both full of vitamins, minerals, enzymes and amino acids. Pollen contains plant form of growth hormone which stimulates estrogen production in ovaries. It's great for women suffering from polycystic ovaries, infertility or loss of ovulation.
Sprouts and germinated cereals are rich in prana and help to regenerate our cells. Besides high levels of vitamins, minerals and enzymes they often contain phytoestrogen.
Food with natural phytoestrogens:
Soybeans, soy products and sprouts, Linseed (flax), Sesam seeds, Wheat and wheat germs, Fenugreek (also used by men to increase testosterone), Oats, Barley, Beans, Lentils, Yams, Whole rice, Kudzu, Alfalfa sprouts, Mung beans, Apples, Carrots, Pomegranates, Licorice root, Mint, Ginseng, Hops, Fennel, Anise, Red clover and clover sprouts, Plums, Garlic, Pumpkin, Rhubarb, Rye, Beet, Potatoes, Cabbage, Cherries, Papaya, Olives and olive oil, Sunflower seed and sprouts, Corn, Parsley, Cucumber, germinated seeds and sprouts are especially recommended.
Due to its activity on estrogen receptors, red clover and other high phytoestrogen food is contraindicated in people with breast cancer, endometriosis, ovarian cancer, uterine cancer, uterine fibroids or other estrogen-sensitive conditions! In these cases we don't want to increase the production of estrogen.
2. Cooked food and frozen, canned and preserved food
The best way is to cook your meal shortly and eat it immediately. Keeping your cooked food in the fridge or freezer and reheating it, it looses most of their prana. We want to avoid or minimalized canned products and food with colorings or preservatives. This kind of food weakens our natural immunity and pollutes our metabolism. Especially preserved meat products are harmful (salamis, sausages etc.) If you like to eat those time to time, choose ones in an organic shop.
3. Sugar, coffee, tea and alcohol
Excess of sugar is harmful for our health condition and the hormonal balance. Eating sweets is one of the most common addictions. We can deal with it and still having the moment to eat something sweet and tasty. Change the sugar for agave syrup, maple syrup, honey, sweet ripe fruits (bananas, strawberries, plums, cherries, etc.) and make delicious deserts from fruits, nuts and seeds, with cinnamon, raw cacao or dried fruit.
The fact that coffee, black tea and alcohol is not the best for our health it's nothing new. We can consume it but with moderation. We also know how harmful is smoking. Smoking can in many cases anticipate menopause.