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How to Rebalance Your Hormones With Breakfast — 2 Delicious Recipes

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Today’s article comes from Magdalena Wszelaki, who works to help women rebalance their hormones through simple, wholesome foods. A while back, we published her article on the seed rotation diet. Since there was so much interest, we asked her for another article on how to use food to balance hormones.

Magdalena has an amazing (and free!) workshop where she shows you how to reverse symptoms related to hormone imbalance using specific foods and recipes.

Click Here for Information on Magdalena’s Free Workshop

Why Breakfast Impacts Your Hormone Levels

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It can be hard to imagine that the right kind of breakfast can be instrumental in rebalancing our hormones. Today you will learn why that is so and what breakfast can make such a difference.

The biggest challenge many of us face is feeling confused what to eat for breakfast. Many others think they are eating “healthily” but, in reality, they’re consuming a breakfast so full of sugar that it might as well be called “morning dessert.”

We grew up with the belief that a good breakfast should contain large amounts of fruit, flavored yoghurt, grains, cereals, bars and oat meal.

Here is the problem: they are full of carbohydrates and sugars.

This creates three hormonal and metabolic problems

1. Sugar Addiction

When we consume too many carbohydrates and sugars for breakfast at, say 8am, we will then experience a sugar dip by 11am and feel hungry or shaky, moody and unfocused.

So what do we do? We reach out for something sweet again, like a bar, fruit or coffee to “rebalance our sugar level” and this way we end up only adding more sugar to our lives.

It’s not uncommon for many people to eat as much as 30 teaspoon-equivalent of sugar per day without even realizing it. One thing you can do today is to check the sugar content of the food you eat, especially for breakfast by using the simple conversion of 4 grams = 1 teaspoon of sugar.

As an example, Starbuck’s Vanilla Frappucino contains 69 grams of sugar which equals 17 teaspoons of sugar. Naked’s 15-oz orange juice will set you back with 42 grams (or over 10 teaspoons) and a Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Blueberry Muffin label states 24 grams or 6 teaspoons of sugar.

As you can see, it’s easy to fall in the sugar trap and become dependent on sugar.

2. Sugar Lows and Adrenal Exhaustion

The second problem is that sugar addiction and sugar dips create STRESS to the body which calls for a release of cortisol by the adrenal glands to rebalance our sugar levels.

One of the functions of your adrenals (other than helping us deal with stress) is to rebalance our sugar levels.

As it is, many women suffer from compromised adrenal and these sugar dips weaken our adrenals even further.

Compromised adrenals have been linked to premature aging, dry skin, fatigue, coffee addiction (another skin-aging factor), weight gain, moodiness, frequent sickness and feeling depleted and de-motivated.

3. The Connection Between Breakfast and Sleep

Many women note that their carbohydrate-rich breakfasts and sugar dips are big contributors to their insomnia, poor sleep and waking in the middle of the night. That’s not surprising – we often experience compromised sleep due to sugar level dips and cortisol spikes which is what keeps us awake or wakes us up in the middle of the night.

Their sleep typically improves with a change of breakfast, more on that below.

What is a Good Breakfast?

OK, so what do you do?

In today’s article, there are tips that will help you stop craving sugar, help you feel grounded, focused, satiated, and they might help you achieve deep and restful sleep.

Tip #1: PFF Breakfast

PFF stands for “Protein, Fat and Fiber.”

Yes, this means we will be loading up our breakfasts with protein, fat and fiber. Why?

Because they will guarantee us no sugar dips, they will sustain our sugar levels so we don’t exhaust our adrenals and they will help us break our sugar habit (or addiction).

Proteins are also full of amino acids which are the building blocks of our hormones. The sources of proteins in your breakfast could come from fish, beef, chicken, bison, lamb, tempeh (if you can tolerate soy), coconut butter but also from moderate amounts of pre-soaked nuts and seeds, if tolerated.

I know, it might sound a bit unusual to be talking about dinner food for breakfast, right? But if you think about it, all global cuisines have savory breakfasts – the Turks would eat plenty of salami and cheese, the Chinese dim sum is fat and protein-heavy, a traditional Japanese breakfast would have some miso soup and fish, which are also savory and rich in protein and fats.

Tip #2: Real food only

Many people think of protein shakes and powders when they hear the word “protein” and “breakfast.”

Well, in this new approach to your breakfast, the focus is on using only real and fresh food, not processed foods like powders and shakes.

As humans we were designed to eat, metabolize and absorb real food and not food that can sit in a box for two years – like protein powders.

That’s not real food. That’s just great marketing and gimmicks that make us feel fearful that we can’t get the right nutrients from real food.

It might be hard to hear to put away your protein powder. But, if you suffer from hormonal challenges, why not try something different for just the next three days and see how your body responds?

There are a couple of recipes at the end of this article for you to start out with.

What to Expect?

People who follow the PFF breakfast recommendations report massive improvements. Many of them start losing weight, feel focused and grounded, their sugar addiction ends or lessens, their urge to binge diminishes, their energy returns, they sleep better and many report less PMS and less hot flashes.

Is it not amazing? From a simple change like that?

So let’s get to work. Try the recipes below and pay attention to how they work for you:

  • How did you feel after having them for a few days?
  • Are you craving sugar the same way?
  • How different is your skin now?

Hormone Balancing Breakfast Recipe #1: Farmer Wife’s Breakfast

Hormone Balancing Breakfast

A hearty and savory breakfast is a wonderful way to start the day feeling grounded and satisfied.

Healing foods in this recipe:

  • Sauerkraut – A good source of probiotics, which can help regulate estrogen.
  • Mustard greens – Packed with nutrients that help regulate estrogen.
  • Avocado – Balances sugar, nutritionally dense.
  • Ghee – A precursor for a precursor of steroid hormones like estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, cortisol and DHEA.

Note that Magdalena uses meat in this meal, but you can certainly leave it out. We know that many of you choose not to eat meat or eat it very rarely. We try to post healthy recipes that accomodate all diets, so feel free to tailor this to your food preferences.

Time to make: 20 minutes
Serves: 6

Ingredients:

Sausage (Serves 6):

  • 1 lb of ground lamb (you can also used pork, beef or chicken or a combination of any of them)
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp ground fennel seed
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbspscoconut aminos
  • 1 tbsp of ghee

Plate (for one):

  • 1⁄2 avocado
  • Handful of organic green mix (e.g. arugula, mizuna, baby kale, spinach)
  • 1 cup of ferments (pictured is sauerkraut and cauliflower)
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil
  • Juice from 1⁄2 lemon or lime
  • Pinch of sea salt

Directions:

  1. Mix all the sausage ingredients (except for the ghee), kneading them well.
  2. Shape the sausage to a desired shape – round and flat or long.
  3. Heat up the skillet and add the ghee.
  4. Add sausages and fry them for approximately 7
    minutes on one side and 4 minutes on the other.
  5. In a separate bowl, toss green salad mix with olive, lemon and salt until the leaves are well covered with the dressing.
  6. Place greens on a large plate, then add the sausage, avocado and ferments to the plate.

Hormone Balancing Breakfast Recipe #2: Chocolate Cherry Smoothie

Hormone Balancing Breakfast

This low-sugar breakfast recipe can easily be adapted to become a decadent snack or a healthy dessert. The fat from the avocado and coconut butter along with the protein from the hazelnuts and pumpkin seeds will help keep blood sugar levels stable.

Healing foods:

  • Cacao – Contains magnesium, flavonoids, vitamin Bs and E.
  • Avocado – Balances sugar, nutritionally dense.
  • Coconut butter – Healthy fat for long term energy, high in fiber, precursor for many hormones.
  • Pumpkin seed – High in magnesium, zinc, protein, fiber, anti-oxidant.

Time to prepare: 10 minutes
Serves: 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 avocado
  • 2 tbsp raw unsweetened cacao
  • 1 tbsp coconut butter
  • 1 handful of pumpkin seeds
  • 1 handful of hazelnuts, pre-soaked overnight
  • 1 handful of dry cherries, pre-soaked in hot water for 10 minutes (you can replace with goji berries too)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp lemon or lime juice
  • 1⁄2 tsp cinnamon powder

Directions:

Put all ingredients into the blender and blend until smooth.

Do you eat a hormone balancing breakfast? Tell us about it in the comments below!

Hormone Balancing Breakfast

This article was contributed by Magdalena Wszelaki, a nutrition coach, hormone specialist and a chef. She has a long history of hormonal challenges herself (from Hashimoto’s, adrenal exhaustion to estrogen dominance) which she has managed to reverse with the use of the right nutrition.

 

Click Here to Find Out More About What Magdalena Does

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COMMENTS ( 31 and counting )
  1. Stacey says:

    Thanks for much for this article. I’m battling sugar addiction right now and need all the great motivating info I can get. These recipes are very appealing and I can’t wait to try them! <3

  2. Jill says:

    This sounds great and I will try it. Thank you!

    A few questions:
    Do we swap out the breakfasts every other day or just whenever we feel like it?
    How do you presoak hazelnuts? With the skin on, overnight, then peel them in the morning? Would other nuts work? Would they still need to be soaked?
    Raw pumpkin seeds? I assume not roasted or salted. Sorry, I just want to make sure I do this right.

  3. Jen says:

    These recipes look great. What to do if I’m allergic to avocado?

  4. Amanda Walker says:

    What about good old British Bacon and Eggs? with maybe some mushrooms and a tomato

  5. Amelia says:

    I have been eating dinner for breakfast which is a little bit of chicken, the carb from Himalayan basmati, plus plenty of vegetables. My breakfast is easily digested and provides me with energy for my morning exercise which is usually a jog on the beach (sand dunes).
    I have read that this type of breakfast speeds up your metabolism.
    Thanks for your great article.

  6. Kathy says:

    Maybe you are stepping over the line making such claims !! Promoting saturated fats like lamb and beef as a remedy to counteract too much sugar intake seems like a stretch for a health claim. She is making a claim based on her own improved health. Grains like einkorn are so healthy! The complexity of nourishing the cells which make up our body is so involved and every scientist and educated doctor has an additional study on what makes and keeps us healthy. Eating animal protein seems a bit extreme to fix imbalances.

    Just watched the truth about cancer, 9 part series by Ty Bollinger and learned so much about cells from renowned doctors and scientists who have spent YEARS studying the cells. Dr. Mercola, Dr. Blaylock, Dr. Quillin to name a few and many others.

    Just some thoughts, Kathy

  7. Geri says:

    The Chocolate Cherry Smoothie looks scrumptious! I will definitely try it. But I cannot bring myself to eat animals. Are there any vegetarian/vegan options besides the Chocolate Smoothie? Thanks!

  8. Gwen Willis says:

    what if you have a restricted diet of healthy fats because you are a fat
    absorber, like me? I do love avocados and all of the nuts, but I can have
    33 grams per day or I gain fat around my waist.
    Can I have healthy bacon and eggs for protein?

    thanks,
    Gwen

  9. Karen says:

    Why is there no liquid? Don’t see how you can call it a smoothie.

  10. wayni says:

    Thanks for your advice .
    but how about oat with fruit and nuts coconut milk i think this kind break fast is the best for the whole family u don’t need to add sugar if can put some good honey on the top and start your healthy day that is my opinon depend every person condition of healthy diet alergies so on…

  11. Laura says:

    I so appreciate the vital information and recipes you have given. Where have you been all my life? I am menopausal, 40 pounds overweight, and am addicted to carbs. Would love more recipes to balance hormones!! Cant wait to try your recipes.

    Thank you so much

    Laura

  12. Janice Brodie says:

    Where do you find coconut butter and cream coconut? Are they found in the refrigerated sections of the store?

  13. Cheri says:

    I don’t like coconut butter , it does not melt in a recipe and I end up eating chunks

  14. Ann says:

    Is there a way to print the recipes? So far all appear to be a winner.

  15. Bharati says:

    How healthy is my breakfast. I have a bowl of oats in which i add some flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, some gojk berries n half a walnut or so. I also have 5 soaked n peeled almonds, 1 date, before breakfast i have a glass of fenugreek seeds water which r soaked overnight. After breakfast i have a cupnof tea with milk but no sugar,, a little later a fruit like papaya or an apple

  16. Ana says:

    Usually I have two eggs over easy, homemade refried beans or cooked pinto beans with cilantro and onions and avocado. I consider eggs as protein, beans as fiber but also fat since refried beans are cooked in oil. How do I switch up to a PFF meal? Will try out the first PFF meal but would like my eggs back.

  17. Elaine says:

    While these recipes look delicious and healthy, they also look impossible for me since I travel for work and am in a hotel room for 5 days a week. I would love to see things I can have for breakfast with no utensils that are quick and easy and the ingredients can be stored in a small hotel refrigerator.

  18. Rachel says:

    Great reading this article, thank you. I’m battling hormone changes, lacking energy motivation etc and am certain it is linked to adrenal fatigue.

    I currently have either mushrooms with English spinach for breakfast or asparagus (in season here at the moment) with spinach and an egg. Are these OK? My concerns are for later when i have a coffee, maybe chocolate later in the day or evening.
    Thanks again! It’s hard to work out what to do and where to start. R

  19. Thanks…this is great! I use dr. Sara gottfried’s protein powder shke…any feedback?…I too have hormonal issues and continue to try and find what works for me.

    Thanks agin….I live nee receipes too.
    Debra k.

  20. Abby says:

    My favorite breakfast is a banana topped with a tablespoon of peanut butter(organic,no added oils and mixed with raw honey) and two soft boiled eggs.I make sure to drink a glass of water before to balance my hormones and I also take a good multi with this breakfast(vitamin code) to benefit from the fat soluble vitamins.

  21. Dorothy says:

    Excellent post . . . this has given me new ideas for breakfast! Thank you.

  22. Mandi says:

    What about eggs, i need to make it very easy for myself specially in the mornings

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