Getting those extra kilos off that have crept on over the years is never easy and it is as much about mindset as it is about the food and lifestyle factors that influence your success. I have put together 5 quick and easy tips that you can use to guide you on your weight loss journey. These tips will also help with managing the annoying symptoms that come with hormonal imbalances that include PCOS, endometriosis, and menopause.
- Reduce Refined Carbs and Sugar
Refined carbs are foods that have been highly processed e.g., white flour, cakes, biscuits, lollies, sugar, ice cream, bread, soft drinks, frappes, and some cereals. By reducing these foods, you will reduce inflammation within your body this will help to balance your hormones, reducing uncomfortable symptoms like joint pain, fatigue, bloating, hot flushes, and night sweats to name just a few.
- Stop Drinking Caffeine
OMG if you are like me then you will just crave your morning coffee, and there has been lots of confusing info about caffeine and if it does or does not have health benefits. The fact is it is a drug, and if you have PCOS or endometriosis it is your enemy. Although it is legal, this does not mean it is good for you. Caffeine is a stimulant that means that increases our alertness, increases our heart rate and blood pressure inducing the same hormone cascade that the stress response induces. Eliminating caffeine from your life will make a huge difference to your hormone balance. Now I am not advocating that you do not enjoy a cuppa of some type, it is often not what you are drinking that is the issue but rather the enjoyment of going out, sitting in a café, and enjoying a latte. So, my recommendation is to find something you can enjoy in replace of coffee, maybe a chai, herbal tea, or turmeric latte.
- Reduce or remove Alcohol.
How many of us just cannot wait to get home for wine o’clock whilst the dinner is cooking to wash away the stressors of the day. Well, I’m sorry to do it to you but alcohol is not really washing away your stressors of the day. Alcohol is putting your liver under huge stress and alcohol is extremely high in sugars! You will find eliminating or reducing your alcohol intake will allow you to think clearer, have more energy, and help with your hormone imbalance.
- Start Walking for Health
Walking is the single most effective thing you can do for your wellbeing, there have been many studies done and all show the huge benefits of walking or moderate exercise. So you don’t have to go pump iron at the gym, well if that’s your thing that’s ok too. Walking helps to increase your HDL cholesterol which is your good cholesterol, this helps to correct the good and bad cholesterol balance. So, enjoy walking every day, make it apart of your daily routine by getting up early and going for a walk before work, parking further away, and walking, just a couple of quick and easy ways to get started.
- Manage Your Stress
This really should be number one, because it probably has the biggest impact of all the issues that contribute to hormonal imbalance. Learning ways to reduce your stress is challenging because life in our modern world is extremely complex. To get started, I recommend you start to become present to your body and your feelings. Start setting boundaries and limits and have nonnegotiables, make sure people know what they are. You are the only one who can control your stress and personal power. Be curious and seek out different methods, try using a diary and schedule, the aim is to find something that works for you and keep doing it.
Weight gain and Hormonal imbalance are extremely frustrating for those experiencing it, using these simple lifestyle adjustments you can kick start your weight loss journey and a big difference to your PCOS, Endometriosis, and Menopause.
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