Women’s health expert Christiane Northrup, MD, recommends a hormone-balancing diet that includes lean protein at every meal and limiting grains—even whole grains—if you’re dealing with a gluten sensitivity.
High-glycemic foods can trigger hormonal spikes, so Dr. Northrup advocates eating smaller portions of foods like basmati rice, kidney beans, potatoes, and bananas.
Instead, she recommends low-glycemic options such as chickpeas, black beans, leafy vegetables, wild rice, and pears. (Obviously, anyone with a gluten sensitivity should avoid gluten or limit it to tolerable amounts.)
Dr. Northrup also offers these tips:
- Eat at least three meals a day—never skip breakfast or lunch to “save” calories for dinner.
- Eat a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables every day—the more colorful the better.
- Eat healthy fats daily, such as eggs, flaxseeds, soybeans, walnuts, and wild, coldwater fish.
“Nutrition: Hormone-Balancing Food Plan” by Christiane Northrup, MD, www.drnorthrup.com, 8/21/09
Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom by Christiane Northup, MD ($20, Bantam Books, 2010)