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Balance Your Hormones with Easy Homemade Chocolate

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Can you eat chocolate and balance your hormones at the same time?

 

The answer is yes! You can easily make healthy chocolate at home. It’s actually faster than running to the store to buy your favorite chocolaty treat.

 

So how exactly does chocolate help with hormone balance?

 

When chocolate is in its pure form, it acts as a delivery system for herbal medicine.

 

Cacao dilates your blood vessels and acts as a mild stimulant, which makes your heart circulate your blood faster. These properties make chocolate the perfect way to drive herbal medicine into the body. In addition, the flavor of chocolate can mask or synergize with the flavor of herbs that don’t taste particularly good on their own, such as schizandra or medicinal mushroom powders.

 

Herbs & Chocolate

 

I love to add the following powdered herbs to my chocolate. These are my favorites.

 

Schizandra is a vitality herb that promotes abundant energy, a sharp mind and calmness that’s invaluable in our modern world. However, many people don’t like the strong taste! It contains 5 flavors: bitter, salty, sour, sweet and pungent.

 

The thing is, you need to taste schizandra rather than take in a capsule. The flavor activates the channels and meridians in your body, and that’s how you get the benefits of this unique superfood! Thankfully, chocolate synergizes beautifully with the flavors of schizandra. Learn more about how to work with these superfoods in my Elixir Crafting course here.

 

Shatavari is an ayurvedic herb from the asparagus family. In this traditional medicinal system, it’s regarded as a prime women’s health tonic. Shatavari acts on the hypothalamus and helps decrease stress hormones. It also contains steroidal saponins, a class of natural plant hormones that help to regulate the menstrual cycle.

 

This herb is fat-soluble, which is why traditionally it’s prepared by decocting the herb in cow’s milk and mixing it with ghee or sugar. Hmmm, sounds like some of the common ingredients in chocolate!

 

Damiana prevents testosterone from converting to estrogen. This helps keep your libido up! Damiana also calms the nerves and uplifts those who have had an exhausting day.

 

It is also what I like to call an ‘on-demand aphrodisiac’ because it primes your hormones and directs oxygen to the genitals. It helps bring you out of your head and into your body… you relax and are ready to experience more pleasure. Damiana has a very herbaceous flavor that is masked by the strong flavor of cacao.

 

Maca root balances hormones and increases energy and libido. This is great for adrenal fatigue recovery because it helps support the HPA axis.

 

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Indulge in the pleasure of making (and eating!) your own chocolate. I want to share my favorite homemade chocolate recipe with you. Please let me know if you make it by posting a photo to Instagram and tagging @naturalhormonehealing.

 

Cherry Rose Chocolate

Yield: 8

Cherry Rose Chocolate

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup cacao butter
  • 1/2 cup cacao powder
  • 1 Tbsp rose hydrosol
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
    Optional
  • 2 Tbsp lucuma powder

Instructions

  • In a double boiler, melt the cacao butter.
  • Once melted, stir in the cacao powder and whisk until fully combined.
  • Stir in the rose hydrosol, vanilla and optional lucuma powder.
  • Stir in the honey until well combined.
  • Fold in the cherries and pour into molds or onto a pan lined with plastic wrap. Let set in the refrigerator and enjoy when hardened.
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Snack To Satisfy Cravings & Heal Burn Out

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Snack Attack Sabotage

You have a hormone imbalance (you suspect it’s adrenal fatigue) and lately your eating habits have been horrible due to a lack of energy and your busy lifestyle.

 

The one thing you fall for time and time again is unhealthy snacks. Cravings for sweet or salty and crunchy hit you and can’t concentrate on the task at hand unless you do something about it. Sometimes you ruin your appetite and snack right through dinner because you went for the treats as soon as you got home from work.

 

Unfortunately, if you don’t get a handle on your cravings you sabotage more than just your appetite and weight loss efforts. Impulsive snacking is disruptive to your hormones, and will keep you from healing your adrenal fatigue and feeling like yourself again.

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Adrenal Fatigue Diet Hack: Black Sesame Smoothies

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An Adrenal Fatigue Diet

 

Here at Natural Hormone Healing, we demonstrate how your meals play a part in your healing journey. Unfortunately, if you struggle with adrenal fatigue it can be difficult to prioritize healthy, balanced meals when you have no energy.

 

We feel you! It’s so much easier to pay for fast food or order take out when you’re desperately trying to find the time to just relax. However, there is a fantastic option that’s at your disposal: smoothies.

 

Smoothies are perfect for everyone, but especially those of us with low, low energy. In this article, we’ll teach you how your smoothie can become a complete meal that you can make in 3 easy steps. Read More

Turmeric Lemonade For Glowing Skin & Pain Free Periods

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Looking for turmeric recipes to get this superfood into your diet?

 

This turmeric lemonade is a perfect summertime tonic for glowing skin and balancing hormones. Make a large batch to store in the fridge. When you see the jars filled with a beautiful sunny orange hue, it’s easy to consume it daily.  

 

Here’s why turmeric is so good for you:

 

Get The Glow


Curcumin is a bioactive substance that fights inflammation at the molecular level. Consuming anti-inflammatory nutrients that contain antioxidants support the overall health of the skin when taken daily. If you have redness, curcumin can help soothe and calm your skin down.
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Your Cold Brew Hibiscus Tea for Summer Hormone Balance

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Hibiscus tea, also known as ‘nature’s Botox’, is irresistible when iced! Right now I have a mason jar on hand in my fridge, it’s a summertime staple.

 

So how does hibiscus tea achieve effects similar to Botox? The flower is naturally high in both antioxidants and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs). Both compounds help to improve the youthful appearance of the skin.

 

The hibiscus flower’s astringent nature also helps tighten the skin. You can get the benefits from using it in skincare products and also consuming it internally.

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Easy No-Bake Avocado Key Lime Pie

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This easy key lime pie recipe is a perfect summer dessert.

 

The entire pie has 2 tablespoons of honey and 10 dates, which works out to be 1/3 of a teaspoon of honey and one-sixth of a date per square. For a sweet treat, that’s not much sugar! For this reason, this key lime pie recipe is perfect for satiating you while keeping your blood sugar balanced.

 

It also has hormone balancing benefits…

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Chocolate Mint Fat Bombs For Hormone Balance

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Our fat bomb recipe helps with hormone balance.

 

Do you experience afternoon sugar cravings? You’re not alone; it’s totally normal to be hungry for a snack at 3pm. 

 

However, if you refuel with a sugar-filled snack or grab a coffee, you’re thwarting your efforts to attain hormone balance and stable energy levels.

 

Indeed, it’s important to avoid sugar if you’re struggling to balance your hormones. It’s a vicious cycle: a hormone imbalance can cause your body to become resistant to insulin (which is a hormone). Your pancreas then has to produce more insulin to keep your blood sugar within a normal range.

 

In addition, your body will store the excess sugar in fat cells, which releases the excess glucose and affects your blood sugar levels even when you haven’t eaten for a while.

 


Why Should You Avoid Sugar If You’re Craving Hormone Balance

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Best Hormone Balancing Snack? Try My Easy Smoked Salmon Sushi

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When you think of sushi, you probably envision salmon rolls.

(yum!)

However, nori wraps don’t have to be filled with rice and fish to be delicious. They are a veritable ‘fast food’ that you can fill with your choice of hormone balancing ingredients, and a smoked salmon version is an easy choice!

 

If you need to make up a quick and easy lunch or snack that satisfies,

smoked salmon sushi should be your go-to.

 

In this article I’m going to show you a twist on traditional sushi to help you with hormone balance.

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Asian-Inspired Spiralized Estrogen Detox Salad

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An Estrogen Detox Salad- it’s all in the fibre

Use spiralized veggies to increase the amount of fibre and veggies in your diet in a delicious way. Spiralizing your veg is also a time-saver; it’s much easier than tedious chopping!

I love to add spiralized beets, squash, zucchini, and carrots to my meals and create delicious recipes.

I had an irresistible craving for an Asian-inspired salad and came up with this estrogen detox salad. Seasonal mangoes and zucchini noodles (instead of pasta) just had to be in the dish. I found happiness in my first bite… it tasted exactly how I envisioned and I was totally satisfied. Read More

Condiments: The Easiest Hormone Balancing Foods

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So you want to incorporate more hormone balancing foods into your diet.

… but you’re tired after work and don’t have the energy to cook a healing meal.

Maybe cooking isn’t your thing.

If it’s mid-week already and you haven’t even had a chance to sit down and make a plan, we hear you!

When you have brain fog and you’re energy’s low, the gap between knowing what to do and taking action widens. Luckily, there is an easy way to increase the nutritional quality of your meals without modifying your cooking at all!

The answer: condiments.

Add our top condiments to meals you currently enjoy, or try out our complimentary nutrition guide.

It includes simple guidelines to help you make healing meals with what you have on hand.

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1. Kelp Flakes or Sea Veggie Flakes

Dry seaweeds are crushed up into flakes that are the size of a dried herb like oregano. Sprinkle seaweed flakes onto your savoury food as an alternative (or as an addition) to a salt. If you currently season your dishes with a high quality pink Himalayan rock salt, you may not get enough iodine. Kelp is a whole-food source of iodine which is essential for breast and thyroid health.

Sea vegetables are naturally wild hormone balancing foods. This means they haven’t been hybridized like most vegetables available in the supermarket. Because they propagate themselves and survive in the wild, sea vegetables are extremely nutrient dense and high in minerals. They help support the nervous system, and if you consume them regularly you may find your tolerance to stress increases because of their calming effect.

Seaweed is a good source of vitamin-C, pantothenic acid, zinc and copper and an amazing source of vitamin-K, riboflavin, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium and manganese.

You can purchase the kelp or sea vegetable flakes at many health food stores.


Traditionally, condiments were developed for digestive support first, tasty flavor second.

Today, many condiments are toxic mimics of delicious home-made recipes. For example, relish and pickles used to be full of live ferments. Now these condiments are merely a blend of sugar and vinegar.


 

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2. Fermented Vegetables and Sauerkraut

Pickles come in so many forms: cucumber, beets, carrots, tomatoes, beans, asparagus… you name it! Our ancestors reaped the benefits of fermented hormone balancing foods by consuming them with all their meals. It’s only in the last 50 years that we have abandoned ferments and lost touch with the friendly bacteria.

In general, fermented vegetables are beneficial for our overall health and also provide critical support for our digestion. For example, sauerkraut supports the liver with detoxification and it’s main role of processing hormones. The probiotics inherent in the fermented cabbage help you absorb your food and aid the natural digestion of meats.


One of our friends has the following recommendation:

“Eat equal portions meat and kraut for optimal digestion.”


Ferments are essential if you’re struggling with symptoms of adrenal fatigue. Fermented vegetables provide the body with bioavailable vitamin-C for your adrenal glands, liver support to efficiently process your hormones, while at the same time healing your gut.

In fact, it’s simple to make your own hormone balancing foods, you can check out a great easy recipe for ferments here. If you choose to purchase them, make sure you get unpasturized ferments, which are stored in the fridge section of the market.

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3. Bone Broth

Bone broth is made by simmering animal bones over a period of hours to extract all the beneficial gelatin and nutrients that are stored in bones. It’s a powerful hormone balancing food! Add a cup of bone broth to your meals (use to make rice, quinoa or as a base for soup) or sip a cup of broth on the side.

The gelatin in a good bone broth supports gut health by repairing the gut lining, which can become compromised if you have adrenal fatigue. Poor gut health is a likely reason that you may be developing additional food sensitivities, allergies and increased inflammation. Including a daily cup of bone broth can help fix those aches and pains and give your body essential collagen to rebuild.

Naturally, we love the true, nutrient-dense bone broth recipes from Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon of the Weston A Price Foundation. There is a recipe for chicken, beef and fish broths/stocks at the end of this post here. Here’s a recipe for a delicious beef stew that can be made in a slow cooker or InstaPot!

Add these hormone balancing foods to your meal now and then try out our nutrition guide to fix the foundation of your meal.

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