When it comes to fighting fat and decreasing estrogen, fibre is your best friend. Low-cal, fibre-packed foods fill you up and prevent overeating.
How Fibre Works
A few years ago, it was the f-word that no one wanted to use. Today, it’s plastered all over packages at the supermarket. (That’s fibre, people, fibre.) Last year, manufacturers introduced more than 1,500 high-fibre, whole-grain products — an increase of 121 percent since 2005. Now we have high-fibre English muffins and even whole-bean chocolate bars.
Studies peg foods rich in fibre to a reduced risk of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer — and to losing weight without feeling hungry. For instance, researchers at Harvard Medical School found that women who increased their intake of high-fibre or whole-grain foods over a 12-year period were half as likely to become obese as those who decreased their consumption.
Stress and anxiety is the number one threat to a woman’s health and happiness. The B vitamins support the adrenals glands, which in turn help us to adapt and flow more gracefully through the stressors of the day. Women with with pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS), depression, low energy and under-active thyroid would be doing themselves, their family, friends and co-workers a great favour by taking a complete vitamin B complex.
Some great B-rich foods to include more often in your diet include:
Make sure to go somewhere with a very knowledgable staff like Ambrosia, Nature’s Emporium, Whole Foods, Down to Earth Natural Foods or The Big Carrot for help in distinguishing which supplement is for you. A couple brands that I love and have great experience with include AOR, Lorna Vanderhaeghe and Sisu.
Simplicity Tip: Batch cook a large amount (3 cups) of B-vitamin packed Quinoa ahead of time, and add it into your recipes to beef up your salads, add it to your breakfast, or serve it as a side dish to your dinner entree.
Quinoa and Avocado Scram Slam
Try out this breakfast idea for something packed with flavour and stress-reducing B-vitamins.