With estrogen positive tumors, trying to understand how to balance your hormones so your very own body doesn’t kill itself is an every day mindset. My tumors are “highly estrogenic”… I recall reading 96% on my original pathology. As you all know, I do my best to research as much as I can so I can positively influence my health, but it’s tough to keep up with all the latest information.
Recently, when lunching with one of my plant-based besties, Lori J., I learned about a new book by Dr. Neal Barnard titled “Your Body in Balance.” The Amazon description says, in part, “Hidden in everyday foods are the causes of a surprising range of health problems: infertility, menstrual cramps, weight gain, hair loss, breast and prostate cancer, hot flashes, and much more. All of these conditions have one thing in common: they are fueled by hormones that are hiding in foods or are influenced by the foods we eat.” Hormones and food? Tell me more…
The book isn’t coming out until February 4, 2020, but, luckily, Lori also shared with me a link to a two-part interview with Dr. Barnard by Jeanne Schumacher of Simply Plant Based. The links to both videos are below.
Can I just tell you that these videos were eye-opening and mind-blowing to me? Yes, I know the benefits of a plant-based diet. Yes, I know there is a link between fat cells and excess estrogen, etc. But what I didn’t quite understand is how diet helps regulate our hormones. How our body knows how to get rid of excess estrogen, but needs the mechanisms to help it along. This “estrogen dominance” is what contributes to so many of our health issues as women and fiber is one of the keys to getting rid of the excess. If we don’t eat enough fiber (the amount is higher than you think), those hormones just get re-absorbed into the body. And, again, the more fat/extra weight you have, the more estrogen that is stored/created.
What was even more eye-opening for me was the impact of this fiber, and a healthy diet, on pretty much all those things we women struggle with: cramps, PMS, PCOS, endometriosis, breast cancer, menopause… Dr. Barnard doesn’t just talk about “what”, but “why”, which is so important to motivation. If you don’t know why you are doing it, it’s easy to lose focus. Over the past seven years, I did allow things like cheese to creep back into my diet, along with a few extra pounds. I have been extra diligent since my recurrence diagnosis, but shit got real. There is no more “creeping back”. I need to feed my body the right foods to help find that delicate balance between enough and too much. I need to give my body the tools it needs to do what it already knows how to do.
The videos are about 2 hours total, but it can be life-changing for those of you who struggle with any of those issues. I cannot wait for this book to show up on February 4th! I implore all the women who read this blog to watch these videos, or to order the book.
Many thanks to Lori for the information!!
IMDb: A Delicate Balance (1973)