Hormones, Fat, & Why Both Matter

When you hear about hormones, you probably think about testosterone or estrogen.  You might even remember that cortisol and insulin are also hormones.  But did you know there are dozens upon dozens of hormones coursing through your body?  Well, there are.  And your hormones control pretty much all the processes in your body.  They are the chemical messengers that help your body function properly.  Your hormones need to be in a perfect, delicate balance to continue doing their job.

Why am I droning on about hormones and their importance? Because mine are wonky, whacky, and wayyyy out of balance.  Hormones, Fat, & Why Both Matter | Life Healthfully Lived

I’ve alluded to health issues since the beginning of the year but haven’t really mentioned anything other than I’m not dying.  Which is still true.  I wanted to try and work through my health problems before I came to the blog with my story, but you know what?  Fixing hormones isn’t an overnight process.  It’s not even a three-month process.  It takes time and tweaking and frustration and one step forward and two steps back and a whole heck of a lot of other things.

But that’s ok.  I know that taking my time and balancing my hormones properly will be much better in the long run.  Taking the long way does stink sometimes, though.  Especially with hormones.  Hormones, Fat, & Why Both Matter | Life Healthfully Lived

So what have I been doing to help?  At this point, I’ve mainly focused on my eating and exercise.  Which is where the fat part of this post comes in.  If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been doing more low-carb/keto/high fat type diet.  Fat helps hormones do their job and if you aren’t getting enough of it, well then you have my issues.  I’m not afraid of fat, I know that fat is necessary for a lot of important things, but I am eating a lot more of it these days.  And you know what?

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No Regina, it isn’t. So enjoy.

It’s helping.

I feel better, my skin looks better, I have more energy, and I haven’t suddenly become one giant fat bomb.  I just eat them regularly 🙂 I still have a long way to go to get things back to where they need to be, but I can see improvements and that is encouraging.  I’ll try to share more things as they come along, but for now, that’s what I got.

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But seriously, coconut oil = life.

Hormones are important.

Getting them back into balance takes time and effort.

Fat can help.

What more do you need?

Oh, you need a weekly menu and meal prep ideas!

Monday- Cevapcici with roasted vegetables and potatoes for the boy. FYI- Cevapcici is Balkan sausage and I’m giving them a shot.

Tuesday- Shrimp & scallops with lemon butter sauce over noodles.

Wednesday- Crispy pesto chicken thighs with roasted vegetables.

Thursday- Some kind of fish (not ocean perch) with, you guessed it, roasted vegetables.

Last Friday I made a pork lo mein recipe in the Instant Pot that wasn’t awesome but some roasted baby bok choy that was awesome.  Oh well, you can’t win them all.  I also tested out a recipe heavily involving Everything But the Bagel Seasoning that is quite yummy.

Other prepped things in my fridge-

  • Roasted artichokes, roasted broccoli rabe, and wilted spinach
  • Hardboiled eggs
  • Mashed avocado for simple dipping
  • Macadama cream cheese
  • Cinnamon Macadamia Butter fat bombs
  • Lunches all prepped
  • Breakfast wraps ready to go
  • Baked Oatmeal Bars

What’s for dinner in your house!

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More fat means more avocado. Which means more happiness