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Hormone Balancing Food and Herb Diet

One of the underlying factors that effects our health in almost every way are our hormones. They dictate not only how we feel, but also how we look, sleep and perform. Unfortunately, they are very sensitive, and can easily become out of balance. The food we eat, the way we exercise and sleep, the products we use on our bodies, our level of stress, the medications we take, and even the way we think about things effects them.

The good news is that we can control them to a great degree with the food and herbs that we choose eat. As a person who has dealt with her own hormone issues (PCOS, low blood sugar and coming off BC), making the right food choices has become a necessity. As much as I resisted it, in the end, I have realized through my own personal journey and those of the people I work with, what you eat matters. And it matters a lot. Even if you are doing all of the other things right, if you are missing the food component it is highly likely that you are not going to be seeing the results you desire. That is why I have put together this food and herb diet so that you can take control of balancing your hormones naturally.

If you are currently coming off of birth control, are managing Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) or another hormone disorder such as endometriosis, fibroids, cysts, low libido or PMS, or if you are a man suffering from signs of low testosterone and high estrogen (abdominal weight gain, gynecomastia – breast tissue growth, erectile dysfunction) then this diet can help. This diet is also a good baseline to support the nourishment of the body, which can improve fertility and a healthy pregnancy as well.

* Note: If you have Hashimotos, or issues with low estrogen, some items on this list are not for you.


Manage PCOS with your Diet

Manage PCOS with your Diet


The Hormone Balancing Food Tenants


1. Eliminate Conventional (non-organic) Meat and Dairy

  • Meat products include all pork, beef, lamb, goat, veal, duck, chicken, and turkey that are not organically raised
  • Dairy products include all yogurt, cheese, sour cream, cream, milk, ice cream, ghee, butter, custard, whipped cream, pudding, paneer, and any other dairy beverage or dessert

Why: Conventionally raised meat and dairy contain hormones. Hormones are used on the animals while they are raised to promote growth. These hormones interrupt our hormone balance. Conventionally raised animals are also exposed to pesticides and herbicides which act as xenoestrogens in the body. Xenoestrogens raise estrogen levels unnaturally. Learn more about xenoestrogens here.

Eliminate Conventional (non-organic) Meat and Dairy

Eliminate Conventional (non-organic) Meat and Dairy


2. Drastically Reduce Soy Products

  • Soy products include all tofu, soy milk, soy yogurt, soy ice cream, edamame, imitation meat products, soy protein powder, textured soy protein, soy burgers
  • The only soy that is acceptable in small amounts is organic, fermented soy which includes miso, tempeh and nama shoyu. This should only be consumed sparingly, about once a week.

Why: Soy contains isoflavonesโ€” a plant compound that mimics estrogen in the body. The consumption of estrogen-like foods cause an imbalance in the hormones. If you have consumed high amounts of soy in the past, I would highly recommend using a DIM supplement to clear xenoestrogens from soy consumption. I personally use DIM Detox by Pure Encapsulations.

Reduce & Eliminate Soy

Reduce & Eliminate Soy


3. Eat Organic Produce As Much as Possible

  • This includes all fruits and vegetables whether fresh, frozen, prepared or canned
  • If cost is an issue, use this GUIDE to learn about which fruits and vegetables have the highest levels of pesticides. Focus on purchasing those products organic.

Why: Non-organic produce is sprayed with pesticides and herbicides. These chemicals are known to interfere with the estrogen and/or androgen receptors in the body, which leads to hormone imbalance. Research has also shown that exposure to pesticides has been associated with menstrual cycle disturbances, reduced fertility, prolonged time-to-pregnancy, spontaneous abortion, stillbirths, and developmental defects.

Buy Organic Fruits and Vegetables

Buy Organic Fruits and Vegetables


4. Eat Lots of Cruciferous Vegetables (at least 5 times a week)

  • This includes Brussels sprouts, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, collard greens, kale, kohlrabi, mustard, rutabaga, turnips, bok choy, and Chinese cabbage

Why: Cruciferous vegetables contain a compound called DIM (diindolylmethane). DIM helps to detoxify harmful estrogens (like the xenoestrogens) in the body promoting healthy estrogen metabolism in both men and women. DIM has also shown to help prevent both breast and prostate cancer. Cruciferous vegetables also contain Calcium d Glucarate. This compound has shown in research to aid in the excretion of metabolized estrogens as well as other carcinogens from the body.

* I also like to take both of these nutrients in supplement form in order to boost the therapeutic effect on the body. I personally use DIM Detox and Calcium D Glucarate by Pure Encapsulations

Eat Cruciferous Vegetables

Eat Cruciferous Vegetables


5. Dramatically decrease Bourbon, Beer, and Wine Consumption

  • If you are going to drink, only consume organic beer and wine, and sparingly. Non-organic contains pesticides since the crops used to make alcohol are highly pesticided (grapes, wheat, corn, barley).

Why: Bourbon, beer and wine contain high levels of phytoestrogens. Phytoestrogens act as estrogen in the body, disrupting normal hormone balance. Alcohol also can damage the liver, inhibiting its ability to properly metabolize and excrete (detoxify) estrogens. Read more here. In addition, pesticides interfere with normal estrogen and androgen functioning.

* To start, I would suggest eliminating all alcohol completely to get the hormones back on track. Once they are on their way to being back in balance (symptoms are subsiding), I would then only consume one drink a week. Organic only.

Reduce your Alcohol Intake

Reduce your Alcohol Intake


6. Eat Healthy Fats Every Day

  • This includes coconut oil/butter/meat, avocado, raw nuts/seeds, olives, wild salmon, organic ghee, and the following oils (in dark bottles to prevent the fats from becoming rancid); extra virgin olive, sesame, grapeseed, walnut, and avocado

Why: Hormones (steroid hormones) are made from sterols, or cholesterol. Although your body can make cholesterol if there is not enough consumed through foods, eating healthy fats is an important part of hormone production. They are used to make estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone… just to name a few.

Increase your Healthy Fat Intake

Increase your Healthy Fat Intake


7. Balance Blood Sugar (insulin levels)

  • Eat a Low Glycemic Diet (foods are included in diet plan)
  • Eat small meals and snacks throughout the day (3 small meals, 3 snacks) – don’t eat too much, or infrequently
  • Always travel with healthy snacks (raw nuts/seeds, low sugar food bars, hard boiled eggs)
  • Eliminate white sugar completely
  • Only eat 1 serving of natural sugar a day (low-glycemic fruit, raw honey, yacon, molasses) – eat with a protein, or healthy fat
  • Eliminate all white flour and refined, processed carbohydrates (cereal, crackers, chips, pastries, breads, cakes)
  • Avoid any sugar-laden beverage (coffee drinks, soda, tea, energy drink etc.)
  • Eat balanced meals and snacks – ones rich in protein
  • Incorporate herbs/spices to balance blood sugar (cinnamon, bitter melon, fenugreek, broccoli)
  • Be careful with caffeine (this can spike blood sugar) – best to pair with a healthy fat ex) coffee and organic ghee or coconut oil – this slows the release of caffeine

Why: Research has shown that excess insulin appears to increase production of androgen (which includes testosterone). Androgen is the hormone that causes acne, excessive hair growth, weight gain and problems with ovulation. Many women with PCOS have too much insulin in their bodies because they have problems using it, which leads to an overproduction of androgen. Therefore, in order to manage insulin levels, it is necessary to eat a diet that balances the blood sugar. I would also recommend using supplements to help balance glucose levels. This is especially important if you have been diagnosed with a blood sugar disorder. I personally use Glucose Support, Chromium Picolinate and/or Cinnamon WS from Pure Encapsulations.

**If you are suffering from an insulin related hormone issue such as PCOS, then this is going to be extremely important**

Balance Blood Sugar Levels

Balance Blood Sugar Levels


The Hormone Balancing Food and Herb Diet Overview

The chart found below is the detailed food and herb diet for balancing hormones, but here is a quick overview of what the diet entails. This diet is a great one to follow even if you are not experiencing hormone challenges, so it can easily be followed by all members of a household. This diet can help clear up other issues, even those that are not hormone related, so continuing on the diet even after the hormones are balanced is a good practice.

I would suggest following this diet as strictly as possible until hormones have balanced and symptoms have disappeared for at least 3 months. I would then follow the diet 75% of the time from then on. If you have a condition such as PCOS, this diet may be a life-long practice in that it helps manage the condition. Every body is different though, so don’t see this as a death sentence. Even if you have PCOS or another condition that must be permanently managed with food, you can still eat the foods on the Not to Eat list from time to time once the condition is managed.

One final note. The last part that must be addressed is the exposure to xeno estrogens from plastics and personal/household care items. The chemicals found in plastics and these items act as xeno estrogens in the body. First off, switch to glass bottles and Tupperware. Then, NEVER EVER EVER drink from plastic bottles that have been exposed to heat (yes, those bottles that are sitting in your car), eat from Tupperware that has been microwaved, or eat hot food from plastic containers. Next, switch to non-toxic personal and household care products. Now don’t be overwhelmed by the process. This does not have to happen over night. Do it one by one. You can refer to my Personal Care Products Favorites Page and the Cosmetic Database to help you get started with which products to use.

Hormone Balancing Diet

Hormone Balancing Diet

Foods to Eat:

  • Fresh Produce – low glycemic fruits and vegetables, seaweed
  • Raw Nuts/Seeds
  • Fermented Foods
  • Organic Meat, Eggs and Poultry, Wild Fish, Vegan Proteins
  • Whole Grains (sprouted is best), possibly gluten-free
  • Healthy Fats and Oils
  • Legumes (soaked and sprouted is best)
  • Herbs and Spices
  • Superfoods
  • Natural Sweeteners and Desserts (sparingly)
  • Low-sugar beverages

Foods to Reduce or Eliminate:

  • Conventional (pesticided), processed produce – i.e. canned fruit w added sugar
  • High glycemic fruit and vegetables
  • Non-organic meat, poultry, eggs, Farm-raised fish
  • Dairy (raw, organic and fermented is ok in small amounts)
  • Processed Grains – white flour, crackers, pastries, breads, chips etc.
  • Unhealthy Fats and Oils – trans fats (partially hydrogenated oils), soy, peanut, or vegetable oil, fried foods, Crisco, shortening, non-organic butter
  • Soy products (especially non-organic, unfermented soy)
  • White Sugar (cane sugar/juice, refined sugar, sucrose, fruit juice concentrate, high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, glucose, fructose) – all conventional desserts and candy
  • Sugar beverages – soda, coffee drinks, sweetened tea
  • All “Diet” drinks and foods (anything that uses sucralose, aspartame, Splenda, Sweet ‘N Low, Acesulfame K, Equal, saccharin)
  • All Fast Food
  • Flax – eat sparingly, this is an estrogenic food
  • Peanuts and Peanut Butters – high in aflatoxins which cause liver damage and thus poor hormone metabolism
  • Alcohol high in Estrogen – wine, beer and bourbon, and Non-organic alcohol


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  • Reply Karla August 6, 2014 at 5:10 am

    What a great inspiring article with so much helpful tips ! Thank you for posting this I hope many more ready this

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale August 7, 2014 at 1:44 pm

      You are so welcome!

  • Reply Vita @ VitaLivesFree August 6, 2014 at 9:15 am

    Loved this article. Your pictures are unbelievably beautiful! So different from the others, they simply stand out. Great tips!

  • Reply Pamela August 15, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    Well said! Great information offered in a concise and easy to understand format. Thank you!

  • Reply Cat Brooks August 23, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    Fantastic! I’ve been looking for an informative and detailed article like this. In the process of balancing my own hormones. This will be really helpful ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Janine Jozwiak September 3, 2014 at 3:59 am

    Any suggestions for those of us with LOW estrogen?

  • Reply Janie Hodges September 11, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    I am loving your research! I am trying to get your food list from this diet into a printable form. The PDF version will not print correctly onto paper. Do you have something you could post that would print in similar format? Or you can send me something directly. Thank you so much!!

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale September 30, 2014 at 3:26 pm

      Hi Janie, email me at lauren@theholykale.com and I can see what I can do.

  • Reply Stacey October 8, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    Hi Lauren, I am incredibly inspired by your articles. I have just found them today while searching for ways to detox my liver and make my body healthier. I have been using Birth Control off and on for the past 14 years. My two small breaks resulted in my two wonderful children! I have been on birth control consistently for the past almost 8 years. Since giving birth to my youngest. Two and half months ago I pitched the pill for good and my husband has since undergone a vasectomy so that I could have a chance to get my body back on track. While on the pill I suffered from severe mood swings, anxiety, depression, hair thinning, dry skin, fatigue, anemia. You name it I felt it. I feel so much better now than what I did 3 mos ago, but I still feel as though my body is somewhat struggling. Now my skin is oily and my face(chin area mostly) is breaking out horribly. My mood swings have subsided and I am no longer feeling like a prisoner to depression. The anxiety still lingers a little though, and from time to time I feel kind of tired or just under the weather. I am currently taking fish oil, vitamin D, vitamin B complex, and a one a day multi-vitamin for active women. I do high intensity exercises, yoga, and jogging at least 5 times/week. I eat pretty well, I sleep 7 1/2-8 hours a night and only have a few drinks on friday and saturday. I am 31, 5’4″ and 107 ibs. I am wondering if I should switch my supplements. Can you suggest in what order I should start what supplements. Do to cost I have to get them one at a time. Also diet suggestions maybe. I need to start in baby steps or it is something that I wont stick with. Thank you thank you for your time!

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale October 10, 2014 at 9:12 pm

      Hi Stacey, your symptoms are pretty normal and it shouldn’t take much to get you back on track. In your case, I would suggest a concentrated form of maca called Femmenessence Macaharmony. This is one of my favorite ways to get rid of acne on the chin and to improve energy levels. I personally take this as a ongoing supplement especially since Maca is such a great adaptogen (helps the body withstand stress, improves the immune system etc.). This product is far more therapeutic than raw maca powder which is why I use it with my clients. I would also suggest taking Adaptogen Energizer. This would be a great one to support you long-term, especially with your exercise schedule and being a mommy ๐Ÿ˜‰ I dont know what forms of other vitamins you are taking, but I would make sure to take a vitamin D3 (not D2), Krill oil (less contamination that most “fish oils”), and a live source B vitamin like Max B ND. The Max B is a probiotic generated form of B vitamins that are made from live foods not from petroleum (thats what synthetic forms of B vitamins are made from), and is easily absorbed and utilized by the body. As for a daily multi, use a live source only (no synthetic) – what that means is look for one that uses whole foods as a vitamin source rather than one that only lists the vitamins and minerals. A good example of a live source multi is this Daily Multi (compare the nutrition labels). You can also use a greens powder instead as a daily multi which is great if you do smoothies daily. Good Luck!

  • Reply carrie January 9, 2015 at 3:12 am

    Any advice or suggestions for someone with Hashimoto’s disease? Thank you!

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale February 5, 2015 at 6:42 pm

      Hi Carrie – do you know if you have a Th-1 or Th-2 cytokine response? Also, have you ever tried a gluten-free diet?

  • Reply Teri January 28, 2015 at 3:38 am

    Hi! Thank you so much for this article! I tried coming off the pill last year. I was off for about 5 months and got back on with the recommendation of my gynecologist. ๐Ÿ™ The symptoms I was having were awful…hair falling out, acne on my chest and face, dry/patchy skin. Anyways my question is do you know anything about using essential oils to regulate hormones? I have been using Young Living oils for a year now and love them so much that I’ve become a distributor. I make my own deodorant, face wash, moisturizer! But I’ve been reading that you can also use them for hormone issues. Any suggestions? Thanks again for your help!

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale February 1, 2015 at 5:46 pm

      Hi Teri – I haven’t used them extensively, but I do hear good things about Zendocrine by DoTerra. Features Tangerine, Rosemary, Geranium, Juniper Berry, and Cilantro essential oils for supporting the liver and hormone production. I would give that a try.

  • Reply Georgina Cook March 21, 2015 at 4:16 am

    So glad I’ve found you. My issue has been since I came back onto the pill. I came off it for 6 months then whilst abroad came back onto but a different brand. Side affects have been awful. Weight gain like I have never had. Swolleness and painfully water retention. Shortly came off it again after 2 months. I’m going to do this along with my personal training session. Do you have any suggestions on meals for this diet. Recipes ? What do have for breakfast kunch and dinner examples. Please email me back. I cant bare to look at myself jn the mirror i am a different person.

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  • Reply Jacqueline Perez April 9, 2015 at 6:41 pm

    I am 40yrs. old and after having my 4yr old daughter my body hasn’t been the same. I recently was put on birth control pills for having crazy periods and my hormones were out of whack. I was put on Lo Lestrin Fe after being on them for a month had my moods not right not to mention. I was on my menstrual for two weeks so I decided to not take them and just try something natural and go on a cleanse. I don’t want to know about the birth control pills ever again. I read on the many benefits your site has. Please send me anything else I should know. Thank you!

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale April 10, 2015 at 4:53 pm

      Hi Jacqueline, the DIM detox and the femmenessence macaharmony would be a great place to start. I would also focus on the diet by using my hormone balancing herb diet. The raw honey and bee pollen blend should also be quite helpful. Feel free to email me directly at lauren@theholykale.com in a month or so to follow up.

      • Reply Jacqueline Perez April 13, 2015 at 9:12 pm

        Thank you! Now, do I just follow the directions on the label or is there any other way , that is best to take?

  • Reply Gabrielle Dubay May 5, 2015 at 5:31 am

    Hi Lauren!

    I love your page and am about to begin your hormone balancing diet beginning tomorrow. I always try and eat as organic as possible, but since I’m 19 and independent it’s hard to afford it all the time. I have been a vegetarian for about a year and a half now, I eat 2 eggs every morning and have been trying extremely hard to give up cheese. I was on birth control for about 3 years, and I stopped taking it about 6 months ago and have still been experiencing really bad breakouts ever since I came off of it. And also, have only had one cycle since getting off it. I don’t know if it’s my diet that is making me breakout, because I think if it was from the birth control it would’ve stopped by now? Do you have any suggestions? I also take one supplement. It’s by the company synergy and it’s just a daily multivitamin but I haven’t noticed much from it yet. Any tips would be great from you! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thank you!

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale May 7, 2015 at 6:31 pm

      Hi Gabrielle, I would still bet it is the back lash of taking birth control that is causing the irregular (lack of) period and skin break out. It can take a long time for the hormones to regulate and most often supplements are always needed to help that process. In your case, I would suggest taking Femmenessence MacaHarmony. It is a concentrated form of the adaptogenic root Maca. Maca is a root that supports the balance and regulation of a womanโ€™s own hormone production by stimulating the body systems themselves, not by adding anything additional. I have seen this product be extremely effective in improving acne, weight issues and energy. It is also far more effective, due to its high concentration and proprietary formulation, that generic maca powder. This will also help with the return of your period, but I would also add a honey and pollen blend. To make the honey pollen mix take a mason jar and fill 1/3 raw honey, then 1/3 pollen, then 1/3 honey and mix. Mix until combined and let it sit for a day. Then mix again…. the honey will start to dissolve the pollen. You will then eat 1 tbs daily (it can be spread out 1 tsp 3x/day). It can be taken by itself, on food, in tea – whatever works best. This provides the building blocks for the hormones and the maca will help to balance out the hormones. You can increase the honey/pollen to 2 tbs after a week or so if needed. Local honey is the best if available. I would try this along with the diet for 6 weeks. If you do not see an improvement, write back and we can add or adjust things. Contact me at lauren@theholykale.com

  • Reply marie May 17, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    Hi lauren, I just wanted to thank you for this unbelievably helpful post! I, like many women here, just stopped taking the pill. I was on it for about 4 and a half years since I was nineteen and just felt like I shouldn’t be taking it for so long. Since I got off the pill I have gained 8 pounds, though was able to lose 3…SLOWLY, and have had only one cycle. It has been about 4 months and am a little nervous now. I am taking your suggestion and just ordered your suggested maca supllement and DIM. I guess I would just like to hear some reasurence that my weight and cycle will return to normal. Can’t help but to imagine the worst case scenario. thanks again for all this wonderful information!

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale May 18, 2015 at 2:46 pm

      Hi Marie…. YES ๐Ÿ™‚ Your life will return to normal. Please do not stress, worry or have anxiety about this next chapter. For as many women that have side effects coming off of the pill, equal amounts have none at all. The more you worry and stress, the more you will have the potential of having side effects… remember how very important the mind is over the body. You are simply allowing your body to be who it is, to be natural, to function as it was intended, as it was made. It may take a bit for it to find its way back, but with your trust, support, endurance and resolve it will get there in time. Be gentle to it, take care of it with supplements and diet, and you will find yourself in a far happier place.

  • Reply elena May 26, 2015 at 11:05 pm

    Hi Lauren. Thank you so much for posting this article. I went off the pill a few months ago, and although emotionally I feel so much better, I’ve struggled with rapid weight gain. I’ve always been a small person and since stopping the pill I have just stacked on the kilos despite healthy eating and exercising 5-6 days a week. I feel so disheartened and I hope that using your plan helps me shift this unwanted weight!

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale June 2, 2015 at 4:24 pm

      Hi Elena, yes stick to this plan and also follow the nutritional supplement regime I recommend in my post birth control post. Using the Femmenessence Maca, the DIM Detox and the B vitamins will be key. Also consider getting a Fit Bit to track your steps, calories and miles everyday, and the app “MyFitnessPal” to keep track of the food you are eating…. just helps to keep you accountable.

  • Reply Alaina May 28, 2015 at 6:35 am

    Hi Laura,
    I was wondering, I am currently trying to balance my hormones after coming off birth control and something you mentioned was avoiding soy because of the hormones in it. I like to burn soy candles, do you think breathing all of that in could affect my detox process? A little far fetched,I know,but I really want to do this right!

  • Reply Karen August 11, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    I was surprised that you said raw peanuts were bad for you. I did a little research and found that raw peanuts, themselves, are not toxic and are safe to eat. However, they can be contaminated with a mold called Aspergillus flavus which produces a chemical called aflatoxin, a potential carcinogen that can cause health problems in people and animals.

    In the United States, the U.S. Department of Agriculture tests and monitors peanuts moving through production facilities nationwide. If the amount of aflatoxin is greater than 20 parts per billion, they order the peanuts destroyed. Amounts below that are considered reasonably safe.

    Just some food for thought! Love your blog!

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale August 12, 2015 at 8:50 pm

      Hi Karen… yes the aflatoxins are a big deal. Can cause stress to the liver and gallbladder in particular. The best thing though is that there are other options to choose from ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Reply Raquel October 23, 2015 at 10:57 am

    Hi. I would like to ask you where do you stand on whey?
    I think I saw some other post of you, where you talk about protein, and actually mention whey. But then in other post you mentioned dairy as bad for acne. I was confused, and came to see this post specifically to understand your stand on dairy/when. But it is still not clear. Well, for dairy it is. But whey?
    Thanks in advance for you answer!!

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale October 23, 2015 at 3:27 pm

      Hi Raquel, for some whey is an okay food to incorporate in the diet, and for others it is not. Whey is a byproduct of dairy. It doesn’t have casein, a common allergen. Regular whey does have lactose, an allergen that can irritate the body and cause acne, but whey isolate is for the most part lactose-free. But there is another aspect of whey that can cause acne. Whey contains a hormone called IGF-1 (insulin-like growth factor 1) which can interrupt hormone balance leading to acne in some. Whey also increases insulin which can lead to acne. So in your case, I would stick to plant-based protein powders like brown rice, pea, cranberry, or hemp. Hope that helps!

  • Reply Kristie December 30, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    Hi Lauren – I see most of your postings are from younger women in the reproductive part of their lives. What kinds of things would you recommend for a women in her 60s, past menopause, who is overweight but ready to retire and take life by the horns? I’ve been trying to be healthier, eating better, and working out more but I want to move to the next level focusing more on your healthy diet but wonder about supplements. Would the femmenessence maca be something I could benefit from? Other supplements?

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale January 8, 2016 at 5:15 pm

      Hi Kristie, this diet should still work great for you and where you are in life. As for supplements, I think Pure Lean Pure Pack is an awesome daily multi that also helps boost metabolism. It has all the nutrients you need to so its a great one to take as an adjunct to a healthy diet. Instead of the MacaHarmony by Femmenessence, I would try MacaPause. This is designed for women in their 50s+ As for helping with weight loss, cardio exercise (interval training is best) along with weight bearing exercise like weight lifting is essential. In addition, I would focus on the foods in the diet, but rely mostly on vegetables, organic lean proteins such as lamb/buffalo, eggs, wild salmon, legumes, healthy fats like avocado, olives, olive oil, and raw nuts/seeds. A low glycemic diet would be a great way to go – no white flour, white sugar, no processed/boxed foods and lesser high sugar fruits (eat low sugar fruits like berries) and starchy vegetables like root vegetables (potatoes, winter squashes). Fruits and starchy vegetables are healthy, but if you want to lose some weight, focus more on the green vegetables and low sugar fruits for a time. Hope that helps!

  • Reply petra November 30, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    hi , i have recently stopped taking yasmin. I also suffer mild pcos and underactive thyroid disorder.

    would you recommend taking Peruvian raw organic maca or is it going to interfere with my hormones?

    many thanks

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale December 2, 2016 at 5:07 pm

      Good Morning Petra, You can take raw organic maca powder, but I am not so sure it will be strong enough for your specific case. I would take a concentrated form called MacaHarmony. I wrote about it in more detail on my post How to treat PCOS naturally. It is the form of maca you want to use when trying to address a hormone imbalance since it is far more therapeutic. Depending on your type of thyroid disorder, you might want to consider taking a natural, food-source iodine (as long as you are not suffering from Hashimotos). I really love the product called XenoStat. Oftentimes people suffer from an under active thyroid due to iodine deficiency. In addition, the thyroid is very sensitive to radiation, so if you work in an environment with high radiation exposure that is something to look into changing.

  • Reply Stacy heliotis January 23, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    Wow, your post is incredible! Loved reading about your recommendations. I’ve been dealing with similar issues for a very long time and yesterday was my first day in 10+ years without a birth control pill. I too am now blogging about the experience because it is a SCARY road to go down and it’s too easy to just run back to birth control. So thanks for sharing, definitely proves there can be a light at the end of the tunnel.

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale January 24, 2017 at 4:12 pm

      Congratulations! Yes, it can be quite a journey, but I hope that you do not face a lot of obstacles. In some cases, some people do not have any trouble transitioning off the pill, so I will hope that is your experience. If not, there are tons of tools, especially in my coming of BC post that should help. Best of luck Stacy!

  • Reply Yessi March 10, 2017 at 6:07 am

    Thanks so much for this article Lauren! I just came off the pill about a month ago and seriously believe I have developed a hormonal imbalance. I’m trying to cut out a lot of things from my diet, including soy.

    I have a question, though. For the past 6-7 months, I’ve been using a facial cleanser that contains soy. Would the cleanser have an effect on my hormonal levels as well?

    This is the ingredient list:


    Thanks so much in advance!

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale March 10, 2017 at 2:40 pm

      Thanks for writing in and congrats on making the change! I do not think that would play that much of a role in hormone imbalance, but it wouldn’t be a bad idea to switch to a different cleanser either. Best of luck!

  • Reply Victoria macdonald June 7, 2017 at 11:22 am

    Hi Lauren. I am 32 and have cysts on my ovaries and liver and have a lot of inflammation in my digestive system and gastritis plus low iron, low testosterone. I’ve never taken the pill. Basically, I’m white as a sheet, I’m tired, I can’t digest food properly, I feel hungry all the time, I’m a total mess. My doctors don’t have any answers for me. I’m not sure if my hormones are unbalanced because my digestion isn’t working, or if my digestion isn’t working because my hormones are unbalanced. What do you think? Can hormone imbalances cause severe digestives problems like mine? Thanks in advance. I’m going to buy some if these foods you suggest today.

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale June 7, 2017 at 1:47 pm

      Hi Victoria, I always suggest starting with digestion. If you cannot digest your food, then you are completely unable to receive the essential nutrients for making hormones and for expelling them. In addition, undigested food causes inflammation in the gut and raises toxicity levels that can burden the immune system and the detox organs such as the liver. The liver is the organ that produces and eliminates hormones. So as you can see, if digestion is impaired the rest of the body systems cannot function properly. I would consider doing intestinal cleansing, starting with the easy intestinal cleanse and then following up with the intestinal cleanse for leaky gut. Many people who suffer from long term digestive issues have leaky gut as well, and it can only help to repair it. This would be a good place to start. To mend the digestive system and see how you feel afterwards. Hopefully many of your symptoms will clear up, and from there it will be more clear to what steps need to be taken. As always, make sure that the program is safe for your situation by consulting with your MD.

      • Reply Victoria macdonald June 9, 2017 at 6:13 pm

        Hi. Thanks for your quick reply. I will focus on healing my digestion then.
        I dont react well to anything acidic, like lemons or ACV, my stomach just turns sour. Then when I drink bicarbonate of soda, it gives off so much gas so quickly that my nose fizzes as if I’ve just drank a litre of soda. I can hear fluid sloshing around in my belly all day. Do you know what that is? Acid? Chyme? I’ve asked about seven different doctors and they don’t have an answer for me. I can’t figure out if I’m not making enough HCL or I’m making too much. I tried taking HCL but it didn’t help me. I haven’t slept through the night for four years because my hunger pangs wake me up every two hours. I have to keep food by the bed.
        My instincts are telling me that I don’t have enough blood flow to facilitate digestion or Im so toxic that my nervous system is affected and so my vagus nerve isnt getting activated to digest, I am very jumpy, but not mentally anxious about anything.
        Sorry for the long post. No reply required, but it would be hugely appreciated know what you think might be going on, even just a small clue, because I’ve been told so many different things and I’m all out of ideas.
        Thanks again.

        • Lauren The Holy Kale
          Reply Lauren The Holy Kale June 12, 2017 at 1:50 pm

          It sounds highly likely that you have a parasite. Waking up hungry throughout the night is a very common system, along with undiagnosed digestive issues. I would consider looking more into parasitic infections. A great anti-parasitic remedy is Artemisia & Clove by Bioray.

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