I love how Women’s Health Week corresponds with the first week of Spring and brings this powerful possibility for change. The change of season allows us to deliberately leave behind thoughts and habits that no longer serve us.
The arrival of Spring also brings more colourful fruit and veggies and an opportunity to enliven up our diet. Maybe use this time to spring clean your cupboards and have a ceremonious binning of packet foods or anything that contains vegetable oils, refined flours, artificial sweeteners or numbers.
Every cell in our body is created from what you put in your mouth. Real food is necessary for our reproductive, gut and mental health. Hippocrates who knew a thing or two famously said “Let food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food” (Hippocrates 460- 370BC).
So, what should women eat?
- Veggies – 7-10 servings per day – all colours as they help to increases probiotic diversity and are a vital source of antioxidants
- Prebiotic veggies – chicory, artichoke, asparagus, purple carrots, purple sweet potatoes, leeks, garlic
- Soaked legumes, beans and lentils, nuts and seeds
- Bitter Foods – rocket, chicory, radicchio, dandelion greens, beet leaves and sprouts
- Anti- inflammatory herbs – Garlic, leek, turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, clove, cardamom, Chinese cabbage, cumin and parsley as these help to rid your gut of pathogenic bacteria, whilst preserving the healthy bacteria
- Polyphenol foods which are anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and rich in fibre – red grapes, almonds, onions, green tea, blueberries, broccoli, dark chocolate
- Protein foods – to feed all your 600 muscles, promote tissue repair, cellular maintenance and to build hormones, enzymes and brain chemicals
- Protein foods will also boost energy and promote sleep – consider animal and plant sources – wild caught fish, eggs, nuts, seeds, seaweed, beans and legumes
To all our wonderful women patients of Darling Health please have a fabulous Women’s Health Week, taking care of your lovely selves and your lovely cells. And please remember to use this week to find some time for rest.
“Take rest, a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop” – Ovid.
With love, Amanda xx
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Wanting inspiration on what to eat? Questioning how to get all those extra yummy veggies into your diet? Looking at preconception care and what to eat before trying to conceive? Check out some of our delicious recipes. Below is a great one from our acupuncturist Renee Boyd.