As a mom (of a very energetic toddler) and business-owner, I’m ALL about efficiency over here.
And one of my time-saving hacks I’ve learned over the years is to cook something once you can eat at least twice. This way you’re not having to do a full marathon of meal prep, but you are maximizing the meals you do cook, saving you pockets of time throughout the week AND supplying you with nourishing and easy meals.
This is exactly why I’m such a fan of baked oatmeals. You bake a big batch once, and have at least a few days worth of breakfast you and the whole fam can enjoy. Plus I think it tastes so much more delicious than stove-top oats, and it’s such an easy way to sneak in nutrients (even veggies!) and gut-boosting ingredients.
This Gut-Friendly Peaches N’ Cream version might be my favorite yet, as it tastes almost like a peach cobbler (aka dessert) but also happens to be loaded with fiber-rich ingredients to help your gut microbiome thrive.
This is also especially important for your hormones, as the state of your gut health is intricately tied to hormone function, and keeping your microbiome balanced leads to better hormonal health.
In today’s world, we’re exposed to a variety of toxins, chemicals, pollutants, processed foods, prescriptions, alcohol, drugs and stress that wreak havoc on our gut microbiome, causing what’s known as dysbiosis, or an imbalance of the gut bacteria.
When gut bacteria becomes unbalanced, food and nutrients aren’t absorbed well, and larger molecules are able to cross the gut wall, causing food sensitivities and increasing inflammation in the body. This can provoke an immune response and trigger an autoimmune condition if left untreated, leading to hormone disruption, such as impaired ovulation or progesterone production (infertility), overstimulated estrogen or testosterone (painful periods, PCOS, endometriosis and breakouts) and blocked thyroid hormone (metabolism, temperature, mood, etc.).
It also affects hormone production, as nutrient absorption via your gut is necessary in order to synthesize hormones (i.e. it’s not just what you eat but how well you actually absorb it).
In order to optimize both gut and hormone health, it’s important to do the following:
Eating a diverse variety of nutrient-dense foods rich in quality protein, fiber and fat ensures you’re providing your body with the raw materials it needs to produce healthy hormones, as well as optimize digestion, regulate blood sugar, boost good gut bacteria and effectively eliminate toxins.
Consuming a variety of foods based on where you’re at in your cycle not only supports different hormone fluctuations by meeting different nutrient needs but by rotating different foods and methods of cooking your gut doesn’t get too overexposed to any particular food that may be causing an inflammatory response. See this post on how to eat for each phase of your cycle or check out my Hormone Balance Reset Plan for phase-specific recipes, grocery shopping lists, recommended foods, etc.
Eating in a calm, relaxed state allows your body to tap into its parasympathetic nervous system (aka rest and digest mode) and properly absorb the nutrients you’re consuming.
This can vary based on your unique gut microbiome and hormone balance, but for most people these triggers include refined sugar, alcohol, gluten, corn, dairy and processed foods in general. If you suspect you have a food intolerance or sensitivity, I highly recommend this FoodMarble Digestive Tracking Device.
If possible, I also encourage you to buy organic produce and wild-caught, grass-fed, and pasture-raised seafood and animal products to avoid toxins that wreak havoc on your gut, decimating the good bacteria, eventually leading to dysbiosis or leaky gut.
These days, I’m finding many of my clients to be familiar with probiotics (which work to implant the gut with a plethora of healthy bacteria), but it’s just as important to incorporate prebiotics into your diet too (food that those healthy bacteria feed off of in order to proliferate and thrive).
Good sources of probiotic-rich foods include fermented coconut/greek yogurt, kimchi, sauerkraut, kombucha and kefir, while cooked onion and asparagus, green bananas, chicory root, artichokes, dandelion greens and oats (hello baked oatmeal) are loaded with prebiotics.
Thanks to a heavy dose of prebiotic fiber (hello oats), gut-protecting compounds (thanks cauliflower rice), digestion-boosting antioxidants (oh hey cinnamon/walnuts) and inflammation-fighting CBD, this Peaches N’ Cream Baked Oatmeal is an awesome gut + hormone-nourishing recipe to incorporate into your diet (especially during your follicular and ovulatory phases, which thrive off of fresh, vibrant summer-like foods). Snag the recipe below.
This easy, delicious recipe tastes like peach cobbler and is loaded with nutrients to help heal your gut and balance your hormones.
Author: Lauren Chambers
Recipe Type: Breakfast, snack, dessert
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