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Page 76 | Abby's Magazine - In this article, I am going to share with you one of the most important things that I have ever learned about the relationship between nutrition and hormone balance. And I am really thrilled to make this information available, because despite its importance, very few people (even practitioners) seem to know about it. Here it is: estrogen and insulin have a synergistic relationship, so it's virtually impossible for a woman to balance her hormones if her blood sugar is not also balanced. But when she does balance her blood sugar, then her other hormones often become balanced on their own. I have been counseling woman about nutrition, weight management and women's health for many years, but learning about the estrogen/insulin connection a few years ago was in many ways the missing piece of the puzzle. If you are at all familiar with my Gourmet Wellness program, you already know that I offer a very personalized nutrition and lifestyle approach that is largely based on Dr. Peter J. D'Adamo's "blood type diet." It was in Dr. D'Adamo's book about menopause that I learned about this critical relationship. What does this mean for you? Let's start with a very quick explanation about insulin and blood sugar. Insulin is an important hormone that is released by the pancreas, and its job is to make the energy from sugar in your blood available to your cells in the form of glucose. The balancing act is a very delicate one, and many factors can interfere with it. In fact, eating too much of the wrong processed foods can tax the pancreas so much that it stops producing insulin properly, and this is a serious disease called diabetes. There are three key things you can do to help balance your blood sugar: While this may seem obvious, my work with women over the past twenty years has taught me that many women have a deeply-ingrained adversarial relationship with food. This often shows up as either overweight or underweight, but even women of normal weight can have a concern (if not an obsession) with their weight, and habitually skip meals, snack on non-quality food, or just under eat. Or many women are so busy taking care of others that they just don't stop to feed themselves. I myself lived that way for many years, so I understand the conditioning all too well. But I am grateful that I was able to transform my relationship with food and became free to make healthier choices. Although it may seem paradoxical, my weight didn't stabilize until I developed a joyful relationship with food and learned how to really eat. So eating regular meals of real food is a very important foundation for blood sugar and hormone balance. Without getting too technical here, just know that processed, simple carbohydrate foods have a high glycemic index (GI), and these cause your blood sugar to spike, which tells the pancreas to produce lots of insulin, which then causes your blood sugar to sharply drop. Not only does this feel lousy, but all that insulin interferes with your estrogen production and also contributes to weight gain. In fact, many "low fat" food and snacks that women eat because they think those are "healthy" may in fact be causing By Susan J. Proctor

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