So, I’ve taken you through my basic go-to lunches and my fav breakfasts – but what about snacks?
I used to snack pretty much all day, every day, and I was always hungry, no matter how big a meal I ate or how many servings I’d had. As I embark on my journey toward hormone balance, I’ve discovered that my constant hunger and need to snack are directly linked to my unstable blood sugar levels, which also have an impact on my fatigue. I’ve been working to stabilize my levels ever since.
Now that I eat for blood sugar and hormone balance, my snacking has changed. If I eat breakfast early, I’ll have a mid-morning snack. If not, I tend to eat an early lunch at about 12:30 p.m., and then I’ll have a snack around 3 or 3:30 p.m.
My go-to snack at the moment is a protein shake. I’ll mix it with water, or coconut or nut milk for extra flavor and nutrients. Depending on where I am in my cycle, I may add some fruit or other ingredients. I have to ease up on sugar during my pre-menstrual and menstrual phase. However, if I’m in my pre-ovulatory or ovulatory phase, I can afford to up my fruit intake.
I’m trying to eat for my cycle, according to the FLO protocol , so in these phases, I might add strawberries, sour cherries, raspberries, figs, and coconut meat or milk. If you like a thicker type of smoothie, adding in a frozen banana (just be cautious if you find you get an increase of pain from sugar) or some avocado creates a beautiful creamy consistency. You could also add “superfoods” for a nutrient boost — raw cacao is great because it’s high in iron and magnesium, two minerals that are often lacking in those of us with endometriosis.
Some of my previous snack favorites have been almond- or coconut-based yogurt mixed with nuts, some fruit, and sometimes a scoop of protein powder to keep me going longer. I used to like chia puddings, too. Just mix up a batch of yogurt (I have dairy-free to reduce inflammation and because I’m intolerant) with chia seeds, and add whatever else you like to it. I added cacao nibs for crunch and oats to make it more filling. You then pop it in the fridge overnight and separate into jars or containers so you have a portion each day.