I was listening to a fascinating podcast today with Dr Neil Barnard, a faculty member at George Washington University School of medicine, about the effects of food on your hormones. As do most western women of ‘a certain age’, I am experiencing certain symptoms of hormonal imbalance such as fatigue, abdominal discomfort et cetera – I’ll let you use your imagination.
So I’ve decided to experiment with a plant-based diet over the next four weeks to see how removing meat from my diet affects my hormone reactions.
Let’s be clear, as much as I love animals, this is not an ethical entanglement I find myself in, it’s purely for health reasons. I do acknowledge that there is an environmentally motivated need to start looking to protein alternatives. I digress…
My plan, so far, is to outline the following:
- How much protein do I need daily?
- What foods should I eat to get that protein?
- How is this going to affect how I feel as I adjust?
- How do I make sure I’m getting all the other vitamins and minerals (micronutrients) that I will need to stay healthy?
I’ve started keeping a food, exercise and sleep diary so I can track what I’m putting into my body, my energy expenditure and how I’m feeling each day.
I’ve calculated that 15% of my food intake should be protein – which for my weight, age and activity levels is approximately 55-60g protein per day.
Right, let’s see how this goes!!
More posts about my Plant-based Experiment to come…