Reduce Excess Oestrogen with this Endo-Friendly Breakfast Bowl

Reduce Excess Oestrogen with this Endo-Friendly Breakfast Bowl

Breakfast

Reduce Excess Oestrogen with this
Endo-Friendly Breakfast Bowl

My daily breakfast bowl – it’s sort of like yoghurt with granola, but on superfood ‘steroids’ and easier on the jaw. Recommended by my medical herbalist to reduce excess oestrogen, I added my favourite energy-enhancing, stress-relieving and hormone-balancing superfoods.

Recipe

Super-Seed
Breakfast Bowl

Portion: 1

Ingredients: 

  • Sugar, dairy & soy-free yoghurt (i.e. DIY cultured yoghurt or coconut yoghurt) or coconut kefir – use as much as you’d like (I usually use around 250ml).
  • 1 tbsp sunflower seeds
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • Handful of berries
  • Small handful of almonds
  • 1-2 teaspoons of psyllium hulls or slippery elm powder*
  • Optional: 1/2 banana 
  • Optional: DIY Granola or toppings such as coconut flakes
  • Optional: Superfoods of choice such as bee pollen or goji berries.

DIY Cultured Yogurt | DIY Granola

Instructions:

  1. Soak the almonds overnight – but don’t let that stop you from having this today. Use without nuts if you have none soaked. 
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  2. You can blend some berries with the yoghurt if you’d like (I use frozen berries for blending and fresh for topping), though I enjoy plain yoghurt as it’s good for getting your taste buds attuned to less sugar. Pour your yoghurt into a bowl.
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  3. Coarsely grind the seeds, almonds (and psyllium hulls if you’re using them) and then add the ground mixture on top of the yoghurt. (You can use the grinding blade from your blender or coffee grinder)
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  4. Sprinkle any powder you are using (such as slippery elm and or superfood powders) over the ground seed mixture. 

    Serving suggestion: Top with fresh fruit or berries and any superfoods such as bee pollen and goji berries and consume with a turmeric/curcumin supplement.

Turmeric, or specifically curcumin extract, is renowned for its anti-inflammatory effects on the body. As turmeric is fat-soluble, optimise absorption by taking your turmeric or curcumin supplement with fat. This breakfast bowl contains healthy fats in the forms of yoghurt, nuts and seeds.

 

Health Notes

Digestive Goodness

If heavier foods make you feel fatigued, this is a lightweight option that is easy on the digestive system – in fact, don’t be surprised if it wakes up a sleepy digestive system (chia seeds I’m looking at you).

 

Deconstructed Smoothie

If you’re not keen on chugging a seed and superfood mash-up in smoothies, and I don’t blame you, this is an ideal alternative. Ground seed mix is much nicer to eat with yoghurt and the roughly chopped almonds add just
enough crunch. 

Hormone Balancing Seeds

Both sunflower and sesame seeds promote the production of progesterone, which can help to balance the hormone levels – particularly key since endometriosis is linked to an oestrogen dominance.

Ground seeds become rancid quickly
so make fresh daily.

Bee Pollen

Similarly to maca, though perhaps less well known, bee pollen is used as an all-around energy aid and stress-reliever.

It is considered one of nature’s most complete foods as it possesses nearly all the nutrients we require. 

Bee pollen is a source of protein and also contains vitamins (inc. B-complex), minerals, co-enzymes and amino acids.

First-time users are recommended to start with 1 single piece of bee pollen under their tongue to check for any intolerance, before increasing the amount taken the next day.

I purchase my bee pollen from LiveMoor.co.uk, a natural living store that’s just down the road from me on
the edge of Dartmoor.

Contraindications:

Do not use if you are allergic to pollen
or are pregnant.

 

Slippery Elm Powder

A popular ingredient in herbal remedies, slippery elm is touted for its wonderful soothing, strengthening and healing qualities. Plus, the name just makes me laugh every time I hear it, always a good thing!

Contraindications:

If you are on medication, taking slippery elm in tandem can decrease the effectiveness of your medication. 

WebMD recommends taking slippery elm at least one hour after you take your medication to prevent this interaction. 

 

Maca Powder

An adaptogen, maca helps the body to cope with stress and restore overall balance. It’s often suggested for those with adrenal fatigue as it supports the endocrine system and boosts
energy and stamina. 

Contraindications:

Due to maca’s hormone balancing properties, hormone-sensitive conditions can be affected. It’s wise to consult with a medical herbalist or naturopath in
this instance.