A Woman-centric diet for woman-centric needs
WOMEN’S DAY EASIEST DIET TO FOLLOW
In this day and age, conversations about issues and concerns faced by women are no longer an exception, but the norm. Women, apart from being mothers, caregivers and nurturers also give equal importance to their careers, goals and aspirations. While juggling between multiple tasks, it is vital to give importance to your own well-being, whether physical, mental or spiritual.
Here are some concerns that contemporary women face on a regular basis, and how tweaking your diet can help alleviate if not mitigate these issues:
With almost unending personal and professional responsibilities, it’s only natural for women to go through spurts of low energy.
- A handful of walnuts can do wonders, being packed with iron, zinc, potassium and protein, all of which give that extra kick for women on the go.
- Perfect as a quick snack or in your breakfast smoothie, there’s no energy source as simple or effective as a banana.
- Quinoa is a true superfood – high in protein, complex carbs and fibre – supplying your body with a steady stream of energy through the day.
Keep Calm and Munch On
Mood swings, occupational stress, familial and social obligations – the pressure just doesn’t ease up on women.
- Found abundantly in dark chocolate, cocoa is a natural source of phenethylamine – which triggers the release of endorphins – and also contains natural serotonin, popular for promoting feelings of happiness and well-being.
- Complex carbohydrates such as buckwheat, brown rice and wholewheat increase levels of serotonin and lowers stress hormones.
- Known mostly for its high fibre content, Oats are equally beneficial as a stress-reliever due to its high Magnesium content that relaxes blood vessels and helps regulate serotonin.
Menstrual cramps can happen on a monthly basis, but don’t let it debilitate you.
- One of the most versatile ingredients, Ginger is hailed for its anti-inflammatory properties that can significantly reduce cramps.
- Chamomile Tea, best known as a stress reliever, also has the effect of increasing glycine – a natural muscle relaxant – which relieves menstrual cramps and bloating.
- A pinch of cinnamon in tea, coffee or cake adds warmth, flavour and also anti-inflammatory properties – reducing pain from cramps significantly.
- Banana contains vitamin B6 and a healthy dose of potassium, which can help relieve bloating and cramping symptoms.
Skin is always in!
What we eat affects us both inside and out – and this is most visible on the way in which our skin ages over the years.
- Almonds are a great source of Vitamin E, which promotes tissue repair, retention of skin moisture and protection from harmful UV rays.
- Rich in Omega-3 Fatty acids, Walnuts aid in strengthening skin cell membranes, protect you from sun damage and preserve your skin’s natural oil barrier, giving you a beautiful outward glow.
The end of the age of menstruation for women can signal the onset of a number of problems, but there are an equal number of solutions as well!
- Flax seeds and Chia seeds are a great source of healthy fats, especially omega-3 fatty acids, which have been known to reduce hot flashes and night sweats.
- Broccoli can help improve estrogen-levels, improve bone health due to high calcium content, and fibre to promote weight-loss.