Female bodies seen to thrive on several small meals a day, spaced evenly throughout the day. We don’t function well when we let ourselves get too hungry, then overeat, or eat too much of one sort of food – especially too much or too little fat carbs protein.
Although this may come as a surprise, one of the biggest mistakes women make is we don’t eat often enough. As we get older, or metabolism slows down ( largely due to lack of exercise) and our waistlines thicken (especially after menopause). Then we ten to eat less because we’re not so hungry or don’t want to put on more weight.
If we eat only two meals a day, we slow our metabolism down even more, feel sluggish and we don’t take in the nutrients our bodies need.
Choose proteins wisely.
Your body needs protein to repair and rebuild virtually all the tissue in your body. Protein also regulates blood sugar levels and help you (via a hormone called glucogen) convert stored fats in to fuel. Still, you need to choose your protein wisely.
Animal protein that’s high in fat and cholesterol will clog arteries and, over time, increase your risk of heart disease. High-fat meat and dairy products also contain the highest concentrations of xenoestrogens (toxic estrogens found in pesticides, which can promote breast and ovarian cancer. To digest animal protein, the stomach secretes a certain acid thought to pull calcium from the bones during the process.
Get your essential fatty acids.
The central nervous system, immune and cardiovascular systems all need essential fatty acids to function properly. Nutrient-dense fats from the “omega family” can ease PMS and menopausal symptoms, depression, add luster to hair, skin, nails-and help you lose weight! when the body is no longer starved of these nutrients, it more willingly transforms its stored fat into energy.