We interviewed Jessica Pantermuehl, NTP on her journey to hormone balance through food … and what she’s going to teach at the upcoming #TBYHLA Conference! We are so happy to share her happy smile and contagious, healthy vibes with you! Read on…
Can you tell us about your experience with hormone imbalance and what lifestyle changes made the biggest difference?
At the risk of being polarizing, the biggest change I saw was adding meat back into my diet.
I was vegetarian for a few years and unfortunately created some nutritional and subsequent hormonal imbalances, despite my exclusion of processed foods and inclusion of quality, plant-based foods.
It was a personal lesson in the truth of bio-individuality. While a plant-based diet can be great in some circumstances, it was not the right fit for my body long term. Adding animal protein and animal-based fats back into my diet helped to regulate my menstrual cycle, reduce the cystic acne I had developed, and restore stability to my energy.
What will you be teaching at Take Back Your Health Los Angeles?
I’ll be sharing the strategies and foods that I have seen to be most effective in supporting healthy hormones during my past 6 years of clinical practice.
Every meal and snack you eat has an impact on your hormones and if things are off-kilter for you hormonally, there is quite a bit you can do to address this with nutritional therapy. We’ll be decoding this together, and discussing simple, easy-to-implement strategies you can use to optimize your hormonal health.
What advice do you have for someone who is just beginning a healthy lifestyle?
There is a lot of (often conflicting) information about the specifics of health and nutrition, so don’t let yourself get too overwhelmed with it. Two stable data that won’t steer you wrong:
1) Eat real food as much as possible. Cool Ranch Doritos have 34 ingredients. An avocado only has one. Aim for making the majority of your diet single-ingredient foods.
2) Think of your body like a furnace, and the food you eat as different kinds of fuel. Fats are big logs (think avocado, olive oil, coconut oil, nuts, seeds), proteins are big logs (think fish, meats, eggs), and carbohydrates are kindling (vegetables, fruits, grains, sugar).
You always want to bring in big logs when you bring in kindling, otherwise your fire will burn hot and bright, then burn out quickly. You should aim to incorporate each of the big logs (fat and protein) as well as some kindling (ideally giving the biggest emphasis to vegetables) with each meal and snack.
What are a few of your favorite foods?
I make a big batch of organic, pastured chicken soup in my crockpot nearly every week. It is all of the things I love: soothing, comforting, nourishing, and delicious. It’s so easy, too! Just take one fresh raw chicken, rub it down with some olive oil, salt, pepper, and thyme, and put it in your crockpot with 4 diced carrots, 6 stalks of celery, a diced onion, a bay leaf and 6 cups of water. Cook on high for 6 hours, then let it sit in the refrigerator overnight (it’s always better the next day).
Cooking a batch of this soup each week also helps me to get in my organ meats: I pull out the liver and heart from the “giblets” bag that come inside the chicken and sauté them while I prepare the soup. If you’ve never tried liver or haven’t enjoyed the liver you have tried, give this a shot. The freshness of the liver makes ALL the difference when it comes to taste, and it doesn’t get much more fresh than straight out of the chicken! Just make sure you are getting an organic chicken if you eat the organ meat.
My go-to snack is walnuts with a few dried blueberries, and for a treat, I really love NibMor Extreme Dark Chocolate with Cacao Nibs (80%).
What are you looking forward to at Take Back Your Health Los Angeles next month?
It’s always invigorating to come together as a community, and to connect with others who value natural approaches to health. It’s a pleasure for me to be able to share the techniques and information that I use to help clients reclaim their health, and the opportunity to learn from my fellow speakers. There is so much progress and so many developments happening in the world of health all the time, and these conferences provide a wonderful platform to stay up to date, informed, and connected.
We’re lucky to have Jessica speaking on hormone balance at #TBYHLA in just a few weeks!
Join us at Take Back Your Health Los Angeles to meet her in person!
Learn more about Jessica at www.beautifullybalanced.net
Keep taking back your health,
Photo credit: Jessica Pantermuehl