October 15, 2009

#4 Soy - Perimenopause Superfood

Mainstream medical research has confirmed that soy protein, as a regular component of the diet, can lessen both the frequency and intensity of hot flashes, night sweats and other perimenopausal symptoms. Soy helps women with mood swings, PMS symptoms, migraine headaches, irregular periods weight gain, heart health, bone health, and nail/hair/skin health. There is also research indicating a reduction in colon and breast cancer for subjects consuming soy. Soy is high in protein, antioxidants and Omega-3s.

What kind of soy and how much?

It’s important to choose organic, non-GMO soy products (non-genetically modified). You’ll need to consume a minimum of 40 – 60 grams of soy protein/day (2 – 3 small servings) for 4 – 6 weeks. Use must be consistent for 4 - 6 weeks to notice an effect. I've found that starting my day with a soy protein shake is the easiest way to consistently consume soy, and I have definitely benefited from this change in my diet. It's also a quick, easy way to incorporate lean, vegetable protein into my breakfast.

To reap the benefits of soy, you need to be able to digest it. If you are adding soy for the first time, start slowly. If you experience digestive discomfort, consider adding a probiotic, or an enzyme supplement (like Beano). Soy milk, soy nuts, tofu and soy isolates (protein powder) are all great ways to add soy protein to your diet. There are soy supplements available, but check with your doctor before taking large doses of soy. I recommend you give soy a try and see for yourself!

Peanut Butter Protein Fudge (my kids love this treat too!)
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup Shaklee soy protein (any flavor)
1/3 cup honey

If desired, add sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, chocolate chips, craisins or raisins. For extra Omega 3's , you can also add some ground flax seed into the mixture.
Mix together and form into balls. Keep refrigerated.

Here are a few helpful links if you're looking for additional information on Soy.
Frequently Asked Questions about Soy
Additional information on Soy
The Soy Controversy

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