Okay, I realize I sound out of my mind, right? I mean, "The Pizza Uterine Fibroid Diet?" What am I, crazy? Well I suppose it depends on who you talk to...*twitch, twitch*. All kidding aside, this week I wanted to focus on foods for fibroids and I figured, "Why not make it interesting?" Which is the reason why today the title of this post is:
The Pizza Uterine Fibroid Diet
And no, I am not going to tell you that any ol' pizza recipe will do. The one I made is by far the most delicious one I've made - despite being a little unconventional. But trust me on this one. Oh and don't forget to download my free fibroid guide too!
Before we dive in, I want to let you know that as someone who has had fibroids, I get the struggle. I had two - an intramural and a subserosal fibroid, and unlike many women who are asymptomatic, I could feel mine. And what I've noticed is that there's a lack of education on how to eat.
Rather women are told either to monitor them, get a hysterectomy or they're left with a bunch of drugs. I'm not saying that intervention isn't needed at times, but there certainly needs to be a whole-rounded focus and I'm here to give it to ya.
FOODS TO FALL IN LOVE WITH
Fibre-rich veggies (preferably green and non-starchy)
The biggest mojo packing fibroid foods are those which contain indole-3-carbinol. These include: broccoli, cauliflower, kale, collard greens and cabbage. Foods like these help to detoxify foreign estrogens from the system, which would otherwise promote growths like fibroids, endometriosis, PCOS and cysts. In fact, if you're a carb-lovin' mama, I would strongly suggest to cut down your carbs and replace them with veggies instead.
Still stuck on the carbs? Carb-rich foods will spike your insulin levels (your fat storage hormone) and will indirectly raise levels of estrogen. Need I say more?
Onions & Garlic
Garlic and onion help to facilitate liver detoxification by activating various enzymes that aid in flushing out various toxins and hormones. Garlic in particular contains allicin and selenium, two very important components to help with liver cleansing. Both of these foods are sulphur-rich foods that the liver loves! But what the heck does the liver have to do with hormonal imbalances? Well, it plays a major role in detoxification and if you factor that over 90 million Americans have a fatty liver, that's breeding grounds for hormonal imbalances.
Fat is Phat
I know at one point we were told to fear fat, but I'm here to tell you to embrace it! We require fat to produce hormones, for neurological and digestive function and that's just skimming the surface. One thing I love about eating a high fat diet (coconut oil, avocado oil, olive oil, organic/grass-fed butter) is that it really helps my nerves. Previously I was so stressed and jumpy that the second I began eating a higher fat diet it actually really helped my nerves substantially. This is a big deal because in every single woman I see in practice stress is always a catalyst to their hormonal imbalances.
Protein (Naturally-raised or Organic)
I get a lot of flack for my views on meat, fish and poultry. But unfortunately most vegetarians and vegans I see coming into Sexy Lady Balls (who are welcomed with open arms) get their protein by food combining - I get it! But this generally means a much higher carb diet. It's not to say that adjustments can't be made but otherwise I advocate organic eggs, fish and meat. Now before I get hate mail on this topic understand this: I live based on a plant-based diet. Meat is just a compliment.
Here's a quick run down of the foods to ditch
- Excess carbohydrates
- Alcohol - no more than 4 servings a week
- Coffee - I advocate 2x daily and yes, in my membership I do offer satisfying alternatives rather than hot watery tea. I get the love for coffee, I really do.
In the meantime, let's jump right into the action of this incredible pizza which was inspired by Peachy Palate. I switched out several ingredients like flax for chia and adjusted the crust to exclude psyllium for almond flour, but it's pretty similar. And because I'm not a fan of sunflower butter, I opted for crunchy almond butter instead (and crunchy makes all the difference in the world!).
- PIZZA CRUST
- 3 cups (450g) riced broccoli
- 3 large organic eggs
- 1/2 cup (30g) coconut flour
- 2 tbsp almond flour
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 2 tsp minced garlic
- 1/2 tsp aluminum-free baking powder
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- TOPPINGS: Shredded chicken, peppers, spiralized carrots, red onion, green onion, cilantro and slivered almonds, chilli flakes
- ASIAN PIZZA SAUCE
- 3 tbsp crunchy almond butter
- 2 tbsp coconut aminos
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 1 tsp raw honey
- 1 tsp brown rice vinegar
- 1/2 tsp dried ginger
- Water as needed
- Preheat oven to 375.
- Mix all ingredients except for the eggs from the crust recipe. Mix thoroughly.
- Crack eggs and mix once again.
- Lay out mixture on a pan and form into a pizza crust.
- Bake in the oven for 30 minutes and let sit for 15mins before adding sauce.
- Once sauce is added add all toppings (except cilantro) and bake for another 10mins.
- Remove from oven and top with cilantro and serve.
- ASIAN PIZZA SAUCE
- Mix everything together and add water to thin out.
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