Hey all and welcome back to our first session of 3 Question Fridays for 2021!
We hope everyone had a great Christmas / New Years break (we sure did!) and are feeling refreshed and ready for 2021.
We received quite a few questions over the break so it was hard to shortlist 3 favourites - but without further ado:
- Terri was wondering “is Hemp Seed Oil good for menopause, anxiety and depression?”
- Darren asked “I’ve just started back at work and I’m feeling very unmotivated after the holiday break do you have any tips?”
- Sarah wanted to know “How do I overcome sugar cravings at night?
1. Hemp Seed Oil for menopause, anxiety and depression.
As you approach menopause, the production of ‘female’ hormones (oestrogen and progesterone) by the ovaries starts to slow down. As a result, this can result in unwanted side effects such as anxiety and depression.
There are some natural approaches you can take to try help manage menopause. First things first, eating a well-balanced diet, avoiding processed foods, and refined sugars!
A plant-based diet may be helpful if you suffer from menopause. Eating mostly fresh fruits and vegetables means that you are getting adequate anti-oxidants that are protective for the body and fibre supports digestive processes may be helpful for menopause. Including phytoestrogens (foods that act like oestrogen in the body) foods such as soy products and flaxseeds may also be useful (1).
Other nutrients such as essential fatty acids that can be found in our hemp seed oil may also be useful for depressive symptoms and hot flushes (2). Simple things such as getting enough vitamin D from sunlight and exercise are another approach when dealing with menopause (3).
2. Tips to motivate yourself after a returning from holidays.
After a little break, it’s normal to feel a little unmotivated and may take some time to get back into the swing of things! Be kind to yourself and take it slow.
Try to get back into routine by setting a routine around sleep and wake up time. You may also find it useful to create a to-do list (don’t overdo it though!). Ben explains that exercise has been super helpful with regaining motivation, whether that be a walk around the block or hitting the gym.
3. How to overcome sugar cravings at night.
This is a really common question and I’m sure we’ve all felt this at one point in our lives or another. However there are some simply changes you can make that may help to ease those sugary cravings!
Humans historically have not always had late night supermarkets and convenience stores. As hunter and gatherers it might be days or weeks until our next feed based on our resources. Our bodies are fantastic at being in a survival mode, however now we eat every couple of hours and it can be normal for our body to think we are in a preservation stage (especially when we’re stressed!)
Making sure you are eating enough in general, secondly making sure you are getting a good quality source of protein with every meal, whether that be meat, poultry, fish, dairy, eggs, soy products, legumes, or even our hemp seed protein powder.
The next battle is avoiding the sugar isle at the supermarket, which is easier said than done. If you don’t have the sugar in your house, you’re probably less likely to eat it!