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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT THE BODY RESET

During the 21 days of the Body Re:set, many questions will be raised. Some are confusing because you have never heard them before. There will be juggling with terms and new foods that were completely foreign to you until now. Some things you might not even want to know? But if you wanted to, then the selection of books and nutritional teachings alone is confusing to the maximum. Here comes the attempt of answers. This page grows as more questions reach me.

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You’ll also find some more answers in this video.

In a nutshell, Body Reset is the implementation of an anti-inflammatory diet. With the Body or Hormone Reset, you shut down everything that could influence your hormonal balance from the outside. You free your body from many things that can burden it. For a short time you do without starving and give your body a break. 

Here’s how it works: Alcohol, red meat, sugar, fructose, caffeine, gluten, dairy, and environmental toxins are simply not eaten or allowed into your body for 21 days, little by little. Your body can recover and thank you for it. And by the way, most lose excess pounds in the process.

Not at all. It’s just another paraphrase of the same principle. Cutting out disruptive foods and environmental toxins can positively impact your hormone metabolism. And because your hormone metabolism is your body’s overarching control system, it’s a “reset” for your “body.” It’s a bit Denglish, but “reset your body” sounds a bit bumpy.

I think that’s great. It’s best if you read the feedback from participants. The effects can be very different. Here you can find quotes from women who have already participated.

The diet implemented in the Body Reset corresponds to an anti-inflammatory diet. It takes the pressure off your body so it can work better for you. It can also improve the state of your microbiome – so your 39 trillion friends aka bacteria in your gut can work better for you.

Whether this form of nutrition has a positive effect on your cycle, I can’t say. The whole issue of amenorrhea is too individual and too multifactorial for that. But it is definitely worth a try.

I would try this diet for a period of three months and see what happens. 

Also, for amenorrhea, I recommend trying seed cycling once. One participant did it exactly this way: body reset course plus seed cycling. She got pregnant within three months. Now she did not have amenorrhea, but she is older. 

In short, nutrition has a huge impact on our health and our cycle. And here, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Unlike supplements, which certainly have their place, here you benefit from everything else that the predominantly plant-based diet brings.  

Basically, I cannot and should not make any promises here as to whether it will help with health conditions. A Body Reset of 21 days will also not stop the normal aging process.

In the best case you will feel better in your body afterwards. At least that’s how most of the participants of the Body/Hormone Reset course felt. Many lost a few pounds, some improved their blood counts, and a few women got their periods back after they already thought they were post-menopausal.

But what it does to you personally depends on your individual situation. You can only find out if you try it once. It is a (health) experiment with yourself.

If you have doubts about whether it could be good for you, ask your doctor for advice.   

In any case and even if you are currently taking the pill. A BODY RESET is useful for women of all ages because …

  • you can experience hormonal imbalance at any age
  • because you can’t start prevention early enough
  • because knowledge empowers you and you are better prepared for what is to come.


BODY RESET IS MORE:

BODY RESET is gut health and the chance to strengthen your immune system, because at least 80% of that resides in your gut. So it is also the chance for a better skin appearance.

BODY RESET is anti-inflammatory nutrition and therefore the chance for a great relief of your body.

BODY RESET is also weight loss in most cases, but that’s not the focus here. It just ‘happens’ (at least for most women who have participated so far).

And BODY RESET is the chance for less PMS and the associated mood swings, headaches, constipation, pimples, cramps, and everything else hormonal imbalance can bring.

I would be very happy to have many younger women on board as well. We’ve had a 21-year-old, 28-year-old, and 33-year-old on board. All of them liked it. Bonus: in the live sessions you get to meet exciting and inspiring women regardless of age if you want to. It’s also a mutual learning and inspiring from each other. You get to know more great women in each session because there is room for that too.

In principle, an anti-inflammatory, predominantly plant-based diet is good for everyone. If your partner is healthy, he can eat the same way you do for the three weeks.

However, the video sessions are only for women. Maybe – if the requests increase – there will be a course for men only. 

A Body Reset works (almost) always – provided you are healthy, not pregnant or breastfeeding.

Just as fasting works at any age, so does a body reset. 

In any case, it is beneficial to relieve the body for a while and to give it more of what is good for it.

The Body Reset course is basically recommended because it follows the principles of an anti-inflammatory diet. The anti-inflammatory diet relieves the body and thus it can work better for you. 

To what extent it will affect your well-being depends on your individual situation. My 83-year-old mother changed her diet late in life and had good results for herself. With that in mind, I can only encourage anyone and everyone to give a Body Reset a try.

You should discuss this with your doctor. In principle, you should take what is prescribed for you – regardless of how you are currently eating. Exceptions confirm the rule.

BODY RESET does not mean that you should stop taking your medication. A BODY RESET is a kind of micro retreat, it is about wellness and feeling good in your own body. But everything medical you discuss with your doctor.

If you use hormonal contraception, whether with the pill or the IUD, or if you take hormone therapy, then you (partially) override your own sex hormone metabolism.

In this respect, a body reset will possibly have a different effect in parts than if you were not to externally supply any hormones at all. But it is not only about the positive influence on your sex hormone metabolism, but also about a relief of your body.

And in any case it is beneficial to relieve your body for a while and to give it more of what is good for it.

The Body Reset course is basically recommended because it follows the principles of an anti-inflammatory diet.

The anti-inflammatory diet unburdens the body and thus it can work better for you.

And this is true regardless of whether you are wearing a hormonal IUD or taking the pill.

BODY RESET is based on the principle of anti-inflammatory diet and is therefore a
predominantly plant-based diet that omits certain so-called “foods”.

You can do it as a vegetarian, vegan, or flexitarian.

As a vegetarian and vegan, it is even more important to make sure you are getting valuable protein, iron and B vitamins. I address this in the course. 

BODY RESET is based on the principle of anti-inflammatory diet and is therefore a
predominantly plant-based diet that omits certain so-called “foods”.

You can do it as a vegetarian, vegan or flexitarian.

As a vegetarian and vegan, it is even more important to make sure you are getting valuable protein, iron and B vitamins. I address this in the course. 

For all women over 18. I already had a 21-year-old woman in the course whose pain caused by endometriosis became less during the course. Natalie, 28, has been able to improve her skin appearance (here’s the photo proof). And even my 83-year-old mother changed her diet late in life and achieved good results for herself. 

The course is not suitable for pregnant women and Breastfeeding mothers. Why not? By eliminating disturbing foods such as sugar, most people will automatically reduce fat reserves. Now, however, our body deposits in fat such substances that it does not want to have in the blood, such as environmental toxins. Because you are eating healthier, you will break down fat reserves and thus the toxins would also be released. You want to avoid in any case that these substances get into the metabolism of your baby.  

Also, you should not be doing anything strenuous at the same time, such as training for a marathon, moving house, or studying for an exam. In the first few days, a body reset can demand a lot from you, and it will cost you strength and discipline.

Manage your strength well and do the course when you are not otherwise burdened with other tasks.   

If you are on hormone (replacement) therapy, then it still makes sense to do a body/hormone reset.

1. the Body Reset is not only about your sex hormones, but also about the thyroid hormones, insulin, leptin, cortisol and the growth factor. And in any case, it’s beneficial to take the weight off your body for a while and give it more of what’s good for it.

2. at Body Reset, you learn what an anti-inflammatory diet can do for your well-being and health. So it’s an added benefit – regardless of what other medications or supplements you take.

3. many women have just mentioned the exchange with other women during the course as very beneficial. This opportunity for exchange remains with you even after the course. 

So by no means discontinue it. We don’t want anyone else to get pregnant now. If you use hormonal contraception, whether it’s the pill or the IUD or hormone therapy, you partly override your own hormone balance. In this respect, the body reset will be different from not taking hormones at all. But it is not only about the sex hormones, but also about the thyroid hormones and about insulin, leptin, cortisol and the growth hormone. And it is beneficial in any case to relieve the body for a while and give it more of what is good for it. In this respect, simply continue to take what has been prescribed and still participate here.

It is best to discuss this with your doctor. Generally speaking, health improves with an anti-inflammatory diet. But: we are all different and so you should consult a medical professional with this question.

The next course starts on May 1, 2022, and you can find out more about it here.

No. Absolutely not. You should have a lemon and 500 grams of vegetables in the house for the first day. Everything else comes step by step.

I would wait and see if you like the whole thing at all. If you want to go deeper during the three weeks, then the book “The Hormone Diet “* is great. If you want to take a first look, then you will get comprehensive information from me in the Zoom meetings or in the videos and via email.

Basically, you don’t have to do anything. You can listen to the whole thing first and then decide which of the phases you want to go along with it because it’s just doable and what you’d rather not go along with.

There are very good frozen meals now and I’m a big fan of raw foods myself. I have radishes, kohlrabi, radicchio, carrots, arugula, white cabbage, etc. in the house depending on the season, which I quickly get ready and nibble while I cook. It’s an easy way to get my veggies. 

My breakfast is a grain-free porridge, which I always prepare for myself right away for three days.

With good planning and no need for perfection, you can get it done.  

Like anything new, it will be an adjustment at first. But as long as you have enough vegetables in the house, you’ll go a long way with salads, vegetable soups and steamed vegetables. But if your family, partner, or spouse doesn’t feel like eating that many veggies, then your extra effort will be to do a little more chopping for you now. But I’ll also show you tricks on how to cleverly “Meal Prep” for a few days and save time. 

The Body Reset course is suitable for women of all ages. It is about hormonal balance, and that includes the topic of fertility, PMS, endometriosis, PCOS and other hormonally influenced topics such as menopause. Women should be at least 18 years old. And one should be aware that this is not a medical nutritional consultation, even though a great deal of knowledge is imparted on the subject of nutrition.

Sara Gottfried gives up fruit as early as day 7, but not milk and dairy products until day 16. Dr. Christina Enzmann has strongly advised giving up milk and dairy products earlier. And now that we know everything about the possible effects of casein, whey protein, IGF-1 and co. it makes total sense. The sooner you change your diet to anti-inflammatory, the sooner your body can recover and both of you can benefit. And certain fruits like berries of all kinds are really good for your body and you should continue to eat them.  

There are also video recordings for all sessions that you can watch. You will also receive a daily email with all important links and information. In addition, you can also use the closed Facebook group for spontaneous questions.   

  1. You will learn to understand your body better during these three weeks. For example, you’ll find out what keeps your hunger switch in the full position and what makes it switch to cravings.
  2. And you’ll not only nourish yourself better, but also your 39 trillion friends, collectively called the “microbiome,” who live in your gut. They’ll thank you for this regimen. Finally, the good gut bacteria among them will get exactly what they need to support you in the best way possible.
  3. You’ll also feel better, lighter, freer and pain-free – at least that’s what 98% of participants report.

The principle applies: everything can – nothing must. You alone decide what and how much you want to leave out of the suggested foods. And you also decide at what pace you want to participate.

This is all about you. This is about self-care. And because we are all different and arrive with more or less baggage, each BODY RESET program looks different.

The three-week course costs 320€ – THE ORIGINAL. You can find a detailed description of the contents here.

If you have already participated in one of the courses this year, you can participate again at a reduced price of 70€. You will get access to the complete program. However, if you would like to have the printed workbook as well, you would have to order it separately.

You would like to participate again and at the same time win your friend/sister/colleague/mother/daughter for the course, who then registers for the full price – 320€? Then you will get a full refund of the 70€. That’s right: you don’t pay anything yourself. Write me an e-mail with the name and e-mail address of your friend – provided she agrees. As soon as your friend/sister/colleague/mother has registered, you will receive a message from me and you are in the course.

There is a variant of the course for 200€, where you can do the course yourself controlled – but also with WhatsApp and Facebook group. The course is called “The little sister” and you can book it here.

You are still in training, student or unemployed? Then write to me at hello@nobodytoldme.com .

Do you have any other questions about the course? Then write me at hello@nobodytoldme.com.

Justified question. The first courses were offered at a “taster price,” so to speak. The current price reflects the actual value of the course. You can see the full package here.

The BODY RESET course is an investment in your health. You pay 15,23 Euro per day for 21 days. If you have been eating meat and drinking alcohol and coffee, you will save on these things for the three weeks. You can get to know new foods like lupine coffee, hemp seeds or puntarelle and spend money with them, but basically with the BODY RESET: less is more. It works wonderfully with local fruits and vegetables, legumes and water as a base.

Health cost:
Pay your farmer now or
pay your doctor later.      

No, it is not necessary. Conventional medicine has a clear answer to measuring hormone levels in women over 45 – if the symptoms you describe indicate that you are in perimenopause, then there is no need to measure hormone levels as well. Also, hormones can fluctuate a lot during these years, especially if your cycle comes and goes irregularly. Then it becomes harder to read anything from the results. In the article CHANGE YEARS EXPLAINED IN 5 MINUTES this is shown schematically.

However, the representatives of the Rimkus method, such as Dr. Beck, measure hormone levels every three to six months. Their approach is more like the one used by diabetics. Each woman gets her individual dose of estrogen, progesterone and sometimes testosterone – based on what hormones are still being produced or what hormones are being supplied to the body. 

Today, I would advise my 10 years younger self to have a hormone status check at around 40, in order to have a reference later – i.e. today at 51. This is not medically necessary, but I find it very exciting and in the case of individual administration of hormones I would then have the reference to myself and not to the average of all women. This is more in the direction of individualized medicine. Some physicians label it as “lifestyle medicine”. I personally label it as a preventive measure.

And last but not least, there will be a hormone questionnaire at the beginning and end of the BODY RESET. This will give you a score that you can compare with each other.  

If you want to set the start date yourself, the best way to do it is as follows:
 
  • order the workbook
  • as soon as you have received it and want to start the course, book the course here
  • on the same day you will receive a welcome email and the following day you will receive an email every day until the end of the course.

Yes, you can. However, you should not be pregnant or breastfeeding because then a BODY RESET is not recommended. You should also not have any significant plans, because a BODY RESET demands a bit of time from you, because you should also watch all the videos, for example. It can also be that the change basically costs you strength. So first it can cost you strength to give you more energy afterwards. And because it is different for every woman, plan a little more for it.

No, you don’t need to. The only thing you could do is to have lemons and enough (green) vegetables in the house. You don’t have to pre-cook anything, and you don’t have to buy anything extra. 

With this list, you can see what makes sense to have in the house. But basically: everything can, nothing must. 

It is indeed a great challenge to eat healthy on the road. The question is: what is the alternative? Continue eating as before and feel increasingly unwell?
At Body Reset, you won’t be taught the perfect nutrition plan, but you will learn the perfect basics for a healthy diet. And so you can gradually change your diet and in the short term already incorporate into everyday life small hacks such as, for example, always carry a few flax seeds in your bag. 

So if you don’t have the ambition to do everything perfectly in the three weeks of the course, but if you want to do everything right in the medium term, then you’ve come to the right place.

Hope this helps in your decision making.

There are women who manage the course very well on their own and there are women who can only do it with the help of a group. With the SMALL SISTER, you also have the opportunity to exchange ideas with other women within a private Facebook group and a WhatsApp group. So you are not completely alone in the “small” course.

BODY RESET & WEIGHT

I cannot guarantee whether you will lose weight during this course. It depends on your individual situation.


Most participants of the Body Reset lose weight, which you can read in the testimonials.


A Body Reset is a sustainable dietary change and not a diet. Losing excess pounds happens more incidentally, but is not the main focus.

Basically, I am not allowed to make any statements about diseases in connection with a body reset. Therefore, I will try it this way: Rosacea is a multiform, chronic inflammatory skin disease of the face. The Body Reset is an anti-inflammatory diet, i.e. the food we eat during this time relieves the body and we leave out everything that could be a burden. In this respect, it is worth trying out what a Body Reset does to your body. It is an experiment with yourself. I can’t say whether it will reduce your rosacea.

However, the NDR has published a very good summary on the topic and also on which diet is suitable for rosacea. And I can say that it corresponds in many parts with what is valid for the Body Reset.

Basically, I am not allowed to make any statements about diseases in connection with a Body Reset.

The Body Reset course is designed for healthy women. It implements the principles of an anti-inflammatory diet. 

The Endometriosis App, developed by endometriosis experts, recommends a diet for endometriosis that is broadly consistent. You can read up on this here.

If in doubt, ask your doctor if a Body Reset is suitable for you.

The course does not tell you what to leave out. Offers are made to you and opportunities are presented. You then decide for yourself what exactly you want to cut out and also how long you want to cut it out.

If it doesn’t fit into your life to cut out caffeine, then keep drinking coffee, tea or mate.

Some women who felt the same way as you do now have reduced their coffee or tea consumption. For example, my sister had been drinking gallons of tea. Now she drinks one to two cups of tea a day. And she really enjoys it. 

I’m torn on this. Coffee has a lot of good things, and if you don’t have sleep problems, then I have few arguments against coffee, except that green tea, for example, is healthier than coffee. Both drinks contain polyphenols, and they have antioxidant effects. It’s just that green tea has more of them. A big proponent of coffee is Dr. William Li. In his book EATING RIGHT. LIFE LONGER* he cites some studies where coffee does very well.

However, even decaffeinated coffee contains acrylamide. With utopia, they write: “A few cups of coffee on the day are considered according to the BZfE as harmless. However, gently roasted coffee is recommended, as it contains less acrylamide.” utopia.

To decaffeinate coffee, it needs either a lot of water or solvents. For this reason, for example, decaffeinated coffee is not served at Black Line in HamburgBlack Line in Hamburg.

So I would still do without any form of coffee for these three weeks.

Here I tell you something about coffee and the effect of caffeine.

*) It was specifically about this one, to which Nina writes: “This Decaf Espresso (No Espresso)* I love very much since January. Absolutely competitive with other fresh beans. Can I actually drink this all the time, Susanne? (2 cups/day)”

  • UNDONE* is the first line of non-alcoholic beverages made from real alcoholic distillates. There are five varieties “No.1 Sugar Cane Type” (This is not Rum), “No.2 Juniper Type” (This is not Gin), “No.7 Italian Bitter Type” (This is not Orange Bitter) and “No.8 Italian Aperitif Type” (This is not Vermouth) / (This is not Red Vermouth).
  • Column Zero* not completely alcohol free, but everything under 1%.
  • Windspiel Gin* non-alcoholic
  • Kaapzicht* – grape juice in wine bottle
  • Seedlip* – the pioneers of cultivated non-alcoholic drinks 

Another good question. This one is a little trickier to answer. 
Basically, any kind of milk is saturated with an insulin-like growth hormone, since the function of milk is to provide all the nutrients that enable rapid growth in a short time. However, milk from cows contains almost three times the amount of protein and four times the amount of calcium compared to breast milk. This is what it takes for a calf to double its weight in just 40 days. A human baby, on the other hand, needs 180 days to double its weight. This means that when we drink cow’s milk, we are drinking growth factors in excess, even though we are already fully grown.

And the growth factors apply to milk regardless of which animal it comes from – only to a different extent. But what distinguishes milk from cows, buffaloes, sheep and goats is the content of a certain casein, beta-casein A2. The milk of selected breeds of cattle (Guernsey, Brown-Swiss, White-Blue Belgian), as well as that of buffalo, sheep and goats contains only beta-casein A2.  

Thus, there are two types of beta-casein protein naturally occurring in European breeds of cows’ milk – A1 and A2. Some cows produce milk with the A1 protein, while others produce milk with the A2 protein. Goat and sheep milk (along with human breast milk) contain mostly the A2 protein, which has been shown in human studies to be more easily digested. Beta casein A1 is considered a possible cause of symptoms associated with lactose intolerance. A 2015 study concluded that consumption of milk containing beta casein A1 was associated with increased gastrointestinal inflammation, worsening of digestive symptoms after milk consumption, delayed intestinal transit, and slowing and worsening of cognitive abilities (Jianqin, Sun, et al., 2015). So, now you know you’re better off avoiding milk, but if you can’t give it up at all, switch to goat’s or sheep’s milk. Or better yet, go to Italy once a year and enjoy buffalo mozzarella. 
P.S.: This article has a good comparison of the different types of milk.

Curd cheese with linseed oil and linseed is a popular breakfast, which is considered very healthy and compared to the jam roll, it is also much healthier. However, curd is also a dairy product and therefore it should be omitted from the Body Reset from the 7th day. After the Body Reset you can reintroduce it into your diet.

Couscous is made from durum wheat that has been moistened and grated into balls, from barley or from millet. During the grain-free period, try to avoid it. Couscous made from millet or chickpeas* is gluten-free. So that would be an alternative should you want to eat gluten-free after the period. Whole grain couscous is healthier and is gentler on your blood sugar. Quinoa is even better, though.       

Yes, bulgur is made from pre-cooked wheat.  

This sounds like a very healthy breakfast. Oats are considered very healthy, they contain valuable protein, many vitamins and minerals as well as fiber. Of the dietary fibers, the soluble beta-glucan is particularly healthy because it can lower cholesterol. Oats are naturally gluten-free. However, when oats are transported by machines that are also used to transport and process other types of grain, contamination occurs. For this reason, oatmeal is also available in gluten-free and “normal” versions. In the case of gluten-free oatmeal, processing is guaranteed to be of a single type, so that no impurities can occur. 

The renunciation of grain in the Body Reset happens for two reasons:

  1. no gluten should get into the body
  2. the more grains we eat, the less vegetables and legumes we eat. 

And at the Body Reset, we also want to see what happens to the body when we get the majority of our carbohydrates from vegetables (e.g. sweet potato, celery) and legumes (beans, lentils, peas).

If you find it too hard to give up grains, you can at least avoid gluten-containing grains during this phase. And the gluten-free grains should always be whole grains, so don’t eat milled rice flour or cornmeal but, for example, eat whole grain oatmeal instead of melting flakes or whole grain rice instead of white rice.  

You can try vegan spreads or olive tapenade. If you can’t live without cheese, then try fresh goat cheese, dried tomatoes and some fresh thyme. And if you like eggs, I recommend a boiled egg with some chives.

And if you like it sweet, try nut mush with sliced bananas. The  nut purees from Naturkraftwerke* are particularly good and delicious. 

You can continue to drink Absolut Kannes Brottrunk* or try it out again. This is a fermented drink with lactic acid bacteria and that is conducive to a healthy. Microbiome in the intestine. 

The short answer is: you can keep drinking oat milk. The longer explanation comes here: It is true that oat milk is not gluten-free. Foods are considered gluten-free if they contain less than 20 mg of gluten per kg of food. However, Oatly oat milk*, for example, contains 100 mg per kg. This means that Oatly oat milk has a very low gluten content, but is just not “gluten-free.” Spelt, on the other hand, has 103,000 mg of gluten per kg of type 630 spelt flour. Yes, you read correctly and I didn’t make a typo. But if you know that the protein content of spelt is 15% and that most of it is gluten, then again it’s not surprising, is it? In that respect, oat milk does pretty well. I still continue to stick with my pea milk, but I don’t see a problem with oat milk. You can also make your own milk alternatives if you want to give it a try. It’s definitely a cost and waste reducing alternative for after if you have a power blender available and the time. Amy Chaplin has recipes for this in her book, Whole Food Cooking Every Day*.

With sugar-free grain coffee, such as spelt coffee from Naturata*, you only consume 0.5 grams of protein (= will be predominantly gluten) per 200ml of stirred beverage. The amount is so small that I see no problem in continuing to drink it. People with gluten sensitivity must of course be careful. For them, lupine coffee* or chicory coffee* is a good alternative.

Oat yogurt, such as the one from cow cow, contains only 0.7 grams of protein per 100 grams of yogurt. That is, it contains a maximum of 0.7 grams of gluten, if we assume that all protein in oats is gluten. But it isn’t. Gluten is only present in oats because gluten from other types of grain has “crept in” through harvesting vehicles, etc. In this respect, I see no problem in adding gluten to yogurt. In this respect, I see no problem eating oat yogurt. I would only look at the nutritional information because, as we now know, sugar can also be hidden everywhere. By the way, the above also applies to oat milk.

In fact, you do not need it. In the liquid there is some starch and proteins and salt. If you need to pay special attention to salt in your diet, it is better to rinse the beans, otherwise you can use the water.

The cooking water of green beans, on the other hand, should always be drained, as it can still contain considerable amounts of phasin. The consumer advice center writes: “Uncooked green beans, such as bush or fire beans, contain a toxic protein compound called phasin. … Anyone who has eaten raw green beans must expect side effects. Phasin causes red blood cells to stick together in the human body. Oxygen transport in the blood is impeded.” Link

Especially white kidney beans – cannellini* – should become your new best friends; besides fiber and good protein, they contain, among other things, a substance (phaseolamine = α-amylase blocker) that slows down or inhibits the digestion and absorption of carbohydrates. I now try to eat these particular white beans every day. I don’t succeed, of course, but I manage a few servings a week that way. It can help you normalize the weight in any case.   

Cannellini beans* are now available in well-stocked health food stores, Italian import stores, and online at Koro. These are from Valfrutta and you can find them at Globus, Kaufland and in the Metro.

You can add romaine lettuce and cucumbers to the 500 grams. However, there are much more nutrient-dense green vegetables, all of which you can see on the list here. I would always prefer them.

Potatoes are a vegetable, but if you just eat 500 grams of potatoes every day now, you’re taking away the chance to eat much healthier, green vegetables.

Besides, sweet potatoes are even better than potatoes. Compared to potatoes, sweet potatoes have more calories, but they have a much higher nutrient density and therefore can be considered healthier.

Purple potatoes are still recommended due to their content of anthocyanins, but not the chips of them.

In general, you should not eat anything fried; on the one hand because of the fat content and on the other hand because of the unhealthy substances that are unfortunately also produced during deep-frying.

Please refrain from fried foods such as chips or sweet potato fries. Vegetable chips are also not recommended. Acrylamide is formed when foods with a high starch content are heated to high temperatures. Acrylamide is suspected of causing cancer. You can read more about this at Verbraucherzentrale.de.

Psyllium seeds are also good for your microbiome. However, in addition to being rich in fiber, psyllium seeds are also particularly rich in phytoestrogens as well as polyunsaturated fatty acids, and both are especially good for keeping excess estrogen in check.

  • Phytoestrogens are plant estrogens
  • they have estrogenic and antiestrogenic effects in humans
  • they have been shown to have anticarcinogenic effects in experimental studies
  • main sources: Soy, flaxseed, sesame.

In these two articles I write in detail about phytoestrogens:

Phytoestrogens Part 1

Phytoestrogens part 2

You can do this, for example, with vegetables, nuts, your two tablespoons of ground flaxseed per day flaxseed and, for example, with psyllium husk powder. Ground psyllium husks in organic quality can help you with detoxification. They provide 88% fiber, thus bind toxins and are also prebiotic – so good food for your intestinal bacteria. You can drink one teaspoon of psyllium husk powder 2-3 times a day with meals with 250ml of water each time. This way, whatever the liver releases into the intestines can also be excreted promptly.

During the hormone reset, 30g of chocolate with at least 80% cacao is allowed. A few of the chocolates you find here don’t quite meet this, but they either contain Xucker or are sweetened with dates.

Just as in humans, magnesium is also a vital nutrient for plants. The mineral is found as a central atom in the leaf green, the chlorophyll. Without magnesium, plants suffer from a lack of strength just as humans do. And that’s one of the reasons why it’s so important for us to eat so many greens. You also absorb magnesium when you eat the following plant foods:

  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Cocoa
  • Cashews
  • Peanuts
  • Spinach
  • Kohlrabi
  • Soft fruits
  • Oranges
  • Bananas
  • and sesame

If you do not manage to cover your magnesium needs through your diet, then you can also resort to appropriate supplements.

Now there are quite different magnesium salts such as citrates, lactates, gluconates, aspartates and aspartate hydrochlorides. Of all the preparations, magnesium glycinate or magnesium bisglycinate (used synonymously) seems to be the best tolerated and it has a high bioavailability. Important: you should take the recommended daily dose times for at least four weeks. Your body needs some time to adapt to the new supply of magnesium. And: never take the complete daily dose at once, but better spread it out over the day. This is more physiological and your body can then get more out of each portion.

Collagen is the most abundant protein in our body. Just like hyaluronic acid, collagen is always of animal origin. However, there is also an attempt to recreate the effect of collagen through plant-based protein-containing products, see below. 

 

When you take collagen (e.g. in the form of powder, collagen soups, shots), your metabolism first breaks it down into all its individual parts – the amino acids. But then you at least have all the components available to build up your own collagen again. But when your estrogen level drops – which happens slowly during perimenopause – your body lacks the information to build up its own collagen. Unfortunately, the opposite happens: collagen is degraded in the body the older we get (approx. 1% per year), which is why our faces, for example, become more wrinkled. There is simply a lack of substructure for the skin. Therefore, the younger we are, the more effective is the intake of collagen, because it can be fully converted into our own collagen. There are studies that see the intake of collagen positively for e.g. less wrinkles and better bone density (caution: some are also funded by collagen manufacturers and you have to look which age groups were studied).

 

I find these articles quite good: healthline and Naomi. A critical view throws this article on the subject of collagen ingestion: of faces and fingers.   

 

Collagen for application in creams, on the other hand, is not really effective, because it always has to be built up by the body from the inside. Just because you apply collagen to the skin from the outside doesn’t mean it can be built into the skin’s structure.  

What collagen products do I recommend:

  • Eat high-quality proteins in good mix: hemp seeds, nuts, seeds, soy products and legumes. Flexitarians also get high quality protein in seafood, eggs, fish and chicken. 
  • You can either cook your own (bone) broth or order bone broths* and collagen soups* from BROX*. With the code SUSANNELIEDTKE you get a 10% discount LINK*.
  • You are vegetarian or vegan? YOURSUPER* has released a plant-based “Collagen Booster” which contains plant-based protein and claims to preserve your natural collagen. I think this is a bit of a stretch because of the reasons mentioned above (with less estrogen, less collagen is built). Nevertheless, it is important to consume all essential amino acids until old age and there such a mixture can help to cover the daily need for these amino acids. With this affiliate LINK* and the code NOBODYTOLDME you get 15% discount on all YOURSUPER products.

Berberine is an antioxidant. It increases glucose uptake in glucose-resistant cells and thus lowers blood sugar levels. Please discuss with your doctor if this is something for you.

This can be due to many factors. The best thing to do is to ask Dr. Christina Enzmann in the next course.

Almost all hormones and also their derivatives – i.e. variations such as those found in the pill – are produced from the yam root, i.e. they have a natural origin. The diosgenin it contains is the starting material that the pharmaceutical industry then processes further.

Bioidentical – or human-identical – hormones are so called because they are identical to the hormones found in humans. Our body cannot distinguish them from its own. Thus, they are not perceived as foreign bodies and simply do the same job that the body’s own hormones would do.  

And “hormone derivatives” are also made from the same starting material, but they are very slightly altered in structure. This is to achieve certain effects. One is, for example, that the hormone derivatives remain attached to the hormone receptor for longer and thus their effect lasts longer. Hormone derivatives are recognized by the body as foreign, it cannot easily convert them into other hormones and will therefore try to excrete them after use. If you want to learn more about this, I can recommend these two books:

  • Bio-identical Hormones: Live Better with the Rimkus® Method LINK*.
  • Woman on Fire: All about the fabulous menopause LINK*

Basically, hormones work. And this applies to both bioidentical hormones and hormone derivatives. And that is why, for example, women who have had hormone-dependent breast cancer should not take hormones under any circumstances. In this case, even the body’s own hormone production is suppressed with the help of the drug tamoxifen. But this does not mean in reverse that hormones – generally speaking – promote breast cancer. You have to read the studies very carefully: which hormones or hormone derivatives were investigated? How old were the women? What was the aim of the study, etc.? And there the bioidentical hormones seem to have an advantage. However, further long-term studies would be needed to finally clarify this.    

The decision whether to take hormones should be discussed with your doctor. Reading both books helped me to get a clearer picture of the whole issue.

In somebodytoldme No. 39 – the newsletter of NOBODYTOLDME – I wrote about it in detail.

Here I am still formulating the answers.

Here I am still formulating the answers.

Here I am still formulating the answers.

Here I am still formulating the answers.

A healthy hormone metabolism remains important throughout life. Hormones are chemical messengers that initiate and regulate metabolic processes in the body. An imbalance caused, for example, by the wrong diet or by the influence of hormone disruptors can lead to physical and psychological complaints. For example, a deficiency of estrogen can promote osteoporosis, and the same applies to vitamin D, which performs the function of a prohormone in the body.   

If you are wondering whether you should or can take sex hormones – estrogen, progesterone, testosterone – beyond the age of 60 and what the chances and risks are, ask your doctor for her advice.

I write about them in detail in these two articles:

Phytoestrogens Part 1

Phytoestrogens part 2

Your question was not included? Then write to me at hello@nobodytoldme.com.

Where do we learn today what nutrition does to us women? Maybe we had a biology lesson or two about it, but unless we are working in a healing profession, most of us have little knowledge about the effects of nutrition on our health. And even doctors don’t really learn about it in medical school. Prevention does come up, but curing disease is at the forefront of teaching. Prevention tends to fall to the back burner. “There is no glory in prevention.” You can’t win a lot of money with prevention. That’s why politicians are giving it a wide berth.  

 

And so most of us are left to draw our knowledge from InStyle, Donna, myself or Brigitte. And when we’re really far ahead, we buy SuperYou* or EatSmarter*. But maybe you listened to Bas Kast on the Zeit podcast recently and bought his Nutrition compass* afterwards? The book is basically great. It just doesn’t specifically address the needs of women and how to achieve hormonal balance through nutrition. It would probably also have gone beyond the scope of his book.

*) Some links lead you to Amazon; they are so-called affiliate links. I will be involved with a commission if a purchase is made through such a link. There are no additional costs for you. Amazon only saves its marketing costs. Where you buy, of course, is entirely up to you.

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