Can we just start this post by saying menopause is a bitch?
Or, more precisely, menopause is making me a bitch. Haha! Not really. I’ve always been a bitch. 😉 But still. As I go through this major life change, I find that my moods are up and down with far less predictability than they used to be. In the past, as one of my ex-boyfriends used to say, “everyone becomes the worst person in the world to Alisa, every 28 days.” Now, it could be every 28 hours. Or minutes.
Anyway, this is all a way-too-much-information way of saying I am super happy to have found a way to blunt the impact of my negative moods and mood swings, and it’s all about the food I put into my body! People, food really IS medicine. What we eat affects EVERYTHING, including mood and hormones.
For a couple of months now I have been (mostly) following a ketogenic diet plan, and I have seen many of my health and mood issues – poof! – disappear. I came up with this very simple yet satisfying keto breakfast as a way to fill me up and balance out my hormones. Soy is known to mimic estrogen in the body, so while it isn’t for everyone (man boobs, no thanks) soy has been a lifesaver for me lately.
A few of you asked me for a recipe for this after I posted it on Facebook and Istagram and Twitter, so here it is. Not much to it. Oh! And I should tell you, when I’m in ketosis I really only feel like eating once or twice a day. This meal, plus coffee with a couple teaspons of heavy cream (yep, we do heavy cream on keto, as it has fewer carbs than half and half and less of an impact on your insulin), keeps me satiated all day. The fiber in the greens helps my body digest the food slowly, and the fats and proteins work to keep my blood sugar consistent for many hours. Oh, and also, salmon is a known mood booster. If you have any kind of depression, try eating salmon and walnuts a couple of times a week. They really help me.
ALISA’S KETO MOOD LIFTING BREAKFAST
2 organic eggs
2 ounces of sustainably wild-caught canned salmon
2 tablespoons of organic salted butter
dash of garlic powder
1 cup of organic salad greens
a handful of small cherry tomatoes
1 teaspoon of sesame oil
1 teaspoon of rice vinegar
1 cup of frozen edamame pods
pink Himalayan sea salt to taste
Okay. So all I did was scramble the eggs, and cook them in the butter over medium heat, adding the salmon in at the end and dusting with garlic powder. You can omit the garlic, but I’m Cuban and we put garlic in almost everything. (Sometimes I think I might even buy garlic toothpaste, then I remember the whole point of toothpaste.) Just slide these onto a plate with the salad greens, top the greens with the tomatoes, oil and vinegar. Nuke the pods for a couple of minutes, dust with the pink salt (more minerals than most other salt) and voila!
By the way, if you’ve never eaten edamame, you only eat the raw soybeans inside. Don’t eat the pods. They’re fuzzy. Ew. Just put the pod in your mouth and use your teeth to squeeze the beans out, sucking the salt off the pod as you go. Yummers.
Give it a try and let me know what you think. Have a beautiful Sunday!