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[QUOTE=veggie girl]So what foods help stabilize the hormones? I'm a vegetarin - what should I avoid eating?[/QUOTE]

If we are talking solely hormones here and not allergies or intolerances (why some of us avoid misc. items), then the following apply:

[B]Grains [/B] - Wheat, Gluten, Most Grains or All Grains (the more grains, especially gluten grains in your diet, the greater your ability to produce the hormones & inflammatory products neccessary for the develpment of acne)

[B]"Sugars" [/B] - Refined Sugars (table sugar, sucrose, glucose, fructose), evap. cane syrup/juice, brown sugar, brown rice syrup, and especially Corn Syrup - High Fructose Corn Syrup (may respond differently to each type) - Sugars increase hormones & inflammatory products especially HFCS

[B]Fruits[/B] - For some people high glycemic fruits may pose a problem (either due to an internal yeast infection or due to the above reasons for sugar)

[B]Dairy[/B] - contains sugars, fats, proteins and added hormones that can aggrevate acne. If wish to consume try Goats Milk or Organic Regular Fat Milk, as Skim Milk has recently been implicated in severe acne production (which means it may have more to do with the hormones or whey protein that was added to it) see [I]"High School Dietary Dairy Intake and Teenage Acne" [/I] by the American Academy of Dermatology. Of course, you can always try Rice, Almond, Hazelnut, Soy Milks, etc.

[B]Fats[/B] - Fried Fats, Saturated Animal Fats, &/or Trans Fats (partially & hydrogenated oils). If frying use Olive Oil as it's more stable and helps prevent oxidation of meats. (these types of fats increase conditions needed to develop insulin resistance which can promote hyperandrogenism, but also are neccessary for the development of inflammatory acne)

[B]Misc. Aggrevators[/B] - Caffiene (IGF-1), MSG (IGF-1), Whole Soy & Soy Protein (increases IGF-1 & reduces SHBG), Whey Protein (increases IGF-1)

So for a Vegetarian, you can still be a vegetarian, or a vegan, and have plenty of foods to eat. You just have to pay attention to the type of grains your alcohol comes from, as well as what's in your meat substitues (seitan is wheat gluten) and how much added sugar & trans fats you are getting in your diet. Of course, eat plenty of fiber rich whole foods such as Gluten-free grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, & legumes to help stabilize your hormone levels.

Take Care =)

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