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I have several women patients who may be in their teens, or twenties, or thirties who are struggling with mood issues, emotional issues, poor energy issues, even physical issues. They are still ovulating and menstruating, so they are not menopausal. However, some of their symptoms are menopausal like. Some patients come to talk about their daughters and grand daughters wondering what is wrong and what can be done to help them. This is very difficult for me, for the patient, and for the mom or grand mother.
Commonly the culprit is sugar. This is a huge problem today. The average American consumes 162 lbs of sugar per year. That is ½ pound per day! In 1800 the average American ate 5 or 6 pounds per day. It is the same body, the same metabolism and it can not handle the sugar load. And, it is worst among teenagers and college students. Much of the sugar comes from soda pop. And, sadly, the sugar substitutes are not much better. The substitutes still spike insulin levels, and insulin is inflammatory just like sugar. Inflammation is the main driver of poor health. It initiates and brings about heart disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity, joint disease, and dementia. We all get hidden sugar from the complex carbohydrates which eventually get broken down through digestion into sugar. What are complex carbohydrates? The white things: bread, potato, pasta, and rice. Most pre-packaged meals are high in sugar and salt. The best way to lower sugar is exercise, weight bearing exercise with weights or resistance. Exercise doesn’t give you the excuse to eat sugar laden foods. You can also abide by the Glycemic Index.
The saltiness and flavor of the soup will depend on your taco seasoning. I added some salt and pepper and the end, which I recommend - just taste and adjust as you need to. At the risk of sounding crazy, I also added a spoonful or two of brown sugar and some red wine vinegar to give it some tang. I also added about a cup of cooked quinoa a few times to make it a little more hearty - that was good, too. You can top this with sour cream, cilantro, cheese, red onions, tortilla chips, avocado, or whatever else you like!
The third cup of broth can be added at the end if you feel like it needs to be thinned out at all.