Hormone Balancing Raw Carrot Salad

During the first three months of my postpartum journey (my son was born November 6, 2020!) I experienced hormone swings like never before. Whew, it was quite the roller coaster! And while I knew that the swift hormone shifts were normal to a certain extent during that season of life, I wanted to try and do what I could to keep my hormones as balanced as possible. This was easier said than done, but since it was impossible to nap while the baby napped (who came up with that unhelpful advice anyways? lol), I had a lot of time to browse the internet and come up with a plan. 

Over the next few weeks and months I’m going to be talking more about the very intentional changes I’ve made to my way of eating, but today I wanted to touch on just once component of my daily diet - this raw carrot salad.

Through my research I came across Dr. Ray Peat, a biologist who mainly studies physiology. He noticed how raw carrot fibers bound to estrogen and carried it out of the body safely. According to Dr. Peat, many women (and men) experience better digestion and a major reduction in estrogen accumulation issues after regularly eating at least one raw carrot per day. And so this raw carrot salad was born - the coconut oil, vinegar, salt and raw honey in the dressing offer additional antiseptic properties which further help to reduce bacteria in the digestive track and lower endotoxin. 

Since this raw carrot salad recipe is so dang easy to whip up, I figured it was worth incorporating into my daily routine. Plus it’s delicious, so win win. 

Here’s the super simple recipe:

    • 1-2 organic carrots (shredded or ribboned) 
    • 1/2 tbsp unrefined organic coconut oil 
    • 1/2 tsp white vinegar (apple cider vinegar works too!) 
    • Dash of sea salt + freshly ground pepper 
    • *Optional: 1/2 tbsp dijon mustard + 1/2 tbsp raw honey
Start by ribboning your carrot(s) - I just use a regular old veggie peeler. This one from Kitchen Aid is the best! Next, whip up your dressing in a separate dish. Then just drizzle the dressing over the carrots, toss to combine, and enjoy!

I’ve been eating this raw carrot salad almost every single day for over two months now and have actually seen some pretty positive results including a major reduction in my postpartum anxiety and headaches. Plus, it seems to be helping with my body’s ability to digest dairy, which is very exciting. It’s also a great snack for when you’re craving a little salt and crunch and don’t want to reach for chips. 

Keep in mind, this is just one small component of my overall dietary strategy that I’ve implemented to heal my gut this year - if you want to follow along with my journey please feel welcome to join my email list for updates, recipes, and more. :) 

As always, thank you for visiting the blog today and every day, it means a lot! Xx, Julia Rae

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