Diindolylmethane, or DIM, is a compound that is formed in your body during the digestion of foods that contain the nutrient indole-3-carbinol. Indole-3-carbinol is found in cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts. Eating these foods, therefore, provides your body with DIM. DIM supports the liver in detoxifying and removing harmful molecules including carcinogens, from the body.
The vegetables in this photo from the instagram account of my good friend and fellow NT, Aisling Hill, looks anything but DIM, and she has made some really good suggestions about how to get them into your diet. If you are anything like me though, you need convincing and to be a little more creative. I’m definitely not a fan of overcooked broccoli, cabbage or Brussels sprouts. YUCK!! What’s that smell? But, I am convinced, and it doesn’t have to be that way. Since finding out how beneficial these vegetables are for hormone balance and cancer prevention, I’m finding new and tasty ways to get them in. How does cauliflower curry soup sound?
Thanks for the reminder Ash!! Take it away 🙂
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Cruciferous veggies These contain isothiocyanates which are phytochemicals which may change the way estrogen is broken down in the body – this, in turn may help to decrease the risk of high estrogen related complications. Additionally we get protein (although in tiny amounts), fiber, vitamins and minerals from these amazing plants. These are a source of vitamin A, C, K and manganese. Eating a serving of these a day (particularly broccoli, kale & brussel sprouts) can help lower risk of disease. I advise to eat them steamed or lightly sauteed with some type of good quality fats to absorb the nutrients effectively. Generally these are so quick and easy to include in your meals. Examples: get a pot of sauerkraut and add a tablespoon with your dinner every evening(less is more with fermented foods 1 tbsp is plenty especially if you've never had it before). You can cut up florets of broccoli in a bowl and put boiling water over them which will slightly cook them and then once drained throw them on top of your meal. Chop up kale and spinach together and mix through a Bolognese or eat on the side. #nutrientdense #breakfastgoals #nutritionist #irishfood #irishproduce #summer #breakfast #mondaymotivation #breakfastinspo #greenbeauty #greens #organicfood #organiclife #paleo #paleorecipes #foodgasm #foodie #foodography #foodforfuel #gymfuel #vegetables #vegetablegarden #yogurt #fullfat #delicious #picoftheday #like4like #happiness #mealprep #foodforfuel #gym