Anti Estrogenic Diet

 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)

Ori Hofmekler developed The Anti-Estrogenic Diet for women and some men with signs of estrogen imbalances.

In women these may include classic hormonal conditions such as:

  • PMS
  • Endometriosis
  • Fibroids
  • Menopausal symptoms

anti-estrogenic-dietIn men it may show up as prostate disorders and a reduced sperm count.

More general signs and symptoms for estrogen imbalance include:

  • Inability to lose stubborn abdominal fat.
  • Reduced libido
  • Chronic fatigue
  • A reduction in the ability to tolerate stress.

Hofmekler explains that estrogenic chemicals may be found in the diet in foods such as meat, beer, fruit and vegetables treated with pesticides, soy foods, and artificial sweeteners.

Synthetic forms of estrogen called xenoestrogens are also found in cosmetics, cleaning products, air and water.

Anti-Estrogenic Diet Basics


The Anti Estrogenic Diet is based on eliminating estrogenic foods and chemicals while adding anti-estrogenic foods, herbs and spices.

Hofmekler also states that our bodies are designed to digest foods when we are at rest rather than at more stressful and active times of the day. He advises dieters to eat lightly during the day and to eat their largest meals in the evening.

There are three phases to this estrogen reducing diet

1. The first phase is a liver detoxification program that emphasizes fresh fruits and vegetables (especially cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli), low-fat yogurt, organic eggs, beans, whole grains, wild-caught fish and aged cheese.

2. In the second phase dieters introduce foods that have a specific anti-estrogenic effect. Olives and raw nuts and seeds are added to the phase one diet and this higher fat diet provides nourishment to the hormonal systems of the body.

3. The third phase allows meat, bread and pasta to be reintroduced into the diet in the evening meal only. Every other day dieters are advised to adopt either a phase one or two dietary approach.

Recommended Foods

Specific foods that have an anti-estrogenic effect include cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and Brussels sprouts), citrus fruits, organic milk products, nuts, avocados, eggs, coffee and tea.

Organic foods are to be selected whenever possible Hofmekler also advises the use of supplements to increase the effectiveness of the program by inhibiting estrogen and enhancing liver detoxification.

Estrogen Reducing Meal Plan

Breakfast

1 glass water

1 grapefruit 1 cup of coffee

Supplements

Morning Snack

8oz organic yogurt

1 cup organic strawberries

Lunch

Green salad and olive oil dressing

Two poached eggs

1-2 oz organic cheese

Supplements

Mid-Afternoon Snack

Peeled granny smith apple

Late Afternoon Snack

Pesticide free whey protein shake

Supplements

Dinner

Black beans and rice

Avocado and salsa

Green salad and onions

4-6 poached or boiled eggs or 8 oz wild caught fish or 2 oz cheese

Many other healthy recipes can be found here.

Costs and Expenses

The Anti Estrogenic Diet costs $16.95. There are also supplements recommended that will add to the cost of following this diet.

Click here to purchase this diet for a discounted price.

Pros

  • Speaks to those who have tried a variety of other approaches without the desired results and who are suffering from the signs and symptoms identified as related to estrogen imbalance.
  • Does not eliminate entire food groups but rather recommends switching lower quality foods for higher quality. For example choosing organic yogurt and aged cheeses over commercial dairy products.
  • Reduces exposure to pesticides and chemicals in the diet and environment.
  • May reduce risk of developing hormone related conditions such as polycystic ovarian syndrome, breast, ovarian, cervical and prostate cancer.
  • May also assist with the management and reduce the risk of a number of other conditions such as insulin resistance, diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia.

Cons

  • Some dieters may have difficulty adjusting to having only grapefruit and coffee for breakfast and the other lighter meals allowed during the day.
  • Recommended supplements will increase the expense of following this diet plan.

Other Factors Could Be To Blame

There are likely to be other factors involved in the success of this diet in addition to its effects on estrogen balance. The advice to eat lightly within the boundaries of a limited range of foods will make decisions on what to eat during the day easier and thus calories will be easily restricted.

Nonetheless this is a highly nutritious approach to dieting that will provide quality nourishment while also reducing appetite and is especially recommended for dieters who display signs of estrogen imbalance but have failed to achieve the desired results on other weight loss plans.

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 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)
  • eva

    Hello,
    Im confused. Grapefruit is known to INCREASE estrogen but U RECOMMEND IT. I HAVE HI LEVEL OF ESTROGEN, THUS, I HAVE MORE DAN 6 TUMORS N MY BREAST FOR 8 YRS. NOW. PLS. DONT CONFUSE D READERS, WE R ALREADY STRESSED EN CONFUSED HOW TO AVOID FOODS DAT INCREASE ESTROGEN LEVEL. pls. tell me WAT FOODS TO AVOID. BEC. FOR 8 YRS. IVEN BEEN DRINKIGN OSY MILK , I DID NOT KNOW IT INCREASED MY ESTROGEN NOW I HAVE MORE DAN 6 TUMORS-THEY KEEP COMING BACK. PLS. HELP ME WAT FOOD TO AVOID..

    GREETINGS FRM hOLLAND

    • tina

      frustrating is it not . just found out 2 weeks ago and have been on the internet steady and afraid to eat anything ! so exhausted with it all already :(
      eat this dont eat it drink this dont drink it !! thinking very seriously about doing some more extensive research on my own and def. write about it .
      myself . wish you all the luck and blessings to get through this

  • chelsme

    Ok if is true about estrogen hormones being in a pregnant cows milk then why dont babies have an estrogen dominance when they drink womens milk oh wait or goats milk? See where I getting at???

    • Mara

      It’s not naturally occurring estrogen… cows are injected with estrogen in high doses to keep them producing milk in an unnatural way. Usually those hormones are also paired with antibiotics and such giving at least a double whammy of “not good for you” since the antibiotics cause the production of antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria and cause lots of other problems..

      All for the sake of making more product for less money…. great right?

  • Reese

    I have extremly high estrogen levels the Doctors say offf the chart. 728 almost 2x higher than the highest levels in testing (by blood)all of my other hormones are in check. I do have 2 very large cysts on my ovaries right and left. And have had break through bleeding the last 2 months.
    had a pap smear results were normal, test for ovarian cancer the test negative. Mamogram is normal. Had my thyroid tested t3 t4 and total and they were normal as well as other blood studies only a little off on red blood count most likely due to bein slightly anemic.
    Please if anyone can shed any light….

    Discussed with naturopathic Dr. and he said he has never seen antything like it and also with my nurse pract. who ordered me a saliovia test said they were more accurate…..?

    Have apt with gyno on the 10 th of June .

    with all the conflicting diets… I have stopped eating meats and dairy.

    Please HELP

    • Nelson Pahl

      First of all, there’s no way all your other hormones are in check if your “estrogen” (do you mean estradiol? or estrone? what TYPE of estrogen?) is that high. Why? Because your hormones are built to be in BALANCE. You need to subscribe to a protocol that uses not only foods, but also superfoods, herbs, and supplements. There are a lot of things going on in your body–from lack of methyl donors to aromatase to age-related estrogen build up and so on–that need to be addressed systematically. You can’t just change your diet and expect everything to balance. It doesn’t work that way. In addition to proper foods, you need certain supplements, herbs, and superfoods, and you need them taken in cycles and randomized. It’s a complex process in theory, but a simple-to-use process once you understand what to do. I wish you well. – Nelson Pahl, Holistic Nutritionist and Longevity Expert.

  • SS

    Plants contain phytochemicals which are have weak estrogenic properties. There are different takes of phytochemicals, the main ones are isoflavins and lignans. Soy has high isoflavins and should be avoided if you are estrogen-dominant but lignans (flax seeds, sesame seeds) compete with the estrogen receptors and block endogenous estrogen thereby increasing the body’s ability to dispose of them through the digestive system.

  • lori guelff

    NIH Study shows caffeine consumption linked to estrogen changes

    Moderate caffeine intake associated with higher level for Asians, lower for whites

    Asian women who consumed an average of 200 milligrams or more of caffeine a day — the equivalent of roughly two cups of coffee — had elevated estrogen levels when compared to women who consumed less, according to a study of reproductive age women by researchers at the National Institutes of Health and other institutions.

    However, white women who consumed 200 milligrams or more of caffeine a day had slightly lower estrogen levels than women who consumed less. Black women who consumed 200 milligrams or more of caffeine a day were found to have elevated estrogen levels, but this result was not statistically significant.

  • sidiqa

    I am sorry having read your article and have done some research myself with regards to oestrogen diet. You are very wrong in many ways. Please do not follow this person’s advise as i am not sure they know what they are talking about.
    I am currently on oestrogen diet bacause i have fibroids and they are oestrogen sensitive which i means i cannot eat anything that’s high in oestrogen could plant/animal.
    I have been researching for last 3 months and i can assure you that many aspect of this article is wrong. For example. Egg, Milk, yoghurt, ny diary products are considered oestrognic because they have come from animals esp milk if it is from a pregnant cow, that’s when the oestrogen level is very high!

    If you are considering oestrogen diet, I personally eat the following:

    . Green Veg esp, Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, turnips, kale, cauliflower, citrus foods. Berries, Apple Cider Vinegar, fruit/ veg that are high in “lignan”, Flax-seed, food high in Fiber and Vitamin C, organic, drink water from a glass not plastic containers.

    And AVOID:
    . Milk
    . Egg
    . Yoghurt
    . Sugar
    . Caffeine organice or not! coffeine in itself has oestrogen ( Tea, Coffe, redbull)
    . Cheese
    . Red meat
    .Junk food /processed food/ tinned food
    . perfume/body location
    .

    • khawar

      thanks a lot

      I am very happy to read your instruction

    • Ryanne

      Just to warn you, I have been researching and learned that flax is very high in phyto-estrogens the same with soy. I am estrogen dominant and avoid soy like the plague. Flax is now on my list.

    • K

      In his book, if you read it, he only allows dairy products on the diet if they are from organic, non-hormonal, fresh, raw sources. No grocery store hormone fed cow products. If you can’t get the good stuff then you don’t have it at all.

      • Alicia Martin

        “the practice of milking a perpetually pregnant cow. In order for a cow to produce milk it must be pregnant” … How absurd! That comment must be from a city boy. Cows don’t start making milk when they get pregnant – they start making milk AFTER they have a calf. They can then be milked for months without having to get pregnant again – they don’t have to be “perpetually pregnant” to be milked. Apparently this person thinks that once the calf is born the cow must then become pregnant again immediately so it can continue to produce milk. How absolutely absurd. Yes, cows can continue to be milked once they become pregnant a second time, but they should be ‘dried up’ before the next calf is born, so the milking cycle can start over.

      • Ed

        Itn isn’t about the cow being fed hormones, it is about the practice of milking a perpetually pregnant cow. In order for a cow to produce milk it must be pregnant, a pregnant cows milk in turn will be laden with hormones. Even if it is organic the standards that are set to qualify something as organic don’t preclude the practice of keeping cows pregnant in perpetuity. Milk from these cows will contain extremely high concentrations of hormones and lack the natural enzymes after they are destroyed when pasteurized. You claim the book suggests RAW DAIRY…where does one find raw dairy in America? Farms are constantly being raided in America for producing raw milk.

    • Darlene

      Thank you, I am researching & I appreciate you sharing!!

    • Maria

      Hi..sidiqua
      I also am having problems with fibroids. could you tell me if this diet has worked for you?

  • Ndy

    Am overweight and trying to get pregnant. TVS day 12 showed endometrium of 3mm which the doc.said is thin.This means i need a little more estrogen,am really confused and need help.

    • K10

      You do not need estrogen, you need progesterone. Too much estrogen thickens the uterus and keeps the zygote from remaining intact. Most birth controls boost your estrogen to keep you un-pregnant. Look up Raymond Peat’s work on progesterone. He is a scientist who studied this years ago.
      You need to get your thyroid checked and get off estrogen/ msg foods. Get more vitamin E and eat more things like oysters, and roast beef.

  • Karen

    My suggestion would be to eat as many non-processed foods in your diet as possible. Eat lean meat (without nitrates–found in health food stores or specialized groceries that carry it). Eat fish that is wild-caught. Try to stay away from foods containing soy products. Instead of buying expensive organic food–wash your fruit and vegetables with an organic fruit & Veggie wash to cut down on pesticides. Eat a variety of vegetables and fruit in moderation. Eat a healthy breakfast with protein–such as–whole eggs and lean sausage. You would not do well on the diet in this article. I would get very sick if I only ate grapefruit and coffee in the morning. Just eat normal healthy foods and get as much exercise of you are able to do.

  • Rappy

    I’m in my forties and I’m fat. I’m fat because I spend all night reading this stuff instead of doing it.

    • Dr. Coston

      I love what you said. Thank You!

  • healthandhealing

    I have tried several different diets with no luck. This anti-estrogen has definately changed my shape with relative ease.

  • Mary Culley

    In my 20’s I suffered extremely from endometriosis. After my children I chose to have a total hysterectomy, which meant the removal of both ovaries. Thus there should have been no estrogen in my body. I had relief until I turned 56 years old. The pain came back. I was miserable. I knew this should not be happening, so I went on line and discovered that there is estrogen-mimicers in many of the food. Chicken, beef, and pork are fed them. The milk and eggs produced by these animals have them. I have now gone completely organic and look forward to good health soon. I am also looking forward to the end of fibromyalgia. Women out there suffering these diseases take heed and take control. Most doctor’s are baffled by what you go through. Sincerely Mary C.

  • rb

    There are recent studies out there that show that caffeine contributes to higher blood levels of estradiol (a form of estrogen). This thus includes coffee and teas.

    http://yourlife.usatoday.com/health/story/2012-01-29/Caffeine-may-alter-womens-estrogen-levels-study-says/52823576/1

  • lukki

    COFFEE is NOT anti estrogenic

    this book is VERY iffy

  • sindhu anil

    i am an endometrosis patient since 2002,and taking medicines and injunctions since then. now i am in oral contraceptive pills. is this make any harm to my body by taking it long time ? i am gaining weight and have body pain all the time . Is this is the side effects of medicines? and please suggest me a balanced diet .thank you

  • James

    Dairy can be very estrogenic if milked from a pregnant cow, as happens in commercial farms and some organic producers who wish to maximize their dairy production. In traditional asian societies, pregnant cows are not milked, but mass production isn’t so forgiving to cow’s needed down time. If you do drink dairy, skim milk has less estrogen since most of estrogen is bound with the fat.

  • Rykdna

    Is he kidding? Eggs? Dairy? Stimulants? Is there a new meaning prescribed for “anti”?

  • nicko

    what is the primary cause of breast cancer? The real cause is not in our diet nor in our lifestyle. No matter how healthy you are, you will get this incurable and very deadly disease. The real cause of it is you. You are the one who trigger this human time bomb. It is you especially women because of one thing only… I mean one thing. It is your EMOTIONAL SADNESS or being SAD. Not SAD because of thinking about it. But SAD that will eventually comes up in your mind and you begin to get easily angry or your heart start shaking like someone is firmly grasping it! When you talk to your love ones you will end up arguing or quarreling. But talking to your friends is like heaven.That is the real cause. There is NO CURE for SADNESS. It is in your blood…Its genetic. That’s why they say breast cancer is a genetic disease. Yes its true. Because you acquire that SADNESS. When you get sad your estrogen rises exponentially! Causing estrogen dominance that triggers the so called Infiltrating Carcinoma. When estrogen rises you will FIND A WAY that causes you to shout or angry within your family. You will get angry to your brother or sister or the parents especially your mother. If you are married so is your husband. So avoid phytoestrogen foods because these will boost your already boosting Estrogen. Eat foods that are Estrogen deactivators or Estrogen Inhibiting Foods. Avoid Isoflavones like soy , beans and others. The only way to extend your life if you already have this disease is by SURGERY and CHEMOTHERAPY Only. NOT RADIATION. These will not cure you but extend your life. But if you can fight your SADNESS then healing will take place. But this is impossible for women But possible for men. That is why there is less breast cancer in men. Think about it.

    • Patty

      I think you are full of beans. No research behind what you say. Even now main stream is going alternative. All you have to do is ask for it. Surgery and chemo do not fix anything. Cancer will pop up elsewhere. You must get to the bottom of the problem. External chemicals, food and water are toxic. Good luck in your learning healing journey. There is a pill now that stamps out estrogen. Choose low estrogen food wisely and get off the pill. The pill is named Exemestane. Its for both men and woman to shrink cancer tumors. Choose a progressive doctor. One that moves forward.

    • Emme

      You’re a depressingly sad person with a terribly distorted view on things. Thankfully, for your sake, there wasn’t a shred of truth to anything you said. So, cheer up. You’re probably not going to die from cancer unless you are predisposed. I know a lot of happy people with cancer, and a lot of sad cancer free people. You’re not God, last time I checked… So, lucky for you and even luckier for us, we can all dismiss your review.

    • me

      I think your arguments sound ridiculous and quite frankly you must be a terribly SAD person. Has nothing to do with women having more bc cases…do your homework before writing something so terribly disturbing.

    • maria

      If that was the reason, then I would be eaten up with the disease!

      What an ignorant, uneducated comment. Men get cancer too!

    • Bethany

      I think you’re an idiot.

    • houshig

      I think you make sense!

  • Chamanit

    For those people with DCIS, check out the Calorie Restriction site and the book Anti-Cancer: A New Way of Life. According to the Calorie Restriction research, we should be keeping our blood sugar levels between 74-88 mg/dL. I am taking Resveratrol in the morning, Vitamin D at noon, and melatonin half-hour before going to bed. Definitely eat all the broccoli, kale, and brussel spouts you can every day. Don’t drink coffee after three o’clock in the afternoon. Don’t eat after nine o’clock in the evening (Calorie Restriction). Be in bed by 10 o’clock at night at the latest. Remember that alcohol is as carcinogenic as cigarette smoke. Again, keep the blood sugar below even what doctors tell you.

  • cindy copus

    I am a early dectected insite 2 ductal carcinoma breast cancer survivor. Both tests the HERS 2 and BRACH 1 test came back negative. I am told my cancer is high estrogen based. i bought the Anti Estrogenic Diet book and i too am confused but not from the book. they say cancer feeds off surgar, fruits are sugar. I drink Enagic water only,make juice and soup with a Vitamix and do herbs to flush extra estrogen from my body. I did only radiation which made me very ill. Cannot take tamoxafin and would not want to if i could. I believe in the natural cures. The Budwig diet with original flax seed oil is a must do too. Any info i can consume i appreciate, plz bring it on. thanks Cindy

  • Jdogtoocool

    This is good except it’s very contradicting to other things I’ve read on the web and I’ve also read the coments posted above and they all seem to notice the same contradictions. If you’re looking for better information look elsewhere

  • bokk

    Grapefruit is estrogenic and blocks the p450 enzyme in the body to stop your system from flushing excessive estrogen. Coffee is one of the most estrogen loaded substances you can put in ur body. This guy also recommends running on an empty stomach….that kills muscle mass and produces estrogen. Also certain eggs are estrogenic… in conclusion this is a joke.

  • tasha martel

    I was diagnosed two years ago with breast cancer and refused the traditional treatments of chemo and radiation. I feel great!

    • SAMANTHA TURNER

      Just read your comment regarding refusing chemo and radiotherapy. I am considering doing this and just wonder what your current health is like?
      I do look forward to hearing from you.

      Regards
      Samantha

  • Kay

    This diet recommends coffee and tea, but from what I have read elsewhere coffee is one of the worst foods for estrogen dominance. Even organic coffee so I am very confused.

  • shraddha

    i m suffering 4m PCOD ..i m having irregular periods and much more hair fall..plz help me

  • Carol Clark

    Can anyone tell me if we should be avoiding vegetables other than the cruciferous? I know a lot of vegetables have estrogen but are they(pears, apples, etc.) as harmful as the estrogen from meat? I also thought eggs and milk of any sort would be high in estrogen and was surprised to hear that organic milk and eggs is o.k. I’m confused. I eat a ton of vegetables, beans and rice. I read that beans are high in estrogen. I read so much conflicting information. I’m really not sure what I should be eating. I must eat a low estrogen diet. Any factual information you can share with me is very much appreciated. I called and talked to a dietician at a hospital who said “eat your vegetables as we are beginning to think the plant estrogen may effect the body in a positive way”. HELP!

  • einna

    i have a hormonal imbalance which the doctor says that i may have polycystic ovary syndrome or maybe just a hormonal imbalance.. i have a very heavy menstrual period which sometimes last for months and sometimes i dont have my period..also i am gaining weight in which i think and according to research is part of having hormonal imbalance..my doctor prescribed a pills, it then turn out to be okay during my therapy,then after my therapy,after how many months it goes back again to the same problem..i am overweight right now in my height and age.can you pls give me some diet plans and advise to help me reduce my weight to normal and to correct my hormonal imbalance..thank you!

  • Mary

    Ori Hofmekler suggests 1-2 “fertile eggs” with one yolk per day not just an organic egg. Use of organic eggs if fertile eggs are unavailable.

  • susan

    did i mention that the 20th january 2010 will be my 10th year as a survivor on the anti estrogenic diet plus a regular exercise program. just sharing with you the blessing.

  • susan

    i believe in the anti estrogenic diet. i was diagnosed with an invasive lobular and ductal breast carcinoma, ER+ in one tumor and ER- on the other. most of my co-patients’ br ca had returned and a lot of them had died within 5 years. they were on their old diet before cancer. i may have been a laaughing stock of those patients but on 20th january 2010, i will celebrate my survivorship and my anti estrogenic diet.

    • gie

      would u mind sharing with us your anit-estrogen diet

  • jonna

    Hi.I HAVE PROBLEM WITH MY CYCLE OF MENSTRUAL ,AND HORMON ESTRADIOL IS VERY LOWER 14.6 PG.ML AND I SHOULD TO TAKE SOME PILULS FOR REGULARY CYCLE ,BUT DYRING THESE TIME I FEEL THAT I’M MOORE FAT AND I’M VERY NERVOUS.CAN YOU SEND ME ANY DIET TO LOOSE MY WIGHT.PLEASE HELP ME BECAUSE IM VERY DISSATISFIED .THANK YOU JONNA

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