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Balance Your Hormones with Easy Homemade Chocolate

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Can you eat chocolate and balance your hormones at the same time?

 

The answer is yes! You can easily make healthy chocolate at home. It’s actually faster than running to the store to buy your favorite chocolaty treat.

 

So how exactly does chocolate help with hormone balance?

 

When chocolate is in its pure form, it acts as a delivery system for herbal medicine.

 

Cacao dilates your blood vessels and acts as a mild stimulant, which makes your heart circulate your blood faster. These properties make chocolate the perfect way to drive herbal medicine into the body. In addition, the flavor of chocolate can mask or synergize with the flavor of herbs that don’t taste particularly good on their own, such as schizandra or medicinal mushroom powders.

 

Herbs & Chocolate

 

I love to add the following powdered herbs to my chocolate. These are my favorites.

 

Schizandra is a vitality herb that promotes abundant energy, a sharp mind and calmness that’s invaluable in our modern world. However, many people don’t like the strong taste! It contains 5 flavors: bitter, salty, sour, sweet and pungent.

 

The thing is, you need to taste schizandra rather than take in a capsule. The flavor activates the channels and meridians in your body, and that’s how you get the benefits of this unique superfood! Thankfully, chocolate synergizes beautifully with the flavors of schizandra. Learn more about how to work with these superfoods in my Elixir Crafting course here.

 

Shatavari is an ayurvedic herb from the asparagus family. In this traditional medicinal system, it’s regarded as a prime women’s health tonic. Shatavari acts on the hypothalamus and helps decrease stress hormones. It also contains steroidal saponins, a class of natural plant hormones that help to regulate the menstrual cycle.

 

This herb is fat-soluble, which is why traditionally it’s prepared by decocting the herb in cow’s milk and mixing it with ghee or sugar. Hmmm, sounds like some of the common ingredients in chocolate!

 

Damiana prevents testosterone from converting to estrogen. This helps keep your libido up! Damiana also calms the nerves and uplifts those who have had an exhausting day.

 

It is also what I like to call an ‘on-demand aphrodisiac’ because it primes your hormones and directs oxygen to the genitals. It helps bring you out of your head and into your body… you relax and are ready to experience more pleasure. Damiana has a very herbaceous flavor that is masked by the strong flavor of cacao.

 

Maca root balances hormones and increases energy and libido. This is great for adrenal fatigue recovery because it helps support the HPA axis.

 

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Indulge in the pleasure of making (and eating!) your own chocolate. I want to share my favorite homemade chocolate recipe with you. Please let me know if you make it by posting a photo to Instagram and tagging @naturalhormonehealing.

 

Cherry Rose Chocolate

Yield: 8

Cherry Rose Chocolate

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup cacao butter
  • 1/2 cup cacao powder
  • 1 Tbsp rose hydrosol
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
    Optional
  • 2 Tbsp lucuma powder

Instructions

  • In a double boiler, melt the cacao butter.
  • Once melted, stir in the cacao powder and whisk until fully combined.
  • Stir in the rose hydrosol, vanilla and optional lucuma powder.
  • Stir in the honey until well combined.
  • Fold in the cherries and pour into molds or onto a pan lined with plastic wrap. Let set in the refrigerator and enjoy when hardened.
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Can Fertility Yoga Help You Conceive Naturally?

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If you’re on a fertility journey, it can be overwhelming to decide where to sink your time (and your money) to improve your chances of conception. When you decide to go beyond your doctor’s advice and take your health into your own hands, this number of options seems to balloon even bigger.

 

We’re hoping this post will help you make an informed decision about one option: fertility yoga. 

 

If you’ve ever wondered if yoga has an impact on your chances of conception, this interview delivers the goods so you can determine if it’s for you.

 

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Snack To Satisfy Cravings & Heal Burn Out

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Snack Attack Sabotage

You have a hormone imbalance (you suspect it’s adrenal fatigue) and lately your eating habits have been horrible due to a lack of energy and your busy lifestyle.

 

The one thing you fall for time and time again is unhealthy snacks. Cravings for sweet or salty and crunchy hit you and can’t concentrate on the task at hand unless you do something about it. Sometimes you ruin your appetite and snack right through dinner because you went for the treats as soon as you got home from work.

 

Unfortunately, if you don’t get a handle on your cravings you sabotage more than just your appetite and weight loss efforts. Impulsive snacking is disruptive to your hormones, and will keep you from healing your adrenal fatigue and feeling like yourself again.

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A Day In The Life: Essential Adrenal Healing Routines

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Today I am going to share what it takes to heal adrenal fatigue by taking you through a day in my life! 

 

But firstly…

 

What is Adrenal Fatigue?

 

Adrenal fatigue is the result of continuous stress and elevated cortisol levels (your stress hormone).

Prolonged or acute stress causes cortisol production to continuously increase and eventually become lower than normal leading to severely low energy. This dysregulation is how the body copes with ongoing stress in order to meet the demands you set for it.

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The Ultimate Adrenal Fatigue Weight Loss Guide

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When you have adrenal fatigue, the simple logic of ‘eat less, exercise more’ doesn’t apply anymore.

 

Have you tried to restrict your fat or carb intake, or reduce your portion size? In fact, many of my clients find that the less they eat the more weight they gain, especially around the middle. This is frustrating but all too common!

 

To make matters worse, exercise is no longer invigorating. When you’re burnt out it can take days to recover from a hard workout. Try and burn calories with a sweaty spin session or an intense reformer Pilates class and you feel like you need to go to bed ASAP!

 

Nutrition and exercise are the two main pillars of physical health. However, when we have symptoms like low energy, brain fog, and stubborn weight we need to switch up our approach.

 

In this article, we will show you why what you’re doing isn’t working (and what to do instead). We’ll also give you a PDF to help you walk through the new approach for nutrition and exercise when you’re healing adrenal fatigue. Read More

How the Pill Really Works: Hormonal Birth Control, Your Cycle & Your Body

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An Interview with Holly Grigg-Spall

Madeline interviews Holly Grigg-Spall, the author of the bestselling book Sweetening the Pill: Or How We Got Hooked On Hormonal Birth Control.

In this interview, you’ll get the up-to-the-minute truth on the ranging effects of hormonal birth control and how properly educating yourself about your female body (and your menstrual cycle) is the best thing you can do before you decide how to address any of your health symptoms. Read More

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7 Unexpected Types Of Stress That Keep You Fatigued

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Here’s the scenario: you’re tired, gaining weight (you see it around your middle), you’ve developed a bad attitude towards your husband and you seem to have very little energy (or patience) to do anything about it.

 

You spend your weekends recovering and doing chores that you should have done during the week. But after work, all you can do is sit in front of the TV and Netflix with a glass of wine in hand to take the edge off.

 

You feel like the weight of your life is crushing you and there’s very little you can do about it.

 

Wow, that’s no way to live! However, this is a story that’s so common for many women. And if you’ve been feeling like this for some time, you may have adrenal fatigue. Read More

Adrenal Fatigue Recovery Part 1- Start Here

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Part 1: Recover From Adrenal Fatigue Fast

In part 1 of our 4-part series, Madeline will weigh in on what you must know before you can recover your energy, clear the brain fog and lose the stubborn weight.

Primarily, you’ll figure out what’s causing your adrenal fatigue and learn how to determine which phase you’re in.

If you don’t know this, you’re healing process will be slow and you actually might do more harm than good.

Stay with me till the end and I’ll be sharing some free resources and support material with you. Read More

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Adrenal Fatigue Diet Hack: Black Sesame Smoothies

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An Adrenal Fatigue Diet

 

Here at Natural Hormone Healing, we demonstrate how your meals play a part in your healing journey. Unfortunately, if you struggle with adrenal fatigue it can be difficult to prioritize healthy, balanced meals when you have no energy.

 

We feel you! It’s so much easier to pay for fast food or order take out when you’re desperately trying to find the time to just relax. However, there is a fantastic option that’s at your disposal: smoothies.

 

Smoothies are perfect for everyone, but especially those of us with low, low energy. In this article, we’ll teach you how your smoothie can become a complete meal that you can make in 3 easy steps. Read More

How To Self Pleasure For Optimal Sexual And Hormonal Health

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Meet Courtney Davis

Madeline did an interview with women’s sexual empowerment educator Courtney Davis. Courtney teaches women how to connect to their vagina and body for more pleasure, power and fulfillment. She is the creator of Viva la Vagina, an e-course for women designed to help women experience the full spectrum of orgasm and help them increase their capacity for pleasure.

This post is not a transcript, but written based on the information in the interview. We hope you enjoy both the interview recording and this article!

 

Women’s Sexual Health

Sexuality is not thought to be a part of our everyday life. It’s common to believe that you’re only sexual at certain times, for example when you’re having intercourse or when you masturbate. In fact, a healthy sexuality is understanding that the sexual part of yourself is always there. It’s part of the whole ‘you’. Read More