Now that the holidays are over, do you feel sluggish, constipated, or low energy from all that sugar and extra carbs? Maybe you’re a bit achy from the inflammatory foods you that made their way onto your holiday plate.
This peppermint matcha latte will get you in the spirit of the season as well as help you stay sane during the holiday craziness.
We know that our readers tend to experience low energy and burn out. The unfortunate thing is the combination of excess stress, sugar, and busyness during the holidays can compound the symptoms you currently experience. Read More
So you have adrenal fatigue. You want to continue with your active lifestyle and you’re looking for a type of exercise to compliment your healing.
Or you’re wondering if exercise is even a healthy choice when you’re healing your adrenals.
I get asked these questions often.
There’s no one-size-fits-all answer.
When it comes to balancing your hormones, the first step is to effectively manage your stress response.
One simple, yet powerful way to do this is to use hormone balancing herbs to make your daily tea.
This is an easy practice to add to your healthy routine; so many of you already drink tea (or coffee) on a regular basis. Simply switch it up to reap the benefits! Read More
When it gets cold outside, cooked vegetables are my go-to.
This is a classic family recipe that my family makes every year during the holidays. It’s one of my favorites and I wanted to share with you! German braised cabbage is perfect to have as a side for roast beef or turkey.
I asked Sarah Steffens from Savour & Fancy do a Natural Hormone Healing ‘twist’ on this traditional European dish! I’m really happy with the results… don’t the pictures look delicious?
This tasty side has one of our favorite hormone balancing super foods: Red cabbage Read More
The signature method I use to address women’s hormone imbalance is a combination of functional nutrition, lifestyle and stress management, and herbal recommendations. Eating For Your Cycle is a term I coined to describe the synthesis of these three core elements when applied to treat women during their menstrual years.
So what exactly is Eating For Your Cycle?
Eating For Your Cycle (or E4YC) is a functional nutrition approach to hormonal healing. It’s not a generic (or one size fits all) nutrition plan.
The method is based on the 4 phases of your cycle: Menstrual, Follicular, Ovulatory and Luteal. During these phases our brain chemistry, libido, energy, moods and hormone levels all fluctuate. We require different nutrients in each phase to keep our hormones in balance and fertility optimized. Read More
Are you looking for a natural progesterone source?
I love sweet potatoes because they contain a full spectrum of hormone balancing nutrients that help build natural progesterone.
The hormone progesterone is naturally dominant in the luteal phase of your cycle. Optimal levels are essential for fertility, balanced moods and minimal PMS symptoms, as well as a balanced period.
Progesterone & Your Period
Do you experience heavy menstrual flow? Flooding may be a symptom of not enough progesterone. Estrogen builds the endometrial lining and progesterone halts its growth, helping to ‘ripen’ the lining and prepare for potential pregnancy.
If you’re Eating For Your Cycle, focus on natural progesterone building foods like sweet potato in the luteal phase. Sweet potatoes are high in vitamin A, vitamin B5, B6, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, and due to their orange color, are high in carotenoids. Read More
Are your hormones sabotaging your relationship?
So many women and men are needlessly suffering in their relationships because of fluctuating hormones causing mood swings.
Sometimes your patience wears thin for no reason. You blow up over something that typically wouldn’t ruffle you at all. Now you’re fighting with your partner and you are feeling super irritable, which makes you want to push all of his buttons like a kid in an elevator… just because you can.
After the smoke clears, you think back with regret and confusion; what’s with the strong reaction? Why did I want to lash out? You feel bad… what you said during your argument just isn’t reflective of the true you.
You realize that when you’re PMSing internal negative self talk about yourself or your partner increases. Is this normal? Does it have to be like this each and every month?
It’s not me, it’s my hormones.
Of course it’s important to take accountability for our own actions. However, we can understand the hormonal origins of our moods and learn ways to return to balance. This reduces feelings of guilt and empowers us to take action to fix it.
What’s the cause of the mood swings?
- High Estrogen Levels– When estrogen is too high and progesterone is low you get classic PMS mood swings, more negativity, and you feel less confident in yourself. This chemical imbalance causes disconnection from yourself and your desires. When we aren’t connected to ourselves, our relationships suffer.
- Low Testosterone Levels– When I say ‘testosterone’ you think ‘sex drive’. It’s true that lower libido impacts intimate relationships; sex is such a bonding experience for you and your partner. However, testosterone levels are linked something equally as important: self confidence.
A lot of my private clients suffering from hormone imbalance report that all of a sudden they feel like their confidence is gone. Women that have been super self-confident their entire life, that have many achievements to be proud of… suddenly they’ve become self conscious almost overnight.
Self confidence shapes your perspective, your outlook on your life. If you’re not confident, you may not go for your dream career, apply yourself to your hobbies and goals… you may not feel worthy of the life that you truly desire. This is something serious that needs to be remedied.
Try out my Sexy Menopause Libido Smoothie for a natural testosterone boost!
- High or Imbalanced Cortisol- If your cortisol is out of balance (aka adrenal fatigue) your energy suffers. If you and your partner have mismatched energy levels, it can impact what you want to do together. Your partner may want to engage in activities or social events when all you want to do is stay in and cuddle, causing a rift between the two of you. Especially if you have kids, a cortisol imbalance can be an emergency if you can’t keep up with them.
If you think you might have adrenal fatigue, check out our article on understanding the phases of adrenal fatigue.
Heal Your Hormones, Help Your Relationship
Sometimes it’s appropriate to use the phrase, ‘honey… It’s not me it’s my hormones”. However, there are so many methods you can use to balance your hormones and address the root cause of your mood swings. That’s why you came to this page!
If you’re looking for hormone balance, check out our course all about balancing your hormones with food. Read more about the Eating For Your Cycle method here!
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Pumpkin Spice… why mess with a good thing?
Why add greens to our pumpkin smoothie recipe? Greens are essential because they provide magnesium and B vitamins.
Magnesium deficiency is the cause of poor sleep and chocolate cravings! If you’re tempted to eat some Halloween candy next week, try making yourself this smoothie instead. Read More
Your menstrual cycle gives you super powers!
When you learn to work with the phases of your cycle, you’ll get more done, deepen your relationship with your body and balance your hormones.
Let me explain…
Everything in the universe goes through cycles.
The earth gets close to the sun then farther away, creating the four seasons. A fruit tree flowers, then fruits, bears its seed, and flowers again. The moon waxes, becomes full, then wanes into darkness.
As women, this cyclical ebb and flow happens each month in the form of the menstrual cycle. It’s our personal fertility cycle where we have the power to create new life each month. The menstrual cycle is fueled by the creative energy of life, the same energy that dictates all of the other cycles in the universe. Read More