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Eating For Your Cycle In A Nutshell: The Basics You Need To Know

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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

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3 Ways With Sweet Potato: Get A Natural Progesterone Boost!

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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

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Are Your Mood Swings Getting The Better Of Your Relationship?

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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.

 

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What’s the cause of the mood swings?

 

  1. 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.

Use our Autumn Antioxidant Crunch Salad and these Raw Carrot Cake Protein Bites to detox estrogen and boost progesterone.

 

  1. 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!

 

  1. 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!

 

Pin It For Your Mood Emergency Kit!

 

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How To Rock Your Menstrual Super Powers

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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

Decode Your Period, Balance Your Hormones & Get A Normal Menstrual Cycle

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You period is a sign of your overall health.

 

Do you wish you had a monthly report card that could tell you what you need to know about your body? You have it already, and it’s your period!

In fact, within the Chinese Medical school of thought (TCM) there exists the notion of the perfect period.

You can read this blog post to learn more about what a normal menstrual cycle looks like. Read More

8 Fertility Foods That Work Best With Your Cycle

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We know; there are countless ‘best of’ fertility foods lists… but ours is different.

 

The secret to increasing the effects of fertility foods is to use them in tandem with your menstrual cycle. Coordinating food with your menstrual cycle (Eating For Your Cycle) gives you better, faster results!

Menstrual Phase


This is your personal winter time: energy is drawn inward and it’s time to rest. To help reduce cramps and promote relaxation, rely solely on a diet of warming foods like soups, steamed or pan fried vegetables, and slow cooked meats.

1. Ginger Root

Warming spices gently stimulate the uterus to properly eliminate blood. You want to make sure blood doesn’t stagnate. This allows for new, oxygen-rich blood to create a healthy home for a potential baby.

Note that you don’t want to over-do it with ginger if you have potentially conceived but it is totally fine to have during menstruation.

2. Grass-fed Beef Liver

Build up those iron stores! You need iron, especially if you conceive. You’re body needs a lot of nutrition for conception. That’s why you may experience hair loss or cavities during pregnancy.

When you’re pregnant, your body is sucking nutrients, diverting them to your growing baby. Grass fed liver is one of the more nutrient-dense fertility foods out there. You can access our recipe for delicious liver with caramelized onions here.

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Follicular Phase


In the follicular (pre-ovulatory) phase, estrogen and energy increases as your body prepares to ovulate. You crave lighter, fresher fertility foods, so try and prepare more smoothies, salads or incorporate raw or lightly steamed vegetable elements in your meals. 

 

3. Acai Berry

Antioxidant-rich foods like acai and other berries will support good quality ovulation and protect the follicle as it develops.

4. Lentils

1 cup of these beans has 90 % of your daily dose of folate, which is important for conception and preventing birth defects. In addition to getting folate from delicious foods, I recommend a good whole food prenatal supplement.

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Ovulatory Phase


For 3-4 days, you experience peak sex drive and peak energy. You require about 200-300 less calories a day, and a raw food diet may seem particularly enticing… a good time to go for the ultimate fertility food: wild salmon sushi! In addition, try these other fertility-boosters:

5. Avocados

Avocado is high in folate, B6, and healthy fats. Research shows that avocados increase chances of conception during IVF.

 

6. Beets

Nutrients in beets help the liver liver ‘methylate’ and detox the naturally high estrogen levels that occur during ovulation. The estrogen needs to be properly eliminates so it doesn’t interfere with the progesterone, the essential hormone required to maintain a pregnancy in the luteal phase.

Try out our ultimate fertility smoothie protocol, it has everything you need to nutritionally to optimize your chances of conception!

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Luteal Phase


After ovulation, progesterone rises and your body continues to ripen your uterine lining, lasting around 12-16 days. 

Our goal with fertility foods is to support progesterone production. Once ovulation and conception occur, your body will rely on the progesterone your body creates vs hormones released by the placenta. At this time, the placenta isn’t quite ready to provide you with what you need. Low progesterone is often a reason for miscarriage.

7. Egg Yolks

Add yolks to smoothies or make yourself soft boiled eggs. Eggs have cholesterol which is one of the building blocks of progesterone and other hormones.

8. Yams

Yams and sweet potatoes have vitamin-A which supports the corpus luteum (your body’s main progesterone producer) and provides minute amounts of natural progesterone. Yams also contain B6 which helps to build your progesterone.

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When you know how to get the most out of your fertility foods, you harness the power of nutrition to help you conceive! 

We’ve specially formulated our ultimate fertility smoothie protocol to provide to optimize your ovulatory phase. Get our recipe now!

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