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What I Eat In A Day During My Period

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What Should You Eat On Your Period?

 

Our modern world ensures that every woman out there is aware of the thousands of different diets you could utilize to reach your health goals. However, not many diets take a woman’s menstrual cycle into account. In fact, as we go through our menstrual cycle our nutrient requirements and calorie needs shift quite a bit. In this way, you can use nutrition to care for your body and optimize your hormones to increase fertility, reduce PMS, lose stubborn weight and more! This is the definition of my Eating For Your Cycle method.

 

Have you ever noticed that you crave chocolate on your period? There’s a reason why: your body is letting you know it requires more magnesium. In addition, it’s normal to crave more sugar before your period starts. In fact, our hormones naturally make us more insulin resistant. This means it’s easier to throw off your blood sugar, which makes you ‘hangry’ and crave all the sweets!

 


When you Eat For Your Cycle, you modify your nutrition for the 4 phases of the menstrual cycle to have a positive impact on your health and hormone balance.

It’s easy to prevent or remedy the instances mentioned above with knowledge of proper nutrition for the female body.


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Spiralized Estrogen Detox Salad for the Ovulatory Phase of Your Cycle

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An Estrogen Detox Salad- it’s all in the fibre

Use spiralized veggies to increase the amount of fibre and veggies in your diet in a delicious way. Spiralizing your veg is also a time-saver; it’s much easier than tedious chopping!

I love to add spiralized beets, squash, zucchini, and carrots to my meals and create delicious recipes.

I had an irresistible craving for an Asian-inspired salad and came up with this estrogen detox salad. Seasonal mangoes and zucchini noodles (instead of pasta) just had to be in the dish. I found happiness in my first bite… it tasted exactly how I envisioned and I was totally satisfied.

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Though you can enjoy this salad any time (except during your period; we recommend more warm food) this recipe provides ideal support for your body during the ovulatory phase.

During the 4-5 day period when you’re ovulating, supply your body with lots of fibre and specific nutrients to aid in estrogen detox. This will help prevent symptoms of estrogen dominance later on in the month. This shows up as PMS, bloating and even a heavier period, fibroids or cysts. Simply Eating For Your Cycle can do your body a world of good!

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Here’s why this estrogen detox salad is so good for your hormones

 

When eaten raw, Carrots and Zucchini provide fibre that helps you detox and remove ‘bad estrogen’ from the body.

If you have high levels of heavy metals, your cortisol may run high and impact your fertility. Cilantro can help you out here!

Sunflower seeds are a little known fertility superfood. The Vitamin B6 inside supports progesterone levels which is key for conception and prevents PMS. Studies have shown that B6 even helps women ease into their menopausal years! In addition, sunflower seeds provide you with Vitamin E, a helpful antioxidant (you can’t get enough antioxidant foods!). Healthy fats from sources like nuts and seeds is an essential building block for hormones, and it helps you feel satiated from your meal.

Try my estrogen detox salad out, I’d love to hear your feedback!

Spiralized Estrogen Detox Salad

Yield: 2-3

Ingredients

  • 2 medium zucchini, spiralized
  • 3 large carrots, spiralized
  • 1 mango, green or ripe, sliced thin
  • 1 handful Thai basil, stems removed, sliced thin
  • 1 handful cilantro, stems removed, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp sunflower seeds
    Optional
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, minced
    For the Dressing
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1/3 cup sesame oil
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp Chinese 5 Spice powder
  • 2 tsp ginger, grated
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • sea salt to taste

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, combine all the salad ingredients except the sunflower seeds.
  • Add all the dressing ingredients to a mason jar, shake to combine. Pour over salad.
  • For the best flavour, allow the salad to maranate in the dressing for at least an hour.
  • To serve, top the salad with sunflower seeds and 20-30 grams of protein of choice. I like chicken or cod.
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Sarah 2018Sarah Steffens is a Personal Chef based in Los Angeles.  She specializes in Paleo, Autoimmune, and Whole30 cooking and believes food is the starting ground for practicing kindness to one’s body, mind and spirit. She shares recipes and kitchen tips at Savor & Fancy.

 

Here’s What I Did To Get Rid Of My PMS Symptoms Naturally

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In the past, I experienced really bad PMS symptoms.

It all started when I was in my teens; I used to get a headache right before my period started. After a while, I began to experience an intense negative shift in my mood. I got irritable; I almost felt like a different person for the last half of my cycle.

Finally, my breasts became really sore right after ovulation. It seemed that this was the norm for a lot of my friends as well.

When I started to learn more about hormone health I realized that PMS symptoms are common but they aren’t normal. Most symptoms are signs of hormone imbalance. This knowledge inspired me to take action to eliminate my PMS.

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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. Read More

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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