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Eating For Your Cycle

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

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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Fertility-Boosting Wild Salmon Poke Bowl

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The best way to get omega-3 is from fertility foods like raw wild salmon

 

As a matter of fact, high-end fish oil supplements are not the best way to get your omega-3. Omega-3 fats are chemically fragile:  their carbon double bonds are easily oxidized by exposure to heat, light and oxygen. Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is an omega-3 fatty acid that is a primary component of the brain, cerebral cortex, skin, and retina. However, DHA’s molecular structure makes it one of the most vulnerable of all dietary fats.

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