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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


  • 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
  • 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


  • 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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Sperm-Boosting Smoothie for Ultimate Male Fertility

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If your man has low sperm motility, prepare a smoothie full of herbs and superfoods scientifically proven to increase testosterone and increase sperm count and quality.

Three measurable variables to determine strong, healthy sperm are count/concentration, sperm motility and morphology. Sperm motility indicates how well the sperm are moving… of course this has a huge impact on chances of conception.

There are many aspects of male fertility that are under your personal control


In fact, maintaining a healthy body weight, managing stress, exercising regularly and eating an appropriate diet with the right nutrients will support overall male health and vitality.

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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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Hormone Balancing Chicken Veggie Bowl

Summer Spiralized Veggie Bowl with Shredded Chicken

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This light hormone balancing recipe is perfect for summer


This is a great recipe for balancing hormones, fertility, preconception, controlling hot flashes in menopause and recharging your adrenal glands. If you’re eating for your cycle, prepare this meal during the ovulatory phase. As a result, your body can thrive on less carbs and needs the fiber from the veggies to detox excess estrogen.

In addition, the ingredients in this recipe pack this bowl with key vitamins and provide blood sugar balance in a crunchy, tasty way. We recommend you purchase a spiralizer to make this recipe ASAP!

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Here’s why we love this recipe hormone balancing recipe


Blood Sugar Balance– this recipe has a great combination of protein from chicken, fat from the dressing, and fiber from the veggies. A balanced amount of carbs is supplied by the sweet potato. Ultimately if you consume too much sugar or not enough protein, the adrenal glands become stressed and insulin increases. This impairs the functions of other hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, and cortisol.

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Turmeric Smoothie for Endometriosis Diet

Turmeric, Carrot & Mango Smoothie Bowl For Healing Endometriosis

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10 percent of women of reproductive age have endometriosis.

This condition is challenging because symptoms such as bloating, immense pain and fertility fears affect your daily life. However, you may be surprised to know it’s possible to reduce the symptoms with an endometriosis diet! Many women struggle with the symptoms of endometriosis but don’t know that they have this condition. Regrettably, only advanced stages of endometriosis show up on medical tests.

Below is part of the approach I use to help my clients control their endometriosis and, if they are working on fertility, to help them conceive.

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Lunch Bowl Series: Walnut Goji Shrimp Salad Bowl For The Ovulatory Phase

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This recipe is designed to support you during the ovulatory phase of your cycle when your estrogen levels are highest. You can tell you’re in this phase when your cervical mucous has an ‘egg white’ or watery texture.

It’s important that your body has the nutritional support necessary to remove the high amounts of estrogens you’re body is producing and the xenoestrogens you get from the enviroment out of your body during this phase. This will help reduce symptoms of estrogen dominance during your luteal phase such as sore breasts, bloating and mood swings.

Here’s why the ingredients in this recipe support you during your ovulatory phase:

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Try This Chocolate Milkshake to Increase Fertility

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This smoothie is full of superfoods to balance hormones, increase energy, decrease pms symptoms and boost libido. It tastes like a chocolate milkshake but it’s dairy free and nutrient dense. You can enjoy it as a meal (especially if you add protein powder) or an afternoon pick me up.

Here’s why this smoothie recipe is so good for women’s health:

Avocado is a clinically proven fertility superfood! A study found that women who ate avocados and other healthy fats during IVF treatment tripled their chances of conception! One avocado gives you your recommended daily allowance of folate which is important for preventing early term birth defects. You also get healthy fats, Vitamin E and other B vitamins that are so crucial for women’s hormone balance.

Cacao Powder is a potent aphrodisiac. Chocolate contains PEA, the love molecule, that your brain naturally produces during orgasm. It also helps lower cortisol (one of your stress hormones). Cacao is incredibly nutrient dense and is considered one of the most chemically complex foods on the planet.

Maca is a powdered root from Peru that is known for its endocrine balancing and energizing properties.

Vanilla synergies deliciously with chocolate and has a mild stimulant and aphrodisiac effect. Vanilla powder, which is ground vanilla beans,  is the most potent form of vanilla but you can also use an organic vanilla extract.

Banana is high in vitamin b6 and potassium which both help reduce pms symptoms, bloating and cramping. Optimal levels of B6 is important for conception and reducing morning sickness in pregnancy. If you get your B6 levels up before you get pregnancy you will be less likely to have symptoms of morning sickness.

Lucuma Powder is a starchy dried fruit from Peru that adds a creamy flavour to this smoothie. Lucuma is high in B vitamins.

Collagen Peptide Protein Powder  makes this smoothie a meal with a balanced macronutrient ratio. I like this collagen peptide protein powder from Vital Proteins because it has gut healing properties and it doesn’t effect the smoothie’s texture or flavour.

For fertility, this recipe is most effective during the follicular and ovulatory phases of your cycle. If you’re in Canada you can order all of the superfoods for this recipe at The Light Cellar.  Order collagen peptide protein powder here

Chocolate Fertility ‘Milkshake Recipe

Makes 1 serving

  • 1 ½ cups Unsweetned or Homemade Almond or Coconut Milk
  • ½ Avocado or 2 Tbsp Hemps Seeds
  • 1 Tbsp Raw Cacao Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Powder or Extract
  • 1 Tbsp Lucuma Powder
  • 1 tsp Maca Powder
  • 1 Frozen Banana
  • Honey or Maple Syrup to taste
  • 1 Serving Collagen Peptide Protein Powder 

Blend and enjoy!

If you want to balance  your hormones naturally to increase your fertility please contact Madeline here to book a session.

About Madeline


Madeline MacKinnon is a Calgary based certified nutritionist and the founder of Natural Hormone Healing. She dedicates her time, energy and education to help women from around the world balance their hormones naturally without drugs. Her unique and effective system synthesizes the most cutting-edge discoveries in the field of nutritional technologies, super foods, traditional food nutrition and herbalism and combines them with the latest hormone testing, spa healing, and transformational coaching.

In addition to working with her own private clients, Madeline teaches workshops throughout western Canada and is an instructor at The Light Cellar’s teaching kitchen in Calgary AB. She teaches classes on traditional food nutrition, elixir making, food as medicine culinary arts and natural hormone healing.

You can schedule an initial assessment with Madeline by contacting Urban Roots Wellness Centre in Calgary or email madeline@naturalhormonehealing.com to book a skype or phone session. She works with clients from around the world.