Periods shouldn’t be miserable, they shouldn’t be painful or make you want to lose it on everyone you come into contact with. Your cycle shouldn’t cause breakouts, or extreme bloating and your period shouldn’t require 40+ tampons & an iron transfusion each month. Even though these symptoms may be common, they’re not normal! It is possible to have an easy & dare I even say enjoyable cycle when your hormones are balanced and supported with the right foods, exercise and supplements.
Seed cycling is my favourite hormone-balancing food therapy. It’s cheap, delicious and so incredibly easy to do. You simply eat more estrogen supportive foods in the first half of you cycle and through ovulation when you want estrogen levels to be at their peak, and eat progesterone-promoting foods from after ovulation until menses. After a few months on this protocol so many of my patients report an improvement in PMS symptoms, ovulatory symptoms and even cycle length.
Seed cycling is safe, easy and my patients consistently report that it makes a difference in their overall hormonal health. There’s even a study from the the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism which shows that eating the seeds included in this seed cycling protocol results in an improve progesterone to estrogen ratio. The women who ate these seeds were also found to have longer luteal phases, which is often associated with a healthier hormonal cycle and regular ovulation. Give this food therapy a try for a few months for happier hormones. If you’re still feeling moody and experiencing difficult periods after 3 months of seed cycling then it’s time to book a visit with your naturopathic doctor for a personalized herbal, nutritional or bio-identical hormone treatment.
While seed cycling is indeed super easy, it can feel a little monotonous eating the same old flax / pumpkin / sunflower / sesame seeds all week long. Recently, patients have been asking me for delicious recipes that incorporate therapeutic doses of these hormone healthy seeds. We’ve already covered some luteal phase supportive recipes here and here, so today’s post features the first of two tasty recipes to add to your diet in the follicular phase of your cycle (stay tuned next week for my favourite flax muffins). I hope your enjoy this tasty, low carb, and hormone balancing breakfast, perfect for supporting optimal estrogen health throughout the first two weeks of your cycle.
Hormone Balancing Breakfast Flax Muesli
I hope your enjoy this tasty, low carb, and hormone balancing breakfast, perfect for supporting optimal estrogen health throughout the first two weeks of your cycle.
- 1/4 cup rolled oats
- 2 tbs ground flaxseed
- 1 tbs maple syrup (optiona)
- a splash of vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup almond or coconut milk
- 1/4 cup coconut milk yogurt
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tbs pumpkin seeds
- 2 tbs slivered almonds
- 2 tbs coconut flakes
- 1 tbs dried fruit
Combine the milk, coconut yoghurt, cinnamon, flax seeds, maple syrup and rolled oats. Mix well and add to a glass container and place in the fridge overnight. Pull out of the fridge for breakfast, stir well and top with pumpkin seeds, almonds, coconut flakes and dried fruit.