How to use seed cycling to support women's cyclical nature
FEATURED ON HOMEPAGE HEAL YOUR MOOD WITH FOOD NATURAL SUPPORT FOR WOMEN'S HEALTH MINDSET
S E E D C Y C L I N G
for readers with female hormonal cycles only, or curious dudes 😏
What if there was a special way you could eat to magically support menstruation and overall women’s hormonal health?
Well there is!
Reminder from anatomy 101: while the male hormone cycle lasts 24 hours, women’s hormonal cycles last anywhere from 26-30+ days (normally about 28)
MEANING: we have very different hormonal needs. Women’s bodies aren’t designed to eat the same foods or perform the same activities day after day. 🤯 But rather our bodies perform optimally when we tune into their cyclical nature. 💫
Think of seed cycling as a way to nourish your body’s dynamic needs + celebrate your feminine body as it is.
The new moon presents an excellent time to start exploring this, but you can begin whenever. 🌚
At the very least, you should understand that during your luteal phase (~ days 15-28) or immediately following ovulation, your body will need more support in the form of more calories, more rest, and more TLC. This is true regardless of whether or not you are trying to conceive. Your body goes through this process each and every month.
Tuning into this cyclical nature may decrease PMS and menopause symptoms, support women with PCSO, support fertility, and leave you feeling rested and connected to your feminine power.
The simplest place to start to understand your own hormonal cycle is by tracking your ovulation and bleed phase. There are many apps, resources, and tools out there to support you in this if you have never tracked before. I would be happy to have a conversation with you about the best way to get started.
But for now, let's dive into specifics with SEEDS:
🌱 different seeds contain specific nutrients, oils, and vitamins that support a women's body in production, release, and metabolism of hormones.
🌱 seed cycling is a traditional practice with anecdotal evidence of supporting women’s health, and low risk for most women. Consider your own allergy panel and digestion capability along with your practitioner to determine if this is a safe practice for you.
🌱 follicular phase (day 1-14) use pumpkin and flax seeds
🌱 luteal phase (day 15-28) use sesame and sunflower
🌱 I have personally observed the most benefit from focusing on the sesame and sunflower during luteal, but experiment with both and see what works for you.
🌱 seek out organic and sustainably sourced RAW seeds.
🌱 Soak and roast them. Roasting them only as needed helps preserve freshness and availability of nutrients.
🌱 Consume throughout the day, approximately 1 tablespoon of each. You can add to smoothies, top soups or salads. If you don’t prefer the crunch or texture you can also grind them, which may assist with digestion as well.
One last note, if you have irregular menstrual cycles (meaning you don't bleed every month) or if you are not familiar with the timing of your cycle, you can still use this strategy. In fact, anecdotal evidence supports seed cycling could help your body start to regulate. Start by following the moon cycle. Counting day 1 as the first day of the new moon, and switching the seeds up at the full moon.
Risks to consider:
Do you digest nuts and seeds well? Have you ever been told you have an allergy to certain seeds?
Benefits to consider:
Anecdotal evidence of supporting women's health concerns. If no other benefit, seed cycling provides a way to connect with your own cycle and body, creates a ritual, and can serve as a reminder to slow down during the later part of your cycle.
Well this was pretty fun to talk about! Let me know if you give it a try, and if you would like to hear more about specific strategies to support women’s health.
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