Seed cycling is an easy + natural way to regulate your hormones and give yourself superpowers.
Let me explain.
Your body is already amazing.
Without even thinking about it you’re breathing, your muscles are moving, and your immune cells are fighting off hundreds of threatening bacteria and viruses you don’t even know are there.
Your liver is sifting and sorting through all of the chemicals in your body so they can either be transformed, used, or discarded. The rest of your digestive organs are chugging away, processing your food and extracting nutrients that will help to keep you alive.
And the way that all of these systems communicate and know how to operate is through your hormones.
So if your hormones aren’t in tip-top shape, you, my friend, are going to be dragging.
When your hormones are balanced you feel like you have superpowers.
First off, when you have the right amount of the right hormones at the right times your body functions better.
Your mind is clearer, you feel more alert, and have a much easier time focusing on the tasks at hand.
This means that you don’t just get more done, you have an easier time doing all the things you have to do, and you do a much better job than you would if you were dealing with hormone issues.
Another massive benefit of keeping your hormones balanced is that you are more cheerful, more patient, and feel good in your body.
So balancing your hormones is really key to being the successful mama you want to be.
But when your hormones are out of whack, well, so are you.
If you have too much estrogen, for example, you can end up with symptoms like bloating, breast tenderness, low libido, an unpredictable menstrual cycle, headaches, mood swings, and fertility issues.
Or if you have too many stress hormones like epinephrine and cortisol flooding your system you can end up with foggy-brain feelings, exhaustion (no matter how much sleep you get), anxiety, food sensitivities, low blood sugar, and you might get overwhelmed really easily.
But these symptoms aren’t normal!
You don’t have to go through your life like this.
And the fact that so many of us think these symptoms are normal shows that we’ve got a downright epidemic on our hands.
So why not take back control?
Luckily, you can do this fairly easily by adjusting your diet and lifestyle with the phases of your menstrual cycle.
Se, your body needs different nutrients throughout the month.
And these nutrients help to produce the hormones that are needed at different phases of your menstrual cycle.
You can also support the production of the right kinds of hormones by adjusting your activities and exercise throughout the month, and this is one of the most important things I teach in my flagship holistic health and weight-loss program, Love My Body, Love My Life.
But for now I just want to teach you a super simple technique called seed cycling.
Seed cycling can help balance your hormones and reduce the uncomfortable symptoms that accompany menstruation, as well as other symptoms of hormone imbalance.
The idea behind it is pretty straight forward.
You want to encourage different nutrients and essential fatty acids (EFA’s) at different points in your cycle to support the right hormones at the right time of month.
During the first half of your cycle you want to have proportionally more omega-3 fatty acids, lignin and zinc.
Lignin decreases the amount of excess testosterone and estrogen that are floating around in your system and helps your body reduce inflammation, and zinc promotes a healthy balance between estrogen and progesterone.
Lucky for you, flax and pumpkin seeds are chock full of exactly these nutrients.
In the Luteal phase (the second half of your cycle) you want to emphasize zinc and selenium.
These will support your body in progesterone production and detoxification of any unwanted hormones that may be floating around.
In the second half of your cycle sesame and sunflower seeds help to give your body the appropriate boost.
Here’s how you do it:
During the first half of your cycle (menstrual and follicular phases):
Eat 1 tablespoon flax seeds + 1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds per day.
During the second half of your cycle (ovulation and luteal phases):
Eat 1 tablespoon sesame seeds + 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds per day.
Seeds should be organic, raw, soaked & dehydrated (if possible), and ground for maximum absorption.
But if that seems like too much hassle don’t worry about it!
So long as you’re eating the right seeds at the right phase of the monthly you’ll be supporting your hormones.
If you want to prepare them ahead of time, store ground (and if they’ve been soaked, dehydrated) seeds in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to a month.
Have an irregular menstrual cycle? No problem.
You can also start with the flax and pumpkin seeds on the new moon and switch to sesame and sunflower seeds when the moon is full and begins to wane.
And have patience!
Hormones need some time to adjust.
Follow this protocol for at least 3-6 months to really feel the impact on your cycle.
Now I’d love to hear from you.
Do you have any favorite recipes that feature these seeds?
Share in the comments below so you can help make seed cycling easier and more fun for other women!
‘Til next time,
Love, Hugs, and Granola Bars,