Are You Optimizing Your Menstrual Cycle?

Are You Optimizing Your Menstrual Cycle?

Happy New Years! If you’re anything like me it’s hard to believe it’s 2023. I thought I would take this time to share with you some of my focus going into the New Year. Instead of setting new years resolutions that I feel are always bound to be broken. I am focusing on a specific intention. This year that intention is a focus on Self-optimization. 

Over this past year I have taken time to learn more about myself and as you know, the more we understand about ourselves, the better of we’ll be. There is always female intuition.

While learning more about myself, I focused on my menstrual cycle, something I never really had taken the time to learn about, but of course, has made a huge impact on the daily life of being a woman. As we enter a new year, it's a great time to focus on taking care of ourselves and our bodies. One important aspect of self-care for women is understanding and supporting our menstrual cycle.

The menstrual cycle is the monthly process that occurs in the female reproductive system. It is divided into four phases: menstrual, follicular, luteal, and ovulatory. Each phase is characterized by unique physical and emotional changes, and it's important to be aware of these changes in order to support our bodies during each phase.

During the Menstrual phase, it is common to experience lower energy levels. It can be helpful to engage in restorative activities like yin yoga and having rest days, as well as incorporating foods like ginger and dark chocolate, which may help to reduce menstrual discomfort.

I've found that incorporating dark chocolate, like Hu Chocolate bars, can help to reduce menstrual discomfort. I typically get mine at Whole Foods, which is a bit of a treat for me.*

While my energy levels may be lower, I find it helpful to focus on getting good sleep. One tool that has been helpful for me is the sleep talk down guided meditation by Jason Stephenson. He has a variety of unique guided meditations for sleep available for free on YouTube that you might find helpful as well.

I've found that my body especially likes when I incorporate supplements like Cordyceps and Lions Mane into my routine during the Menstrual phase. These supplements can help to increase energy and focus throughout the day.

The follicular phase, also known as the ovulatory phase, is characterized by an increase in energy levels. It can be helpful to engage in activities that align with this increase in energy, such as setting goals and doing vinyasa yoga. It may also be helpful to incorporate fermented foods and broccoli sprouts, which may provide a range of health benefits.

I've recently discovered Cosmic Cultures and their Kyoto Krout, which has quickly become a favorite of mine. The Kyoto Krout is Bright and Tangy with a great flavor that makes it easy to get gut-healthy fermented foods in your diet. If you're in the Dallas area, you might want to check out their new NoWhere shop popup in the West Village. They also offer jar shipping if you're not local. I highly recommend giving their products a try!*

Creating vision boards can be a helpful tool in setting goals and getting into a more focused and motivated mindset. I personally use Pinterest to create mine, but you can use any platform that works for you.

I've found that incorporating Chaga, an antioxidant that helps to restore oxidative balance in the body and may slow cellular aging, into my morning routine can be beneficial. It's something that I personally make a point to include especially during my follicular phase.

The luteal phase, also known as the premenstrual phase, is marked by a range of premenstrual symptoms, such as bloating and breast tenderness. It can be helpful to engage in activities that help to reduce these symptoms, such as strength training and eating leafy greens. It may also be helpful to incorporate sweet potatoes and berries, which may provide a range of nutrients and antioxidants.

During the luteal phase, I find it helpful to focus on incorporating nutrient-rich foods into my diet. One of my favorite ways to do this is by making a salad with greens like kale or arugula, massaging in a tahini salad dressing, and adding some toasted sunflower seeds. It's a simple but tasty way to get in some intentional nutrients.

The ovulatory phase is the shortest and occurs around ovulation time. During this phase, it is common to experience an increase in energy levels and a desire to socialize. It can be helpful to engage in activities that align with this increase in energy, such as cardio exercise and connecting with others. It may also be helpful to incorporate whole grains and eggs into your diet, which may provide a range of nutrients and protein.

Farrow is a grain that I've been exploring more in recent years and have found to be incredibly versatile, particularly in salads. If you're interested in being more conscious about your eating habits, I recommend checking out Athena Calderone's book "Cook Beautiful." In particular, the Farro salad on page 225 is a must-try in my opinion. It's a simple but delicious way to incorporate this grain into your diet.

I've recently discovered non-toxic perfume and have fallen in love with using it, especially when going out. One of my favorite non-toxic boutiques is Malibu Apothecary, located in Dallas. I regularly use their Tulum and Los Cabos scents and highly recommend giving them a try.

Remember, every person is unique; what works for one person may not work for you. It's important to pay attention to your body's unique needs and preferences and to make adjustments accordingly. That being said, I encourage you to explore what works for you. I would love to hear from you in the comments or on Instagram.

Wishing you the absolute best year, filled with so much love and joy! 

 

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