As a woman, your body ebbs and flows. It is biologically designed to be productive certain times of the month and get deep rest at other times. Your period is one of the times of the month that your body needs to rest and get plenty of nutritious, delicious food. When you embrace your unique rhythm, you can leverage the times when you’re biologically programmed to be productive and fully embrace and relish the times when you’re meant to relax and take care of your complex, strong yet delicate system.
1. Remove processed foods from your diet.
Sorry if this is not what you want to hear, but it is what you need to hear. This is the best thing anyone can do for their health. The challenge here is that many people think they’re eating clean but are actually still eating a lot of processed foods. Do a little survey of your daily diet, kitchen, and cabinets. Are packaged yogurts, granola, and cereal bars sneaking into your daily menu? What percentage of your food has no label at all, like vegetables? Aim to mostly eat food that doesn’t come in a package. This simple step will greatly help in balancing your hormones and bringing your body back into alignment.
2. Take synthetic hormones off of your plate.
Choose grass-fed, local, clean meat and dairy and notice the difference in your monthly cycle! Continuing to eat meat and dairy pumped with hormones is one of the biggest blunders women can make when trying to regulate their menstrual cycle. Hormones from food can lead to a heavier flow, more cramping, mood swings, and even ovarian cysts.
3. Evaluate dairy products in your diet.
Dairy is one of the biggest contributors to cyclical imbalance. As a mucus- producing food, it clogs the respiratory and digestive system and makes
your monthly cycle heavier and more uncomfortable. It can also contribute to cystic breasts and acne. Cut dairy out, if possible, to alleviate the negative symptoms not only during your period, but throughout the month.
4. Pick your proteins wisely.
Protein is an area where every body is different. Some people notice a lot less cramps and a less heavy, more comfortable flow when they stop eating animal products. But women who are dealing with amenorrhea – or lack of period – may find that it instantly returns when they begin eating high-quality animal protein.
5. Get honest about fat.
When choosing protein, make sure it’s grass-fed, local, and free of hormones. Experiment with vegetarianism or even veganism, and observe how these different eating styles make you feel and how they affect your menstrual cycle. The concept that fat makes you fat is old science and simply untrue.
Lack of high-quality fat in the diet is linked to poor skin health, amenorrhea, hormonal imbalance, ovarian cysts, and a slew of other common women’s health issues. It’s important to remember that natural fat is your friend, not your foe. Adding avocado, olive oil, and even grass-fed butter can be very helpful when balancing your female cycle.
I’m Eleanor Duelley, a certified Holistic Health Coach and enjoy helping busy moms find balance, lose weight and get healthy through balanced whole-food nutrition. I have helped many woman who struggle with putting themselves back on the priority list and finding ways to make them love their bodies again.
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