Seed Cycling For Women's Hormone Support With Intermittent Fasting

Seed Cycling For Women's Hormone Support With Intermittent Fasting

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Seed Cycling For Hormone Balance and Support 

I'm a huge advocate of "Food as Medicine!" It never ceases to amaze me how brilliantly God designed our universe, bodies and lives to work in harmony.

Today, I am going to share what seeds to use and how these seeds support your hormones. And, how I incorporate it into my daily routine, Intermittent Fasting and cycle.

Peak Performance starts with good nutrition. I’m not just talking about athletic or physical performance. I’m talking about brain performance; and how we show up in all areas of our lives.

 

I’ve been a personal “body hacker” most of my adult life. When I read Tim Ferris’s book, the 4 Hour Body (might have also been in 4 hour work week) and he talked about turning himself into a human experiment, I could totally relate.

 

When I hit 50, I realized that my body was not “feeling” like I hoped it would. I was experiencing inflammation, diminished and restless sleep, hormonal issues as I approached menopause and my once over the top energetic self wasn’t quite as spunky.

 

I’ve tried a lot of different things; food regimens, elimination diets, detox diets, paleo, keto, mediterranean (probably the best for me!) and ultimately, Intermittent Fasting.

 

Bingo! I found my own personal magic bullet, and can still have my bulletproof coffee, just delayed.

 

In Cynthia Thurlow’s “Intermittent Fasting Transformation” Book  - I learned about “seed cycling.” 

 

Have you heard of seed cycling? I can't believe I have never heard of seed cycling, as much work as I have done on my hormones, nutrition and overall health and well being.

This simple hormone supporting practice is worth a try if you are one of the millions of women around the globe who struggles with hormone imbalances. I love that it's portable and I've incorporated it into my Intermittent Fasting protocol, and use it to "break my fast" and provide solid nutrition to my body as well.

 

I never gave my hormone's much thought throughout my life. Things have worked mostly well all these decades so why overthink it?

All of that came to a screeching halt as I entered my menopausal years. My sleep changed, a small "muffin top" plagued me; my periods went haywire, my body became an internal furnace...


While I didn't have a terrible time with hot flashes, I was just hot all of the time. My husband and I completely reversed our sleeping roles with him shivering under all of the blankets and me, sleeping in almost nothing, with just a sheet over me, which I spent most of the night throwing off, then pulling back up.


After researching exhaustively to "figure myself out" and find a solution in as natural a way as possible, I was led to learn more about my hormones.

 

Turns out, women’s hormones are a very complex system. Keeping things balanced is vitally important. These hormones are largely influenced by our diet, sleep patterns, exercise,  and stress levels.


Then, factor in the many environmental toxins we encounter that we are often unaware of and don't control.


Even a slight hormone imbalance can lead to issues for a number of health concerns, including sleep disorders, chronic fatigue, weight gain, irregular periods, acne, PCOS, and thyroid disorders.

Seed cycling is one of the easiest ways you can support your hormones in a gentle, yet effective way.


How to Add Seed Cycling Into Your Nutrition Plan

Your cycle has 2 phases, so you will use different seeds at different times. 

Days 1- 14 days are called the follicular phase of your menstrual cycle. Days 15-28 are referred to as the luteal phase.


In the follicular phase, ideally, your hormone levels are balanced, which causes estrogen to rises during that first half of your cycle, and slowly decline during the second phase (luteal.)


Progesterone levels, on the other hand, will rise during the luteal (second half) of the menstrual cycle.


When an imbalance occurs between estrogen and progesterone, we can experience symptoms such as PMS, cramping, acne, irregular cycles, and amenorrhea (missing periods.)


If you are postmenopausal, you'll simply follow the lunar (moon) cycle. On the first day of the new moon, you'll start days 1-14.


Then, switch to days 15-28, and repeat.


Here is the simple recipe I use to incorporate this into my cycle, on days 1-14.

 

I used pumpkin and flaxseeds, added some berries (fiber!), macadamia nut butter (healthy fat), Organic Feta Cheese (sheep) and a sprinkle of cinnamon and this was my “BREAK fast” today, after an 18 hour fast.

For me, this is a gentle and effective way to open my eating window after my fast.

 

 

Jackie’s “New Moon” Manna

 

1 TBS Pumpkin seeds
1 TBS Flaxseeds
10 blueberries
10 blackberries
1 TBS Macadamia Nut Butter
1 TBS sheep's milk (ideally) feta crumbles, softened
Sprinkle of CeylonCinnamon.

Mix and eat.


Days 15 - 28, I'll swap out the seed cycle of Pumpkin and Flaxseeds for Sunflower Seeds and Sesame Seeds.

 

 

 

Note: I am not a medical doctor and all content on this blog is not medical advice or recommendations. I am simply sharing my own story and things I've done, researched and personally experienced.  Please always consult your doctor and medical professional before undergoing anything new.

 

References:

Brent, G.A. 2012. Mechanisms of Thyroid Hormone Action. The Journal of Clinical Investigation 122: 3035-3043

Rettberg, J.R. et al. 2014. Estrogen: A Master Regulator of Bioenergetic Systems in the Brain and Body. Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology 35: 8-30.

Epel, E., et al. 2001. Stress May Add Bite to Appetite in Women: A Laboratory Study of Stress-Induced Cortisol and Eating Behavior. Psychoneuroendocrinology 26: 37-49.

Moghetti, P. 2016. Insulin Resistance and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. Current Pharmaceutical Design 22: 5526-5534.

Mandl,Elise ,BSc, Msc, APD 2019 Can Seed Cycling Balance Hormones and Ease Menopause Symptoms?

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