By Hayley Stobbs R.Ac, CNC
Nutritional cycling is an effective way to balance, promote, and optimize hormone health throughout menstruation, pre-ovulation, ovulation, and post-ovulation. Specific essential fatty acids, nutrients, fiber, and phytochemicals have the potential to influence the production, detoxification, and ratio of sex and stress hormones as they wax and wane throughout the four phases of the menstrual cycle. In addition, cycling offers plant diversity for gut microbiome health and nurtures lifestyle routine.
Note: For those without a menstrual cycle, follow the guidelines as suggested in the nutritional cycling post according to the phases of the moon. A woman's hormone cycle is interconnected to the ebbs and flow of nature; the gravitational force and light of the moon encourage circadian and hormone balancing. For those who's period is not aligned with the moon cycle, follow the seed consumption guidelines according to your unique cycle.
Phase 3 | Full Moon | Ovulation | Approx. Day 14
“I move ahead with my intention now or accept that my intention was not the best at this time. I release it, and I course correct now. I feel grateful that my intention is coming into form in the perfect way. I receive with gratitude.” – Ezzie Spencer
During this time high levels of estrogen trigger a surge of LH from the pituitary gland. This stimulates ovulation whereby one of the ovaries releases a mature egg from the most dominant follicle, which flows into the fallopian tube. The remainder of the ruptured follicle, called the corpus luteum, secretes progesterone.
Yin energy is at its peak and yang energy begins to rise. Physical, social, and mental activity increase as energy levels rise. This is a good time to proceed with something you’ve been putting off for a while due to lack of courage, or, to let go of it if it no longer serves you.
Intentions during this phase are to nourish essence, strengthen the kidneys, and regulate the ren and chong meridians. Seafood, nori and dulse, berries, black radish, walnuts, black sesame seeds, and black chia seed help to strengthen the kidneys. Slightly decrease your protein portions and increase vegetables and fruits, both raw and steamed. Carbohydrate intake can increase as activity levels naturally increase during this phase to approximately 1 week prior to menstruation.
Full Moon Black Sesame Spheres
Black sesame seeds are a good source of antioxidants, fiber, calcium, iron, and magnesium. They especially excel at nourishing liver and kidney yin and support blood.
1 cup black sesame seeds
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1 - 2 tablespoons collagen powder
2 teaspoons black chia seed
2 - 3 teaspoons astragalus powder, optional
8 - 9 cardamom pods
1 teaspoon dried ginger
4 tablespoons coconut butter, softened
2 tablespoons vanilla extract (alcohol free)
2 tablespoons algae omega 3 or MCT oil
1 - 2 teaspoons water
1 teaspoon lemon juice
Dash of himalayan sea salt
raw honey, maple syrup, blackstrap molasses,
monk fruit extract, stevia, etc., to taste
1. Place a glass jar of coconut butter in a medium sized saucepan. Fill with water to 3/4 of the height of the jar. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and let the jar sit for about 5 - 10 minutes or until the coconut butter melts.
2. Meanwhile, grind the seeds 1/2 cup at a time in a coffee grinder until they reach a flour consistency. Add the cardamom pods and black chia seed with the shredded coconut while grinding. Transfer to a medium sized mixing bowl.
2. Add the collagen, ginger root powder, optional astragalus powder, and sea salt. Stir. Mix in the remaining wet ingredients, optional sweetener, and use your hands to mix until everything is combined.
3. Scoop approximately 1 1/2 tablespoons of the batter and shape with your hands into a sphere. Place them onto a plate and freeze to set. Store in an airtight glass container in your freezer or fridge. Yields approximately 15.
I hope my post has given you insight today. If you’re interested in nutrition and acupuncture I’d be happy to guide you along. Please visit www.vcaspa.com to book online or call 250-590-4341. To learn more about my acupuncture practice, follow @hayley_stobbs on Instagram.
Wishing you love & vitality,
Hayley Stobbs R.Ac, CNC