The tides are changing, my friends, and can I say it’s about time! Uplifting conversations about menstruation have found a platform. Our bodies want to be understood and celebrated, and I love that the period positivity movement is doing just that.
We all long to be accepted and to have acceptance; yes, our bodies need acceptance too! Every woman is wired for menstruation. Our bodies as females are made to do this vibrant deep cleaning. The process is profound, our bodies are brilliant, and menstruation is a crucial part of every women’s health.
I accept my full power as a woman and accept all my bodily processes as natural and normal. I love and approve of myself.~ Louise Hays
We are entering a new era of accepting the way our bodies function as women. Helping us uncover a pearl of hidden wisdom, how we as women tick. We have peeled back yet another layer of understanding the hormones that help us achieve menstruation and optimize our daily health.
“I rejoice in who I am. I love my body. I love myself, I love all my cycles. All is well.~ Louise Hays
How have you felt about menstruation?
Take a moment, hands on your womb, deep breath, sending love, light, and healing energy into your womb space. Attune to this space, and listen. What dogmatic views are you holding in this space that is no longer serving you?
Take a moment to journal about your first period; what memories do you have around menarche? Did you feel celebrated?
If needed, find an affirmation that is healing to you and affirm it daily with attention to your womb space to help remove negative lingering thoughts about your body. Any condescending thoughts about your menstrual cycle can be transformed by self-love.
“I am a powerful, dynamic women. Everypart of my body functions perfectly, I love me. ~Louise Hays
Your womb is a sacred space of creation. It’s our wombs that carry the power to create new life. This powerful creating force also hosts new ideas, new projects, new ability to be creative. As you clear out negativity and fill your womb space with love and affection, new and brilliant aspirations will arise.
Now listen up, ladies. Here is your girl power! Harness your energy in flow with your menstrual cycle. Cycle harmony teaches us to use the different phases of our cycle as a superpower. Here are some girl power tips for each phase of your cycle:
Phase 1 Menstruation (winter)- This phase starts the first day of your bleed. Allow yourself rest, solitude, calm, and time to daydream. What’s next? Like the new moon, new beginnings are on the horizon. This time of the month is a reset. Find time to dream, settle in, and slow down.
You might want to add soothing activities to your daily routines, such as meditation, pilates, or a hot bath. It’s time to date yourself. Listening to your thoughts and inner voice for direction is imperative during this time. Feel lost or stuck in life? During menstruation, getting in touch with yourself may help you find a way back to wonder. Choose to let go of the things you are holding on to that are no longer serving you.
Healthy eating tips while on your bleed? Um, pass the red meat please, losing blood means you will need a healthy iron dose. Veggies with iron include kale, beets, parsley, and also fruit prunes. You will want to stay away from any foods that will produce inflammation and cause period pain. This means goodbye, dairy, white bread, sugar, junk food, and alcohol but please pass the deep leafy greens that will help quench inflammation! Taking a b12 supplement will help with energy levels.
Phase 2 Follicular phase (spring)- First seven or so days after menstruation is called the follicular phase. Estrogen is now starting to ramp up for ovulation to occur. You might feel optimistic, playful, and adventurous. The world is your oyster, lots of new ideas and initiatives might be rolling around in your head.
As the moon gradually is waxing so too are you in this phase of your cycle, a little by little bit by bit enjoy putting things back on your plate a little at a time. Remember your energy is gradually building in this phase and your output should match this gradual build.
Healthy eats for this phase: Try wheatgrass, a great hormonal balancer, and cooling foods such as lettuce, fresh fruits like peaches and pears, cucumbers, soy, and tempeh. Pumpkin and flax seeds help support estrogen and are a great choice for this phase. Enjoy lighter meals with protein on colorful salads, and top it off with healthy fats such as olive oil and avocado.
Phase 3 Ovulation ( summer)- Drum roll, please!!!! The show stopper of your cycle. Your energy is now at its peak! This part of your cycle is like a full moon. Giving, gratitude and wonder are in this phase. You might feel expressive and outgoing. Enjoy the limelight, lady. Tis’ the time to socialize more and work later, your superwomen powers are now at work.
You might feel more attractive during this phase because your stomach will slightly flatten, and your boobs will firm up and be rounder. You will also produce pheromones that send a message of ovulation to men. In this portion of your cycle, you will most likely feel like engaging in sexual activity.
Trying to conceive? A supplement like royal jelly, vitamin C, zinc, and a good multivitamin can help you achieve good egg health for conception. It is a must to cut out alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana for both men and women to achieve optimal egg and sperm health. Don’t over-exercise, which can put stress on your body, throwing off ovulation.
Eating tips for ovulation: Your body has been working hard in the production of producing an egg. Add some healthy carbohydrates and starches. Sweet potatoes, red potatoes, brown rice, quinoa, whole-grain bread are excellent choices.
Phase 4 Luteal phase (fall) – This phase starts after ovulation. Your inner wild woman and truth-teller may show her face in this phase. Edgy and blunt, she has a place to be heard, and yes, you will hear her. Spouses, this is a great time to listen. With the rose color glasses of estrogen waning in this portion of your cycle, it is easier to identify what is actually bothering you. If you have a flare-up within yourself, producing a harsh inner critic or lashing out at the people around you, remember to be kind and patient with yourself and your spouse. Practice effective communication, which is rational.
This is the best portion of your cycle for extra self-care. Allow yourself to pull back from too much social activity to start preparing for menstruation. Like the waning moon, let your activity levels wane as well. Progesterone, a hormone at play in this portion of your cycle, is a calming and soothing hormone, reducing anxiety. If you find yourself with anxiety in this portion of your cycle, your estrogen levels are perhaps dominant.
Your luteal phase is the best time for your project checklist to be knocked out. You may feel the urge to clean or to check off a lingering office project. Progesterone brings focus, rational thinking, and attention to detail.
Eating tips for this phase of your cycle: Eat well, make smaller meals, and don’t overeat. Make sure to drink plenty of water. Your metabolism rises in this phase, which sometimes causes cravings. Eating more protein and healthy high-fat foods may help you feel fuller for longer. If you can’t deny your sweet tooth in this phase, reach for dark chocolate, which has antioxidants. Taking a magnesium supplement in this phase of your cycle can help with achiness, sore breasts, and irregular sleeping patterns.
Remember, everybody is different, this is a generalized overview, but only you know how you feel during your cycle. Charting or journaling is a great way to identify your individual shifts in your cycle and how you feel at those times. Want more information on charting? Please read my blog on the Fertility Awareness Method here: https://leahroshelfellers.com/home/using-the-fertility-awareness-method/.
Have you heard about seed cycling? It may help by supporting hormonal balance during your cycle. I’d love to send you free instructions on how to seed cycle. Drop me a note in my contact box and say “seed cycle,” and I’ll send that right over:)
Until next time,
XO Fertile Myrtle