FOODS TO EAT DURING YOUR WHOLE CYCLE
HERE AT ILO WE TALK ABOUT OUR CYCLE IN IT’S FOUR SEASONS; WINTER, SPRING, SUMMER AND AUTUMN.
Each season holds a very different purpose for our bodies, has hormone fluctuations that affect everything from our moods to our cravings to our exercise needs.
I know for me in my Autumn season I crave sweet things (well, more than normal!) and that I really need to keep myself in check because I can literally finish a whole family pack of fruit and nut...don't judge me.x But what should you actually be eating at each season? Luckily for you, here's the low down and we've even got some recipes for you to get you started!
Winter Season - during this season of our cycle, menstruation, our bodies are letting go/shedding the lining of our uterus, ie bleeding.
Foods you should be eating during this season are lots of iron rich foods like beef and lamb (organic and grass fed if possible), dark leafy greens like kale, spinach, broccoli, chickpeas and lentils which will rebuild iron levels especially if you have a heavier period. Make sure to eat lots of Vitamin C foods which will help absorb iron rich foods.
Spring Season - after bleeding, Spring appears and our estrogen levels begin to increase again with our pituitary gland releasing a follicle stimulating hormone to prepare the ovaries to release an egg during ovulation. I'd recommend eating lots of leafy greens, flax and pumpkin seeds, beetroot, chilli, watermelon and oily fish to help support hormone clearance, blood circulation and give your immune system a bit of a boost.
Summer Season - this is our ovulatory phase and we are at the peak of our menstrual cycle. This is the season where our estrogen peaks.
During this season add in lots of immune boosting Vitamin D foods like mushrooms, wild salmon, sardines, organic milk and eggs and make sure to eat a whole rainbow of fruit and bed to benefit from the range of antioxidants and phytonutrients that help our immune system.
Autumn Season - our sex hormones drop when we haven't fertilised an egg and our body prepares for menstruation. This is a powerful phase and can be the toughest for many women. Good mood and skin foods are key during this phase! Healthy fats such as avocado, wild salmon, sesame and sunflower seeds support skin health and prevent the breakouts that are so common during this time. Leafy greens such as kale, rocket and spinach will improve your mood and help with the PMS bloat.
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