By now you have probably figured out whether or not your hormones are out of whack. Fatigue, emotional ups and downs, trouble falling/staying asleep, PMS, sore breasts around your cycle, the need for caffeine to stay awake, overly oily/dry/acne prone skin, menopausal symptoms, irritability and infertility are all linked to hormones that are not in alignment.
Hopefully you have been able to implement some changes to your diet and life that are helping you to balance your hormones. Foods that cleanse and support the liver (cruciferous vegetables, bitter foods, etc.), maca root, deep belly breathing and morning lemon water are all good starts to getting your hormones in check (for more information on hormone balancing see here).
But I want to give you another tool to help your body come back and stay in alignment.
It's called seed cycling.
Seed cycling can help you balance your hormones so that your menstrual cycle can balance out, you can gain more energy, your skin can become smooth and conception can happen (if that is your goal).
And guess what? It's really easy. With seed cycling you will be rotating different seeds during your cycle to support optimal hormonal balance. The vitamins, nutrients and oils in seeds help support your body's creation, release and metabolism of hormones. The lignans in the seeds help bind excess estrogen and the omega 3's help keep the hormones in balance.
The seeds used in seed cycling are flax, pumpkin, sesame and sunflower seeds. Flax seeds in particular have been shown to lengthen the luteal phase and result in a less likely chance that you will not ovulate. The zinc in pumpkin seeds helps the body release progesterone, as well as the zinc in sesame seeds. The selenium in sesame seeds also helps the body release progesterone. Try to seed cycle for about three months, or longer, for optimal results.
How To Seed Cycle
During your Menstrual (when you menstruate) and Follicular Phase (the few days following menstruation) :
Consume 1Tbsp raw ground Flax Seeds and 1Tbsp raw ground Pumpkin Seeds daily
During your Ovulatory (just after the follicular phase when you release an egg) and Luteal Phase (the phase following ovulation):
Consume 1Tbsp raw ground Sesame Seeds and 1Tbsp raw ground Sunflower Seeds daily
Grind your seeds in a clean coffee grinder or mini food processor every morning, or if you are short on time, grind your seeds for a few days worth and store them in the fridge to keep them fresh. As with any food, it is best to buy your seeds organically. This lessens the chance that your hormones will be disrupted by hormone disrupting chemicals found on and in conventional foods.
An easy way to eat your seeds every day is to consume them at breakfast. Sprinkle them on your oatmeal, put them in your smoothies/smoothie bowls or on top of your yogurt. You can also sprinkle them on your salads or blend them into energy balls.
Love and light xo,
How often do you go on a "diet" only to fail a week later because you can't resist that sugary doughnut staring at you from the bakery counter? "Well I've cheated now, might as well just have another one" you say to yourself as you sadly eat the rest of the box.
Does this sound like you? Do you feel like a failure? Do you never seem to be able to complete a "diet"?
Well good news for you, because I don't believe in diets.
And I am about to tell you the secret of how to eat healthy but also indulge when you want to without creating negative consequences on your body and your mind.
It's called the 80/20 rule.
But first, let's talk about why I don't believe in diets.
They are not practical.
If you were on a diet and I were to ask you, "are you going to eat this way for the rest of your life?" what would you say? I am guessing you would say no.
Most diets have you doing some crazy things but when you can't sustain the diet anymore or you go off the diet the chances are pretty good that your "bad habits" will sneak back in and you will start eating the way you did before you went on your diet.
Let's take the Ketogenic Diet for example. The Keto Diet is a fad diet right now that has people restricting carbohydrates so that the body will turn fat into ketones to use as energy.
The problem is, we need carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are sugar (both simple carbs and complex carbs). Our body needs sugar to run and give us energy and supply sugar to our brains to function properly.
What happens when you aren't eating any carbs? You are eventually going to crave them because your body needs them to function (and you will probably crave the simple carbs a.k.a white sugar because it will give you the quickest boost of energy).
You can only burn fat to use as energy for so long.
Then your body will start losing muscle and you will experience fatigue and will eventually enter into starvation mode. Yes you might lose a lot of weight quickly (however the fat loss is most likely water loss), but you are doing long term damage to your body (especially your heart) in the process.
Let's not do that ok?
Instead lets talk about my 80/20 rule. It's simple. Focus on healthy eating 80% of the time and the other 20% indulge in the things you really enjoy eating.
When we are eating things that are good for our body 80% of the time they can handle 20% of naughty foods and be ok. It's when the scale is tipped more in favour of junk that our bodies struggle to process the junk foods.
I am a realist. I know that you go out for dinner. I know that you like to eat cookies while watching a movie on a Friday night. I know that sometimes you are too exhausted to cook and you order in pizza. I know that sometimes you stand in your pantry and sneak chocolate and hide from your kids when you're having a really bad day (wait, maybe that's just me?!).
I know all of this because despite being a nutritionist I am a human and a mom and I don't eat "perfectly" all the time. NO ONE DOES (not even the hippiest, plant loving, green juice drinking, vegan out there)!
If you're someone who has tried diet after diet and is constantly restricting yourself and depriving yourself of things you want, and then shaming yourself when you do eat those things, try it my way and see how you feel.
What I tell my clients is to focus on the healthy foods they are eating (fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, beans, lentils, lean meats) rather than thinking about all the things they are "missing out" on. Add more of these healthy foods to your diet and you will notice there isn't as much room for the naughty foods. When your diet is mostly whole foods you can have chips or a slice of cake without it being detrimental to your health.
When you do get a big sugar craving, try eating a natural sugar first. Dates, fresh fruit, baked sweet potato, honey (natural sugars make amazing desserts, have you tried my raw vegan cheesecake?!). Chances are it's your body's way of telling you that you A: are not eating enough carbohydrate, B: that you aren't eating often enough (every 2-3hours) or c: both. Start to decipher when it's your body telling you it needs sugar for fuel and when it just wants to taste that cronut.
And for those of my women out there who are desperately trying to conceive, this applies to you too. You don't have to never look at sugar again, quit drinking alcohol for good, make disgusting green concoctions that you know are good for you but make you gag and be miserable. Indulging a bit here and there is not going to make your chances of conceiving go down, I promise.
The media has made healthy eating out to be super complicated, making people think they need to do crazy diets to achieve the goal they want (weight loss, clear skin, improved energy, etc.) and then when the diet doesn't work the person feels like they have failed. When really it is the media who has failed you.
I am here to tell you that it is simple. Eat plants, most of the time, enjoy a treat when you really want it and be happy. That's it :)
My Chocolate Almond Smoothie is an awesome drink for when you want a sweet fix but is made with all natural sugars. It tastes naughty but it is entirely nutritious.
Chocolate Almond Smoothie
1.5 frozen bananas
3 Medjool dates, pitted
2 Tbsp almond butter
2 Tbsp organic cocoa powder
1 1/4 cups almond milk
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
Love and Light xo,
So I have some big news to share...
I'm having another baby! My husband and I are blessed to be able to take this journey for a second time. Trying to conceive the first time around was incredibly difficult and is what led me to focus my life on helping other women who are having trouble conceiving, get pregnant.
I am happy to report though, that this time it was incredibly easy. Was it luck this time? Maybe, but I don't think so. I've spent the last two years or so investing my time and energy in expanding my knowledge learning how to better help women get pregnant easily and carry a healthy child to full term. So this time around I knew all the tricks to make it happen right away.
If you're having trouble getting pregnant and are feeling alone and frustrated, it's ok. There is someone out there that can help you. Whether it be myself or someone else, you don't have to keep going at it alone. But do seek help so you don't have to keep banging your head against the wall. Us women always think we can do everything ourselves but there is just so much to know in how to get pregnant faster that noone is telling you about.
But guess what? I'm going to give you an early Christmas gift and give you 3 things you can start doing right now that can help you get pregnant faster. Here goes:
3 Steps To Getting Pregnant Faster:
1. Clean Up Your Liver
The liver is the main detoxification organ. Not only does it remove toxins, both the kind we ingest and the kind that our bodies make, but it detoxes out excess hormones as well. A liver in poor working condition will interfere with the absorption of essential fatty acids and the metabolism of vitamins A, D, E and K. A healthy liver is important for optimal fertility because it helps remove those extra hormones that may be circling in your body, such as estrogen. Estrogen dominance can be an issue with women who are trying to get pregnant. If your liver is struggling to remove that extra estrogen getting pregnant may become more difficult. Why? We need the right balance of estrogen and progesterone during the right times in our cycle to make a baby. Estrogen should be higher in the ovulatory phase, and then it should shift to higher progesterone after ovulation so that implantation can occur and a fertilized egg can remain attached to the uterus.
Think you might be estrogen dominant? Symptoms that may signal an estrogen imbalance are: heavy bleeding during periods, clotting, fibroids, swollen or tender breasts, endometriosis or painful periods, abnormal pap smears, PMS, mood swings, trouble sleeping, memory issues, cold hands or feet, hair loss.
Some key things to do to improve the health of your liver are: eat more cruciferous vegetables, bitter foods, lemons, sulphur-rich foods and pomegranates, berries, artichokes, green tea and milk thistle tea. These are just some of the many foods that help support the liver. Also, working on stress reduction will help bring balance to the body, also helping the liver.
One of the best things you can do for your liver is start your morning off with half a lemon squeezed in a glass of warm water 20 minutes before consuming any other food or beverage.
2. Drink More Water
Most people aren’t drinking enough water. Yes, probably you too. Why is water so important for fertility? Well to start, drinking water flushes out toxins from the body which keeps the body running smoothly. Secondly, it hydrates the body to allow it to make more cervical mucus. Cervical mucus is what protects and nourishes the sperm on its way to meet your egg. It is equally important that men drink enough water to create good seminal fluid.
Ideally you should be drinking about 2L of water per day. You will know when you are well hydrated because your urine will be quite pale. Fluorescent yellow urine means you are dehydrated and need water now!
Make sure that you drink good quality, filtered water. I use a system that filters the water and re-alkalinizes it as well which is especially important these days as our bodies have become overly acidic (also not good when you are trying to conceive).
If you have a hard time drinking water in a day, make it more exciting by adding slices of fresh lemon or limes, fruits like watermelon or strawberries and herbs like mint or parsley.
3.Eat More Fruit
Most people don't know that the reproductive system runs on glucose. Eat at least 3 cups of fruit per day. Focus on berries as they help balance reproductive hormones and help govern the reproductive systems absorption of specific nutrients it needs. Bananas, oranges, avocados, grapes, mangos, melons, raspberries, cucumbers, cherries, pomegranates and limes are all amazing foods for helping fertility. Eat as many of these as you can.
So there you have it. Just a couple of my tricks to help you get pregnant faster.
Next month I'll be telling you more about the beautiful new program I've created called
It is a 4 month long, very involved fertility program to clean up your body, change negative energies and restore your health and vibrancy to get you pregnant.
Since it is so involved, I am opening it up only to a few women at a time. The first session will be starting in January. The perfect way to kickstart your New Year.
I will be discussing it more in my next blog post and will be offering an exclusive offer to only those who have subscribed to my newsletter so if you haven't already done so, sign up now!
Please know that I am always here to help guide you towards better health. If you ever have any questions, shoot me an email!
In the meantime, try out my delicious new creation below. Pomegranates are what I have been craving in a big way this pregnancy so I went all out with them in this cashew-filled vegan cake. Yum!
Vegan, Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free
For the crust:
-2 cups soft fresh dates
-1 cup raw almonds
-1/4 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut
-1/4 tsp salt
-1Tbsp hemp seeds
-1Tbsp unrefined coconut oil
For the filling:
-2 cups raw cashews
-1 can coconut milk
-juice of 1 lemon
-1/4 cup unrefined coconut oil
-1/4 cup honey
For the top layer:
-juice of 1 lime
*If pomegranates are unavailable, feel free to use raspberries or blackberries to make this cake instead.
1.Place cashews in a bowl and cover with filtered water. Let sit for at least 4 hours. Drain and rinse.
2.Make the crust. Place almonds in a food processor and process until you have a fine crumb. Pulse in the dates. Add the shredded coconut, salt, hemp seeds and coconut oil. Pulse until dates are finely chopped and mixture sticks together when pressed between your fingers. Press mixture evenly into the bottom of a spring form pan (you can use one slightly bigger or smaller if you do not have a).
3.Rinse food processor out and make the filling. Place cashews, coconut milk, lemon juice, coconut oil, vanilla and honey in food processor. Blend until nice and smooth (you can also use a blender for this step). Keep about 1/4 cup of filling in the food processor and pour the rest of the filling on top of the crust, smoothing out evenly with a spatula.
4.Add seeds from 1.5 pomegranates and the lime juice to the food processor that still has some of the filling in it. Blend until smooth. Pour over top of cake. Place cake in fridge for about 6 hours, until nice and firm.
5.Decorate top of cake with the rest of the pomegranate seeds. Remove springform pan edge and enjoy cake cold.
6.Cake keeps for about 5 days in the fridge.
Love and light xo,
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