Being aware of and working with the cycles of nature can make life a whole lot easier. This obviously applies to both home gardening and farming but it also applies to our bodies. Females have a monthly-ish cycle from the early teens to the early fifties - that's 40 years! Yet I don't feel like we work with our cycle. We are taught that we should be able to perform the same every day even though our hormones and therefore entire biochemistry changes - going through 4 distinct stages every month. Our energy levels change, our brains change, our metabolism changes, our level of creativity changes, our need for time alone changes but we push on through and try to be the same. We are working against nature.
So, thanks yet again to a client, here is an interesting podcast to listen to:
Mindy Pelz is being interviewed on this podcast and there are two main topics of conversation. Fasting and the female hormonal cycle. Even if fasting is not of interest to you, the way Mindy discusses the phases of the hormonal cycle is fabulous. She has even given the phases much more memorable names. Instead of follicular phase, luteal phase etc she uses the terms:
Power phase (Day 1-10 where day 1 is the first day of bleeding)
Manifestation phase (Day 11-15 - ovulation)
Power phase II (Day 16-19)
Nurturing phase (Day 20 - bleed)
So much easier to remember! Mindy also briefly discusses what types of food to focus on in each phase, how to exercise, how to fast if that's appropriate for you and how to look after ourselves.
This way of thinking about the cycle turns it into a much more positive experience. Yes we have a week when it's best to nurture ourselves and minimise stress as much as possible but we also have two power phases when we can really get shit done and a manifestation phase when we can focus on creating what we really want in life - AWESOME! If you have a teenage daughter I really encourage you to share this way of thinking with her to help her perception of the hormonal cycle be one of empowerment.
If you're interested in learning more from Mindy, visit her website to see all her resources including books, podcasts and free resources.
And remember, if you are experiencing issues with your hormonal cycle such as strong pain, heavy bleeding, no or minimal bleeding, severe mood changes, extreme fatigue - these are not normal. Seek the advice of a healthcare practitioner and never be afraid to get a second opinion.
Happy cycling with nature!
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