WHAT IS IT, WHY WOULD YOU DO IT AND HOW DOES IT BENEFIT YOUR CYCLE
Seed cycling is the method of using different seeds on rotation throughout your cycle to support your hormones, re-balance our bodies as well us giving us plenty of nourishment. There are considered plenty of benefits to seed cycling, not to mention that it’s such a cheap option and can really show huge improvements. Jette will be doing a little series soon over on IGTV so be sure to keep an eye out. It can take up to 4 cycle to really work and for you to see an improvement so keep with it ok.
For seed cycling you’ll only focus on the two big phases: Follicular (mentsturation/Winter and a little bit of Spring) and Luteal (after ovulation/a tiny bit of Summer and mainly Autumn). In the ancient days female bodies were in such a well balanced routine - not surprising considering they had none of todays stresses such as phones, workdays etc but it does help us in todays world to think of these two phases as 14 days each. Now your cycle can last anywhere from 25 days on so if your cycle is longer that’s A-ok, just be mindful and stick to 14 days once you start menstruating for the first seed rotation and then from 14 days of your Luteal phase.
So what seeds should you use and when?
In your FOLLICULAR phase you should be eating 1 tablespoon of ground flax seeds and 1 tablespoon of ground pumpkin seeds per day.
start this on the 1st day of your period and keep going for 14 days.
flax seeds are high in Omega 3’s and also high in lignan’s which blocks excess estrogen production.
pumpkin seeds are rich in zinc which actually prepares our body for the progesterone secretion which happens in the next phase and also high in Omega 3’s.
In your LUTEAL phase you should be eating 1 tablespoon of ground sesame seeds and 1 tablespoon of ground sunflower seeds.
start this after you ovulate
sesame seeds are high in lignans which moderate progesterone and estrogen levels as well as being high in Omega 6’s which converts into gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) in the body which is great to reduce inflammation related to PMS and helps support progesterone levels.
sunflower seeds are high in Omega 6 (we talked about that above!) and selenium which supports the liver function to prevent clogging of excess hormones.
A couple of things to note: it’s important to grind these fresh if you can as they will start to turn rancid and oxidise with all the natural oils that are released. I know this isn’t always possible so, how about doing a weeks worth and storing in the freezer? Don’t use roasted or seasoned seeds. Plain, raw is best.
Don’t forget you can easily add these into sauces, dishes and smoothies! You could add it to this recipe over here as a topping on these gluten free quesadillas which are perfect for your Autumn (luteal phase).
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