HOW TO DETOX WITH YOUR MOON CYCLE



Our bodies know about change, rhythm, and cycles. This is a women’s eternal, universal secret. Nature is rhythm and our bodies are part of nature – not only the immediate earth environment but the exquisite vast movement of the cosmos. – Camille Maurine and Lorin Roche


The need for a hormone detox


Are you tired most of the time? Do you feel run-down and defeated? Do you dread the drama that comes each month when you start your period? I feel your pain, my friend, as I too have been there. The good news is, you don’t have to stay there. You can balance your hormones and reclaim your life! There are many lifestyles and dietary strategies that can help you restore balance, though none as effective as a hormone detox. If ever there were a time to turn your attention to a hormone detox, it’s now. Nowadays, our liver is exposed to toxins at such an alarmingly increased rate; it simply cannot keep up. We are exposed to endocrine disrupting chemicals, xenoestrogens, and other environmental toxins that are harming our reproductive systems, causing the thyroid gland to malfunction, and contributing to the autoimmune epidemic facing women today.

I suggest a hormone detox 1-2 times per year. As well, I recommend learning more about your monthly periods. Can we be real for a minute? Most women know more about their iPhone; then they do about their bodies. That changes today, girlfriend. In this guide, I am going to teach you about both detoxification and your moon cycles! I’m going to teach you how to live with intention so you can give your body exactly what it needs during each phase of your cycle. How cool is that?


Get to know your moon cycle


If I asked you were you were in your cycle right now, would you know? If you are like many women, you likely are only aware of your cycle during the bleeding time. If you want to get attuned with your body and your emotions or you want to improve your fertility or heal an imbalance, you will need to track with your moon cycles.


When you learn what’s going on “down there” you will be taking back your personal power and reclaiming your health. You should be the expert on your body – not your gynecologist!


Let's detox with our moon cycle


Dark Moon Phase (Menstrual Phase)

  • Days 1- 7

Day 1 is the 1st day of bleeding. Do not detox during this phase. During this phase of your cycle, you should rest and practice self-care. The menstrual phase is a delicate time that requires rest and reflection.


Best activities during this phase:

read a good book

relax

sip herbal tea

write in your journal


It’s not a good time to put excess demands on yourself.


Best foods during this phase:

Nourishing soups

Warm broths (bone broth is magical)

Cooked foods


Learn toward foods that are high in magnesium, zinc and iron like hemp hearts, grass-fed beef, clams, green leafy vegetables and broccoli.


Waxing Moon Phase (Follicular Phase)

  • Days 8 – 11

This is an ideal time to start a detox. The follicular phase is a more dynamic time and perfect for starting something new. During this phase your ovaries get busy, the immune system is strengthening, emotions begin to shift upwards, you become lighter and brighter and energetically it is a more yang time (active).


During this time estrogen begins rising so foods that are high in probiotics and indole- 3- carbinol are ideal to encourage healthy estrogen metabolism. This would be foods such as cultured vegetables (add 1 tbspn to your meals), coconut yogurt, and cruciferous vegetables. Make a kale smoothie or cook up some roasted lemon Brussel sprouts.


Best activities during this phase:


Go on a hike

Yang (active) activities

Go to the gym

Catch up on work


Best foods during this phase:


Cruciferous vegetables

Cultured foods

Probiotics


Full Moon Phase (Ovulatory Phase)

  • Days 12 – 17

Estrogen continues rising during this phase as does testosterone. During this time your “mojo” is at its peak and you should feel energized and vibrant. This is a great time to socialize with friends, reconnect with your partner, or spend time creating in the kitchen.

During this phase, since estrogen is rising, work on digestion and keep the bowels moving. Your body removes estrogen through the stools. Constipation will allow estrogen to be reabsorbed and this could lead to a difficult period, so keep things moving. You can do that with plenty of fresh green juices, high fiber vegetables (especially sulfur and cruciferous veggies) and plenty of purified water.

Best activities during this phase:


Social activities. Spending time with others. Intimacy. Creative activities.

Best foods during this phase:

Fresh juices Lemon water High fiber foods High enzyme foods like papaya and pineapple

Waning Moon (Luteal Phase)

Days 18 -28

During the luteal phase, you may feel some PMS symptoms as the body prepares to menstruate. Estrogen and progesterone both surge and then get a bit all over the place – as do your moods. It’s also common to feel tired during this phase. During this time there is a natural tendency toward clearing and releasing. The luteal phase is an excellent time to move your focus towards detoxing your emotions. Consider a few emotional detox strategies such as a write + burn, 7-days of journal writing, or guided meditation.

You can support your emotions with foods high in B vitamins such as quinoa and support your adrenals (controls stress hormones) with good fats such as coconut oil or fat bombs! And let’s be real…this is a good time for some organic dark chocolate too! Just a little bit to take the edge off.

Best activities during this phase:


Moving inward

Emotional release

Guided meditation

Yoga

Breathing practices

Journal writing


Best foods during this phase:


Good fats like coconut oil, ghee, avocado, and brazil nuts

Foods with B vitamins like quinoa and beef

70% cacao chocolate



BREAKFAST


Spinach and Onion Omelet - Serves 2

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil

  • 1 small onion, chopped

  • 2 cups spinach

  • 4 eggs, whisked

  • sea salt and black pepper to taste


Melt coconut oil in a sauté pan over medium heat. Add chopped onion and sauté for about 3 minutes. Add spinach. Allow spinach to wilt for about 3 minutes, then add whisked eggs. Season with sea salt and black pepper. Stir until eggs are fully cooked and serve.


LUNCH


Spring berry salad with blueberry vinaigrette - Serves 2

  • 2 cups baby spinach

  • 1 cucumber, chopped

  • 1 tomato, diced

  • 2 hard boiled eggs

  • 1 handful parsley, chopped

  • ½ cup purple cabbage, chopped

  • 1 avocado, diced

  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds

Blueberry Vinaigrette

  • ½ cup blueberries

  • 1 tablespoon raw apple cider vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 small garlic clove

  • sea salt to taste

  • black pepper to taste


Prepare your vinaigrette. Add blueberries, raw apple cider vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, garlic, sea salt, and black pepper to a blender. Blend until smooth. Set to the side.

Assemble the salad. Boil the eggs. Once the eggs are finished, set them aside to cool then slice the hard-boiled eggs in half. Add the salad ingredients to a large salad bowl except the avocado and chia seeds. Top with hard-boiled eggs, chia seeds and avocado. blueberry vinaigrette and mix until well coated.


DINNER


Veggie bean burgers - Makes 4


  • 2 cups cooked black beans

  • 1 cup steamed spinach or kale

  • 1 carrot, chopped

  • ½ onion, chopped

  • 1 bunch chives, minced

  • ½ cup miso liquid (add 1 tablespoon miso to ½ cup water) or use vegetable broth

  • 1 tablespoon dried basil

  • 1 tablespoon oregano

  • sea salt and pepper to taste

  • ½ cup cooked brown rice

  • 1 avocado, thinly sliced

  • 3 cups arugula


Prepare your burger mixture. Wash and chop all your vegetables. Mash up the beans and add them to your vegetables. Add the cooked brown rice and remaining ingredients to a bowl. Mix thoroughly, then form the mixture into individual patties.

Bake your patties. Bake your patties for 30 minutes at 180 degrees . Add the burger on top of a bed of arugula and top with sliced avocado.


Note: Don’t know how to cook brown rice and black beans from scratch? Read on for some basic directions.


SNACK


1 apple with 2 tablespoons almond butter

¼ cup hummus with chopped vegetables


Love,

Your coach






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