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Hormone Balancing Foods for Fasting in Tune with Your Menstrual Cycle

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Do you feel like typical fasting advice just doesn’t work with your body learn about hormone balancing foods that can really help?

That’s because most fasting guidance is meant for men’s hormones, not our unique menstrual cycles.

But have no fear – we can absolutely make fasting work for us by matching it to our cycle’s phases.

The key is choosing the right length fasts and hormone balancing foods for each part of our cycle.

This allows us to work in harmony with the natural ebb and flow of our hormones, instead of fighting against them.

When we sync up fasting with our cycles, we can enjoy all the same benefits as the guys – fat burning, blood sugar control, anti-aging, you name it!

Read on as I break down exactly how to fast in tune with your period.

Get ready to become a fasting pro, the female way!

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The Power Phase (Days 1-10)

In the first 10 days after your period starts, known as the Power Phase, oestrogen levels are on the rise.

This is an optimal time for longer fasts, since oestrogen is insulin-sensitising and stress-tolerant.

Fasting for 16-24 hours can help boost fat burning.

Consume low glycaemic, hormone balancing foods like nuts, seeds, leafy greens and berries during your eating window.

The Manifestation Phase (Days 10-15)

Days 10-15 make up the Manifestation Phase, when oestrogen peaks and testosterone surges.

This phase needs more nourishment to break down hormones, so limit fasts to 15 hours max.

Hormone balancing foods that support the liver like lemon, ginger, turmeric and cruciferous vegetables are beneficial now.

The Second Power Phase (Days 16-19)

After ovulation is the Second Power Phase, days 16-19, when hormones dip again.

Resume longer fasts up to 24-36 hours, and a lower carbohydrate diet if desired.

The hormone balancing foods that work for Power Phase 1 apply here as well.

The Nurture Phase (Week Before Period)

Finish each cycle with the Nurture Phase, the week before your period starts, when progesterone is on the rise.

Fasting is counterproductive now, so abstain or limit to 12 hours max.

Shift to hormone balancing foods that provide magnesium and energy like dark chocolate, sweet potato, complex carbs/grains and citrus.

Fasting for Postmenopausal Women

While this 28-30 day cycle pertains to premenopausal women, the principles can benefit women in other stages too.

Postmenopausal women may follow a weekly cycle instead of monthly.

Have 5 days of fasting and lower carb eating, and 1-2 days of no fasting and hormone balancing foods to feed progesterone.

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Fasting for Younger Women and Teens

Teenage girls and women under 35 battling irregular cycles can still align with the phases.

Simply follow a 28-30 day fasting cycle, using the Power, Manifestation and Nurture protocols.

This can help stabilise hormones and periods.

Some key hormone balancing foods for each phase:

Power Phase:

  • Nuts and seeds
  • Leafy greens
  • Berries
  • Avocado
  • Olive oil

Manifestation Phase:

  • Cruciferous veggies
  • Lemon
  • Ginger
  • Turmeric
  • Leafy greens

Second Power Phase:

  • Same hormone balancing foods as Power Phase 1

Nurture Phase:

  • Dark chocolate
  • Sweet potato
  • Grains (e.g wild rice, black rice, quinoa)
  • Citrus fruits

 

Ready to transform your well-being through synced fasting and hormonal balance?

Whether it's more energy, weight control, or breaking free from sugar addiction, aligning your fasts with your body's rhythms is the key.

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