It’s hard times for our hormones.
Keeping our delicate endocrine system in working order is no easy task. We live in a world full of endocrine-disrupting chemicals, pesticides, pollutants, processed foods, refined oils, caffeine and sugar, which seems to lurk in everything! On top of that we’re often stressed, crazy busy and majorly sleep deprived.
Talk about the perfect recipe for hormonal imbalance!
This is why I’ve created the ‘Hormone Healing Plant Based Recipe & Lifestyle Plan’. To help young girls and women feel better, get their hormones back to balance naturally, regulate their period, clear their hormonal acne-prone skin FOR GOOD, get rid of PMS and feel better all around! I’ve done the research to save you time and headache and in the long run, money.
I like to think of this plan as the missing puzzle piece to women’s health. Think of it as a nourishing, cyclical way of living for those who follow a plant based diet, yet want to live a healthy, hormonally balanced life for the long term, accompanied by an easy monthly cycle (it’s easier than it sounds!). By eating, exercising and living specific to each phase of your cycle, the body is hormonally supported and cared for, in a different way than ever before.
THIS PLAN FEATURES:
- A Lesson on Hormones
- Detailed Overview of Each Cycle Phase and How to Optimize It
- 5 Major Lifestyle Components to Heal Your Hormones
- 9 Essential Skin & Hormone-Supporting Supplements
- Meal Plan Specifics
- Daily Guidelines & Reminders
- 5 Steps to Get Started
- Phase-Specific Food Lists
- Phase-Specific Recipes (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & LOTS of snack options!)
- Sweet Treat Recipes, for any phase (like Sweet Cinnamon Bombs, Freezer Fudge and yummy Caffeine-Free Lattes!)
- Different Calendars for Each Phase
Work with your body, not against it!
Frequently Asked Questions:
1. I’m on birth control, can I still cycle sync and follow this plan?
So many young girls and women go on birth control specifically for hormonal symptoms, when that’s only putting a band aid on the underlying problem. I was in that predicament 3 years ago! Honestly, there is no point in cycle syncing while on birth control because unfortunately, you’re not having a real period.
2. Can I start cycle syncing while transitioning off birth control?
Yes! You can start cycle syncing while transitioning off birth control to help ease the transition, lessen your symptoms and help your body get back to balance in less time. Since the pill depletes the body of micronutrients, it’s imperative to re-build your biochemistry and flood your system with specific nutrients. There are different micronutrients we should focus on for each phase! Just follow the steps in this plan, combined with the recipes, supplements and workouts and you’re well on your way!
3. I want to cycle sync but am scared to be off birth control. What method do you follow? What natural contraceptive options are available?
I track my cycle and am more careful around when I’m ovulating, as that is the only time during the month when we can get pregnant – but you really have to know your body before doing that. It’s not a time to play guessing games!! Otherwise, use a condom (and spermicide if you’re extra cautious)!! There are a few other natural ways like using a diaphragm or sponge. You can also try the Daysy Ovulation tracker or Lady-Comp Fertility Monitor – to let you know when it’s safe to have sex, if you’re trying to avoid pregnancy. As long as you are smart, there is no reason to be scared.
4. I’m going through menopause? Will this help?
Honestly, I’m not there yet and I don’t know. I would think a specific food-protocol would help with menopause but I’m not there yet. I’m 28 years old and right now, my main focus is on keeping my hormones in balance so my body is prepared to have children in the future. I still have a lot to learn and hopefully one day, I can learn more about alleviating menopausal symptoms, but I’m unable to offer recommendations at this time.
5. Can I use this plan and come up with my own recipes, too?
This plan is only meant to help you and take the guesswork out of coming up with healthy, phase-approproate, pIant based vegan recipes. I think it’s great if you want to combine this plan with your own ideas too!! (By the way, if you do, please send me a picture on instagram!! I’d LOVE to see your creations!!) You will soon be an expert in knowing what the body wants and when. The recipe possibilities are endless!
6. I want to cycle sync, but do i have to follow the recommended foods 100% of the time?
First off, it took me about 6 months to really grasp the whole idea of cycle syncing. To understand the phase-specific foods and how to integrate them takes time. I started incorporating just a few phase-appropriate foods at a time, with nothing even close to this meal plan to follow – it was hard! That’s why I created this plan. With that being said, I know it’s near impossible to eat only the recommended foods 100% of the time, which is why you don’t have to. Life happens, parties happen, celebrations happen, and take-out happens!
So, while the majority of foods should be phase-appropriate, do the best you can by aiming for 70% or more of phase-appropriate foods. Prepare the recommended foods in a way that feels enjoyable to you. For example, if you don’t feel like turning on the oven to roast sweet potatoes in 100-degree weather, maybe grill or steam them instead. Prepare the foods in a way that makes you happy! If a cold green salad doesn’t sound appetizing in the dead of winter, add steamed or cooked veggies and/or grains to it, and make it more appealing to your palate! Eating plant based is a lifestyle, not a diet, and same goes with eating for your hormonal cycle.
7. What happens if I eat a food that’s meant for a different phase?
No worries, it’s okay if a portion of food is meant for a different phase, as long as the majority of food is specific to the phase you’re in! Being human and all, it’s impossible to stick to the recommended foods at all times, just try the best you can. You’d be surprised what the body can make do with, but we want to support it as best we can.
If I eat something on the protocol for the luteal phase but I’m in the follicular phase, nothing bad will happen, but my hormones are better supported with the recommended foods. Also, this plan syncs up with what we tend to crave, naturally. The first half of our cycles (follicular and ovulatory) include more fresh, raw and energizing foods, while the second half (luteal and menstrual phases) include more comforting, carb-heavy and grounding type foods. It all makes sense!
** You will be sent all updates I make to this plan in the future as well as bonus recipes and insights to your inbox, each month! For any questions at all, please email me, I’m happy to help you on your journey! You can contact me here (or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org).