Happy Women's History Month!
As we celebrate the history of women across the world, we also celebrate the most powerful yet delicate part of being woman--our menstrual cycle. In this blog post, we will get connected with our menstrual cycle, learn to work with our cycle not against it, honor our womb and body, and embrace what it means to be able to bring life earth-side. Tap into your own, unique internal rhythm and flow. Let's begin..
A few definitions to ground us...
the menstrual cycle: the length of time between the start of one period and the start of another period, average 28-32 days.
menstruate (a.k.a your period): the 3-7 day window where we visibly shed our uterine lining.
woman: in this post, a term used loosely to describe people who experience a menstrual cycle.
**Disclaimer: Always listen to YOUR body. My advice, is simply advice.**
What is Cycle Syncing?
Cycle syncing is the term used to describe the process by which we align what we eat, how we exercise, and day-to-day tasks to the fluctuating hormones in our body. It was coined and trademarked by Alisa Vitti, Functional Nutritionist, HHC, AADP. As women, we are innately "hormonal" which isn't a bad thing, actually it is completely normal and one of the most beautiful parts of being woman. After all, one of our superpowers is our ability to bring life to earth. If we come to understand our hormones, we can feel even more empowered. Cycle syncing helps us, women, look and perform at our best in every area of our lives.
These fluctuating hormones affect our appetite, our thought processes, our mood, and energy levels. That is why it is so important to nourish our body well depending on the "time of month." Use the image(s) below as a general guide.
The uterus is a muscular organ, some may call it the woman's first brain or where she can access her intuition. It is a divine part of us. We grow to love and appreciate our womb as we age. Without getting too much into endocrinology, I will explain how we can be in sync with our cycle.
The start of your menstrual cycle (a.k.a your period) when you are physically bleeding. Ends around day 4 ~ 7.
The amount of time leading up to your ovulation. Begins directly after your period and ends around day 12~14.
The period of time where we are the most "fertile." Begins around day 13~14 and ends around day 17~18. This window last about 4 days.
This phase occurs directly after you ovulate. Begins around day 18 and ends around day 28 right before you start your menstrual phase/period.
Benefits of Cycle Syncing
Remember! The point of cycle syncing is to turn inward and enhance your connection to your womb. Give yourself grace. There is no right or wrong way. This is only a guide. Consult your physician before you make any changes to your diet.
Women who want to conceive, have PCOS, or want to increase their libido. Syncing your life to your cycle may help you to become more in tune with your body and your womb. Life can get busy, so slowing down to remain present with your body will influence many areas of your life.
Feminine energy is slow, steady, present, intuitive, and aware. Become one with your womb. Honor your body. Flow with your body, not against it.
Did you ever notice your period begins on a full moon? The average person starts their cycle during a full moon (approximately every 28 days). But, that's a conversation for another blog post :) P.S. Every living thing is connected.
Tracking your cycle
None of this would be beneficial if we don't monitor our cycle. There are many apps out there to keep track of your menstrual cycle. The MyFloApp was created by Dr. Vitti, but other free options are available to you. Slight variations in your cycle is normal month-to-month, but tracking your cycle helps you to become aware of the phases.
Share this post with your partner and/or loved ones so that they, too, may understand our womb and step into greater awareness. If you've made it this far into the post, I'm sending you a GIANT virtual hug! Thank you so much for your continued support. It really keeps me going!
Till Next Time,
Hello world! I am Chérie Jade, I am passionate about promoting a holistic lifestyle and encouraging preventative practices for day to day healthy living.