So, seed cycling. How many of you have heard of it? When it comes to hormone balancing, this idea seems to be the next big thing. If you ask me, the idea is simple, but kind of difficult to incorporate into an active and busy lifestyle if you ask me. That’s why I’m working on creating some simple recipes to make this process enjoyable, easy, and actually delicious! I’ll also be sharing some of my favorite tips and tricks on how to incorporate these seeds in everyday life and help you stay on track!
What is seed cycling?
I guess this is the best place to start! According to Healthline, “Seed cycling is a naturopathic remedy that is claimed to balance hormones by regulating the hormone estrogen in the first half of your menstrual cycle and the hormone progesterone in the second half.” (https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/seed-cycling#what-it-is)
What this means, is you try to eat a combination of different seeds the first half of your menstrual cycle, and another combination the second half to work on balancing out the estrogen and progesterone respectively. If you are estrogen dominant or have a hormonal imbalance, the goal is to try and have a more predictable cycle by balancing out the outliers by eating seeds of certain types throughout the cycle.
If you’ve been reading my blog or following me on Instagram (@mytinylagunakitchen), you’ve probably seen me talk about hormone balancing and referencing my visits to my naturopath. Every time I go to the naturopath he looks at my hormone levels and every time he has recommended to me that I start seed cycling to balance out the upper and lower levels.
Why would you want to seed cycle?
The goal of seed cycling is to balance out hormones throughout your menstrual cycle. There are a TON of benefits to this. For me, being estrogen dominant it helps to keep my estrogen levels inline and balanced out with the other hormones. When my hormones are balanced, it means less hormonal mood swings, hormonal breakouts and a more steady cycle, which is what we are all striving for right?
Not only does seed cycling benefit your hormones, but seeds are also one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet. Incorporating these into your everyday life will have a variety of health benefits beyond just the hormone balancing.
How to seed cycle
So we’ve explained what the benefits of seed cycling are and why you would want to. However, here’s the hard part. Actually seed cycling!
During the first phase of your menstrual cycle, the follicular phase which is day 1-14, you should try to consume at least 1 tablespoon of a mixture of flax seeds and pumpkin seeds. In the next 14-28 days, the luteal phase, you should consume at least 1 tablespoon of sesame seeds and sunflower seeds. (Source: https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/health/diet-nutrition/a27455258/seed-cycling/).
Now you can eat these seeds in a variety of ways, but I’m not saying it’s easy. It requires consistency and discipline. You not only have to know where your cycle is but ALSO know what seeds to eat. Then you have to commit to it every day. However, with a few tips and tricks, the process can become a lot more fluid.
As I mentioned, I am definitely not perfect at this but I am trying my best! I’m working to find the best tips and methods to get the right seeds every day and sharing them with you. This could be eating delicious cookies, coming up with salad toppings, making soups with seeds, etc. I will be sharing all of the recipes I come up with to help you on your journey with seed cycling as well.
Here are a few of my recipes that can help you in your seed cycling journey: https://mytinylagunakitchen.com/lifestyle/seed-cycling/.
If you have any recommendations, tips or tricks that have worked for you, or want any more recipes, reach out in the comment section below or on Instagram (@mytinylagunakitchen). I believe we are all in this together and here to support one another! xo