I know, it’s been a while since I took the time to sit down and write a blog post. Life’s been busy. I guess we all go through busy phases from time to time. I’m working again and it sometimes makes me feel like my life is dictated by a somewhat tight schedule. Still, I’m trying to find ways to keep my diet as versatile and nutrient-dense as possible. I’m doing my best to stay on top of my health, both physical and mental. In the past I haven’t done such a good job there. It resulted in poor health, physical illness and depression. I learned a lot from that experience, especially regarding the way I handle stress.
A while ago, I read a really amazing book all about the female menstrual cycle and hormone health and I started making a few tweaks here and there in the way I eat. I stopped IF (Intermittent Fasting) after almost 3 years. I started to pay more attention to my blood sugar levels in general. That means that I’m trying to stick to regular meals and healthy snacks. I try to keep that up when I’m at work as well.
Your menstrual cycle contains four distinct hormonal patterns. Each hormonal ratio changes your brain chemistry week to week throughout the month. Your neurochemistry is not the same from one day to the next, so why should you eat, behave, and move in the same way day in and day out?
Alisa Vitti – author of “Woman Code”
In this recipe series I’ll share my favorite breakfast recipes for each cycle phase. This is very special to me because I had quite a few difficulties coming up with recipes in the beginning.
And please note: this isn’t just a post for the ladies out there. This is also for the men out there who want to support the special women in their life in her cycle phases. Why not take the time to surprise her with a healthy and delicious breakfast!?
Let’s start with the actual bleeding phase a.k.a. Menstrual Phase (1-7 days). The first day of your period marks the first day of your monthly cycle. What happens in your body during this phase – the shedding of your uterine lining – is an intense process. Focus on nutrient-dense foods that support your body in replenishing and restoring.
Buckwheat blueberry porridge: serves 1
70 g of buckwheat flakes
50 g of chestnuts (cooked and peeled)
60+ g of organic blueberries (fresh or frozen)
200 ml of plant milk (I used organic buckwheat milk)
1 tbsp of ground flax seeds
1/2 tsp of cinnamon
1 tsp of pumpkin seeds to sprinkle on top for healthy fats
Roughly chop the chestnuts and place them in a small pot together with the buckwheat flakes, the flax seeds and the cinnamon. Add in the plant milk and bring to a boil, lower the heat to medium-low and let simmer until it thickens. Add more milk if needed. Place the blueberries in a breakfast bowl in advance to defrost or add them in to your hot porridge. Garnish with more blueberries and pumpkin seeds. Enjoy! ♡