More frequently, cyclical feeding and its benefits are talked about, but is it really a new concept made visible by the different digital channels or has it been practiced for a long time but had not yet been disseminated?
What is clear is that it could be practiced since the first woman existed, since cyclical feeding is one that takes into account the phases of the woman’s life cycle , that is, it adapts to the phases of the menstrual cycle.
In the previous post and by the hand of Amanda The Green Fuel , different questions about cyclical feeding, some benefits, the objective and the differences with the “normal” were delved into. Following the line of the previous post, I count on her help to reveal new unknowns and delve deeper into the advantages.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF CYCLING FEEDING?
Cyclic feeding serves overall wellness through hormonal balance . One of the greatest benefits is to ensure certain key nutrients for certain moments of the cycle and that also help certain processes that our body is going through at a specific time.
There is a part very focused on inflammation and purification , since keeping our body at full capacity, correctly eliminating excess hormones and achieving as little inflammation as possible, will result in a premenstrual phase without associated symptoms or in a reduction menstrual pain, fluid retention, or bloating.
On the other hand, a diet high in antioxidants and healthy fats will help us maintain the health of the ovarian follicles , to ensure ovulation and the correct hormonal levels that it needs.
Cyclical feeding has many benefits in terms of food variation , something that is not frequent, since it is proven that there is a clear tendency to always eat the same thing, to make the same route in the supermarket, to choose the same foods at when buying and cooking certain things. Cyclical feeding proposes us to vary, and that translates into expanding the different foods that we consume throughout the cycle , potentially having access to a greater variety of micronutrients.
IS IT SUITABLE FOR ALL PEOPLE?
Cyclical feeding and its set of benefits is a strategy that could be suitable for anyone , women, men, and even women in menopause, since it proposes a natural diet with a high presence of vegetables and is not contraindicated for anyone.
However, the truth is that it is specially designed for women of childbearing age . It is during the fertile stage when we find ourselves with the cyclical processes in our body, and for this reason, this is where a cyclical diet makes sense.
WHY HAS IT NOT BEEN GIVEN VISIBILITY UNTIL NOW?
We are experiencing a revolution, a female awakening that takes us back to the body and encourages us to understand and look at ourselves more deeply, as we deserve. The patriarchal society focused on productivity has not given space, and continues to make it complicated, for the cyclical reality .
Many women’s issues have been taboo or have been silenced and now we are starting to talk about it. The term “cyclical feeding” as such does not have an official origin, it has begun to be used to give space to a philosophy of life in which we honor our feminine nature. It is one more leg within the lifestyle, which will allow us to feel better.
Cyclical feeding may have been more widespread, focused on fertility for reproduction , due to its benefits, something perhaps again patriarchal where our menstrual cycle is understood as the mere end of reproduction. And nothing further, since the menstrual cycle is the fifth vital sign.
A healthy menstrual cycle indicates well-being at all levels , it is an indicator such as temperature or pulse to determine if we are healthy. Ovulation prevents osteoporosis, cardiovascular diseases and breast cancer. Knowing this, the importance of betting on the health of our cycles becomes clear, and one of the ways is through cyclical feeding and its benefits.
In addition, fertility is a value beyond reproduction. As women we can use the energy of our cycles , changing and with different strengths, to bring to life what we want: dreams, projects, art, etc. When we cultivate our fertile health we are also betting on all that, not only on the possibility of procreation.
HOW TO PUT CYCLING FEEDING INTO PRACTICE AND ENJOY ITS BENEFITS?
It is important to know the menstrual cycle, to know what hormones are involved, what happens at the ovarian level and at the endometrial level and what different phases they comprise . If we do not know what phase of the cycle we are in, we will not be able to apply cyclical feeding.
Once we know it, we can apply it by incorporating the foods we recommend from that phase into our daily diet. We can start by adding one food per cycle and expand as we assimilate the concept.
Then, try a more specific recipe for the phase in which we find ourselves and also with the most similar forms of cooking at each moment. For example, ovulation is the time for salads because our digestive fire is at its peak and that is when we can best digest them and take advantage of their nutrients. In menstruation we prioritize soups or broths, warm, light and purifying, to accompany the body in the intense process that is menstruation .
OTHER RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE MENSTRUAL CYCLE
In addition to cyclical feeding, there are activities and practices recommended in the different phases of a woman’s menstrual cycle and they also provide interesting benefits. One of the most important, as in everything, is to listen to the body, but unfortunately, sometimes there is a lot of noise.
If you are looking for the connection between the body and the mind , you can practice yoga, meditation, mindfulness, etc. To connect with nature and therefore with the body, that is, with oneself, hiking, outdoor sports or gardening, among others.
It can also be complemented with alternative medicine such as acupuncture, homeopathy, Ayurveda, aromatherapy and, of course, manual therapies through massage. It is proven that the use of oils such as CBD reduces inflammation, relieves pain, improves mood and helps you rest.
And finally, there are alternative therapies that focus on energy to influence the state of health, such as reiki or chi-kung, among others. With these techniques it is a question of influencing the fields that surround and penetrate the human body.