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Honoring the Moon Cycle: Learn to honor, and not battle, your monthly cycle, guides health coach Blue Russ

May 03, 2015 08:36AM ● By Blue Russ

A woman’s menstrual cycle offers an ideal rhythm for a long and fulfilling life because our body is an amazing, perfectly aligned system. Learning to honor, rather than battle that cycle is key to natural relief from cramps, bloating, headaches, weight gain and mood swings, all of which are signs from the body that its needs are not being met. The book Woman Code, by Alisa Vitti, explains that there are four phases of the moon cycle. Each phase calls for different foods and activities, as outlined below.

Luteal Phase

This is the 10 to 14 days leading up to your period. Your energy decreases. Your awareness is heightened and you seek comfort. You may be up for a lot of activity at the start of this phase, but as it concludes, you’ll benefit from low intensity movement, like walking or gentle yoga. This is a great time to eat more foods rich in vitamin B and roasted veggies. Eat more brown rice, chickpeas, apples, raisins, turkey, halibut, mint and spirulina.

Menstrual Phase

This is a great time to relax and focus on self-reflection. Yoga, meditation and going to sleep early are great ideas. You’re going to be reaching for comfort foods during this time. Roasted veggies and warming soups are good. This is an excellent time to enjoy beets, seaweed and seafood.

Follicular Phase

After menstruation is complete, the body works on releasing a new egg. This is a time of creativity, and a perfect opportunity to try something new. If there is a dance class you’ve been wanting to try out, go for it. Fresh, light foods will be right up your alley during this phase. Enjoy citrus, cherries, avocados, barley, sauerkraut and eggs.

Ovulatory Phase

During this three-to-four-day window when a new egg is ready, you’ll enjoy a surge of energy. Activities like running or weightlifting will be more enjoyable during this time. This is an ideal time for raw or steamed veggies. Dark leafy greens, such as chard, asparagus, Brussels sprouts and dandelion, are an excellent choice. If you’re going to indulge in a little alcohol or dark chocolate, this is the best time in your cycle to do it, unless you are trying to get pregnant.

Blue Russ is a master coach, hormone coach and holistic health coach. For more information, visit

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