Seed Cycling Bliss Balls

Have you ever heard of “Seed Cycling”?

Seed cycling is a process to add to your tool kit to support your cycle. So many women have hormone based imbalances and to manage them naturally is so powerful. ๐Ÿƒ


Step 1: Look at your symptoms and really listen to your body. Is your cycle a consistent length, is there pain, are there clots, is it dark red or brown, do you have sore breasts, do you have low libido etc These could all be signs that your hormones are our of balance and support is needed. ๐Ÿƒ


Step 2: Track your cycle, are you using temperature, observing cervical mucous, noticing the height of the cervix? These are three ways you can track your ovulation and know where you are in your cycle. The apps are not accurate, you need to really know your cycle intimately. ๐Ÿƒ


How can I support my cycle?

Follicular Phase:

The initial phase from Day 1 to approximately Day 14 ( In a perfect world) is the follicular phase where the follicles start to mature ready for ovulation. We need to boost estrogen in this phase to encourage the follicles to grow.

Consuming seeds that contain phytoestrogens can help balance estrogen levels. Because phytoestrogens are a plant-based source of estrogen, they may modify the bodyโ€™s estrogen levels, helping increase and decrease estrogen levels as needed. Also, seeds (and other foods) high in omega-3 fatty acids can help reduce inflammation in the body and regulate follicle stimulating hormone, a.k.a. FSH.

Pumpkin seeds and flax seedsย are high in zinc and lignans, which naturally support estrogen production, help clear excess estrogen from the body, and prepare the body for progesterone secretion.

Luteal Phase:

In the Luteal phase from Day 14 – the end of your cycle we need to support Progesterone production to support the endometrial lining. (and support an embryo implanting if you are trying to conceive)

Sesame seeds and sunflower seedsย are high in selenium, lignans, and omega-6, which support liver function and proper hormone excretion, regulate estrogen and progesterone levels, and reduce inflammation. Also, sesame seeds are high in zinc and sunflower seeds are high in vitamin E, which both support progesterone production.๐Ÿƒ

You could put these seeds into your morning smoothie or make your snacks (bliss balls) to support your cycle. I am in love with this idea so I have played around with my bliss ball recipe to support my cycle. This is just one simple tool we can incorporate into our daily lives to move the needle forward on our hormone health.


Give it a go and share your experience with me.

Seed Cycling Bliss Balls

Follicular Phase

Ingredients

1/4 cup pepitas

1/4 cup flax seeds

2 Tbsp coconut oil

1/3 cup cacao

1/3 cup desiccated coconut

7 dates

Pinch of salt

Optional: Add your favourite pure essential oil for flavour variation

Luteal Phase

Ingredients

1/4 cup sunflower seeds

1/4 cup sesame seeds

2 Tbsp coconut oil

1/3 cup cacao

1/3 cup desiccated coconut

7 dates

Pinch of salt

Optional: Add your favourite pure essential oil for flavour variation (My favourite is Peppermint), or add dairy free choc chips or cacao nibs

Method

1. Mill the seeds first

2. Add all other ingredients and mill until you have the right consistency.

3. Roll into balls (cover the follicular phase balls in desiccated coconut if you want to decipher between the balls)

4. You will need to consume approximately 2 Tbsp per day (*total) so it just depends on the size you roll. The bulk of the ingredients comes from the seeds so making them slightly bigger than a Tbsp each would mean you could consume 2 bliss balls per day and get the required amount.

4. Place in fridge or freezer

5. Enjoy xo