Discover the magic in lunar and cycle syncing

Ready, steady, focus….It’s that time again, full moon manifestation magic. It’s no coincidence that the length of our menstrual cycles is synced up with the waxing and waning of the moon, occurring around every 28 days. If lighting sage, and writing intentions for the month fills you with dread and scenes of long haired hippy’s dancing around a fire casting spells I promise you its not, unless of course that’s what you want. 😊

Manifest your dreams

If you are a straight shooter and quite strategic in personality a good place to start would be thinking of mother moon as your life or business coach. Setting goals on the new moon that would make a huge difference to your life. Then halfway through the month during the full moon (ovulatory phase-if in sync) check back in. Are you on target? If not, ask why? Can you change anything for the next part of the month to get you back on track!  This could be around weight, energy, fertility even relationships. It could be life changing if you allow it to be.

If you are synced up with the moon’s cycle, you will menstruate around the new moon and ovulate around the full moon. If we look back historically women were more in tune with their bodies and the moon. Why? It was a time before electricity, phones, food pumped full of hormones, all of which have an impact on our hormones. The moon was a guide to times of the day, month and year and it became a natural force of nature to be in sync as a woman. They were surrounded by the magic of the moon, sleeping under her every night so it was natural I guess it would happen.

The phases of the moon.

The new moon is traditionally associated with menstruation (day 1-7 cycle syncing) and if you find you get your period with the new moon this is known as a White Moon Cycle. Now the full moon is traditionally associated with ovulation (day 12-17 cycle syncing). That is not to say there is anything wrong if you’re not in sync with the moon. Everyone has their own unique pattern which is why it is a great tool to track and discover yours. Some women do get their period on the full moon and this is called a Red Moon Cycle.

The White Moon Cycle is the kind that is more commonly experienced. Historically this is down to the impact of light on Mother Earth and our bodies. Remember we are made up of about 60-70 % water. It has been written about for years the influence the moon has on tides and its movements. It would only make sense the influence she has on our actions, thoughts, and moods also.  

The full moon is the Earth’s most fertile time with the influence of bright moonlight, which is where traditionally the association with the ovulation phase lies. It is also our most fertile time of our cycle. It’s important to remember that your body may not already be in harmony with the moon, and there is nothing wrong with that. But there are practices you can introduce that can help regulate your cycle. Why not get started by downloading my free lunar and menstrual tracker and worksheet to get you started!

Start aligning your female energy with the cycle of the moon.

Try to tap into the energy of the moon if your goal is to sync up your cycle and regulate. Ive been working on this over the last few months so I am proof that it does work if you decide to focus on some changes.

  1. Tapping into mother earth with walks under the moon and surrounded by nature. it can be a challenge when you live in a city but have start by having the intention in your head when you are out for your walk in the park or any green space.
  2. I have an amazing moon picture facing my bed- a full moon in a dark dreamy sky over an island off my native Ireland. At the time of buying this beautiful print I had not thought much about the moon or the magic that  within her. I was drawn to the picture because I was missing home but I guess I know now she was making her way into my life in small ways even then. It could be little moon lights, or lunar books but placing reminders all around you will create the energy you need.
  3. Work with the phases of the moon to work towards your goals. I set goals around my eating, fitness, family, and work life during the new moon and use the full moon to re-cap and check in with those goals. What I have achieved and what is stopping me achieving them if not. Don’t let another month pass you by that you feel fed up and overwhelmed by everything in your life.

Interested in learning more?

I really hope that I have at least sparked your interest in cycle and menstrual tracking. Tapping into the magic of balanced hormones can bring magic to where you need it. Do not forget to sign up to my monthly newsletter for more tips and ideas around cycle syncing. Happy full moon peeps xx

Beautiful Chart of moon and worksheet for tracking your cycle from newbodyandsoul.com

What exactly is cycle syncing?

You might be thinking ” there is no way I possibly could fit this sort of programme into my already busy schedule”. And there’s no way I can align my work with my cycle, you moon loving hippie.”

Do I need to allocate extra time for this programme?

Well this moon loving not so much hippie, is here to tell you that YES YOU CAN. I do my absolute best in my programme to ensure no extra time goes into cycle syncing. Just an absolute desire to live your best life, its just too precious to waste. Right!? You might also be thinking that this programme cannot fit into your normal work or family schedule. You might not have control over when certain meetings are scheduled, and when you have to give that big presentation. But paying attention to your cycle might help you focus your energy in the right places, and might also give you some insight when things don’t go well. It can shine a spot light on those areas needing more attention. Fertility, skin concerns, low libido, excess weight, and low mood to mention just a few issues as a result of unbalanced hormones.

What else can cycle syncing help with?

Its not just about your energy, mood or libido cycle and moon syncing can help with. It helps you to manage everything you love and maybe not love so much. It’s about thinking of the months jobs that need to be completed and fit them into the right phase of your cycle. Harnessing the power of your hormones to create abundance, guilt free living, and self love. Allowing your body to heal and repair. Discarding anything that is not of value to you and your goals.

There might be specific days each month where your body is really lethargic and you can find yourself feeling really depressed and unhappy with how you look. This can result in really negative feelings about ourselves. It may prompt us to do something like sign up to a programme we have no interest in. But did From an unhappy space because we were not aware of our individual menstrual pattern . Once you start tracking and realise that these days are happening at the exact same time every month, you can learn to anticipate and plan for them.

Would you like to give it a try? You have nothing to lose but everything to gain. If you’ve decided to give Cycle Syncing a try please check out my free Menstrual/ moon tracker and worksheet below.

Be sure to add Michelle@newbodyandsoul.com to your address book so you don’t miss out on my monthly tips and tricks on cycle syncing.

Happy syncing peeps x

chia seeds recipe with edible flowers

Cacao, sesame, & chia seed energy balls.

Perfect for a seed cycling snack during the ovulatory and luteal phases of your cycle . This yummy nutrient rich energy balls are so quick, easy, and delicious. With so many flavours to play around with they are a hit for satisfying cravings. Cycle syncing through food can help with all hormonal related issues, such as Irregular and painful periods, infertility, low energy, mood, libido. Discover your superpowers through eating the right foods throughout the month of your cycle.

 

 

Ingredients 150 grams walnuts 180 grams dates pitted(soak for 5 minutes and keep the water) 1 table spoon of organic extra virgin coconut oil 2 tablespoons of Oats 1 table spoon of raw cocoa powder mixed sesame and chia seeds to coat outside of balls

Soak the dates for 5 minutes. Meantime in a food processor blend the walnuts until finely ground. After 5 minutes add the dates and blend. Add the coconut oil, and oats and blend again. You may need to add some of the date water to break up the mixture a little. Scoop out with an ice cream scoop if you have. gently form into little balls and roll through the plate of chia, and sesame seeds. When evenly covered place in fridge for about 30 minutes to set. They can be stored for about a week in an airtight container. Enjoy peeps x

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sticky teriyaki, ginger & garlic Aubergine with pak choi

This was such a Delicious and easy dish to cook and a hit with the whole family. The key to balance is combining foods you enjoy and topping up with ingredients that benefit you and your goals. Some of my personal top goals are eating for hormonal balance, energy, great skin and mood.

What are your top nutrition goals? Are you eating the foods that will help you reach these goals? Why not take the time to sit down and write down 3 goals you would like to achieve. Then pick 5 foods you can add daily to meet these goals. And now I know you are all wanting these super tasty recipe so here it is…

Ingredients

  • A medium aubergine
  • 1 table spoon of sesame oil
  • 2 table spoons of sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • 5 teaspoons of teriyaki & garlic sauce
  • About 10 matchsticks of ginger
  • 1 Pak choi(cut lengthways)
  • 3 spring onions
  • 1 teaspoon of coconut or avocado oil
  • Cup of rice (optional)

Method

  1. Preheat the grill to high. Mix the teriyaki sauce, sesame oil, honey in a bowl.
  2. Cut the aubergine into small circles about 2 cm thick. Soak in the marinade for about 5 minutes.
  3. Place on a foiled baking sheet and arrange in a row. Grill for about 6 minutes each side.
  4. Fry the ginger in the oil and add the pak choi. Stir fry for about 3 minutes until veg is wilted.
  5. Rice is optional and can be placed on side. Arrange the veg over the rice and drizzle the rest of the marinade on top.
  6. Sprinkle the sesame seeds and spring onion over the dish.
  7. You can always add some chicken and protein to the dish if you wanted. Is super tasty without also and a great vegetarian dish.

Top tips on how to manage stress through Nutrition, mindset, exercise

There is no getting away from it. And more so now then ever with lots of us self isolating, or perhaps worries and feeling anxious by what we cannot control around us.. Stress is a common factor in this modern busy world, and surrounds some of us like a toxic cloud. Unless your on some exotic island eating the most antioxidant foods nature has?  Breathing the cleanest of air then your life has stress in some form. Mine certainly does, from waking nightly to the sounds of demanding pre preschoolers.

What used to be my stresser, running to nursery with my top inside out because we were late AGAIN!  To now having to manage my anxiety and my kids frustration of self isolation in a flat with no garden. Also  the stress any one feels running their own business, in a time of uncertainty and wondering am I good enough(I am by the way but we all have moments of self doubt)

Yes, a certain level of stress is important. The caveman had his fair share back in the day. Catching his dinner whilst running away from a tiger. And we thought we had it bad! Now that is a reason to be stressed!. Although for the majority of us, our reactions to situations, how we take care of our health and well being are major contributes to the stress in our lives.

The issue today is we are in a constant state of stress. Stressed from over thinking situations, fear of unknown, lack of exercise, work, childcare, our self confidence, our health etc . We’re one big ball of stress. Taking action to reduce these everyday stresses is a practice. Unfortunately we cant just manifest our wishes and they come through. (I do love a full moon manifest from my rooftop). But, There has to be positive action also involved.

A couple of practices that have helped me are simple techniques such as

  1. Writing a journal or diary of the days events that have stressed you out. These are hard times for the majority of us, effecting us all differently. Reflect back on these for a few minutes every evening. Was there something you could have done differently? Would it have changed the outcome if you had reacted differently. Learn from it! Our brain is capable of so much but like every habit formed it has to be done repetitively for it to become an automatic reaction without thoughts. Remember these are not normal circumstances so cut yourself some slack! Talk to yourself like you would a best friend. It changes the conversations guys doesn’t it ?!
  2. Look to keep the angry monster at bay by keeping your blood sugar levels balanced. Start the day with a source of protein. Protein is so important for keeping our moods and hormones in check. Its also where we get our zinc from which we need to keep our immune system balanced. A couple of recipes I share with my clients are Egg muffins(which can be made the night before and kept for 3 days). Plain Greek yogurt with flaxseeds and fruit another great example. Oats are also a great anabolic food and veggie source of protein so porridge with some flaxseeds and fruit.
  3. Take some time everyday to fit something in that brings you joy. If you still have the option of getting outside going for a walk. Reading those books you never got around to. Try a distance learning course on something you have always wanted to learn. Find a fitness and health community and get involved with those virtual classes( Get in touch for my weekly fitness and nutrition online classes). A bedtime hug with your kids. Its the small things that matter most. Most of my clients come to me for just that. They need an outlet through fitness, food and mindset. Have something planned no matter how small that brings you joy, boosting happy hormones, and reminding us that stress does not have to rule our lives if we choose not to let it.
  4. Pack your plate with colours of the rainbow. Dark greens, red, yellow. All these veggies are packed full of antioxidants that keep illness at bay when stress takes over. Our immune system can be severely depleted when stressed. So help your body to fight back with an army of antioxidants. Aim to fill half your plate with these amazing troopers. Vitamins and minerals such as B, C, magnesium and zinc are crucial at this time.
  5. Keep alcohol to a minimum. I can hear the sighs already. I am with you guys and feel your pain. I love a big glass of red to unwind but when alcohol becomes a crutch for stress then I hear the warning signs. It was something I did after having my kids, and loved to stretch out with an episode of poldark with a big glass of red. But next day I always was tired, cranky, stressed!! It places a huge demand on your immune system and we need more then ever in the currant climate. It leaches vitamins and minerals from your body and lets be honest we need all the goodness we can get.

I hope that by reading this you have taken some small steps you can implement. By including little action daily we can make positive changes in our life. We will get through this. Take the action you need to do to keep as healthy and positive as you can. If I can support you virtually right now please get in touch for a free fitness and nutrition consultation via the consultation form. Or join me for some virtual fitness and nutrition workshops and lets fight back.

Stay safe x