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What is the dirty dozen & clean fifteen food list?

What is the dirty dozen & clean fifteen food list?

Each spring, the EWG publicly publishes a list of the top 12 fruit and vegetables that they say contain elevated levels of pesticides and that may be concerning to people. It explains what is the dirty dozen & clean fifteen list. Details on amounts and percentages you can check out the website directly on 

https://www.ewg.org/foodnews

Why should I care what the dirty dozen & clean fifteen is if I am a menstruating women?

This is not meant to be a scare mongering blog. It is one to highlight the point of understanding where food comes from and the choices you make can affect your health and wellbeing. Most women I work with are between the ages of 32-45. It is a time where hormones are running the show ladies, especially around managing stress, more balanced moods, less angry mommy, weight that’s creeping on and not budging. We are going through one of the biggest shifts apart from puberty. And what we put into our body influences them either negatively or positively so its worth paying attention.

What are the signs of imbalanced hormones in a women?

What are the signs of imbalanced hormones? Great questions and soemthing all women should be educated on from an early age. Would you agree?

Symptoms  vary from person to person which is why it’s important not to self-disguise. Examples of the ladies I have worked with include

  • Difficulty shifting weight and over exercising.
  • Some experience Period problems such as painful, irregular, heavy, clotty which by the way may be common but are not normal.
  • Are you Waking up with Foggy brain, low moods, low energy?.
  • Libido has gone walkies back to the year 2000 where parties still exist.
  • Problems getting pregnant or staying pregnant which was how I got into Women’s hormonal health having experienced 4 miscarriages over a no of years trying to get pregnant.

What sort of things negatively impact a woman’s hormones?

Hormones are heavily influenced by endocrine disruptors such as pesticides and chemicals in food and skin products. Other hormone disruptors include stress, over exercising, inflammation, mis managed blood sugar levels and impaired gut function. Which is why on my Nourish- Move -Thrive programmes we focus on managing all of these week by week in order to create long term habits that change lives(My clients words not mine in case you think I am tooting my own horn).

Do I have to buy everything organic to help balance hormones?

Listen I am a big believer in Imperfect action. Why? Because it gets the ball rolling, right! My mission is to encourage women to understand their bodies better to make their own individual choices. I have a little girl and I want her to understand how food and her body is connected. I want her, as I want you, to make choices because you understand the connection. Not because you read in a magazine it was something you should do by a celebrity. Of course, there will be armies of different opinions on these lists but we can’t dispute that food is heavily sprayed now. Another point worth mentioning is our soil is not an nutrient rich as it perhaps once was. The link below is a great overview if you wanted to know more on the effect of soil on human health.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5800787/

How to shop organic on a budget

Look at the list. Do you identify any foods that you eat a lot of? Then I would recommend you swap that particular food  to organic if it’s something you consume on a daily basis. Make your budget work by choosing organic for the foods on the list that you eat a lot of.

  • If you are on a budget, or just a savvy women or mum who wants to be smart with choices around   food and their health. Sounds like most of the amazing  women I work with 😊  Swap out some of the culprits for a food on the clean list (I will be adding a post on this next week with some recipes including clean 15 foods) that is similar in nutrients. For example, swapping out Potatoes for sweet Potatoes which on the clean list.

So I know you are waiting for me to tell you exactly what is the dirty dozen and clean fifteen food list. So here it is..

The 2021 dirty dozen list (sourced from the EWG site)

  1. Strawberries
  2. Spinach
  3. Kale
  4. Nectarines
  5. Apples
  6. Grapes
  7. Peaches
  8. Cherries
  9. Pears
  10. Tomatoes
  11. Celery
  12. Potatoes

The 2021 clean fifteen list (sourced from the EWG site)

  1. Avocado
  2. Asparagus
  3. Broccoli
  4. Cabbage
  5. Cauliflower
  6. Cantaloupe
  7. Eggplant
  8. Honeydew melon
  9. Kiwi
  10. Mushrooms
  11. Onions
  12. Sweetcorn
  13. Pineapple
  14. Papaya
  15. Frozen Peas

It’s so overwhelming where do I start with balancing hormones?

The world of Nutrition is a busy and noisy space where information is constantly changing and being updated. Would you would like some information and support on overcoming any of your symptoms which are causing you un-necessary stress and anxiety ?

Step 1 Book in a free 30 minute no obligation chat where I can listen and advise you on the best possible place for you to start.  Allowing some time for small consistent habits to develop is why I have helped hundreds of women such as yourself live a more balanced, less anxiety filled life. I hope you have got value from this blog What is the dirty dozen and clean fifteen food list and do sign up to the monthly newsletter on tips and recipes to help incorporate more of these foods.

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food is medicine amd how it impacts stress, our hormones and weight

How stress impacts your hormones, mood & weight.

Hands up if your stress hormones are running the show right now!? Would you benefit from understanding how stress impacts your hormones, mood & weight.

As women, some of us mums, multi- tasking, juggling work, kids, school applications, Christmas, will there even be a bloody Christmas!?, family & relationship dramas. Some of you may even be dealing with the pain of loss in these uncertain circumstances. So it can feel like we are being slapped in the face from every direction with some form of stress.  As a result it can seem like life is literally being sucked out of us, would you agree? Or is that just my experience 😊 So again, I ask “Are your hormones running the show right now?” Let’s talk about, how stress impacts your hormones, mood and weight.

As a result the impact stress has on us as women is truly mind blowing! But on the flip side, it is an area we can achieve some serious results. If we choose to take back the control and make that investment in ourselves. For instance let us choose not to let stress run the show. The show being our lives.

How Stress impacts your hormones, mood & weight.

For a lot of women, I work with it, guilt can be one of those top stressors.

  • The guilt that your self-care should even be a priority ( I call this my mom guilt).
  • The guilt of spending money on your Health & wellness in a time of uncertainty for many.
  • The guilt of spending precious time on your life goals.

I know from experience if you do not make your Physical & Mental health a priority eventually you will be forced to… Your wellness should be a priority, not a novelty and I will give you one reason why!

Because if you fall apart everything and everyone who relies on you will also suffer, including you!!.

As women, some of us mums, we tend to be placed at the end of the self care list. But what if we decided to change the conversation in our head? It can be a real game changer. It could be that simple step to living a stress reduced/managed (you can see I don’t say stress -free!) life.

How? Tell me Michelle how do I get to a space of feeling happy and confidence in myself? Learn the tools to avoid letting stress impact your hormones, mood and weight.

  1. Firstly, Lets try Focusing on what we can change and not giving space in our precious life for what we have no control over! I always suggest no more then 2- 3 clear actions goals at a time. This is how I work with my clients allowing them to be consistent, taking the overwhelm out of the equation and see the changes these smaller mini goals have on the bigger picture.  end result being not less stress run the show. For instance I have a beautiful client whose long term goal is to manage her horrific Pmt (she has really low moods and salt cravings at least 2 weeks of the month) Salt can be an indicator of adrenal fatigue caused by stress. And also she has gained a lot of weight around the middle and not so much the rest of her body. Also an indicator of high cortisol as a result of blood sugar issues and stress. Both of which impact each other. We have broken these down into 3 mini goals a month.

How we broke one big goal into 3 manageable mini goals.

  • Stress management techniques which we do weekly to identify stressors and how best to manage them. Identifying stressors and barriers plays a big role in achieving goals and should never be skipped. I also do this as part of my group programmes as part of a workshop and have had great client results.
  • Portion sizes to ensure she has the right proportion of carbs, protein and good fats so we can manage blood sugar, which will reduce cravings and belly fat through balancing insulin and cortisol production.
  • In her case we reduced the amount of cardio during the second half of her cycle which was adding to her weight gain( excessive exercise can cause more cortisol adding to weight gain in some cases)and swapped for more strength work and yoga.

  • Second, Think about Nourishment not deprivation.  Food is medicine, I will repeat this again FOOD IS MEDICINE. eating cyclically, using the power of nutrition to support the 4 phases of your cycle. Hormones need different nutrients during each phase. Try adding some simple easy to find foods into your diet can have massive direct impacts with your mood, weight and energy. I have seen first- hand these small changes make to women, their confidence, and relationships. It is a beautiful process, and I am so honored to a part of that.
  • Third, Embrace Progress not perfection. If we try to make small consistent changes to achieve the big life changing results. This is what I teach my 1-1 and group clients on my Nourish-Move-Thrive Programme. Balancing hormones to lose weight, achieve more stable moods, body confidence and get rid of any pesky Pmt symptoms holding you back from living your best life.

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Some of the conditions increased stress can manifest itself as

  • Bloating, increasing the waist up a dress size.
  • Gut issues (especially Ibs, colitis, any inflammatory conditions).
  • Increased belly fat (especially if exercising your tushy off but you’re not getting the desired results.
  • Excess tiredness even though you may be sleeping well. Or maybe you are not sleeping well and waking up a lot during the night due to anxious, racing thoughts and worries!
  • Low libido which may be having an impact on your confidence and relationship.
  • Headaches and migraines which I have seen on the increase and I have just helped a client this week with and have had great results.

It is so important to remember and be mindful that we are all wonderfully unique. Stress manifests very differently from one person to the next. To summarise everything I have said would be Planning ahead with some clear action though Nutrition, movement, and mindset it is possible to live a life perhaps not stress free, but more balanced, full of body confidence, free from the chains of unbalanced hormones and excess weight holding you back.

My top 5 foods during periods of extreme stress

  • Wholegrains such as Spelt, buckwheat, Oats, amaranth. Packed full of B vitamins essential during times of healing and crisis.
  • Green leafy veggies which are an abundant source of fibre but also magnesium. B vitamins and magnesium both  play a big role in releasing  energy from food. Magnesium is known as natures tranquilizer. It is a great supplement to take before bed. Try 300-500mg of magnesium glycinate an hour before bed for a good night of ZZZzzzzzz’s.
  • Beans and pulses are a great vegetarian source of protein and fibre. Protein plays a big role  in hormone production and weight loss, the fibre also aids digestion and facilitates weight loss.

Are you ready to invest in yourself and be the best version of you?

Are you ready to invest in yourself?  

A helping hand I would like to offer everyone is a free 20-minute online consultation to anyone looking for some guidance on where to start on your wellness journey. As a result I hope you have started to understand the connection on how stress impacts your hormones, mood and weight. Always remember my lovely do not suffer in silence.  To book follow the link and pick an available slot.

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Women feeling powerful on learning about exercising for each phase of her menstrual cycle

Exercising for each phase of your menstrual cycle.

Why would you benefit from exercising for each phase of your menstrual cycle? Have you noticed how one day your sprinting through the park with endless energy? The next you have to drag yourself out for even a short stroll with the dog.

That is our hormones are work. It really is like a monthly dance. Each week playing a different tune. A slow waltz, a sexy tango, or an Irish jig. But what if you had the monthly dance schedule ahead of time ?  You could be well prepped for each dance filled with confidence that you knew the steps to each one with the perfect outfit to match?

In other words, by tracking our cycle and understanding each phase (Download my free planner and tracker to get started on discovering yours) you can be prepared for what each week brings.

Once you have discovered your pattern you can work on those weight loss goals, strength building exercises that bring the full benefit of working with your hormones and achieve your goals. Exercising for each phase of your menstrual cycle really is power to women, and we need to be taking full advantage of this knowledge.

What others are saying about exercising for each phase of your menstrual cycle

“Now, researchers at the University of North Carolina have shown that one stage of the menstrual cycle heightens fat burning, while another increases carbohydrate metabolism.” (quote from of peak performance article ) 

The menstrual phase

Your hormones are at their lowest. This is time for low impact activity. Taking the stress from your adrenals. Yoga, walks in nature, more flow based tai chi, Pilates movement, resistance bands, stair climbing, bodyweight strength moves.  High impact workouts during this phase are draining on the body and taxing on the adrenals. Remember if the adrenals feel under the pump, an influx of stress hormones are bound to be close. And as we know high cortisol Levels have been linked to an increase in belly fat. 

The follicular phase

You will start to notice an increase in energy once your period ends and your heading into the follicular phase. An increase in Oestrogen is what leads to the rise in energy so it’s the perfect time for more high endurance strength activity. As I have said use your body as a guide. She will tell you if you are listening for the power of exercise for each phase of your menstrual cycle. Oestrogen strengthens the effect of insulin carb storing hormone) meaning carbs are better tolerated and muscle is more easily built at this stage.

This is the time for Hiit work and more endurance yoga work. The pre-ovulatory spike of testosterone also makes it an excellent time for building muscle. Get the weight out ladies. And no you won’t end up like arnie but you will get the toned lean body most of us strive for. This is the power held in exercising for each phase of your menstrual cycle.

The ovulatory phase

After we ovulate, we get another little spike in oestrogen, and progesterone is on the rise.  This leads again to an energy and confidence spike. This is a fantastic time to try some team sports and activities. Bootcamps, boxing are two I enjoy and are a good mix of cardio and strength work. It is also the best time for trying new things, as we are more than likely to stick to it if our experience is good. Again this is a time Carbohydrates are better tolerated according to recent studies. It is a time that these 2 hormones help to burn fat as fuel. So think heart raising moves. Hiking, spinning, sprint work, hill runs.

The luteal phase

Hormones can take a sharp dip here especially towards then end of the luteal phase. This can lead to low energy, mood changes, cravings and any other Pmt symptoms you experience. Progesterone in the luteal phase also decreases the body’s sensitivity to insulin and carbohydrate metabolism. Including lean protein, goods fats, and starchy vegetables such as pumpkin, and squash to keep cravings at bay.

It may also be best sticking to lower intensity training during this time especially towards the end just before your period starts. Light cardio or bodyweight session, especially if you are particularly susceptible to fatigue and depression during PMS. Empowerment is about working with your body, not against it. If your energy is there then go for it. But as the luteal phase comes to an end you will feel the drop in energy so listen out for the clues.

Vary your workouts & tap into the power of exercising for each phase of your menstrual cycle.

It is important to be smart with this information. It is a guide, as am I. It’s also important to listen to your own body and her breadcrumbs. Yes, it’s helpful to know which half of your cycle may produce better results from different exercises but be mindful of limitations and ask for advice when needed.

This means not pushing yourself further than your body wants. And aiming to be injury free.

Both cardio and strength work have amazing health benefits. So be sure to get a mix of both through the month to get the results you desire.  This is how I work with my Personal training and Nutrition clients in my Nourish-Move -thrive 90 day programme. Please do not waste time on the “Throw the spaghetti against the wall approach”. Have a plan peeps and get the results you deserve. I hope I have given you some direction to get started and if you would like more hands on help and support please check out my 1-1 and group fitness packages at .

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Have a great week my lovelies x

Michelle

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.

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Happy syncing peeps x