The world doesn’t hang in the balance. It moves in circles, cycles and seasons and as the month completes once again, I am in full preparation mode for the arrival my monthly friend.
I am acutely aware of my cycle. In fact I plan my life and diary around it and make sure that I give my body what it needs both nutritionally and physically. This means harnessing energy when it is available and resting when it is most needed. I know when it is a good time to make a decision and when I should shut up and sleep on it.
I am more than happy to break the taboo on the topic because for too long menstruation has been, and continues to be, viewed as something dirty that must be hidden. In India, women are told to avoid cooking while on their periods, for they might contaminate the food. In developing countries girls miss several days of school each month. Closer to home, did you know that in addition to all toxic chemicals, commercial menstrual pads contain the plastic equivalent to 4 Plastic Supermarket Bags?
One Artist/Illustrator has given this topic great expression as you can see. Maria Torres’ illustrations certainly point out that it is kinda ridiculous that we behave so awkwardly towards something that half of the Earth’s population has to go through every month.
Plus I would like to think that when it is time for me to take my menstrual pause, it doesn’t have to be one big hot flush.
However to matters most immenent! I have been a fish out of water, well out of my kitchen. I have been travelling in foreign lands enjoying the bounty on offer. Call it a holiday, call it an adventure, I happened to travel pre-menstrual (NOTE:I didn’t book the tickets) which made the budget flight even more uncomfortable than usual and the settling in, minus my reserved day of rest.
Lucky I had a few little empowering tricks which relieve discomfort and give some nutritional support. BUT then came the holiday. For the past month I have been pushing the boundaries of my usual dietary regime! From mindfully eating a sugar-free, wheat-free, fresh, vegetarian diet with a daily dose of fermented foods, this becomes a tall order when travelling. My best efforts replaced the usual meals with living day to day on coffee (espressos to be precise), peaches, salad ensembles and tinned sardines, all washed down at the end of the day with some Portuguese wine!
Actually on the food front, it was not too bad. The produce in Portugal is great. The odd unavoidable carb overload occurred BUT I am pleased to say some fermented foods featured in there.
BUT what is it about European countries, sunshine and espressos?
I am (was) a caffeine lightweight, but Jesus, I have just completed a months intensive training! At least one, sometimes two, sharp hits of the black magic on a daily basis is going to take its toll AND this month I am in for it! Coffee is known to influence hormonal balance by causing more or less of a hormone to be secreted.
I know what my body is telling me! The estrogen-to-progesterone balance is off.
Estrogen and progesterone are two of the key hormones that help regulate your menstrual cycle. Estrogen levels rise during the first half of the cycle, whereas progesterone levels rise (while estrogen levels slowly decline) during the second half of your cycle. An imbalance between estrogen and progesterone throughout this cycle, can contribute to emotional and physical PMS symptoms, menstrual cramps, bloating, acne, to name a few!
That translates to: The sugar cravings are on red alert, probably egged on by the potuguese custard tart tasting with aforementioned coffees and the obligatory peach a day….(not to mention those €3 bottles of wine per evening.)
I have had more sugar in the past month than in the last two years! I don’t know wether to ride it out and request that I get to sleep all of menstration day OR have a little PMS cry. I could say I need to feel fabulously again, instead of frumpy BUT I know is that this too shall pass.
The cycle will repeat all over again (without the holiday binge) and I have no need to feel like I will lose a week of every month of my life! I can roll with this and put my down time to some creative use.
So what’s really happening during your cycle?
You need to know what your body goes through during your period.
Posted by Cultura Colectiva + on Sunday, July 23, 2017
It is wonderfully empowering to use this knowledge to your advantage. It can seem that just when you get on top of things, your cycle takes you down again and you feel like you are constantly starting over. We are constantly moving forward and it is hugely beneficial to do so in harmony.
If you are feeling that things have gone a little out of sync after your summer adventures then perhaps you would like to join us for a day of indulging in the beauty of your female cycle.
The Cultured Club will be collaborating with Yo Soy Gaia and LA YOGA to bring you a day of moving through the seasons of your cycle. You will learn aninsightful way to keep track of your menstral cycle and what you can do to support your body, mind & soul through the inner beauty of being a woman.
Women Wellness through the Seasons: Autumn
Sunday, September 10th, 2017
10 AM – 4 PM
The Zen Room, HIllsborough
Just like a flower, everything has it cycle.
A seed becomes a plant
That has a flower
It transforms into a fruit
The fruit drops.
There is another seed and the seed grows again.
The flower is the moment that we live!
Understanding it will allow you to enjoy the beauty of every stage.