When I tell people that I’m seed cycling I know I sound like a weirdo hippie. If I would have told myself 3 years ago that I’d be eating seeds to help my fertility I would have definitely scoffed.
But, here I am almost 2 years into trying to conceive and I figure what the heck. Bring on the seeds!
The great thing about seed cycling is that it’s a useful way to balance hormones for women who are trying to conceive, who have just had a baby and who are going through menopause. So it’s really applicable to ladies at all stages of life!
If you are new to the concept, here is the general explanation from the Herbal Academy, “Seed cycling integrates different seeds into the diet at different times in the menstrual cycle to support optimal hormonal balance. The idea is that seeds carry certain oils, vitamins, and nutrients that can help support the body’s production, release, and metabolism of hormones. The seeds used in seed rotation are flax and pumpkin seeds, and sesame and sunflower seeds.”
Here’s how you do it:
Day 1 to Ovulation: Also known as Follicular Phase
1 tablespoon of ground raw flax seeds and 1 tablespoon of pumpkin seeds daily
From Ovulation to Period:
1 tablespoon of ground raw sunflower and 1 tablespoon of sesame seeds daily.
I have had some issues with dealing with the flax seeds and sesame seeds. Here’s how I incorporate the flax.
Follicular Phase Shake
- ¾ Cup Organic Frozen Cherries (Costco)
- ¾ Cup Organic Frozen Mangoes (Costco)
- 1 Scoop Vega (Vanilla) Protein & Greens Powder
- 1 Cup Almond Milk (unsweetened)
- 1 Tsp Stevia (use more if you like it sweeter, or sub some fruit juice)
- 1 Tbsp Flax
- 1 Tbsp hemp seeds (Get your Omega-6 & Omega-3’s!)
Add a couple of mint leaves and half of a Banana
***Note: Vega vanilla protein has a unique taste – I use this because it’s gluten-free, dairy-free & non-GMO. Feel free to sub whey protein (including chocolate!) for a different taste***
Side Note: I eat my 1 tbsp of pumpkin seeds raw during this phase