October 13 2021
Meet Moonchy bars: the new healthy snack that will balance your hormones
Learn how to easily start seed cycling by eating the right kind of seeds at the right moment in your cycle.
What are these phases?
Eating the right foods at the right time will give you the needed nutrients that help you optimize your cycle through the natural shifts that happen in each phase. Today, we will focus on this aspect, and particularly on a very specific type of nutrient dense food: seeds.
How does seed cycling work?Seed cycling is a practice that consists of eating a certain combination of four seeds throughout your cycle. As we said, your hormones fluctuate during the four phases of your cycle, meaning your body requires different nutrients to help your system stay balanced. Seeds are a nutritional powerhouse that will allow you to regulate and improve your menstrual cycle and reduce its uncomfortable symptoms, by giving you the exact nutrients you need to support healthy hormones.
Unbalanced hormones bring uncomfortable symptoms linked to each phase. For example, the follicular phase can bring low energy, while the ovulatory phase can lead to breakouts and ovary pain. The luteal phase can bring cravings and mood swings, as the menstrual phase comes with cramps and reduced immunity. The seed cycling method splits these four phases into two, in which you should alternate specific kinds of seeds.
In the first phase of your cycle estrogen level increases as an egg prepares to be released. Micronutrients from both flax and pumpkin seeds naturally support your body during this process. In particular, lignans of which flax seeds are a great source, help reduce breast pain and clear the body of excess hormones. Both flax and pumpkin seeds are also rich in zinc and magnesium which help minimise period-related cramps and bleeding intensity as well as reduce menstrual migraines and boost your mood. These seeds are also a rich source of healthy fats: omega-3 and omega-6 which are essential for optimal hormone production and your overall health and beauty.
The second phase of your cycle is progesterone-dominant. The body prepares for a possible pregnancy during this time. By eating sesame and sunflower seeds you take advantage of their rich nutrient profile and support the natural rhythm of this phase. Lignans present in sesame seeds help regulate your cycle and detoxify excess estrogen. Vitamin E found in sunflower seeds is an important antioxidant that promotes fertility and healthy progesterone levels, as well as makes your skin glow. Both types of seeds are also high in calcium, zinc, magnesium, selenium, and vitamin B1 & B6 which help diminish various PMS symptoms, improve your mood and boost your overall health.
In short, to practice seed cycling, you need to stick to a daily routine of eating a certain combination of four seeds throughout your cycle, following the infographic below. Phase 1 starts with your period, and ends with ovulation, but if you are unsure how to determine the phases of your cycle, we personally keep track of them using MyFlo and Daysy apps.
Our newest addition to the shop
Phase 1 ⏤ Berry Vanilla or Salty Hazelnut
Moonchy Berry Vanilla is a uniquely textured white choc + seed bar with nutty, fruity & vanilla notes.
Phase 2 ⏤ Hazelnut Nougat or Cashew Banana
Moonchy Hazelnut Nougat is a creamy white choc + seed bar with roasted Piedmont hazelnuts (the most valuable hazelnut) and a pinch of Alpine rock salt.
Moonchy Cashew Banana is a mylk choc + seed bar with cashews and freeze-dried bananas blended into a creamy structure.
We want to hear about your new daily routine
Bear in mind that natural solutions aren’t a quick fix. Give your body time to find its natural balance and enjoy the benefits of healthy menstrual cycles. If you have any questions use the comments section below or reach out to us directly on Instagram, and please share your experience with us, we would love to discuss and get your feedback !