Luteal Phase | Autumn
Approximately, days 14-28. This is now considered the second half of your cycle. Progesterone ( a feel-good, calming hormone) begins to rise. One of the main roles of progesterone is to hold and keep a pregnancy, as the name suggests “pro-gestation hormone”. If the body is not pregnant, this is the time where PMS symptoms may occur, however, this can greatly be supported and prevented with your diet + lifestyle.
What foods to eat:
- Sesame seeds
- Zinc rich foods- oysters, nuts, seeds
- Apples (high in vitamin B6-great for PMS), sweet potato
- Organic chicken
Movement & self care:
During this phase you may find yourself being productive, and now is a great time to focus on strength & weight training in the first half of the cycle before needing to slow down towards the end of this phase. Keeping blood sugar levels stable may help gently prepare the body for the next season and reduce PMS like symptoms. Autumn is the season to put that extra layer on, and enjoy a home cooked meal.
So as you can see, us females are complex creatures that experience changeability in our bodies & cycles, much like the environment we live in. If we begin to tune into these changes we can learn to adapt and sync in with our cycles instead of working against them.
“Much like a beautiful summer’s day spent basking under the warm sun, there is a heat found in the body, an energy that feels exhilarating and passionate. Now is the time for high intensity movement, socialising, focusing on projects and embracing your confidence”.