Are you following along with #selflovejanuary over on my Instagram? We are talking about the menstrual cycle all month long and this week is all about menstruation, what your body is going through, and how to support your body through food, movement, and lifestyle choices.
Today I shared this quick little video on what foods to avoid.
Now let's talk about what foods to focus on to help your body build blood back up. All of these foods are super nutrient-dense and great to feel more alive again:
Red and orange veggies and fruits
Grass-fed red meat (if you are a meat-eater)
Don't worry, you don't need to only focus on these foods but try to bring two of these in every day that you bleed.
On top of that think of how to eat more warm foods such as soups, stews, broths, sautéed veggies, beans, and grains. While smoothies and salads may seem healthy, they are simply too cold for your body during this phase. Your body is already so exhausted from trying to get rid of all the old tissue in your uterus so it doesn't also want to spend energy on heating up icy cold food.
This wilted salad recipe is going to get you started with some leafy greens and red veggies thrown together for a warming meal. Give it a try and be creative with it. You can use any leafy greens, try to add some ginger or other spices, and use other nuts.
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Makes 1 serving:
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/4 red onion, finely chopped
4 mushrooms, thinly sliced
a handful of grated beets (about 1 small or 1/2 of a big one)
5 kale leaves, sliced into thin ribbons
1 Tbsp raisins
a handful pecan nuts
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Start with the oil and red onions in a big pan over medium-high heat and stir for 2 minutes.
Add the mushrooms and beets and stir for 8-10 minutes.
Add the kale ribbons and a splash of water and turn off the heat. Just let the hot pan soften the kale a little bit.
Add the raisins, nuts, season with salt and pepper, and squeeze some lime over it. Done!