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MAGICAL MOON-TIME LATTE

Magical Moon-Time Latte

Today’s post is a little off the beaten track from the normal Weekend Chills post, but this is one of those posts I’ve been meaning to share for a very long time. I know so many people who struggle with hormonal issues, both publicly and privately, but for whatever reason they rarely get discussed, or are still encircled with some weird social stigma. Yet, truth of the matter is, we’re all human, we all have hormones, no big deal and definitely no shame.

I’ve created this adaptogenic herbal latte to help ease the symptoms of PMS in menstruating woman. It is meant to be drunk during the luteal phase, or second half of your cycle, but is no way meant exclusively for women who fall into this category. It’s full of great hormone balancing adaptogens and ingredients that anyone can benefit from, and can just be consumed as a healthier alternative to any overly sweetened fancy drink.

Below I’ve outlined a few key components I’ve used in the recipe which help reduce PMS and balance hormones. I’ve left out major points in the list, like exercise for example, and only stuck to the ones to which this drink applies. Some of these are pretty obvious, but others like seed rotation are pretty new to me. I hope you can take some of this info and find it applicable in your own day to day lives.

Much love + happy weekend!

Natural ways to reduce PMS

Seed Rotation – I was recently introduced to the concept of seed rotation, which is a natural way of balancing your hormones based on what you eat. Seed rotation promotes eating about 1 Tbsp. ground combined flax and pumpkin seeds each day for 15 days starting on the first day of your period (your follicular stage) , then switching to eating 1 Tbsp. combined ground sesame seeds and sunflower seeds for the next 14 or so days.

The process then repeats. Seeds like pumpkin and flax help raise the levels of estrogen your body needs in the first half of your cycle, while the sesame seeds and sunflower seeds help raise the progesterone you need in the second half, or the luteal phase. Having lower levels of estrogen in the luteal phase is shown to reduce the symptoms of PMS in many woman. Try adding the seeds to things like smoothies, oatmeals, salads, as nut butters, or on top of avocado toast. For men, this schedule is is opposite and should be 1 Tbsp. pumpkin + flax seeds from the full moon to the new moon, and one Tbsp. sesame and sunflower seeds from the new moon to the full moon.

Limit Caffeine – We all know caffeine gives us a buzz, but few of us know this is because it raises the level of the stress hormone, cortisol, in the body (this is part of it’s immediate energy feeling). Most of the time, this increase is okay (in moderation) for our bodies, but  having too much caffeine around menstruation is problematic because the cortisol that your body makes as a response is made from synthesizing progesterone. Progesterone is that hormone we mentioned earlier, that ideally we should be encouraging  during our luteal phase. Stick to low caffeine drinks like herbal teas, tisanes, and herbal coffee substitutes as much as you can.

Limit Sugar – Foods like alcohol, refined carbohydrates, and sugars are known as ‘stress foods’, and not because we crave them when we’re stressed, because we sure as heck do! Instead, they’re called that because your body goes through extremes to metabolize them. In order for your body to metabolize these foods it uses a ton of vitamins and nutrients which your body needs during it’s luteal phase, so limiting these is best.

Using Adaptogens –  I’m sure by now, many of know adaptogens and their ability to help us manage stress. Specifically, certain adaptogens like ashwagandha and holy basil help reduce cortisol in the body which is great during the luteal phase when we’re more likely to experience PMS.

Maca – Like ashwagandha, maca helps balance hormones and contains nutrients needed to support their production. A super addition to any smoothie, caramel, dessert, or drink.

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Also, don’t feel pressured to add all the powders to this drink. If you only have access to ashwaganda or maca, using one is totally fine. I realize that buying these powders can be super expensive, so look for them in the bulk section of any great natural food store. The price is so much better despite the lack of cute packaging 😉

MOON-TIME LATTE

Influenced by this recipe from the Great Kosmic Kitchen

Serves 1. Print Recipe Here

1 Mug Almond Milk (about 12 oz)
1 Rounded tsp. Dandy Blend (or favourite instant dandelion or chicory coffee substitute)***
1/2 tsp. Ashwagandha Powder
1/2 tsp. Tahini
1/2 tsp. Maca
1/8 tsp. Cinnamon
1/2  tsp. Cocoa Powder
1/2 tsp. Coconut Oil
1/2 tsp. Coconut Sugar (optional)

  1. Begin by measuring the amount of milk you need by pouring the milk into your intended drinking cup. I used a standard mug, which was about 12 oz. In a small pot heat up the milk and other ingredients until nice and warm. You’ll probably want to give it a bit of a stir to make sure the ingredients don’t stick to the bottom.
  2. Once it gets all nice and warm, pop it in a mixture in a high speed blender and whip on high for a minute or until frothy.
  3. Serve and enjoy!

*** If you don’t have access to herbal coffee, a strong decaffeinated coffee will also work.

moon-time latte xox Sophie

14 Comments

  • Reply
    Jodi
    May 22, 2017 at 11:14 am

    Happy Monday, Sophie.I started my monday off right by reading your post. Last summer I read ‘Balance you hormones, balance your life’ by Dr. Claudia Welch – it’s a great resource if you haven’t read it already. I don’t remember reading about seed rotation so that was a really interesting point. Gosh our bodies are so incredible it blows me away. I love this kind of post and I hope to see more like it here. Maca and ashwagandha are too of my favorite things so I will definitely be trying this when those coffee and chocolate cravings come next time around 🙂 Mega love to you x

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      Sophie
      May 26, 2017 at 7:32 pm

      I have yet to read this book, Jodi. I’m so intrigued though, I’m totally going to look for it. I’m so happy to hear you like the post, too. Seed rotation is really new to me too. I’m a little surprised that things like it aren’t better know, or at least promoted. Oh well, as long as we continue to share our knowledge with each other. Best to you and I hope you have a beautiful weekend <3

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    Ruby
    May 22, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    So this post is incredibly timely for me since I just got the My Flo app on my phone and actually know which phase I am in and what to do about it. I also just bought maca powder for the first time and I am in looove with it. I think it is so important for us to be in tune with our bodies and understand that what they need fluctuates and isn’t the same from week to week. This week I definitely am needing this latte! I can’t wait to make it 🙂 xx

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      Sophie
      May 26, 2017 at 7:18 pm

      Oh yeah! It’s amazing how things work out sometimes. I’m so happy to hear you love maca! It’s really such an easy powder to sneak into any dish. I hope you enjoy the latte, friend <3

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    Ruby & Cake
    May 23, 2017 at 12:55 am

    This is a wonderful post Sophie! I am often completely out of sync with my body and my hormones and self care is a concept I am still getting used to, it is such a constant struggle. Pinning to make this week. Thanks for sharing

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      Sophie
      May 26, 2017 at 7:16 pm

      You’re so right. Finding balance with your body can be such a struggle, but it sounds like your on a great path to healing. I’m so happy you stopped by, Ruby, and I hope that some of these suggestions will be useful to you. xox

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    Heather (delicious not gorgeous)
    May 23, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    oh my. i definitely needed this last week, and felt like i couldn’t function because i was so emotional. maybe it’s because i just talk and talk (i have a tendency to keep talking rather than staying concise), but i don’t feel weird talking about pms-ing and these kinds of things. it happens, it’s natural, and pretty sure 99% of us pms anyways lol.

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      Sophie
      May 26, 2017 at 7:10 pm

      Oh no! I’m so sorry to hear that, Heather. I hope some of these things can be useful to you next month <3 P.S. I'm a talker too 😉

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    Meredith | Earth & Oven
    May 23, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    Absolutely love this run down on natural ways to handle PMS. Sometimes it feels like our hormones control us – and it’s good to be able to manage the way they are making us feel! I have yet to try adaptogens, but I do notice that maca helps a lot!

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      Sophie
      May 26, 2017 at 7:07 pm

      Oh yay, I’m so happy to hear this, Meredith! I really love adding adaptogens to my smoothies and raw desserts for sure. Personally, I’d sat if you were to go out and buy one, Ashwagandha is the one to get- super adaptable and approachable. All the best to you, friend!

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    Melissa (Insider The Kitchen)
    May 24, 2017 at 4:49 am

    Definitely checking this out, thanks Sophie!

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      Sophie
      May 26, 2017 at 6:58 pm

      Thank you so much, Melissa!

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    Katie
    May 25, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    This is an absolutely intriguing mix of ingredients that I totally feel like trying! Need to keep my eyes wide open for the powders next time I go shopping. Thanks, Sophie!

    • Reply
      Sophie
      May 26, 2017 at 6:58 pm

      I’m so happy to hear you like it, Katie! Hopefully that new Harlem Whole Foods will have everything you need <3

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