Hi everyone! Today I am going to going the 3rd phase of a woman’s monthly cycle (The ovulatory Phase – MY FAVOURITE!). If you have no clue what the hell am I talking about here, check out my 1st post on this topic here, LINK first! 🙂 which summarises what am talking about, why & how it can help you.
Then come back to this post… Where I will cover more about the 3rd phase including, body changes, lifestyle changes and what foods you should consume with links to recipes you might want to try in each phase 🙂
So as most of you know the woman’s cycle is 28 day, more or less. Some may have a longer or a shorter one, but each cycle consists of the 4 phases in this order:
- The Menstrual phase (usually last 3-7 days) (the link here take you to the post the 1st phase)
- The Follicular Phase (usually last 7-10 days) (the link here take you to the post the 2nd phase)
- The Ovulatory Phase (usually last 3-4 days) HERE!!
- The Luteal phase (usually lasts 12-16 days)
& then back again to the 1st phase!
So what is the ovulatory phase?
Ovulation begins around day 14 and last 3- 4 days…. Around this time your body will release more cervical mucus, you will experience an increase in sexual desire, and the desire to be more social and take part in your community and connect with friends & family 🙂
Some of the foods that are great for this phase include: quinoa, detoxifying greens, red pepper, nuts, coconut, strawberries & summer produce!
For a larger food list check out the table below & keep reading… 🙂
Lifestyle changes: Connecting with the community is the heart of this phase! Time to have important conversations, heightened communication skills, & feeling your best. You communication skills are heightened which will allow you to convey your thoughts and opinions more clearly, as well as be more receptive to those of others. This is also an ideal time to go on a 1st date, since your communication skills will also make you more magnetic! 😉
This is your most fertile time too, so without you realising this is when you put the most effort into looking and feeling your best in an unconscious effort to attract a mate when ovulating.
Energy levels: Energy at its peak, so you are primed to take on more strenuous exercise such as weight lifting, plyometrics & running. Think, intense exercise, HIIT, cardio.
Exercise: When deciding on which activities is best during this phase, keep two things in mind: HIGH IMPACT WORKOUT & GROUP SETTINGS. Your body can take on strenuous exercise now like running and weightliftingng. You’ll also be yearning to socialize and meet new people, which means group classes for spinning or dancing will be fun and enjoyable.
Food: focus on Raw Juices and Fresh Veggies for a happy cycle! You have plenty of natural energy and your mood is stable because of all the estrogen floating around, so go easy on the carbohydrate and stick to light grains such as quinoa. However you want to make sure your body is metabolising and eliminating the surplus of estrogen efficiently, so fill up on veggies (the fibre will aid elimination) and fruit (high levels of antioxidants).
In regards to SPECIFIC foods you should focus on check out the table above, these foods will keep estrogen-driven symptoms, such as acne & bloating at bay.
So what should you focus on this phase? Enjoying your-self! 🙂 You feel & look amazing, attractive and SEXY! So go & have fun….
Some of the recipes you can check out for this phase (**Focus on: Raw Juices and Fresh Veggies)
- My Green Smoothie Bowl – https://foodi4life.com/2016/10/04/my-green-smoothie-bowl/
- Green Smoothie – https://foodi4life.com/2016/01/07/green-smoothie/
- My 1st Smoothie Bowl – https://foodi4life.com/2016/01/03/my-1st-smoothie-bowl/
- Quinoa & Sauerkraut Salad – https://foodi4life.com/2016/05/26/quinoa-sauerkraut-salad/
- Zucchini Pasta – https://foodi4life.com/2016/01/15/zucchini-pasta/
& here you have it ladies! This is your ovulatory phase… 🙂
Next post I will talk about the luteal phase which is the 4th phase & last before the menstrual phase! Although I am not a fan of that phase (which am sure most of don’t!) I find understanding this phase and eating the RIGHT food helps soo much with my PMS & I only hope that these blog post series helps you too 🙂
Lots of love,