How to fill your buddha belly on this Hunter Moon (Hint: its super grounding)
Sometimes getting into sync with La Luna can be challenging, but we all know synchronicity is no easy feat. When you know, you know. Im so happy to have Allison Walton, of And Be well, featured on this months full moon post. This bad bitch is a force to be reckoned with + lays it down clear and simple when choosing your full moon weekend meal plan.
This Sunday, a Full Super Moon will rise in Aries. It's that time of the month when we brace ourselves and prepare to feed the beasts. Beasts being our hormones that become ravenous for extra deep nourishment when La Luna is at her fullest.
As women, it's important to deepen our understanding of how our bodies work in conjunction with the moon, especially as it relates to our menstrual cycle. When we're in sync with the moon phases, we'll start our period with the onset of a new moon. Shedding, releasing, bleeding. That means that ovulation occurs during or near the full moon, when we're at our fullest (physically and emotionally).
If you think about the power of the moon's gravitational pull on the tides, imagine what that does to our bodies. In comes the excess water retention and feelings of heaviness and bloat.
Once you think about it, it truly does begin to make sense:
Follicular Phase // Waning Moon
Ovulatory Phase // Full Moon
Luteal Phase // Waxing Moon
Menstrual Phase // New Moon
As a cancer, the moon rules me and catches me by storm when she's in full force, so I have to be extra mindful about how I treat my body as well as what I put in it during that time. It's certainly not a time to fast, but to deeply nourish by increasing my caloric intake from foods that are full of essential vitamins + nutrients. That form of nourishment directly impacts the health of our hormones, levels of estrogen vs. progesterone and the ease or discomfort that we'll experience during the second half of our cycle leading up to our period (and the new moon).
I struggle during full moons and this phase in my cycle. It brings up discomfort and insecurities about my body. I feel extremely bloated and my boobs balloon. Everything feels tight and snug and it makes me feel defeated. I know that so many of you can relate. But those symptoms are important pieces of information that we can use to better nurture and prepare ourselves for the shedding and releasing to come.
I was recently advised to read Woman Code by Alisa Vitti. And I'll tell you, there is powerful information deep in those pages about our hormones, including a full discussion on optimal foods to eat during each phase of our cycle, re: moon phases. I suggest every woman snag a copy, but here's to sharing the secrets with you as we approach this full moon on Sunday.
OPTIMAL OVULATORY, FULL MOON FOODS:
GRAINS | Amaranth and Quinoa.
Try this Pine Pollen Quinoa Salad that's rich in vitamins, minerals and amino acids.
VEGETABLES | Asparagus, brussels sprouts, chard, dandelion, spinach, tomato.
Asparagus is a natural diuretic, helping to rid our bodies of excess water retention. And who doesn't love some crispy brussels sprout this time of year, especially in a delicious Nourish Bowl.
FRUITS | Figs, Persimmons, Raspberries, Strawberries
Top this Chai Teff Porridge with some fresh persimmon or figs to keep your breakfast belly happy.
NUTS | Almond, Pecan, Pistachio
Make homemade nut butters, and lots of it. Slather on everything. Repeat.
FISH | Salmon
If this is your kind of thing, bake with a heaping spoonful of ghee butter and toss over a bed of fresh spinach, chard and dandelion greens.
Further support your ovulatory phase (and hormones in general) by significantly reducing your alcohol and caffeine intake. Remember, we're already retaining water and these only add to the bloat. Instead, drink more water and herbal concoctions like golden milk lattes to flush the system.
Now go embrace that full moon buddha belly!