This twist on a traditional oatmeal recipe is oat-free making it both gluten and grain-free. It’s also an opportunity for women to use this recipe as “seed cycling” to balance their hormones primarily estrogen in the first 14 days of their cycle (follicular phase) and progesterone days 15 and on (luteal phase), until the end of the cycle.
In order to make this seed “oatmeal” work for you in terms of hormone balancing, just do the following. Days 1 to 14 of your menstruation cycle, omit the sunflower and sesame seeds and days 15 and on, omit the flaxseeds and the pumpkin seeds.
Seed rotation can be used by anyone experiencing symptoms of estrogen dominance including peri-menopausal and menopausal women. For women in this phase of their life, symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, fatigue and mood swings could be helped by seed cycling.
Some symptoms of estrogen dominance include: hair loss and thinning of hair & eyebrows, depression & anxiety, mood swings & irritability, trouble falling sleeping and frequent waking and increased PMS.
Seed cycling will help women experiencing the following symptoms.
- Irregular periods
- Heavy flows
- PMS including mood swings, painful periods, pms headaches, low energy, bloating, etc.
- Breast lumps
- Thyroid Nodules
- Fibrocystic and painful breasts
- Low thyroid issues
- Hair loss and brittle hair
- Weight gain around the hip and thighs
- Water retention