FOLLICULAR

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FOLLICULAR PHASE

The follicular phase immediately follows menstruation (days 1-13) when the pituitary gland releases FSH (follicle stimulating hormone), stimulating the follicles in your ovaries to mature. Estrogen and testosterone start to rise, and many women may experience a boost in energy levels accompanied by improved mood and brain function. 

From a nourishment aspect, incorporating warm soups and stews, iron-rich vegetables and organic animal protein (if eating animal protein) supports this phase as the body prepares for ovulation. 


SOURCES OF NOURISHMENT DURING THE FOLLICULAR PHASE:

GRAINS: barley, oat

VEGETABLES: broccoli, carrot, parsley, zucchini

FRUITS: avocado, grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange, plum, pomegranate, cherry

LEGUMES: green lentils, lima bean, mung bean, split pea

NUTS & SEEDS: brazil, cashew, pumpkin, flax

ANIMAL-BASED PROTEIN: chicken, eggs


BOKETTO PANTRY STAPLES & SUPPORTIVE HERBS:

Anima Mundi Herbals Qi Protein

Dr. Cowan’s Threefold Vegetable Blend Powder


RECIPE IDEAS & INSPIRATION:

MORNING

• Savory gluten free oatmeal with eggs & avocado

• Simple egg & vegetable scrambles with sauerkraut

• Sunshine lentil bowls with egg & lentils (omit potato)

• Gluten free & vegan carrot muffins with pumpkin & flax seeds

 

AFTERNOON & EVENING

• Chicken & Vegetable stir fry (with broccoli, carrots, zucchini, parsley)

• Ayurvedic Kitchari with mung beans

• Split pea / lentil soups

• Vegan Zucchini Lasagna with Basil Cashew Cheese

 

IN-BETWEEN MOMENTS

• Simple nut & seed trail mix (incorporating nuts + seeds mentioned above)

• Hormone Balancing Nut Butter Bark

• Pumpkin Butter Slice (use raw cacao powder instead of dark chocolate and swap greens powder for supportive herbs)

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