The Best and Worst Fats for Women’s Hormone Health

The inspiration for writing this post has come from my post-grad nutrition and metabolism subject last semester at university, even though I complained quite a lot about the general structure

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Turmeric for period pain, endometriosis and estrogen dominance plus White Chocolate Turmeric Latte with DHOW

Turmeric has gained very wide popularity in recent years and for good reason. It is a powerful anti-inflammatory that has been shown to be similarly effective with some painkillers in

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How Healthy is Tofu?

How Healthy Is Tofu? We all know that going plant-based is healthy, but how healthy is one of the most popular vegan proteins: tofu. When unpacking the health benefits of

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Baobab Fruit Powder for Natural PMS Relief with Vegan Peanut Butter Raspberry Boabab Cheesecake Slice

What is baobab powder? Baobab powder is the powder of the baobab fruit that grows in the baobab tree. Traditionally all parts of the baobab tree and fruit can be

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Dietary Fat Consumption and Women’s Hormones

As I started to research into the hormone space a few years ago, it became clear to me that many hormone experts, who I love and have learned a lot

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How to Eat Plant-based for the Menstrual Cycle: Luteal Phase

After ovulation, the ovary begins to secrete progesterone. The luteal phase is a progesterone dominant phase. During this phase, appetite increases quite noticeably. Studies have shown it is completely normal

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How To Eat Plant-Based for the Menstrual Cycle: Ovulatory Phase

The ovulatory phase is only a short phase lasting about 3 days when hormones are at their highest. During this time, a distinct switch happens. Estrogen reaches its peak before

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How to Eat Plant-Based for your Cycle: Follicular Phase

To recap, the follicular phase is the first part of the menstrual cycle starting on day one which is the first day of the period and leading up to ovulation.

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What I eat in a day: Menstrual Phase

As a follow up from my previous post about how to eat plant-based for the menstrual phase https://hazelandcacao.com/how-to-eat-plant-based-for-your-cycle-menstrual-phase/ I thought it would be nice to share some of the meals

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How to Eat Plant-Based for your cycle: Menstrual Phase

Although I’ve known my health issues were hormonal right from the beginning, I never gave “eating for my cycle” much thought until recently. I always thought the idea was not

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Understanding the Menstrual Cycle

As I dive deeper into the hormone space, I want to write more and more articles around hormone health and balancing,  but it is hard to do so when there

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The Best Plant-based Foods to Help with Period Pain

This is a follow-up post on my period pain blog post that goes into a lot more detail about some of the root causes of period pain. You can find

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Getting to the Root Cause of Period Pain

Falling pregnant with my baby boy marked the end of my journey with painful periods. I was one of the lucky women who’s period pain simply didn’t return after birth.

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How Phytoestrogens Affect Women’s Hormones

My research into phytoestrogens and how they affect hormones started many many years ago and the very beginning of my health journey over ten years ago. At that stage, I

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What I Eat in a Day in my Follicular Phase. Plant-Based eating for Estrogen

I have been meaning to do a what I eat in a day for my hormones post for a long time. Truth be told I have not spent a lot

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The Best Plant Based Foods for Low Estrogen

but when it comes to raising low estrogen for women in reproductive years (not postmenopausal women) they can only help once the root cause of low estrogen is addressed. In most cases the root cause involves; not eating enough, exercising too much and excessive stress. Addressing these issues is what brings about real change, and only after these problems are rectified is it ok to lean on these foods for extra support.

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How I Raised my Low Estrogen Levels Naturally

This article is written for young women of reproductive age, not women in peri menopause. I was in my early 20s when I was struggling with severely low estrogen, the

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The Best Plant-based Foods for Low Progesterone

Progesterone is a very important hormone in women’s health. It is produced by the ovaries (in the corpus luteum) after ovulation ( in the luteal phase) and is responsible for

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How I learned to eat enough for my hormones on a plant based diet

When I was 14 years old, a little while after I got my first period I had a blood test that revealed I was mildly low in iron. Looking back

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Why I went plant based for my hormones

I had a close friend that was diagnosed with PCOS in her late twenties. She would get only one period a year ever since she was 16. She had been

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