WTF is Lunaception?

If you have never heard of Lunaception, it is the idea that women are most fertile when their cycles align with the moon cycle. Now most women have cycles that are about a month long (28-31 days), so there is a certain amount of intuitive sense to our cycles finding a rhythm within the lunar cycle. After all, our word “month” shares the same root word as “moon” for a reason. But is this really the “best” way to cycle? Is it even worth attempting?

Now I will admit that I have never tried to do the full “Lunaception” method, but I stumbled across it in a web search after noticing that I tended to ovulate around the full moon and menstruate around the new moon. I wanted to see if I was the only one with this pattern. I wasn’t! In fact it’s one of the reasons Rosh Chodesh (the new moon) celebration in Judaism has strong ties to feminity in Judaism. Other new age minded people have begun to create Red Tent ceremonies on the new moon.

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That level of ceremony might be beyond my crunchy-hippie threshold, but I still think it is fascinating. From a scientific stand point it makes sense. Our pineal gland is light sensitive and is the primary player in regulating our daily circadian rhythms. Though it has not been well-researched it is not unreasonable to think that the pineal gland might also help regulate our monthly cycles.

In my personal experience, I can tell that when I am most well my body naturally falls back into this pattern of full moon ovulation and new moon menstruation. For instance, over a year ago when I lost my dad my sleep cycles were jacked. Right afterwards I added insult to injury by flying half-way around the world to India for a service trip. Anxiety plus grief plus jet lag led to months of poor sleep, and even to symptoms of depression (more on that another time). My period also fell out of the lunar pattern during this time. Some months were longer, some shorter than my usual 29 days. I even thought it might be perimenopause! Yet, over the past several months I have been to therapy, and invested in self-care and good sleep hygiene (more on this too), my depression and anxiety have abated. At the same time my cycles have also slowly returned themselves to a regular 29 days with ovulation at the full moon and menstruation at the new moon. I take this as yet another positive sign of my improved health and continued recovery from one of the worst years of my life.

Have you ever tracked your period with the moon cycles? Have you ever done the full lunaception method? What has been your experience? Leave your comments and questions below!

First Attempt at Fasting

If you read my last post you know that I am trying to incorporate fasting into my lifestyle. Since I tend to have a lower appetite during my period, just naturally, I thought that would be a good time to try fasting. It also is a time of hormone reset, both estrogen and progesterone are at their lowest levels at the start of menses.

I discovered intuitively what others have also researched and found true, that appetite drops during menses and peaks during the luteal phase (between ovulation and menses). So it makes sense to me to harness the power of your bodies natural hormone signalling to guide intuitive eating.

To that end I decided to try a fast a couple weeks ago when I was on my period. Unfortunately it happened to fall at a time when I was visiting family so I was not able to do the full 24+ hour fast I had planned. My plan had been to just water fast for at least 24 hours, or until I felt well and truly hungry, whichever was longer. But with visiting family I had to break my fast after only 18 hours of fasting. Still, it was amazingly easy to just not eat during that time. Normally I would have tried to eat something, overriding my body’s natural cues, because I’ve been told for so long that you have to eat or it’ll tank your metabolism, etc.

Though my fast was not as long as I might have liked, it was a proof of concept for me as to the ease of fasting during menses as a woman. So in a couple weeks when it rolls around again I will again attempt a 24+ hour fast while on my period.

Have any of you, male or female, incorporated fasting into your healthy lifestyle? If so, how? Have you found that timing your fasts in any particular way makes them easier?

Share your fasting stories and questions in the comments!

Crunchy Product Review

I am a Crystal convert. No, not crystal meth – but Crystal brand deodorant. I have been on the hunt for a more natural deodorant option for a couple years now. Trying many brands for weeks at a time. Jason brand (whose aloe gel I love) gave me a red rash. Tom’s brand made my BO smell like skunk. Ewww. A homemade recipe involving baking soda, organic corn starch, coconut oil and essential oil worked for a while, but ultimately irritated my underarms as well. So I went back to my sensitive skin formulation of a conventional brand.

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Then at a backyard barbecue the conversation somehow ended up on deodorant options (no, I don’t remember how or why this became our topic of conversation). I shared my complaints with other natural brands I had tried and a friend told me about Crystal. So the next time I was at the store I went and bought some in the roll on form.

Crystal is not an antiperspirant, but a deodorant that uses natural salts to keep your natural sweat from getting too smelly. I love it! Even though I started using it in the summer time, far and away the sweatiest time of year (and a stressful time of year for me at work to boot – stress sweat anyone?), I have yet to get home at the end of the day to overwhelming BO. I am still able to sweat – which I prefer – my body, after all, is not creating sweat for kicks and jollies but because it serves a purpose. It is great to be free to sweat and also comfortable in the knowledge that I’m not malodorous nor clogging my pores or exposing my body to probable carcinogens in conventional brands.

Crunchy Recommended.