If you’ve been following FLO Living, you know that eating and exercising in sync with your cycle is the key to getting rid of period problems and achieving the body and the life you want. (If you’re new to FLO Living, I’m so excited you’re here!). But did you know that you can align your life with your cycle in ways that extend beyond food and exercise—and when you do, you will:
- Look and feel better
- Improve body composition
- Experience fewer period problems, problems like bloating, acne, PMS, cramps, and heavy or irregular periods
- Help optimize fertility
- Help ease symptoms of PCOS and endometriosis
- Enjoy greater productivity at work and in life
- Have an easier time achieving work-life balance
- Feel more connection and support in your romantic relationships
- Have more energy
I developed The Cycle Syncing® Method over a decade ago to help women live in line with their natural, 28-day hormone cycle. Practicing The Cycle Syncing® Method changes everything. I know, I know...that sounds like a fantasy. It’s not. When you work with your body and your natural 28-day hormone cycle, rather than against it, you will notice benefits in every aspect of your life.
If you’ve tried different eating plans, exercise routines, time management programs, and other strategies for successful living and NOT gotten the results you want, I hope you’ll try this intuitive, simple, and profoundly effective practice. Now you might be thinking, “Engaging in phase-based self care… What does that even mean?” Or, “Shift my whole life to match my cycle? That sounds like a full-time job!” But the practice is straightforward, the changes simple and intuitive, and the rewards profound.
Keep reading for a closer look at what it means to put The Cycle Syncing® Method into practice in every area of your life.
What Does it Mean to Sync With Your Cycle?
Good question. On the surface it sounds like something really technical and complicated, guaranteed to take up time and effort. In practice, however, The Cycle Syncing® Method is simple. To sync with your cycle—or, as I call it in practice, to engage in phase-based self-care—is simply to know which of the four phases of your 28-day menstrual cycle you are in at any given moment and then tailor your food, movement, relationship, work, and lifestyle choices to your unique strengths, weakness, and needs during that phase. That might sound like a lot of adapting and changing, week after week. But once you start tracking your cycle and getting an embodied sense of what each phase looks and feels like in your body, the tweaks you’ll make to your food, movement, and life will become intuitive. Once you get the hang of it, phase-based self-care feels so natural that you won’t believe that there was a time when you didn’t engage in it.
Food and movement are two key components of syncing with your cycle, but they aren’t the only ones. You can bring this practice to every area of your life and experience even greater results. Starting this week, I’m opening the doors to a program to help you do just that. It’s called Flo28 and it’s designed to revolutionize your relationship with fitness, nutrition, and time management. Flo28 will help you simplify the phase-based self care, support you in the process, and allow you to achieve optimal health and happiness. But I don’t want you to have to wait to get started. Here’s a peek at what it looks like to engage in phase-based self care in all aspects of your life—and what you can expect when you do.
These are the topics and strategies that we will focus on in Flo28:
When it comes to food, phase-based self care is all about what to eat during each week of your cycle to best support your brain and body. If you’ve ever noticed that you’re hungrier during certain weeks of the month or that you tend to buy more food (in particular more sugary food) during those times, you’ve felt your body’s shifting nutrition needs. You already know, on a deep cellular level, that your body and brain will run their best when you eat the key micronutrients and essential macronutrients you need during each phase. Start matching your food to your hormone phase right away with my four-week food challenge. Do a deep dive into eating for your cycle with Flo28. (And if even the idea of tracking your cycle is new to you, use the MyFLO app to track your natural hormone shifts.)
When you tailor your exercise to your 28-day hormone cycle, you will get more of the results you want with less effort. That’s because doing intense workouts in some phases of your cycle will work with your reproductive hormones—and doing high intensity workouts in other phases works against them. In other words, high-intensity training at the wrong time each month will sabotage your weight loss and body composition efforts. Stop shooting yourself in the (exercise) foot. Start syncing your exercise routine with your cycle for more results, faster, and with less effort.
As women, we will excel at different tasks and responsibilities at different times of the month at work (and with life logistics) because of our shifting hormones. Now let me be clear, this does NOT mean we are less capable than men. Far, FAR, from it. It simply means we are primed to be even better at certain things at specific times each month. We’ll be better at communication certain weeks, for example, and better at detail-oriented tasks other weeks. What this means is that you can use your hormone cycle to consistently bring out your strengths at work, experience greater success at work, and achieve greater work-life balance.
Turns out you’re not supposed to be in the mood all the time! It’s normal to feel peaks and dips with desire and that’s ok and healthy. The challenge is that when we’re hormonally imbalanced, we can start to experience consistent lower libido. When you start to eat, move, and live according to your unique hormonal needs each week, you can experience a profound and positive shift in your hormonal symptoms, including low libido. I consider syncing with your cycle the first, best thing you can do to balance your hormones and bring your sex life back to life.
You can leverage your strengths during each phase of your cycle to improve communication and connection in your primary relationship. The Cycle Syncing Method™ can help you reduce relationship tension, decrease fights, and make communication easier.
Manifesting your dreams.
Yep, syncing with your cycle and engaging in phase-based self care can even help you manifest your dreams. Our bodies move rhythmically through a creation cycle 12 times each year—and, knowing that, we can harness “new year/new you” energy all year long to achieve even more of our dreams.