The Mediterranean diet has long been considered a heart-healthy diet, and for good reason. It’s a diet that fills you up with produce, whole grains and lean protein, while keeping processed foods and sugar, along with red meat to a minimum. However, a new study has just been published showing that a vegetarian diet can be just as beneficial to your heart as a Mediterranean diet.
In our first post, “Are you eating the right foods to support your cycle?”, we discussed your body’s dietary needs during the first two phases of your menstrual cycle. Before we move on to the last two phases, let’s briefly recap the four stages:
- Menstruation: This phase marks the beginning of your cycle and it’s when you have your period.
- The follicular phase: Here, your ovarian follicles start to mature your eggs, one of which will eventually make its way into the uterus during ovulation.
- Ovulation: The shortest phase in your cycle, ovulation lasts from 12 to 24 hours. In ovulation, one egg makes it’s way from the ovarian follicle into your uterus.
- The luteal phase: The final stage of your cycle sees a shift in hormones, which can lead to mood swings and PMS symptoms.
In our first installment, we discussed top food choices for menstruation and the follicular phase. Now, let’s explore the best foods to support your body’s ovulation and luteal phase.