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The Fertility Kitchen and How to Beat Cravings: Emma Cannon

30/06/2013 by Kate 2

I was recently asked by a female member for any tips on how to balance out hormone-related cravings at certain times of the month. I thought about it and realised that my friend and amazing fertility expert, Emma Cannon, writes about this subject so well that the best thing would be to ask her if we could share a few tips from her new book Total Fertility. Emma’s approach to food and how we eat is so wonderfully balanced and healthy, and in the book she lists foods and included recipes for the four different phases of the month. These foods complement the shifts in hormones through the month, from oestrogen boosting foods in the lead up to ovulation to warming foods (helpful for progesterone) in the latter half. Emma also suggests we eat a little more in the second half of the month, so don’t let yourself go hungry as that’s when sugary cravings will hit hard.


Phase 1: During Your Period

Include foods that encourage blood movement and avoid sour (constricting) foods like yoghurt, pickles, oranges and grapefruit.

Good: aubergines, butter, eggs, crab, leeks, onions, peaches, turmeric

Just after your period including nourishing foods such as aduki beans, beef, beetroot, figs, dark leafies and oily fish is a good idea.


Phase 2: Pre-ovultation

Include foods that support the gentle build-up of fluids:

Asparagus, avocado, cheese, eggs, honey, lemon, milk, mango, oysters, pear, pomegranate, pork, seaweed, sesame, spelt


Phase 3: Around Ovulation

Plenty of slow-release energy foods in the morning and eat light in the evening. Drink plenty of green tea.

Almonds, carrots, chicken, coconut, figs, lentils, molasses, oats, quinoa, rice, shiitake mushrooms, squash


Phase 4: Before Your Period

Plenty of warming, healthy comfort foods.

Basil, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, fennel seeds, garlic, ginger, lamb, quinoa, rosemary, thyme, walnuts



A rescue remedy of a tea, it gently balances energy and calms the mind.

Makes a big potful
1.5 litres water
6 dried figs
1 tbsp camomile flowers
1 tsp fennel seeds
zest of an orange, peeled into strips with a veg peeler

Put all the ingredients in a big pan and cover with the water. Bring to the boil and simmer for 20 minutes or so until the liquid has reduced by about a third. Strain, keep warm and sip throughout the day (warm up as needed).

To find out more about Emma’s acupuncture clinic (which from personal experience I can tell you is such a tonic), click here



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3/06/2011 by Kate 0

It’s so easy to let our healthy intentions go to pot when we’re stressed and very busy. A friend of mine got very stressed about work a few weeks ago and found herself devouring a tub of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream one Friday evening as a direct result and a familiar story to so many […]

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Does bread make you fat?

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I adore bread but often feel a slight pang of guilt when I occasionally ditch my usual bowl of porridge in the morning for a slice of toast. Bread is a weird thing – sometimes I can tell within a couple of hours that eating bread makes me feel bloated and even gives me a […]

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Supermarket Sweep

24/09/2010 by Kate 0

There is a fantastic book by Michael Pollen, In Defence of Food which describes the industrialization of food but also suggests how it is becoming easier to find ‘real’ food again, whereas in the 70s and 80s and especially in the United States you couldn’t even find natural yoghurt in the supermarkets. I remember even just a […]

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