Manifesting Photographer Podcast Show Notes

Cycle Syncing and Wedding Hangovers: Using Your Hormones for Optimal Creativity and Productivity

February 20, 2024


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Manifesting Photographer Podcast Show Notes

In today’s world of weddings and entrepreneurship, it’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of long hours and stress. But what if the secret to sustained well-being and creativity lies not in external quick fixes, but in the intricate dance of our hormones? Aleece’s conversation on the Manifesting Photographer podcast sheds light on the importance of syncing our lifestyle with our hormonal ebb and flow, showcasing how functional health can unlock our full potential.

Key Takeaways:

  • The necessity of transitioning from instant gratification to understanding health as a cumulative day-by-day process.
  • The profound impact of our hormonal cycles on creativity, mental health, and overall well-being.
  • Practical steps for aligning lifestyle with hormonal rhythms for improved personal and professional life.

The Culture of Instant Gratification Versus the Cumulative Approach to Health

Our society’s hunger for instant solutions to health problems can often lead to a cycle of short-term fixes rather than long-term wellness. Aleece has lived through this herself, speaking candidly about her journey from severe health deterioration to empowering wellness.

“I spent ten to 15 years getting my body in this particular awful state. I was not going to fix this in six months.”

This quote sets the tone for understanding that true healing comes with time, self-compassion, and an honest look at one’s health habits. It takes dedication and consistency to unravel years of well-intentioned but misaligned health choices. Aleece’s approach emphasizes the importance of patience and the need to gradually rebuild the body’s resilience.

Syncing Creative Work with Hormonal Cycles

For female creatives and entrepreneurs, understanding the menstrual cycle’s phases can be a powerful guide for optimizing productivity and creativity. Aleece educates on the concept of ‘cycle syncing’, illustrating how different phases of the menstrual cycle can influence mood, energy, and mental clarity.

During ovulation, one might feel more extroverted and capable of tackling public speaking, networking, or starting new projects. Conversely, the luteal phase often brings introspection and lower energy levels, suggesting a time for strategic planning and less intensive tasks.

“The ovulation phase is going to be the peak moment of your mindset. You’re going to feel more confident, more magnetic.”

By mapping out these cycles, women can strategically plan their months, aligning demanding tasks with high-energy periods and allowing for rest when energy is naturally lower. This synchronization can lead to improved mental health and efficiency, while reducing the stress and anxiety often associated with imbalance.

Adopting Practical Lifestyle Adjustments for Hormonal Balance

One of the most resonant messages from Aleece is the array of practical daily habits that can significantly affect our hormone balance. From ensuring adequate protein intake to managing stress and consuming certain seeds to support different menstrual phases, these habits are feasible yet profoundly impactful.

For instance, consuming pumpkin seeds during menstruation and sunflower seeds in the luteal phase can provide specific nutrients needed to support hormonal fluctuations naturally. Moreover, getting exposure to sunlight in the morning can help regulate the cortisol awakening response, crucial for starting the day with balanced energy levels.

“Making sure that we are eating a few meals throughout the event, especially in the morning, good breakfast with protein, and we’re just trying to keep our blood sugar stable, which is helping keep our cortisol stable throughout the day.”

This holistic approach to wellness transcends mere diet changes, encompassing a conscious consideration of how we structure our days and nurturing our bodies with the right kind of nourishment and care.

Navigating the intricate web of functional health can often feel daunting, especially when mainstream culture is saturated with the allure of quick fixes. Yet, as Aleece’s insights reveal, the patient journey towards understanding and aligning with our body’s natural rhythms holds the key to a quality of life that is both sustainable and fulfilling. By embracing these rhythms, particularly for female creatives and entrepreneurs, we open up a world of possibilities where our work and well-being thrive in harmony.

About the Guest:

Aleece Rose is an entrepreneur and the CEO and founder of Health Designed, a company that she started with her husband, who is a physician assistant. With a background in the wedding industry, Aleece pivoted towards healing and wellbeing after encountering her own significant health challenges. As a functional practitioner, she now dedicates her time to offering personalized, one-on-one health programs to address clients’ health concerns through functional labs, programs, and supplements.


BREEANNA KAY’S INSTAGRAM:  @breeannakayphotography



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