It’s the first day of spring. Doesn’t hearing the word “spring” feel magical. A time of renewal and beginning. Where bleeding is worth celebrating.
Wait! Bleeding is whaaaaaaaaaat?
Yep, it’s true. Periods ARE ALSO like new beginnings. Renewal. Time to start again. Another cycle begins. And so it goes… Here we can celebrate bleeding…
Spring is REALLY like the start of a really great period. (Flowers are blooming, trees are blossoming, the world comes out of its shell, and everyone starts banging like rabbits.)
Instead of the loss and letting go of fall and winter… This is when food tastes really oh so good, as our taste buds change to welcome in bitter greens and underripe berries and fresh sprouts. Doesn’t spring taste like possibility?
I want you, as a woman, to feel that way about bleeding every month. As CRAZY as that sounds right now.
I thought this was a great place to begin my new period series: Red Dot Diaries. The beginning of spring — to mark the end of a sentence. But the Red Dot Diaries aren’t REALLY about the ends of a sentence. They’re about that in between place — between a cycle ending and a cycle beginning. They’re LIKE SPRING!!!!!!!
Let’s make lemons into lemonade. Or blood into…I don’t know…art?
What brought this on? Oh…well, it occurred to me that I’ve now had my period for over thirty years. A quarter of the last thirty years has been spent bleeding (to some degree). Oh my god. That’s incredible. That’s seven and a half years in total.
So as I thought about that, it also occurred to me that for something women do almost a quarter of the time, and more than a quarter of their life in total, it simply isn’t talked about.
Why is that? Is it because the other half of the world’s population doesn’t do it? Is it because there is some kind of shame associated with vaginas and/or blood and/or fertility and/or pain and/or this powerful, monthly cleansing experience?
Is it because we are no longer sent to a hut for a few days to bleed on a piece of moss. (I swear to god my mother told me that. And it sounded VERY romantic…until I actually started bleeding for the first time.)
We are wicked women warriors. Yeah! But instead of “battling through” every month, I want to focus on ways to celebrate this (let’s face it…) HUGE part of our lives. Let’s take this crazy experience and have it empower us (instead of us hiding in our huts of moss mounds — thanks for that image mom). Let’s find a way to celebrate, laugh, cry and all of it…in this safe and hopefully hilarious space. And let’s eat amazing heaps of food and share incredibly awesome recipes that are going to make us really, really happy WHILE we bleed like mad.
Celebrate Bleeding! Embrace the blood. Why not?!
There is nutrition in all of this…
Here is a recipe that I think PERFECTLY works to start our Period Series: the Red Dot Diaries. It’s an awesome red colour, it can be drank warm because this first spring day is still kind of chilly, it’s warming when you have your period (which feels nice) — but can be drank chilled when it’s warm out… And it’s one of my fave recipes on the upcoming Spring Dump (coming in May).
Best Bloody BEET SOUP
This soup is so sweet, you could also drink it like a smoothie. (Why not?!)
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp *fennel seed, crushed a little (sub in sauteed fennel bulb if you prefer)
1 small onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp sea salt
3 – 5 medium beets, peeled, chopped
1 organic apple, peeled, chopped
3 – 4 cups bone broth or vegetable broth
chives, coconut cream or yogurt, for serving
Heat olive oil over medium heat.
Add fennel seed, onion, garlic, salt. Saute gently about 8 minutes. Add beets, apple and broth.
Simmer until beets are soft, 30 minutes or so.
Process in blender until smooth. Top with chives and coconut cream.