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My cycle routine is a series of intimate interviews with prominent female leaders to form a new  dialogue around our menstrual cycle. We’re all different and we all have different routines or ways to deal - by sharing these stories, we hope to empower people with periods to better understand their cycle and learn how to work with their cycle, not against it.

Today we chat with Nikki Gonda of Moonbox - the go-to destination cycle education, empowering women to take control of their cycle naturally so they can be the happiest, healthiest & most confident version of themselves.  

Name: Nikki Gonda
Day job: Nutritionist, Educator, Founder of Moonbox
Location: Bali 

Do you remember the first time you got your period?🩸

Yes - I’ll never forget it. I was at school, 16 years old, the last girl in my friendship group to get my period and I was SO embarrassed, whilst all my friends were running around me cheering. I was also petrified to go home and tell my mum. When I finally got the courage, she handed me a pack of tampons, and I put the first one in with the plastic on it, HA! Had no idea how they worked. 

What's your period routine in a nutshell?

My period routine doesn’t change much from my everyday Cycle-Routine throughout the month. I always ensure I complete my daily cycle-care routine, so I am nourishing my hormones everyday, not just the days I’m menstruating. This is the biggest factor when it comes to preventing PMS and Cramps - its how we support our bodies on the days outside of our period that really impacts how we experience our periods! 

My daily Cycle-Care Routine looks like spraying Moonboost on my tummy every morning whilst I am brushing my teeth, so I am getting my daily dose of magnesium, which is what I like to call the ‘magic period mineral’. I then take myself on a daily walk to soak up some sunshine and support my body's production of Vitamin D which is essential for hormone production. I then come home and make myself a wholesome breakfast, including protein and fats and ALWAYS sprinkle a healthy dose of Earth Seeds for extra omega 3’s! I then sit down for work alongside a warm cup of Luna’s Gold which is an anti-inflammatory superfood elixir designed to prevent PMS and Cramps.

The days I’m on my period I really prioritise rest & rejuvenation. I wear my Scarlet Period Undies (which are a total game-changer), soak in long magnesium salt baths, and schedule any important meetings or social events for after my menstrual phase.

What does self-care look like throughout your cycle?

Yes! I am a huge self-care advocate. I make sure to start my day with a Cycle Check-In, where I take note of where I am in my cycle and how I’m feeling emotionally, physically and energetically. I then plan my day around how I can best support myself with how Im feeling! That’s the biggest form of self-care I do for myself. Another non-negotiable form of self care for me every day is meditation.  It keeps me calm and grounded – something that can be a struggle as a business owner! Anything to support my nervous system I will prioritise - quality sleep, daily movement, sunshine & connecting with loved ones.

Tell us about the relationship with your period? What was it like? When did it start to make more sense?

I used to have a terrible relationship with my cycle.  I struggled for years during my teens and early twenties, from cramps to uncontrollable mood swings, PMS, heavy periods, missing periods, acne, anxiety, sore breasts…you name it – I experienced it. It was only when I decided to come off the pill that I made the connection between my ill health and the pill. This epiphany led me to begin my 4-year degree in Nutritional Health science! Over that time I discovered the powerful impact food and lifestyle have over our hormones and menstrual health. After making shifts in my own life I was able to bring my body back to health, repair my thyroid, heal my gut and experience periods without the pain and PMS! All without pills and birth control!

What about period's and beauty?

It’s super important to me to use clean beauty brands that include natural ingredients and aren’t filled with endocrine disruptors (chemicals known as xenoestrogens) that can create hormonal imbalances in the body. My favourite natural beauty brand is Edible beauty for skincare, and Ere Perez for makeup, they’re amazing high quality products.

Does your cycle ever get in the way of relationships?

I am super grateful to have my incredible partner in the business with me, which means he is very clued up on all things hormones!  Having said that, communication is key. I always ensure I let him know when I am on my period so that he understands why I might be more reclusive or want to spend more time alone.  He understands the different phases of the cycle, so when my moods, confidence, emotions and energy shift, it’s not a shock to him, and he supports those fluctuations.

How do you manage your period and work?

Working on my business based on the hormonal changes throughout my menstrual cycle has changed my LIFE. I’m talking more productivity, alignment & success V.S stress, overwhelm & burn out. I used to work following the societal structured 9-5 lifestyle, hustling day in & day out, placing unrealistic expectations on myself to show up with the same level of motivation & energy Every.Single.Day.

I now run my business in sync with my cycle! For example, if I need to do a lot of filming, either for my courses, YouTube or Instagram, then I will film when I am ovulating as my energy is naturally higher and Im feeling more confident!  If I need to do deep work that requires focus and a lot of writing, then I will complete big chunks of this when in my luteal phase.  I feel more empowered & in control when I utilize my cyclical female energy to create more productivity, flow & success in my biz & LIFE.

What tips would you give your teenage self?

1) Cycle Tracking would be an amazing way to begin connecting your cycle and understanding what a regular cycle looks like for you

2) Understanding that hormone healthy habits needs to be prioritized every day, not just on the days you bleed. Consistency is everything!

3) Understanding that the pill does not balance your hormones. Lifestyle and Nutrition does!

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