Health By The Moon: What The Lunar Cycles Mean For Your Wellbeing

Bannie Williams

Aug 22, 2021

Moon phases have long been associated with life cycles, energies and patterns of behavior. Each lunar movement represents a different stage of the month and their astrological meanings can be applied to achieving nutritional and health goals. 

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Health By The Moon

Lunar phases change cyclically based on the moon orbiting the earth. This casts various shadows over the moon, producing 4 cycles, each lasting around 7 days. Simplified, moon phases consist of a new moon, waxing moon, full moon and waning moon.

New Moon

The new moon occurs when the moon is positioned between the earth and the sun. A new moon represents new beginnings. A new moon is a time to set fresh nutritional and health goals to follow for the month. This may include decreasing refined sugar consumption, incorporating an extra daily serving of vegetables, or eating less meat. It’s time to embrace new and healthy intentions and let go of old habits.

Waxing Moon

A waxing moon is a transitional moon, in between a new and full moon. A waxing moon may present a number of challenges following a new beginning. A waxing moon is also a time for adjustment and refinement. You may be challenged by your nutritional goals and be struggling to maintain consistency. However, keep focused on the positive changes you are making and be kind to yourself. If you need to re-adjust your goals to make them more achievable, a waxing moon is the ideal time to do so. If you are sailing along with your new health goals, it may be time to up the ante and challenge yourself further. Perhaps shopping for organic produce, pre-preparing lunches, or decreasing weekend alcohol intake.

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Full Moon

A full moon occurs when the moon, earth and sun are all aligned. A full moon suggests that our intentions/goals are set but not fully achieved. Start to think how your current nutritional goals can be implemented into the next moon phase as well as into the future. This could include devising a plan to ensure permanent practice of these new, healthy habits. It may take 6 months for these habits to fully manifest into life, but setting intentions during this time can assist with achieving long- term health goals.

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Waning Moon

A waning moon occurs when the sunlight portion in decreasing. A waning moon is a time to be grateful, as well as a time to release and forgive. It is time to reflect on the success of the past month in relation to achieving your nutritional/health goals. Have you managed to increase your nutrient consumption, or decrease refined, processed sugar intake? Take this time to be grateful for the positive steps that have been accomplished and focus on where it has lead you.

If the changes weren’t as successful as you intended, it is also a time to forgive yourself and release any ill feelings about this. The next phase from a waning moon is a new moon, which brings the opportunity to begin again, or perhaps set new, more challenging goals.

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By Bannie Williams

Bannie Williams is a Nutritionist, former model and the founder of The Healthy Ingredient- a holistic nutritional consultancy based in Melbourne. Having since completed Nutrition and Food Sciences at University, Bannie is a powerhouse in the world of Nutrition. From nutrition writing, to health food recipe development, Bannie is all about holistic living. Bannie is the resident nutritionist for a number of publications including The Carousel and Cleo magazine. Bannie also practices as an Associate Nutritionist through her Melbourne based consultancy. All recipes and images posted on The Healthy Ingredient are Bannie’s delicious, clean creations all individually designed to have a superior nutritional profile.


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