Updated: Jun 6, 2019
For the two days (or more) leading up to my time of the month, I want to eat EVERYTHING in sight, and mostly sugary snacks.
At this point in our cycle, our oestrogen levels are high, and that, combined with progesterone, can cause some serious cravings for foods high in carbohydrates and sugars. This may be because our mood is a little low and sugary snacks increase serotonin “the happy hormone”.
To avoid this constant up-and-down in mood and stay on track with our goals, there’s a few things you can do.
Before your period:
Eat complex carbohydrates such as beans and lentils, sweet potato and pumpkin, whole grains like brown rice and oats. These are high in fibre, which is important to note, as progesterone can cause constipation.
Try some stress management techniques such as massage, yoga, meditation. This can help with mood and energy levels.
Talk to your friends – seek support.
During your period, without a bun in the oven, those hormones drop and prostaglandins rise. Causing tenderness, cramping, headaches, fatigue.
Here’s what you can do to ease the discomfort:
Schedule fewer activities during this time, however, aim to get painful experiences done during menstruation because your pain tolerance levels are higher. #winning
Eat regularly and light, nutritious and easy-to-digest meals.
Aim to replenish your iron levels that you're losing. Foods like red meat, leafy greens, chickpeas, some seafoods.
Avoid spicy foods, greasy foods and sugary treats. Salt can also play a big role in discomfort as it can make you retain even more water.
Drink your water, and calming teas. Less caffeine is better. Alcohol doesn’t help much either.
When it comes to workouts, please see this post I wrote about it.
I hope this helps you! I’ve certainly learnt a lot from researching and writing this blog post.
During high school I had monthly days off school because of cramping, nausea and migraines, so I know what it’s like. But since university, I’ve been on the pill, so my symptoms changed during this time. It'll be interesting to see what happens after I go off the pill.
If you could use any help in this area, give me a shout. But the key thing to remember is to be kind to yourself; be gentle and listen to your body.
You might like to join my facebook group here. And meet some other ladies just like you.