Hell hath no fury like a hangry woman on her period. Period food cravings drive us crazy. The insatiable hunger we have, during our period, is caused by the ebb and flow of our hormones.
Eating all the junk food we possibly can may feel good while we’re scoffing away, but does it actually help our periods? Here are the most beneficial foods to eat while on the blob and the foods you should definitely avoid.
Yes, you can eat chocolate while on your period!
We aren’t talking about Dairy Milk, unfortunately. Many women experience a dip in their magnesium levels while menstruating. Dark chocolate is a great food to eat during your period due to the high magnesium content. The higher the cocoa percentage, the better. Dark chocolate has also been proven to help the brain produce serotonin or ‘the happy hormone’. This will help alleviate all-consuming cravings as well as rollercoaster swings.
Eat like goldilocks and crack out the porridge.
Oats are a great food to eat while on your period. This food is full of fibre which is aids heart health and also pesky mood swings. Tracy Lockwood Beckerman, RD, author of The Better Period Food Solution, told Refinery29 that oats are rich in B1 or thiamin, “ thiamin-rich foods break down carbohydrates in the body, so more mood-boosting neurotransmitters become available in the brain. This process can help combat PMS-related moodiness and anxiety”. Make yourself some overnight oats with some dark chocolate and your gut will be ready to kick your period’s butt.
Increase your amount of fresh fruit.
Fresh fruit is full of nutritious goodness for your period. Fruit is full of natural sugars to soothe those sugar cravings. Juicy fruits, like watermelon combat bloating because of the high water content. They also contain nutrients, such as B6, which can ease irritability and a bloated belly. Bananas, like dark chocolate, contain a considerable amount of magnesium as well as potassium. Alongside unrelenting hunger, many women may have irregular digestion during shark week. Eating bananas can help your tummy regulate digestion. Citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons and limes contain both calcium and vitamin D which have been known to combat PMS symptoms.
Soooo here is the bad news…
Stay away from caffeinated drinks
Coffee, tea and fizzy drinks all contain caffeine. Caffeine restricts blood flow to those cramping areas which causes your body to produce more prostaglandins the hormone which induces cramps. The artificial sugars in fizzy drinks also make your body retain water, leaving you feeling even more bloated and yucky.
In fact, pretty much stay away from all junk food