Does that ever happen to you?! What’s up with that?
Well, it sounds like we can blame it on those lovely hormones (as usual). Let’s learn more, shall we?
Estrogen and progesterone make you crave carbs
It’s not all in your head. Your body really DOES crave carbs around your period. It’s the changes in progesterone and estrogen that trigger the biggest changes in your body during this time, and with that hormonal swing comes an intense craving for high carb foods and sweets.
But junk food can also make you feel better
You know how you’re suddenly alllll in your feelings before your period? Again, that’s your hormones.
But junk food like refined carbs and chocolate literally fix your feelings (at least temporarily).
When you eat these foods, your brain releases serotonin, which is a neurotransmitter that makes you feel happy. Your brain remembers how much better that ice cream made you feel, and you crave it next time you’re feeling sad or stressed.
How to indulge without feeling blah
So is it okay to indulge when a period craving strikes?
Your body might be craving that food for a specific reason, and if you try to resist you might end up bingeing on it later. Or, you’ll graze all day on other foods trying to satisfy the craving.
However, I know that my body will react if I eat the foods I usually crave like ice cream, cereal or pizza. Sooo how do we indulge without feeling bloated and miserable later?
First, I try to find a healthier alternative for what I’m craving. For example, if I’m craving ice cream, I go for a dairy-free option with less sugar. If I’m craving pizza, I go for cauliflower crust with some veggie toppings.
But I know in real life, those things don’t always cut it. There are times when I need the real thing, so I eat it! I just don’t overdo it. A small serving will cure my cravings, without any regrets later.
So here’s the takeaway:
Cravings before or during your period are NORMAL. Indulging a little to satisfy your cravings is NORMAL. It doesn’t mean you lack self-control, or that you have to “punish” yourself with less food or more exercise the next day. Indulging in a craving is just listening to your body! But the trick is to find ways to eat the foods you crave without overdoing it.
Tell me about some foods that you just can’t resist during your period!