I am assuming I am not the only person who feels like eating healthfully seems like a major test of willpower. When it is that time of the month, my mood swings have the entire family on their toes and when the stomach cramps start, I hit the “off” button for the day. Now that you have the picture, along with all of this, I am a sucker for comfort food, with my cravings being in overdrive I have to be smart with my food choices.
So here are a few foods which your body would actually benefit from.
- Leafy greens
This probably the last thing that you feel like shoving your face with when you open the fridge, but leafy greens like spinach and kale are extremely important because they contain iron which is something that you lose when you’re menstruating.
When your PMS kicks in and your craving are taking over, yogurt is the perfect go-to snack. Yogurt is a source of calcium which can help to reduce PMS and relax your muscle.
Salmon is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, this will help to soothe cramps. If you don’t like fish, reach for walnuts or avocados which are also full of Omega-3’s.
- Dark Chocolate
Every time I get my period I get excited because I know that I can eat dark chocolate, completely guilt free. Before you get too excited, this is not a chocolate cake or a double layer milk chocolate, look for a dark chocolate that has the highest percentage of cacao and if possible, do not devour the entire slab in one day, soothe the cravings and have a few blocks.
- Whole Grains
Does it feel like even the smallest things are so irritating you could just crawl out of your skin? Complex carbohydrates can help alleviate your short temper. these boost serotonin, the feel-good hormone.
A few things to keep in mind:
- Snack smart
- Get enough iron
- Beat the bloat, get your fibre in.
- Don’t forget about Vitamin D, get your energy levels up.
- Keeping your pelvic muscles relaxed can help your reduce the pain and spasms.
- Rest, slow things down.
Now that you have a few extra tools to feel more in control during menstruation, listen to your body, when it wants chocolate, give it chocolate. When you need sleep, take a nap. When you don’t want to exercise, do pelvic curls.