We all know that we get cravings on our period… sweet, salty, delicious… no matter what it is your hormones scream, “I want it and I want it NOW!”
What you may not know is the food you eat actually can have a huge impact on how you feel during your period! Some foods make you feel extra bloated and crampy, while other foods hydrate you and cause you to feel extra energized!
If you’re ready to experience a not-so-bloated feelin’ good menstrual week… keep reading because we’re about to share some secrets with you, and you’re going to love them!
#1 (best first!) Dark Chocolate
If this sounds too good to be true… it’s not! Treat yourself to a huge bar of dark chocolate during your period week because it gives you an energy boost due to its high magnesium content without causing you to crash from an excess of sugar!
Tumeric is a very bright spice with a great taste! Plus… tumeric is fantastic for decreasing inflammation so sprinkle a little in your scrambled eggs, vegetable stir fry, or whatever your hormonal cravings decide you want during your next period!
Heap the guacamole on your burritos this week because avocados are packed with magnesium which could reduce some of your menstrual pain! Talk about a win-win!
Blueberries, besides being one of Robert Downing Jr.’s favorite snacks, are a fantastic choice during your period because they are high in antioxidants! Just add them to a little greek yogurt or sprinkle them on some (whole grain) cereal to have a perfect, healthy breakfast!
Tuna is a great lean protein choice during your period because it is high in Vitamin D and contains Omega-3 fatty acids, both of which can lower inflamation and we all know we need some of that on those first few days of our cycles!
One of the best period menu advice tips we can give you is this… listen to your body. If you find yourself feeling bloated or drowsy after eating certain foods, try to avoid those on your heavy days, even if they are somewhere in a healthy ring of the “MyPlate” food circle. (Speaking of which, does anyone miss the good old “food pyramid?)
If you load your plate with a variety of brightly colored (fresh – fruit loops don’t count) foods, you should be good to go.
What are your favorite foods to eat on your period and why?