A balanced diet
Eating raw fruit, lots of vegetables, protein and dairy improves your health, keeps your weight stable and helps your body to function as it should. When you’re healthy and not stressed, your body will ovulate regularly and this is evident when your periods are regular.
GIVE YOUR BODY WHAT IT NEEDS
Eat healthy – not only when you have a period:
- Baked or grilled fish, chicken breasts and meat for protein
- Colourful fruits and vegetables to up your vitamin and mineral intake
- Whole grains like brown rice, barley, corn, rye bread or oats for roughage and carbs
- Calcium-rich foods like dairy and green leafy vegetables.
- Supplements can help with headaches, cramping, feeling tired and depression – but only take these while you are having a period. Too much calcium is also not good for you.
- Iron-rich food like meat, spinach, leafy greens, tofu, and iron-enriched breakfast cereals
- Complex carbs with a bit of fat such as whole grain bread with peanut butter
You could also consider taking a multivitamin supplement to up your iron and amino acid intake. Remember to wash it all down with plenty of water. Your body will thank you!
BUT WHAT ABOUT THE CRAVINGS?
Blame it on the hormones! Studies have shown that your appetite changes quite a bit before the start of your period. This has to do with a sudden drop in progesterone and serotonin. Your metabolism is also working a little faster around this time, so you’ll be feeling more hungry than usual, and those food cravings will start to kick in.
As for your morning coffee – too much caffeine has been linked to breast tenderness, painful periods, difficulty sleeping and irritability/anxiety. So, if you experience any of these issues around your period, coffee, coke and chocolate might not be your friend. Otherwise, go for it!
That being said, it’s okay to indulge in a few cravings. Sugary or salty treats are yummy and, when eaten in moderation, they are fine – but be smart and don’t overdo it.