DATE: August 23, 2017
Many health-conscious women face the problem of keeping the right diet during their period. Food cravings during PMS may make all of your dietary efforts useless. Here are some tips on how to deal with them.
The menstrual period is a necessary physiological function and it is normal for healthy women’s reproductive system. However, it is something that is far from being enjoyable. Women on their period often face unpleasant problems like mood swings, lack of energy, or even pain. And one of these problems, probably not the worst but yet disappointing for health-conscious women, is PMS food cravings.
These cravings for certain foods (unfortunately, completely unhealthy in most cases) may occur some days before the period starts. Most commonly, women crave for high-calorie sweets and salty foods. The first are really bad for those who try to control their weight or blood sugar levels while the latter may result in swelling and additional load on kidneys.
The reasons of mysterious PMS-related food cravings are not clear. They occur in some women while the others are lucky enough to not even know about the existence of such problem. And if you are of the first kind, here are some tips that may be useful:
Your dietary needs during your period are basically the same as they always are. This means that you have no excuses for eating more as you need just the same amount of calories, fats, carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins, minerals, and fiber as during the rest of the month. The only exception is too heavy blood flow — in this case, you should consult your doctor as you may need some extra iron. It is especially relevant for those, who do not like eating meat and other iron-rich products. Also, you may want to eat more fresh fruit for more Vitamin C, as this nutrient makes iron absorption easier.
Here are just some examples of foods with a perfect combination of healthiness and flavor. They are not all low in calories so be careful with portion sizes if you are trying to lose weight. Still, all of them are truly comforting and helpful during PMS cravings:
Remember: increased appetite = extra calories. Your possible food cravings during your period can lead to a huge increase in caloric intake you won’t even notice if you are not careful. Keep track of the foods you eat using a food diary and don’t forget to watch your beverage intake as well.
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