If you are a woman you know the feeling- when it’s that time of the month and there’s cramping, bloating and intense cravings. It’s not good – especially when you are on a weight loss journey and what you crave is bad for you.
This happens because during menstruation, the body is under stress. Stress fuels cortisol production, which stimulates our appetite. Also, PMS can drop our serotonin levels, which makes us seek out processed, salt and sugar filled foods. Unbeknownst to a lot of women, there are a lot of things that you can do to try to beat the cravings and prevent yourself from getting way off track!
1. Maintain magnesium intake- It will help you sleep better, reduces stress and greatly diminishes chocolate cravings. Taking a magnesium supplement regularly has also been shown to help reduce cramps.
2. Make sure to drink a lot of water- We tend to retain water during menstruation so drinking water will help, and the less bloating you have, the better you will feel.
3. Practice stress management- stress is a trigger for emotional eating, and we all know we are VERY emotional during this time of month!
4. Exercise- It may be the last thing you feel like doing, but it is one of the best things you can do. It will get your mind of cravings and can minimize cramps. Gentle yoga is a great idea – check out this link to learn what you should and shouldn’t attempt during this time of the month: https://www.yogapoint.com/yoga-poses/yoga-for-menstruation.htm
5. Avoid sugary foods- It may seem impossible, but the hormonal changes that you experience during this time make your blood sugar unstable which is why you crave sugar. Eating sugar just adds to the fluctuations, which can make you even more irritable. (If that is even possible.)
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