Swelling up to the size of an elephant, having mood swings and experience heads aches are some of the downsides of having your “lady week”. But the worst part is without doubt the insane cravings for food.
Craving sugary and fatty foods before and during your period is totally normal. Believe me when I say you’re not the only one. I usually love to drown my “sorrows” during that week in chocolate and all sorts of unhealthy foods and seeing the inside of a gym is the last thing on my mind. But why is that?
The answer is simple; Your hormones are to blame! During this time the stress hormone cortisol spikes, and the feel-good hormone serotine dips. We want to feel happy and relax and therefore our body craves sugar and fat, to boost your level of serotonin. Unfortunately, it’s a short lasting pleasure.
So, what can be done to avoid reaching for that cookie jar one or two times too many and reduce the pain that comes for a visit every third week?
The last thing you want to do, I know, but bear with me. Exercise is just what you need to help boost your mood and reduce your PMS symptoms, so give it a try. And if your cramps are too painful, try going for a walk instead.
Yoga is also a great way to ease the pain. It boosts circulation, which can relieve fluid buildup that causes bloating and the deep breathing also increases oxygen flow to tissues, decreasing the discomfort by cramps.
This time of month, the body requires a lot of energy. Don’t just pop a pain killer and continute in the same stressful pace. Try to take the time to do something for you, like lying down with a good book, go for a walk in the fresh air or taking a long bath. In other words, find a way to relax and take care of both your body and soul.
Yes, sometimes the best thing is to just say “f*ck it” and give in! Having your period can be torture enough, so why make it worse? Have that cookie, just try to remember to keep some sort of balance.
Lastly, I would just like to wish you good luck, and remember; you’re not alone!
By: Henriette Danielsen / Photo cred