Every girl’s dream is to eat without getting fat! Yes, they wish to eat everything without gaining nothing to their weight. To maintain themselves best they often try to avoid such food cravings. But, such food cravings ascend high during the time of menstrual cycle. Such cravings are really different from the cravings of others days. According to the certified dietician-nutritionist Justine Roth, ” During your period, your body is going through physiological changes, Your hormones are out of whack, causing you to crave certain nutrients.” Suzanne Fenske, M.D., assistant professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive Science says that one can blame the EOPs, amino acid bonds that are always present in a body. During this certain times, there are more active EOPs which cause the more cravings. She says the normal cravings during menstruation are definitely salty foods like potato chips or chocolate. Actually, all these hormonal changes would crave foods such as — sugar, fat, carbs, all that good stuff for what women will feel better.These cravings are actually nothing but quenching those neurochemicals and hormones. In the long run, it’s not good, but during that moment, one must feel better. There remains another chemical reason behind all these occurrences. In this certain period, carbohydrates can increase serotonin release, and protein intake slows down those effects. This is why one wants pizza and pasta more than, chicken and broccoli.
In the United States, more than 50 percent of women crave chocolate at the stage of menstruation. Though the researchers suggested that there might have cultural implications as well as physical explanations for the craving. It has been observed that the chocolate, specifically cocoa, contains highly magnesium that helps the body to run low. Cravings during the period are very genuine and harmless—”There are certain cravings women can have on their periods that are not quite normal and are more related to anemia,” and “If you’re craving things out of your wheelhouse, see your doctor to confirm you don’t have an underlying cause for the craving.”, said by Fenske.
Such changes in appetite and mood are normal.”There’s certainly some evidence that women do get hungrier and crave sugar and sweet things, primarily chocolate, leading up to their period in the premenstrual or luteal phase of their cycle,” Dr. Clare Ballingall says. Changes in hormones of estrogen and progesterone go up and then drop off just before the period, and increase hunger. We automatically think it has everything to do with hormones, but it’s actually much more than that. The other thing what we should keep in mind that is women possibly become a bit more responsive to insulin in that premenstrual phase. Another possible theory is that Some women can experience mild alterations in their blood sugar and cravings for chocolate. “Women also often get irritable and cranky premenstrually, and there’s a theory that somehow eating chocolate increases serotonin and dopamine, which are involved with helping ‘prop up’ mood”. PMS or PMT symptoms actually lead us to foods which boost the energy and mood. When estrogen rises high in the body, it increases PMS symptoms, listed in irritability, stress, anxiety and instinctively we look for foods that provide us a quick energy boost.
According to the “Psychology Today”, culturally chocolate have reinforced women to deal with stress, anxiety, and mood swings. But, such continuation of food habit is not good for health. It’s just culturally acceptable for one particular time of a month to reward with chocolate to make one feel that she is under her period, a special time. What should to do in order to deal with such cravings and mood swings are listed below——
1. If one feels to have chocolate and ice cream which can make you feel better, then have them in appropriate amounts without worrying about the weight for this specific special time.
2. Try to be involved in a gentle exercise like walking or yoga along with that delicious chocolate and ice cream, because that eating healthily and lite exercise both will actually keep you fit and make you feel better.
3. For those who want to avoid chocolate and ice cream but to eat healthily, should choose high fiber natural foods such as dates and walnuts, raw nut treats like caramel slice, and add cinnamon to breakfast and afternoon yogurt snacks for blood sugar stabilization.
4. Focus on choosing whole grain versions of refined pastas, breads and snacks, quinoa, sourdough, rye, amaranth or buckwheat instead which contain more nutrients, are high fibre, and don’t forget to include these good healthy fats and protein such as avocado, nuts, seeds, fish and chia seeds in your healthy diet chart in order to fill you up and decrease inflammation.
5. The worst thing one can do is compare with each other. So, stop comparing with yourself to that other woman who doesn’t get PMS or to those who undergo their period without any weight gain, increased hunger or pain.