With the arrival of the period, there is often an increased sense of hunger and the desire for sweets. This depends on the hormones in circulation; in particular, the high level of progesterone influences hunger mechanisms and encourages us to eat more.
The menstrual period brings with it many ailments; some are mild, others more disabling. You may have noticed that your mood is irregular in the days leading up to your period and during. You are unusually irritable and touchy, and also your craving is a little different.
Are you seized by tremendous cravings and can’t resist sweets, chocolate, and junk food? While it’s important to be kind to yourself, don’t overdo it when it comes to junk food, as it’s true that it satisfies your craving for gratification in the short term, but in the long run, your health may suffer.
1. Go For Carbs
Fill up on fiber and complex carbohydrates for more energy and efficient bowl movement. Efficient bowel movement prevents estrogen reabsorption in the intestine and thus lowers estrogen levels in the blood.
Fiber and complex carbohydrates are found in fruits, preferably with the peel, vegetables, and whole grains such as quinoa, barley, bulgur wheat, oats, and brown rice. So, by eating all of this, you will decrease your consumption of white flour products, which are well known for their devastating effects on blood sugar.
2. Start Lunch And Dinner With A Salad
All vegetables are rich in soluble fibers, taken at the beginning of a meal, regulating the amount of sugar in the blood and cause a slowdown in gastric emptying. They prolong satisfaction and help counter appetite later on.
3. Eat Protein
They’re essential for everyone, not just the bodybuilding gods. Protein helps stabilize blood sugar levels and thus prolong feelings of fullness.
Unsalted nuts and seeds make great protein snacks. As a supplement, powdered vegetable protein is easily incorporated into a smoothie.
4. Limit Consumption Of Juices
Eat your fruit rather than drinking your fruit. Juices have less fiber and more sugar. Consumed in excess, they cause a higher glycemic peak and stimulate the sense of hunger. This is one of the best ways to achieve your daily fruit consumption while beating the cravings for sugar.
5. Combine Pasta With Vegetables
Pasta is a good source of tryptophan, an amino acid precursor of serotonin, the good mood hormone. Choose it wholemeal, combine it with tomato or vegetables, and season it with a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil.
This way, in addition to the slow-release energy complex carbohydrates, you ensure a lot of “good” fibers and fats that promote satiety and help to satisfy the desire for sweets healthily.