Your Period and Your Cravings

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Women experience different symptoms (PMS) during their menstrual month. Some may experience bloating, cramping, fatigue, depression, and migrane and of course, its that time of the month when you crave more food than usual and its like you’ve turned into an eating machine. Yes, you’re not the only one who experiences that. Many women find themselves eating more just before, during, or after their period.

The Reason

During this season, your body burns more calories because your body is not in its normal work load. There is an additional activity taking place internally and thus, your body is working hard meaning it needs more fuel. In my case, I eat more during my period. I feel weak and inadequate during this time of the month and so I feel like I want to eat more.

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Research say that the female metabolism increases up to 10% during this time. An increase in metabolism can lead to an increase in appetite because your body burns more, then it needs to refuel after. Another reason for your cravings is because of hormonal changes and blood loss. I think the same principle goes when you donate blood, you feel more hungry after.

Your Food Intake

It really is difficult to ignore the urge to eat during period. Your hormones are on its highest level and it feels like you want to treat yourself with an ice cream or maybe a bag of Doritos will do too. The level of hunger varies from person to person. However, research suggests that in the days before your period, it is likely that you are consuming extra calories. According to Weight Watchers, you intake an average of 100 to 200 calories more than usual before your period.

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Another thing to keep in mind is you can gain water weight because of the salty foods that you have eaten during your period. Sure your metabolism increases during this time, but even though your metabolism rate increases up to 10% percent, lack of control could sabotage the days that you have sacrificed working out.

What To Do?

Unfortunately, there’s nothing that you can do to stop your cravings. However,  there are ways to prepare your body and to help block the extra calories that your body body has taken during this season.

1. Exercise

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The best way to burn the extra calories that you digested is of course to burn it off at the gym. An average woman during period eats more than 200 calories; and an hour of doing cardio exercise at the gym burns around 400-600 calories depending on your weight. That way, you can balance it out by calorie intake vs. workout. So if you don’t want those extra pounds, hit the gym.

2. Eat Fruits and Vegetables

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Vegetables are of course, high in fiber. Eating more of these will make you feel full without digesting much calories. Not only are they rich in iron and B vitamins; their high fiber count also can help with digestive problems which often occurs during your menstrual cycle.

3.  Eat Whole Grains

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Whole grains are healthy choices when it comes to carbohydrates. Just like fruit, the fiber in whole grains can help you feel full and helps with digestion especially during your period. Whole grains also include complex carbohydrates, which provide important vitamins and minerals too.

4. Eat Red Meat

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Of course red meats are known to be a good source of iron. A high content of blood is lost during period, and so we need to include red meat to our diet to help us regain the energy that we lost. By including this to your meal, you won’t be needing more food to it as it helps to refuel your body.

5. Control-Portion, Portion-Control

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If you really can’t stand eating cookies, cakes, chocolates, or junk foods, then portion-control rule always works. Don’t binge. Discipline yourself. Remember that these cravings come every month. They can definitely make you gain 5-10lbs in a week’s tme.

In Conlusion

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Truly, our bodies seem to tell us to eat more during our period. The cravings are difficult to ignore. (I am guilty of that!) In my case, I am not really a fan of sweets, but during my period, I usually crave for redvelvets  and vanilla ice cream, I could eat half dozen of redvelvets in one sitting -_-  #dietfail. Hahaha!

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But of course we can prevent these by making healthier food choices. Even though our bodies compensates by metabolizing more, I wouldn’t suggest eating purposefully while on your period. Our bodies know when it needs more energy, it will let  you know when to eat and when to stop.

Thing is, you should choose a plan that works for you, whether it be burning it off at the gym, replacing it with healthier foods, or  controlling the portion sizes. Listen to your body and don’t give in to temptations easily. As what they say, MIND OVER MATTER always works! 🙂

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I hope this blog helps.

Stay Healthy and Pretty girls! ❤

God bless everyone! 🙂

… He (Boaz) said to her “Come here and eat some bread and dip your morsel in the wine.” So she sat beside the reapers, and he passed to her roasted grain. And she ate until she was satisfied- Ruth 2:14

On a fruit diet?

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FRUITS. Known to be rich in fiber, and an excellent source of energy and nutrition. It keeps the body hydrated and of course, as we all know most fruits and vegetables are low in fat and calories making them ideal for use in weight loss.

So here are my TOP 5 Healthy and Ideal Fruits to Eat for Weight Loss.

1. Raspberries

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Raspberries are at the top of the list of high fiber fruits. Not only that they are colorful and fun to eat, but berries are loaded with vitamin C and fiber, and they are also one of the fruits with the lowest sugar content.  They are also low in calories:  1 cup of strawberries has only 50 calories; 1 cup of blueberries has 80 calories; 1 cup of raspberries has 65 calories; and 1 cup of blackberries has only 60 calories.  Craving for something sweet? Why not try berries instead? 🙂

2. Oranges

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Of course its famous for its vitamin C qualities, which helps to prevent you from having illness plus it makes your skin glow and maintains the beauty of your hair. But another amazing quality of this citrus fruit is that its caloric value is small. One large orange  provides 86 calories which makes it ideal for snacks. Also, its size lets us forget about hunger for some time during the diet.

 3. Bananas

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Known to be an energy fruit. A glass of water plus this fruit is the perfect combination to give you that extra energy in working out. Bananas are best known for containing large amounts of potassium, magnesium and vitamin B6 and are surprisingly low in calories. The average large ripe banana, which ranges from 7 to 8 inches long, contains only 105 calories.

4. Apples

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They say that “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”. Apples are definitely one of the healthiest fruits you can eat.  A medium apple has less than 100 calories, while a small apple  contains 55 cal, more than 4 grams of fiber, and a good dose of vitamin C. The vitamins and minerals especially the fiber which this fruit contains helps you feel full longer as it expands in your stomach, so it takes less food to satisfy your hunger.

5. Grapes

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For me, this is the best snack fruit. First, because they are bite size and it makes it easy to control portion sizes. Second, they’re sweet and you can eat as much as you can without the feeling of being guilty after. Thirty-two (32) seedless grapes are considered equal to one cup of fruit which contains only 110 calories. Another thing about it is that its a natural diuretic and laxative which helps eliminate waste and water weight.

The truth about it.

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Adding fruits to your diet is essential for good health and of course, to help us lose weight. Fruits are sweet, which can be a replacement for unhealthy sweet snacks that we usually have. They are low in calories and fat, and high in fiber which are the 3 most important ingredients for weight loss. Not only that it helps in shedding pounds, but it also helps in making us look young and feel great because it contains plenty of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

Thing is, fruits actually weigh a lot, but they don’t have as much as many calories compared to other foods. Example, Calories in 100g of Cadbury’s chocolate milk =520 calories. While 100g of the following contains.. berries= 27.6 cal, Oranges= 62.1 cal, Banana=95 cal, and Grapes=61.5 cal.

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So get my point? Same amount but wayyyyy lesser in calories. You will feel just as full as you’ve eaten the same amount of food but you’ve saved a lot of calories. I wouldn’t recommend having an all fruit diet because the goal here is to always have a balanced meal. But I would suggest EXCHANGING your bad food habits into healthy ones.  So instead of grabbing a chocolate bar, cookies, or donuts, why not eat fruits instead? 🙂

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I hope this post helps.

Stay Healthy and Pretty girls! ❤ God bless everyone! 🙂

Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.- 3 John 1:2