Junior Lifestyle Editor
Let’s just say it out loud - PMS is real. So are those cravings during periods. We often find ourselves wanting to hog on an ice-cream bucket just a few minutes after dinner, don’t we? Well, ladies, here are 10 ways you can actually control your unhealthy period cravings.
High quality fats like butter from nuts or olive oil is actually very filling. Since they aren’t outrightly unhealthy, they prove to be quite good for the heart. When you include them in your diet, your cravings decrease automatically.
Don’t say no to chocolate altogether. Instead, go for a healthier version, that is, dark chocolate. It will curb your craving and not harm your body every month.
It’s not a good idea to have a large time gap between your meals even on an everyday routine. Staying hungry is an important reason why you end up craving more in the end. So make sure you are snacking every 2-3 hours.
If you don’t sleep enough there are certain fluctuations in your appetite that can lead to lack of control when it comes to food and more cravings.
During menstruation, a woman’s body experiences low levels of calcium, which is why you crave things like ice-cream. It’s a good idea to go for calcium-rich foods like yogurt or broccoli so your body gets the right amount of calcium that it loses.
Your body is going through tons of hormonal ups and downs when you are on your period. That, along with all the exterior reasons like work and deadlines, puts your body under a lot of stress. Take time to de-stress through some meditation or calming teas because stress only induces more cravings.
Not drinking enough water is a huge mistake we often tend to make on our periods. However, drinking water before meals can actually reduce your cravings to a large extent.
Your body is just craving sugar, it doesn’t care whether it’s processed or natural. Snack on fruits or berries to get the maximum amount of natural sugar in your body.
Even if you can’t control your craving, you can definitely control how much you eat. Go for little portions instead of eating until your pants feel too tight! You can eat these little portions after short time periods throughout the day - it is much better than hogging in a single serving.
Exercising is important not because it directly affects your cravings but because it reduces your overall body stress and aligns it to be more receptive to healthy eating.
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