Periods are tough on almost every woman. They make you lazy, your skin breaks out, your energy levels are at an all-time low. You bloat, your sex life deteriorates, you are moody and your hunger levels and cravings can get absolutely out of control. It is a struggle, but don't worry, it's not all that bad. Research has shown that tailoring your diet to eat clean and nutritious foods can help you feel good and also, lose weight. Try these food items next time you are on your period and see the magic yourself.
1. Almond Butter
When you are on your period and hunger strikes, it is a wise decision to slather some delicious almond butter on toast. Go a little further and top it up with some strawberries. Almond butter provides lean protein that helps stabilise blood sugar levels, thereby reducing your craving for junk food.
2. Green Tea
The days you are on your period, skip caffeine and swap it with a few cups of green tea. It can help relieve muscle spasms and reduce tension, calming your mind and body. You will see that you are less anxious and irritated, your skin looks great and no more of bloating.
Want to get rid of bloating? Grab a banana. They are rich in Vitamin B6, magnesium and potassium, which can reduce water retention and bloating. They are also extremely filling, so you will hit back on junk food too.
Yoghurt is a good source of calcium, which is important in alleviating menstrual discomfort - especially breakouts and acne. So if you give into junk food, soothe your guilt (and skin) by eating a bowl of yoghurt with your favourite fruits.
Eating sushi, with salmon, is great for getting rid of any sort of menstrual discomfort. Sushi contains fatty acids that eases digestion, relaxes your muscles and reduces bloating.
Since you are on your period - it makes sense going easy on your diet and indulging in what you love. Let that comfort food be chocolate. When eaten in moderation (not more than two bites), it is known to reduce menstrual pain.