Does PMS = Hunger?
I have been taking my diet/nutrition seriously at a whole new level lately and its been paying off! I’ve been feeling great, hitting my workouts HARD and when everyone in my house got sick, I avoided it.
Imagine my dismay last week when I started feeling run down and I was STARVING ALL the time!!! It was very frustrating. I was doing everything right. I was eating near perfect to my plan. Was I getting sick? Was it lack of caffeine? Did my meal plan need an overhaul? It just seemed SO weird and it was VERY frustrating.
All of a sudden I found myself having more cravings and wanting a nap.
Does anyone else see where this might be going?
How is it that just shy of 40, I don’t know my own body better by now? Fast forward to this week…I got my period and a light bulb went off!! (Homer Simpson head slap) Why didn’t PMS cross my mind?
It was then that I started researching the effect of a strict diet in relation to PMS and menstruation. What I found surprised me. I do know that its normal to be hungry prior to your period and that many people have more cravings.
What I did not realize is that for the 7 or so days leading up to your cycle (the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle) your body is burning more calories than usual. You’re burning up calories faster than at all other times throughout the month. Researchers measure increases in total energy expenditure of 2.5 to 11% during this time.This may not seem like all that much, but if you’re dieting, it’ll make a difference. In my case, the difference between a normal woman and a tired out, starving MONSTER!
While I do eat enough calories, during the week prior to my period (especially if I am working out HARD), I may need to add more. Between 100 – 300 more a day should help with my energy level and combat the HANGER!! (hungry + anger??)
Since I have been limiting my sodium I really do find that I am less bloated. That is a nice benefit. Here are some things you can do to help limit bloat
- Avoid salty foods
- Drink more water than usual
- Sip some herbal tea
- Season your foods with oregano
I also realized that the women I help coach with their health and fitness goals may have a HARDER time getting started within this time frame. While that seems like a no-brainer, it hasn’t been a big part of our conversation about starting. It’ll certainly be something I address & plan for from now on, for myself and for those I help! If you would like some help jump on over to my FB page!
Here are some 100 calorie ideas to help you make a plan:
and a healthy, FUN recipe for those cravings:
The Healing Trail Mix recipe:
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 cup unsalted walnuts
- 1 cup roasted unsalted soy nuts
- 1 cup carob chips
- ½ cup chopped dried dates
- 1 /2 teaspoon sea salt
credit to: Dr. Tom Potisk
Do YOU get crazy hungry before your period? COMMENT below