This one may just be for the ladies!
But if you are a guy reading this and you have a woman in your life who seems to turn into a different person during her time of the month, you may want to keep reading too.
For many women, the menstrual cycle is a time often associated with bloating, pain, unbalanced hormones, weight gain, acne – just to name a few.
You may not realize it, but the things you’re eating (and not eating) , can have a big impact on how you feel during this yucky time of the month.
- You may want to remove all processed foods from your diet. You may be thinking that you’re eating clean and healthy – but you may still be eating processed foods. As a rule of thumb here – fresh is best! If your food comes pre-packaged, chances are its been highly processed.
- Remove synthetic hormones from your plate. Did you know that hormones in our food actually wreak havoc on our natural hormones? Hormones from food can lead to heavier periods, more cramping, mood swings and cysts. If you are going to eat meat and dairy products – organic, grass fed and local is best.
- Eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. Really this is something you should be doing more off every day, but especially during this time of the month. Fruits and veggies are a great source of vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytonutrients. Try to buy organic as much as you can. You can check out https://www.ewg.org/foodnews/dirty-dozen.php for a list of clean 15 and dirty dozen, this will help you decide where to prioritize buying organic
4. Pay attention to your proteins. Every body is different – which means different proteins will work for different women. If you tend to have heavy and painful periods – you may want to stay away from animal products and increase plant based proteins during this time. However – if you expereince lack of periods, you may find that eating high-quality animal protein may help your periods return.
5. And finally – fat is NOT the enemy. In fact, lack of high quality fat has been linked to poor skin health, lack of periods, hormonal imbalances and other health related concerns. Choose your fats wisely – avocado, olive oil, grass fed butter or ghee, omega-3’s can help reduce inflammation in your body, which reduces your cramping.
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