When that time of the month rolls around, all you wanna do is assume fetal position, stuff your face with junk food, crank up T. Swift and throw shade at your BGFs for not going through the same pain. Been there! But when we found out that some of our fave cravings can actually increase cramps, bloating and irritability, we decided to change our monthly routine ASAP. Before you reach for the Oreos, try these delish foods that’ll have ya kicking your period cramps in no time.
You Crave: Coffee and Caffeine
Now Try: Herbal Tea
Sure, coffee and sodas can give you a quick energy boost
when you’re feeling drowsy. But caffeine can actually prolong your period
pains. Cutting back on caffeine while on your flow can reduce bloating and calm
your cantankerous tummy. If you still want the warm feeling coffee, low-caffeine
tea is your best bet (think: herbal, green or white tea). With tonsa delicious
flavors, these teas make you more alert without overwhelming your system.
You Crave: Reese’s and Snickers and Twix…Oh my!
Now Try: Dark Chocolate
Yup, you can still get your chocolate fix while giving
your body the boost it needs! Eating chocolates loaded with sugar will leave
you feeling groggy and gross, but dark chocolate will help you defeat period-related
irritability. This yummy chocolate is full of antioxidants that will have ya
geared up to conquer the world.
You Crave: Salty Treats
Now Try: Popcorn and Trail Mix
Who doesn’t like to nom on salty pretzels and chips? Though
these treats seem like a must, you can get the same satisfaction by munching on
fat-free popcorn and trail mix. Popcorn has the taste you love with less salt
and calories, giving your body a break from the bloat-inducing snacks. Trail
mix full of nuts, dried fruit and itty-bitty candy morsels gives you everything
you love in one convenient snack.
You Crave: Ice Cream
Now Try: Fruit Pops
There’s no denying ice cream is ah-mazingly delicious.
But digging into a few scoops can actually intensify your cramps, leaving you
in more pain. Eek! Fruit pops will give you the perf mix of creamy and cold
that you’re craving while keeping your hormones in check.
Bonus Tip: While on your period, your body is getting pretty beat up. Hit up the market with your mom and find some vitamins that will help give your bod the iron and potassium it’s losing. Also, make sure to chug down water during this week. Drinking plenty of H2O will give you the hydration it needs and help you get passed this dreaded week with a smile on your face.
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BY CAITLIN MOYNIHAN ON 4/16/2014 3:00:00 PM
POSTED IN body, eating, healthy eating 101, how to cut out junk food, period 101, be period prepared, PMS