3) Curb Your Cravings

The cravings we experience during our cycle can easily takes us from Princess Health Nut to Queen Cray Cray. You know what I am talking about. That moment when you almost knock over the produce display in you local grocery store’s entrance in hopes of snagging your favorite ice cream or potato chips. Don’t be ashamed…it happens (once a month to be exact). These cravings are normal, and if you are looking for someone to blame redirect that finger point from your man and aim it towards your hormones.

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As estrogen levels fluctuate, so do levels of the stress hormone cortisol. The body wants to keep these levels even, so it turns on the fight or flight response which causes us to crave specific foods (usually carbohydrates or fats). The best way to overcome these cravings without turning to the junk food aisle is to identify your cravings and supplement them with healthier (yet delicious) alternatives. So if you’re normally noshing on carbs like chips, it might be an indication that your serotonin levels are low – so turn instead to a fruit/yogurt based smoothie or red meat to boost your tryptophan levels (which help balance serotonin).

See you next month Aunt Flow!

Robbie Ann Darby (RAD Experience) is a professional FitGirl, Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer in NYC. Follow her sweaty life on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for more fun health and fitness tips!

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