by Laura Barns
If your period is a serious pain, you’ve probably lost count of things you’ve tried to make ‘that time of the month’ a little more bearable. From investing in 50 hot water bottles to having a whole cupboard devoted to chocolate in my kitchen, I’ve definitely tried a fair few things.
After some amazing advice from my GP, I started to look at ways to balance my hormones, and foods that can help with this, and wanted to share what’s worked. Because, when it comes to hormones, not all foods are created equal. In fact, some are even the culprits behind cramps, bloating, and irritability. Fun, right?
In case you’re wondering, does a vegan diet help with my period? Here are some of my tried-and-tested foodie tips for getting through.
I don’t need to tell you that breakfast is important. Your mum will have covered that a long time ago.
To jumpstart the day the right way, with stable blood sugars and sustainable energy, go for something rich in protein and fat, but limited in carbs. Starting your day with spiked blood sugar leaves you inclined to blood-sugar crashes, fatigue, and carb cravings.
I’m not going to sit here and tell you to put down the chocolate and eat nothing but carrot sticks when you’re feeling really lousy. But I am going to share a few simple swaps I implement when I’m having a particularly tough month.
If you find your period pains keep you up at night, it can be impossible to avoid the coffee pot the next day. As a self-confessed caffeine fiend, the idea of cutting down on my soy lattes isn’t fun. Though once I learned that coffee flushes out helpful nutrients and minerals such as magnesium and B vitamins which are vital for hormone function, I started to look for a few alternatives. I’m now obsessed with chai tea (The Tea Makers are great) and aim to stick to just one regular coffee first thing in the morning.