Chocolate makes everything better, especially when you’re not feeling your best.
If you’re giving that chocolate bar the eye, it’s okay to give in to that craving, as long as it’s dark chocolate that’s at least 60% cacao or higher.
Dark chocolate is full of antioxidants but lower in fats and sugars than other chocolaty sweets.
Plus, having a little bit of better chocolate every day will help fight cravings for the really bad-for-you stuff.
Salty snacks might taste great but eating too much salt (which is easy to eat in a typical American diet) can lead to water retention, discomfort, and even more bloating.
Avoid salty snacks, processed food, and fast food during this week, even if that greasy take out meal does sound really good.
Chow down on fruits during menstruation (and all of the time, too) to get lots of fiber to aid digestion and natural sugars for energy.
The fruit sugars may actually help to fight off cravings for other sweets and junk food you might be thinking about. Snack on carrots, oranges, pears, or apricots for a healthy treat.
Caffeine can lead to bloating and an upset stomach. The acids in coffee and sodas can be rough on the stomach and intestines, which may be extra sensitive during your period.
Teas are a lower caffeine alternative, herbal tea has no caffeine at all, and water is always good for you.
If you’re already bloated and retaining water this week, why would you want to drink more? Well, it’s counter-intuitive but drinking more water can help the body to release water retention and alleviate bloating.
The body often holds on to water in these ways when it’s worried it won’t get enough hydration; give it more and it will drop its stockpile.
It’s important to take a good quality vitamin supplement every day but especially during your period when your body may be losing important nutrients.
Look for a daily supplement that’s designed with women in mind. The right vitamin balance can help keep up your energy levels this week and might just boost your mood a little bit.
Most women don’t get enough calcium in our regular diets and taking in more during menstruation can help alleviate symptoms.
A diet with plenty of calcium can help with the physical symptoms of PMS. Try adding some kale, broccoli, and yogurt to your diet this week.