Why You Should Never Eat More On Your Period

Why You Should Never Eat More On Your Period

Why You Should Never Eat More On Your Period

Ladies, today we’re gonna talk about something that’s been whispered about in women’s locker rooms and typed into search bars late at night: the legendary period munchies.

You know, that time of the month when your body screams for chocolate, and even the thought of portion control becomes a heresy. It’s like your inner cookie monster has awakened and is now on a rampage.

And why not give in, you ask? You’re dealing with enough already. The universe owes you a cupcake, right?

Well, hold up! Before you dive into that bag of chips or polish off that pint of ice cream, we’ve got some science to discuss. Let’s take a look at why it may not be the greatest idea to indulge in every whim of your period cravings.

8 reasons why you shouldn’t eat more on your period

1. Your body isn’t burning extra calories

Let’s clear up a popular myth – you aren’t burning significantly more calories during your period. While some minor fluctuations occur, they’re typically not substantial enough to warrant an increase in calorie intake. Going overboard on the comfort food could lead to unnecessary weight gain over time.

2. It can exacerbate bloating and discomfort

Chowing down on salty snacks or fatty foods can intensify that oh-so-lovely bloating and discomfort that often accompanies menstruation. Not to mention, these foods can cause water retention, leading to even more bloating. Do you really want to add to the funhouse of period symptoms? I thought not.

3. It may worsen mood swings

The types of food indulged in during what I like to call “menstrual binges” is… well, junk. Let’s be real here. And eating a surplus of sugar-laden treats can cause blood sugar spikes and crashes, which can worsen mood swings.

So that cookie binge might temporarily satiate your cravings, but it could leave you feeling even crankier later. It’s like playing emotional Russian roulette, with snacks.

4. It’s not the best way to replenish nutrients

Sure, you lose some iron during menstruation, but devouring a family-sized bag of chocolate-covered pretzels isn’t the best way to replenish it. Lean meats, leafy greens, and fortified cereals are much more efficient (and healthier) sources of iron, if you do indeed find yourself craving more food.

5. It might mess up your sleep

Eating a lot of junk food can lead to restless nights. The sugar can cause energy spikes that interfere with your ability to fall asleep. Considering that a good night’s sleep is already a bit of a pipe dream during your period, you don’t want to make it worse.

6. It can cause digestive issues

Large quantities of unhealthy food and overeating can throw your digestive system into a tizzy. This can lead to constipation, diarrhea, or general stomach upset. As if cramps weren’t enough, right?

7. It may aggravate skin issues

Hormonal changes during your period can lead to breakouts and skin irritation. Feasting on sugary or greasy food can exacerbate these issues, giving you another thing to fret over during an already challenging time.

8. It can contribute to an unhealthy cycle of emotional eating

Using food as a coping mechanism during your period can create a dangerous precedent. This behavior could extend beyond your period and contribute to a cycle of emotional eating. Food can be comforting, sure, but leaning on it as an emotional crutch can lead to problems down the line.

Final word

While it might feel like a great idea to dive headfirst into a chocolate cake during your period, the aftermath isn’t quite as sweet. It’s not about being a party pooper – you’re more than entitled to some comfort during these times.

My advice to you is to moderate the indulgence and choose what’s ultimately best for your body. Indulge a little, laugh a lot, and remember: your body’s doing some pretty incredible things during these few days, so treat it with love, respect, and maybe a chocolate chip cookie (or two).