While on Your Period
Ladies, I know how much of a pain being on your period is; and when you’re trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle that annoying monthly visitor makes everything worse. Seriously, that uterus is out to sabotage all my wonderful progress. I decided to research what can be done to limit the symptoms that have the most negative effects on your weight loss goals.
Fatigue! One of my biggest complaints (and many other women) is the lack of energy suffered during a period. A great way to get your energy back is to move (exercise, clean the house, walk). I know you don’t want to (all I want to do is sleep) but just get up and start moving around. Do your very best to stick to your exercise plan and keep working out to the best of your abilities. Keep pushing! Also, get enough sleep. Be sure you are getting at least 8 hours of sleep during your period.
Beat the Bloat! Drink water like a fish. When most women are on their period, they retain water and get bloated. If this is you, drink lots and lots of water. Try your hardest to have no alcohol this week. Also, limit your sodium intake significantly. Salt increases bloating symptoms and inhibits water absorption. During your period, salt is the devil, so avoid it as best you can. Hang in there!
Junk Food! Believe me, I know this is hard. I adore salty snacks and my period makes me crave salty junk food. Rather than give in to your temptations, have lots of healthier food options. I know your period makes you want to veg-out (and not on vegetables). Nosh on fiber rich foods. These will fill you up (as well as all the water you are drinking) and stave off those junk food cravings.
Food Management! Eat lots of the following to manage PMS symptoms and cravings:
- Green leafy vegetables
- Whole grains (brown rice)
- Dark chocolate (60% cacao or higher)
- Lean, iron-rich red meat (flank steak, tenderloin)
- Milk, yogurt
- Omega-3’s (salmon)
It is only a one week inconvenience (a miserable inconvenience) but we are strong, incredible women. Just keep moving forward and don’t let your annoying period be a hindrance to your weight loss goals.