Food CRAVINGS come in many forms. Some women crave sweet, sugary items, while others desire starchy comfort foods.
Not only can these cravings derail any diet or fitness plans you’ve been working so hard to stick to, but many of the foods we crave can actually make our bodies feel worse in the long run. A box of doughnuts might satisfy a hormone-induced sugar craving in the moment, but indulging can also lead to blemish flare-ups, nausea or bloating, and difficulty sleeping later.
Grapefruit Essential Oil is great for metabolism and fighting sugar cravings. Since it’s a Citrus Oil, it can help uplift mood, which can also deter the reason for the cravings. You can diffuse it, mix with Fractionated Coconut Oil and apply topically, (but don’t forget to take precautions against photosensitivity) or put one or two drops in your water.
• Diffuse while dieting or trying to lose weight to increase motivation.
• Add one to two drops to your water to support a healthy metabolism.*
A food craving is often the body’s way of satisfying an emotional need. If you experience cravings during your monthly cycle, before immediately heading to the kitchen, take the time to examine your emotions. Are you feeling overwhelmed? Irritable? Sluggish or tired? Often, addressing the underlying emotional need can help eliminate the body’s physical desire for a food that isn’t going to benefit your body.
It’s vital to eat a healthy, clean diet during every stage of your monthly cycle, particularly during Premenstrual Week. What you eat affects every system in your body and the physical and emotional symptoms you feel as a result.
Your body needs healthy foods like protein, fats, fruits, and veggies. Cutting back on sugar and processed foods can help alleviate issues related to your monthly cycle as well as contribute to your overall well-being and cellular function.
A few “bad news” foods or notes to be aware of during Premenstrual Week include:
• Caffeine – Known to cause breast tenderness and contribute to menstrual cramps and irritability.
• Salty foods – Can dehydrate you and contribute to abdominal and breast bloating and swelling.
• Saturated fats and caffeine – Can spur production of substances that increase the body’s susceptibility to the abdominal pains found during certain stages of your monthly cycle.
• Deficient levels of calcium and/or iron – May increase the likelihood of symptoms during the Premenstrual Week.
QUESTION – WHAT FOODS DO YOU CRAVE DURING YOUR MONTHLY CYCLE?