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Dealing with PMS cravings

I decided to write this blog because of two reasons;

  1. I am experiencing PMS cravings/bottom-less-pit stomach right as I type this
  2. I would want to read this if I was going through this too

We all know the feeling of when you’re just about to get your period, or during a period, and you feel like you could eat the house and still be hungry… aka me right now!

So here are some tips to help during those times of ravenous hunger.

Save your snacks for THAT time

We all have a certain time of the day when your stomach is screaming for food, even though you probably ate not long ago. Mine is at night, so during this time of the month I save some calories/snacks for that time of the day. If you don’t know what that time of the day is for you, try to tune into your hunger cues during your next menstrual cycle. It’s a good idea to note down your hunger throughout the day on a scale. Every few hours note down on a scale of 1-10 how hungry you are (1 being STARVING, 10 being SO FULL). It would also be a good idea to do it over a few days during your period to get a more accurate picture of your hunger cues.


Increase calories slightly during that time

If you’re dieting, it can be hard to stick to your plan when you’re experiencing those exaggerated hormonal hunger pains. If you find that being in a calorie deficit during this time makes you more likely to throw in the town and eat the whole cupboard, it might be a good idea to increase calories up to maintenance calories. This will reduce your chances of eating way over your calories and then throwing in the towel (because I don’t know about you, but I am so dramatic during my period… thanks hormones).


Don’t skip dessert

If you rather stick to your diet plan, I would suggest making sure you have your favourite snacks and fit them into your calorie targets each day. At Slim Mama we believe in the 80/20 rule, which means 80% of the time eat nutritious whole foods and 20% of the time enjoy your sweets. So make sure you have your fav treats during this time!


Bonus tips

  • Make diet jelly for when the sweet tooth hits
  • Eat berries and grapes as they are high volume fruits
  • Make sure you're eating lots of vegetables, the fibre will keep you full
  • Don’t forget to drink water! Sometimes hunger can just be thirst



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