When it comes to food and the menstrual cycle, we often focus on what we want to eat and when, which comes down to the cravings and binges that usually happen during the premenstrual phase. We don’t often think about how to nourish our bodies when we’re menstruating. For most women, their appetite actually lessens during the actual period week and cravings can subside.
However, your body is calling out for foods that will comfort, support, and sooth any symptoms – from the fatigue, to the low mood, to the difficult bowel movements. There are foods you can choose to eat more of during your period that will make you feel better and give you an overall improved period experience. The Monthly FLO protocol finds its foundation in Cycle Syncing food choices to your menstrual cycle phase to create happy hormones and hormone balance, and in this process the menstrual phase gets just as much attention as the pre-menstrual or ovulatory.
Your body is doing an amazing thing during this phase, as it is throughout the cycle, and it needs your support! Your period should be a time of supercharged self-care and so much love for your body. When we talk about menstrual care we often just think about tampons and pads, when we really should be thinking more holistically and broadly about supporting our health and hormones. Here’s to a better period!
The best foods to eat during your period
- Liquid chlorophyll – chlorophyll works to raise your iron levels. You’re losing blood, so you need to add in the iron. Other iron rich foods are spinach, lentils, and grass-fed beef. But liquid chlorophyll is a simple addition and packs a powerful iron punch. If you experience clots, heavy bleeds, or fatigue during your period this is especially important.
- Royal Jelly – rich in amino acids, a necessary building block for hormones, royal jelly can support you during the time in your cycle when your hormones are at their lowest ebb. You can also find so many essential amino acids in a whole egg, yolk and all (don’t skip that yolk!). You can add royal jelly to an afternoon smoothie for a pick-me-up.
- Sardines – high in omega-3s, this good fat is essential for mood stabilization during your period. Often women experience PMS and their period as a continuum, and so that pre-menstrual low mood can carry on through menstruation. Omega-3s are also fantastic for combatting period cramps. Sardines, mixed with tahini, on gluten-free bread or crackers makes a great, filling snack
- Seaweed – also rich in iron, seaweeds of all kinds are a great choice during your period. Warming foods are best at this time of the cycle, so use seaweed to create a rich broth or soup. Your body is not in the hormonal place to process raw, cold foods during your period, so seek out warmth and rich nourishment.
- Bone broth – bone broth is soothing, relaxing, and can help with sleep. Have a big cup in the evening before bed when you’re on your period. Bone broth is also packed full of amino acids and it can help a lot with bloating and digestive discomfort during your period. If you experience a constipation/diarrhea cycle during your period, avoid eating too many raw veggies and fibrous foods.
Always remember, that once you have the right information about how your body really works, you can start making health choices that finally start to work for you! You can do this – the science of your body is on your side!
To your FLO,
We believe that no woman should suffer simply because she has a period.
And we also know that it’s not always possible to get access to functional and holistic healthcare solutions — sometimes they’re too far away and most of the time they are way too expensive.
That’s why we offer phone and Skype consultation sessions with our FLO coaches.
All of our expert FLO coaches have been trained by Alisa on top of being certified health coaches and licensed acupuncturists. And they are all qualified to help you find the right next step for you in getting out of hormonal chaos and into your FLO. Work with a FLO Coach and find your customized plan to solve your period symptoms.