You see? We’re SUPPOSED to eat chocolate!
This one is for the ladies (although men, you are more than welcome to read on!).
And this post is for the fabulous females that get those ridiculous cravings for chocolate about, oh, every 28 days or so. Sound like you?
I take it one step further…not only do I obsess about chocolate (more than usual), but I just want, want, want carbohydrates. So, if this is a Universal symptom of PMS, what does it mean? I decided to investigate.
Here’s what I found:
Sugar cravings (and other carbo cravings) are really our body’s way of asking for fuel during this time in our cycle. Our desire for chocolate bon-bons is heightened because right before menstruation, certain hormone levels increase, increasing our response to insulin (which brings sugar into our cells). Thus our body can experience feelings of low blood sugar. SO our need to eat a bowl of pasta topped with chocolate chips is our brain’s way of screaming for quick fuel! See…it’s not your fault.
So, what can you do? Certainly you can indulge, as I do. However, in an effort to NOT go overboard, a diet rich in complex carbs (read: whole grains), veggies, fruits, beans, etc. will keep your brain going with a constant stream of fuel.
Hence, fewer blood sugar crashes lead to fewer chocolate bar wrappers.
Just as an aside, lately I’ve been learning all about my menstrual cycles, the physical changes my body experiences, and how my cycle affects my life in general. It is FASCINATING! I’m working with The Laughing Sage Wellness Center in NYC. Sign up for their newsletter, and/or read this article for an into!