We have all measured ourselves on the same scale as the stick-thin celebrities and suffered minor strokes of low self-esteem. We’ve then discussed with our friends, made strict diet plans, and given up halfway because ‘Mama needs sugar today’. Well ladies, this article is also about a diet plan. But not of the kind that makes aunties smirk and say ‘Oooooh! She’s dietiiiiing!’ This plan does not help you lose weight. It helps you lose ANXIETY - The dreadful emotion that engulfs you, when you are ‘late’.
This diet will help regulate your period cycles.
The key to maintaining a regular period is Hormonal Balancing. A normal period cycle varies from 21 to 35 days. And a normal period lasts for 3 to 7 days. It’s a cause for concern if your period is unusually:
This could be caused by dieting, stress, birth control pills or even medical conditions like endometriosis, fibroids or polycystic ovary syndrome. Another factor that can completely cause the cycle to stop is over-exercising.
But don’t you worry. Simply eating the right foods can regulate your periods naturally.
Omega-3 fatty acids
The blood vessels present inside the ovaries are quite tiny which can cause poor circulation and damage. Flaxseeds and Chia Seeds, both rich sources of Omega-3 fatty acids, can help balance your hormones. Just add some flaxseeds to your smoothies, whole-grain muffins or mix them in milk or oats. They are also a good source of iron. Consuming flaxseeds along with grains is recommended during heavy bleeding as the body is in desperate need of iron.
Whole grains are a rich source of proteins, fiber and Vitamin B. Women who suffer heavy bleeding during menstruation should definitely consume whole grains like Oats, Barley, Brown rice, Quinoa, and Corns etc. Take your pick and dig in!
If you are a fish lover, you might want to give us a big hug. Fish are a major source of Omega-3 and thus helps hormonal balancing. Oily fish also has a number of other advantages. It helps in minimizing menstrual cramps and reduces inflammation. It is also recommended to replace saturated fats such as red meat, cheese, and dark meat poultry with oily fish. Some of the best examples of oily fish are – salmon, lake trout, herring and mackerel.
Natural tea contains Theanine and controls the Cortisol release in the body. And so, a soothing cup of herbal tea can go a long way in easing your discomfort.
Vegetables and Fruits
Consuming ample Vitamin C, antioxidants and beta carotene is supreme for maintaining a good menstrual health. Fruits and vegetables are rich in both, fiber as well as nutrients. It is advised to choose fresh fruits and juices over packed juices.
This was a list of what to eat. Now here's one, on what to avoid:
Stay away from ready-to-cook meals and tinned foods. High in salts and chemicals, these foods will leave you feeling bloated and sluggish. Not a good mood for periods!
No matter how low you feel, keep your hands off coffee. A stimulant like coffee can put you in an overdrive and also cause erratic mood swings. Even aerated drinks contain caffeine.
The saturated fats in dairy products can cause inflammation and increase menstrual cramping. If you don’t like milk, hurray! If you miss curd, hold tight for three more days.
Although consumption of sugary foods will raise your energy levels at first, when the effect wears off, you will be left feeling weak and lethargic.
So give this diet a shot if your menstrual cycle keeps changing gears every few months. And remember, if the jeans doesn’t fit, get a new one. You are worth more than your waistline.