Binge eating—those intense cravings right before your period starts; we’ve all experienced it. You just can’t seem to stop eating certain foods, and most of the time they’re unhealthy too. You find yourself eating even when you’re not hungry, and afterwards, you might feel upset and frustrated with yourself. But why does this compulsive eating happen?
- High levels of progesterone right before your period can trigger binge eating and cravings for sugary and carb-rich foods.
- Estrogen, on the other hand, is associated with a decrease in appetite. Your estrogen levels are highest during ovulation and lowest right before your period, which is why you may feel extra hungry during this time.
- You may have stronger cravings for sugar and carbohydrates because they can boost your mood and energy levels by stimulating the production of serotonin, the “happy hormone,” in your body.
How can you avoid it?
There are various ways to prevent yourself from binge eating every time you have your period. Remember to be kind to yourself and allow for some flexibility!
- If you’re still feeling hungry, opt for healthier snacks instead. Choose foods like beans, lentils, or whole grains to boost your energy. Craving something sweet? Fruit with yogurt can be a healthier alternative!
- Keep a food diary to track what you’re eating. This way, you’ll have a better understanding of your eating habits and whether they’re beneficial or not.
- Lift your mood by engaging in activities you enjoy! Spend time outdoors, pursue your favourite hobby, work out, or socialise with friends. This way, you won’t rely on food alone to keep your serotonin levels high!