Every few weeks or so, there comes a day where I absolutely can’t control my overeating. Only a masochist would want to count calories on a day like that. Then, a day later, still trapped in the guilt and self loathing that come post binge, I get other period symptoms, and it all makes sense.
Your period and hunger go hand in hand. I don’t need to take responsibility for my actions, I can just blame the period munchies. Not completely, but I still feel better because I acknowledge that the forces working against me are powerful enough to break down the willpower of most women around the world at least once a month.
Why do I eat a lot on my period? It is as though the dragon of chaos has presented itself as intense chocolate cravings and the inability to say no. Believe me when I say that all hell breaks loose when the dragon finally gets what he wants.
You Burn More Calories
Turns out that you actually burn more calories on your period, which can leave you feeling very hungry.
Your Cortisol Levels Are High
We also experience excess cortisol secretion, which can result in anxiety, and makes it harder to control stress eating.
Low Serotonin Levels
Your serotonin levels lower around your period, which can make you feel depressed. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that helps control your mood.
As I said, there are strong forces against us during our monthly time of bleed. If you surrender to a cupcake, don’t just blame it on willpower or beat yourself up because you have failed once again at sticking to a diet. You should still try to eat healthy when the period munchies attack, but practice self compassion when you fail.