Sorry, boys, another period question but.....
Is there a particular macronutrient ratio that is ideal for the female body as it goes thru a period?
Typically, my fat/protein/carb percentages hover around 65/20/15. Is there any reason to change that up during my period? I don't really feel strong cravings that would indicate that my body wants something different, but I'm just wondering if, in general, something particular happens during menstruation that would make a particular mix of macros beneficial or ideal.
asked byRuth (2178)
Get FREE instant access to our Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!
on November 16, 2011
at 09:47 PM
I don't see why you would change your diet during your period. There's nothing wrong with not craving something just because you're menstruating. If it's not broken, don't fix it.
on March 30, 2012
at 04:27 PM
I find that I get very hungry during my period. I eat way more than I would in a typical day, even if I stick to paleo foods with a high nutrient density. I used to be alarmed by this, especially if I calculated my caloric intake. Now I just trust that my body knows what it's doing and that I won't gain weight by responding to its signals.
on March 30, 2012
at 04:48 PM
I use it as an excuse to lay around all day and eat chocolate and crack-I mean Barney Butter. Right before my period is also the only time where I ever get really hungry between meals and I just let myself eat whenever I want those couple of days.
Outside of personal tastes, I don't think strictly maintaining any particular macro ratio is beneficial unless you have certain diseases or conditions. Your body will tell you if it wants more fat, protein or carbs and it fluctuates.
I crave more protein around my period. I start craving really meaty things and if I have a container of cooked chicken or roast beef in the fridge, I can eat and eat and eat it all night long.