A thorough guide to fasting during your cycle
For women, fasting is more complicated than men, primarily because of our body's ever-changing hormones. A research done in the field of gynecology shows that up to 25-percent of women suffer from menstrual irregularities. Another research published in the National Library of Medicine shows how hormones are inextricably linked to our mental, emotional and sensory health. All of these findings suggest that women should prioritize hormonal health for their well-being. Many doctors believe that hormonal imbalances are frequently triggered by bad eating habits that can be fixed by having a balanced diet and conscious fasting. Recently a new term “cycle syncing” has been introduced in the wellness circuit that means modifying your diet in accordance with your menstrual cycle. Here is how you should fast and what you should eat during each of the phases of your menstrual cycle.
This phase begins after menstruation and is from roughly day 8-14 of your monthly cycle. Go for it! This is the time to try a “push” fast—something one to two hours longer then your usual). This is a time that you can also increase your carbohydrates so that you have energy to work out. Your insulin sensitivity is excellent during this time.
This phase is after ovulation and before menstruation and is roughly day 22 to day 28 of your cycle. This is the late luteal phase otherwise known as PMS. This is the time to switch to more self-care, soothing exercises, stress relief and short or no fasting. Aim to have high protein meals and incorporate things like soothing peppermint tea or chai latte with no caffeine, which will satisfy your cravings, yet not add a high sugar load. If you want a treat, try a piece of dark chocolate, which can help with cravings. Also, focus on magnesium-rich foods and take melatonin in the evening to help with sleep disturbance.
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