10 Alternatives Of Junk Food During PMS



Published on: 30-Jan-2023


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Updated on : 02-Nov-2023



10 Alternatives Of Junk Food During PMS

10 Alternatives Of Junk Food During PMS

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Eating junk is just an escape!

Period cravings can do more damage than anything in this world, leading to many medical conditions if not taken control over them. So you go berserk during this time and want to feed on anything and everything that is junk. 

This is fine because you are on a roller coaster ride and your hormones are not in your control, but you also know that you cannot consume junk food excessively as it may harm your body. 

However, it is difficult to anticipate exactly how you will feel during your period. Although some people hardly experience symptoms, others find it extremely difficult to function normally due to cramping, headaches, pain, and nausea.

So this blog is all about the best food alternatives to munch on during periods and not harm our bodies majorly.

Table Of Contents

1. Why Does It Happen?

2. 10 Junk Alternatives During Periods

3. The Final Say

Why Does It Happen?

Put it down to the hormones, will you?

According to research published in 2016, fluctuating hormones oestrogen and progesterone may be responsible for premenstrual cravings for high-carbohydrate and sugary foods.

However, it is possible that your hormones are not the only factor contributing to your desire to consume all of the delicious foods in your pantry before flow arrives. Consuming all kinds of foods may also assist you in overcoming the feelings that are associated with the premenstrual phase of your menstrual cycle.

When you eat foods high in starch and sugar, your body will produce serotonin. One of the chemicals responsible for elevating feelings of happiness is serotonin. 

Of course, it is always nice to have a boost in positive feelings, but it is especially nice when your hormones are all messed up and giving you PMS-like symptoms.

The symptoms of premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), a more severe form of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), can include compulsive eating as well as food cravings in the days leading up to a period.

According to research, if you are one of the 14 per cents of women who experience irregular periods, you may be more prone to binge eating.

10 Junk Alternatives During Periods

Alternatives During Periods (PMS)

If your period calculator predicts that your next bleed is just around the corner and you want to be prepared to stave off the typical premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms that you experience, modifying your diet could be one way to tackle it. Modifying your diet could be one way to stave off the typical premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms you experience. 

ToneOp enlists some of the alternatives to junk, so when you feel the symptoms of PMS coming on, give one of these healthy options a shot to see if it helps:

1. Dark Chocolate

You should not require any further justification to indulge in some chocolate. It is undoubtedly one of the most common foods to consume while you are having your period for various reasons. Dark chocolate, which is rich in magnesium and antioxidants, is an excellent choice for a portion of comfort food.

Instead of going for more complicated candies loaded with additives and other components, try sticking to plain dark chocolate. Unfortunately, these foods will only provide you with empty calories and offer very few, if any, health benefits.

However, even though dark chocolate is healthier than milk chocolate, it should still be consumed in moderation because it contains sugar and caffeine.

2. Cookies

Cookies are a snack that can be made in an almost infinite variety of ways, and they are the kind of food that begs to be made at home. Making your cookies is not only a fun and relaxing activity but also results in cookies that are incomparably healthier and almost certainly tastier.

Unfortunately, pre-packaged cookies frequently contain many chemicals, over-processed flour, added sugars, and artificial flavours, all considered harmful to one's health.

3. Melons, Figs, And Plums

The sugars in these foods may satisfy your desire for something sweet. In addition, the abundance of vitamins in these fruits makes them an excellent remedy for bloating. Watermelon also has high water content and can keep your body hydrated. Another benefit is that it can help soothe gastrointestinal discomfort.

4. Citrus

Oranges, lemons, and limes are a smart alternative to sugary treats because they are packed with fibre and vitamin C and have the potential to provide relief from mood swings as well as bloating. In the meantime, these foods' high water content helps keep you hydrated.

Nausea and fatigue associated with PMS can be alleviated by drinking lemon water or a citrus smoothie that is either lightly sweetened or not sweetened. However, the key to obtaining a dose of energy that leaves you feeling good without upsetting your stomach is to do so in moderation. 

5. Popcorn 

When it comes to the snacks required to munch on periods, how nutritious is popcorn? Actually, good for you! Popcorn is nothing more than a corn kernel that has exploded; it is corn that has popped! It is made entirely of whole grains and has a high nutritional value. 

However, if you cover it with excessive oil, butter, or sugar, you may negate its positive effects on your health. Therefore, you should ensure that these things are exceptions when watching movies. Popcorn popped in the microwave may also contain chemicals that could harm your health. Therefore, it is best to pop your popcorn over the stove.

6. Pretzel

Pretzels are similar to crackers, but they have lower percentages of calories and sodium than crackers. They are salty, twisted-up goodness. They can satisfy your cravings for salty snacks, and when combined with a healthier spread, they make for a nice afternoon snack. They can satisfy your cravings for salty snacks, and when combined with a healthier spread, they make for a nice period-craving snack

7. Salty Crackers

Crackers? You say something along the lines of, "Oh, I thought they were unhealthy." As they are typically manufactured with highly processed grains, most crackers that can be purchased in stores contain a high amount of sodium and a relatively low amount of fibre.

This is because sodium is drawn out during the processing of grains. However, top them with more nutritious foods such as peanut butter, cheese, hummus, fruit, or other options. In that case, they can still be a welcome addition to your diet. If you choose crackers made with whole grains, that is even better!

8. Nachos And Salsa

Another dish that needs to be improved by its association with fast food consists of nachos and salsa. And while it is true that store-bought chilli and copious amounts of melted cheese can contain an unhealthy amount of fat, nachos are corn tortillas that have been baked or fried to achieve a crispy texture (if you have the option of using corn flour rather than white flour). Salsa is a salad that has been processed. Everything depends on the accompaniments, baby!

9. Oatmeal 

Oats are whole grains high in calcium and vitamins A and B and are also an excellent source of iron. Oatmeal contains all of these nutrients. About 14 of the daily recommended intake of 18 milligrammes of iron can be found in just one cup. 

According to the findings of one study, an increased consumption of the form of iron present in oatmeal was associated with a reduced risk of PMS symptoms. You should also consider eating oatmeal if you suffer from an upset stomach.

10. Chamomile

Tea made with chamomile should be the last thing you consume before you start your period. Your uterus and your nerves will both benefit from the consumption of this calming beverage. It lessens the intensity of cramps, puts an end to stress and anxiety, and even makes it easier to get a good night's sleep.

The Final Say

We know it is hard to keep our cravings under control during PMS, and you tend to eat without any track, but before it starts to affect your health. You should switch to healthy alternatives and consume good comfort food during those days.

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