The surprising food craving you get in the second half of your cycle

/The surprising food craving you get in the second half of your cycle

The surprising food craving you get in the second half of your cycle

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Whether you’re a longtime Hormonology fan or new to this cycle-focused science, chances are you know that you’re more prone to cravings for sweet, salty, fatty and carb-rich foods in Week 3 of your cycle–the week right after ovulation.

This is in large part a side effect of progesterone, which pushes you to increase your calorie consumption in case you got pregnant during ovulation. And, it may be partly due to dipping estrogen in the first half of your Week 3, which pushes you toward mood-lifting foods to counter irritation and sadness caused by this plunging hormone.

Well, now a new study in the European Journal of Nutrition reveals you tend to crave yet another type of food during your Week 3–protein, especially animal protein (except for you vegans and vegetarians, of course).

Surprisingly, the study authors didn’t speculate why you get more of an urge to consume more protein-rich foods during this phase of your cycle. Normally, researchers at least throw out one or two theories to tease us with.

But, if I’m allowed to armchair quarterback here for a moment, I’d like to point out that research shows a higher intake of zinc (found in protein-rich foods, such as beans, beef, chicken, seafood and yogurt) helps reduce your risk of developing premenstrual symptoms, including moodiness, bloating and fatigue. So, it may be that this is yet one more way your body pushes you toward foods that contain a particular nutrient to help keep you balanced and happy.

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By | 2017-04-22T08:53:05+00:00 November 5th, 2015|food, hormonology tip, Week 3, Week 4|0 Comments

About the Author:

Gabrielle Lichterman, founder of Hormonology® and a longtime women’s health journalist, pioneered the growing movement among women to live in sync with their menstrual cycles and know more about all the ways their hormones impact their moods, health and behavior. This movement was launched in 2005 with Gabrielle’s groundbreaking book, 28 Days: What Your Cycle Reveals about Your Love Life, Moods and Potential, and her creation of Hormonology®. She offers a variety of tools–including her popular free Hormone Horoscope® app, eBooks, infographics, videos and tips–to share vital information about hormones.

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