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

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 | 2018-09-09T13:03:35+00:00 November 5th, 2015|food, hormonology tip, Week 3, Week 4|0 Comments

About the Author:

Gabrielle Lichterman is the founder of Hormonology, author of 28 Days: What Your Cycle Reveals about Your Love Life, Moods and Potential and creator of the popular Hormone Horoscope menstrual cycle tracker apps. In 2005, Gabrielle pioneered the growing movement among women to live in sync with their menstrual cycles and learn about the many ways their hormones impact their moods, health and behavior with the publication of her book, 28 Days. She's also a longtime women's health journalist whose articles have been published in major publications around the globe. Gabrielle's new updated and expanded version of 28 Days is due to be published December 2018. You can help get this book published by contributing to her crowdfunding campaign at

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