Which week are you on in your cycle?
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormonescope: It may be hard to believe, but there are only two months left to 2010. And today’s rising estrogen may have you remembering this little fact, along with all the to-dos and resolutions you meant to get to this year and still haven’t started. That’s because as this hormone climbs, it reignites your passion and motivation for launching projects. Especially ones you were hoping to have finished by now.
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: High estrogen and testosterone are giving you a bit of wanderlust and making you want a change of scenery as well as a little excitement. As a result, you may be considering a quick getaway to visit friends, head to a theme park or go someplace to celebrate the changing season. And, with your high testosterone impulsivity, you may just end up taking off at the drop of a hat!
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: You’ll likely be experiencing energy slumps today due to rising progesterone, a hormone with sedating effects. Want an easy way to stay alert all day? Drink less caffeine! Harvard University scientists say that sipping a little caffeinated tea or coffee throughout the day keeps you more alert and energized than downing an oversized mug-full in one gulp. According to their research, small amounts of caffeine spaced out over several hours works better at countering the buildup of adenosine, a brain chemical that causes drowsiness as the day goes on.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: You’re in the mood for foods you know you like, movies you’ve already seen and other tried-and-true indulgences. Off the table? Unusual foods—like poached eel or kumquat ice cream—arty movies and other not-so-typical fare. That’s because as estrogen and testosterone plunge this week, they make you less interested in taking risks or being challenged like they did during the first two weeks of your cycle when they were on the rise.