Which week are you on in your cycle?
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormonescope: Rising estrogen and testosterone amp up your energy and optimism, making it easier to get swept up in exciting ideas, peppy people and passionate requests. As a result, you may give up more of your time and/or money than you intended, for instance, by pledging a monthly contribution to a Greenpeace volunteer, agreeing to organize a community fundraiser or spending more than you planned on a new purchase.
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: Treat yourself to scented items, like a bouquet of flowers or your favorite scented shower gel. Then, treat yourself to your favorite food or sample something you’ve never tried before. High estrogen is sharpening your senses of smell and taste, making you enjoy these indulgences more this week than any other week of your cycle.
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: Rising progesterone is doing the food ordering today. And what it wants is fatty, sweet and salty treats. On a diet? Then indulge your palate in creamy low-fat yogurt with fresh fruit, a gooey low-fat cheesy burrito, crunchy low-fat granola or all-natural sorbet. You’ll satisfy your cravings while avoiding lots of fat and extra calories.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: You’ll probably find it harder to recall details today. That’s plunging estrogen’s fault. As it descends, it makes it harder to remember facts you knew so well during the first two weeks of your cycle when this hormone was rising. Some good news? No matter where you are in your cycle, you can improve your memory by drinking tea or cocoa or eating blueberries or grapes. A recent study shows that these foods all contain a certain compound that improves the function of the “dentate gyrus”, the part of your brain responsible for memory and learning.