Which week are you on in your cycle?
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormonescope: Watch your wallet today! Rising estrogen and testosterone are making you more likely to splurge on lots of little impulse purchases, like nail polish, magazines, toys, sunglasses and keychains. Unfortunately, those little items add up fast, so if you’re on a budget try keeping your cash at home.
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: You’re going to be drawn toward spicier, flavorful, exotic and untried foods. Why? High estrogen is making your tastebuds more sensitive to flavor and high testosterone is making you bolder and more impulsive, which provides the potential for some pretty interesting meal choices today.
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: You’ll likely notice that you’re not speaking as eloquently as you did during Weeks 1 and 2 when estrogen was climbing. Now that this hormone reaches a lower level and progesterone is dominating, it’s more difficult to remember the exact word you want to say, get sentences out without stumbling over your words and avoid frequently pausing and/or saying “um” and “ah”.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: You may be tempted to turn to yummy treats to counter the uncomfortable, annoying effects of PMS. Trying to lose weight but are having trouble resisting a little “medicinal” eating? Try carrying around a photo of a new swimsuit or dress you want to fit into and look at it whenever cravings strike. A new University of Texas at Austin study shows that having a strong reminder of the long-term benefits of not giving in to temptation—such as fitting into a smaller size—makes it significantly easier to stick to a diet plan since folks tend to focus on the short-term benefits of giving in—such as how good the treat will taste.