Carbs are your new BFF
Use carbs to your advantage during your cycle
Eating complex carbs can also help increase serotonin levels, aka that “feel good” hormone. So eating carbs can help improve mood and gives you the energy you need to power through your period and this notoriously low-energy time.
A decrease in estrogen levels marks the luteal phase. Hello, moderate to intense food cravings and bloating! It is also when your body’s insulin sensitivity decreases, so it will be more challenging to process carbs for energy. During this time, try to consume complex carbs earlier in the day so that your body has more time to process and use them before you go to sleep.
It’s WHEN you eat carbs that makes all the difference
But eating most of your carbs at night can have many benefits for women not in their fertile years or those less concerned about hormonal balance. It helps keep the body in a state of fatty acid oxidation throughout the day, which is a mild state of ketosis. This has many benefits, but it can be too stressful for the body when overdone.
Choose a carb intake time that best suits your health goals—whether that’s detoxing, balanced hormones, weight loss, or something else. Remember to try to consume healthy forms of carbs like yams, rice, quinoa, sweet potatoes, purple potatoes, amaranth, and millet the majority of the time and be sure to exercise daily to help your body metabolize and use it as fuel.