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Periods / Claire Blackmore

Sync Your Christmas Dinner With Your Period Cycle

Merry Christmas! While we’re spending most of our time drinking mulled wine and watching Bridget Jones, we’re also thinking about food. Because c’mon, when else can you eat pigs in blankets as a 10am snack!? But what if you’re unlucky enough to have your period on Christmas Day? How are you meant to ease those cramps and *still* enjoy your dinner? Don’t fret, because here’s a list of festive foods that will keep your womb happy from Xmas morning to Boxing Day…

1. Sweet treats

If you wake up with period pains, try swapping your morning tea for a ginger brew as the root has been proven to reduce abdominal cramps just as much as ibuprofen. Peel some root ginger and place into a pot of hot water with some lemon and leave for 5 mins before drinking. It’s okay to tuck into the gingerbread men too if you fancy – you have a legit medical reason. Woohoo!

2. Festive veg

Our body experiences a number of chemical changes during our period and, to help with our good old friend PMS, it’s important to keep these under control. Vegetables which contain high levels of Vitamin A – a vitamin proven to keep fluctuating hormones under control – include carrots, spinach and butternut squash. Sure, we all look forward to plates piled high with roast potatoes, Yorkshire puddings and pigs in blankets, but make sure you get a delicious helping of roast veggies too.

3. Crimbo chocolate

Your body can lose up to 80ml of blood during your period meaning a decrease in iron levels can cause you to feel even more tired and run down. Luckily, dark chocolate is packed with magnesium which can help boost endorphins and increase energy levels. Don’t shy away from tucking into the after dinner chocs – they could help boost your mood for the session of family board games. Like we even needed another excuse…

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