Toxic Shock, Sex and Cravings: 9 Embarrassing Questions about Your Period, Answered

Get answers to your most embarrassing questions about that time of the month (10 Photos)

and Christine Northrup on Aug 15, 2011 at 3:26PM

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Toxic Shock, Sex and Cravings: 9 Embarrassing Questions about Your Period, Answered

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Is it normal that I have an insatiable hunger when that time of the month rolls around?

Feeling hungry or craving sweets and other carbohydrates before and during your period most likely relates to hormonal fluctuations that make you more sensitive to your body’s natural insulin. If your blood sugar drops precipitously, it triggers hunger and carb cravings. If you then eat sweets or simple carbohydrates to curb the cravings, your blood sugar shoots up and triggers your pancreas to spit out more insulin, thereby jacking up your insulin levels. And thus, the cycle continues. The best way to avoid these hunger pangs and carb cravings is to eat a diet that keeps your blood sugar steady. Vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains keep your blood sugar and insulin levels stable and may dramatically reduce these symptoms.

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