Is intermittent fasting beneficial for a good period health? What are the other benefits of intermittent fasting? If you are asking the same questions as these, please continue reading.

With so much information on what to eat and what not to eat it can get a little confusing as to what, exactly, the best diet is for you. Something that you might be concerned about if you are unhappy with your period health. Simply put, the best diet for you is:

  • One that gives you enough of all the macro-and micro-nutrients you need.
  • One that isn’t inflammatory for you.

Do these two things and there is a lot of wriggle room regarding what you can eat.

Satisfaction With Intermittent Fasting

It’s important to eat good, hearty meals – but also to feel good doing it. Only when you eat full meals do you reach satiety. Satiety or satisfaction, even with intermittent fasting, makes you feel good in general. Different foods can also have an impact on your hormones, helping to calm your nervous system and reduce cortisol levels.

Try not to snack too much though; every time you eat, there is a small pro and con trade-off. The pro is the positive impact on your nervous system. The con is that eating can increase your insulin and be pro-inflammatory.

It’s important to eat what you need when you need it. In the long term of intermittent fasting, you can try to go without snacking, but this won’t work for everyone. Especially not if you are stressed or haven’t slept well.

Get more detailed insights from our Ballarat nutritionist to be guided how to get satisfaction with intermittent fasting.

Eating Window Method

One approach that you can try to reduce snacking is by using an eating window. An eating window is a type of intermittent fasting. It means that you restrict when you eat, but you can still eat full satisfying meals. The way it works is as follows:

  • Eat a normal dinner by 6 or 7 pm.
    • Prepare and eat a meal containing all three macronutrients. After eating, you can have unsweetened drinks but not food.
  • Fast overnight.
  • Eat breakfast around 9 am the next day.
  • Eat lunch as normal.

This is not a calorie-restricted diet. If you don’t eat foods that are inflammatory to you, you can eat what you like between 9 am and 7 pm. If these hours don’t work for you, they can be adjusted. The important thing is to only eat during an 8-10 hour window.

Don’t be Afraid of Your Food

Removing inflammatory foods can help improve your health, but that doesn’t mean you need to view them as dangerous. By saying, “Don’t be afraid of your food.” means don’t feel like you should go hungry.

Hunger is normal, natural, and healthy. Hunger helps your body get the nutrition it needs to have a healthy period. Honour your body by giving it substantially, satisfying meals.

Talk to our Ballarat nutritionist to be guided on how to get personalised advice for improving your period health.

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