Forewarned, I'm going to talk about monthly cycles now...nothing graphic, but I like to give a heads up before talking female stuff :)
It's about that time in my cycle for ovulation. Generally, I get cravings for sweets and higher carb, have an increased appetite & retain water for a few days. If I binge on sugar at this point in the month, the cravings and sugar dragon explode into massive proportions and I struggle until about day 2 of TOM. (Can you tell I've experienced this a few times??) So, I need to be very mindful of my food the next few days. Plus, I need to lay off the dense carbs & fruit unless I really need to refuel post workout.
Being aware of how my body reacts to the various stages of my fertility cycle has been key for me. I dislike the swings that I go through on a monthly basis, but by recognizing the trends I have been able to handle things better. I also know that my "symptoms" ease some if I eat better. Shocking, right?
Last month when I was in full out "crazy eating mode" I think I pinpointed dairy as a problem for me. I have seen a correlation between dairy consumption and depression/emotional instability in myself. This is completely anecdotal, and I understand that correlation does not equal causation, but it is something I am aware of. It's possible that something else I was eating was problematic, but I feel pretty strongly that dairy was at the root.
So anyway.... I won't be adding dairy back after this Whole30. As much as I love cheese, sour cream and half n half, it's out for the foreseeable future. I much prefer an evenly keeled mental status.
Are you bored yet by my ramble? Ready to see what I've been eating?
Here ya go...