Your Diet Is Causing Your Dreadful Cycle

 Now I’m no doctor but I’ve recently become a believer that what we eat daily has an effect on our diet. Whether it’s a good or bad effect, depends on your body. My periods used to be DREADFUL. Like nauseated all the time, unable to move on my first day, cramps that made my whole body ache and emotions on a thousand. My cycle is still no walk in the park but it has become so much better now that my diet is better.

I’m aware that there are certain medical conditions that can negatively affect our periods and plenty of other factors BUT our diet does play a major role and I wasn’t a believer until now. My menstrual cramps used to come on-and-off for the entire week before my period and then the entire week of my period. That’s two weeks of menstrual cramps. Can you imagine? I’m getting weak just thinking about how bad they used to be. My cycle was long, heavy, and I literally would feel like I was dying for a week and a half.

After my first round of Whole30 (read all about that here), and after no longer putting excessive amounts of processed food and junk in my system my cycle got better. I noticed that my period went from five heavy days til about three heavy days and two lighter ones. Now after my second round of Whole30, my cycle is about four days longs with only one being really heavy and three lighter days.

Now, my cramps are still vicious but they only last for two days instead of two weeks. My mood swings aren’t as drastic. The nausea that would accompany my cycle now only comes on the first day, and maybe a bit on the second.

To wrap this up, if you have terrible periods and no medical condition causing them, check your diet sis.

18 Comments

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    Yaz

    February 22, 2017

    This is a great read! Thank you for sharing.

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    Lucy

    February 23, 2017

    Thank you ! Most people – lol well women don’t really think about how their diet affects their cycle.. I suppose everything we put in our bodies affects that in some way. Great read.. very informative..

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    kemkem

    February 24, 2017

    I definitely believe that diet plays a role in the yoyo cycle of womanhood :-). I feel so much better since eating more fresh food and veggies :-).

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      Ashleigh

      February 26, 2017

      Same here, I’m a believer now! haha

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    Jay Colby

    February 24, 2017

    This was a truly insightful article. I certainly learned some new things reading this.

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      Ashleigh

      February 26, 2017

      Glad you did!

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    Andrea

    February 26, 2017

    Great post. When you eat well you live well. I am a true believer that food affects not only your weight but your mood and performance. Whenever I’m feeling off, I always check how I’ve been eating.

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      Ashleigh

      February 26, 2017

      So true!

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    Rashida Thompson (@shidaspeakslife)

    February 26, 2017

    You know what, I never actually thought about it. I also have debilitating cramps & I admit that I eat like crap most of the time. I’ve seen a couple of people mention Whole 30 & I think I want to do some additional research.

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      Ashleigh

      February 26, 2017

      Yeah I remember hearing way back when that diet had an effect on your periods but never actually changed anything. Glad I did. Check out my post on Whole30 for my tips if you decide to do it.

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    MUAKimPorter

    February 27, 2017

    I can agree with you on this one. Just cutting back on the bad things can help too, until you wean yourself off. I have to check out the Whole30 diet.

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    Kirstin N. Fuller (@thetravelindiva)

    February 27, 2017

    I believe it! When I eliminated sodas from my diet, my cycle got better. It’s never been terrible like my sisters but I did have a day of cramps, mood swings and breast soreness. Now I’m just emotional for 3.5 days. lol

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    Donna Shana (@byDonnaShana)

    February 27, 2017

    This is so true. Mine has gone from 7 days to 5 days as I haven’t had any junk, meat or cheese since January 8. And this time around I didnt have any cramps which are usually a beast!

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    Cleverly Changing (@Cleverlychangin)

    February 27, 2017

    I think you are very correct about the relation to diet and a person’s cycle. I’ve also noticed that exercising tends to make my mood and cycle flow better.

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    Mimi Green

    February 27, 2017

    I need to share this with my BFF. This is something she and I talk about all the time. Mine is easy thankfully.

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    Tanya Barnett (@RealWifeCoach)

    February 27, 2017

    I had surgery in 2011 because of terrible cycles. I no longer have them…Praise God.

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    Jonna

    February 27, 2017

    I’m attempting the whole 30 diet starting today. I don’t have too much issues with my cycle but now I’ll be looking to see if there is a difference.

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    MJ (@FABHauteMama)

    February 27, 2017

    I really need to do this. I know my diet is affecting my body.

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