Almost without fail, most of us women crave chocolate when its period time. It makes us feel better, it settles our cravings, and makes everything just a little bit more manageable. Many of us also often feel guilty when we overindulge. It’s important to know that there are a few reasons why our bodies crave chocolate at this time of the month.
- When we’re feeling sad, angry, anxious, etc… eating chocolate creates serotonin which improves your mood.
- Chocolate is rich in magnesium which is important for helping to settle cramps.
- Chocolate has iron which woman often become deficient in during this time.
Our bodies are smart and often crave what we need. Now you can eat as much chocolate as you want and nobody can say anything about it! Well… it’s not quite like that but you don’t have to feel guilty for eating chocolate if you eat the right kinds.
The nutrients in cocoa is actually what makes us feel good. Nothing else about chocolate is necessarily nutritive, but cocoa is actually an amazing food that is nutrient dense and can be eaten as freely as you like. Organic and raw cacao is the most nutrient dense form of chocolate that you can eat. Raw cacao is also packed with anti-oxidants and calcium. The sugar, dairy, and artificial ingredients in conventional chocolate is not good for us however. So we should avoid those as much as possible as they negatively affect your hormones and overall well being. When hormones are balanced, the body doesn’t usually have cravings during menstruation. Cravings are often a sign of nutrient deficiency and hormonal imbalances. We want to support the body as much as possible with healthy foods when we are on our periods so that we can address the issues we’re having. So instead of having unhealthy chocolate, you can enjoy some natural chocolate without guilt.
What Is Healthy Chocolate?
Ingredients that you don’t want in your chocolate include dairy and milk products, refined sugar, and artificial ingredients.
A healthy choice would be a chocolate that has simple and healthy ingredients. Organic chocolate and raw cacao chocolate are wonderful options and just as delicious. Ensure it is dairy free and sweetened with a natural sugar such coconut sugar, maple syrup, or organic cane sugar. Make sure you can read and understand what each ingredient is! If there is something questionable in the ingredients list than you should probably avoid it. You can also buy raw cacao nibs and raw cacao powder and use it in smoothies, baking, to make healthy treats, and more!
What To Look For
- Raw (If Possible)
- Naturally sweetened
- Clean Ingredients (no additives, fillers, etc…)
- Bonus: Fair Trade
No go off and buy some organic chocolate so it’s on hand next time your period strikes and enjoy the satisfaction and the healthy benefits!
For a quick and healthier version of Double Chocolate Chip Cookies click here!