Thursday, May 02, 2013
Honestly, I see a new post on the message boards pretty much every day with a title like "for the ladies" or "Women Only! Warning TMI!"
It always, always, ALWAYS has something to do with the monthly visit from Aunt Flo (or whatever other euphemism they've chosen), and the cravings they associate with it. They ALWAYS want to know how to deal with those cravings...as if there's some sort of magical power THOSE cravings have that others don't.
Here's the answer to their question...that keeps getting asked...over and over and over again...
There is no magical cure. There is no magical snack that will make all of your cravings go away. What's more, the cravings you have during your period are exactly like the cravings you have the rest of the month. I know you think they're special, but they're not. Seriously, they're not.
Scientists went out in the world and found that women in the non-Western world don't have cravings like that. They just don't. They also found that women in the Western world, if unaware where they were in their cycle, did not report any extraordinary cravings or mood swings. That's right. No special moods swings. The non-Western world also lacked special moods swings.
Want to know why? (Of course you do or you wouldn't still be reading!)
Because the cravings and PMS we associate with Aunt Flow have no basis in biology. Zero. Zip. It's all cultural. We are told that we freak out and lose control during our cycle....So we freak out and lose control during our cycle. (The women who aren't taught that, don't do it. True story.)
I know you want to tell me I'm wrong. You're thinking of all those times you craved chocolate like a crazy person and would have murdered your boyfriend that one time when you were PMSing...if only he didn't run so darned fast, but I am only the messenger. You can do the research yourself if you like. Be sure to look at studies done in the last ten years...because some of that older stuff is pretty sexist and just plan wrong.
Now go eat some chocolate and stop whining about your cravings you crazy kid.