Into my 9th day of the ’30 Day Challenge to Vaginal Health’ as a vegan, and I’m feeling alright. I’m rarely hungry, and that’s because I eat about every 2 to 3 hours. I’ve been drinking plenty of lime water. But only a half gallon, because I’m not currently working out. However, I have lost weight; between 3 and 4 pounds. Still, I’m pretty active throughout the day, and I can’t keep still these days, due to an increase in my metabolism from eating mostly whole foods. I don’t have meat products or highly processed foods slowing my system down, or clogging it up. I can’t lie though, I’ve been craving fish. Which may mean my body needs more protein. So I’m being much more mindful of whole (vegan) foods that will give me the protein I need; such as quinoa, chickpeas, various types of beans, etc. Something for you to consider if looking for variety, and foods low in cost that gives your body the nutrition it needs.
PLUS, this challenge is about vaginal health right? I’ve done this challenge for a few years. So I don’t need to journal at this point. However, I immediately notice the differences. Being that I’ve never gone vegan for more than 7 days, I’m anxious to see how my diet will affect my menstrual cycle.
Things that may reduce PMS (Premenstrual syndrome) symptoms, shorten and/or lighten the menstrual cycle?
Regular intake of water.
Reducing or eliminating meat and dairy, at least 1 week before the menstrual cycle begins.
Regularly eating leafy greens.
I’ve had several people suffering from fibroids or PMS, say that symptoms seem to improve when they cut down their meat intake.
In other news, I’ve used this 30 day challenge as a time of reflection on myself, my relationships, and goals I have planned for the year. One important lesson I’ve learned so far this year, and that I look to use as a guideline as a sexologist, sexuality educator, and consultant is:
Only give your opinion when asked.