Here’s the scenario: You wake up before your alarm to ridiculous menstrual cramps. You toss and turn a few more minutes hoping they’ll go away so you can get a few more minutes of sleep before you really have to face the day. After a few minutes, you get the strong urge to use the restroom. Ugh, diarrhea – again. Why does it always come when I’m on my period? You get back in bed until your alarm clock goes off and start daydreaming of being breakfast in bed – preferably chocolate-covered something (anything). Ring-ring-ring! There it is, time to get up and face the already dreadful day with cramps, cranky mood and getting on with real life even though you’d rather stay in bed and watch movies – uninterrupted – all. day long.
Does this sound familiar? Yeah, a little too familiar to me too. This was my morning today.
While I was thinking “Hmm.. maybe I should go to the store and buy some peanut butter M&M’s for breakfast” – instead I changed up my morning routine (luckily it’s the weekend) and turned my day around in just under 35 minutes. Instead of facing this period with dread and crabbiness, I am easing into my flow and embracing the feminine nature and power that comes with getting my period.
I got up and did a short yoga video for menstrual relief. Instead of immediately getting in the shower, I gave myself 15 minutes to breathe, relax into my body, do a few twists to lighten up the cramps and get grounded in my feminine body.
Next, I did a short meditation – about 10 minutes – where I walked myself through a garden of beautiful flowers, all with different scents, colors, textures and sizes. Each flower was unique in its own precious way. I walked slowly and was fully mindful of each and every flower in the garden. Then once it started to rain, I didn’t take cover, but instead walked slower and slower and let the rain wash over my body, from the crown of my head to the soles of my feet. I let all the negativity flow out of my body and breathed into the fact that I was being cleansed from the inside out just as the rain was cleansing me on the outside.
Finally, instead of packing myself into the car and making the very unhealthy decision of buying peanut butter M&M’s for breakfast, I made a smoothie that I’m naming it the very-appropriately named “That Time Of The Month Smoothie” – here’s the recipe:
“That Time Of The Month” Smoothie
- 1 organic ripe banana
- 2 stalks curly kale, removed from stems
- 1 ½ cups coconut milk (or almond milk)
- 2 tbsp almond butter
- 1 tbsp ground flax seed
- 2 tbsp raw cacao
- 1 tbsp maple syrup (more or less depending on your palate)
- ½ tsp gluten-free vanilla extract
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and drink up!
So why is this so appropriately named “That Time Of The Month” Smoothie? Many of the ingredients included in this smoothie help with easing menstrual cramps which make periods feel like torture to get through some months.
Flax seeds: full of Omega-3’s which inhibit the release of prostoglandins, relieving the cause of painful cramps.
Raw cacao: great source of magnesium. Magnesium is known to help relax muscles.
Leafy greens: full of calcium and fiber. Calcium aids in relieving cramps, while the fiber helps to absorb those cramp-inducing prostoglandins.
Almond butter: another calcium-rich food and great vitamin E source – both, again, awesome for relieving those pesky cramps.
Cinnamon: another well-known menstrual cramp soother, and also a great source of manganese which can relieve other menstrual related symptoms and help to minimize heavy flow.
All together, this smoothie is one giant cocktail for cramp-relieving bliss when you may feel a little less than blissed out overall. If you find yourself off to a “it’s not looking so good morning” like I did myself, try these few things to get yourself back to your chipper self in no time. I promise – this is so much better for you than popping a few pills and praying they will go away.