For Ladies Only: 5 Tips To Survive Your Period on Keto

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We’re getting personal today, girls! Unfortunately, eating a ketogenic diet doesn’t make us ladies magical unicorns during our lady time. The”gift” of menstruation is still as unpleasant as it was pre-keto. And I don’t think it gets enough recognition {read: complaining}.

Don’t we all turn into ravenous t-rex monsters on our periods? The hormones rage and tell us we MUST have all the chocolate or we’ll go rogue. That can be quite the conundrum when you’re trying to stay away from sugar and carbs.

I’ve figured out a few secrets to dealing with my dot while staying keto and I feel it my responsibility to share with my tribe. Can’t break the girl code!

1. DO NOT WEIGH YOURSELF! 

For the love of all things holy, please do not step on a scale during your period. It will make you mad, sad, scared, frustrated, confused, etc., etc. Because of our hormones (ugh!), we carry some extra water weight those few days and the scale LIES! My first period on keto, this REALLY freaked me out! I thought I had inexplicably gained weight and that had me questioning everything. Because we all go from 0 to 100,000,000 on the freak-out-ometer, right?!

Here’s my own personal proof:

So, trust me and step away from the scale until your cycle is over!

2. EAT! EAT! EAT!

If you feel more hungry on your period, eat a little extra! It’s ok, you’re allowed! If you feel like you need some extra carbs, eat the extra carbs! You will not undo all your progress in the 3 or 4 days that you’re menstruating. I promise! Now, I won’t advise eating a dozen donuts, pint of Ben & Jerry’s, and a bottle of wine (that was pre-keto period) but it’s totally fine if you need to eat more than 20g of carbs!

3. CHOCOLATE IS STILL YOUR FRIEND!

You are still going to crave sweets when it’s shark week. Hence why I said keto doesn’t make us magical unicorns! Just make sure you keep your chocolate binges low carb! For one thing, if you eat a bunch of Reese’s and Hershey bars, you’re probably going to get a wicked stomach ache on top of cramping. No bueno!  Grab some Halo Top, ChocZero, make a mug cake…just keep it sugar free & low carb! I like to have a little dry red wine with my ChocZero! Yummo!

You can get 10% off your ChocZero order by using code “ketoinpearls”! Grab some Keto Bark, maple syrup, and chocolate squares. Thank me later! 😉

4. LISTEN TO YOUR BODY!

You might experience killer headaches, extreme fatigue, teenage grade cramps, zero cramps, blissful radiance…the takeaway is to pay attention to your body. I had a migraine for 6 days leading up to my last period but no cramps. It was the complete opposite of every period I’ve ever had.

Lots of people will tell you to keep your electrolytes up, get enough potassium and magnesium, and put salt in your water. I’m telling you, if you feel like utter poopoo, take same dern medicine. I think drinking salt water is gross and Powerade Zero was not helping me, so I ended up needing medicine. It’s OK! Don’t let the keto police (yes, they’re out there) try and tell you it’s bad. A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do.

5. DON’T STRESS OVER YOUR MACROS!

Whether you have zero appetite or zombie apocalypse appetite, don’t stress over keeping your macros perfect. My Fitness Pal won’t punish you! As long as you’re keeping foods low carb, you’ll be alright! 

Surviving your period CAN be done when you eat a sugar free diet! Curb your cravings with low carb treats, rest, relax, and remember how far you’ve come on your keto journey!

For more keto motivation, wisdom, and humor follow me on Instagram (@keto_in_pearls) and Facebook (Keto In Pearls). If you loved this post, please share with your friends, save to Pinterest, and share on Facebook!

KCKO,

Anna

 


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14 thoughts on “For Ladies Only: 5 Tips To Survive Your Period on Keto”

  • this was helpful , i thought i was going crazy this last period. i had the worst headache and my cycle lasted 7 days
    when it’s usually much less painful and short.. my weight went up by 6 to 7 pounds. it did come down but seem to have taken 2 weeks.

    • That’s what’s happening to me right now. A period that won’t stop. How long did it take to stop? Did you see your doctor?

      • Don’t worry. This can happen if you’ve stored fat for years and your body is readjusting.
        I bled for over a month when I started because I had all these stores hormones from years ago when I was on a different birth control and had gained a bunch of weight from it. After that long period, my periods went back to a norm

  • I AM SOOOOO GLAD I FOUND THIS BLOG!!!!!! Of course I found it 10 minutes late, because out of habit I woke up, went to the restroom, undressed and stepped on the scale. Only to find I’d “gained” nearly two pounds while I was still ketoing!! I didn’t weigh myself on Monday because my daughter had a dental emergency so it was the last thing on my mind when I was awakened from my slumber by my daughter saying she needed to go to the dentist. (side note: all is well). But I’m sure had I stepped on the scale yesterday and saw a higher number, then saw an even higher number today I would have freaked out! But my mind told me “there’s no way” because I knew my period had started on Friday. So I went on the hunt for information on how Keto can affect your period. As far as my eating habits, I noticed that I was going over my carb limit but I was eating less. Adding to that, I’d been topping off the day with Breyer’s Carb Smart (5g Net Carbs) Almond bars because it satisfied my need for both ice cream & chocolate. But for two days I was over my carb limit so I thought the weight gain was from that. I’m glad to know that while slightly true because I’m consuming more carbs (about 3g over) that’s not entirely true. Your blog gives me hope!!

  • Thank you…..thank you…….THANK YOU!! I needed to read this! I just started Keto and my period is due to begin any minute now, and I feel guilty for wanting to eat more carbs than I usually do. During my period, I’m usually very weak, irritable and extremely fatigued. I’m glad to know that I’m not alone and I really appreciate the advice.

  • Oh I ‘ m so glad I found You ! I am on Keto for two weeks now , doing all macros right .. and suddenly from daybfre no change in weight and today I gained weight , while being on IF all these days . My period started today and I had just began to lose all hopes to ditch keto and IF !!! Thank You !!!!

  • I am so glad I found your blog Anna!! I am 2 months into keto and I started periods 2 weeks ago and I’m still bleeding. It just doesn’t seem to stop and I was getting worried. Entire last year till Feb 2020 I was on one or the other fertility treatments and medications, I’m thinking that must be the reason. Another reason I’m thinking could rapid weight loss, I lost 24 pounds which first 6 weeks of keto. I’m just hoping it stops and gets back to normal.

  • Lordt did i need this. I was mad at myself, my scale, heck maybe even my cat for being in the room when i had gained 3 lbs in a matter of hours it seemed.
    So note to self avoid the scale during this hellacious week.

  • Thank you, thank you, thank you!~I recently started doing keto, and I was appalled when my weight was actually higher this morning. This explains the weight gain, and now I can look forward to being back where I was in a few days. In the meantime, I’ll be avoiding the scale!

  • THANK YOU! My mom and I have been doing keto since july 1st. I started my period 2 days ago. Today my mom told me she had lost 4 pounds! I was excited for her but… I had gained a little bit of weight instead of losing any. We had been exercising and eating the same so I was kinda frustrated! It was really discouraging but she told me it might be from the extra weight you get on your period. I thought she had made it up to make me feel more hopeful but this article answered my questions! Hopefully I have lost some weight and its just my period covering it up for now!!! Thank you so much.
    I’ll be updating I’m about a week!!

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