As a woman, athlete and sports nutritionist, it's not only important for me to understand my own nutrition and performance during the menstrual cycle, but also the science based research around this topic in order for me to apply it within my professional practice.
As women we tend to know when we're 'due on', we're a little bit moodier, want to eat everything in site and generally feel a bit 'bleurgh'.. although that might just be me! So what actually happens throughout our 28 day cycle?
We have 2 'phases' that we go through, the Follicular phase and the Luteal phase. The Follicular phase is the first 15 days of our cycle, including the period, and the Luteal phase is the 2nd half if you like, from day 16 to 28.
1-7 days – Period
8-13 days – Mid Follicular phase
14-15 days –Ovulation
16-28 days – Luteal phase
So what does this mean in terms of our Nutrition and our training/performances?
Each phase varies in the hormone balance, which can determine what type of fuel we use for exercise (Carbs...