This post is sponsored by LOLA. All opinions are my own. Thanks for making Simply Taralynn possible!
Good Morning! I am so lucky that over 90% of my readers are women because women are awesome. We put up with a lot, and we experience things men will never understand. We are strong, we are tough, and we are mighty. I feel so blessed that I get to connect with all of you amazing women every day! You make this space so much fun.
Talking about periods doesn’t scare me. It’s not embarrassing; it’s not something that should be hidden, and to be honest, I love complaining about them. I love complaining about my cramps, moping about how bloated I look, eating dark chocolate when I have cravings, camping out on my couch when I don’t feel like moving, and giving my boyfriend the “stink face” if he says anything wrong (which is rare) when it’s my time of the month.
When I was younger, periods were always “embarrassing.” I would hide my products so no one could see them, buy a ton of random foods to cover up the pads in my cart, and refuse to wear any color other than black during my periods. I don’t know why it was such a sensitive subject, but that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore. I mean, if it were, I wouldn’t be partnering up with LOLA to talk about my monthly cycle or sharing which products I use on a platform for the entire world to read.
Another reason I tend to talk about periods a lot is that I have them pretty bad. I have endometriosis. With that, I get the worst periods. During my time of the month, you’ll find me hiding under the blankets with heating pads, hot tea, in my sweatpants, most likely curled up in a ball, and refusing to get up and do anything (unless my Netflix is asking if I’m still there.) My cramps can be so severe that it’s hard for me to get active a couple of the days, the bleeding is awful, and I swell like a balloon. It’s horrible. I know a lot of women deal with this on the daily. Luckily, there are things you can do to help the pain, and make your time of the month a little less terrible.
Before I share my tips for cramping and cravings, I want to mention a whole other side of the menstrual cycle that is equally as important. The products we use! I teamed up with LOLA two years ago, and have been using their products ever since. I love them! They are free of harsh chemicals, unlike the popular brands, and they are shipped to my house monthly, so I’m always covered.
If you missed my previous post about the LOLA brand, let me fill you in on why I love the LOLA products.
Did you know that the FDA doesn’t require brands to disclose a comprehensive list of ingredients in their feminine care? And they totally take advantage of that and leave the ingredients off their lists. These major brands are using a mix of synthetic ingredients like rayon and polyester in their tampons. They may contain perfumes and dyes. This isn’t the safest option. You can eat all the healthy food in the world, but it won’t do anything for you if you’re not paying attention to the products we surround ourselves with.
LOLA Products are made with 100 % ORGANIC cotton, and there are a lot of options for you to choose from. They have BPA-FREE plastic applicators, cardboard applicators, or non-applicator tampons. Everyone has a preference, so I love that they have options. They also have pads and liners available, which is what I try to use the most. If I’m not out and about, I stick to the pads. TMI? Get over it! 🙂 We’re practically all women here.
What I love the most is their subscription service. This is something I wish I would have had in high school! Any moms out there? This would be an awesome subscription for your daughters (or yourself!)
You can customize the subscription with a mix of light, regular, super, and super+, a mix of pads, the number of boxes, and frequency and delivery. You can skip or cancel the subscription at any time.
The pricing is also very reasonable! It’s $10 for one box of applicator tampons, $18 for two boxes per month.
If you are interested in trying out LOLA, the first 100 readers will receive 50% off their order with the code: simplytaralynn 🙂
(available in the US only/excludes Hawaii & Alaska)
EASING THE PAIN
1. HEAT: During my time of the month, I take a lot of hot baths with lavender and mint bath salts for the cramps. This takes away the pain almost instantly. It eases up the pressure faster than any pain medicine. I’ll also spend a lot of time with my heating pad. Candles are always helpful, too! Calming scents like lavender, mint, lemongrass, and eucalyptus.
2. LESS CAFFEINE/MORE SLEEP: I avoid alcohol & caffeine. I’ll stick to water and caffeine free herbal tea with lemon. The good thing about not drinking as much caffeine is that you’ll sleep better and more. More sleep helps with period symptoms, especially the cravings.
3. EXERCISE: I try my hardest to get out and exercise. Sometimes I just can’t, but it helps with blood circulation. Yoga and power walking are my go-to’s. Plus, exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy…you get it.
4. FOOD TO CURE: I turn to healthier foods to help with my symptoms, and try to stick to healthier options for cravings. I’ll share two of the go-to smoothies that I drink around my time of the month. Not only do they satisfy the cravings, but they also ease up the cramping.
5. ESSENTIAL OILS: I never believed in essential oils until I used the LOLA Essential oil blend during my last cycle. I laughed when people told me to use essential oils for my endometriosis pain. I rolled a ton of the LOLA essential oil blend all over my lower abdomen and lower back while experiencing cramps, and the pain decreased by 80%. I was amazed because I don’t even experience relief from taking Ibuprofen or Midol. I couldn’t believe it.
I’ve always been a huge believer in turning to food for healing and medication. There are so many nutrients and vitamins that help with period cramps in food, especially plant-based food.
I wanted to share two smoothies that are ideal for cramping and cravings!
Foods that help menstrual cramping and keep those cravings under control
FOODS I TURN TO DURING MY TIME OF THE MONTH (these are just a few of my favorites)
Cocoa Powder: Iron, Magnesium & Mainly for fighting chocolate cravings.
Pumpkin Seeds: Magnesium
Cranberries: Magnesium, Potassium, Antioxidants, Vitamin C
Bananas: Potassium, Vitamin B6,
Pineapples: Vitamin C, Magnesium, Vitamin B6, Iron, Vitamin A
Blueberries: Antioxidants, Vitamin C
Mint: Calming Moods
Coconut: Pottasium, Magnesium, Iron, Vitamin C
Spinach & Kale: Iron, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E
Sunflower Seeds: Vitamin E, Vitamin B6, Magnesium, Iron, Healthy Fats
Avocado: Vitamin B6, Healthy Fats, Vitamin E
Pistachios: Magnesium, Vitamin B6, Iron, Potassium
Ginger: Muscle pain & Inflammation from Gingerol
Lemon: Vitamon C, Helps Cravings
Broccoli: Vitamin E, Vitamin C
Hazelnuts: Magnesium, Vitamin B6, Iron, Vitamin C, Potassium, Calcium
Hemp Seeds: Essental Fatty acids, Magnesium, Potassium,
Coconut & Almond Milk: Replaces dairy during your cycles (dairy causes bloating & cramping) Contains Vitamin E
Herbal Teas (ease pain & reduce caffeine)
Smoothie #1 The Cranberry Cramp Monster! ♥
♥1 Cup Almond Milk
♥1/2 Cup Frozen Cranberries
♥1/2 Frozen Banana
♥1 Scoop Vanilla Plant-Based Protein Powder
♥2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
♥1 Tablespoon Avocado
♥1 Tablespoon Ground Ginger
♥Ice is optional (I always add it in!)
Smoothie #2 The Cravings Crusher! ♥
♥1 Cup Coconut Milk
♥1 Scoop Chocolate Plant-Based Protein Powder
♥2 Tablespoons Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
♥1 Tablespoon Hemp Seeds, 3-4 Fresh Mint Leaves
♥1 Tablespoon Pistachios
♥1 Tablespoon Unsalted Sunflower Seeds
♥Ice is optional (I always add it in!)
Questions for you!
- Do you get embarrassed talking about your periods?
- Do you pay attention to the ingredients in your personal products?
- What is one tip you follow to ease up period symptoms?