This Month | May 2018

Hey everyone and welcome to the second edition of This Month. For those of you who didn’t catch part one, This Month is my own little period diary. I chat about any cravings, how my skin has been feeling and general crankiness I’ve been experiencing. For those of you confused by the title, this one is coming at you a few weeks late. Thanks to Recipe A Day May, I didn’t have chance to slot this post in when my period actually arrived, so rather than skip a month, I thought I’d catch you up now.  

Cravings 

I mentioned in April’s edition that I’ve craved bread pretty much every month for the past 12 years. Well, not this month. I found the food side of things challenging in May, I lost my appetite completely.  

I wasn’t actually supposed to get a period at all in May, my regular cycle is about 5 weeks. My last period was the last week of April, meaning my next one should have been due May 31st. Part of the reason I opted to do Recipe A Day May in May was because I knew my hormones weren’t going to be getting in the way of my appetite. Well, make plans around mother nature and she’ll laugh in your face and change hers. My period came 10 days early. Those of you who were keeping up with my daily recipes may recall me saying I started to find it hard in the last week or so. This is why.  

Starbursts

The only craving, or thing I actually enjoyed eating at all, during my period this month was a handful of Starburst I had on day 3. I usually don’t crave sugary things at all so this came as a surprise.  

Skin  

I got lucky with my skin this month. No breakouts or irritation at all. It was more sensitive than usual, which it always is around that time of the month, but I managed to avoid any major reactions. I dug my Sarah Chapman Recovery Booster back out for a few days and that seemed to control the sensitivity situation. My skin didn’t get oily at all this month, it actually got slightly drier. Thankfully, my skin wasn’t too dry before my period thanks to a mini heatwave we were having. Disaster avoided again. 

Period Skincare Disasters: 0  

Sophie: 2  

 Ultra Recovery Booster

I’ve been thinking about where I’d like to take this series and although this is only month 2, I’d like to up my game with it and perhaps review some period related products or talk a little deeper about what’s going on rather than just mentioning the odd craving. I’ve never tried a Mooncup? I’d love to know your thoughts on this! Have you guys had any random cravings or skin issues lately?  

Until next time 

Sophie  

To catch up with This Month, click here. Or to see the foods I forced myself to eat when I lost my appetite, click here.

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13 Comments

  1. Huda
    12th June 2018 / 10:43 pm

    Omg starbursts-haven’t had them in a while but you mentioning them definitely made me wanna have some haha! I have never tried a moo cup but have always been quite intrigued by it! xx

  2. 12th June 2018 / 10:45 pm

    This post is so interesting! I always crave sugar when it’s coming up to a period.

  3. 13th June 2018 / 8:49 am

    I like the idea that you are documenting your period cycle and the effects it has on your diet, skin and health. I would definitely say yes to reviewing products around this theme.

  4. 13th June 2018 / 11:46 am

    “Period Skincare Disasters: 0
    Sophie: 2 ”

    I laughed out loud reading this line! But hey, one is never in need to period related skin irritations.

  5. 14th June 2018 / 5:06 pm

    Oh I love this idea for following all things about periods monthly! What i’ve noticed, while being in period, I’m craving junk food so so much it’s insane

    This was super interesting read!

    lots of love, Jasmin
    // littlethingswithjassy.com

  6. 14th June 2018 / 5:10 pm

    I’ve heard so any good things about Sarah Chapman products really need to give them a go! I also can’t go a day without bread!! X

  7. 14th June 2018 / 5:12 pm

    I think I am always craving cookies or ice cream. Maybe it is the weather. Also craving a holiday but i guess that’s everyone ahah! I am glad your skin did not suffer from your period!

  8. 14th June 2018 / 5:29 pm

    Compared to my periods, you’re sound a dream! I crave anything from the day 1 of no pill to the day I go back on the pill, it’s a nightmare! Especially when lost things I eat make me bloat uncontrollably! I also get really bad skin but that’s what having pcos does to you! I like how you’re documenting them, it’s so interesting!

    Liz xx

    • Sophie
      Author
      14th June 2018 / 5:33 pm

      Oh my God no, I frequently throw up, sometimes pass out and get pain so bad I can’t walk and gain about 10lbs of bloat. I’ve seen so many doctors about mine it’s an absolute joke. That’s part of the reason I don’t crave much, I’m too ill . I just keep these quite light hearted because it’s a bit depressing when I think about the other stuff. Sorry to hear about the pcos! Thanks for reading

  9. 14th June 2018 / 6:00 pm

    I’m not on my period but I’m definitely craving Star Bursts after reading your post he he. I think this is a great series Sophie! I’d love to read your experience with a Mooncup if you try it, they sound like an interesting idea but I’ve never been brave enough to try it myself xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

  10. 14th June 2018 / 8:03 pm

    “Make plans around mother nature and she’ll laugh in your face and change hers” – ain’t that the bloody truth! I’ve almost given up tracking now – it’s just a 25-35 day surprise!

    I’ve noticed my cravings tend to be for cheese these days, always used to be sweet things!

    Francesca x | http://glutenfreehorizons.com

  11. 15th June 2018 / 3:25 am

    Loool wow I can’t rw you the last time I’ve had a starburst! Omg the nostalgia, I used to love those esp the seasonal packs my cycle messes with me too like it does what it wants tbh lol. But my biggest problem is cramps, if you do get, I heard of something called the yoni egg that I’d like to investigate more. Good luck with your series ❤️

    xx Lena | https://lenadeexo.com

  12. 15th June 2018 / 10:27 pm

    Great post! I could definitely go for a handful of starbursts after reading this!

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