For successful women paleo-ers, what, if anything, do you alter with your eating during your menstrual cycle? I've been able to avoid having one (aside from occassional spotting) for nearly 6 years (Depo Provera, Pregnant, Nursing, Pregnant, Nursing, Heavy Running, Mirena...) and I just this week got it again. My workouts suffered, my energy suffered, and tonight I gave in and ate a TON of sugar in an effort to get some semblance of function back in my body!
I usually eat semi-strict paleo (as well as I can in a deployed environment anyway), and peanuts/peanut butter are really my only non-paleo vice. I work out 1-2 times per day, usually with 1 crossfit workout and one cardio session. I took yesterday off from the gym because I felt run down. I didn't sleep well and skipped my morning workout, then attempted a long run today and my calves locked up and my body refused to cooperate. I ended up only running 3 and walked 2.5.
Does anyone else have similar issues on their period while eating paleo? Do you make adjustments to your eating habits during this time? What are your recommendations / what foods work for you to keep your body functioning and avoid sacrificing your workouts?
Update for those who were curious -- the symptoms have lessened, though I've still been intermitten with occassional periods (sometimes it's only a day, sometimes longer), but they are definitely not as bad as that first one! Thanks for all the advice. I think a combo of additional fruit and iron (once I get stateside I'll try incorporating liver if I can stomach it!) will do the trick.