"It's true that you can feel very uncomfortable during your period. What you are likely seeking during your period is comfort and soothing. Use a hot water bottle, wear comfy clothes, relax, take a hot bath. In the long run, this will be much more soothing and comforting to your body than feeding it extra calories," Albers says. "Plus, overeating can add to bloating rather than reduce it."
Bushard is a proponent of food as medicine. "Eating cruciferous veggies such as broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, and kale will encourage estrone (the bad sex hormone) detoxification and help alleviate cravings and your discomfort."