Today on the show I’m talking to Mary Pritchard, a professor in the Department of Psychology at Boise State University. She writes on eating psychology for The Huffington Post and Psychology Today, and she’s currently working on a book titled, DIET is a 4 letter word.

Mary and I really dig into the topics of emotional eating, intuitive eating, estrogen and progesterone balance, the biology of cravings, and much, much more.

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  • Therese Alban says:

    I listened to the podcast from last week, TBR057: Emotions, Hormones and Success with Mary Pritchard. I have a question for Mary Pritchard. In the podcast you discuss how the rise and fall of estrogen and progesterone affect emotions and energy. Based on what I think you said on the podcast, I am an anomaly. However, my experiences in speaking with other women is that I know more women that are like me than are like the way you described. On the first day of my menstrual cycle, Day 1, which is the first day of bleeding, I feel tired, clumsy, mentally dull, and vulnerable. I feel like I would like to be pampered in a spa by quiet beautiful nuns who do not speak but take care of my every need by mental telepathy. In the middle of the cycle, when I am ovulating, I feel flirty, energetic, mentally alert and looking for action. I want to find my guy and be naughty. Perhaps I was listening incorrectly, but I understood Mary to say that due to the rise and fall of hormones that cause the first day and the day of ovulation – estrogen and progesterone – the emotions and energy levels are the other way around. Perhaps I am anomaly. But I have had these types of patterns since I was 13 pretty consistently. I am open to all comments and discussions. Thank you for your time.

    • Hi Therese!

      So glad you found it helpful. You are not an anomaly. What you are describing is perfectly normal. On Day 1 of our menstrual cycle, we usually start to feel mentally better because estrogen is starting to rise. However, we also want to curl up on the couch with a heating pad and eat chocolate to help with the pain of menstrual cramps. Estrogen rises until ovulation. The closer you get to ovulation, the more flirty you get as your body goes into ‘man-hunting’ mode! Then after ovulation, your estrogen starts to drop and progesterone starts to rise. So you tend to go into introspective mode, but are calmer. I explain all of this in a 6-part blog series on http://www.EmBodyHeartandMind.com. Here is the link to the first post: http://embodyheartandmind.com/riding-wave-harnessing-energy-menstrual-cycle/. Please reach out to me if you have any additional questions.

      Good luck and thanks for your question!

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