Comfort Food: I’m On My Period And Here’s 12 Recipes I Want To Put In My Mouth


Periods, right ladies? Hilariously, many of my female friends and I have synced up so we’re a bunch of Flowin’ Friends. Menses Friendsies. Sensational Menstrationals. We’re going to make shirts.

There are a lot of things I hate about menstruation. I hate that it marginalizes me as a person to people who think I can’t function while my brain blood spews out of me, I hate that it makes me feel sick and gross, and I hate that so many of those shitty stereotypes are real. I do feel emotional, and I am craving some weird shit. I simultaneously want to be left alone and be smothered with care—food is great for that. It’s care and comfort without having to interact with other humans.

But what I hate the most about periods is the CHOCOLATE CHOCOLATE CHOCOLATE stereotype, as if once a month women unhinge their jaws and squirt an industrial sized bottle of Hershey’s syrup into their mouths. It’s just way too specific. Just chocolate? I want meat, cheese, bread, ice cream, steak, and sushi from that one place I went to once six years ago. Look, when I’m on my period, I want all the food.

Photo: Pass The Sushi

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    • Cee

      CHEESE. PINWHEEL. ROLLS. *faint* Where have you been all my life?

      My period and all around comfort food craving is mac n’ cheese. In LA we have the Grilled Cheese Truck and I get a mac n’ cheese sandwich with bacon, grilled onions and mushrooms, with tomato soup and tater tots. It is the best and the worst all in one.

      • Samantha

        The grilled cheese truck reminds me that there’s good in the universe. I like the Gruyere and apple sandwich with the tots.

      • Julia Sonenshein

        I’m from LA and I LOVE the Grilled Cheese Truck! Also, a Bay Cities sandwich fixes every problem.

      • Cee

        Yay LA! I must find out about this Bay Cities and make it my lover

      • Julia Sonenshein

        get ready to fall in love! send me an email ( if you’re so inclined and i’ll send you an obsessive list of Bay Cities recommendations.

    • Roxanne Marie Zoltan

      Okay I have ONE WEEK to prepare my kitchen to make every single one of these in honor of uteruses (uteri?) everywhere and general not-being-pregnantness.

      • Julia Sonenshein

        Make them all and report back!

    • Samantha

      This is brilliant. Sweet food absolutely does nothing for me, but I eat all the guacamole when I’m bleeding.
      Also, how great is it when your period lines up with Shark Week? The jokes and puns almost make it fun.

      • Julia Sonenshein

        If we’re all synced up on Shark Week, can we be Chum Chums?

    • Magda Nunez

      My friends and I are also Cycle Sisters! But I’m the same way… I just want to eat vast amounts of food when I’m on my period. All. Of. It. I get weird cravings… My mom made me feel super special when she was like, “That means you’re going to be an eater when your pregnant and get super fat.” YAY!

      Unfortunately, I’m usually too lethargic (Damn you fatigue! I shake my fist at you!) to cook when I’m bleeding, so I usually just pick up some Ben and Jerry’s. Karamel Sutra, here’s looking at you!

      • Julia Sonenshein

        The exhaustion is awful! Thank god for Ben & Jerry’s and the biggest spoon I can get my hands on.

    • Anonachocolatemousse

      Baking is my way to de-stress too! And I also want to eat all the food when I’m on my period. It’s this insatiable hunger that comes from the depths and does not leave. That breakfast pizza looks amazing, I want to eat right now.