Easing Symptoms of PMS

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Your food choices can be one of the most powerful tools you have to eliminate symptoms of PMS. There’s no doubt that the foods you eat have a direct impact on the way you feel.

If you find yourself sluggish, irritable, anxious, bloated coping with increased food cravings or unusually hungry in the days before your period – read on. There are some simple steps you can take and food choices you can make which will help decrease – or possibility eliminate – your PMS symptoms.

Nutrition tips for reducing PMS symptoms

  • Be sure to eat regularly. Eat three meals a day and two snacks to keep your metabolism steady and help stop cravings.
  • Avoid refined carbohydrates, white sugar, alcohol, gluten, processed foods, additional salt and non-organic dairy.
  • Eat a variety of foods, including protein, healthy fats and complex carbohydrates at every snack and meal.
  • Supplement your diet with a high quality multivitamin and Omega-3 fish oil supplement to give your body the extra support it needs.
  • Women who have PMS symptoms are more likely to have more, and more frequent, perimenopausal and menopausal symptoms. Balancing your hormones now could very well pay off in the future.
  • If you’ve always thought of breakfast as a bowl of cereal, think outside the box. Leftover chicken and vegetables can be a breakfast food. What’s important is for you to get the protein, fats and carbs you need to start your day off right.
  • Consider decreasing your caffeine intake. Some women will have one caffeinated drink followed by a decaffeinated drink; others will replace a caffeinated beverage with a large glass of water. Caffeine can put additional stress on your body. During this time of hormonal fluctuation, you want to be gentle with your body; support it, not stress it.
  • If you are craving sugar, don’t overlook fruits. An apple spread with nut butter can calm a sugar craving. A bowl of fruit salad can be refreshing and filling. Chocolate isn’t totally out. Choose a piece which is 70% dark chocolate.
  • When you just need to ‘crunch’ reach for nuts. Cashews, almonds and brazil nuts are all good choices. They provide a good blend of protein, fat and carbohydrates.
  • If you’re a vegan, now is the time to focus on your protein intake. Lentils and nuts are easy ways to increase your protein.

Choose foods that work for you and your lifestyle – and be sure you choose foods that you really enjoy. Simple changes can make a huge difference in your PMS symptoms.

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