Hand over the chocolate and no one will get hurt!
PMS-ing and giving into cravings is often the one time of the month where we make excuses for our lapses in unhealthy eating choices. Deny us of our right to consume chocolate or potato chips and you’ll risk the wrath of a woman on the edge. Pffft to the articles suggesting gentle exercise and breathing. Show us the donuts because when Aunty Flo comes to town, so do the monthly munchies. But should we be paying more care to what passes our lips during our menstrual cycle?
One of America's leading health authorities and best-selling author, Dr. Joy Bauer, MS, RD, believes indulging in your favourite fantasy foods won't stop the bloat or symptoms that seem to accompany PMS. In her blog, How Does Food Affect PMS she shared results from a study revealing that women with Pre-Menstrual Syndrome have lower calcium around ovulation. She recommends adding more adding more calcium-rich food such as yogurt, soybeans, kale just to name a few.
Registered dietician, author Elizabeth Somer believes sugar cravings occur when there are changing levels of estrogen and progesterone, which can decrease a chemical called serotonin and can play a role in mood swings and PMS systems. Instead of giving into your sugar cravings, she recommends eating whole grains instead. Quite frankly, that doesn't sound as exciting as pigging out on a packet of sour snakes, but wholegrain toast and wholegrain pasta might appease the monster inside.
Kayla Itsines, Australian personal trainer, entrepreneur, and creator of the Bikini Body guides encourages her followers to reach for bananas as a mood booster and a few squares of dark chocolate during the week (Note to selves: Not the entire bar of chocolate). Dark chocolate has antioxidants and magnesium, also great for making you feel a little more chipper.
Some of our favorite foods to have when we're surfing the crimson wave are:
Avocado: Smashed on wholegrain toast with a good squeeze of lemon juice. Avos are loaded with potassium and may help ease cramps and bloating.
Grilled Salmon on a wholegrain bagel with a decent squeeze of lemon. Salmon is said to be effective at relieving irritability and boob tenderness.
Dark chocolate fondue with fresh fruit such as raspberries, banana, mango and pineapple. This is an absolute go-to when you need that chocolatey hit and nothing else is going to cut the mustard.
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