Oh the internet. Let me tell you… I read some of the stuff on there and think: “WHAT?” For example if you just google best foods while your PMS, one suggestion is “Eat Complex Carbs.” What does that even mean?
Well, if you know, that makes one of us.
Seriously though let's go into what the best foods are to prevent Premenstrual syndrome (PMS). We will make it a little more detailed than just “Complex Carbs.” It’s important to know that PMS isn’t something you have to live with. There are changes you can make to help lesson your symptoms of cramps, bloating and mood swings.
Here are 5 tips to improve the way you feel every month.
1) Eat more whole grains, beans and barley (these are considered complex carbs). Fruits and Vegetables such as (Potatoes, Tomatoes, Onions, Okra, Carrots, Yams, Strawberries) are also complex carbs. So why do these help? When you’re having intense cravings and bad mood swings it’s from a fluctuating insulin level. These complex carbohydrates are important nutrients that will enter your bloodstream slower and help curb some of those cravings while evening out your mood.
2) Enjoy more reduced-fat milk, yogurt and CHEESE! I love cheese (especially after my trip to Switzerland). These foods help boost your calcium and vitamin D which research shows can help reduce PMS. If you can’t eat dairy, consider a calcium and vitamin D supplement.
3) My least favorite suggestion is to cut back on Salt but it’s because sodium can cause your body to retain fluid. One of my common symptoms is tender breasts and that can be helped by reducing your the amount of salt in your diet. Salt is everywhere so try to cook your own meals, especially during your menstrual cycle to avoid all the salt in processed and packaged foods.
4. Limit Caffeine! Coffee… Chai (chai actually has more caffeine than coffee), you name it… try and limit it because caffeine can actually aggravate your PMS Symptoms. Studies show limiting alcohol is a good idea too but honestly having a glass of red wine has only helped my PMS.
5. Eat Less, But More Often. I’ve found that this improves my mood more than anything. By eating throughout the day (and eating the right foods) you can keep your blood sugar stay stable which will improve your PMS Symptoms.
It will be worth it and to help get you started I've included a few of my top 3 Dinner ideas based on the above info: *just limit the salt
1) Grilled Salmon with Foil-Pack Sesame Broccoli
2) Roasted Sweet Potato, Chickpea & Kale Sheet-Pan Salad
3) Strawberry Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette
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