It not even Thanksgiving yet but I’ve got a homemade pumpkin pie currently baking in the oven. I’m disappointed in myself for giving into my monthly cravings and not just waiting the 2 weeks we have left before Thanksgiving... but I’m super proud of myself for taking it to the next level and baking it all from scratch. I started with the pumpkin!
So lets talk about Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) which has a wide variety of signs and symptoms, including mood swings, tender breasts, food cravings (cue my pumpkin pie), fatigue, irritability and depression. It's estimated that as many as 3 of every 4 menstruating women have experienced some form of premenstrual syndrome. We start to accept that once a month, for a week or maybe only a few days, we feel crabby, frustrated, anxious, bloated.
I’m not sure which syndromes plague you but for me I’ve always been stuck in mood swings, irritability and food cravings. But PMS isn’t really something you have to live with, you can prevent PMS completely naturally. PMS is a symptom of… drum roll please! HORMONES. Well, more specifically, a hormonal imbalance and that imbalance is fixable!
OMG, I know what you’re thinking. Hormones, again! Can’t we just take a pill to fix it all ;) Well let’s face it, “treatments” like birth control either don’t work or are actually the cause of your troubles. Plus they leave you with a ton of unwanted side effects.
No, unfortunately we have to do it the step by step, way. The “from scratch” way. In the end, it will be just like making a pumpkin pie, starting with the pumpkin because it all comes down to hormonal imbalance: too much estrogen and too little progesterone. The cause of this: life riddled with stress, diets, chemicals, and elevated cortisol levels.
How do we fix it? Start with making smart choices about what you eat when you’re on your cycle.
Here is your check list:
At the end of a long day, as you’re eating that fresh pumpkin pie, it’s important to remember that your hormones are part of every aspect of your health. Hormonal imbalances can causes a lot of health problems and even though aging among other factors can set them off balance, the steps above can put you on the right track again.
Consuming nutritious foods, exercising on a regular basis and engaging in other healthy behaviors can go a long way toward improving your hormonal health.
P.S. Here is the pumpkin pie recipe I used. Happy almost Thanksgiving
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