“One cannot think well, love well and sleep well, if one has not dined well.” I suspect Virginia Woolf, who made that statement, knew one of the biggest secrets to a healthy life: You are what you eat. To create a PMS-free life, you need to start paying attention to what you put into your body.
Some foods are just not very PMS-friendly.
Alcohol, caffeine, cold temperature foods, sugar, salt, and saturated fats tend to make PMS symptoms worse, so try to avoid them if you can, or at least take them in moderation.
Another thing to be aware of are commercial red meats and poultry. They often contain a residue of steroids with female animal sex hormones, which can cause hormone imbalance and make PMS symptoms worse.
So here are some eating habits that can help you create a PMS-free life. They’re mostly common sense…
- Eat plenty of organic vegetables and fruits.
- Replace commercial red meats and poultry with lean hormone-free meats, oily fish such as salmon, sardines, and mackerel, and beans and legumes—especially soy—which contain plant-based estrogen and are excellent for PMS and menopause.
- Replace white rice and white bread with whole grains.
- Make sure your meal is well balanced with veggies, fruits, proteins and whole grains.
- Instead of having three big meals a day, especially at dinnertime, eat smaller and more frequent meals. This will help keep your blood sugar level even, and reduce mood swings and energy fluctuations.
- And be mindful when you’re eating. If you eat while watching TV or working on your computer, you have no idea what you’re putting into your body, and you tend to overeat. This is also not good for digestion.
One last thing I have to mention. Recently I’ve discovered the joy of cooking. I find that making a nutritious and delicious meal for yourself and your loved ones can be deeply satisfying. So nourish yourself, and enjoy the pleasure it brings. And begin today to create a PMS-free life, starting with what you eat and what you put into your body!