Crazy Food Journey

Living with newfound food intolerances (allergies, reactions)

PMS

on January 20, 2014

“Women are not defective.” This line made me laugh when I first read it here, but have you ever reflected upon the way that you feel when your experiences PMS? You go get some caffeine, and some ibuprofen, or midol. . . and wait for your problem to go away. We all hate it, we can’t wait for it to be gone. Each month we spend a few days wanting to curl up in a ball, and trying to push through it and appear normal. “But it doesn’t have to be that way. . .”

So I said that the line “women are not defective” made me laugh. But this assertion that PMS didn’t have to be so terrible caught me off-guard, and made me read further.

This site has five steps for eliminating our PMS. Take a look at them. As many of us already know, there are supplements that can help relieve pain. Another fact that many know, and many ignore, is that moving helps. I understand ignoring this. When I have PMS, there is nothing I would rather do more than curl in a ball around a heating pad. We also know that addressing our stress will help, but sometimes there’s more to it than stress. Many of us have tried alternative therapies, and the rest of us are too scared of the possibility of needles sticking in our skin. The last thing this site says will help is to clean up your diet.

This means:

  • Stop eating refined flour, sugar, and processed foods.

  • Cut out caffeine.

  • Stop drinking alcohol.

  • Balance your blood sugar by eating protein, such as a protein shake, eggs, and nut butters, for breakfast.

  • Eat evenly throughout the day and don’t skip meals.

  • Don’t eat within three hours of bedtime.

  • Cut out all dairy and consider eliminating other common allergens for a few months, especially gluten.

  • Increase fiber in your diet from vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds, beans, and whole grains. Two tablespoons of ground flax seeds a day are especially helpful in correcting constipation and balancing hormones. Put them in a shake or sprinkle them on salads or food.

  • Increase omega-3 fats by eating more wild fish like sardines, herring, and wild salmon, as well as omega-3 eggs and walnuts.

  • Eat organic food, especially animal products, to avoid environmental estrogens from pesticides.

 Dr. Mark Hyman

This is also something that is difficult to do, but for those of us with allergies, this is good news to hear that cleaning up your diet, combined with a few of these other things this doctor suggested, should decrease your discomfort during PMS each month. If you’ve cut out your allergens, you’re already halfway there to cleaning up your diet. So, I think it’s worth a try for all of us.

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