Ways To Beat PMS Without Using Medication
Did you know that you might be able to beat PMS with knife and fork? Who says that you have to rely on medication to ease the symptoms or even get the kind of overall symptom relief you are craving more than chocolate? Of course, when enlisting the help of nutrition to overcome PMS, a thorough knowledge and understanding of your bodily responses is a must, since much of this approach relies on a trial and error form of approach.
Nutrition and PMS relief can go hand in hand, but to effectively do so may work best when symptoms are moderate to mild. If they are severe, nutrition can have a positive effect, but medical intervention may nonetheless be sought out in addition to changing the overall way you ingest food. Only you can adequately decide what works best for you and whether or not medication could indeed be a necessity. If you are ready to begin fighting your PMS with knife, fork, and the content of your refrigerator, it is time to start with a bit of an inventory.
For example, it is well known that fat is a major food craving during periods of PMS. Working with your food cravings – rather than fighting against them – may net you to the bodily satisfaction that you crave, the emotional stimulus of fulfillment, and at the same time rest assured in the knowledge that even though you gave in, your overall health is not compromised. Since fat is generally taking the place of the forbidden fruit, so to speak, it actually features front and center in the majority of food cravings. Rare is the PMS sufferer that will have a hankering for carrots; far more common is the woman salivating at the thought of French fries.
Using good fats to satisfy the fat craving is a bona fide means of not only filling up on heart healthy food, but also avoiding the ingestion of unhealthy but fat laden options. Nuts are filled to brimming with health fats, and may make a great alternative to the fries. Avoid the craving altogether by eating nuts throughout the 10 days leading up to your period. Opt for a fatty fish, preferably salmon, for dinner or lunch. Pick the tuna salad for lunch, or go for the olive oil on the salad instead of the vinaigrette. All are healthier food choices that work with your craving rather than against it.
The next big craving is chocolate. Sure, it is a calorie bomb, but then there is nothing quite as satisfying as a bar or reach, creamy, melt in your mouth milk chocolate. Then again, a cool, creamy, melt in your mouth chocolate pudding that is fat free might just do the trick. Incorporate this treat into your diet so that it does not hit your system suddenly and then actually lead to a sugar rush. Instead, just like the fat craving, ingesting small portions periodically throughout the day has the potential of avoiding an overwhelming craving altogether.
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