It’s that time of the month again. You know the time we’re talking about. That week where you want to rip out your uterus, cry at cute kitten videos, and eat every disgustingly delicious food in your pantry and fridge. That’s right; we’re talking about PMS.
PMS isn’t fun by anyone’s definition, but it’s something that billions of women around the world deal with on a regular basis. Unfortunately, though it’s not rare, it’s not something women talk about often. Well, today, we’re breaking that rule to provide you with some PMS relief.
What Is PMS?
PMS, or Premenstrual Syndrome, is a group of symptoms linked to your menstrual cycle. Now, just like the name implies, PMS occurs before your period, typically about 1 to 2 weeks before. For many women, it’s a monthly bother and symptoms usually go away once bleeding starts.
Unfortunately, no one knows what causes PMS. Most likely, it’s related to the changing hormone levels in women or even chemical changes in the brain. One thing we do know is that stress and emotional problems can make PMS much worse.
So, what does PMS look like? It’s different for every woman, but there are a few common symptoms, including:
- Swollen or tender breasts
- Trouble sleeping
- Upset stomach, bloating, and indigestion
- Food cravings
- Mood swings
If you’re ready to say bye-bye to bloat and binges, try eating these smart snacks for some much needed PMS relief.
Complex carbs are perfect for PMS. Foods like brown rice and quinoa boost your serotonin level, which can help reduce your mood swings and overeating. Look for some brown rice snack cakes or make a small bowl of quinoa as a snack. You can also enjoy any of our muffins, which are packed with healthy, complex carbs.
Healthy fat is your friend when you’re suffering from PMS. In fact, a recent study in Reproductive Health found that women given a pill containing essential fatty acids, such as those found in avocado, experienced significantly reduced PMS symptoms. For a slightly different snack, make a small bowl of deconstructed guacamole. All you need is half an avocado, a squeeze of lemon, a sprinkle of salt and some chili powder.
Have you ever felt like you have ants in your pants while you were PMSing? Well, a bowl of popcorn can really help you out. Popcorn is a great complex carb that will boost your feel-good hormones and your energy.
We don’t know about you, but when we’re PMSing we have a hard time sleeping. To make sure we get the Z’s we need, we eat a banana before bed. Bananas contain melatonin, a sleep aid hormone that can help regulate your body’s natural rhythm.
If headaches plague you before and during your period, magnesium can help. Magnesium relaxes the blood vessels in your body, which can alleviate your headaches. Simply bake some pumpkin seeds or sauté a side of spinach with coconut oil and garlic to get more magnesium.
Food cravings while you PMS are no joke! The best thing you can do is get ahead of your hunger by starting off your day with a protein-rich, healthy meal. We love making a vegetarian omelet or boiling an egg for a quick snack in the morning.
What do you eat while you PMS? Let us know in the comments!