Nutrition and PMS

How often have you been told about all the foods you are supposed to avoid during the time of PMS? Come on, admit it, you have had enough of one more person telling you what you cannot have. Thus, here are nutritional tips for PMS sufferers that help you understand the kinds of foods which are beneficial, healthy, and most certainly suggested during PMS, before, and also after.

    • Eat foods rich in vitamin B. Physicians understand that vitamin B helps to counteract PMS induced fatigue, and in some cases also evens out the mood swings. Whole grains, nuts, eggs, and even sweet potatoes and legumes are known to contain a wide variety of nutrients, including vitamin B. Now is the time to sit down to a nice omelet with whole grain bread on the side, and maybe also some lentils.

    • Choose foods rich in healthy fats. Your mind might whisper about French fries, but a healthier fat choice is a nice salmon steak. In a pinch, pick up a bag of already shelled walnuts. They satisfy any fat craving and are a lot healthier than fries any day!

    • Potassium fights PMS mood swings. Everyone knows that bananas are perfect for an increased potassium increase, but if you do not really care about the yellow fruit, why not go for a glass of orange juice? Some are even fortified with calcium and vitamin D, and you are killing two birds with one stone when you enjoy a big glass of this healthy drink.

    Chocolate is a must during PMS time. Unfortunately, chocolate is also rich in calories. Nevertheless, there is hope. Any chocolate lover knows that the next best thing to a bar of chocolate is a rich, satisfying chocolate pudding. They now come in fat or sugar free versions, and the difference between them and their fat laden cousins is hard to tell. Who says you cannot have your chocolate and eat it, too?

These food choices have been proven to have a healthy effect on PMS and may actually lessen the symptoms as well as the severity of any symptoms you nonetheless experience. Play around a bit with these various food options.

Making dietary choices with an eye on overall health and also the reduction or removal of a specific condition takes trial and error since not all bodies are created equal, and they most certainly do not metabolize food nutrients in exactly the same manner.

Sometimes this can be a bit of a frustrating process, especially if what works one month is virtually ineffective the next. Do not give up but continue making healthy food choices while at the same time enjoying the rich tastes, textures, and flavor combinations that are possible when you focus on that which you can in versus that which may be forbidden. This form of nutritional care is much easier to deal with and a lot more workable than simply limiting yourself by cutting out the forbidden foods but not replacing them with anything that is just as tasty.