Don’t Let PMS Ruin Your Diet

For some women, healthy eating and losing weight are confronted with a major road bump once a month. When PMS (premenstrual syndrome) strikes, it may derail several weeks worth of healthy eating. The mood swings, cramps, fatigue, irritability and depression can easily lead to food cravings of the worst kind. Some women crave fatty sweets (ice cream and chocolate), and others crave salty fats (potato chips and pretzel).

PMS is the result of hormonal changes in the days leading up to menstruation. During this period, levels of brain chemical serotonin, responsible for regulating mood, are reduced. The result can be brutal for some women. The good news is that the right food can lead to an increase in serotonin production.

If you find yourself dealing with PMS induced calorie overload, here are some suggestions:

Have at least 2 snacks a day comprised of complex carbs from non-fruit sources. Examples include popcorn, oatmeal with honey, whole wheat crackers with jam, and low-fat granola bars.

Reduce your fat consumption so that the carbs can be digested faster

Try to get more sleep in order to reduce irritability.

Stay away from alcohol.

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