Eat it to beat it: PMS

By Phoebe McCreath |

I Quit Sugar - Eat it to beat it: PMS

The right nutrients can help you beat even the niggliest of conditions. Enter our latest series… eat it to beat it!

While menstruating, it’s tempting to reach for chips, ice cream and lots of SUGAR.

But, munching on these won’t do your symptoms any favours – in fact, they’ll probably make them even worse. Try these foods to give PMS the boot…

If you’re bloated, try broccoli and cabbage.

While it might go against everything you’ve been told, eating more fibre can help alleviate bloat! Increasing your intake of high-fibre veg like broccoli and cabbage, as well as sipping on more water, can keep everything moving along in there (if you know what we mean!).

If you feel irritated, reach for popcorn.

Popcorn may not seem like the first thing to munch on, but turns out those little kernels are packed with serotonin! This “happy hormone” works wonders to boost your mood and reduce irritability. Try natural air-popped popcorn and add your favourite toppings!

If you feel sad, try omega-3 fats.

We’ve all experienced a case of the blues during that time of the month. Give sadness the flick by incorporating some omega-3 fats into your diet such as salmon and egg. In fact, research shows that oily fish is better for painful periods than some pain medications!

If you have cravings, reach for protein.

Period cravings are no joke! To fight back, crowd out your cravings with veggies and fill up on protein and healthy fats to keep you feeling fuller for longer.

Remember, to up your iron intake.

Iron deficiency is more common in women so it’s important to up your iron intake to make up for any that may be lost while menstruating. Try red meat, leafy greens, or even nuts and seeds.

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