I’m sure you’re all super busy moms, coming to this site to find ways to make your life as a mom better. Well, what better way to improve your life than to feel better all month long? A lot of women I see in my clinics deal with PMS. They have a week or two each month where they are bloated, irritable, tired, hankering for chocolate and dealing with breakouts. Not to mention — they are also busy moms having to juggle everything else in their busy lives. Who wants to deal with PMS?
So to keep it simple, because I know simple is key, here are three things you can do right now to help manage — or dare I say, rid yourself of PMS:
- Eat green leafy green veggies like kale and spinach and brussel sprouts. Get a daily dose of these vitamin B rich foods and balance that estrogen-progesterone scale in your body to ease PMS symptoms. Studies show that women who eat plenty of leafy green veggies cut their PMS by 40%!
Get in a daily dose of omega-3 rich foods. These foods like salmon, flax seeds (Note: Please consume fresh ground flaxseeds NOT flaxseed oil, read why here. Pastured-organic eggs (with the yolks!), pumpkin seeds and walnuts. Omega 3 fatty acids really help balance out hormone levels in your body and help PMS go away for good.
- Skip the soy. I know I’ve blogged about soy on this site in the past and I’ve talked about it in my book, but take a look at this. Really make a point in avoiding soy, not only because its overly processed and is an anti-nutrient, but also because it will increase the amount of estrogen in your body and therefore exacerbate your PMS.
For me, the best way to fit all of this into my hectic life is to do the following:
- Start each day off with one or two eggs. If I have time, I make them over-easy in my skillet (cooked in coconut oil or pastured butter) and if Im running late, I throw two eggs in a saucepan and boil them for 15 minutes.
- In addition to snacking on nuts and seeds such as almonds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds I take 1 teaspoon of omega 3 rich cod liver oil (read why you should take cod liver oil over fish oil here). This way, I can be sure I am getting plenty of omega 3s each day. Additionally, I make sure to cook salmon at least once per week.
- I avoid almost all packaged and processed foods, which is where soy and its hormone imbalancing derivatives like soybean oil, soy protein isolate and soy flour exist. If I need a quick, packaged bite, I grab a Lara bar or a Pure bar.
- At lunch or dinner I always have a side of steamed kale or spinach, or on Sundays if I have spare time, Ill make a batch of roasted veggies or steamed kale and eat them throughout the week.
OK… now its time to incorporate these easy dietary changes into your life and say goodbye to PMS!
Aimee E. Raupp is a women’s health and fertility expert, author, and founder of the Aimee Raupp Wellness & Fertility Center. Her focus is improving health and beauty, preventing disease, and increasing fertility among women whose health and wellness are challenged by the demands of Western culture. Aimee launched her new fertility-friendly beauty product line in Winter 2013. Find Aimee on Facebook and Twitter @aimeeraupp.
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