Premenstrual Syndrome and craving

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Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a combination of physical and emotional symptoms that many women get after ovulation and before the start of their menstrual period. Researchers think that PMS happens in the days after ovulation because estrogen and progesterone levels begin falling dramatically if you are not pregnant. PMS symptoms go away within a few days after a woman’s period starts as hormone levels begin rising again.

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) has a wide variety of signs and symptoms, including mood swings, tender breasts, food cravings, fatigue, irritability and depression. It’s estimated that as many as 3 of every 4 menstruating women have experienced some form of premenstrual syndrome.

Are you the person who works hard during the entire month and just a week away from periods hell breaks lose?

You feel emotional, moody, snap at easiest provocation, feel like eating junk food or a lot of food or anything that makes you feel good.
But only…. It doesn’t.

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You eat stuff that you are not intending to eat, go on an over eating spree, blame yourself and feel horrible not being able to stay consistent.

Hold on.
Many of us sail in the same boat as you.
Heres a few things you can actually try to see if it makes any change.

1. Add more carbs in your diet. Minimise the rest of the macros to minimals, have more grains, whole food than packaged meals. Include fruits, greek yogurt, whey, chocolate too if you can afford in macros. Make sweets from paneer etc and keep it handy.

2. Remove anything that may disrupt the plan. Namkeen, cookies, chocolate if your kids, give them to people or helps, lock it and keep the key with your partner. Remember, out of sight out of mind. Infact dont buy any to play safe.

3. Include magnesium rich food, like nuts, seeds, greens, whole grains, oats, red /brown rice etc

4. Indulge in a hobby: paint sing dance, or go on a netflix marathon. Objective is to keep your mind away from random snacking.

5. Drink enough water. Lot many times body identifies thirst as hunger and things go wrong.

6. Sleep early. If you stay awake late, your mind may over power you.

7. Move move move! I know you feel fatigied or tired. But even a walk in the grass or some yin yoga may do wonders than doing nothing at all.

8. Sex: last thing in mind? But again it will help release the same happy hormones and make you feel good.

9. Dont freak out on the weighing scale. Water retention is normal. That should not stress induce you to eat more.

10. Limit coffee or colas at Night.

Hope you feel better soon! 🤗🤗🤗

Sreejata Mukherjee

Certified Fitness & Nutrition Consultant

About the Author

A media personnel turned a fitness enthusiast and then a coach.

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