Let me go ahead and offer fair warning to any male who may want to continue reading at this point. This post will include talk that relates to something that women have to deal with and males never will: Periods and PMS!!!(Well, if you ask me, men DO get PMS….at least the man in my house.) If you are easily weirded out by that stuff, feel free to click out now, I promise I won’t be offended ;-)!!
Ladies, it isn’t my favorite topic either but since it does affect most of us on a monthly basis, and it is a part of our life I figure I would delve right into it. You too can feel free to join in or run for the hills!!
Don’t you just love when you have been on a healthy eating and exercise streak to wake up one morning and want absolutely nothing to do with it. Rather than eating eggs or oats for breakfast you find yourself craving sugary and carb loaded doughnuts instead. If you are like me, it usually takes a day of pigging out or using intense will power NOT to pig out before you realize what is going on. Oh, and that is only because you have snapped at your husband/boyfriend/kids/friends a couple times and they come at you with the line, “Wow, do you have PMS or something?” Usually, that line makes you want to bite their head off again until you realize that yep……..I do have PMS!!
We joke about it often but PMS is a serious issue that many women go through every month. If you are one of the lucky ones who have no cravings, no bloating, no attitude or no cramps, well then, I don’t even want to know you!!
As delightful as PMS is(NOT!!), there are some steps that we can take to help reduce the severity of it!! That is good news, right!!
The next time Uncle Tom or Aunt Flo(insert your own period nickname here if you must) decide to come for a visit you can be armed with some effective strategies at feeling a little more sane and a little less bloated!!
Tips for Beating PMS
- Continue to exercise. While you may be tempted to skip out on it, a workout will help to release endorphins, helping to level out a bad mood. If you can’t muster the energy for an all out workout, walk or do some other light aerobic activity for 30 minutes.
- Load up on Calcium. Consuming 1200 mg of Calcium daily has been shown to reduce mood swings, depression and cramps during PMS.
- Relax with Aromatherapy. Adding lavender, rosemary or lemon balm to a hot bath can help you to relax and reduce stress.
- Supplement with Magnesium. Those sugar cravings we have…300-500 mg of Magnesium is supposed to help keep those at bay as well as helping to ease breast tenderness. Food that contain higher levels of magnesium are beans, nuts and seeds, spinach and whole grains like Quinoa, millet and brown rice.
- Drink Water. Consuming extra water can help beat the bloating that comes along with PMS. Eating veggies with high water content is also beneficial. Choose foods such as lettuce, cucumbers, watermelon and berries.
For those of you who may have an extra bad case of PMS(like myself) there is also a prescription medication available called, Serafem. I understand that many people are very hesitant to go on any type of medication that alters mood but for me it was the right decision. It never failed, a week or so before my period I would become a person I hardly recognized! I was beyond irritable, so very tired and wanted to eat any and every thing I could get my hands on. My period was turning me into a person that I did not recognize for 10 days out of the month. After talking to my doctor, I realized it was the right decision for ME and I definitely feel better when I take it. I have to admit, some months I try to go it alone but I almost always regret it. The great thing about Serafem(same drug family as Prozac) is that you don’t have to take it all month long. When I remember, I take it about a week before Aunt Flo arrives and continue taking it a few days into my cycle.
I definitely want to state that I do not advocate drugs for everyone but if like me, you really struggle to get through “that time of the month” and have tried all the natural remedies for PMS but still feel yourself out of control, a talk with your doctor might be just what you need!!(Was that a run on sentence or what?!)
- 1.85 mile run(21 minutes)
I don’t want to get too personal(I think I just did, right^^) but I can vouch for exercise working to relieve stress and irritability!!! Even though it was hot and windy today, I headed out this evening to get my run on in preparation for the 5K I will be running next month. I am happy to report that after just a week or running, I feel myself already getting into the groove of it again. I was nowhere near fast which is fine by me but I already noticed less huffing and puffing so I will take it!!!
I have found what I like to call a “Semi Couch to 5K plan” that I will use over the next month to get me race ready. I promise to share it with you tomorrow!!!
Do you suffer from PMS symptoms? How do you deal with it?