Why do women have PMS cravings? Find out the answer below and read about how controlling your blood sugar can actually help you curb the cravings. There is all natural help for your PMS cravings and mood swings.
n. Abbr. PMS
A varied group of physical and psychological symptoms, including abdominal bloating, breast tenderness, headache, fatigue, irritability, anxiety, and depression, that occur from 2 to 7 days before the onset of menstruation and cease shortly after menses begins.
Why Do I Have Cravings During PMS?
Scientists and medical professionals don’t completely understand the causes for PMS and the cravings that go along with it yet. The general consent is that hormones like progesterone, estrogen and testosterone are involved, as is the brain chemical serotonin.
The fact is that many women crave certain food, mostly chocolate, sweets and salty / fatty foods like potato chips during “that time of the month”.
Are PMS Cravings Really Dangerous Or Addictive?
While PMS cravings aren’t particularly dangerous, some of the foods we eat and the amounts in which we eat them aren’t exactly healthy. Eating several candy bars for example isn’t a good idea. On the other hand, eating a bite of chocolate, or a handful of chips won’t kill you.
The key is not to let these cravings get out of control, or they can lead to weight gain, obesity and all the health problems associated with it such as diabetes, heart disease and certain types of cancer.
What Can I Do To Curb My PMS Cravings?
The best way to curb PMS cravings is to give your body the serotonin it craves without going overboard on the sugary stuff. Skip the bag of oreos and the pint of ice cream. You can get the same craving curbing effect by eating complex carbs with a little fat and protein in the mix to slow down the absorption of the carbs. Good choices are whole grains, beans, lean protein like chicken and rice cakes.
Perhaps the best way to cut down on PMS cravings is to change when and how much you eat. Keeping your blood sugar level even is your best bet. Try eating six small meals spread throughout the day. Each of the meals should include some complex carbs, some protein and a little fat to keep your body satisfied and avoid blood sugar spikes that will only lead to more cravings.
You may not be able to get rid of your PMS cravings completely but by following the advice above, you can manage them and gain at least some control over your cravings.
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Diana Walker, YOUR Cravings Coach