NUTRITION: EASING YOUR CYCLE WOES
I've been hearing a lot of women lately speak about their cycles, PMS and overall mood and hormonal levels. So I've been wanting to write a little more on this subject, because as females we deserve to feel balanced, happy and in control of our bodies. We should not experience CRAZY PMS, it is not normal.
This is how it plays out for many women...
It’s those super annoying 10-14 days before your cycle starts. Your breasts are getting tender, you’re retaining water weight, estrogen is obscenely high so you’re feeling anxious, unworthy, unlovable, depressed, and frustrated. You have zero energy, and all you want to get your hands on are sweets and carbs. Oh and those couple of crys when you least expect them.
We all know by now that PMS isn’t our birthright. It’s unnatural, but because we live in an over estrogenic society with so many endocrine disruptors, plastics, environmental toxins, stress, and poor diet, our endocrine system can go out of whack – throwing our hormones off - and we can become estrogen dominant.
Here are a few tips that can help you lean into this vulnerable time while you are doing the work to course correct your hormones. (Which I LOVE to help women balance!)
GO INWARD | this is a perfect time to clear your schedule from social events, rest when you need it, and take the time to be with yourself. Get cozy. You may feel inclined to organize at this time. Shift your schedule to that rather than saying yes to every social invite. Journal, rest, drink tea, and realize that this isn’t you, it’s simply a little bit of hormone imbalance that you can very much heal.
MAGNESIUM | for me, magnesium is one of the biggest PMS reducers. I make sure to keep Natural Vitality CALM Magnesium on hand. This is the xanax to my PMS anxiety, the permission to my rest, and a wonderful comfort during PMS depression. I also love an evening Epsom salt bath for this (2-4 lbs).
SUN ENERGY | Simply face your whole body to the sun with as much of your skin exposed as possible (based on your weather situation). This is a wonderful therapy for helping to regulate hormones and boost your happy chemicals. It also feels incredibly healing and soothing.
LIST | make a tiny daily list of what you absolutely need to accomplish. During these fatigued and down times, simply putting one foot in front of the other and checking off accomplishments will do wonders for feeling like you've completed everything you needed to at the end of the day. This goes far in the self-worth department.
REGULAR | it’s very important to have regular bowel movements at this time. Eating cooked cruciferous vegetables such as kale, cabbage, spinach, and broccoli are helpful in producing good estrogen. Keeping regular makes sure that you are detoxing your liver of any extra unwanted estrogen. Lots of good fiber, and Body brushing are also very useful at this time to help eliminate extra toxins through bowel movements.
These are but a few of my tips for easing into PMS pre-season, but I find these small shifts can have a large impact on this time of month. We shouldn't dread these 7-10 days, but should welcome them with open arms and shift easily in and out without mass destruction!
May sound like a dream, but believe me it's possible.