PMS doesn’t have to control your life, says retired pharmacist, women’s health expert, and healthcare entrepreneur Marla Ahlgrimm. PMS doesn’t have to mean suffering with bloating and mood swings. The best part is, you can eat your way away from these bothersome symptoms. Read on for Ahlgrimm’s most delicious advice yet.
Go for the guac
According to Marla Ahlgrimm, healthy fats are a girl’s best friend when it comes to PMS relief. Avocado is one of the most nutrient-dense foods out there and boasts a healthy dose of Vitamin B-6 and Vitamin C. Ten grams of fiber mean that a homemade guacamole is a guilt-free indulgence that works to reduce bloat and calm other PMS symptoms.
Say OK to oatmeal
Oatmeal sprinkled with flax seeds is not only filling, but also contains two proven nutrients that work in your favor in the fight against monthly mood swings: lignans and omega-3s. Both help restore hormone balance which can mitigate mood swings and taper breast tenderness, says Marla Ahlgrimm.
Marla Ahlgrimm affirms that chocolate cravings are a common theme for women with even mild PMS. Fortunately, cookies aren’t off limits…at least not the dough anyway. Ahlgrimm says a tablespoon of flour, two tablespoons of almond butter, a little wheat germ, two teaspoons of pure maple syrup, and a tablespoon of chocolate chips combined make a healthy alternative to store bought cookie dough. Chocolate enhances the mood while the wheat germ boasts a boost of stamina-stimulating macro-nutrition.
Be a New Yorker
You don’t have to actually move, but Marla Ahlgrimm says grabbing a NY style bagel topped in salmon and cream cheese for breakfast can reduce PMS symptoms by up to 40%. She credits the combination of calcium and Vitamin D.
Hummus is perhaps one of the most under-appreciated foods out there, says Marla Ahlgrimm. It’s full of B-vitamins, which can help eradicate irritability. A few tablespoons of organic hummus on pita chips is a snack you won’t want to put down.