5 tips to balance your cycle, improve your premenstrual symptoms and your health!
Did you know that with a few dietary changes, you can:
Lighten your flow
Clear up your skin
Reduce crankiness and irritability
Below are a few tips for adjusting your diet to feel your absolute best, at any time of the month!
1. Remove Processed Foods - We all know we should eat less processed and packaged foods, but do we really know how much of them we are consuming? Try to take a survey of your diet one day, and pay attention to what percentage of your food comes from a box or package, or has a label. What percentage doesn't? Aim to slowly reduce the foods that have a label (or more than 3 ingredients) and increase those that don't. Start small - as little as one food swap a day can make a big difference.
2. Take Foods with Hormones off Your Plate
Whenever possible, go for grass-fed, antibiotic free, local meat and dairy products. Although they may cost slightly more, they are worth it in the long term. If buying these products isn't realistic for your budget, consider slowly reducing your intake of them overall.
3. Evaluate Dairy
Dairy can be a major contributor to cyclical imbalance.Because it is mucous producing, it clogs your respiratory and digestive system, contributing to cysts, acne and more. It can also be very inflammatory for some. Experiment with removing it from your diet for a month or two and see if you notice a difference. If you don't think you can live without cheese or dairy product, try to slowly eliminate the amount your consume.
4. Experiment with Different Protein Types
Some people see a big difference in their PMS when they eliminate animal proteins and swap for plant based foods, and others see the opposite. Experiment with what works for you!
5. Healthy Fats are your Friend
Lack of fats in your diet can cause acne, lack of period, hormone imbalances, cysts, etc. If you struggle with any of these issues, consider adding more healthy fats to your diet, such as avocado, olives, olive oil, ghee, coconut oil, nuts, and seeds.
If this all seems overwhelming - consider implementing one or two of the steps in a small way, and increasing from there based on how you feel. Need help with creating a plan? Set up a free coaching call!
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