It’s like the worst combo ever, isn’t it?
But it’s pretty much inevitable that at some point in December, you will get your period (it being 4 weeks long, one of those weeks is going to be your week. Sorry.). And that means you will also get PMS/PMD at some point in December.
And you might feel a little extra hungry, have a (deep) Craving of The Carbs, and so forth during that phase of your cycle.
With all that friggin’ candy around.
And all those cookies.
It’s really not fair.
Let me just say: I feel you.
There are months where my cycle is doing well- enough estrogen, enough progesterone- and I don’t get too crave-a-licious during PMS. [That’s what’s supposed to happen, btw.]
But then, like most women, there are months where all I want at PMS is a warm loaf of fresh bread + a chocolate bar + wine. And I’m usually also cranky, so: DON’TTOUCHMYBREAD!
[And I know many of you are like, ‘bread? who cares? DONTTOUCHMYWINE!’]
The cycle changes of mid-life are hitting me, too, and my cycle isn’t always what I expect it to be. These are the micro-changes to my cycle that are really the peri-peri-menopause. Things are starting to shift. The gateway has been opened.
But, until it’s all over, I have PMS to manage.
And boatloads of cookies, loudly calling my name.
These are actually in my kitchen right now.
(Why else did you think I wrote this post?)
The thing about PMS is that there is actually a hormonal shift that makes you want to EAT ALL THE CARBS. It’s built in.
So, I want you to read that and realize: your brain is wired to make you stuff your face during PMS.
Because your muscles would like you to store a little more glycogen (fancy kind of carbs that live in muscles) because they are going to be working like crazy soon.
Working doing what?
So, please know that there is nothing wrong with you if you are wanting a little something extra during PMS. It’s part of the hormonal deal.
However, that doesn’t mean we feed our bodies junk when it’s PMS. In fact, women who cut down on sugar during their cycle (but especially during PMS) have less difficult PMS and less difficult periods.
What about the cookies, then?
Avoid them. As best you can. [I know! They are the tastiest little devils. I know.]
Instead try some dried apple slices (my new fave is ‘bare snacks’) or some dried, salted chickpeas (these ones are tasty!). These are going to give you the same fun and joy and saltiness in your mouth, but with far fewer nutritional consequences. Avoiding excess sugar is really the tried-and-true path.
The holidays offer so many tasty distractions and epicurean adventures. Don’t deny yourself everything- remember that food is about joy and community. Just remember to feed your body well during PMS.