Forgive me from being so horribly clichéd but I have to say it – “You are what you eat”. This is definitely the case with a PMDD diet because PMDD is very effected by your choice of foods that you include (and do NOT include) in your regular diet.
What you consume fuels your body not just with energy you see although that is essential. The various vitamins and nutrients in different foods play a massive role in nominalising your hormones and regulating your moods. They also have far reaching consequences on so many other aspects of your health that one very famous man was quoted to say:
“The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease”. ~Thomas Edison
When you look into this more closely you will see just how correct this man is – however I believe it goes even further than just diet. A PMDD diet however is a major cornerstone of being able to cure PMDD for good and there are many foods you should be including – and many you need to completely reject from your diet too. Below are just a few important ones you need to be aware of:
In a PMDD Diet Do NOT Eat:
- Non-Organic Chicken – This is bad stuff, chicken is great but if you get the usual supermarket variety then you are dancing with a whole bunch of extra hormones you do NOT need in your body. Chickens are fattened up and grown faster because they feed them many different growth hormones and steroids and so on. This makes it easy for them to get more bang for their buck, while polluting the chicken you eat with a cocktail of chemicals that will play havoc inside of you.
- Processed Foods – Too many foods are stripped of many nutritional values to make sure they can survive longer on the supermarket shelf. This leads to them being high GI, and often full of chemicals that will cause serious ramifications hormone wise especially with women. The fresher the food the better.
- Fresh Vegetables – Not so much fruit, but vegetables are better for you. This may seem like common sense but lowering your meat intake and stacking up on vegetables is amazing in the difference it makes to your body. One important vegetable is green leafy vegetables (the absolute best) such as spinach.
- High Protein foods – Many PMDD sufferers are very deficient in protein. Including some protein dense foods such as eggs, tofu, and beans in your diet (and limit amounts of lean meat) can help to balance this. This will in turn help you balance those hormones.
- Turkey – Turkey contains an amino acid called L-tryptophan. This amino acid triggers the release of serotonin, which is a feel-good brain chemical. This is the reason many people who eat turkey feel relaxed, or even tired, after eating it. L-Tryptophan has a documented calming effect.