Thursday, July 12, 2012
First things first, I apologize if this is TMI. But I've got a feminine issue that needs addressing, and I'm hoping one of y'all can shed some light!
So here's the thing. I eat pretty clean - I cook from scratch, avoid gluten like the plague, invest my money in pastured meat from local farms, eat lots of veggies and snack on fruit, and I eat very little processed food.
Three weeks out of the month, anyway.
But about a week before I'm due a visit from my Auntie Flo I get these awful cravings and I just want to EAT ALL THE THINGS. Yes, that's right. ALL OF THEMS! I'll walk a mile to the grocery store in pouring rain to get a pint of Ben and Jerry's, or I'll eat an entire pound of chicken breasts or steak and a whole head of broccoli followed by a pint of blueberries and a full bar of dark chocolate. It goes hand in hand with cranky crankiness and acne breakouts so it's clearly some form of PMS, and if it keeps up once I'm done uprooting my life I'll go see a doctor, but before I go off to get poked with a needle I'd like to see if I can make things better without resorting to drugs.
So here's my question - have any of you had experience / success with overcoming PMS through nutrition? This is a fairly recent development for me, and I don't like it, but it's gone hand in hand with my cleaner eating habits and a newly developed lack of painful cramps. For the first time since middle school I can get through a month without popping ibuprofen to ease the pain, which is awesome! And once Auntie Flo makes her appearance I'm back to my usual self, eating healthy with no major cravings, but something is clearly going wacky leading up to that monthly visit.
I hit some of the paleo blogs to see if there was any relevant discussion and I saw some recommendations for B6, magnesium, and eating liver. That's not based on anything concrete, just random recommendations from The Internets, but it's all I've got right now.
So...thoughts? I know I've got a lot of smart, educated, whole-food-eating friends around here. Help, ladies, please - I want to be binge-craving free all month long!