Try eating as fresh as possible! Just by cutting back on processed food, you are already cutting your sugar and preservative intake by a big chunk. Organic or home grown fruits and veggies would be ideal, as they contain much lower (or none, depending on the producer) amounts of pesticide and fertilizer traces which are toxic to our bodies.
- Nutmilk (coconut, almond, hazlenut, etc.), Ricemilk, Soymilk, Oatmilk or similar plant-based ‘milks’ are great alternatives to cow milk
- Seed- and nut butter (such as tahini) and cold pressed oils contain valuable fatty acids and can be substituted for butter and margarine
- Try using whole grain products or even gluten-free alternatives (such as millet, quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat) for a higher protein content and less bloaty-ness than ‘white’ wheat. Additionally, whole grain products will keep your blood sugar levels much more balanced and not send you into that post-meal slump.
- Try natural sweetener alternatives such as agave, steevia, or date syrup. However, these are all still considered ’empty’ foods (no nutrient value), so use with caution. Sugar stresses your adrenal glands, contributing to fatigue and depleting your body of minerals. It therefore contributes heavily to premenstual symptoms such as mood swings and tiredness.
- If you eat animal products, make sure to buy those that have been raised without hormones and treated as little as possible with antibiotics (no matter what they tell you, as long as animals are held in large quantities and close proximity, they well necessarily need to undergo some form of health treatment, which ends up in the meat you consume).
- .. more to come!
For a very thorough list and guide to nourishing your body well during your menstrual cycle, I highly recommend the book “The Wild Genie” by Alexandra Pope! She also has an amazing and free! online program called “Hormone Harmony” on her website 🙂