Fight PMS with Food

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Follow this battle plan daily:

  • Seek out foods that are calming, soothing, and mood-enhancing. Read labels and look for foods that will help you meet your goal.
  • Avoid stimulants. Soft drinks and many sports and energy drinks are loaded with caffeine. Drink decaffeinated tea and coffee in moderation.
  • Eat lots of foods containing the calming hormone serotonin -- bananas, pineapples, figs, walnuts, tomatoes, avocado, dates, passion fruit and eggplant -- are all good choices.
  • The basic staple of your diet should be complex carbohydrates, like whole-wheat bread, whole-grain pasta, rice, beans and potatoes. Moderate amounts of fish, low-fat cheese, eggs and poultry should supply protein. Eat very little red meat.