Fight PMS with Food

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  • Breakfast is essential and should comprise carbohydrates like natural, whole-grain cereals. Hot cereal cooked with honey and dried fruit is excellent. Muesli is delicious soaked overnight in fruit juice. Complete your breakfast with whole-grain toast.
  • Become a grazer. Eat often to keep your blood sugar on an even keel. Eat a green salad every day. Nuts, garbanzo beans, pumpkin and sunflower seeds with minimal salt are excellent snacks. Keep dairy products to a minimum.
  • Avoid alcohol and sugar -- a glass of wine or piece of chocolate cake (or both!) may seem like what you need, but they can make your symptoms worse.
  • Herbal teas with basil, rosemary, lemon balm, nutmeg, marjoram and lemon verbena are soothing and keep you hydrated. A large sprig of basil or mint and a few drops of fresh lemon juice elevate a glass of water to a delicious and interesting drink. Non-caffeinated fluids will beat back the bloat.
  • Occasionally, indulge yourself in a bit of dark chocolate -- the darker, the better. Chocolate contains a substance known as theobromine that stimulates the release of endorphins, the feel-good hormone. Just don't overdo it, as much as you might crave chocolate.