How Do We CRUSH PMS Cravings?
This is a question most women have once a month. As I examine myself, this has been a real struggle on and off again. Can anyone relate? So before we can crush our cravings, lets talk about the “why” behind it.
HORMONES: Cortisol and Serotonin. So we get this part of it–yeah , yeah, Stef. We know about the hormones.
Cortisol spikes before your period which causes the calm-inducing hormone serotonin to dip. This combo tends to cause us to crave what “satisfies” us to spike that “feel good” hormone. I would like to invite you to gain some perspective with me.
Feelings are produced by thought, and our hormones play a big role. But I have to ask you these questions just as I to have had to answer them: Why would we bow down to anything just to “feel” good? What are the risks, and what are the rewards?
These would be great questions to ask every time we “think” we might want that bag of chips and or that chocolate to follow.
Now for one of my favorite Scriptures!
Isaiah 55:2: “Why do you spend money for what is not bread, And your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me and eat what strengthens, and delight yourself in abundance.”
“Not bread” can represent the bread of deceit and not the bread of life.
So spiritually and in our physical bodies, we can apply it the same way.
What are you giving your thoughts to and your time to the most?
I promise that if we think about chocolate cake enough, girl, we are gonna eat some chocolate cake, right!? Let us not give in to every temptation, because it might satisfy us for a few seconds and then you’re looking for something else.
Here are a few exchanges I to have had to put into practice that have helped:
1oz. of 70% dark chocolate
Chocolate/ banana protein shake w/ 1 tbsp peanut butter
1 oz. dark chocolate covered almonds
1 oz of lightly salted nuts
Make sweet potato fries “baked” and sprinkle a little salt.
Eat steady whole complex carbs ex. Brown rice, sweet potato, Ezekiel or whole grain bread.
½ cup of Greek yogurt with ½ cup of blueberries, simmered down to make a natural syrup.
Overall, if you are eating whole foods and exercising to relieve some of the stress and bloat, you will not crave as much or none at all. Try it. I’m walking this out with you! If you have any suggestions or comments on how to CRUSH your PMS cravings, please comment below!
Lots of Love,
Sources: Womens Health