This one food eliminated my symptoms of PMS

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Saturday morning I woke up and was totally caught off guard by the arrival of, none other than, Aunt Flow! 

I couldn't believe it. I ALWAYS know my period is on its way because of the awful symptoms of premenstrual syndrome I ALWAYS experience. 

PMS for me looks like:

  • boobs that seem to triple in size and are incredibly sore 

  • cramps from hell that start nearly a week before my period arrives

  • extreme bloating 

  • tears, tears, and more tears / emotions that are all over the place  (bless my husband)

  • intense cravings for all things sugar 

A week before my period even arrives my husband and I are both suffering from the effects of it. He knows Aunt Flow's coming, I know she's coming, we always know she's coming!

So how did we not know she was coming?!

The obvious answer is that I didn't have any of my typical PMS symptoms. Not one. My boobs stayed the same size, I wasn't bloated, I wasn't moody (I DIDN'T EVEN CRY), I didn't have any intense cravings! 

PUMPED TO SUMMIT MOUNT DOOM: Does this look like a girl who just started her period to you? 

PUMPED TO SUMMIT MOUNT DOOM: Does this look like a girl who just started her period to you? 

In fact, the day before my period started (not knowing it was coming), I told my husband I wanted to hike to the top of Mount Ngauruhoe (Mount Doom, for all the LOTR fans). During previous periods, that would NEVER have been a desire. All I would have wanted to do is lay on the couch and watch TV all day. So, what did we do Saturday? (The day Aunt Flow arrived?) We hiked 20kms and summited a mountain! 

WHAT?! HOW?! WHY?! This was what I was thinking Saturday morning. I was stunned.

 While trying to figure it out with my husband, I had a lightbulb moment: I had only made one change in my diet in the last two months... 

MACA POWDER.

About two months ago I started adding in maca powder to my daily food routine because I had read great things about it and it was delicious! This was the only thing I've changed in my diet in the last few months and my physical activity has remained the same. 

The benefits shouldn't have come as a surprise because Maca is well known to help with "hormone balance that often contributes to improving the symptoms of PMS and Menopause. In females with PCOS, maca is believed to help by controlling estrogen levels in the body. [1]" 

Could adding in Maca powder to your diet help your symptoms of PMS? Maybe so! I think it is important to note that, Maca aside, I have a very high-quality, nutrient dense, diet that supports my overall health. So maca powder simply complimented my diet, you could say it was the cherry on top... Before this month, my only health complaint was my terrible symptoms of PMS. And to be honest, I just thought that that was what comes with the package of being a woman on her period... Well, it turns out it doesn't have to be! 

 Try it out for yourself! Start by adding in 1 teaspoon a day for a week and make sure there are no adverse effects. Work up to a maximum of 3 to 6 teaspoons (1 to 2 tablespoons). 

Each day I put 1-2 teaspoons of maca in my coconut yogurt or 1 tablespoon in a smoothie!

Maca Smoothie recipe:

  • 1 cup coconut or almond milk

  • 1 tbsp maca powder

  • 1 tbsp almond butter

  • 1/2 frozen avocado

  • 1/2 frozen banana

  • 30g protein of your choice (I do half gelatin, half CleanPaleo protein powder)

And if you're in the mood for something chocolatey, add in 1 tbsp cacao powder!

ENJOY!

P.S. Adding in maca powder to a low-quality diet that doesn't focus on quality protein, vegetables, and healthy fats at each meal may not make much of an impact on your PMS symptoms. I recommend improving your diet and adding in maca powder to feel and look your best! If you need guidance with improving your nutrition and your health, check out my nutrition coaching programs here! If you mention 'maca powder' in your inquiry email you'll receive a 10% discount!

Read more: [1] Top 5 Maca Benefits and Nutrition

1. The view of Mount Doom from our living room (The mtn to the right)
2. Halfway point, about to begin the ascent.
3. James climbing up in front of me,
4. Looking out at Lake Taupo and a tiny spec that is our home.
5. LOVING NEW ZEALAND and feeling quite accomplished.
6. Warming myself on the active volcanic steam vents.
7. Standing atop the inner crater rim. SUMMIT of MOUNT DOOM - CHECK.