Food for Thought
Nearly 75% of women experience PMS- monthly symptoms ranging from bloat, breast tenderness, moodiness to unbearable cramps, acne, fatigue and the insatiable sweet tooth. Listen up my lil goddesses cause your hormones have become unbalanced! Your estrogen and progesterone are playing a cha-cha dance. Estrogen, when excessive, unopposed or not balanced by progesterone (mother natures valium) sets the stage for PMS. So, here’s some cool information that could take you off the monthly hormonal roller coaster.
What’s On The End Of Your Fork Is Medicine PMS is not caused by a deficiency in a birth control pill. Your hormones are a reflection of what you eat, what you assimilate and what you eliminate. When I place women on a hormone balancing diet and eliminate one or all of the following 4 foods items, their PMS symptoms usually diminish and resolve within the 1 to 3 menstrual cycles!
GLUTEN • DAIRY • EGGS • SUGAR
Please don’t cry my lil goddesses. Gluten, dairy, eggs and sugar can wreak havoc on gal’s menstrual cycle. They’re the “CRACK” of the standard American diet. Foods like cheese, bread, pasta, pizza and ice cream can trigger acne or force a heavy hand on Advil for monthly cramps. So here’s the scoop!
GLUTEN Gluten containing grains like wheat, rye, barley, spelt and kamut are very difficult to digest. Basically, we don’t produce the proper enzymes to break them down. This can lead to a leaky gut, triggering an inflammatory response that may manifest as cramps, headaches and fatigue including unexplained infertility.
DAIRY The perfect storm of inflammatory agents that can send your hormones into a spin. Humans were never intended to consume a cow’s hormones. Actually, there is no biological need for dairy… I kid you not! Additionally, 75% of the world population is lactose intolerant and many people don’t have the digestive enzymes to breakdown casein.
EGGS I’m seeing more and more women showing a sensitivity to eggs. It’s pretty amazing that symptoms like acne, cramps, migraines including infertility suddenly resolve when eliminating eggs from a woman’s diet. Here’s a perfect example that I sited in a blog a few years ago about my niece Katie. Every morning Katie had eggs for breakfast and experiencing terrible monthly cramps. Her gynecologist was suspicious of endometriosis and wanted to put Katie on a birth control pill. I suggested that she cut out eggs. Three weeks later Katie sent me a text exclaiming how she just got her period and was pain free!
SUGAR I constantly hear women say, “Meg, I have such a sweet tooth around my period!” I could spend an entire blog on the evils of sugar and how it throws your blood sugar, insulin, cortisol and hormones into a whirl, so I’ll just cut to the chase. The secret to those nasty sweet tooth cravings is maintaining a well balanced diet that includes the following:
Lean protein such as wild salmon,turkey, chicken, lamb,grass fed beef and legumes. Include Healthy Fats like avocado, coconut oil, olive oil, raw nuts, nutter butter like almond and cashew butter. Leafy greens and cruciferous veggies like spinach, collard green, swiss swiss, broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts and kale. Fresh fruit is mother natures sweet goodness. When you feel the calling for something sweet have a handful of raw nuts and an apples or pears or berries- the list is endless And, Meg carbs that includes sweet potatoes, yams, orange squash, quinoa, basmati rice and kasha.
Meg Advice: Take an honest look at your diet and consider eliminating one… maybe two…possibly three or go just go for the whole kit and caboodle and see how you feel over the next 2-3 menstrual cycles.
So my lovelies, I’ve helped countless gals resolve their PMS here in Charleston and around this awesome country. If you need a little more assistance please don’t hesitate to give a shout.
Be Well~ Meg
Vitamin D deficiency in pregnant women has been linked to increased risk of complications during pregnancy and delivery, including pre-eclampsia, C-section, bacterial vaginosis associated with pre-term delivery and gestational diabetes.
Dr. Carol Wagner from The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) is the lead investigator for “Protect our Children NOW!” She has done extensive research in the area of Vitamin D and pregnancy.
According to Dr. Wagner, “…during the last decade we’ve studied more than a thousand women in the Charleston, SC area and what we found is that there is extensive deficiency among every group of woman… If mom is deficient than the developing fetus is also deficient.”
Because Vitamin D is a hormone, it is essential to our over wellness. Infertility, breast and colon cancer, MS and lupus are linked to Vitamin D deficiency. Recent research indicates that optimal levels of Vitamin D range between 50-70 ng/ml. As I share with all my patients- lifestyle, diet, gut health and environmental toxins are also part of the big picture.
I applaud Dr. Carol Wagner for bringing greater awareness to the Vitamin D crisis facing many women in South Carolina and across the United States via Protect our Children Now!.
Please watch this interview with Dr Carol Wagner: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdyBwKPBdrY
So good people, whether your hang’n in Central Park or stroll’n along Folly beach, enjoy that magnificent sun cause it’s shining down on all of us!
Mother’s Path Morning Fertility Shake
• 18-24 gm of organic rice powder (I recommend Thorne Research “Vega Light”)
• 1-2 tbsp of Chia seeds
• 8-10 oz of unsweetened almond, hazelnut or coconut milk
• 1 scoop Phyto-Green powder (I recommend Garden of Life “Perfect Food Raw” chocolate cacao or Metagenics-Phytoganix)
• 1/3 avocado or 1 tbsp of virgin coconut oil
• Optional: 1/2 – 1 tsp of cinnamon
• Optional: Pinch of stevia or 1-2 tsp of honey
• Optional: 1/2 cup blueberries or raspberries
Note: You can always use other brands available in your health food store, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s or Vitamin Shoppe