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7 Ways to Prevent PMS Food Cravings from Wrecking Your Diet ...

Do PMS food cravings make it difficult for you to stick to a healthy diet? When I have PMS, I often find myself wanting to eat tons of chocolate and potato chips. This can be very frustrating when you're trying to eat healthy. Luckily, there are some things that you can do to keep PMS food cravings from wrecking your diet.

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1. Limit Caffeine

One way to keep PMS food cravings at bay is to limit the amount of caffeine. If you're like me and find it impossible to completely give up caffeine at this time, maybe you could try cutting your caffeine intake in half. Herbal tea and water are both great beverage choices to drink when you have PMS.

2. Sleep

There are so many benefits of getting enough sleep. It can improve your memory, help you live longer, and help control your weight. If you tend to have PMS food cravings at night, you may want to opt for an early bedtime. This will prevent you from eating unhealthy snacks at night and then regretting it in the morning.

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3. Find Stress Relievers

For many women, stress can make food cravings worse. If at all possible, you should try to find ways to relieve stress when you have PMS. For me, listening to music is one of the best ways to relieve stress. If this doesn't work for you, perhaps you could take a walk or phone a friend. Grabbing a good book and taking a bath is also a great way to relieve stress.

4. Drink Water

There are many benefits of drinking water when you have PMS. It will keep you hydrated, which will prevent you from being bloated. Water can also curb your appetite and keep you from overeating. If you struggle to drink enough water when you have PMS, challenge yourself to drink 8 to 10 glasses each day.

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5. Exercise

Exercising is a great way to curb your appetite. It can also lower your stress level and improve your mood. If you already exercise on a regular basis, perhaps you could change your routine a bit when you have PMS. You could also add some additional exercise time or do a cleaning project to burn more calories.

6. Schedule Meals

When I'm trying to eat less, I like to schedule my meals. I find that I eat much less when I eat all of my meals at the same time each day. If I don't schedule my meals, I tend to eat much more than I should. Scheduling meals and snacks when you have PMS can really help, too. You may also want to consider eating smaller meals more often, so you don't get too hungry and overeat.

7. Eat Complex Carbohydrates

When I have PMS food cravings, it would be so easy for me to allow myself to have a little bit of every unhealthy food that I can find. I have found that when I eat complex carbohydrates, my food cravings aren't nearly as bad. Complex carbohydrates like quinoa, sweet potatoes, and oatmeal are good food choices when you have PMS. They are filling and will help control your cravings.

I'm thankful that there are ways to prevent food cravings from wrecking my diet. Have PMS cravings ever made it difficult for you to stick to a healthy diet? How did you deal with it?

Sources: health.com, nutritionmd.org

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