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Q&A ~ Charting Tips

Good Foods for PMS

Posted on March 17, 2014 at 10:40 AM

Question: Do you have any dietary recommendations for PMS?

 

Very often, the most common PMS symptoms (breast tenderness, abdominal bloating, irritability, emotional lability) are relieved by, in Chinese medicine terms, "moving Liver Qi."

 

If you have these types of symptoms, you likely have some "Liver Qi stagnation," at least in your post-ovulation phase. In this case, it's especially important to eat in a relaxed environment, eat smaller quantities at a time, and eat most of your food earlier in the day and less later.

 

Here are some specific food recommendations for the post-ovulation phase -- from Peak Day until your next period:

 

Vegetables and fruit (40-60% of your diet)

- Asparagus

- Cabbage

- Turnip

- Cauliflower

- Broccoli

- Brussel sprouts

- Beets

- Jeruslalem artichoke

- Onions

- Garlic

- Mustard greens

- Watercress

- Horseradish

- Citrus

- Pickles

- Sour cherry

- Plums

 

Protein (10% of your diet)

- High quality meat and fish

 

Carbs (30% of your diet)

- Sprouted grains

- Sourdough rye bread

 

Spices

- Turmeric

- Basil

- Mint

- Peppermit

- Pepper

- Cardamom

- Cumin

- Fennel

- Dill

- Ginger

 

Other

- Grape or rice wine (small quantities)

- Vinegar

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