Eat for PMS reliefThat time of the month can make you feel not only bloated and cranky but craving-prone-especially for sweet or salty snacks like cookies and chips. Before you give in, consider that "simple sugars cause an energy crash, while fats are hard to digest and can make you even more uncomfortable," says Amy Jamieson-Petonic, R.d.N., a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and dietetics in Cleveland.
Instead, she suggests stocking up on these PMS busters, each of which helps manage common premenstrual symptoms.
1. Turkey. The tryptophan in this protein-rich poultry helps regulate levels of serotonin, a hormone that influences mood. Turkey also contains vitamin B6, which assists in the production of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that eases anger, depression, and breast tenderness.
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2. Whole-grain bread. Fight fatigue with the complex carbs and B vitamins found in whole-grain bread-and fill your sandwich with a