Just wanted to introduce myself as a new member and now VEGAN as of October ! so, I need all the help I can get. One of the things I was curious about and would like to read some responses is how does being a vegan affect our hormones and mood?? I suffer from PMDD (pre menstrual disphoric disorder) and I need to know that I am getting the proper nutrition. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
I used to suffer terribly from PMT and have found since being Vegan that my symptoms have practically disappeared. You may find that it takes a couple of months for your body to get into the swing of things but it will thank you! If you research it online you will find loads of reports of women choosing to go Vegan and PMT and similar problems being a thing of the past. I also find that my mood in general is better and I find that things that would stress me before are much easier to deal with now.
Well done for making the decision to go Vegan, if I have any advice it is to stick with it. There are literally thousands of websites offering Vegan recipes and chatrooms etc so get involved.
I would say stick to the diet. Cut to zero caffeine and alcohol. Eat lots of potatoes!!! yummm!! Broccoli too!!! And drink tons of water (without gas, do not drink anything that has gas in it). The healthier you eat the better you?ll feel.
Also, when we are in those wonderful days that we just love so much being women, we have to eat a lot of iron (lentils, broccoli, everything that is the colour green) with citrics (the easiest way is just to squeeze a lemon on whatever you are going to eat).
I just changed to a different birth control pill that has 24 active pills instead of 21 and my PMS and MS have gotten so much better, the first month is a little sucky and you also have to be careful in bed, but of course you have to go to a doc.
I've been doing a lot of research on hormones lately, because I have a family history of "female problems" and I'm wanting to get off hormonal birth control. If you're concerned about hormones and interested in natural alternatives, I recommend checking out Dr. John Lee's website (you can find it by typing in "john lee progesterone" ). I've also just ordered a supplement called EstroBlock that's intended to help your body release non-beneficial estrogens, which build up in our systems from chemicals in our food, the dairy products we used to eat and, yes, sometimes soy products. (If you google this product, it is NOT the one on the body building websites - apparently there are two products with this name.) Because there's so much genetically-modified soy in processed foods, many people have become sensitive to it - so be sure to pay attention to how your body reacts. My body is fine with organic tofu and tempeh, but I try to keep my highly-processed soy products (like soy milk and packaged veggie sausages) to a minimum. But, honestly, one of the best things you can do for your hormones is giving up estrogen-laden dairy products. Yuck!
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