PMS linked to high-fructose corn syrup
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A friend of mine suggested I read this book and I was really turned off by his gung-ho attitude about this book. But he told me a little about it and I finally broke down, checked it out of the library and I've been reading it, actually I check it out on CD so I've been listening to it. It has a lot of good stuff to say. The thing that caught my attention is when it mentioned that changing ones diet could assist in reliving PMS, depression, and anxiety. Recently I've been to the doctor to see if my depression and mood swings could be linked to PMS and was given a ton of info. I am now off of all my meds for depression and anxiety and am taking a ton of vitamins and supplements. I think the combination has really helped with stabilizing my moods, along with exercise, and changing my perspective on happiness and life. So the combination of changes has made a big impact in my life. I still deal with mood swings, but they are not as drastic as before and not as often. So if I could lessen them I'm up to trying anything. I've tried PMS meds in the past & had horrible side effects.
The first step the book suggest is changing ones diet. We've recently undergone a change in our diet to eating more whole foods, more beans, veggies, and less processed foods. The thing that caught my attention is it suggested cutting high-fructose corn syrup out of your diet. This morning I went through our pantry and threw out a few items that include has high-fructose corn syrup as one of the ingredients listed in fine print. I had to toss my protein bars, which are a main staple in my diet. Today I'll have to make a trip to the store to find a replacement. Another thing we were shocked to find it in is the spray salad dressing so we're going to dump the rest out and fill it with olive oil and Balsamic Vinegar. I love White Bread when making PB&J and they have become a new staple in my life to keep me going through the day. I can't believe they put high-fructose corn syrup in bread. I've been wanting to get back to baking my own bread so now the house is back in order it's time to go back to baking. Good thing my husband didn't want to go to the gym today, I was able to start making bread, it's taking forever to rise. It's just not warm enough in the house. Good thing I got an early start.
I also had to toss my grape jelly. If I can't find one I can always make my own strawberry freezer jam. Homemade has a ton of sugar in it, but at least it doesn't have high-fructose corn syrup in it so at least one thing is eliminated. I am in now way going for a sugar free diet. That would be way to hard. I don't have any issues with eliminating coffee, tea, or alcohol like the book also suggests since I don't consume those things.
He also suggests a 6 week elimination diet to see if you could be possibly be allergic to dairy or gluten. Both of those are a bigger challenge. I know I'm lactose intolerant to an extant, but I still use milk in my cereal and we had cheese in our tacos last night. We'll have to work up to that. I've tried plain soy milk before and that wasn't bad. I can't stand the vanilla flavored kind, it's awful, but the plain isn't bad. I'm not fond of the milk flavor to begin with so I only use it in my cereal and don't ever drink it plain so it works for me. .
I'll let you know how it goes.
To follow my progress check out my blog: http://wifetellsall.blogspot.com/
So far I'm on wk 1 of the illumination diet. I did if for a wk then had to start over after eating dairy on the weekend. So far things are going good. Much happier, not so moody, more energy, but is that from not eating gluten and dairy or is it the supplements & more sleep or is it everything all together, what ever it is I like it. Check on my blog and I'll keep you posted on my progress of the program. If I keep feeling like this I'll be sooo HAPPY.