I was a PMS-Monster prior to my celiac diagnosis. I drove my kid to school one day and someone on the radio said to lessen wheat and dairy in the diet to relieve symptoms. After my diagnosis, I realized why (didn't do it at the time obviously cause wheat and dairy are so "healthy" I wouldn't consider it!).
Now I think it was because I was low in vital nutrients aka vitamins and minerals. You can malabsorb or be malnourished by your diet. Your diet affects your hormones. You need B vitamins so estrogen can be detoxed by the liver. The "gluten" protein is sticky and can affect the liver also. You need cholesterol for vitamin D absorption, and you need vitamin D for calcium absorption ... consider sunshine for vitamin D (about 15 minutes a day between 10-2 when UVB is best accessible) and take supplements in the winter to keep values up (must see a doctor to get baseline level for fat soluble vitamins!). It goes round and round on the "why's" -- eat well for YOU and exercise! :)
P.S. Well, that's my experience, and I don't have "Monster" PMS anymore - I have "cute baby" PMS like water weight gain the day before :-). Oh, and I used to crave chocolate and eat a Snickers (lower GI - ha) monthly, now I still crave chocolate, but have a tiny square of organic dark chocolate .. must still need magnesium! Nobody's perfect!
- 8/27/2008 3:09:07 PM