Good Afternoon ladies!

Guess who's in town? Aunt Flow! TMI? Maybe, but it is the inspiration for this article, because just last week, I turned into the usual crazy version of myself, craving salty and fatty foods, sugar and boatloads of bread.

I also know I'm not the only one, so let's talk about this.

Not every woman experiences the exact same cravings at the exact same time around our period, but most of us can recognize the PMS monster that rears it's head, whether it's craving certain foods or just being an emotional wreck. 

Today we're focusing of the former and I'm going to give you tips to not let your entire diet and all your hard work go to waste every single month.

1. Stick to what's in your house.

If you don't buy the junk, then you are forced to be creative with what you do have available. Keep the processed junk OUT! Keep lots of fruit and nuts on hand. Nuts are very handy around this time of the month because of the fat. I usually go crazy on pistachios. 

2. Get your butt moving!

You may not feel like it, but it will help. Remember part of wanting to eat these foods is to make us feel better. Exercise can have the same effect.

3. If you're craving  it, make it! 

Here are some chocolatey, salty, fatty, sweet ideas for you:

Raw Vegan Brownies
In a food processor, blend 1 cup of walnuts until right before it's all crumbs. Next, add 1 cup pitted moist dates and blend again. Lastly, add a pinch of sea salt and 1-2 tablespoons of cacao powder (filled with magnesium, which is super low in our body around this time). Blend again. Remove from processor, shape into rectangles, and place in freezer to set for about 1 hour. You can also crush some almonds add to the mix at the end for a little extra fat if you're anything like me.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls
Roll up some raw crunchy peanut butter into balls. If it does not have salt in it, add a pinch of sea salt. Place balls in freezer while you make your chocolate. I usually just melt my dark chocolate bar, which is 85% cacao, or you can mix your cocoa or cacao powder with maple syrup until nice and smooth. Take your peanut butter balls out of the freezer, roll them through your chocolate until fully covered and place back in freezer. Check for firmness and enjoy!

Mango Sorbet
Set out 2-3 cups of frozen mango chunks for a few minutes to soften a bit. (The best I've had is from Trader Joe's.) Place in blender with a non dairy milk about half way, a bit of vanilla extract, and a little bit of maple syrup, agave or honey. Blend until smooth. Add more non dairy milk as needed. Now you have two choices: eat it right away even though it's super soft or wait for it to freeze a little bit. BTW - I've never waited for option 2. When I'm craving, I need something NOW!

Tortilla Chips and Salsa
Make the smartest buying choice you can. Check for sodium levels, high fructose corn syrup, preservatives, organic, etc. 

There you have it! Go ahead and give in to those cravings, it will feel good, just don't get amnesia. Make educated choices. Avoid the candy bars, greasy bags of potato chips and heaping mounds of ice cream. Remember your goals and WHY you're on this healthy lifestyle journey to begin with. It's your body. You control it, not the other way around. 

Dedicated To Your Success,

Mia Shanté
Nutrition Coach
Strong 4 Pole, Co-Owner

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