NUTRITION EMBRACING My Womanhood I f you’re a woman and you’ve ever experienced even the slightest bit of pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS), you understand how awful it can be. It can leave you feeling helpless, hopeless and at the worst of times, shameful to be a woman. As a result, we often feel that we need to suck it up and suffer through what can be a very difficult time of the month. How My Body Charmed Me Into Whole Health Since my teenage years I have struggled with on-again, off-again PMS. In order to cope, I tried just about everything. You name it, I tried it. I was desperate for a solution, but, almost nothing seemed to work. As the years went on, the discomfort, cramping, moodiness and pain around my monthly cycle only seemed to get worse and more persistent. It was as if my body was screaming at me to get my attention to address the pain. It wasn’t until my early to mid twenties that I started to make the connection between what I was eating and (my nutritional habits) and how I was feeling. As I started to clean up my diet and cut out key PMS promoting foods, such as refined sugars and fats, I started to see ever so slight and subtle changes in my monthly cycle and painful periods. Small change, I came to realize, was better than no change at all.