Is there a specific diet to manage cravings and hormone fluctuations during PMS?

This article will discuss the management of cravings that are associated with hormonal fluctuations and premenstrual symptoms (PMS). In my role as a nutritionist and dietician, I am often asked for strategies on how to manage cravings. While PMS, hormonal fluctuations and intense cravings can occur during this time period, it is possible to manage these feelings with healthy eating choices. We'll explore why this is a crucial topic, as well as how to start, potential solutions and other tips.

Understand the Importance

Changes in hormone levels can cause cravings. This can lead to an increase in appetite, and cravings of certain foods. In addition to causing weight gain by giving in to these cravings, it can also worsen PMS symptoms such as bloating and mood changes. Understanding and applying specific diet strategies is therefore beneficial. A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that a diet high in vitamin D and calcium can reduce PMS symptoms.

Getting Started

Remember that each person is different as you begin your journey to manage cravings. It may not be the same for everyone. Maintaining a food journal is a good place to start. It helps to identify patterns and pinpoint which foods cause cravings. In studies published in Appetite, researchers found that keeping a food diary can help you manage your dietary intake. Staying hydrated is another important factor. Sometimes dehydration is mistaken for hunger and can lead to unnecessary snacking.

Possible Solutions

Other Tips

Regular physical activity helps manage PMS and reduce cravings. Exercise helps to regulate blood sugar and releases endorphins which are the mood-lifters of the body. Sleep is also important, as lack of it can increase cravings that lead to excessive eating. Stress management techniques like meditation and yoga are beneficial because stress triggers cravings.


There are dietary approaches that help to manage PMS symptoms and hormone fluctuations. Understanding the significance of the issue and implementing solutions can help you navigate this time with ease. It's important to remember that it is not about completely eliminating cravings but managing them so as to support overall health and well-being.