Better.TV's Rhiannon Ally talks to Amanda Wolfe about ways to deal with stress and conquer chocolate.
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PMS Stress Management Tips Rhiannon Ally: Or you’ve just have a few French fries and that you deal with your PMS in a way that didn’t involved candy bars, so why do our cravings still get the bet of us? It happens every single month. Amanda Wolfe, Senior Editor of Ladies Home Journal Magazine is here to help you take control of all those overeating binges and boy do we need this. When I was reading this article, I felt like it was written specifically for me. Amanda Wolfe: Me too. I think a lot at home have these very same feeling. Amanda Wolfe: Well, and it's kind of good to know that it's something that it's not just about your will power, there's some other stuff going on. Rhiannon Ally: Yes, so let's jump right in. First of all, we all have stressful days at work, you know you have a bad day; you want to eat something bad when we get home, like French fries or something like that. Amanda Wolfe You do, actually you crave comfort foods after you’ve had a lot of stress because comfort foods are soothing. Not just because you're happy when you eat them, but there's actually a chemical called dopamine, and when you eat comfort foods it truly does make you happier. Rhiannon Ally: I knew there was a reason. So what can we do? Amanda Wolfe And it takes your mind off of that stress too. One of the great things you should do is try to deal that stress in a better way, so write down what's bothering you in a journal, figure out someway to deal with that stress that doesn’t involve a plate of French fried. And then the other thing you can do is actually some diet changes. If you try to eat foods that are rich in magnesium, that can help curve the stress response in your brain. So that’s food like whole wheat, nuts and soya. Rhiannon Ally: Okay, so eat those before you have that stressful day. Now, one of my co- workers Lesley keeps a whole jar of M&Ms on her desk. And every time I walk by I want to grab some. Amanda Wolfe Chocolate is one of those things where we’re conditioned to want it on so many levels; it's a powerful blend of fat and sugar. One of the things you can do is a recent study found that if you take a 15-minute walk it actually can reduce your chocolate craving. So that’s one thing that you can try. Rhiannon Ally: Get outside and get moving. What about what if that time of the month, it seems like chocolate is a must. Amanda Wolfe It is, you know the thing is not only again does it affect your brain chemicals when you have it, and make you happier. It also – we’re just conditioned to want chocolate and most of us had a hard time resisting when we’re not feeling so good. So of course, when you're not feeling so good having this PMS symptoms that you're going to indulge, the secret is actually to have a little bit of chocolate throughout the month so that when you do have PMS symptoms you're not indulging because you totally deprived yourself for the rest of the month. Rhiannon Ally: Okay, sounds good. I know that there are lots of other great tips in here, including if you feel like you need popcorn when you hit the movie theater, I know I do, you can pick up the copy of Ladies Home Journal or go to lhj.com for more on that.