Foods to Avoid

Stress Foods

The following list may have an affect on sex hormones. These foods are either high in saturated fats, preservatives, artificial ingredients or trans-fats and should be avoided all of the time for best results whether or not you follow the Cycle Diet plan:

  • -Full fat cow's milk
  • -Full fat cow's cheese
  • -Full fat cottage cheese
  • -Lactose or Whey protein
  • -Processed meats, hot dogs, cold cuts
  • -Fatty red meats, bacon, ribs, beef, hame, sausage, pork, lamb
  • -Deep-fried foods
  • -Hydrogenated oils
  • -Partially-hydrogenated oils and shortenings
  • -Bouillion or soup broths with MSG, Autolysed yeast or glutamate
  • -All Artificial sweeteners
  • -Soda with corn sweeteners or sodas with artificial sweeteners
  • -HFCS now relabeled as corn sugar
  • -Alcohol
  • -BPA found in plastic bottles and can lining
  • -Sulfites (found in many processed foods, wines and meats as a preservative. Read all labels
  • -Mono and Diglycerides (another highly processed hydrogenated fat)


This list is by no way complete if you suffer from food allergies, sensitivities or intolerances. Please contact the Cycle Diet Dietitian if you suspect a food intolerance or would like more information on what symptoms are common in food sensitivities and or intolerances.

If you are consuming any of these foods or drinks five or more times a week in regular quantities, it is possible they may be contributing to your PMS symptoms.


Note: New studies are showing the possibility of intestinal problems from glyphosate residue, (the active ingredient in Roundup herbicide) used in GMO crops: corn, soy, canola, and sugar beets. Many farmers are also spraying glyphosate as a desiccate pre-harvest on wheat, oats, lentils, barley and sugar cane. Purchase organic grains and cane sugar whenever possible. Please avoid as many GMO ingredients as possible by purchasing the organic varieties of corn, soy, canola, summer squash, zucchini and sugar. This may be easier to do if you eat whole foods instead of processed foods. Most processed foods that contain more than one or two ingredients contain GMO ingredients.

Food Sensitivities, Intolerances and PMS/PMDD

How do I know if I have a food sensitivity or intolerance? I'm usually fine most of the time except those few days before my period when I have the most awful stomach pain with diarrhea or (constipation).

I often get this question from clients. Usually a person has an idea if a food or food combination upsets their stomach or a connection is made between a specific food, indigestion, gas, diarrhea or gut pain at the time of ingestion. Many times a connection isn't made until a woman enters the late luteal phase, especially with gluten--because it is in everything. A lactose intolerance may also be blamed on a flu bug, food gone bad or just part of the regular PMS pattern.

Food sensitivities from undigested proteins such as gliadin from gluten and casein or whey from dairy, as well as other protein fractions (peptides), can cause an immune response within the GI. Often this response is too small to notice if your immune system is working properly. But, underlying food sensitivities and intolerances can easily be recognized during the late luteal phase, if you keep track of exactly what you eat and note the different kinds of digestive symptoms that surface.

Why is it important to pay particularly close attention to your digestive system and PMS/PMDD symptoms? It is during this time, if you do have any kind of food sensitivity, that a food sensitivity will show itself due to a suppressed immune system. You need to be very aware that these undigested protein fractions can cause intestinal inflammation as well as malabsorption. Many times eliminating the suspected food or foods is all you need to do. Being tested by a knowledgeable allergist or Gastroenterologist for a definite diagnosis is prudent.

If you would like to be tested for gluten, casein or malabsorption please contact the Cycle Diet Registered Dietitian for a referral to a board certified Gastroenterologist that specializes in food sensitivities and intolerance. Avoiding foods that cause digestive problems and malabsorption can not only save you from continued PMS and or PMDD, but from the possibility of future complications with fertility, GI stress and disease.

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