Four foods to ease PMS

Ladies, it is that time of the month where PMS can be severe for some people. So here are some lifestyle remedies that worked for me and it might work for you too.

What is PMS?

This is the premenstrual syndrome normally felt a few days to 14 days before your period. It can be anything from mood swings to bloating. Even insomnia is classified as PMS. Some people get acne around this time. 

Magnesium

Well technically this is not a food but a supplement but you can find it in foods like cacao and most vegetables. It can also be taken in a supplement form such as a tablet. Here it helps to relieve muscle aches and some period pain.

Some magnesium-rich foods are fish, sardines, mackerel, broccoli, nuts (such as walnuts), cauliflower, carrots, etc.

Dark Chocolate

I love dark chocolate without sugar. Two pieces of keeps me happy. This is a mood busting food. When we eat it, it releases serotonin which is the happy hormone.

Fruits

Fruits are full of Vitamin C and fiber as well as other minerals like potassium. Do eat plenty of them around this time and other times. You should get about 2-3 serves a day.

Ginger

Ginger helps to relax you and you can buy most ginger at the supermarket. It helps to ease PMS symptoms such as bloating. You can add it to tea, soups, some stir-fries,  sauces, noodle dishes. Or you can eat it raw.

Milk

We should be getting in enough calcium from our foods and milk is the easiest way to enjoy that. Milk has vitamin D in there which is good for bones. You can enjoy lactose-free milk if you are sensitive to lactose. 


Gumtree Goodfood

Gumtree Goodfood is a boutique place in South Yarra, Middle Park, and Albert Park. Here they sell the best items and before the Covid19 they used to let everyone taste stuff. We loved tasting the wines and now when restrictions are lifted I would love to go back there and buy a bottle just for myself at home.

Here they sell the freshest food and the nicest cheeses. Pre Covid19 they let everyone try the cheeses and the wines. The wines were really lovely and are all local

They not only sell fresh food but they sell pantry goods and ready made meals. I loved buying snacks and other sundries from there.

Do support them as they need your support. They only stock the best food around and they support local producers,.


Chocolate cake for World Chocolate day

World Chocolate Day is on the 7th of July and I know that we can’t all be together. This is an annual event and last year I had great fun celebrating it at San Churro with their free hot beverages. So I was thinking of a simple chocolate cake that you can make at home. The cake that I was thinking of was the chocolate mud cake which is cheap, yet satisfying.

And you don’t even have to leave home to make this and enjoy your day. People these days are bored of being stuck at home.

Recipe by Nichomecooking

The day is all about chocolate which we all love and love to share with people.

Even though there is great sadness in the world and we all can’t be together, we can still enjoy chocolate from the comfort of our own home.

I enjoyed a brownie outside in support of a favourite cafe Wolf and Hound. We should all do our part in supporting our favourite cafes.


What Covid19 is doing to our food habits

Covid19 has changed our food habits and not for the better.

I read this article on Food Politics and wondered if Australia is doing the same thing. We probably are.

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The isolation period during Covid19 has seen us cooking more and baking more in iso. As such people have gained weight by doing that. Our physical health has declined a bit. We did a bit of research on Instagram and found that there were 19.7k + posts on iso baking and 43.5k+ posts on isolation baking. Covidbaking got 28.3k posts. Lockdown baking got 83.9k posts. This says that a lot of people did baking during these times because they were so bored at home

The tag covidtakeout has 500+ posts on Instagram. Many Australians got takeaway during this time and that has contributed to weight gain

Also the biggest change would have to be the cooking. Many people have taken up cooking and buying their food locally.

People are snacking a lot more out of boredom. Some of us think about food more and we try to make that change to eating more healthy foods.

So what do we need to do to get out of this mess?

We need to regain our self control over food and do other things like learn some new exercises. There are lots of new exercises on Youtube.

We also need to make more soups and things other than baking.

Now that things are open up again such as the gym, why not go there once a week? Or you could train for that marathon that you always wanted to do next year!

Oh and you can still have that cake, but only as a treat!


Lets move 365: Wicked Chocolate festival at Prahran Market

Wicked Chocolate was a free festival at Prahran Market and everyone enjoyed being out and about and trying lots of yummy chocolate.

 

This was really wicked. Everyone enjoyed themselves and having ice cream on this 23C day. Here I had the buy one get one free which I was willing to use and so I did.

Whilst I didn’t get into the spirit of booze I loved my chocolate ice cream very much. Fritz gelato had won many awards for the best ice cream and I am glad that they are at the Market.

Chapel st Cellars had a Chocolate Martini for $12 but I wasn’t going to have any booze. There was rocky road from Sweet Greek but I’m not a huge fan of Rocky road. However I love a good dark chocolate and a great chocolate fondue with friends, books and red wine on a winters day. When I see a chocolate fondue I can imagine winter and a book club.

There were many free chocolate samples for us to try. As for us we went a bit bananas over them. There were a few ticketed events but they were $22-$45 for a few chocolatey things. And they were sold out very quickly.  People ranted on Facebook about not being able to find lots of chocolatey things but in fact there were many chocolatey things at the trader shops (their actual shops). You just had to keep your eye open.

Chocolate is a good way to distress before the exam and I’m glad that Prahran market decided to hold this event in the weeks leading up to exams. Many thanks Prahran market for this event.