Is it our diet? Our lifestyle? Or just because we didn’t know what the word PMS meant (or even that it existed) that we didn’t notice its symptoms?
My guess is: it’s the combination of all three. Our diet had dramatically changed in the past decade. We rely more on highly refined and/or processed food lacking vital nutrients and packed with synthetic chemicals. Our grandmothers’ diet was richer in whole grains, nuts, beans, and seeds. Their produce was fresh and seasonal, packed with vitamins, minerals and vital energy. The air they breathed was fresher, the water they drank was clearer; the food they ate wasn’t loaded with chemicals, colors and artificial flavors. Their lifestyle was also different. They didn’t sit all day long in front of the TV or computer screen. They didn't even have one. They socialized more (not on facebook or in internet chatting rooms), they exchanged ideas, recipes, advices and genuine support. Their life was much more physically active. They walked to the local market (no malls!!! Poor granny!), they climbed the stairs and ran errands.
And, most importantly, NO ONE TOLD THEM!!! They didn’t know that there was such thing as PMS. Not because they weren’t updated with the “latest scientific researches and discoveries”, rather, because they simply didn’t need to. Women, since the dawn of civilization, intuitively knew about that ‘time of the month’ when they were more vulnerable. Not just physically, but also emotionally. They knew that there is a time when they needed more support, love and care; another time when they may need to be more self-centered (not selfish), introvert and reflective. Yet, there are other times when they are more sociable, giving, creative and expressive. Women’s menstrual cycle expresses these different needs at different times of the month; and our grandmothers intuitively followed its natural flow.
Our grandmothers’ life, although more physically demanding (I see that as an advantage), was much less stressful. Their hearts were pure and loving; their needs were much simpler (they weren’t bombarded by self-destructive ads all day long), their intentions, goals and missions were much clearer. Their creativity was beautifully expressed in simple touches of everyday life, in a new recipe they invented, a quilt they made, a dress they’ve sewn, or a curtain they altered…
Isn’t time to learn from their wisdom? Isn’t time to stop suppressing our feelings with sweet indulgences, silencing our pains with pain ‘killers’, repressing our bloating with prescribed medications, and hiding our emotions behind soap operas? Isn’t time to listen to our inner whispers and follow our intuitive wisdom?
Life is simply all about choices. We have all the options. We just need to make the right choices concerning our diet, lifestyle, and mental, emotional, and spiritual beliefs.
Have a great day!