Greetings to all the ladies:
I've been noticing that when I eat more sugar (desserts, sweeteners like honey, maple syrup, rapadura/sucanat; but not whole foods like sweet potatoes/fruits), my periods tend to be more uncomfortable (bloating, cramping, heavier flow...) I was wondering if anyone else noticed these symptoms and if they attributed it to excess sugar consumption?
I'm thinking that eating sugar is creating an inflammatory response in my body, because it also may be causing me to break-out in pimples the following days after a sugar-binge (regardless of whether or not my period is coming up). They're not huge/painful/cystic pimples; they're small, but they seem to be a little more sensitive and kinda itchy...symptom of detoxing?
For those who want to know, I'd say I generally eat pretty well (no grains, legumes), but I do eat dairy (I've experimented quite a bit with eliminating/introducing it for a few months, several times, but didn't seem to notice any negative effects, so I take the Mark Sisson approach and tend to eat fattier dairy, as well as raw/fermented dairy products).
Any thoughts, insights, or related experiences?
Update: Awesome ladies, thanks for all the insight and personal experiences! I would love to keep hearing more...