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Ravenous during Period... HELP!

I have always had a horrible time during my period. My emotions run a little high (one month is crying, the next is angry & pissed), but I become so incredibly ravenous! I will eat a meal and still be starving! It's like I become a bottomless pit and can never get full. I try to just prepare myself what I'm gonna eat for each meal, but I find myself unable to distract myself enough to no snack on something. I have tried drinking water to curb the appetite, but I just end up having to pee alot... Are there any ways to curb that type of thing or do I just have to suffer for 5 days a month? Any suggestions on how to handle this?

Wed. May 23, 11:23am

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Have snacks that are well balanced. Something with protien will help keep you full longer. Try nuts, peanut butter on veggies or fruit, cottage cheese, etc. It's possible you are snacking and eating things that are not going to satisfy your hunger!

Wednesday, May 23, 2007, 11:28 AM

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I know exactly what you are going through. You do okay for part of the month and then all of a sudden you need to have donuts, cookies, a pint of ice-cream and you eat then without thinking.

What helped me was starting back on a low carb diet. I'm not talking all meat, I 'm talking about eating a lot of vegetables, protein, making sure that my meals contain at least 5 grams of fiber, no soda, etc. Basically I cut back on processed foods. I started doing this just two weeks ago and my period arrived without the usual warnings and took me by surprise. No tender breasts, no bloating, no sugar binges for the first time in many months. I've known this for years but just never practiced it.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007, 9:22 PM

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Also remember, the average woman burns 200-300 more calories a day while on her period, so although being a bottomless pit is not a good idea, having an extra snack or two through out the day isn't a bad idea. Proein is an excelent way to feel full so I have a little cheese or almonds when I'm hungry and on my period. Water is also a good thing, just think oif the toxins and excess water you are flushing!

Wednesday, May 23, 2007, 10:17 PM

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ravenous during period

My problem isn't actually during my period, but the week before. Right now I'm dying for the bag of Oreos on my shelf! I don't want to lose it, but staying away from sugar is all I can think about. Even in the middle of an activity - I find myself dreaming of something sweet and definately not on the ok list!

Wednesday, May 23, 2007, 10:42 PM

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I feel you!

I am the same way right before my period! It's horrible the only thing you can think about is food. I have recently started walking when I feel like eating or getting away from food totally. Listening to music doing something away from food. I've only done it for a month but we will see...

Wednesday, May 23, 2007, 10:45 PM

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Me too!

Great subject!
I was wondering if it was just me! I've been grabbing the bananas and Luna bars but, I reaaaaally want some Baskin & Robbins!
How about a compromise?
Frozen yogurt, perhaps?
Or, if you go to the candy aisle at Wal-Mart, I've seen that Hershy's now has candy and snack packs that are at 60 - 100 calories per serving!

Thursday, May 24, 2007, 12:21 AM

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I can empathize with your problem. My PMS week has been getting progressively worse as I get older. When I am suffering from that unnatural hunger, I try a few different tricks to fool my body.

First, I try to get active and do something (cleaning, walking, moving furniture) to distract me. I also try drinking more water then normal to make my stomach feel more full. Finally, when I do eat I try to stay away from processed foods and focus on fruits and veggies. I increase my protein intake as well. I don't know if it has scientific basis, but I figure with what your body is doing at that time, the extra protein might be what it is craving.

Thursday, May 24, 2007, 9:08 AM

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I grab the real thing but the key is portion control (not easy to do). I love to take a candy bar, but I'll share it or put it away in the fridge for another day. There are those super-hard-can't-think-of-anything-else-but-sweet-food cravings that drive me wild! In my opinion dig in, just take it easy and don't go overboard and maybe get an extra 30 minutes of workout to make up for it. I struggle with this every month! Know what you are going through.

Friday, May 25, 2007, 4:05 AM

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Some does of high nutrient foods will help you during this time, and really any time.

One thing you want to check out is the PEERtrainer Energy Soup Recipe. Check out the comments on the bottom of the recipe- VERY solid feedback.

We have also have created a very simple to follow eating system, that will help you have more energy and feel less hungry. It's called the Cheat System, and the people who are doing it are making some real progress:

Those two resources will definitely help you feel less hungry!


Thursday, March 03, 2011, 6:14 PM

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i try to eat things that have a lot of volume to make me feel full, like a leafy spinach salad, or hot broth or soup.
but if i absolutely hafve to have some ice cream or sweets i only have the one serving containers in my house, the make ben and jerry's and haagen daaz one cup servings, 100 calorie cookie packs, small one serving bags of lays
i try to drink a lot of water to keep me feeling full too. and eat bananas, they'll help you feel full and if like me you bloat during your time of the month, the potassium in them will help absorb sodium out of your body to help you stop holding so much water

Saturday, March 05, 2011, 1:38 AM

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