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  • #16
    I get very hungry before my period too, I just try to eat more of my usual (primal) diet. I sometimes eat twice as much in a meal than I normally would. I try to eat more fatty meat at that time too. I don't worry because I know the hunger only lasts for a couple of days.

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    • #17
      The advice to have food ready in the fridge is excellent. That really helps me when I have cravings. I tend to have bacon already cooked up, some chicken legs with buffalo sauce, and boiled eggs ready to go. I also find having coconut milk smoothies helps me over the carb cravings. I use 1/2 cup of coconut milk, 1/2 cup of berries, one scoop of protein powder, and if I am really craving carbs, half a banana, with some water or unsweetened almond milk. That seems to help.
      If I am having cravings for sweets (for me, it is usually salty followed by sweets) then I make some of the coconut custard in the Primal Cookbook. That seems to help quite a bit.

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      • #18
        Jenboo, your post reminded me that I think precooked, cold bacon, is like the awesome-est satisfying snack!!

        And I am w/ you on the eating 2x the amount (or more!) than I usually do at meals mozzy!! Being aware of that, and planning ahead for it, and accepting it, helps me soooooo much more than trying to stick to a smaller amount of food...
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        • #19
          Originally posted by FairyRae View Post
          And I am w/ you on the eating 2x the amount (or more!) than I usually do at meals mozzy!! Being aware of that, and planning ahead for it, and accepting it, helps me soooooo much more than trying to stick to a smaller amount of food...
          It is such a relief to read that you also eat 2x the amount or more. I am in the middle of my PMS now and I am moody, feeling fat, ugly, depressed, anxious and in this PMS state of mind it is hard for me to accept the fact that I eat that much due to hormonal changes and no because I am a some kind of freak :-) In clearer moments I tell myself that everything will change again in a few days but it's kind of strange because I keep forgetting! I even write notes in my calender telling myself that if I feel strange it is just because of PMS.

          I am learning to accept and live in peace with my PMS but still have quite a way to travel!!
          Last edited by Karna; 09-04-2010, 05:34 PM.

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          • #20
            Lisser, you just are not eating enough fat. If I eat over 6000calories a day from fat for a week, I dont have any carb cravings. You want to get big right? Carbs like potato and fruits are for the scrawny!!

            The fat we eat is the fat we wear. Eat up! What would Grok do? Eat like Grok to look like Grok.

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            • #21
              Okay, I will be making a conscious effort to up my fat and calories in general for the next go 'round. Thanks everyone.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by Karna View Post
                It is such a relief to read that you also eat 2x the amount or more. I am in the middle of my PMS now and I am moody, feeling fat, ugly, depressed, anxious and in this PMS state of mind it is hard for me to accept the fact that I eat that much due to hormonal changes and no because I am a some kind of freak :-)
                To me, the basics of primal are stick to primal foods in the macro ratio that works best for you, eat when hungry, don't when not. I prob eat the same proportion of fat/protein/carbs around that part of my cycle, just a lot *more*. Listening to our bodies is huge in all this I think. I've found it comforting that other primal women seem super hungry/have big appetites around their periods as well. I think we are *normal*.
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                • #23
                  First I'll say that I second the Krill oil. Kat had suggested it when I asked about cyclic migraines and of course the PMS "seefoodeatfood" cycle. I was consistant with it for three months, and within the first month the migraines were gone, my cycle became a 28 day one instead of 35 and NO massive carb cravings. I did have a little, but a glass of wine and a little dark chocolate did the trick. I went off my supplements in August (camping, shows, family visiting, running around like a crazy woman) and have to get back into it. What I DID notice was a killer migraine (mid cycle) and currently I'm going through the seefoodeatfood period right before my period.

                  Needless to say I will be going BACK on the damn krill oil tout suite.

                  As for the BC comments, I'd be interested in knowing more. I went on the pill at 14, and gained about 100lbs over 4 years. My weight stabalized at about 230. I CANNOT get away from this number. The highest I've been was 270, and through two pregnancies I got back down to 230 (Oddly when pregnant I loose weight like it's water off a ducks back).

                  So, here I sit. I'm SURE that the pill started the IR, and the PCOS and prevents me from loosing weight.

                  The PB plan does work for me. I need to kick out the visitors and take back my house first. Buncha junk food junkies here and I have the will of a marshmallow.
                  SW: 235
                  CW:220
                  Rough start due to major carb WD.

                  MWF: 1 hour run/walk, 1.5 hours in the gym - upper/lower and core
                  Sat/Sun=Yard/house work, chasing kids, playing
                  Family walk every night instead of everyone vegging in front of the TV
                  Personal trainer to build muscle mass & to help meet goals

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                  • #24
                    Elorajade: PCOS makes it really difficult to lose weight (duh) from what I understand. I thought low-carb was supposed to help PCOS. How long have you been primal? Are you on metformin? The book Fertility, Cycles and Nurtrition is a great one for women suffering reproductive health issues. Have you tried using progestrone cream to restore your natural prog/estrogen balance? I used it after I had my Mirena removed and I do think it helped.

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by lisser View Post
                      Elorajade: PCOS makes it really difficult to lose weight (duh) from what I understand. I thought low-carb was supposed to help PCOS. How long have you been primal? Are you on metformin? The book Fertility, Cycles and Nurtrition is a great one for women suffering reproductive health issues. Have you tried using progestrone cream to restore your natural prog/estrogen balance? I used it after I had my Mirena removed and I do think it helped.
                      It does help. PB does work for me, but its a matter of getting and staying there. Movement is SOOOO slow it's really frustrating. We've already had our kids, thankfully, it took 10 years to have our first. I had PCOS, a bicornate uterus and a tilted cervix working against us. We are frankly damn lucky to have the two we have.

                      I tried progesterone cream for a spell, thinking that perhaps if I balanced that then I'd see increased weight loss. But I didn't really see much of a difference. It's just really weird that the only times I could loose weight without even trying was when pregnant. it's like everything aligned properly and the weight just came off.

                      I've been reading this forum since last October I think it was, ordered the book over Christmas and started on and off through the winter. Experimenting etc. For me, to see any movement, I need to be under 20g of carbs per day, which is really really hard. I LOVE veggies. Once the junk food lovin junkies leave (Thursday) I will get my kitchen back and get back into a routine. Then I can purge the fridge and pantry. Go into Coke Zero withdrawl for a few days and start back on the horse.
                      SW: 235
                      CW:220
                      Rough start due to major carb WD.

                      MWF: 1 hour run/walk, 1.5 hours in the gym - upper/lower and core
                      Sat/Sun=Yard/house work, chasing kids, playing
                      Family walk every night instead of everyone vegging in front of the TV
                      Personal trainer to build muscle mass & to help meet goals

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                      • #26
                        elorajade, I'm not sure what the rest of your food intake looks like, but wanted to share I've read lots of anecdotes from folks about dropping foods that they are sensitive to/intolerant of (such as dairy--a biggie), and then sudden weight loss ensues. I'm one who lost 50 lbs w/out doing anything but dropping gluten, dairy, soy and corn (and switching from some processed foods to made from scratch foods, then slowly adding animal products into my formerly vegetarian diet. No caloric restriction or watching carbs or anything, etc...) Just a thought!! I can only imagine how difficult it must be to try and stick to 20g carbs a day (if you prefer getting lots of veg, etc). Good luck!!
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                        "I am a work in progress." -Ani DiFranco

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                        • #27
                          Yes, I also think exploring food allergies/sensitivities is a good idea. If you are strict primal (no grains/dairy), those are two big food allergens right there. I can see that it would be totally intimidating to eliminate both at the same time. I was off dairy for an extended period of time because my son who I breastfed (well, still breastfeed), was very intolerant to it, wouldnt sleep, scream etc. I would pick one and start there, see how you feel after a month. I wouldnt limit carbs probably either. I would eat anything that is strict primal, in any quantity, as you give up the grains. I mean, you prob dont want to eat 6 bananas a day, but you know what I mean. Even if you are at 150g carbs a day, but ALL of them are from fruits and veggies...that is going to be WAY better than grain based carbs. I am NOT saying this is easy. I am not 100% primal myself, but I am still seeing really positive results. I think you just have to find what works for you, your body, and your situation.

                          Oh, and the book Fertility, Cycles, and Nutrition is NOT just about getting pregnant. Its about fixing issues with your reproductive/hormonal cycles.

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                          • #28
                            I think I will give that a try. I cringe at giving up sour cream though. I do think I have a grain sensitivity given my reaction to them after I clean them from my diet. Also, I'll check out that book. Thanks!
                            SW: 235
                            CW:220
                            Rough start due to major carb WD.

                            MWF: 1 hour run/walk, 1.5 hours in the gym - upper/lower and core
                            Sat/Sun=Yard/house work, chasing kids, playing
                            Family walk every night instead of everyone vegging in front of the TV
                            Personal trainer to build muscle mass & to help meet goals

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                            • #29
                              Good luck!! I find, even w/ my own dairy sensitivity, that I can still do (lactose/casein free) ghee (and so can my son) w/ no reactions. And coconut milk is my dairy free savior.
                              My Before/After Pics
                              Are you new here? Be sure to check these links FIRST, before reading anything on the forum! Succeed & PB 101

                              "I am a work in progress." -Ani DiFranco

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by lisser View Post
                                I can do great for most of the month, but that week before my period, I am having a really hard time resisting the carbs.

                                What helps?
                                Increase protein and fat.
                                INcrease magnesium (from supplements most likely)
                                Start taking Neptune Krill Oil - 1-2 caps per day from ovulation till day 1 or 2 or your period.



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