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  • Ladies - I need your help here - carbs and PMS

    I've been lurking for awhile. I've completed my first month of primal eating. Its been great, truly LIFE CHANGING for me. I havent felt so much mental clarity and had so much energy since my early 20's (I just turned 30). I'm down 12lbs and 3.5" off my waist. (I was on the Mirena for 18mo which caused me to gain massive amounts of weight, ugh.) I'm not on any BC now...and never will be again.

    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?

    Lisser ~ Farm living, chicken raising, sorta hippy mom to 2 little boys (3 and 5), living in the Idaho Panhandle with my husband.

  • #2
    Well, you can always do carbs, but primal carbs like some sweet potato.

    I know Cillakat recommends Krill oil as needed during the week before... you can go to her blog and check out her supplement posts. I haven't tried it yet, but am thinking about adding krill oil soon to my regimen.

    Not much help, but I'm sure there will be more soon! Congrats on the good changes!
    sigpic "Boy I got vision and the rest of the world is wearing bifocals" - Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

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    • #3
      When It gets bad, do a tablespoon of coconut oil or coconut butter. The fat will ward off the cravings.

      BTW: congrats on your new primal life. you will Love it more and more as time goes by. I cannot believe it took me this long to get smart and change my life for the better. Just really happy I did, and the food alone is the single most wonderful thing about this for me..... Welcome aboard!

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      • #4
        Nosh on some olives, that really works for me.

        Good luck, I hope this helps.

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        • #5
          I agree with eat carbs, just make them primal. Have you ever tasted butternut squash fried in coconut oil? If not you should, delish. Or apples in bacon fat....OMgoodness, to DIE for!
          Meghan

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          • #6
            Is Krill oil different/better than fish oil?

            OMG apples in bacon grease sounds SOOOO good for some reason...sprinkled w/ cinnamon.

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            • #7
              Currently munching on unsweetened coconut chips like these: http://www.nutsonline.com/driedfruit...ted-chips.html
              It's kind of snacky/desserty and seem to be doing the trick (I would love a mini coconut flour donut right now though!)

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              • #8
                Oh, mix a bit of melted almond butter and some banana with your coconut. Mmmmmmm.
                Meghan

                My MDA journal

                Primal Ponderings- my blog- finally added some food pron :P

                And best of all my Body Fat Makeover!!

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                • #9
                  Wow--I need to look into the krill oil stuff--fascinating!

                  We've been talking about this a bit in an MDC primal/paleo thread. I've noticed my carb cravings really go up around my period, and that I'm also ravenous, esp right b/4 it. Other times of the month I can IF no problem, but NOT the week b/4 my period. I find that if I have enough fatty and protein rich meat along w/ veggies (w/ fat added) available BEFORE I get to the ravenous stage, I can do much better at managing my carb intake (ie--not eat a bag of chips in a sitting--so non primal!) For me, its about planning meals, making enough in case I want a snack so I'll have food leftover, and not planning to IF *at all* the week b/4 my period. I did this through my last cycle and it was awesome--I stayed 100% primal and actually dropped starches at the same time, without it being too hard. Thrilling for me. I also ate fruit as needed, but the meat and fat and big plates of veg. got me through.

                  I say prep way more food than you usually would for yourself, so its not hard to get when you suddenly get a wave of hunger. I find if I avoid doing the "I'll just wait until I'm really really hungry" at that part of my cycle, I am able to more easily stick to lower carb foods/not crave way high carb foods. On a regular day (like today) I am able to IF if I feel like it (esp if I have a planned meaty and veg rich meal to break the fast w/) w/ no problem, and w/out carb cravings (or carb binging). But I've found attempting to IF in any manner a recipe for disaster if I'm premenstrual.

                  HTH!!!!
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                  • #10
                    And lisser, have you posted about birth control and healing from it at all? There may be supps folks have to recommend that could be helpful to you, in general, that could also lead to more evenness throughout your cycle. (I have very little knowledge of this b/c I luckily have avoided bc most of my life, aside from condoms, and, um, the rhythm method But I have read issues w/ too much copper/zinc deficiency from certain bc--maybe just the copper IUD? Sorry if this is off topic and not helpful!!)
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                    • #11
                      I can't help much as I just started primal,but why not go for good carbs? give it a try..

                      The one and only time I was on b/c,I lost 80 pounds in six months(weird opposite reaction than most women)and was taken back off of it....

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by FairyRae View Post
                        We've been talking about this a bit in an MDC primal/paleo thread. I've noticed my carb cravings really go up around my period, and that I'm also ravenous, esp right b/4 it. Other times of the month I can IF no problem, but NOT the week b/4 my period. I find that if I have enough fatty and protein rich meat along w/ veggies (w/ fat added) available BEFORE I get to the ravenous stage, I can do much better at managing my carb intake (ie--not eat a bag of chips in a sitting--so non primal!) For me, its about planning meals, making enough in case I want a snack so I'll have food leftover, and not planning to IF *at all* the week b/4 my period. I did this through my last cycle and it was awesome--I stayed 100% primal and actually dropped starches at the same time, without it being too hard. Thrilling for me. I also ate fruit as needed, but the meat and fat and big plates of veg. got me through.

                        I say prep way more food than you usually would for yourself, so its not hard to get when you suddenly get a wave of hunger. I find if I avoid doing the "I'll just wait until I'm really really hungry" at that part of my cycle, I am able to more easily stick to lower carb foods/not crave way high carb foods. On a regular day (like today) I am able to IF if I feel like it (esp if I have a planned meaty and veg rich meal to break the fast w/) w/ no problem, and w/out carb cravings (or carb binging). But I've found attempting to IF in any manner a recipe for disaster if I'm premenstrual.
                        This is very helpfull!! Great ideas on how to manage PMS cravings.

                        You say there are more stuff to be read in the "MDC primal/paleo thread" . sorry but I can not find this thread from the search results. Can anyone help with a link, plese?

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                        • #13
                          Sorry, we have an ongoing thread in the mothering.com traditional foods forum--its not related to MDA (although we reference MDA all the time in the threads.) Here is our August thread where we talk about our cycles and food, although it's a convo we've had for months. If you go to MDC and search grain free or primal or paleo, you'll find more threads from a group of moms who post their on this topic.

                          August thread:
                          http://www.mothering.com/discussions....php?t=1249189

                          Our current Sept thread:
                          http://www.mothering.com/discussions....php?t=1258399

                          Its no substitute for MDA--but I love talking w/ this group of moms about this stuff. More of a support, share ideas and recipes thread than the really in depth stuff we get here at MDA (although I know lots offer support, recipes, ideas etc here as well.)
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                          • #14
                            FairyRae,

                            Thanks for all the tips. You can find me by the same name on MDC, but I havent checked out the paleo thread there, though I did see it a couple of weeks ago.

                            I have researched the whole BC thing, and what I have found is that most BC puts you into insulin resistance, and gives you progesterone and thyroid issues, but especially the Mirena IUD, Norplant, and Depo. I was AGHAST to see that people on the Mirena IUD had their thyroid REMOVED b/c of "thyroid issues" most assuredly caused by the IUD.

                            Thanks for the advice everyone. I pretty much blew it this time, but that is why I posted so next time can be better.

                            I'm still open to hearing other peoples ideas, since not everything works for everyone, and I'm not sure what will work for me. But increasing fats sounds like one place to start.

                            I'd also still like to know the difference between Krill and regular fish oil. That being said there is only one brand of fish oil I have found that I can tolerate.

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                            • #15
                              Wow on the bc stuff--just...wow.

                              Hope to see you on MDC!
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