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  • Ladies how do you kick "monthly" cravings?

    It's a vicious cycle for me. I'm completely fine all month....a Primal saint even lol.....I recently went all meat and veggies. No fruit. No dairy. It was great. Now my TOTM has hit, and I can't stop the cravings. I'm already taking glutamine...about 2000mg a day....should I up that? Any other thoughts? Thanks!

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    I'm in my PMS week now. I was in a monthly binge cycle until I started taking 5htp. I usually take 200mg in the afternoon. During this week, I up it to 400mg spread throughout the day. Read The Mood Cure by Julia Ross

    I also allow myself fruit, cheese and sweet potatoes which are not a big part of my normal menu.
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    • #3
      I eat all the 70% or higher dark chocolate I want, dipped in peanut butter if I feel like it. Usually 2 squares, maybe up to 4 squares, controls those cravings for me.
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      • #4
        This is my first month in about 10 years actually dealing with being a "woman". I kicked the BCP and have been on a raging hormonal rollercoaster this whole month. I have not been able to control my eating habits and have been binging on fruit and 90% chocolate while stuffing myself on meat and vegetables in an effort to control my binging. I have packed on about 5lbs this month so far and am ready to just hop back on the pill. I figured once I started a normal cycle again - this would all be over, but I am about a week past what should have been the start of another cycle and still raging like a beast for any sort of carb fix I can get out of the bare cupboards in my house.

        I should never have messed with my hormones - they tell us it's "safe" and we believe them. Joke is on me I guess.

        So, I suppose what I am saying is...it could always be worse. Push through it the best you can and try to avoid keeping triggers in your house during your craving week(s).

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        • #5
          all I crave during Aunt Flo's visit is chocolate, which I oblige. I have some 99% chocolate in the cupboard. Takes care of the problem
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          • #6
            The day before (which is the worst for me) I wanted fruit and yogurt twice, so I had it. I dunno if I am even in the losing weight stage anymore, so I am eating what feels right. Mostly I want meat and veggies, but if a day or 2 each month, I want a diet tipped slightly more into carbs I don't see anything wrong with that. I had maybe 125g carbs. In the past a pms binge would probably have been a day with 3500cal and 6-700 carbs, so this one is pretty minor.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by JKC View Post
              The day before (which is the worst for me) I wanted fruit and yogurt twice, so I had it. I dunno if I am even in the losing weight stage anymore, so I am eating what feels right. Mostly I want meat and veggies, but if a day or 2 each month, I want a diet tipped slightly more into carbs I don't see anything wrong with that. I had maybe 125g carbs. In the past a pms binge would probably have been a day with 3500cal and 6-700 carbs, so this one is pretty minor.

              I try to think of it from that point of view too, but it's so hard sometimes. I mean even though I eat ice cream for a few days before my TOTM I used to eat it every night. So progress is progress.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Pebbles67 View Post
                I'm in my PMS week now. I was in a monthly binge cycle until I started taking 5htp. I usually take 200mg in the afternoon. During this week, I up it to 400mg spread throughout the day. Read The Mood Cure by Julia Ross

                I also allow myself fruit, cheese and sweet potatoes which are not a big part of my normal menu.
                I will definitely have to look into that book. I have battled with PMS disorder for most of my life, but I'm learning to control it without meds. I still use herbal supplements, though. I think I took 5-htp at one point in the past. I will have to dig it back out. I've been using Source Natural Calm Thoughts.....it doesn't work as well during PMS time. I'm lucky, however, because Primal has helped me keep my moods under control all the rest of the time. I guess it can't fix everything all the time haha.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Bunnyfoot View Post
                  This is my first month in about 10 years actually dealing with being a "woman". I kicked the BCP and have been on a raging hormonal rollercoaster this whole month. I have not been able to control my eating habits and have been binging on fruit and 90% chocolate while stuffing myself on meat and vegetables in an effort to control my binging. I have packed on about 5lbs this month so far and am ready to just hop back on the pill. I figured once I started a normal cycle again - this would all be over, but I am about a week past what should have been the start of another cycle and still raging like a beast for any sort of carb fix I can get out of the bare cupboards in my house.

                  I should never have messed with my hormones - they tell us it's "safe" and we believe them. Joke is on me I guess.

                  So, I suppose what I am saying is...it could always be worse. Push through it the best you can and try to avoid keeping triggers in your house during your craving week(s).
                  Don't give up. I remember how awful the pill was. I eventually came off too. And when I first started low carb I skipped a period entirely! So I definitely know how you feel. I packed on some weight during that time too, but good news is that it came back off once everything went back to normal. Well, semi-normal I guess...I'm running two days behind again. I hope I'm not in for another skipped one. *sigh*

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                  • #10
                    I have a hard time during TOM, too. I take 5-HTP regularly to control my binge-eating disorder, and I've learned I need to up the dose when TOM arrives. That usually keeps my cravings at bay!
                    -Krystal

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by FayetteSidra View Post
                      I have a hard time during TOM, too. I take 5-HTP regularly to control my binge-eating disorder, and I've learned I need to up the dose when TOM arrives. That usually keeps my cravings at bay!
                      How much do you take if you don't mind me asking? Thanks!

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Goldensparrow View Post
                        How much do you take if you don't mind me asking? Thanks!
                        On a regular day I take 200mg (100mg before lunch and 100mg before dinner). During TOM, I usually up the amount to 300 or 400mg per day, depending on how bad my cravings are.
                        -Krystal

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                        • #13
                          PMS is stil kicking my butt, and I didn't even have it before I went primal. Every month I end up bingeing, despite 5-HTP and all the mood cure supplements. I'm going to try upping my carb intake a bit and see if that helps.
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                          • #14
                            I used to have much worse PMT and much worse period pains and awful bloating before I cut out grains and potatoes. I actually didn't even have a craving this month but I have been doing this (low carb) for about two years and at the start the cravings were intense so, like others, dark chocolate seemed to help. Exercise has helped me as well. I get, or used to get, really angry for no reason and going to the gym has defo helped. Also I am aware that I get really "low blood sugar" feeling around that time. Which makes you feel really grumpy. I do still eat corn though (maize). My biggie is "don't let yourself get to the stage where you feel so hungry that you will eat a whole loaf of bread" so I always carry snacks like nuts around cos they seem to keep the blood sugar level evened out for me. Pecans have a lovely sweet taste and coconut is also nice. A glass of full cream milk is another fave of mine.

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                            • #15
                              Following a square of dark dark chocolate, an ounce or so of really good, really stinky cheese--this month it's Grayson. The cheese isn't what I'm craving, but it somehow makes the cravings disappear.

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