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  • For the ladies: How to stay Primal during TOM?

    So my first week of eating Primal has honestly gone without a hitch. Until today. My TOM has hit and I am hormonal as all get out. Since we are allowed chocolate in moderation I purchased a small bar of 75% dark chocolate and indulged in 2 squares. It was nice, however this is when I really crave salty and refined carby foods. Any tips on how to squelch those cravings? Either something for dinner that may satisfy or even better, a non-food idea?

    Today has been REALLY challenging. I'm eye-in the 2/3 remaining chocolate bar as I type...time to offer it to co-workers.
    ~Amanda
    My Primal Journal

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    Increase my fat intake a few days before TOM and keep it higher throughout = no cravings.... I also do not bring any non-primal food in the house (except red wine).. which makes it easier to abstain.

    Maybe higher fats would work for you too...
    Last edited by Metric; 05-22-2012, 01:50 PM.

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    • #3
      I allow myself to eat more, but not junk. Seems to work decently.
      My chocolatey Primal journey

      Unusual food recipes (plus chocolate) blog

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      • #4
        Mark recently posted about eating higher carb preceding your TOM: sweet potatoes are your friend!

        Also, for your salt fix, try eating seaweed right out of the bag. Crunchy, chewy and salty. Does the trick for me. Iodine is critical for those of us with $@!#-ed cycles too.
        A Post-Primal PrimalPat

        Do not allow yourself to become wrapped up in a food 'lifestyle'. That is ego, and you are not that.

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        • #5
          I don't like sea-weed, but vegetable chips I make in dehydrator do the trick for me. Even more primal, I love crunchy cabbage, red or white with coarse salt and vinegar.

          I do not get particular cravings much, just get hungry. or bloated, then I do not want to eat.

          Hot bone broth is ever my go to comfort food.

          For non-foods, stretch, meditation, steam-room and walks in the nature as well as weight-lifting or HIT cardio are my go to for any problem, any day of the month. Good thing they invented those convenient tampons.
          My Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread57916.html
          When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by patski View Post
            Mark recently posted about eating higher carb preceding your TOM: sweet potatoes are your friend!
            Good to know for next month! I love sweet potatoes too.
            ~Amanda
            My Primal Journal

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            • #7
              I feel that any chocolate eaten during that time of your cycle is completely allowable, and adds no weight or sugar spikes to your life. If it is chocolate with bacon, so much the better. If we're going to be cycling throughout the month, we might as well enjoy the high points.
              That said, I have found my cravings are getting less each month, and my over-eating of shorter duration.

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              • #8
                Hmmm, Ive never noticed any difrences in my appitite. before primal or after.. nope... appitites about the same.. dont crave anything in perticular.. (sometimes crave salmon but that dosent seem to have anything to do with TOM)
                Every time I hear the dirty word 'exercise', I wash my mouth out with chocolate.

                http://primaldog.blogspot.co.uk/

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                • #9
                  I accept that my body seems to want more carbs and more food in general leading up to my period. My appetite tends to drop off right after, so I end up with a month-long eating cycle that seems to work okay for me. I just make sure to eat good carbs (sweet potatoes and the like). Also, kale chips work for me on the salty cravings and have the added bonus of lots of good nutrients from the kale. I also keep good quality chocolate around so that I don't feel any need to eat junky sweets.

                  As Leida said, staying active helps too. I also tend to sleep more.
                  If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive. --Audre Lorde

                  Owly's Journal

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                  • #10
                    kale chips, dark chocolate, pork rinds, red wine, almond butter

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                    • #11
                      1. Listen to your body and feed it what it's asking for. Trying to trick it or 'eat around' the cravings doesnt make them go away.

                      2. Pay attention to whether these are hunger cravings or emotional cravings.

                      3. Eat more fat. Eat extremely satisfying primal foods at every opportunity. Emotional satisfaction can help prevent emotional/hormonal cravings.

                      4. Get more exercise.

                      5. Get more sleep (you cant eat when you're sleeping or working out)

                      6. Accept that this is normal, and go back to primal in a couple of days.

                      7. Track your cycles and cravings and see if you notice any changes/improvements the longer you are living primal.
                      Sandra
                      *My obligatory intro

                      There are no cheat days. There are days when you eat primal and days you don't. As soon as you label a day a cheat day, you're on a diet. Don't be on a diet. ~~ Fernaldo

                      DAINTY CAN KISS MY PRIMAL BACKSIDE. ~~ Crabcakes

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                      • #12
                        Thanks all for the advice! I ended up finishing the bar of chocolate. Which I needed to refrain from eating REALLY non primal stuff. And ultimately caloric wise this was a low day for me.
                        ~Amanda
                        My Primal Journal

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Owly View Post
                          I accept that my body seems to want more carbs and more food in general leading up to my period. My appetite tends to drop off right after, so I end up with a month-long eating cycle that seems to work okay for me. I just make sure to eat good carbs (sweet potatoes and the like). Also, kale chips work for me on the salty cravings and have the added bonus of lots of good nutrients from the kale. I also keep good quality chocolate around so that I don't feel any need to eat junky sweets.

                          As Leida said, staying active helps too. I also tend to sleep more.
                          This is me (minus the kale chips). Finally was able to find 85% Green & Black chocolate at a local store here. OMG, heaven. The best I've had. (Although I'll give props to Lindt 90%.)

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                          • #14
                            So glad to be reading this! I haven't had a period in over a year due to breastfeeding, but that is going to end very soon. It's nice to see what the options are when Aunt Flo shows up, lol!!

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                            • #15
                              I give in to what my body (actually, it's more of what my mind craves) during TOTM, and just work out extra hard the days after.
                              F 28/5'4/100 lbs

                              "I'm not a psychopath, I'm a high-functioning sociopath; do your research."

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