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    TOM and wheat cravings

    In the past I was never able to discriminate between junk food cravings around my TOM. However, the last two months I distinctly realised that it's wheat I'm craving.

    Does anyone know why the body might crave wheat specifically during the monthly cycle?
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    In practice, this means that a major part of the diet should be milk, cheese, eggs, shellfish, fruits and coconut oil, with vitamin E and salt as the safest supplements."

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    Wheat as in you want a bowl of plain shredded wheat? Or wheat as in you want a sandwich, pasta, or a pastry? If it's the first, then I don't even have a guess. If it's the second, then it could be that mean little creature that lives in all our brains wants those comfort foods you used to eat during this portion of your cycle.
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    TOM, actually with me it's ovulation makes me crave sugar, sometimes chocolate and every time just more food in general. I've never had craving for bread, crackers or pizza for example.
    I second the comfort food thing.

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    It's probably a stupid question, but why are these foods so comforting? Other than the palatability - is there a physiological factor that makes us crave them specifically at this TOM? Blood sugar spike? Some kind of hormonal secretion that they induce? Hmm.

    I just had a big bowl of pasta with olive oil and grated Parmesan (I'm allowed to cheat today ).
    "I think the basic anti-aging diet is also the best diet for prevention and treatment of diabetes, scleroderma, and the various "connective tissue diseases." This would emphasize high protein, low unsaturated fats, low iron, and high antioxidant consumption, with a moderate or low starch consumption.

    In practice, this means that a major part of the diet should be milk, cheese, eggs, shellfish, fruits and coconut oil, with vitamin E and salt as the safest supplements."

    - Ray Peat

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    This article makes some sense of it, but I didn't check out her credentials: Decode Your Cravings | Holistic Nutrition Bytes--San Francisco Nutrition Consultation
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    Chocolate is my TOM crave. And sometimes I get this insatiable urge for a huge hunk of a delicious parmesan. Two completely different foods, I know, and one is so cliche. But I never used to get the parm craving until I began eating in a Primal manner. Oh, and I will also crave steak. I tend to have heavy and awful TOM so I know my body is just screaming out for more iron and nutrients to compensate (totally don't mind that craving!).
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    Wheat has iron and magnesium that you might be craving.
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    I've never craved wheat. It's sugar that gets me around TOTM. Delicious grain crackers...no.
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    I hear ya on the wheat at that TOM! Although, it's usually wheat paired with chocolate for me; brownies, chocolate filled croissant, cookies.

    I think it's partly because these are foods we craved before going primal and we had a monthly reinforcement that eating them made us feel better.

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    In an article on grains by Rob Wolff he writes:


    But I Like Bread and Pasta!
    Yes, I like that stuff too, but they make me sick. I suspect it makes you sick, as well. Not only do grains make you sick by raising insulin levels, messing up your fatty acid ratios (n-3/n-6), and irritating your gut, but they are also addictive. Grains, particularly the gluten-containing grains, contain molecules that fit into the opiate receptors in our brain. You know, the same receptors that work with heroin, morphine, and Vicodin? Most people can take or leave stuff like corn tortillas and rice. Suggest that people should perhaps forgo bread and pasta for their health and they will bury a butter knife in your forehead before you can say “whole wheat!” Sorry folks, I don’t make these rules, I just have the lovely task of educating you about them.


    According to my daughter, a psychological social worker who has worked with addiction, it takes at least three weeks of cold turkey to start to break an addiction.
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