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JESSAELINN SparkPoints: (17,454)
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8/5/13 12:20 P

Jenni I love the sugar free pudding idea. I really like pudding. I will try the low calorie snacks you suggested. Thank you SO MUCH!

DASHKATH Posts: 861
8/4/13 5:39 A

I was going to suggest the same thing. Find a substitute and plan it out. You will have more control and feel better. Good luck.

KCLARK89 SparkPoints: (26,271)
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8/3/13 11:05 A

JENNI gives great advice in finding a great substitute to satisfy your sweet (or salty) cravings. And those overnight oats sound AMAZING btw... I copied and pasted it so I have the recipe :)

It does take a little bit of research, but trust me, all of us ladies know when those cravings hit, you need something and you need it NOW lol. But you can definitely find something else to eat that will fill you up and get you that same satisfaction but still give you the nutritional goodness!

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8/3/13 7:16 A

I would try to choose food during that time that you're less likely to overeat. I like a big bowl of whole grain oatmeal (maybe with even more added fiber from ground flaxseed or wheat/oat bran), some nuts (fats for satiaty) and fruit and maybe some honey or maple syrup for sweetness. I find oatmeal makes a great comfort food, it's warm and filling and you're not likely to go for seconds.

I make an overnight oatmeal that's divine and will have the same satisfying effect;

1/3 cup oats, 1/3 cup Greek yogurt, 1/4 cup milk (or milk substitute). Divide each ingredient into two separate containers/bowls.

In one add a 1/4 of a banana (mashed) and some vanilla extract.
In the other add about 1 tsp coffee grounds crushed into a powder and 1/2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder. Add a little sweetener of choice to offset the bitter taste of the cocoa powder and coffee grounds.

Put them both in the fridge for about 4 hours. Have some raspberries pre frozen in the freezer or you could just use a banana. Mash a 1/4-1/3 of a room temp. banana into the frozen raspberries and then add another 1/2 tbsp of cocoa powder.

Then just layer the 3 different layers in a glass. Vanilla oats, cocoa banana/raspberry soft serve, mocha oats and repeat. If you want you can add some chocolate chips to each layer with the soft serve.

It's a sweet but yet not too sweet, creamy treat that is filling and satisfying.

Another thing you could try is homemade frozen yogurt. I make one with 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt, 1/3 cup Almond milk, a serving of sugar free chocolate pudding mix and 1 tbsp of natural crunchy peanut butter. It makes a huge bowl for 150 cals.

So think "big food" for little calories. This will of course include lots of veg with all your meals and snacks.

Another thing you could do is allow yourself an extra 100-200 cals/day when you're PMSing. We actually burn extra calories during this time because our bodies are performing an extra function. This explains why we're usually so starving! But make those 200 cals count! Put them toward extra fiber, healthy fat and protein (probably not a good idea to use them for chocolate/snack foods).

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 8/3/2013 (07:20)
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8/2/13 9:29 P

I ate too many chocolate crunch mix trail mix peices... at first it was just a snack, then it turned into too many calories... dang. I am working on not overeating when I am PMSing, but it keeps happening. I guess once a month isn't as bad as it use to be. It use to be every day. I am still losing weight. I realized I've lost 10 pounds since the end of May, which is pretty good considering that this wasn't the first time I overate. The confeciton chocolate covered almonds were just so good.. Ate too many, started to feel over-sugared and pooled up inside, then put the last one back. I think I use to eat much much more than I just did, so that was strange. I love how my body is not use to the overindulgences that I use to do, and how my body is so forgiving and is doing really well!

Anyways, I just had to share and I did so in order not to get myself feeling too negatively over this slip up, since I do battle with bulemic tendencies.

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