I agree with jenthepen, when she said that a lot of it is just in our heads.
I have found that by using a menstrual cup instead of tampons or pads it is a lot easier for me to forget for long stretches of time that it is that time of the month. Instead of changing a tampon every couple of hours or worrying about whether or not my pad is showing or uncomfortable, or if anything is leaking, I empty the cup twice a day, in the morning and at night. Other than those two times a day, I don't have to think about it. (It is also a lot cheaper and environmentally friendly).
By forgetting that it is that time of the month, my cravings are diminished and are more like what I experience during the rest of the month, making it easier to say no.
The only thing I have noticed that I can't change is that my weight loss slows or stalls during that week. I weigh myself daily (I know that is too often but I don't get upset if I don't see change or if it goes up, I just like to be more aware of how my body loses weight) so I definitely notice a slow-down. However, I also notice that the time when I lose weight most quickly is in the week after my period. It flies off like at no other time. Knowing that this will happen if I stick to my plan during my period is what gets me through the hard times.
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9/6/12 4:42 P
Thanks for all the advice. I like the idea of having cut up veggies. I suppose I can trick my mind into thinking that they are what I'm really craving instead of chips or breads. It will be hard, but I'll have to try focusing more on the situation at hand.
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405 9/6/12 3:59 P
I know it can be a real struggle to make good choices, no matter what week of the month it is.
I know that I crave chocolate during the week before my period, so I don't keep chocolate in the house (other than dark chocolate chips, which are for my husband, not me). When I get a craving for chocolate, I have to decide, is it so strong that I need to walk over to the corner store and get some really CHEAP, POOR QUALITY chocolate, or could I have something else. Am I actually "craving" or am I just bored, and want some comfort? If I am truly craving, and nothing else will do, I get up, put on my shoes and walk the scenic route (LONG WAY) to the corner store-which is technically across the back alley from my home. I get myself a SINGLE SERVING chocolate bar, and I eat it and I enjoy it and I track it.
Most of my cravings , I admit that I just "blame" my period. "Oh, well, my period's due any day. That's why I want that chocolate bar (or chips, or ju-jubes)". I have to really work at being honest with myself. I wanted those items 2 weeks ago, when there was not biological "fall-guy" to blame.
The best way I've found to not eat the pantry is to stock it with stuff that takes time to prepare, so that I have time to really think about what I'm doing, and whether I need to do it. I also like to keep a tray full of veggies cut up in the fridge, cause of all the reasons I'm overweight, I didn't get fat eating veggies.
Same here. I drink plenty of water and I grab the skinny cow dark chocolate dreamy clusters. Or I take if you can find them a weight watchers frozen chocolate cake warm w/ tablespoon or less of peanut butter in micro wave and add cool whip.I save calories on this week because if I ignore it it has lead to a lot worse junk food in my system. Men should have to go through that craving and bloating! I hate to weigh in those weeks as I never lose or I gain some but the week after I see better results. Glad it just isn't me.
9/5/12 5:26 P
Yep, it's so easy to fall off the wagon every 4 weeks! The last time I had a definite craving for carbs and sweet things. We have chocolate spread in the cupboard for the kids. I ban myself from eating it normally, or else I find I end up eating loads of bread with chocolate spread. This time, I recognised the craving, and had one tablespoon of chocolate spread "neat", as if it was medicine. Then I left the kitchen...It worked for me!
I'm tired of starting over- so I'm going to quit giving up!
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9/5/12 4:44 P
Okay ladies this is a question for all of you. I know that during that special time of month when Aunt Flo likes to visit we like to eat everything in sight. Usually the food is junk and no where near nutritious. Thus, we sabotage our goals to be healthy. How do you keep from eating loads of chocolate, cookies, and chips during that time of month? What tips do you have for fighting the temptation to eat the whole pantry?
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