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EVIEBELL SparkPoints: (7,874)
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3/1/11 12:34 P

I have this same issue--I guess it is normal.
On the other hand, I do notice that while I have my period and for maybe the week after that I don't crave sweets at all, and am satisfied with less food in general. Natural balancing act, I guess.

IBHLKING Posts: 1,341
3/1/11 11:59 A

My downfall this time was granola. Couldn't stop munching on it even though I KNEW I wasn't hungry. Only good thing is the bag is gone now.

3/1/11 11:57 A

If my hunger starts to feel out of control, I always know to look at the calendar. I will usually gain about 5 pounds as well, but everything is always back to normal once my period is over. It is frustrating for the week that the scale is screwy, but now that I know to recognize it, I don't stress about it near as much.

3/1/11 10:42 A

I'm right there with you both. The week after I always do better so I try not to beat myself up too much. As in life, this too shall pass.

PEANUTSJ SparkPoints: (0)
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3/1/11 9:49 A

Before and during my period I take a daily slow-release iron supplement. I find that this helps me curb the extra hunger and it also provides my body with the extra iron necessary to replenish my blood supply.
When craving sweet snacks and chocolate I turn to my new favorite friend - Special K cereal Chocolatey Delight. It takes the edge off my sugar craving while still being relatively nutritious and filling.

SYDNEY_GAL Posts: 1,609
2/28/11 8:37 P

I'm the same way.
Just before my last period, I had 2 days when I over-indulged on cookies & bread.
On the plus side, during my period I tend to get stomach cramps and I don't feel like eating big meals, so I eat less calories than usual.

KFSTEP Posts: 4
2/28/11 8:26 P

Im going through this now. I usually just aim for the higher end of my range of calories.

VAHLARIA Posts: 32
8/5/10 4:21 P

TRILLIANTOO Im so going to try that. Thanks for the tip!

8/5/10 1:40 P

I'm the same way & especially crave dark chocolate. I am trying to make healthier choices & get lots of protein now, but I still gotta have my chocolate, but not the whole bag, or bar like I want. I'm still working on it

TRILLIANTOO SparkPoints: (41,587)
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8/5/10 1:32 P

Instead of M&Ms (very good by the way!) try Dove Dark Chocolate Promises.

Before I got into the avocado/pineapple thing (that's what I prefer to get) I wanted chocolate too.

So I got the Dove Dark Chocolate Promises and put the bag in the freezer. When I want one, I have to pull it out and let it get to room temperature before eating it.

Then I eat it slowly, letting as much of it melt all over in my mouth as I can.

So this slows down how much chocolate I'm eating, and then because it's dark chocolate it has a stronger / harder chocolatey impact, and then I end up eating fewer calories overall.

VAHLARIA Posts: 32
8/5/10 1:19 P

The week before has never been my problem, it's during that I dread. This is the only time I crave sugar, and I don't like to eat surgery snacks. I can knock off a huge bag of m&Ms, and keep going until Im done.

This is the only time I go off my diet to be honest. I don't like it, but for me, I just haven't found a healthy way to sate my craving.

SPARKVAMPY2012 Posts: 2,510
8/5/10 1:19 P

Yes you do need the extra calories. A long time ago I read somewhere that you need an extra 150 calories during your period. Cant remember where I saw that though.
Just eating healthfully, lke fruits and veggies and whole grains.

ERINEC11 Posts: 603
8/5/10 1:03 P

Thanks for the info.

TRILLIANTOO SparkPoints: (41,587)
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8/5/10 12:59 P

It's common to want an extra 200-300 calories per day and it doesn't affect weight loss. Just like monthly bloating it magically goes away.

I do plan to eat more, but I eat things that also help with PMS, cramping, all that kind of stuff, so things like avocados, papayas, pineapple, bananas, flax oil, all have great components that help with irritiability, cramping, all the ickyness that goes along with our monthly 'gift'.

I find it doesn't take much to get to that 300 calories - 1/2 an avocado and 1 cup pineapple and I'm nutritionally happy and my period is effortless.

KATELYN_Y Posts: 42
8/5/10 12:55 P

Okay ladies, is anyone else having this problem?

It's the week before I will start my period and I have noticed over the last few months as I've been paying attention to what I eat that I am always SO hungry the week before my period. I can't stop eating! I feel like a teenage boy! I woke up this morning so incredibly hungry that I was nauseous and I just can't seem to get full or stay full. So what am I supposed to do? Listen to my body and eat? Because that obviously takes me over my calorie count. SO frustrating :(

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