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ANGELFIRE11 SparkPoints: (5,589)
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2/16/13 1:08 P

I love snack on peanut butter on an apple! I also allow myself a hershey kiss. It seems to satisfy all the food groups. ;0)

ANGUSSANDY SparkPoints: (163,979)
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2/16/13 7:47 A

Sometimes salty food is a craving for me. I shake just a little on a quarter of an apple. That helps. Even pepper on an apple ain't bad.

LOVEMOUSE82 SparkPoints: (3,788)
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2/16/13 6:48 A

I believe a lot of these cravings are mental and has nothing to do with what your body really needs. You should be careful because, while you might think you need a lot of chocolate because you're on your period, it can actually hurt rather than help. The extra caffeine will make you more anxious, and keep in mind that this is a time when your body is going through its own cleansing process.....one of the reasons it is believed that women live longer than men on average is that we have this monthly cleansing process. Why on earth would you want to ruin that with ice cream, chocolate, and potato chips? If anything, you should be careful to be even more mindful of your nutrients especially if you are in pain and not exercising. Also during this time you will need extra SLEEP SLEEP SLEEP. When you feel cravings for junk food it may be because you are really craving a nap.

AMYLT29 SparkPoints: (2,167)
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2/15/13 1:29 P

Unfortunately, I am one of those whose monthly gets affected by EVERYTHING - change in diet, exercise, emotions, sleep habits, etc. Some may call it a blessing, I call it a curse, especially for nearly the last 3 years. Usually it was delay or bring it on faster, but now I will go months (a year at one point) without a monthly. Lucky me. I am not anticipating getting one this month, we'll see.

When I do get one, I am mindful of what I indulge in. You've already had some great suggestions made: Skinny Cow, freeze your yogurt. If those are not satisfying enough, look at the Weight Watchers (fudge bar is my favorite) and SmartOnes frozen desserts (the cookie/ice cream one is my favorite). If I really, really want some chocolate, a Hershey's special dark chocolate bar. It took me awhile but I adapted to the dark chocolate and it has become my choice over milk on any given day.

Don't completely deny your body, you will only want it more and will end up over indulging when you cave. Also, check out Pinterest - there was a strawberry/frozen yogurt snack I saw on there that would probably help you as well.

Best of luck!

NUFLIGHER Posts: 168
2/15/13 1:09 P

Just stumbled upon this article... http://shine.yahoo.com/healthy-living/best
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Thought it might help!

SOCCERTAZ SparkPoints: (13,603)
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2/15/13 12:16 P

I was surprised that this last time, I actually lost a few pounds instead of gaining. I usually gain from eating a bunch of food. This time I just ate within my range and worked out and it definately helped me out.

LUCKINLOVE Posts: 216
2/15/13 10:16 A

Since I eat right in all the days leading up to that week, I don't see a big difference in cravings or added hunger. And, I think my biggest success is not limiting myself from certain foods at any point in the month, I just account for them in my calorie totals. So, when that time of the month rolls around, I'm not eating anything different - ideal or indulgent.

DIDS70 Posts: 5,070
2/15/13 9:52 A

I am similar to the PP. Since i went super clean and have been getting adjusted regularly, my time of the month is lighter and i am not as jumpy anxious and mean as i used to be. i know the time is coming when I feel "off". When I start feeling that way I get an extra soft tissue adjustment and drink a more green juice. I feel much better. Don't crave sugar, chocolate or any of the other bad things that i used to before.

NUFLIGHER Posts: 168
2/15/13 9:17 A

I've actually found that since I've been eating consistently healthy throughout the month (I ensure I get a mix of protein, carbs, healthy fats, and fiber with each meal and snack, I make sure to eat at least 5 servings of fruits and veggies a day, trying to eat as "clean" as possible, and that I eat within my carbs, fats, protein, and fiber range each day) along with exercising consistently, my PMS and time of the month symptoms have not been as bad as they were in the past. Hope this helps! emoticon

TJ1TJ1 SparkPoints: (2,416)
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2/15/13 9:13 A

I sometimes can't even work out on the first couple of days, because of lack of energy and pain, but I sure can eat though. I am not going to fool you and say, I keep fruit, and other good for me foods in the house, cause, NOT, it would go to waste. I simply don't deny myself, I limit myself.

Something that helps me is knowing how many calores the french fries are, the bag of chips are, the ice cream is. This way, I try to balance it with the rest of the day's calories. Skinny Cow has good options, Yoplait is also good when I need something sweet. A few gummy bears.

Just remember all things in moderation.

MRSWAITNOMORE Posts: 5
2/15/13 8:03 A

That's a great idea! Thank you!

BLOCKHEAD23 SparkPoints: (10,627)
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2/15/13 8:00 A

Keep alot of fruit in the house. It's better to snack on that than anything else, especially when all you want to eat is chocolate! I try and mix it up by putting some fruit in yogurt and freezing it! I keep a ziploc container in my freezer and keep refilling it. It's a great way to eat healthier when you just want to eat crap!

Good luck!
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MRSWAITNOMORE Posts: 5
2/15/13 7:48 A

I typically stay on track with eating right, until that dreaded once a month comes around! All I want to do is stuff my face with crap food, anything greasy or sweet. What are some of the things you do to keep from giving into "hormonal" cravings?

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