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DIETITIANBECKY Posts: 26,579
1/19/13 6:52 P

Moving your body is the best for cramps. If nothing else...stretch and go for a walk.

Are you eating at at least 60 grams of protein daily.
If you make your nutrition tracker public, I may be able to give more tips to help with the cravings.

Dietitian Becky

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 1,812
1/19/13 5:48 A

DRINK SOME CHAMOLIE TEA this herb has anti-inflammatory properties which can help prevent the onset of the stomach cramps. Sure helped me!

When experiencing PMS go easy on foods that are high in fiber...try 0% Fage Plain yogurt with honey or a cup of fresh berries, an egg white spinach and mushroom omelet with one slice of Rye toast, and 2 cups of vegetable salad with grilled shrimp or chicken

Protein is good for reducing puffiness,,,avoid carb centered meals like pasta, bagels, corn muffins, pancakes and waffles

To reduce swelling eat oatmeal, popcorn, whole rye bread, Asparagus, sweet peppers, loys of low-sodium vegetables....Supplementation with vitamin C can also treat water retention...

Also what used to make me feel better was Swanson Chicken Ala King from the can, yes its high calorie but.....I would zap the content of the can in the microwave for a minute and dip some toasted Rye into eat....warms the tummy and I felt better right away.

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1/19/13 5:30 A

Thanks for the advice!

JODILHERNANDEZ Posts: 252
1/18/13 7:57 P

Depending on how heavy your time of the month is you could be having those cravings because you are deficiant in many minerals and vitamins besides iron. and it takes energy to expel an unfertilized egg and prep the uterus for next month. So make sure you are taking a multi vitamin but preferably a prenatal vitamin to cover your bases. I would start ASAP and see if that helps prevent the cravings. Then if you still have some dont beat yourself up. You will probably gain water weight and dont get discouraged when the TOM goes away so will the water.

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1/18/13 7:51 P

I agree with the previous user - during my TOM I make sure to exercise plenty and it helps alleviate my cramps!

As far as your cravings go, I wouldn't expect you to avoid or ignore them completely. If you are craving steak, treat yourself to a lean, small portion! You could also make hamburger patties with lean ground beef and eat those without the bun. This always helps with my steak cravings, and it's still surprisingly good and lowfat/lower cal. Listen to your cravings and just choose healthier alternatives. :)

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1/18/13 6:27 P

Oh I could do that - that sounds good, probably would enjoy that better!

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1/18/13 6:16 P

I always get the worst cramps, but for the first time ever I tried some cardio last month (after my friend told me to do for the 1000th time) and it actually worked! I felt way better.
For dealing with the cravings, I haven't figured that out yet because I still need chocolate. But instead of eating a huge bowl of ice cream like I normally do, I heat up some dark chocolate and dip strawberries in it.

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1/18/13 6:13 P

It always happens, TOM arrives and I go crazy...I'm desparate for food, can't be bothered to do anything because I get mega lower back ache and I'm tired, drained! URRG! Makes me sad thinking about it lmao!

What do you do to stop/help cravings during your TOM? Or any ideas what are good things to eat during this time - I always crave steak lol, I presume thats to build up my iron.

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