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9/2/10 2:25 P

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Thanks Flex!

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9/2/10 2:05 P

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A balanced diet with a variety of as many different vegetables and grains as possible but you can also try a B-complex sub lingual supplement during your TOM time.
They are drops that are absorbed under the tongue and work great in those times of needed energy.

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8/29/10 12:32 P

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Thanks for all your advice ladies. I've been reading through some of my health books, and I came to the same conclusion - VitB. I'm currently taking a multi so I need to look into that. I know from my tracker that I'm not hitting all my levels everyday, especially for iron and B6. I know why my iron levels would be low (duh) but I learned about B6...my liver uses it metabolize estrogen and excrete it. EFAs (essential fatty acids) are important in balancing the hormones that cause cramps. And if you crave chocolate or find that chocolate helps with cramps - I do - your Magnesium levels are probably low. Chocolate is a source of magnesium (who knew?) and it helps to relax smooth muscle tissue.

Bottom line? Balanced diet and supplements to top it up. It always comes back to that doesn't it? I'm going to experiment with keeping my carbs a bit lower, use cinnamon to keep my blood sugar stabilized, and drink lots of water. Maybe next month will be easier!

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8/29/10 10:51 A

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For those that are thinking of taking additional iron, consult with your physician before doing so. Iron is one of those substances that's easy to overdose on.

-Carolyn

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8/28/10 9:02 P

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I started taking iron pills that also have B complex vitamins in them under the advice of a psychiatrist because of severe mood swings during TOM. This wound up having the added benefit of greatly increasing my energy, as well. Turns out my iron levels are at the bottom of what is considered normal, which is more than likely too low for me.

As for cravings, the only thing I have found that helps (I didn't say solved) this issue for me is to drink lots and lots of water (more than a gallon a day) and keep my protein levels really high. This pretty much eliminates any sugar cravings, which in turn aids in keeping the cravings at bay during TOM.

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8/28/10 12:59 A

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Thank you...YOU are amazing help!!!

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8/27/10 8:28 P

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Fatigue could be from a number of things - low iron (anemia) or low B vitamins. You should consult your physician to find out what is causing your particular fatigue.

In the meantime you can try avoiding the usual culprits like chocolate and caffeine. You already know to avoid a lot of carbs.

Eat iron-rich food which include raisins, apricots, plums and bananas, beans, beets, squash, yams, broccoli, spinach and leafy greens, and protein such as red meat, tofu, fish, as well as whole grains like quinoa and brown rice. Of course always buy fresh when you can.

Vitamin B rich foods include red meat, poultry, fish, beans, and dairy products.

You can also try a handful of nuts such as almonds, sunflower seeds and cashews, which are high
in B vitamins, vitamin E, and magnesium. Magnesium is supposed to be good for fatigue, premenstrual symptoms and a good night's sleep.

Don't take supplements without a doctor's recommendation - you could easily mis-dose on those that are fat soluble (like E). Your best bet is always to get your supplements through fresh food.

Good luck and let us know how you make out.

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oh gosh such a good question!!!! I am waiting for answers too!!!


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Any nutrition tips for keeping energy levels up during *ahem* TOM? I get carb cravings like crazy the week leading up, and I can barely drag my butt to the gym. I usually end up missing a workout or 2 and beat myself up about it. I know if I give into the cravings I'll fall into a carb coma...any thoughts? I fell like I'm a bottomless pit and all I want to do is eat and sleep. This lasts for about a week and then my energy levels are sky high again. I feel like its slowing my weightloss progress since it takes a week to get the scale back down to where it was before TOM hit.

Would love some advice on this. I want to have a gameplan for next month.

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