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3/27/12 9:09 A

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PMS is a bear, for sure. I struggle with that one too. I've found for me, that it helps tremendously to start taking a handful of vitamins daily starting about a week and a half out from the start of my period. It's when I start getting deficient in something, I think...and it somehow replaces it so I'm more normal. Makes a difference.
Fish oil, calcium, vit D, magnesium, E, etc. all in separate doses seem to do the trick. Liquid fish oil is also extremely helpful, I'm finding. Not the caplets...the liquid form.

As for the Oreos, remember...YOU are the mom! They will eat what you give them, and Oreos are probably not great for anyone before bed anyway. The idea of having a sweet to look forward to as a reward at the end of the week is probably not the best way to go for you or the kids, either. If we set food up as a reward, then how do we feel when it's taken away later? We used to get into this sort of routine too...we would look forward to going to Dairy Queen as part of a ritual before settling in to watch "Sex in the City" with a bunch of girlfriends every Friday night. Well, you can imagine full-on ice cream at 8pm started to add up over the next several weeks! We had to change that before we were the size of a barn!

So, have you considered replacing the weekly ice cream treat with some other sort of non-food related activity? For instance, you could go play Putt Putt golf or see a movie, or play a game instead. My parents used to hide change all over the house, and we would go bananas trying to find it. We got to keep what we found, and it was so fun. Anyway, just some ideas! Like you said, you will find what works for you and your family.
Have fun!
TG

"Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing something, but in doing it"
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3/27/12 8:42 A

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Thanks for taking the time to type all this advice! Glad that your strategies are working for you. I find that during "that" time of the month, when I want sugar the most, it's the worst. But, just working out regularly helps alleviate a lot of my pms symptoms and cravings. So now, instead of skipping out on my workout for that day when things are tough and cramps have slowed me down, i make sure that I do something, even if it's a lower, slower workout. I don't normally keep sweets or treats in the house, but for some reason lately, my kids have asked me for things that I never buy, like cookies. So, I'll buy the Oreos and find that while they can have 2 with a glass of milk before bed, I have to have 8! Not good. How it normally works in our house is that there are no sweets during the week, but every Saturday nite we go out for ice cream. This seems to work well and everyone kinda looks forward to it. I'll just keep on going and will find what works for me just like you did. Thanks again.

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3/26/12 9:23 P

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Hi there!
Ahem*. Let me help you with THIS one, my friend....

After 40+ years of this exact kind of roller coaster, I finally decided to exit the ride.
Of course only you can decide this sort of thing for yourself, but if you are truly "triggered" by sugar as you say you are, you might find that eating it in moderation is not a viable option for you. I am going just past a year of having removed overt sugars from my diet, and I've not felt this good in decades. Not that I've achieved perfect wellbeing by any means, but it's one heck of alot better than it used to be!

My theory is, the more addicted to sweets you are, the harder it is to let them go. So, I started simply by removing all cane sugars. I let myself have liberal amounts of the artificial stuff for the first few months. No, it's not great and it's not forever, but for me-it helped to maintain blood sugar levels and artificial sweeteners don't give you the lows you get with real sugar. At the same time, I ramped up the protein I ate with every meal. This gave me a much more even-keeled day vs. the highs and lows with sugar binges. Finally, after a few months, I started weaning off the artificial sugars. Giving up diet coke was one of the hardest things I ever did, but now pure water is what I crave. Your taste buds WILL change, and things like birthdays and halloween and christmas, etc. are no longer white knuckle moments. For my birthday, I made it clear I wasn't eating sugar. I let them do a cake for everyone at the party to enjoy, but I had sugar-free chocolate mousse with whipped cream as my dessert. I know that people just don't seem to know what to do with themselves without the traditional cake, etc., but there are creative alternatives if you just don't want to have it in front of you. Your family will understand that you are trying to do something healthy for yourself.
I don't really care what other people think about my abstinence from sugar at this point. I say no thank you and tell them that I just have too many physical issues with it. Most understand, and most don't care if you say no and will likely not give it a second thought. We kid ourselves with that whole "they'll be so insulted...or they'll think I'm no fun" stuff. Really. No one cares but you!

So, first...decide if YOU are that person that truly can't do the moderation thing. Some people can, but I've got 2 decades of experience saying I'm not one of them.
second: build a plan. Don't think "eliminate"....think "replace".
I.e.: I went from:

Ice cream...........to sugar-free ice cream........to very rarely SF ice cream or not at all.
**PS ice cream was killer for me! It's my #1 sugar-fest!
Frappaccinos.......sugar-free frappaccinos............fruit smoothies
Diet cokes..........crystal lite.........ice water with lemon/lime/cucumber wedges
cakes...........hamburgers (high protein, but still an indulgence).......grilled portobello burgers.

There are many paths to clean eating, and you don't have to go cold turkey. Think more about leaning towards health vs. diving in, and who knows where you could be in a year from now! One of my favorite books for motivation with "The sugar addicts guide to total recovery", by Kathleen Desmaisons. I find reading good books really helps me to stay focused, and blogging daily was HUGE during the first few months. I still blog regularly with a couple of sparkers on a living sugar-free team. That support is critical!

Sugar addiction is a very powerful thing, but I am doing it a day at a time and have not eaten this fresh and well for years. It's worth it too....you'll feel even, instead of whacko all the time.
Hope this helps, and good luck!!!!!
TG

PS. HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY!

Edited by: TRIGIRL7570 at: 3/26/2012 (21:33)
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3/16/12 8:50 A

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Unfortunately I dont have any suggestions for you, just wanted to say I know exactly what you mean I would be the same, sugar is definately a trigger food for me. I will be interested to see what tips other people have.

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3/16/12 8:26 A

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So it was my b-day this past Wednesday and my kids and hubs wanted to sing to me....and watch me blow out the many candles on my beautiful Carvel ice cream cake. So....for them....I had a piece...a big one. Now, I feel like the switch for sweets has been turned on. How do you have your cake, then continue with eating clean? It's probably THE single most difficult thing for me, Once i have something sweet, I tend to want more. Anyone else? Strategies?

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