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1/13/11 1:35 P

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My current go to snack is a nice hot cup of sugar free hot chocolate (25 calories) with 1/4 cup of unsweetened almond milk (20 calories) in it. The sweetness of the hot chocolate and the nutty creaminess of the almond milk are a satisfying combination. In fact, it's just starting to rain (again!) here. I think I'll go have one right now.....

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1/10/11 10:43 A

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I have to be very careful during menses. I have some problems that leads to a short but incredibly heavy flow and very low iron. So....during those days I make sure to eat iron rich foods. (I love spinach) And I beef up my lunches a bit. I found that helps stem the cravings A LOT. First, you have plenty of room in your calories allowed to add 100-200 usually. And secondly, your body burns MORE calories during menses, about 350 more calories per day. So you should increase your eating just a tad.

The key is to focus on getting more iron and calcium, and not the junky stuff. Carbohydrates (like chips) during menses can actually make you crave MORE carbs , so be careful of them. During the week before increase your calcium intake to help combat PMS. There's a good article here about what to do to minimize PMS.

I found out most of this info here on Sparkpeople by searching the site for information on exercise and eating during menstruation.

It is often hard for us to stay on the plan because we disregard that our body is burning more off. Adding a cup of milk, a slice of cheese, and a spinach salad is a great way to even that out.

If you are craving something specific it may be useful to plan it into your tracker so you can look forward to it. Just be sure to savour it slowly, and take measures to stop with what you allow yourself. Like eat it late in the day, and then floss and brush immediately thereafter and start your bedtime routine. Pretty soon instead of thinking about more you start thinking about how much better it was because you didn't overindulge, and about how strong you are.

I allow myself one "free snack" during those days. One food that I can eat however much of that I want. It's usually air-popped popcorn with Not Butter spray. Though I also use carrots, celery stuffed with fat free cream cheese, apple slices, oranges, chicken broth (low sodium). These all soothe me, and I'd have to eat several pounds of them before they became a problem. Even though it seems like saying "I can have as much of this as I want" would be a bad thing it actually works out pretty good. I usually find myself full after a small amount and not craving anymore.



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The PMS article is Eat to Beat PMS
https://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutr
ition_articles.asp?id=1159

Edited by: NOMOREBREAKS at: 1/10/2011 (10:45)
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1/10/11 7:59 A

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Ironically my first week (last week) was my time of the month(x3 lol) I really liked having a rich glass of cocoa (140 calories....I always kept enough calories free at the end of the day for it) I never really had any cravings and I think thats why. (I have land of lakes chocolate mint, a quarter cup is a serving)
Personally I feel like rice cakes are just worthless on a diet, they don't fill you up and they are chock full of carbs. While Carbs are good for you, overall they are not as filling as protein, fiber and fat.

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1/10/11 7:52 A

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try Quaker chocolate rice cakes 60 calories and a glass of water it will fill you up and taste great

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1/10/11 7:36 A

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Hi Sparks!! Hope everyone had a great and successful weekend. I had a good one but not as easy as I hoped. I need some ideas to combat the PMS cravings. Last week was my normal munch out week because the urges leading up to "the monthly bill" are so strong. Help. Please and thanks.

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