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12 January 2016 @ 02:57 pm
Okay, so I have this monthly issue and I have yet to find a way to overcome it...

In the days leading up to Aunt Flo/Shark Week/Whatever you like to nickname it, my brain decides that I need to eat everything in sight even if I'm not actually hungry or I just had what should be a very satisfying meal. I usually try my best to ignore it, but I usually am only distract myself for so long until it usually takes over and I'm eating.

Now I kinda understand its likely that my body craves extra food right before my period because it needs it, but its getting a bit ridiculous. And it doesn't help that I seem to have a DGAF attitude for no apparent reason at times leading to TOM, so I don't always work-out and so I feel all out of balance when it happens.
Does anyone else suffer from this or has suggestions that has helped for them?

I'm not on the pill(not active currently and not a easy option to access), take a women's daily multi-vitamin and drink Shakeology(so I don't think I low on any vitamins), and I'm trying to get back into the habit of taking Evening Primrose oil. I'm loosely following the nutrition plan for 21 Day Fix, so I'm eating the right foods.
BBbostongirl2003 on January 13th, 2016 12:02 am (UTC)
I started taking a probiotic and have had fantastic results toward curbing cravings and bingeing. idk if that could be something that works for you?
redheadedrebelredheadedrebel on January 13th, 2016 02:46 am (UTC)
Shakeology has it in it and it seems to helps in general... just not during that time of the month. I do still have some chewable probiotics, so maybe I'll try those again.
jesse: elle s'amuseaslant on January 13th, 2016 02:10 am (UTC)
I struggle with this a lot too. It's better when I'm completely low carb (under 20g per day) but still hard. I've had good luck with Chromium GTF to curb cravings. One pill with meals and it's like I don't really care about sugar? But idk I haven't tried it during pms yet. That'll be the true test, lol.
redheadedrebelredheadedrebel on January 13th, 2016 03:08 am (UTC)
It's good to know that I'm not the only one...

I have two to three 1/2 cup servings of "carbs/starches" a day(usually brown rice or quinoa mostly), but I have no clue how many grams of carbs I end up with during the day from fruits, veggies, etc.

I'll look into the Chromium GTF... I do need to cut back on the sweets because I used to be able to pass them up easily and its been harder to say no lately or have just a little bit.
Can you let me know how it goes for you during PMS?
jesse: elle s'amuseaslant on January 13th, 2016 11:12 am (UTC)
I'll definitely let you know!
jesseaslant on January 13th, 2016 02:00 pm (UTC)
Also, my sister recently sent me a really interesting article saying that low serotonin causes a bunch of different PMS symptoms, including body dysmorphia (!), and one way to boost serotonin is to eat carbs all by themselves, or chocolate. But you can find lots of lists online about how to naturally boost serotonin. I'm also a fan of the HTP-5 supplement, but I can't take it together with my antidepressant.
redheadedrebelredheadedrebel on January 13th, 2016 03:07 pm (UTC)
HTP-5 looks promising from the little research I just did. So does GTF Chromium. In your opinion, if I was just to buy one of the two, which one would you try first? I don't want to start taking both and not be sure which one is giving me better results.

Chocolate... i do like chocolate, but sometimes its hard to keep it in the house as I tend not to eat just one serving. And sometimes I do find myself craving it more when its about that time of the month.
jesseaslant on January 13th, 2016 03:38 pm (UTC)
Same here, there's no "eat some chocolate" when I'm pmsing, it's ALL the chocolate until it's gone, plus maybe some additional that I'll go buy because I'm just that desperate. It's not pretty, emotionally.

Having taken both, I noticed a more immediate change with the GTF Chromium, but with the caveat that I took it after already being two days into a low-carb phase. So my cravings were already lowered. What I do is take it with lunch and dinner. Yesterday I took it at dinner because I was craving something, anything sugary (there was a small amount of carbs in my dinner, which probably spiked my craving), and it's like the craving just disappeared.