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Eating everything in (and out) of sight before period


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Hi ladies,

Really hoping you can help me with this! For the 2-3 days before my period I find myself eating like a pig, especially on sweet and salty foods - often things I don't normally like. I weigh out a portion and try to eat it slowly but I still want more. Even when I'm full - or feeling a bit sick from eating so much junk - the impulse to eat is still there.

I don't really feel like the eating is hunger related. I've been taking extra care to get enough protein at meals and often I'll have a bowl of cereal with milk if I feel the urge to eat coming on. It doesn't seem to help though.

Has anyone got any advice for getting past this? It's so frustrating as the rest of the time I have a lot of motivation to say no to unhealthy choices. I don't want to undo all my hard work! Please help!

Speckle xx

 

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Stop buying junk so you can't eat it, and go for a walk.

You can't eat what you don't have.  Stock up on healthier items.  Get out of the house when you feel a kitchen raid coming on.  Take a nap.  Find another diversion.

 

Thanks ootek for your quick reply! Unfortunately I can't help having junk in the house, it belongs to my sister. Normally I don't have any problems ignoring it because I like my snacks so much better - dried apricots, plain almonds or cashews, and sweet fruits like kiwi and clementines. If I want something REALLY sweet, I have some no fat, no salt soft liquorice (cause you can't eat very much, it has such a strong taste). But at TTOM I just turn into a ravenous monster... :S

(My doc says I have low b12, iron and folate - I wonder if this is somehow involved and once they're corrected things will get better? Hope so!)

So getting rid of snacks is out, but diversion and exercise I can do. I decided to give it a go straight away - damage limitation! I did 15 mins walking and running up and down a 7inch step. Now I am too hot to want to eat :) and I'm going to put on some videos about swimming technique before any more cravings start. I know the more I improve my swimming technique the more I will enjoy my time in the pool and it helps me remember that this is all about a healthy lifestyle.

So thanks again for your suggestions!! x

I think those particular viatmin deficiencies could be solved by taking a prenatal vitamin, haha.

But my suggestions is just to overstock on fruits you maybe not always keep around so it will feel like a treat and go to those first. I'm thinking cherries, watermelon, mango, something like that. I personally can eat half a watermelon and by the time I'm done definitely do not feel like eating any more. Haha. Not exactly low in calories or sugar, but more satisfying in bulk than other sugary sweets.

Also, frozen yogurt might be a possibility. Sometimes, you just have to indulge.

MMMM great suggestion tincognito I love those sorts of fruits and you're right they are a treat. 1/2 watermelon is pretty impressive ;-) I've been going for shots for the b12 (serious ouch) and taking rx'd iron and folate. I can imagine my mom's reaction if they were marked prenatals lol x

I get those same types of craving at the same time, speckle!

What I have started doing is stocking a few different packs of low calorie "bad" snacks in the cupboard, specifically for those 3 days I am a ravenous hormonal monster, hehe.

Right now I have stocked in there:

* Some of those new refrigerated no sugar chocolate Jell-o Pudding Cups- 60 calories a pack, and delicious!

* A box of "Nabisco 100 Calorie Packs" of chocolate chip thinsation cookies.

They aren't the best for you snacks in the world, and usually, outside of this window, I snack on a lot of fruit, but for me, during that time I need the bad food fix.  This way I get it, without overdoing it.

I also have massive hunger and uncontrollable eating for at least two days before my TOM.  I don't have "anything" (goodies) in the house.  The other day I ate four Skinny Cow Ice Cream sandwiches followed by at least two bowls of cereal.  I cannot tame the beast!!  I ended up going to sleep early just to stop eating. 

I wish I could control that out of control hunger.  Nothing seems to help.

I'm relieved to hear I'm not the only one. It really is like 'a beast'.  Something just takes over. I wonder if the body's metabolism is altered around the TOM? 

I <3 jello btw. I never think to buy it! I'll be stocking up now :)

I find I crave chocolate.  If I dont get it I eat about 1000 other things instead!  My solution - go and get a small bar and get it over with! 

I am the same way. Nothing I can do about it. I even do the still want to eat when I am sick from eating thing. It is horrid. I usually go to bed early too!

I know the feeling closetofifty. I waste so many calories trying to eat round my cravings (which I inevitably cede to) that it would be better to just give in in the first place. I'd probably be able to exercise moderation better then too!

Posting and hearing everyone's support today has been SO helpful. I thought I was destined to eat myself out of house and home, but you guys helped me to see that I DO have options for fighting the monster cravings. I think it helps that our goals (eating good food and feeling healthy) are much stronger motivators than the 'beast'. I guess the trick is to keep those positives in mind when it strikes - something I'll keep working on. All in all I managed to get the day back on track. Big thanks to you all! :)

I too am visited by "the beast"... but for me it happens twice a month! Ovulation week, and then period week as well... sigh

I just try to keep healthy snacks around, and I keep frozen yogurt in our down stairs freezer for such times... The one naughty thing I allow myself to have is those chocolate oatmeal no-bake cookies. I'll make up a small batch and have one in the evenings (they're about 100 calories). I figure if I don't let myself have a little something, I'll end up eating way too much of something else and be worse off.

I would definitely make sure that you don't have anything fattening in the house so you will have nothing bad to eat.  I would invest in some low fat snacks so when you get an urge you have an alternative to the bad stuff and you won't go on a binge, which tends to happen when you go without.  I would go for a walk as suggested to help clear your mind and try to avert disaster - lol :)

 

same here! it's incredibly annoying. i can eat healthy or unhealthy food, but i still feel this gnawing feeling. at times, i'm ravenous.

i either work out extra that week (add on extra walking and another 10 minutes of running) or just say, whateva. and i get myself some pizza and chocolate.

http://www.iibc.com/hungry-period/

Just found this site, and it sites the spike in progesterone as the reason for sudden hunger before and during ttom.  As it turns out, progesterone raises body temp, which results in more energy being expended.  It's common for most women to consume in the neighborhood of three hundred extra calories in the week before and week of their period.  (The site also claims that this isn't a bad thing.  So, maybe don't worry so much about the extra calories so long as they come from healthy foods.)

Original Post by nycgurl:

I ate four Skinny Cow Ice Cream sandwiches followed by at least two bowls of cereal.  

Dahaha... I've done the same thing with my Skinny Cow ice creams. >_<;

I find sometimes I can trick myself into damage control if I eat like... a whole cucumber, a pile of celery, have tea and a liter of water, and THEN go for the ice cream.

It doesn't always work, but for the times when I've eaten the entire box of (insert thing I did not mean to eat the entire box of here), sometimes I just have to think "Well, tomorrow will have its own deficit."

As long as I haven't completely destroyed the day, I don't freak out too much.  It's just annoying because even if I eat all the ice cream I "wanted," in the end, I didn't enjoy it as much as I would have if I hadn't scarfed it down in a TTOM craving fit.

Thank God there were no Oreo's in the house.  I would have eaten the entire package with several glasses of skim milk!

Original Post by kaleena_murphy:

http://www.iibc.com/hungry-period/

Just found this site, and it sites the spike in progesterone as the reason for sudden hunger before and during ttom.  As it turns out, progesterone raises body temp, which results in more energy being expended.  It's common for most women to consume in the neighborhood of three hundred extra calories in the week before and week of their period.  (The site also claims that this isn't a bad thing.  So, maybe don't worry so much about the extra calories so long as they come from healthy foods.)

That's really interesting! I feel a bit better knowing there may be a reason. Thanks for the link :)

It's good to hear everyone's experiences with this. I like the sound of this Skinny Cow ice cream - gotta investigate!! 

I agree, even after eating so much, there is no satisfaction to whatever was eaten.  There was no enjoyment.  That is so true (and sad).

I do the same thing as Blankchocobo said as well, about having tea with about a litre of water!  Chocolate Rooibos teas taste yummy and can give you a little bit of a choco-taste fix, but when you drink a whole pot of it it also fills you up!

I do this, too. Trail mix is my downfall during this time.

I accept it now as something that my body does for reasons unknown to me, and just use the following week to even out the calorie count by exercising a bit more and drinking lots of water.

 

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