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How to manage food cravings during period?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created April 21, 2013 at 12:38 AM

I am just wondering how other people deal with really bad junk food cravings during their period? I have been paleo for about a month and just the last few days my cravings feel unmanageable. I wanted to know if other women just go off paleo for a couple days or maybe you guys have some good recipes that you indulge in? The rest of the month I do still get cravings but they don't seem worth into indulge it's just when you mix in the hormones that makes it so bad.

Thanks for your input!

89fa2da4805b0b4e54b77a5a20a2e206

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on April 21, 2013
at 06:50 PM

u kill me with your pics.. lol :)

Cceda01c6e1aefb1ca7f1aa5653cba2a

(125)

on April 21, 2013
at 03:58 PM

I do this but also add almond butter. That makes it a little thicker and less water. Similar combo with applesauce also good.

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on April 21, 2013
at 09:30 AM

Similar thread here: http://paleohacks.com/questions/161238/surviving-pmdd-pms-paleo#axzz2R5XpEidi

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9712e4ce885436e557751cfa6ffedd5a

(488)

on April 21, 2013
at 06:20 PM

Sleep is very important for controlling food cravings. Make sure you go to sleep at a reasonable hour in a room with as little light as possible.

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on April 21, 2013
at 11:07 AM

Paleo banana icecream is a fav of mine for when I'd like something sweet

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Base

  • 1 1/2 med bananas

peel and cut into medallions. freeze for several hours. blend in a food processor or blender. transfer to freezable container and freeze for a few more hours. serve.

almond butter banana ice cream

  • 1 1/2 med bananas

  • 3 tablespoons almond butter

  • 2 teaspoons honey

peel and cut into medallions. freeze for several hours. blend in a food processor or blender. now blend in almond butter and honey. transfer to freezable container and freeze for a few more hours. serve.

dark chocolate banana ice cream

  • 1 1/2 med bananas

  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 2 tablespoons coconut milk

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

peel and cut into medallions. freeze for several hours. blend in a food processor or blender. now blend in cocoa powder, coconut milk and vanilla. transfer to freezable container and freeze for a few more hours. serve.

You can pretty much add whatever you want to it. I also love blueberries or any type of fruit with it.

To manage cravings during that TOTM I sleep lots, do activities that keep me busy when I feel a craving coming on (like yoga or sports), avoid caffeine, avoid starchy carbs and drink water like its my job. A big thing for me is just getting out of the house, even if its just for a walk. Hope that helps!

89fa2da4805b0b4e54b77a5a20a2e206

(2097)

on April 21, 2013
at 06:50 PM

u kill me with your pics.. lol :)

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on April 21, 2013
at 10:48 AM

Maybe food cravings during periods exist for a reason. I would say eat as much as you want, as long as it's paleo.

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618fc5298c4a96b817c4918c795a875f

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on April 21, 2013
at 05:17 PM

Yikes! The weird hormonal nighttime menstrual cravings can get so bad for me! My go-to midday meal when I'm like that (usually a week before my period) is a spinach salad with sardines in olive oil in it, an avocado, and a little bit of parmesan cheese (which you can omit if you don't do dairy). Because of the fat content of this meal, I am super satisfied and can handle a small nighttime meal of soup, or meat and veggies (cooked in butter). All of this really seems to help me not have those intense cravings at night - but if I do, I'll slice up a banana and a few strawberries and top it off with lightly whipped coconut cream. This is the only time of the month when I eat fruit, I usually don't really like it but this combo is SO GOOD I COULD DIE!!! I am totally able to leave my boyfriend's cookies alone, and a year ago I would have eaten a whole bag of them! Great question! Thanks!

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on April 21, 2013
at 03:26 AM

Cherice - I do really like bananas. I've also heard they are good frozen for a substitute for ice cream. :)

Grace - I should have mentioned I already am GF, it's the sugar that kills me. I've been playing with the idea of fasting in the evening when I want to do all my bad eating. I've been meaning to research more into how it affects women (vs. men which most of the studies have followed). Would love to know more about your experience with fasting.

GiGi - I always forget about pumpkin! love that stuff. Also never heard of Wink before, might have to try it. Also, I'm just getting used to the idea of tracking my macros, but I bet I'm skewed right now.

It's so relieving to hear from other women, sometimes it feels like there's a whole bunch of people in my head. I was joking earlier having your period is like having the seven dwarves in your head, except it's clingy, bitchy, mopey, chocolate-monster..ey. lol You know what I mean!

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on April 21, 2013
at 02:25 AM

1 mashed banana, about 1/4 can of coconut milk. Vanilla extract and cinnamon to taste. So. Good.

Cceda01c6e1aefb1ca7f1aa5653cba2a

(125)

on April 21, 2013
at 03:58 PM

I do this but also add almond butter. That makes it a little thicker and less water. Similar combo with applesauce also good.

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76026e8ef496039d5075440ff731aa0d

on April 21, 2013
at 01:11 AM

Damn good question!

I've often wondered how women deal with all the hormones going up, coming down, tapering off???I have no idea how you all do it...always fighting to be your best You, never quite sure who that is???and why that whole chocolate cake at Safeway wants to give you diet advice???

Truth.

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906d389485dccc3b7b525720ca9cbdad

on August 14, 2013
at 12:54 PM

i make my own dark chocolate, which really helps the chocolate cravings. I make it sugar free using erythritol for sweetness, though you could use stevia, honey, coconut sugar, or anything else.

DIY Dark Chocolate

  1. melt coconut oil (i do 3 tbsp)
  2. add carob and/or cacao powder (i do about 2-3 tbsp each)
  3. I add erythritol for sweetness and chrunch, but any natural sweeter will do
  4. splash of vanilla essence
  5. touch of sea salt and/or chilli if you like

optional extras:

  • dessicated coconut
  • some chopped nuts and/or nut butter
  • dried cranberries/sultanas/etc
  • spices (cinnamon, chai spices, etc)
  • milk powder or protein powder

Mix and add things until the mixture is a medium density paste...add more coconut oil if it gets too thick, and more cocoa/carob if its too liquid. Taste as you go and alter the mixture until you like the flavour. Then spoon into ice cube tray and refrigerate for 20 minutes to set chocolate.

Once you try it you'll never go back to cocoa butter based chocolate!

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8b57b47bb7a88718c07d4e68d6e8e324

on July 04, 2013
at 08:47 PM

This is definitely something I suffer from myself so I really empathise. Being kind to ourselves is key - I have a square of 90% chocolate each day at TOTM and if I'm really struggling I have the non-alcohol wine that is actually grape juice, chilled and served with plantain nachos and salsa or paleo pizza. For dessert I would have stewed rhubarb with coconut cream. All of this is healthy but cheers me up when I'm feeling blue and crampy. Sleep, exercise and a soothing warm bath are all great help too but if you are really hungry then eat and enjoy.

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on April 22, 2013
at 03:57 AM

I'm still learning the ropes (PMS cravings plague me too) but I find that avoiding soy AT ALL COSTS, eating high fat, VLC, and making sure I get enough of the holy trinity of calcium, vitamin D, and magnesium helps keep the cravings at bay.

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32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

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on April 21, 2013
at 12:41 PM

I like frozen blueberries drizzled with coconut milk, or any of those avocado chocolate pudding recipes.

Really though, the best thing for me is to eat leftovers of meals. I just have to force myself to get it out and reheat it rather than grab a handful of nuts.

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on April 21, 2013
at 03:08 AM

I eat sweet fruits and vegetables! Butternut Squash is seriously the MOST AMAZING food out there and will TOTALLY curb your sweet cravings because it's naturally AMAZING when roasted :)

There is also this stuff called WINK FROZEN DESSERTS... It's wheat, dairy, gluten, egg, soy, nut and sugar free!

Check it out here: http://bit.ly/YCEHBE

I also love just pureed pumpkin mixed with stevia! Delicious!

Eating very high protein also helps me curb ALL food cravings, because I am so full, I don't need anything more!

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on April 21, 2013
at 02:57 AM

I used to go completely crazy with eating before mine... The pill is the only thing that controls it somewhat. Anyways, that's not ideal so... I have discovered using a combo of fasting, excessive tea drinking, paleo treat indulging. Biggest thing is to stay away from gluten, wheat, and sugar(processed stuff mainly). But ya know its gonna happen so don't freak out when it does, usually if I over indulge I cut back for 2-3 days after to account for the 'refeed' stay away from crappyfood though it makes everything worse. Go out and buy some coconut ice cream or make yor own.

Pre planning your meals helps too. Best of luck I know how it feels :(

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