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Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 13, 2011 at 4:08 AM

Hi girls :) (and others reading!)

Does anyone else get significant dairy cravings around that certain time of the month? Mine are crazy strong, and usually end up caving in and having some milk - which I really don't want to keep doing, because it doesn't make me feel great.

Anyone else experience the same? Any tips for me - or potential substitutes for the milk that will help get me through?

Thanks in advance :) Kristy

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on August 14, 2011
at 09:00 PM

Magnesium, B6 and zinc help with PMS/PMT

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on August 14, 2011
at 02:36 AM

Thanks for that! I have actually been off my supplements for a month.... all ran out at the one time! Time to go supplement shopping I think! :)

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on August 14, 2011
at 12:30 AM

I drink goat's kefir. Low lactose & really works for me!

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on August 13, 2011
at 10:01 PM

Eww..I break out under my chin too. I hate that!

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on August 13, 2011
at 11:23 AM

always crave cheddar!

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on August 13, 2011
at 04:33 AM

Have you tried sourcing a raw, grassfed dairy? I get awful digestive upset with regular milk, but I do perfectly fine on raw GF.

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on August 13, 2011
at 04:30 AM

Its really ironic that you posted this. I'm about a week away from mine and having intense cravings for milk. Maybe its some micronutrient or something that milk has that we're needing? I think some heavy cream would be your best option for getting your fix without the sugar/casein load. Have you tried supplementing with coconut milk? Thanks for asking this, hope you get some good answers.

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on August 13, 2011
at 05:43 AM

Milk contains lactose which is a type of sugar,,, You could try eating more root veggies which would satisfy your sweet tooth (Or try baked goods with chestnut flour or plantain flour). I read that eating fermented foods (lacto-fermented veggies and the like) lowers cravings for sweets...

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on August 14, 2011
at 01:01 AM

Cravings - what helps me is taking a good multi-vite / mineral. I think cravings come from something missing in the diet. Calcium - milk craving - may not be calcium from the but your ability to absorb it - make sure your vit D blood levels are 40 ish. Fish oil - has an effect on the brain to reduce cravings - I add more when I need to. Good for cramps if you take it regularly Chocolate craving - could be magnesium deficiency - add some in - great for menstrual cramps also

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on August 14, 2011
at 02:36 AM

Thanks for that! I have actually been off my supplements for a month.... all ran out at the one time! Time to go supplement shopping I think! :)

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on August 14, 2011
at 01:02 AM

it might be more scientific than you think. Cramps are relieved by calcium, and our mind/body is smarter than we think. Maybe when you are a week out or so, a calcium supplement would ease the cravings. Just a thought.

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on August 14, 2011
at 11:16 PM

How do you feel about the cartoned (vs. canned) "coconut milk beverages" as an alternative? They're pretty processed, so I try not to make them a staple, but the Silk brand is amazing tasty, and if you're dairy sensitive (like me), I think it's a good alternative in the face of such cravings.

I agree with what others have said--dairy and dark chocolate are pretty common cravings for me around this time. Not sure if it's as simple as a carb craving, or something more complex.

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on August 14, 2011
at 09:04 PM

Bit late to the debate, but just listened/watched Pedro Bastos' presentation at AHS11. It's interesting that milk contains lots of different oestroegens. I wonder if the cravings for milk are for the oestrogens it contains?

Just a thought, I'm not sure that there's any evidence though...

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on August 13, 2011
at 09:28 PM

Try increasing your calcium intake and see if that helps. Or, you could just be craving something creamy and comforting, in which case you can probably find a nondairy alternative.

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on August 13, 2011
at 02:27 PM

I crave cheese/sugar/carbs/ice cream like a maniac at that time. (I crave cheetoes then. The puffed cheetoe is delicious and I don't care who knows it.)

I've found if I strategically intermittent fast during that time my cravings are much less intense. I also have treat food (No don't say that! Reward! Reward!) like frozen blueberries with coconut milk, salami, pistachios and dark chocolate. I have found that will power does not work for me but keeping my insulin steady with food and fasting does wonders when I'm PMSing.

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on August 13, 2011
at 11:01 AM

I always assumed it was a calcium craving. Aren't menstrual cramps due to calcium deficiency?

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on August 14, 2011
at 09:00 PM

Magnesium, B6 and zinc help with PMS/PMT

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on August 13, 2011
at 06:11 AM

I eat dairy anyway so I can't really answer that, but my theory about cravings is they happen for a reason. They only cravings that I ignore are sugar cravings, but I'm insulin resistant and I know they come from that. Otherwise I do feed cravings because I feel they are coming from a need for some particular nutrient. So I suppose the question I would ask you is what do you think these cravings signify, and, if you are intolerant to milk, are there are other ways to satisfy them? If you have no intolerance, allergy or other reason to avoid milk then I'd say just have the milk. Some of us do fine with it, some don't.

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on August 13, 2011
at 06:03 AM

Hehe, I too am at the time of my month! I usually have a glass of Organic Whole Milk a day and that is about all the dairy my body can handle. I wish I could find Raw milk, however not really something you will find at a commissary lol!

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on August 13, 2011
at 05:44 AM

Nope, I get hungry and crave sweets and much more food in general. I hate that I'm eating more (since I'm not burning much more calories) but, oh well. :D

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on August 13, 2011
at 04:41 AM

YES! I just polished off a hunk of Manchego in less than 3 days and I started the first day of my period today. And now the lower half of my face is totally broken out.

^$(*)@#$@^!!

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on August 13, 2011
at 10:01 PM

Eww..I break out under my chin too. I hate that!

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on August 13, 2011
at 04:29 AM

Im like that, but with bread. :( whenever that time of the month comes around I just want some toast. Any other time I can resist it. So yeh in the same boat just different craving. Not sure how to fix it thou.

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