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Ladies! PMS: How do you deal?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 30, 2011 at 3:03 AM

I'm curious as to how others handle PMS, cravings, and the time when their periods are approaching while being Paleo. I'm very lucky that I'm not affected by mood swings and such but when the time is near it's food that I want. I don't crave sweets but things that are really toothsome. I want crunch and texture and salt. Chopped veg. I'll cook up a quick steak. Roasted sweet potatoes that are thinly sliced so crunchy on the edges tender in the middle. Apple with a bit of almond butter. Carrots. Fermented pickles. A bowl of smashed avocado with celery.. or bacon. I also seem to have excess energy on those days and will usually add in another day of weights or CF.

I've read that a diet rich in Vitamin B can help with PMS relief as does upping fat and carbs when the time is near... so.. how do you tame your PMS beast? Supplements? Give in and that's a time of the month that you allow yourself a food free for all? Roll with it and treat it like another day? Pyramid your eating so perhaps as the time nears you're supplementing more fat, carbs and b rich foods to eliminate the cravings?

Hmm..

94a4a87e3d2e1e9160b6ed77678b4bea

(1311)

on January 04, 2012
at 12:05 AM

But Paleo isn't low carb - only if you personally want to eat that way. I wouldn't say my list above is particularly high carb at all - more fat than anything. If you really want some extra carbs - AND you just had a baby (!!) i think you probably should allow yourself some extras! What would be wrong with upping the carbs once a month for a bit?

28f280f8d64c7207fd94d158fbe6e070

(218)

on December 28, 2011
at 06:39 PM

But aren't those things carbs? Isn't all that "carb cravings"? I am having a very hard time craving carbs in the evening. I have a great paleo day with like 20 g carbs and then in the evening I will allow myself a little, like a pear with cream, but lately (started with sampling hazelnut gingerbread and homemade choc truffles) I keep uncontrollably eating some kind of carb at night. And I just had a baby 4 months ago. My hormones are out of whack.

F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

(4090)

on November 30, 2011
at 04:39 PM

Eat the chocolate over spinach. Every time. They both contain minerals the body is seeking, but the spinach lacks the satisfaction.

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on November 30, 2011
at 04:36 PM

mm.. pickles. have you ever hollowed out and filled with other things? its amazing.

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

(5043)

on November 30, 2011
at 03:10 PM

me too. Pass the Bailey's.

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on November 30, 2011
at 07:19 AM

PMS makes me crave greens like mad! I think my body is getting better at signaling what it really needs.

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on November 30, 2011
at 07:01 AM

Now that's a real-world solution. :)

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on November 30, 2011
at 04:18 AM

Ach, not me - starting a strength cycle next month in fact. I do really well actually, its just those few days that I want to rip and tear and crunch and munch. Was curious as to how others react.. 'fanks sc!

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on November 30, 2011
at 03:59 AM

I don't worry about it, really. It's just a couple of days for me and I tend to eat a bit less of my "normal" foods to make room for extra chocolate (the almond with sea salt Chocolove hits the spot!)

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

(24286)

on November 30, 2011
at 03:54 AM

+1 for "toothsome"

66e6b190e62fb3bcf42d4c60801c7bf6

(12407)

on November 30, 2011
at 03:42 AM

85%+ chocolate is next to godliness.

Cfc7dee889a66db9cd76c4f348109294

(1652)

on November 30, 2011
at 03:22 AM

+1 lady days...

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D67e7b481854b02110d5a5b21d6789b1

on November 30, 2011
at 03:10 AM

90% Lindt and bourbon

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on November 30, 2011
at 07:01 AM

Now that's a real-world solution. :)

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

(5043)

on November 30, 2011
at 03:10 PM

me too. Pass the Bailey's.

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Cfc7dee889a66db9cd76c4f348109294

on November 30, 2011
at 03:37 AM

It doesn't seem like you're worried (or need to be) about weight gain, so I'm thinking you're asking about avoiding the annoyance of lady-day cravings.

I naturally tend to drop the carbs I think, sleep a bit more, and I know some take L-glutamine for cravings.

Someone once told me that if I was craving chocolate, I should really eat spinach, but that person is dumb and I probably stuck out my tongue in his direction.

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on November 30, 2011
at 04:18 AM

Ach, not me - starting a strength cycle next month in fact. I do really well actually, its just those few days that I want to rip and tear and crunch and munch. Was curious as to how others react.. 'fanks sc!

66e6b190e62fb3bcf42d4c60801c7bf6

(12407)

on November 30, 2011
at 03:42 AM

85%+ chocolate is next to godliness.

F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

(4090)

on November 30, 2011
at 04:39 PM

Eat the chocolate over spinach. Every time. They both contain minerals the body is seeking, but the spinach lacks the satisfaction.

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on December 01, 2011
at 07:37 PM

I find the whole pms problem to be pretty fixable with sufficient B complex (think liver or Jigsaw health active b complex...or both:)), some neptune krill oil if breast tenderness, bloating or moodiness is an issue (or just straight prometrium/progesterone).

If there really are issues four days or so prior to onset of bleeding, it just generally indicates an insufficiency of progesterone...prop that up and you should be good to go!

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D5d982a898721d3392c85f951d0bf0aa

(2417)

on November 30, 2011
at 03:34 AM

I admit to one monthly practically schedule-able pint of B&J New York Super Fudge Chunk. That's my absolutely visceral craving. And I enjoy the hell out of that pint.

I crave salt and sweet when I'm hormonal, but upping my roasted veggie intake helps. Sweet roasted peppers and onions (with something else more substantial thrown in) help me fill up and sate the sugar beast. I'll also have decaf tea with a bit of cream and xylitol at night to address the craving but not utterly fall off the wagon (I used to loooooove my carbs).

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on November 30, 2011
at 04:05 PM

Mmmmmm homemade pickles a la primal palate - delish especially when PMSin'

A good chick-flick and a couple crys - a glass of wine and a good sleep. Oh - and telling hubby to give me a little space and not ask why I'm crying while watching some lame movie.

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on November 30, 2011
at 04:36 PM

mm.. pickles. have you ever hollowed out and filled with other things? its amazing.

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8508fec4bae4a580d1e1b807058fee8e

on November 30, 2011
at 03:50 AM

I seem to do better on lower carb Paleo (50-100 grams/day) during my time of the month.

Red meat and greens go a long way for me. I used to have carb cravings, mood swings, muscle aches, and mild cramping pre-Paleo but no longer!

The rest of the time I do moderate carb Paleo about 100-150 grams a day mainly from safer starches like sweet potatoes, potatoes, plantains, and sometimes even white rice.

I've heard deficiencies like magnesium, manganese, Vitamin E, Vitamin D, Vitamin B (especially B6). and zinc aggravate PMS so Paleo works well. Supplementation may also help.

Minimizing sweeteners and caffeine also helps.

Exercise always helps me - pumping weights at the gym!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Premenstrual_syndrome

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on November 30, 2011
at 07:19 AM

PMS makes me crave greens like mad! I think my body is getting better at signaling what it really needs.

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94a4a87e3d2e1e9160b6ed77678b4bea

(1311)

on December 04, 2011
at 09:48 PM

All pre-pains have vanished since being Paleo as have specific cravings - the only noticeable change for me is that I am hungrier - but not for anything specific. However as I know this means I will devour anything within sight I make sure I spend a day preparing "grab and shove in your mouth" foods.... hahaha - such as some small pots of homemade coconut yoghurt; little serves of Sissons coconut cream custard; coconut oil chocolate bark or the same but mixed with roasted macadamias; coconut flour muffins and almond bread (to spread with butter) - and then I also make sure there is dark chocolate and mac nut butter on hand as well as some bananas to spread some almond butter on. I'm also always making parsnip chips in the oven at this time for the salty goodness. Once all this is done I know i'm safe from non-paleo foods and always satisfied.

28f280f8d64c7207fd94d158fbe6e070

(218)

on December 28, 2011
at 06:39 PM

But aren't those things carbs? Isn't all that "carb cravings"? I am having a very hard time craving carbs in the evening. I have a great paleo day with like 20 g carbs and then in the evening I will allow myself a little, like a pear with cream, but lately (started with sampling hazelnut gingerbread and homemade choc truffles) I keep uncontrollably eating some kind of carb at night. And I just had a baby 4 months ago. My hormones are out of whack.

94a4a87e3d2e1e9160b6ed77678b4bea

(1311)

on January 04, 2012
at 12:05 AM

But Paleo isn't low carb - only if you personally want to eat that way. I wouldn't say my list above is particularly high carb at all - more fat than anything. If you really want some extra carbs - AND you just had a baby (!!) i think you probably should allow yourself some extras! What would be wrong with upping the carbs once a month for a bit?

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318374167f4c3bf3ac0f13ce48211c75

(106)

on December 04, 2011
at 06:13 PM

If I get cravings around my period time, I just eat whatever it is I'm craving. Diets are ruined when you deny yourself from things and spend more time thinking about it instead. Just eat it and get the craving out of your head so you can move on.

I never eat non-Paleo approved foods. Ever. But if I'm craving fruit, nuts or chocolate...I will indulge because I don't consume that stuff when I'm not PMSing.

So go ahead and help yourself. It's OK!

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7dab2d8c97e44d8d0c298e5c9d5d75bc

(641)

on October 18, 2012
at 10:03 PM

Hail Merry snack foods!!!

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