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Eating loads on period? (sorry for the detail)

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 21, 2013 at 7:16 PM

Sorry for the awkward question...

I've been doing quite well eating meats, fruits, veg, nuts and fats. And I felt alright on my daily: 3eggs2bacon, salmon/chicken salad with avocado for lunch, and meat + veg for tea with berries and greek yohurt.

However, I get really heavy periods. As in, blood clots and having to change the pad at least once per hour. And, I dunno, with the hormones and that blood loss comes cravings, right?

My period normally starts steady for 2 days. Then it clears, and I think it's stopped, when...enter the elevator scene from "The Shining". That continues for two or three days.

In the bloodbath days, I get ravenously hungry. Yesterday, I had 25g of butter in my eggs, my normal salad, but when I came home I ate like half a tub of greek yohurt. Then I had my dinner (a lamb chop and veg) then later I had an egg, 40g of dark chocolate, and an apple.

Today I had my usual food-day, but I finished off the greek yoghurt (I normally have less than a quarter with my fruit) some nuts, a few spoonfuls of coconut oil and a square of 90% Lindt. I've just ate all of that, actually. I feel quite satisfied.

But I'm trying to lose weight. I'm not touching gluten unless I have to, and i'm keeping my sugar intake right down (tomorrow, I'm going to treat myself to a bar of 85% at the cinema, but that's it for the two weeks I've been eating strictly in terms of junk food) so will this have affected my weight loss? My mum said I look a little thinner around my stomach, but I can't really tell.

Also, to stop this from happening next month, what can I do? My periods are also random. By the calander, I wasn't meant to have one until about nine days time, but hey, more of the joys of being a teenage girl.

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on May 22, 2013
at 08:38 PM

I'm jealous :P maybe mine will slow down soon. Also, I just came off my period today, and I can't say I miss the ravenous hunger.

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on May 22, 2013
at 11:03 AM

Yes, I second the doc. Thought I'm guilty of this as well. I remember reading that the average amount of blood lost during a cycle is between 4-12 teaspoons. Seriously? That's like 1 hour for me. Paleo has definitely helped, although it has been a long slow process. I still have a heavy flow, but it's only heavy for 2 days, and no more clotting (yay!).

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on May 21, 2013
at 11:18 PM

*If you try to restrict, at some point biology will win and you will eat junk food!* Yes. Eat as much healthy food as your body requires. Chocolate cake isn't it, though.

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on May 21, 2013
at 08:53 PM

It's normal to be more hungry during menstruation. Just eat until satisfied and your appetite will decrease after a few days. I've never heard of it really affecting weight especially if you're avoiding gluten and excessive carbs. You will usually see a huge weight loss after your period finishes due to water loss.

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on May 22, 2013
at 12:37 AM

You actually burn up to 500 (usually closer to 200) more calories during/before your period! It's like you're eating for two... sort of. But (here's the part where you take medical advice from people on the internet) if you really have to change your pad that often you should probably see a doctor. And let me just chime in and say never restrict when you're really hungry. It will come back to bite you! Happy Eating!

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on May 22, 2013
at 11:03 AM

Yes, I second the doc. Thought I'm guilty of this as well. I remember reading that the average amount of blood lost during a cycle is between 4-12 teaspoons. Seriously? That's like 1 hour for me. Paleo has definitely helped, although it has been a long slow process. I still have a heavy flow, but it's only heavy for 2 days, and no more clotting (yay!).

B2379df17e386c4455996b186731db5e

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on May 22, 2013
at 08:38 PM

I'm jealous :P maybe mine will slow down soon. Also, I just came off my period today, and I can't say I miss the ravenous hunger.

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on May 21, 2013
at 11:11 PM

Give yourself permission to eat more of the good nourishing food during these days. If you try to restrict, at some point biology will win and you will eat junk food! You might even try keeping a journal. You will probably notice that your appetite fluctuates in a pattern, and you can plan around it.

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on May 21, 2013
at 11:18 PM

*If you try to restrict, at some point biology will win and you will eat junk food!* Yes. Eat as much healthy food as your body requires. Chocolate cake isn't it, though.

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on June 02, 2013
at 02:07 AM

Can't offer any advice regarding the cravings, as I have to battle them constantly, but as far as I have read, blood loss can differ in every woman (and will especially when taking hormones like the pill, which reduce the bleeding, vs. natural cycle). When I started menstruating, my body turned quickly to a stable cycle, but usually that takes some months - your body might still adjust a bit? Mine certainly did when I went off the pill after taking it for 5 years - took me three years to get back a regular cycle and still throws me for a loop now and then (regarding the "aw, maaan! Not now again, I was supposed to have a few more days!"-feeling). Love my non-hormonal birth control (Gynefix) and would never go back to hormones (except some medical condition would force me)! The three years after chucking the pill were not fun (usually, I'm told, it doesn't take that long to recover), blood loss was much as you described it (fortunately, without any major pains! Magnesium helps a lot with cramps, but take it regularly or start approx. 2 weeks before the next bleeding, not only during that week). That made leaving the house unpleasant. What helped me to feel more confindent and not looking constantly for a toilet was switching to a menstrual cup (currently use Fleurcup, the smaller size for the weaker days, the large size for the heavy days or when I have a long day out and don't want to change that often). Don't worry about the sizing regarding "having had children/no children", or simply start with a small cup. That is, if this is something you could imagine getting used to! Some women just don't like the idea of menstrual cups, and true, it is a bit icky when you're changing them. And it takes a bit to get used to them (Warning: don't try a cup when you're not bleeding! They can be hard/painful to remove then!). For me, wearing the cup (and on really heavy days sometimes an additional small pad) relaxes me considerably because I know I can go for ~4 hours, whereas with pad/tampon I would have to change hourly.

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