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Old 05-16-2011, 12:59 PM   #1
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Every month for 3 days before my period I feel like I cannot stop eating. Like no matter what I have, its not enough. Then the first day of my period, I feel like I need iron, so I make sure to have beef, which I can fit into my WW points. But for those 3 days, I could eat the entire house! Has anyone found a way to get past that? And I know I should make better food choices, but I have very specific cravings, so I feel like, yes, I could reach for an apple, but if I dont have cheese, it wouldnt matter. I could have 10 apples and still want something I shouldnt have.

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Old 05-16-2011, 01:14 PM   #2
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I'm the same way...ravenous...I just try to stay on track as much as I can and drink as much water as I can. It sucks, yes, but I realize it's because of TOM and try to work through it.
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Old 05-16-2011, 01:27 PM   #3
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most months are like that with me too, but this past month wasn't, i don't know if it was because i am doing low carb instead of low calorie..or could of just been a fluke
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Old 05-16-2011, 01:31 PM   #4
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omg - YES! There are some months where I swear I could eat the whole fridge. I don't find much that I can do, other than recognize why I am so hungry and then go find something else to do. Sometime I plan an extra snack.
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Old 05-16-2011, 01:35 PM   #5
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I agree that recognizing it and being aware is probably the key. Planning extra healthy snacks in advance would help. I chart these things for myself so I know when I am going to feel lousy ( headache, dizzy etc) so I can use that info for food as well. Or maybe allow myself a treat that would still fit into the WW points. Having that option and being mindful of it may help.

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Old 05-16-2011, 01:36 PM   #6
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I definitely have some hungry days. And I hear you with the cravings too. I think satisfying the craving with reasonable healthy choices is probably the best idea instead of eating 10 times more of something that's not going to do the trick.
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Old 05-16-2011, 01:53 PM   #7
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I get those too- and it's always for the same thing the day before I start! Peanut butter and milk. I allow myself one pb and j sandwich and a glass of milk and then I'm usually fine after that.
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Old 05-16-2011, 09:21 PM   #8
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Yeeeeees, and I really dread it since I'm prone to going on food benders after I allow myself something naughty. It's just such a battle for me.
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Old 05-16-2011, 09:54 PM   #9
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Since you're on WW, remember you also have those weekly points. If you've got three days that week where you need more food, it's perfectly fine for you to adjust your points on those days so they're higher.
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Old 05-17-2011, 10:25 AM   #11
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I find the same thing. When I was eating "low fat" I'd end up eating carbs during hungry days... which just led to more eating carbs because for me it's a vicious insulin-resistant circle.

Now that I'm eating much fewer sugars and starches, I don't have those cravings as much. (Unless I've been drinking, in which all bets are off!) I find that while I still have hungry days each month, I am satisfied with a spoonful of peanut butter, or a few ounces of cream cheese or cheddar. The fat satisfies my hunger, and the creaminess satisfies my mouth. And I don't eat so much of it that I gain from it.
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Old 05-17-2011, 01:03 PM   #12
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I go stark-raving-lunatic-fringe-mad during TOM. Salt. Sugar. Carbs-carbs-carbs. And I let go of diet mentality during those 3 days (yes, it's usually 3 days - very rarely is it ever over or under 3 days). Because if I don't let go of the diet mentality, I get angry with myself. "What is wrong with you? Why can't you just walk away? Say no?" And then I feel pitiful for myself after eating. "Well, how pathetic! Can't even get over a simple chocolate bar!" And then I lay myself down in Regret Town. Stay a while. Oh brother!

I fare much better if I just simply give in to those cravings. And sometimes, yes, I go completely overboard. A chocolate bar, a bag of popcorn, & what's this? 0h, hello Jello Pudding!, a sleeve of club crackers, a DIFFERENT KIND of chocolate bar, a poptart, a corn-dog, some french fries, a donut, a buttload of cookies!, a coke-float, pizza!!!!!! Etc. etc. etc. But sometimes, I DON'T. Sometimes I CAN say no, walk away, & not feel like I've just given up a kojillion dollars! Sometimes I can take a donut... take a couple of bites & throw the rest of it away. Oh, the proud moments!!!

The point is - for me - giving in does not derail my other 27 days of the month on track. Soon as the crazy time is over, I'm right back to regular healthy eating habits. And yes, you can do that too.
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