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Let's hear your best PMS craving strategies! I was dreaming last night about salt and vinegar potato chips and chocolate. HELP!!!!!!!!!

Thu. Jun 15, 1:14pm

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I say have them in small portions. Buy single servings of them and enjoy every bite. I have YET to see a convincing alternative or strategy to fend off these cravings. Some women don't really get PMS and don't understand! I think you just have to allow yourself small indulgences once a month. But make sure you just have one serving. The cravings are brutal, but you can control the quantity.
Let us know how you do!

Thursday, June 15, 2006, 2:06 PM

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Chromium picolinate helped me with pms cravings. It's not miracle weight loss supplement by any means but it helped with the cravings.

Friday, June 16, 2006, 5:36 AM

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Midol, glass of water & 20 minutes is all I need... also the mantra "it's a craving, it will pass" helps too. Otherwise I just end up talking myself in to giving in. Good Luck!

Saturday, June 17, 2006, 11:57 PM

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Start taking essential fatty acids regularly (usually 2x per day). My cravings totally go away, so much that my TOM can start and I never even noticed a craving!

Sunday, June 18, 2006, 10:58 AM

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Your right about the Chromium, I take the hydroxycut w/o caffine & chromium is one of the main ingrediants in it. I take this 2-3 x's aday the wk b4 my TOM. Really works?

Sunday, June 18, 2006, 11:36 PM

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There is no 'one true way', but below is the approach that has been working well for me.

If it's an unhealthy craving I ignore it - if it's still there in 48 hours I will indulge in 1 serving. Most cravings don't live that long, but I figure if they do then I can accomodate it. Since I've been eating better for quite awhile now I crave things like a chopped veggie salad with vinegar dressing more than I crave vinegar chips. So, many cravings I can indulge without worrying, but if it's for something like chocolate cake then I tell myself if I still want it in 48 hours I can have a piece. Now if it's still there after that then I have to wait twice as long and I've never had a craving last longer than that.

Best wishes!

Sunday, June 18, 2006, 11:50 PM

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small, bite-size pieces of dark chocolate with nuts - it covers cravings for chocolate and salt, plus the protein keeps you satisfied. and 2-3 of them for a few days each month won't wreck your diet.

also, i focus on weight loss for 3 weeks and weight maintenance for 1 week each month. so what if you don't lose weight during that pms week - just keep it the same and you succeed.

Monday, June 19, 2006, 11:10 AM

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i eat whatever the heck i please when i have my period/pms . . .i feel crappy enough, there's no need to deprive myself during that time!! i actually read a while back that we burn more calories during our period . . .true or not-i NEED that brownie on those days!

Tuesday, June 20, 2006, 12:15 AM

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Over the 8 years I've completely stopped drinking diet sodas and I think that's helped the PMS symptoms. I read once about this connection, but I can't remember where. In any event I feel better without them, now I don't even like them. I've learned to love water, just pure water.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006, 5:09 AM

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When I get cravings I go for whatever it is I am craving and eat how ever much of it I wanted, I just tell myself that the next workout is going to be more intense, or I will eat healthier the rest of the week. This usually kicks my cravings for a while until the next one, but usually I'll crave icecream or anything creamy, so I'll go for a low fat version and call it a day. If I don't do this then I end up eating things I didn't even want in the first place.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006, 8:36 AM

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5:09 poster. I would not have believed it if I had not recently stopped drinking diet soda, started drinking mainly water (with the occasional cup of herbal tea) and experienced this for myself, but I have noticed the exact same thing. I do not know if the OP regularly drinks soda or not, but that has had a huge impact on my cravings for the salty, fatty and sweet. I am also far less bloated at 'that time'.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006, 1:47 PM

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i like to have a large cup of vegan boullion w/ herbs and no salt. i drink it and it satisfies my pangs.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006, 4:00 PM

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I agree with no soda

Weird.....ever since I started eating healthy last year I haven't been able to stomach soda. There's something about the carbonation that makes me feel ill. I used to get terrible cravings for chocolate, sugar and fatty foods but hardly ever feel any cravings for these foods any more.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006, 5:51 PM

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This works on usual days....but TOM its impossible to reason with myself...

Friday, August 22, 2008, 8:14 AM

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I actually use diet soda to curb cravings. When I want something sweet and drink diet soda, then the sweet thing no longer seems so appetizing. My cravings are almost always for sugary foods, though, not salty ones.

Friday, August 22, 2008, 8:51 AM

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