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Are you a hungry beast during your period?

Does anyone else feel the constant urge to eat during "that time of the month"?
I'm really trying to drink my water and eat healthy, but I want to eat all day. I keep thinking of food!

Tue. Aug 15, 7:42pm

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Actually, mine is about a six days before I start...I swear I am like a cow grazing in the field. I can't get enough of anything that is put in front of me. I can eat all day long and it doesn't have to be junk can be carrots or whatever...just food - in mouth - now! :) Luckily, the grazing only lasts one day for me!! Whew!

Tuesday, August 15, 2006, 7:45 PM

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Actually I crave sweets and salts.... It is crazy and annoying!!!

Tuesday, August 15, 2006, 7:53 PM

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I had a post about this very thing, called "It ain't all in your mind." It had some great scientific articles about why we feel as hungry as we do during our periods and why we crave salty and sweet foods. Do a search for the thread, you should find it.
Hang in there, it feels like forever but just listen to your body, and do the best you can. It's only a few days to a week out of the month- your body will re-regulate itself.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006, 8:37 PM

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I just found the thread mentioned above and bumped it, check it out.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006, 8:39 PM

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sometime during the week before, that's when I'm munching all the time. I don't really care- it's just a bit of a reminder that oh yeah, about to menstruate.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006, 9:42 PM

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The few days before and the first 2 days in, I run the risk of turning into an eating machine! And no matter what I eat, it never seems satisfying, I always want more.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006, 7:10 AM

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This thread, and the one you bumped, couldn't have come at a better time! I'm expecting my period any day and I find myself sorely tempted to rip into a bag of chips and go nuts. Luckily I have been able to one other poster, all of my symptoms appear before my period. Including the snappiness and short temper. Yesterday morning I was ragging at my kids and one of my teens said, "god, did you get your period yet?" I had to laugh!

Wednesday, August 16, 2006, 8:01 AM

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Usually I'm ambivalent about chocolate but I turn into the poster child for PMS and can't get enough of it. That and pasta with red sauce. And it may sound like an excuse but the first few days I get awful cramps which food actually helps. The funny thing is, my waist swells 1-2" but I only put on 1 pound during. Then right after, I drop the pound and my waist shrinks 1-2" below what it was when I started. TMI, maybe. The real beast in me comes out the week after, when I am all skinny (for me) and have gotten used to eating like a pig (because it actually does help me). But yeah, that week after my period, that's dangerous!

Wednesday, August 16, 2006, 8:12 AM

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more like a hungry monster! just a week before my period I eat like no tomorrow!

Thursday, August 17, 2006, 2:55 PM

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yeah, i am definitely affected a week or so before my period. i have been able to gain minimal control over it by telling myself that this is a mode of preperation for becoming pregnant, and since i am not going to become pregnent, i do not need to feed the urge (literally). this sometimes helps, but in most cases of logic versus hormones, usually the hormones win!

Thursday, August 17, 2006, 2:59 PM

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