One for the ladies....

right...that time of the month!!! Any help or advice because I'm dying for some chocolate. I don't have any chocolate in the house apart from chocolate sprinkles u use for baking but now I've found them I can't get them out my head and don't think they will survive the night. Any advice about How to deal with these monthly cravings??? I could easily put on all the weight I lost in one week!
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  • lynnefaires
    lynnefaires Posts: 5 Member
    making sure that you eat throughout the day to regulate your blood sugar levels and when you do eat that it contains some slow releasing carbohydrates such as whole grains. A B6 vitamin (or better yet a B complex with high B6 content) and essential fatty acids may also be deficient and causing these craving.
  • MelissaPhippsFeagins
    MelissaPhippsFeagins Posts: 8,063 Member
    Magnesium...that's the nutrient in chocolate that when I upped for TOM, the craving stopped. Take it with zinc which can help with bloating and cramps. Good luck!!
  • weird_me2
    weird_me2 Posts: 716 Member
    Plan to allow yourself to have the stuff that you crave and don't beat yourself up about being "perfect". Also...step away from the chocolate sprinkles. They are in no way a substitute for the real deal and will probably only leave you wanting something better! I mean, really, have you ever tried sprinkles by themselves?
  • Liftng4Lis
    Liftng4Lis Posts: 15,150 Member
    Make room in your allotment for a treat.
  • Roxiegirl2008
    Roxiegirl2008 Posts: 756 Member
    Make room in your calorie in take for the day to allow for those little cravings. I like to have the individually wrapped york peppermint pattys. They hit the spot for me.
  • barbecuesauce
    barbecuesauce Posts: 1,779 Member
    If it's just the idea of chocolate, get some sugar free fudgesicles for 40-50 cals each (depending on brand). If you usually have a candy bar or something else specific, make room on your calories for it.
  • callsitlikeiseeit
    callsitlikeiseeit Posts: 8,627 Member
    go get a candy bar for crying out loud lol

    fudgesicles sound good too! really good, actually lololol
  • Sarasmaintaining
    Sarasmaintaining Posts: 1,027 Member
    just fit the chocolate into your calorie allotment and enjoy :)
  • girlviernes
    girlviernes Posts: 2,402 Member
    You can also add in some extra calories for the day, maybe an extra 300 or even 500. That will give you room for the treat. Apparently when we are hungrier around menstruation we are actually burning more calories as well. This might help you to stay on track. Good luck!
  • Childfree1991
    Childfree1991 Posts: 145 Member
    edited April 2015
    Cacao bars (raw chocolate). Low-no sugar, bitter, but they're real chocolate (savory). High in antioxidants and healthy fats. Also vegan. I eat it every day including when I had my periods. If you don't like the idea of bitter/real chocolate then you are only craving sweets.
  • ASKyle
    ASKyle Posts: 1,475 Member
    You can also add in some extra calories for the day, maybe an extra 300 or even 500. That will give you room for the treat. Apparently when we are hungrier around menstruation we are actually burning more calories as well. This might help you to stay on track. Good luck!

    Do you have anything to prove this? Also, you can't just "add calories" because you're hungry. This is a calorie counting website. Calories in < calories out, period.
  • lillyrose2020
    lillyrose2020 Posts: 178 Member
    Make room in your calorie allowance. I have chocolate every evening by doing this.
    If you're out of calories today but really desperately need it then go out and get some and either accept you're over for one day, no biggie or log it as tomorrow mornings breakfast.
  • jemhh
    jemhh Posts: 14,261 Member
    ASKyle wrote: »
    You can also add in some extra calories for the day, maybe an extra 300 or even 500. That will give you room for the treat. Apparently when we are hungrier around menstruation we are actually burning more calories as well. This might help you to stay on track. Good luck!

    Do you have anything to prove this? Also, you can't just "add calories" because you're hungry. This is a calorie counting website. Calories in < calories out, period.

    http://www.bodyrecomposition.com/research-review/impact-of-the-menstrual-cycle-on-determinants-of-energy-intake-reseach-review.html/

    And yes, you most certainly can add calories when you are hungry.
  • girlviernes
    girlviernes Posts: 2,402 Member
    ASKyle wrote: »
    You can also add in some extra calories for the day, maybe an extra 300 or even 500. That will give you room for the treat. Apparently when we are hungrier around menstruation we are actually burning more calories as well. This might help you to stay on track. Good luck!

    Do you have anything to prove this? Also, you can't just "add calories" because you're hungry. This is a calorie counting website. Calories in < calories out, period.

    MFP is a tool and you can use it in whatever way works best for you. You can choose to go over or go under. Going over by a small amount will slow down your rate of loss, but it may be worth it if it makes this whole endeavor more sustainable. In addition, if as cited by Lyle MacDonald, the energy expenditure is actually up, you will need to eat more to have the calorie deficit you are targeting.

  • ASKyle
    ASKyle Posts: 1,475 Member
    If I need to eat 1500 cals a day to lose .5 lbs a week (that's 1750 cals in a half pound, /7 days= 250 cals a day), but I "add in" 250 cals a day, I will stall my weight loss.

    Does this make sense?

    You can certainly eat over your goal if you're hungry, but you should not adjust your daily goal based on hunger.
  • gmallan
    gmallan Posts: 2,099 Member
    Get some super dark chocolate
  • ASKyle
    ASKyle Posts: 1,475 Member
    ASKyle wrote: »
    You can also add in some extra calories for the day, maybe an extra 300 or even 500. That will give you room for the treat. Apparently when we are hungrier around menstruation we are actually burning more calories as well. This might help you to stay on track. Good luck!

    Do you have anything to prove this? Also, you can't just "add calories" because you're hungry. This is a calorie counting website. Calories in < calories out, period.

    MFP is a tool and you can use it in whatever way works best for you. You can choose to go over or go under. Going over by a small amount will slow down your rate of loss, but it may be worth it if it makes this whole endeavor more sustainable. In addition, if as cited by Lyle MacDonald, the energy expenditure is actually up, you will need to eat more to have the calorie deficit you are targeting.

    Hope that works out for you!
  • malibu927
    malibu927 Posts: 17,565 Member
    Go out and buy the chocolate. I just had some M&Ms to satisfy my craving! Eat one serving and put it away until next time you want some.
  • Lasmartchika
    Lasmartchika Posts: 3,440 Member
    Ok, FIRST please go get the chocolate before you go crazy!! SECOND make it fit into your daily calories. THIRD the only way that you will gain back a pound from eating chocolate is if you eat like around 15 hershey's milk chocolate bars in one sitting...

    In other words, eat SOME chocolate, make it fit into your daily calories... LOG IT AND ENJOY!! 172824-chocolate-heart-of-chocolate-300x187.jpg
  • Sabine_Stroehm
    Sabine_Stroehm Posts: 19,263 Member
    ASKyle wrote: »
    You can also add in some extra calories for the day, maybe an extra 300 or even 500. That will give you room for the treat. Apparently when we are hungrier around menstruation we are actually burning more calories as well. This might help you to stay on track. Good luck!

    Do you have anything to prove this? Also, you can't just "add calories" because you're hungry. This is a calorie counting website. Calories in < calories out, period.

    Hmm, I thought it was a fitness website. :)
    FWIW, I've read, repeatedly, that you burn 100-300 calories MORE per day in the days leading up to your period.
    It's a commonly reported phenomenon.