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PMS Cravings: Why Do I Eat So Much?

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Dear BeingGirl Experts,

Well, right before I get my period I start eating A LOT! I gain a few pounds. I'm not just talking like a big huge meal and then a little small one. I crave lots of foods and bad ones too, like chocolate and hamburgers. I've become depressed lately because I've been eating so much. Why does that happen to me?

 

Sadie

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Dear Sadie,

Every day, including right before and during your period, you need to make healthy food choices, even when you want to feed it more!

 

Food cravings may be caused by the increased responsiveness to insulin related to increased hormone levels in your body before menstruation (period). When this happens you might have symptoms of low blood sugar as your brain lets your body know it needs fuel. Including complex carbohydrates (food in wholegrain form like brown rice, wholegrain breads, oats) in your diet will provide a constant flow of energy to your brain and is healthier. This will help with cravings too.

 

Remember to always make healthy food choices!

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BlueJay11
BlueJay11
Posted September 18, 2014
My friend was craving ice cream and her mom did not let her have it. She was raging...
balletlvr
balletlvr
Posted July 30, 2014
Mine is peanut butter??
Awesome_dork
Awesome_dork
Posted December 01, 2013
Peanut butter! Or salty potato chips. I crave healthy things sometimes.
balletlvr
balletlvr
Posted July 30, 2014
And sweet tea!!!
sadiegirl13
sadiegirl13
Posted March 05, 2014
Mine is always fruity pebbles I don't know why but ya know ;)
destinyclarke1989
destinyclarke1989
Posted October 09, 2012
OMG. There is one thing I love to do. And thats to EAT! Ever since I started my period I've seen changes. I've been eating more and craving sweets and salts. I've also pick up a few pounds but I absolutely have no problem with it. I eat so much that I just consider it a sport/hobby for me.
Guava7
Guava7
Posted July 21, 2012
Peanuts!!! I ate half a can of peanuts and then a quarter of a jar of chunky peanut butter.
jellyebeangirl
jellyebeangirl
Posted August 07, 2012
when i was on my period i would eat anything that i thought was good that was sweet i hate it but like i haven't gained any weight so i'm happy about that :)
BookWormChicky
BookWormChicky
Posted September 02, 2012
Chocalate and Jones Soda...thats it...But its sooooooooooooooooooooooooo tempting I cant stop.....:(
Bloodmoney12
Bloodmoney12
Posted September 20, 2012
is it normal to crave chocolate coverd popcorn.Plz reply back ASAP
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