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March 16, 2011 7:16 AM
Please don't judge me:) But I have uncontrollable cravings due to hormonal imbalances during PMS. My doctor wanted to put me on hormone pills but I'm very scared to do that because of the high risk of cancer (Cancer already runs in my family). So during the 2 weeks of PMS I would love to be able to control my appetite. Trust me when I tell you that pills are a last resort.

Anyhoo, if my buddies here on MFP can recommend a good appetite suppressant I would really appreciate it. I'm not interested in fat burners though because I heard to many bad stories about increased heart rate, jitters, etc. no, no, no fat burners are not for me :)

Thx
March 16, 2011 7:21 AM
i find a cup of coffee helps me
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March 16, 2011 7:21 AM
I haven't found one that doesn't contain caffeine (which causes the jitters and heart rate and whatnot) - granted, I haven't looked in years.

Just in case you haven't tried them (guessing you have), natural stuff that seems to work for me: Green Tea - lots of it, apples (don't laugh, scientifically shown to be an appetite suppressant), and exercise.

Hope you find something that works for you!!!
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March 16, 2011 7:21 AM
I've read that hot green tea is supposed to be a natural appetite suppresor. I drink it in the mornings sometimes with my breakfast. I usually am not hungry until lunch. I used to drink a cup at night after dinner. I did notice that I snacked less on those nights. Is worth a try. I put a splenda in there to sweeten it a little.

Hope this helps!
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March 16, 2011 7:22 AM
My doctor prescribed me Adipex. It is a great appetite suppressant, I would take a half a pill a day. I don't take them anymore, they made not want to eat anything.
Edited by PeachyKeene On March 16, 2011 7:23 AM
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March 16, 2011 7:23 AM
Cinnamon capsules work pretty well for me. If you want to read up on them: http://www.realage.com/search/fast_search?search_content=main&search_term=cinnamon

I notice a big difference if I don't take them.
March 16, 2011 7:24 AM
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Cinnamon capsules work pretty well for me. If you want to read up on them: http://www.realage.com/search/fast_search?search_content=main&search_term=cinnamon

I notice a big difference if I don't take them.



Can you tell us what brand you use? I'll like to try them as well!
BTW-Green tea works great for me! I usually have to make myself drink it at times -but my cravings almost always go away!
Edited by krisvtx8777 On March 16, 2011 7:26 AM
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March 16, 2011 7:26 AM
I took an appetite suppresant called Appesat and my blood pressure went through the roof and I had hair loss. Try the natural things like proteins which fill you up and veggies. If you are like me and crave chocolate, then have low-cal hot chocolate or do exercise and treat yourself to ONE bar.

Good luck; my sympathies are with you as I am suffering at the moment too
March 16, 2011 7:27 AM
Cinnamon is great as it keeps your blood sugar stable. You can always add it to hot milk, the protein will fill you up too
March 16, 2011 7:30 AM
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Cinnamon capsules work pretty well for me. If you want to read up on them: http://www.realage.com/search/fast_search?search_content=main&search_term=cinnamon

I notice a big difference if I don't take them.



Can you tell us what brand you use? I'll like to try them as well!
BTW-Green tea works great for me! I usually have to make myself drink it at times -but my cravings almost always go away!


It's in my diary (when I remember to enter them, LOL) Spring Valley - Cinnamon Plus Chromium Supplement 1000 Mg, 4 Capsules

I drink several cups of green tea per day too. But I found out I can't have it within 2 hours of my yogurt because something in the yogurt blocks the antioxidants in the green tea...
March 16, 2011 7:31 AM
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Please don't judge me:) But I have uncontrollable cravings due to hormonal imbalances during PMS.

Why should we judge you? I wouldnt have thought there is a woman alive that hasnt had cravings during PMS!
March 16, 2011 7:34 AM
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Please don't judge me:) But I have uncontrollable cravings due to hormonal imbalances during PMS.

Why should we judge you? I wouldnt have thought there is a woman alive that hasnt had cravings during PMS!


Don't get between me and my chocolate during PMS. Fair warning, LOL
March 16, 2011 7:41 AM
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Cinnamon capsules work pretty well for me. If you want to read up on them: http://www.realage.com/search/fast_search?search_content=main&search_term=cinnamon

I notice a big difference if I don't take them.



Can you tell us what brand you use? I'll like to try them as well!
BTW-Green tea works great for me! I usually have to make myself drink it at times -but my cravings almost always go away!


It's in my diary (when I remember to enter them, LOL) Spring Valley - Cinnamon Plus Chromium Supplement 1000 Mg, 4 Capsules

I drink several cups of green tea per day too. But I found out I can't have it within 2 hours of my yogurt because something in the yogurt blocks the antioxidants in the green tea...




I really hate sweet yogurt lol-I literally gag on it! Thats interesting though! I never knew that
I love my green tea most days-I only have to force myself to drink it when I'm having that "no Kristen-go drink the tea and put down the cookie" thoughts....

and I get insane cravings a week before my "time"....very very specific things that I normally never eat! Last month it was Toaster Strudel....why? I have no idea! I haven't eaten one in YEARS....Dang hormones!
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March 16, 2011 7:42 AM
I think you're really brave for facing it and trying to deal with it in a healthy way.
Suggestions, some of which are scientifically proven:
- supplement magnesium, possibly together with calcium and Vitamin D
- increase your intake of healthy oils with Omega 6's like flaxseed oil, fish etc (if you have little bumps on your upper arms then you are short of these)
- exercise in the lead up to your period - it makes you feel happy with endorphins. I find walking helpful.
- while you are having your period, do things to increase the happy and relaxed chemical in your brain - serotonin - pray, walk, read or meditate
- if there is anything you like doing with your hands, like craft or gardening, these will help you feel happy (another brain chemical fighting depression)
- do not use artificial sweetener, it can inhibit B12 and lead to problems with your emotional 'balance'
- control your blood sugar. don't allow it to get too low at any time (generates stress hormones), don't allow it to get too high at any time (use complex carbohydrates and none of the refined stuff)
- choose foods that are both healthy and give you a little boost http://www.delish.com/recipes/cooking-recipes/anti-stress-diet-2
- for more information on nutrition and lifestyle for a happier life, I recommend any of the books by Peter Dingle that address these issues.
- avoid stress, take the afternoon off work
- laugh at a movie or with friends
- hang out with your pet
- try to avoid hormonally active chemicals in your environment - xenoestrogens

I've got a phrase I got from my mum 'be kind to yourself' in other words, we often are harder on ourselves than we would be to some random stranger on the street. Why? Dunno, weird!

Best of luck and hope some of my suggestions might come in handy
March 16, 2011 7:48 AM
Sorry, I forgot to mention the following foods to help lose weight, the green tea (proven) mentioned reminded me. Extracts from brocolli and garlic are shown to reduce weight gain in rodents. Chromium can be the reason you are craving sweets and is naturally present in almonds, or you could supplement.
I'm not a fan of any caffeine for you during PMS because it stresses you out! green tea has caffeine.
March 16, 2011 7:55 AM
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Cinnamon capsules work pretty well for me. If you want to read up on them: http://www.realage.com/search/fast_search?search_content=main&search_term=cinnamon

I notice a big difference if I don't take them.



Can you tell us what brand you use? I'll like to try them as well!
BTW-Green tea works great for me! I usually have to make myself drink it at times -but my cravings almost always go away!


It's in my diary (when I remember to enter them, LOL) Spring Valley - Cinnamon Plus Chromium Supplement 1000 Mg, 4 Capsules

I drink several cups of green tea per day too. But I found out I can't have it within 2 hours of my yogurt because something in the yogurt blocks the antioxidants in the green tea...




I really hate sweet yogurt lol-I literally gag on it! Thats interesting though! I never knew that
I love my green tea most days-I only have to force myself to drink it when I'm having that "no Kristen-go drink the tea and put down the cookie" thoughts....

and I get insane cravings a week before my "time"....very very specific things that I normally never eat! Last month it was Toaster Strudel....why? I have no idea! I haven't eaten one in YEARS....Dang hormones!




LOL! I have to have CHOCOLATE, salty fries, and yeah...more chocolate.
March 16, 2011 7:56 AM
QUOTE:

I think you're really brave for facing it and trying to deal with it in a healthy way.
Suggestions, some of which are scientifically proven:
- supplement magnesium, possibly together with calcium and Vitamin D
- increase your intake of healthy oils with Omega 6's like flaxseed oil, fish etc (if you have little bumps on your upper arms then you are short of these)
- exercise in the lead up to your period - it makes you feel happy with endorphins. I find walking helpful.
- while you are having your period, do things to increase the happy and relaxed chemical in your brain - serotonin - pray, walk, read or meditate
- if there is anything you like doing with your hands, like craft or gardening, these will help you feel happy (another brain chemical fighting depression)
- do not use artificial sweetener, it can inhibit B12 and lead to problems with your emotional 'balance'
- control your blood sugar. don't allow it to get too low at any time (generates stress hormones), don't allow it to get too high at any time (use complex carbohydrates and none of the refined stuff)
- choose foods that are both healthy and give you a little boost http://www.delish.com/recipes/cooking-recipes/anti-stress-diet-2
- for more information on nutrition and lifestyle for a happier life, I recommend any of the books by Peter Dingle that address these issues.
- avoid stress, take the afternoon off work
- laugh at a movie or with friends
- hang out with your pet
- try to avoid hormonally active chemicals in your environment - xenoestrogens

I've got a phrase I got from my mum 'be kind to yourself' in other words, we often are harder on ourselves than we would be to some random stranger on the street. Why? Dunno, weird!

Best of luck and hope some of my suggestions might come in handy


Thanks :)
March 16, 2011 7:56 AM
I feel you last month mine was crazy but I've decided that whever I feel the need to nibble I'll drink water....we"ll see how it works
I always plan on trying green tea....
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March 16, 2011 7:59 AM
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My doctor prescribed me Adipex. It is a great appetite suppressant, I would take a half a pill a day. I don't take them anymore, they made not want to eat anything.


Did you experience any side effects? I actually have a doctor's appointment on Monday and I am definitely going to talk to him about my hormones and how the cravings are sabotaging my weight loss efforts.
March 16, 2011 8:00 AM
Not an appetite suppressant, per say, but drink milk. Milk has been proven to decrease PMS symptoms because of the tryptophan in it in combination with the proteins. I know turkey has a lot of tryptophan in it too, but I think it has something to do with the tryptophan and whey protein in combination in milk that causes it to work. Turkey has protein, but not whey protein, so it may work too, but I'm not sure. I think the protein helps with decreasing the appetite and the tryptophan helps with the mood issues.
March 16, 2011 8:35 AM
QUOTE:

Please don't judge me:) But I have uncontrollable cravings due to hormonal imbalances during PMS. My doctor wanted to put me on hormone pills but I'm very scared to do that because of the high risk of cancer (Cancer already runs in my family). So during the 2 weeks of PMS I would love to be able to control my appetite. Trust me when I tell you that pills are a last resort.

Anyhoo, if my buddies here on MFP can recommend a good appetite suppressant I would really appreciate it. I'm not interested in fat burners though because I heard to many bad stories about increased heart rate, jitters, etc. no, no, no fat burners are not for me :)

Thx


This may sound repetitive, but sometimes I too get uncontrollable hunger pangs around that time! It's hard to control, but I honestly recommend a cup of coffee and a LOT of water. After about 3-4 cups, I still feel hungry, but I don't feel like I have to bend over and sit down. Also, try focusing on your hunger and asking yourself if you want those things because you need the nourishment, or if it's your emotions controlling you.

I'd also recommend the "healthy equivalent" for what you crave. So if you want fries, eat a baked sweet potato, if you crave chocolate, have a small super dark piece.
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March 16, 2011 8:57 AM
Have you looking natural hormone balancing? I follow Ann Louise Gittlemans' advice in her book Before the Change which talks about using diet and natural supplements to balance hormones. I did salvia testing to understand my hormone levels. I take a bioidentical hormone from a compounding pharmacy, which makes a big difference in the hormone issues I was having.

I think that "hormone" are such a big taboo with women that is not addressed often enough and such major effect from imbalances. Best of luck!
March 16, 2011 9:29 AM
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- increase your intake of healthy oils with Omega 6's like flaxseed oil, fish etc (if you have little bumps on your upper arms then you are short of these)

I have bumps on the backs of my upper arms. They've been there for years and I don't know how to make them go away. Will this seriously work? I just bought a bottle of flaxseed oil last night to start putting in my smoothies because I ran out of fish oil capsules and thought I'd try this instead. (Although taking the fish oil capsules didn't make my bumps go away.)
March 17, 2011 8:41 AM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

- increase your intake of healthy oils with Omega 6's like flaxseed oil, fish etc (if you have little bumps on your upper arms then you are short of these)

I have bumps on the backs of my upper arms. They've been there for years and I don't know how to make them go away. Will this seriously work? I just bought a bottle of flaxseed oil last night to start putting in my smoothies because I ran out of fish oil capsules and thought I'd try this instead. (Although taking the fish oil capsules didn't make my bumps go away.)


Try GLA too - The purest form is Black Current Seed Oil - but Evening Primrose Oil works too, but EPO has side effects on hormones.
March 18, 2011 1:49 AM
QUOTE:

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- increase your intake of healthy oils with Omega 6's like flaxseed oil, fish etc (if you have little bumps on your upper arms then you are short of these)

I have bumps on the backs of my upper arms. They've been there for years and I don't know how to make them go away. Will this seriously work? I just bought a bottle of flaxseed oil last night to start putting in my smoothies because I ran out of fish oil capsules and thought I'd try this instead. (Although taking the fish oil capsules didn't make my bumps go away.)


Try GLA too - The purest form is Black Current Seed Oil - but Evening Primrose Oil works too, but EPO has side effects on hormones.


I can't see a good scientific reference at the moment, but I've seen it quite a lot and seem to remember it in one of my books. The flip side of healthy oils is that you also want less of the hydrogenated oils and refined foods as these will increase your need for the healthy oils.

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