Six Ways To Deal With The PMS “Hungries”

Six Ways To Deal With The PMS “Hungries”

I want all the food!

Many women experience PMS 1-12 days before their periods begin. The severity level ranges from person to person. One of the most common symptoms of PMS  has to do with our appetite.

A lot of us experience an increase in hunger and/or cravings for certain things leading up to when we start to bleed. It can be hard to control and distracting. Fortunately, there are ways to deal with the “hungries” and this post will show some of them.

First, what makes it even happen?

The short and obvious answer is hormones. They change, fluctuate, surge, drop etc. throughout our cycles prompting symptoms to occur. Estrogen and progesterone in particular are the hormones that are responsible for the “hungries.”

Estrogen is said to control our hunger when it is at a certain level in our bodies. When it drops, it is not controlling our hunger as well anymore. Progesterone is high in the second half of our cycles and is responsible for appetite increases.

Our serotonin levels (neurotransmitters that control our mood) also dip before our periods. This can make us crave certain things that will bring the level back up so that we feel better.

How to deal with the “hungries”

Being really hungry and/or craving specific things during PMS can be irritating (as if you weren’t already irritated enough!). Here are some things you can do to make life better:

  1. Allow some flexibility during this time- If you are into keeping your calories at a certain amount, consider adding some extra calories in during the days where your appetite is extra crazy.
  2. Know what food to not have around during this time- If you really get out of control when a certain food is around before your period, make sure to just not have it in your house.
  3. Get emotional support if needed- If you eat a lot due to your mood being low, consider seeking out some emotional help during this time. This may include meditation, watching inspirational videos, talking to a good friend, seeing a counselor online etc.
  4. Eat a higher fat, lower carb diet- Eating a low carb diet tends to keep many people fuller and it can also help balance hormones. Both of those things can help with the “hungries.”
  5. Magnesium and vitamin B6- Supplementing with these two things is said to help with cravings as well as other PMS symptoms. Make sure to not go above 100 mg of B6 due to the risk of nerve damage among other things.
  6. Have a “give in” day- You could have one day of the month where you just give in. Not necessarily binge but just let loose more than usual. One day of doing this is not going to make you fat.

Here are a few things that you should not do:

  1. Abuse appetite suppressants- Using things that will reduce your appetite is probably not a good idea.  They may make any irritation you have because of PMS, worse.
  2. Binge- If you feel the need to binge a lot, you should think about seeking help for it. You may have something called PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder) which is a more severe form of PMS.  
  3. Trying to completely ignore your increased appetite- Doing this may make your mental state even worse during this time.

Hormone fluctuations can suck

Our hormones can rule us and make us feel different types of ways that are not always good. If you find yourself with a bottomless pit a few days before you start bleeding, you are totally normal!

Try healthy ways to make your belly more comfortable during the second half of your cycle.

Do you get the PMS “hungries?” How do you deal with it?

Thanks for reading!

#pms  #periodproblems  #hungry  #womenshealth  #hormones

Period Repair Manual + Review

Period Repair Manual + Review

I love to read books. Always have, always will. Whenever I see book recommendations on the forums I frequent, I usually end up buying them or at least looking them up on Amazon.

On a recent perusal of r/pcos, I came across a few people raving about a book called, Period Repair Manual by Lara Briden. It sounded right up my alley so I bought it.

In this post, I will provide some information on the book as well as my review on it!

About the author

The author of this book is named, Lara Briden. She is a naturopathic doctor with her own practice that focuses on hormonal health in women.

Lara has racked up a great amount of experience in this field and claims to have had many happy patients.

What a naturopathic doctor is

This type of medical practice is based on self-healing  through more natural methods. These include botanical medication, special diets, meditation, yoga and more.

To become a naturopathic doctor, one must start off with a bachelor’s degree that includes pre-medical courses. They then will enter a naturopathic medical school which is another four years.

Unfortunately, this type of medicine is considered non-evidence based. The terms, “quackery” and “scammy” are thrown around a lot in conversations about it.

About the book

The Period Repair Manual is a good sized book with a lot of content presented. The overall goal of the book is to help women fix hormonal problems, naturally.

There are different topics that the author touches on. Here are summaries of the information presented in each area:

  • Hormonal/menstrual cycle information: Lara goes in depth about the science behind our hormones and cycles. This includes what hormones our bodies produce, what our menstrual cycles consist of, what our periods should be like and what happens to our hormones as we age.
  • Problems with our menstrual cycles and conditions: The book talks a lot about things that can go wrong in our cycles (i.e. severe cramps and bad PMS) as well as conditions that can make our hormones get wacky. Some of these conditions mentioned are PCOS, endometriosis, inflammatory conditions, thyroid issues, gut microbiome imbalances, perimenopause and menopause.
  • Treatments: Lara has a lot of treatments that she recommends for the aforementioned problems and conditions. Changing up our diets is something she makes a case for. She also talks a lot about how avoiding wheat and dairy products. Some examples of supplements that she prescribes to her patients include turmeric, vitamin D, vitamin B6, NAC, licorice and many more.

Don’t be fooled when looking at these three short summaries-there is a ton of content! The book also includes resources and a list of the supplements she mentioned along with what they can be used for.

My personal review of the book

The Period Repair Manual was an enjoyable read for me. It was very interesting and I could not put it down.

I loved that the scientific explanations are written in a way that many people can understand. This means that readers will not feel alienated which is a wonderful thing.  Also, the way that she breaks up the text using subheadings increases its readability even more.

I have done a lot of reading about hormones but I definitely learned new things from Lara! For example, I experience post-menstrual syndrome which isn’t talked about a lot. In this book, I found out that it is because of my anovulatory cycles (cycles where I failed to ovulate). The author says that means that a lot of the periods I get are not actually true bleeds. Wow!

Reading about supplements is fun for me. I have heard of all of the ones that Lara mentioned but I did not know exactly what they could be used for in regards to hormones. For example, zinc is something the author talks about as being helpful for PCOS and PMS. I had no idea about that!

In my opinion, her stance on diet might be off putting to some. She seems to be against low carb diets which has shown to really help women with PCOS. Also, the “good” diet menu example she gives pretty much only works for those that make a lot of money.

The sections about detoxing the body made me cringe honestly. I have heard about detoxification from quite a few health gurus and it always seemed fake to me.

Lara talked about there being four types of PCOS. This was very interesting to me. I am still not sure which type I would fall under though.

The last thing I want to mention regarding what I liked about the book, is the review at the end. There is so much information that the author provides so it is nice to have some main take-away points.

I would recommend it

The Period Repair Manual had a lot of content and was really interesting. If someone is struggling with their hormones and cycle, this may be a great resource for them.

The author offers many treatments for the variety of issues that women can have. In my opinion, it is probably not a good idea to go out and buy every supplement she mentions though. One should do some extra research on them first.

If birth control is something that a woman wants to be on, that is their choice. This book is just giving alternative options.

My rating: 4.5/5

As always, thanks for reading!

The book: https://www.amazon.com/Period-Repair-Manual-Treatment-Hormones/dp/0648352404/ref=sr_1_1?crid=O985BK3NCH9H&dchild=1&keywords=the+period+repair+manual&qid=1593554041&sprefix=The+Period%2Caps%2C215&sr=8-1

Lara Briden’s blog: https://www.larabriden.com/blog/

#womenshealth  #books  #bookworm  #hormones  #menstrualcycle  #periodproblems  #pms  #health  #supplements

I Tried Period Panties and Here Is What Happened!

I Tried Period Panties and Here Is What Happened!

I am definitely not afraid to talk about periods and neither should anyone else be. It is a natural thing that women must go through.

That being said, it can be pretty uncomfortable for a lot of us!

There are different ways to deal with monthly bleeding and one of those ways is wearing period panties. I recently tried some out and wanted to share my experience with them.

My bleeding time issues

These are the pads I use.

Ever since I had my son, I started bleeding more each month. I don’t know if there is a correlation between those two things, but I am going to roll with that as being the reason.

I don’t know if the flow I get is actually considered heavy, but it seems like it is to me. I also have quite a few clots that come out in the toilet (gross, I know). My bleeding lasts five days with the second day being the absolute heaviest.

I wear Always Maxi pads with wings in size 5 and I have for a long time now. When I used to go out places, I would put on a heavy-duty tampon or a smaller sized pad instead so there wasn’t a bulge in my pants. Since the shut-down orders though, I have not cared.

I tend to leak a lot which unfortunately means that sometimes I leave stains (just like when I was in middle school!).

Choosing the period panties

Here are two of the ones I bought.

I caught some ad for period panties one day and was interested in looking into them a little more. There are quite a few different kinds out there that range in prices.

Some period panties are made so that one doesn’t actually need to wear a pad or tampon with it if they don’t want to (see an example here: https://www.shethinx.com/pages/thinx-it-works) . Other period panties are supposed to be worn with a tampon or a pad but provide protection from leaks (see an example here: https://www.amazon.com/Hellove-Panties-Menstrual-Leakproof-Protective/dp/B07WN6MMJF/ref=sr_1_9?dchild=1&keywords=period%2Bpanties&qid=1589342738&sr=8-9&th=1&psc=1). I decided to go with the latter which were more reasonably priced in my opinion.

Trying the period panties

I was excited to try the panties out! They came in the mail four days before my period was to start

 which was great.

When I felt that I was going to start bleeding at any moment, I immediately put one of the period panties on with an Always pad. They felt nice on my skin which is important due to my sensory issues.

Despite them feeling good texture-wise, I did notice something I didn’t like about them right away. They sound like diapers! Whenever I moved, I reminded myself (and husband) of an infant/toddler. Other people complained about that in some reviews on Amazon too.

The diaper sound wasn’t going to stop me from wearing them though!

I really do not feel like dragging this out anymore to be honest. So, I will say this…the period panties did not provide any leak protection for me. None!

They shifted worse than my regular underwear does and allowed some gnarly leaks to happen. I got to the end of my day two and scrapped them.

I went back to wearing my old Victoria’s Secret underwear with my huge, post-birth underwear on over them. Even though I get leaks wearing them, they are not as bad as the ones I had with the period panties.

Will I be trying period panties again?

I would actually love to try them again but from a different brand. My current underwear I use for my periods are getting torn up due to being so old and soon I will need to buy more. I will be on the lookout for other kinds and hopefully they will work better.

I may have had a bad experience my first-time trying period panties, but I would still recommend them for other women to try. If you do some research on them like I did, you will see that many women have been happy with the use of them.

Have any of you tried period panties before? If so, what did you think about them?

Thanks for reading!

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