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Old 01-09-2008, 05:10 PM - Thread Starter
 
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My digestion usually slows way down, as does my appetite, and i feel thick, slow, draggy... for at least the first day or two. Are there any foods (or drinks) that you've noticed make you feel better when you're menstruating?
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Besides the pint of Phish Food? .....

Before I was on hormonal BC I would get a sensitive GI tract when I was on my period. I would avoid dairy and too much oil because that was a trigger for me anyway.

Now, with the weird hormones, I tend to get more super fat/sugary cravings and also mood swings that go with eating mega sized candy bars and chips. So, to keep from going over the edge when I am withdrawing from the hormones I go mostly raw and cut back on carbs the three days before the non-reactive pills and then throughout the next week. It's really helped a lot with my mood. When I eat more raw foods I feel better anyway...so I think it's not really about doing ___ helps with my periods rather than ____ makes me feel good so I make sure to do it when I might feel bad.

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Now that I've stopped eating all added sugar in any form (just about!) I'm not doing the sugar binge, which I always used to. That's probably helping my cramps. Interesting about the fat, though...
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I actually get more hungry, and need lots of high protein foods on the first day or two.
When I used to get cramps I made sure I took my iron and B complex every month - definitely for the week running up to my period. That usually prevented cramps for me.

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