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  • Posted On: 01-14-14, 12:54 pm (EST) #1

    The red carpet

    January 14, 2014, 12:54 pm

    I know this is for 'Lady Hermanites only', but everyone can read it... so if you're a (curious) man but don't want to know a tad too much about our monthly problems, you should go back to the other threads

     

    Ladies, I'm pretty good with staying on track, counting macros and calories and writing everything down, but I've experienced that on the 2nd day of my period I really CRAVE carbs.

    And to be honest, for my sanity's sake: I eat them. A lot of them. And enjoy that...

    I'm curious, do you have any 'problems' or different feelings about certain things while walking the red carpet?

  • Posted On: 01-15-14, 3:10 pm (EST) #2

    The red carpet

    January 15, 2014, 3:10 pm
    Posted by: hur1coco

    I know this is for 'Lady Hermanites only', but everyone can read it... so if you're a (curious) man but don't want to know a tad too much about our monthly problems, you should go back to the other threads

     

    Ladies, I'm pretty good with staying on track, counting macros and calories and writing everything down, but I've experienced that on the 2nd day of my period I really CRAVE carbs.

    And to be honest, for my sanity's sake: I eat them. A lot of them. And enjoy that...

    I'm curious, do you have any 'problems' or different feelings about certain things while walking the red carpet?

    Hey Kassi,

     

    I will tell Erica to get on this post when she comes home from her trip... haha I got nothing

  • Posted On: 01-15-14, 7:34 pm (EST) #3

    The red carpet

    January 15, 2014, 7:34 pm
    Posted by: hur1coco

    I know this is for 'Lady Hermanites only', but everyone can read it... so if you're a (curious) man but don't want to know a tad too much about our monthly problems, you should go back to the other threads

     

    Ladies, I'm pretty good with staying on track, counting macros and calories and writing everything down, but I've experienced that on the 2nd day of my period I really CRAVE carbs.

    And to be honest, for my sanity's sake: I eat them. A lot of them. And enjoy that...

    I'm curious, do you have any 'problems' or different feelings about certain things while walking the red carpet?

    Kassi,

     

    Being a man and not experiencing monthly cycles, I can only offer you my input based on human biology. During your Period, hormone levels are high and for some people they are all over the map. Everyone's body is different and their reaction to the rise of the various hormones is different. In your situation, your craving for carbs could be your body's reaction to the varying hormone levels occuring during your monthly cycle. I think you are doing the right thing and addressing the craving. The body is a very adaptable machine and it knows what it wants and when it wants things. It also tends to "remember" what food sources meet the body's requirements. Carbs and/or glucose could be something your body needs more of on Day 2 of your monthly cycle.

     

    Erica may have much better insight than I.

     

    John

  • Posted On: 01-16-14, 12:00 am (EST) #4

    The red carpet

    January 16, 2014, 12:00 am
    Posted by: hur1coco

    I know this is for 'Lady Hermanites only', but everyone can read it... so if you're a (curious) man but don't want to know a tad too much about our monthly problems, you should go back to the other threads

     

    Ladies, I'm pretty good with staying on track, counting macros and calories and writing everything down, but I've experienced that on the 2nd day of my period I really CRAVE carbs.

    And to be honest, for my sanity's sake: I eat them. A lot of them. And enjoy that...

    I'm curious, do you have any 'problems' or different feelings about certain things while walking the red carpet?

    Hey gorgeous Kassi!

     

    Actually I don't have any idea about RED CARPET thingy! but I make some research about the MOOD and BEHAVIOR of womens during the cycle period. Hope it will be a help to you. =(

     

    Wait for the Ladies to post their own opinion here. They know best!

     

    Mood and behavior

    The different phases of the menstrual cycle correlate with women’s moods. In some cases, hormones released during the menstrual cycle can cause behavioral changes in females; mild to severe mood swings can occur. The menstrual cycle phase and ovarian hormones may contribute to increased empathy in women. The natural shift of hormone levels during the different phases of the menstrual cycle have been studied in conjunction with test scores. When completing empathy exercises, women in the follicular stage of their menstrual cycle performed better than women in their midluteal phase. A significant correlation between progesterone levels and the ability to accurately recognize emotion was found. Performances on emotion recognition tasks were better when women had lower progesterone levels. Women in the follicular stage showed higher emotion recognition accuracy than their midluteal phase counterparts. Women were found to react more to negative stimuli when in midluteal stage over the women in the follicular stage, perhaps indicating more reactivity to social stress during that menstrual cycle phase. Overall, it has been found that women in the follicular phase demonstrated better performance in tasks that contain empathetic traits.

    Fear response in women during two different points in the menstrual cycle has been examined. When oestrogen is highest in the preovulatory stage, women are significantly better at identifying expressions of fear than women who were menstruating which is when oestrogen levels are lowest. The women were equally able to identify happy faces, demonstrating that the fear response was a more powerful response. To summarize, menstrual cycle phase and the oestrogen levels correlates with women’s fear processing.

    However, the examination of daily moods in women with measuring ovarian hormones may indicate a less powerful connection. In comparison to levels of stress or physical health, the ovarian hormones had less of an impact on overall mood.This indicates that while changes of ovarian hormones may influence mood, on a day-to-day level it does not influence mood more than other stressors do.

  • Posted On: 01-16-14, 3:03 am (EST) #5

    The red carpet

    January 16, 2014, 3:03 am
    Posted by: hur1coco

    I know this is for 'Lady Hermanites only', but everyone can read it... so if you're a (curious) man but don't want to know a tad too much about our monthly problems, you should go back to the other threads

     

    Ladies, I'm pretty good with staying on track, counting macros and calories and writing everything down, but I've experienced that on the 2nd day of my period I really CRAVE carbs.

    And to be honest, for my sanity's sake: I eat them. A lot of them. And enjoy that...

    I'm curious, do you have any 'problems' or different feelings about certain things while walking the red carpet?

    Here some studies have been conducted on how other behaviors such as eating, exercise, sleep and health vary across the cycle.

     

    1. Modest changes in dietary intake across the menstrual cycle: implications for food intake research.http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17092378/

     

    2. The role of low progesterone and tension as triggers of perimenstrual chocolate and sweets craving: some negative experimental evidence. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10497961/

     

    3. Food cravings, mood, and the menstrual cycle. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3428887/

     

    4. Chocolate craving and the menstrual cycle. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15036792/

     

    5. Physical activity and menstrual cycle characteristics in two prospective cohorts. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12196309/

     

     

    Kassi...! it's up to you to read all the said studies! Hope the site links will help you a lot. #HTH

     

     

     

  • Posted On: 01-16-14, 1:31 pm (EST) #6

    The red carpet

    January 16, 2014, 1:31 pm
    Posted by: jmboiardi

    Kassi,

     

    Being a man and not experiencing monthly cycles, I can only offer you my input based on human biology. During your Period, hormone levels are high and for some people they are all over the map. Everyone's body is different and their reaction to the rise of the various hormones is different. In your situation, your craving for carbs could be your body's reaction to the varying hormone levels occuring during your monthly cycle. I think you are doing the right thing and addressing the craving. The body is a very adaptable machine and it knows what it wants and when it wants things. It also tends to "remember" what food sources meet the body's requirements. Carbs and/or glucose could be something your body needs more of on Day 2 of your monthly cycle.

     

    Erica may have much better insight than I.

     

    John

    Hey John,

     

    That is very true. The body knows exactly what it wants and needs. I actually talked to Erica about this last night on our way home from me picking her up at the airport. She said she craves carbs as well and the best thing that works for her is sticking to a diet. It helps her stay on track.

    But I told her to come here and tell her story.. lol

  • Posted On: 01-16-14, 1:35 pm (EST) #7

    The red carpet

    January 16, 2014, 1:35 pm
    Posted by: Mcmike

    Hey gorgeous Kassi!

     

    Actually I don't have any idea about RED CARPET thingy! but I make some research about the MOOD and BEHAVIOR of womens during the cycle period. Hope it will be a help to you. =(

     

    Wait for the Ladies to post their own opinion here. They know best!

     

    Mood and behavior

    The different phases of the menstrual cycle correlate with women’s moods. In some cases, hormones released during the menstrual cycle can cause behavioral changes in females; mild to severe mood swings can occur. The menstrual cycle phase and ovarian hormones may contribute to increased empathy in women. The natural shift of hormone levels during the different phases of the menstrual cycle have been studied in conjunction with test scores. When completing empathy exercises, women in the follicular stage of their menstrual cycle performed better than women in their midluteal phase. A significant correlation between progesterone levels and the ability to accurately recognize emotion was found. Performances on emotion recognition tasks were better when women had lower progesterone levels. Women in the follicular stage showed higher emotion recognition accuracy than their midluteal phase counterparts. Women were found to react more to negative stimuli when in midluteal stage over the women in the follicular stage, perhaps indicating more reactivity to social stress during that menstrual cycle phase. Overall, it has been found that women in the follicular phase demonstrated better performance in tasks that contain empathetic traits.

    Fear response in women during two different points in the menstrual cycle has been examined. When oestrogen is highest in the preovulatory stage, women are significantly better at identifying expressions of fear than women who were menstruating which is when oestrogen levels are lowest. The women were equally able to identify happy faces, demonstrating that the fear response was a more powerful response. To summarize, menstrual cycle phase and the oestrogen levels correlates with women’s fear processing.

    However, the examination of daily moods in women with measuring ovarian hormones may indicate a less powerful connection. In comparison to levels of stress or physical health, the ovarian hormones had less of an impact on overall mood.This indicates that while changes of ovarian hormones may influence mood, on a day-to-day level it does not influence mood more than other stressors do.

    Hey McMike!

     

    This was a great read. You did a really goo job! Lot's of great links too.

     

    This is every woman right here:

     

    4. Chocolate craving and the menstrual cycle. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15036792/

     

    lol. #HTH

  • Posted On: 01-16-14, 8:47 pm (EST) #8

    The red carpet

    January 16, 2014, 8:47 pm
    Posted by: Scott_Herman

    Hey McMike!

     

    This was a great read. You did a really goo job! Lot's of great links too.

     

    This is every woman right here:

     

    4. Chocolate craving and the menstrual cycle. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15036792/

     

    lol. #HTH

    Thanks man!

     

    I really have no idea about this red carpet.. but when I read it lately, I have now an ideal why womens are so moody during their cycle period! You should be aware of Erica during her cycle period because she might slap you in your face for no reason! I just read that on the other studies and most of the womens do that! ahahahahahaa

     

    Hope it will be a big help for the Lady Hermanites here!

  • Posted On: 01-16-14, 10:50 pm (EST) #9

    The red carpet

    January 16, 2014, 10:50 pm
    Posted by: hur1coco

    I know this is for 'Lady Hermanites only', but everyone can read it... so if you're a (curious) man but don't want to know a tad too much about our monthly problems, you should go back to the other threads

     

    Ladies, I'm pretty good with staying on track, counting macros and calories and writing everything down, but I've experienced that on the 2nd day of my period I really CRAVE carbs.

    And to be honest, for my sanity's sake: I eat them. A lot of them. And enjoy that...

    I'm curious, do you have any 'problems' or different feelings about certain things while walking the red carpet?

    Kassi,

    we really need to get some other women trying to help each other out on such matters. Lol. But the guys did a good job lending some advice. I no longer have periods YEEHAW!! Lol. But we all react differently when our hormones get involved. I never had craving but for 1 or 2 days a month I was a real b*tch thankfully for everyone else thats over hehe. I've raised three daughters one was a crier, one was a sleeper, & one craved the carbs. Can you imagine our household when we were all on at the same time. My poor husband lol. i know many women that experience the cravings. You are not alone. I hope that answered your question :)

  • Posted On: 01-17-14, 7:26 am (EST) #10

    The red carpet

    January 17, 2014, 7:26 am
    Posted by: jmboiardi

    Kassi,

     

    Being a man and not experiencing monthly cycles, I can only offer you my input based on human biology. During your Period, hormone levels are high and for some people they are all over the map. Everyone's body is different and their reaction to the rise of the various hormones is different. In your situation, your craving for carbs could be your body's reaction to the varying hormone levels occuring during your monthly cycle. I think you are doing the right thing and addressing the craving. The body is a very adaptable machine and it knows what it wants and when it wants things. It also tends to "remember" what food sources meet the body's requirements. Carbs and/or glucose could be something your body needs more of on Day 2 of your monthly cycle.

     

    Erica may have much better insight than I.

     

    John

    That is exactly how I think, John. We should listen to our bodies, if they are yelling at us.

    But I don't wanna be mistaken here, there's still a big difference between:

    'Hmm, I don't know, maybe I could eat more bread. Even if that would mean too much carbs for today.'

    and

    'EAT THAT DAMN BREAD, GIRL! YOU WANT TO SURVIVE? EAT IT!'

    (a bit exaggerating just to make it clear)

     

    Thank you for your post!

  • Posted On: 01-17-14, 7:37 am (EST) #11

    The red carpet

    January 17, 2014, 7:37 am
    Posted by: Mcmike

    Here some studies have been conducted on how other behaviors such as eating, exercise, sleep and health vary across the cycle.

     

    1. Modest changes in dietary intake across the menstrual cycle: implications for food intake research.http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17092378/

     

    2. The role of low progesterone and tension as triggers of perimenstrual chocolate and sweets craving: some negative experimental evidence. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10497961/

     

    3. Food cravings, mood, and the menstrual cycle. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3428887/

     

    4. Chocolate craving and the menstrual cycle. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15036792/

     

    5. Physical activity and menstrual cycle characteristics in two prospective cohorts. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12196309/

     

     

    Kassi...! it's up to you to read all the said studies! Hope the site links will help you a lot. #HTH

     

     

     

    Posted by: Mcmike

    Here some studies have been conducted on how other behaviors such as eating, exercise, sleep and health vary across the cycle.

     

    1. Modest changes in dietary intake across the menstrual cycle: implications for food intake research.http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17092378/

     

    2. The role of low progesterone and tension as triggers of perimenstrual chocolate and sweets craving: some negative experimental evidence. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10497961/

     

    3. Food cravings, mood, and the menstrual cycle. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3428887/

     

    4. Chocolate craving and the menstrual cycle. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15036792/

     

    5. Physical activity and menstrual cycle characteristics in two prospective cohorts. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12196309/

     

     

    Kassi...! it's up to you to read all the said studies! Hope the site links will help you a lot. #HTH

     

     

     

    Mike, thank you for showing serious interest and doing good research!

     

    But don't think that all of us slap you guys... We only start a (better: verbal) fight when there's a reason for it Unfortunately we don't always understand each other's reasons, lol.

     

    The other thing that shouldn't be forgotten is birth control with hormones. If a woman takes for example a monophasic pill, her hormones are kept on one level until she takes a break. That means no crazy ups and downs the entire time, just during the break.

  • Posted On: 01-17-14, 7:43 am (EST) #12

    The red carpet

    January 17, 2014, 7:43 am

    Kassi,

    we really need to get some other women trying to help each other out on such matters. Lol. But the guys did a good job lending some advice. I no longer have periods YEEHAW!! Lol. But we all react differently when our hormones get involved. I never had craving but for 1 or 2 days a month I was a real b*tch thankfully for everyone else thats over hehe. I've raised three daughters one was a crier, one was a sleeper, & one craved the carbs. Can you imagine our household when we were all on at the same time. My poor husband lol. i know many women that experience the cravings. You are not alone. I hope that answered your question :)

    Bonnie, you lucky lady! It's all behind you now

    Thank you for telling me about yourself and your daughters.

    I really had to laugh because of your husband, sorry! It sounds funny now but I'm sure it was a tough time.

  • Posted On: 02-03-14, 8:37 am (EST) #13

    The red carpet

    February 3, 2014, 8:37 am
    Posted by: hur1coco

    I know this is for 'Lady Hermanites only', but everyone can read it... so if you're a (curious) man but don't want to know a tad too much about our monthly problems, you should go back to the other threads

     

    Ladies, I'm pretty good with staying on track, counting macros and calories and writing everything down, but I've experienced that on the 2nd day of my period I really CRAVE carbs.

    And to be honest, for my sanity's sake: I eat them. A lot of them. And enjoy that...

    I'm curious, do you have any 'problems' or different feelings about certain things while walking the red carpet?

    Kassi,

     

    I've always been a sucker for carbs!! I found if I eat too many though, cellulite can start to form at the top of my thighs, no matter what my weight or body fat. For me during that time of the month I crave chocolate and sweets, badly!! I hate grocery shopping during that time because I find myself staring blankly at the Oreo cookies, just listening them whisper sweet nothings to me (then they went and created mega stuffed!!!). If you are worried about eating carbs in excess, this is what I try to do with chocolate. First I go and buy some dark chocolate. maybe 70-80%. It's healthier for you than regular chocolate and I make SURE to stick to the serving size. I will eat it each night after dinner until it's gone and then that's it. I won't buy anymore until next time. If you constantly deprive your body of things you crave, when you do eat them you will binge eat. I know I do. Maybe try making the second day of your period your cheat meal/day. Allow yourself to go over your macros and calories (not too crazily) so you can satisfy that craving. Hopefully that should help. Just like your workouts, your diet needs to be switched up from time to time too so that spike in calories can actually benefit you. Hope this helps!!

  • Posted On: 04-30-14, 2:25 am (EDT) #14

    The red carpet

    April 30, 2014, 2:25 am
    Posted by: M_Levesque

    Kassi,

     

    I've always been a sucker for carbs!! I found if I eat too many though, cellulite can start to form at the top of my thighs, no matter what my weight or body fat. For me during that time of the month I crave chocolate and sweets, badly!! I hate grocery shopping during that time because I find myself staring blankly at the Oreo cookies, just listening them whisper sweet nothings to me (then they went and created mega stuffed!!!). If you are worried about eating carbs in excess, this is what I try to do with chocolate. First I go and buy some dark chocolate. maybe 70-80%. It's healthier for you than regular chocolate and I make SURE to stick to the serving size. I will eat it each night after dinner until it's gone and then that's it. I won't buy anymore until next time. If you constantly deprive your body of things you crave, when you do eat them you will binge eat. I know I do. Maybe try making the second day of your period your cheat meal/day. Allow yourself to go over your macros and calories (not too crazily) so you can satisfy that craving. Hopefully that should help. Just like your workouts, your diet needs to be switched up from time to time too so that spike in calories can actually benefit you. Hope this helps!!

    Hi Michelle,

    (I'm sorry, I've been quiet and offline for a while)

    that sounds like a very good way to deal with your cravings, thank you for sharing that!

    And I know the sweet sound of Oreo cookies too well... *sigh*

  • Posted On: 05-27-14, 2:08 pm (EDT) #15

    The red carpet

    May 27, 2014, 2:08 pm

    This is all well and good when it comes to cravings but how do you deal with water retention?? This has plagued me for like forever and even though I keep to the diet plan I can't help but let the hormone brain take over and think that I am gaining weight and inches for all the wrong reasons.

  • Posted On: 05-27-14, 2:17 pm (EDT) #16

    The red carpet

    May 27, 2014, 2:17 pm

    AND.... I also struggle with focus and motivation too. Feel like I just want to curl up and do nothing - which goes totally against how I am the remainder of the month. VERY FRUSTRATING!!

  • Posted On: 05-27-14, 11:48 pm (EDT) #17

    The red carpet

    May 27, 2014, 11:48 pm

    I deal with water retention by consistently eating a low sodium diet, 1500mg of sodium a day or less. In this way I basically don't retain water at all.

     

    You know you're not really gaining weight, be compassionate with yourself but also realize sometimes your'e just thinking crazy at the moment, treat your negative weight gain thoughts like a not very interesting radio program playing in the background of your day.

     

    I have focus trouble too and somehow always manage to get to my workout late which makes my lunch late & so forth. I just drop all cardio and continue my resistence training as before, or even take 2-3 days off exercising entirely. When I return to my routine I am rested and pretty much always make some serious gains because I rested when I needed to and worked hard when I was able to. You should lean on your friends/family to help you stay focused and motivated. Your fitness goals are important to you so ask others to help you in your weak moments, that's what makes communities so awesome, helping each other.

     

    Don't feel too frustrated, if your body was ill you would rest and care for it. This is just a time where your body may have other priorities besides exercise, like if your leg was broken you might alter your activity level. You and your body are a team, you're not enemeis, you're working together towards a common goal, so trust and care for each other, it helps.

  • Posted On: 05-28-14, 12:51 am (EDT) #18

    The red carpet

    May 28, 2014, 12:51 am

    Wow! Jade_Blade, thanks for that. That was most insightful x

  • Posted On: 05-28-14, 5:27 am (EDT) #19

    The red carpet

    May 28, 2014, 5:27 am

    Well said, Diana!

     

    Michelle, for me it is all about coming to peace. And letting my mind completely rest for about 2 days every month is a big part of it!

    My body stores water, my belly gets a bit round and sometimes my pain threshold lowers (depending on other factors, too). But my life and my income are not depending on my appearance and daily fitness level - so why stress myself, when my body needs carbs or a little break?

    Of course every woman is different and the range between having no problems at all and being in pain and unable to stand up and walk is pretty big. So I'm glad I have just some minor problems during this one week.

     

    You KNOW the water will go away again and you KNOW your motivation is just taking a break. Of course you can experiment with your sodium intake to reduce water retention, but what I mean in general: If it's okay for you and your goals, maybe you can try to relax a bit and not demand the usual high standards of yourself during that time. What about finding something else that you can do instead that makes you feel good/better and is neglected at other busy times?

  • Posted On: 05-28-14, 1:45 pm (EDT) #20

    The red carpet

    May 28, 2014, 1:45 pm

    All very good points hur1coco. I guess I can be a bit of a stress head and we all know what that does to the waistline!! Thank you for your wisdom x

  • Posted On: 07-06-14, 12:11 am (EDT) #21

    The red carpet

    July 6, 2014, 12:11 am

    I've always been a sucker for carbs, especially during this time. Worst of all at nighttime! Now I mostly try to avoid indulging, and to make myself feel better I'll whine to my husband that I need a snack . Eventually he tells me to eat something, and I feel as if I have permission to cheat lol it's so not worth it though, I definitely see the damage to my results when I give in.

  • Posted On: 01-15-16, 8:48 am (EST) #22

    The red carpet

    January 15, 2016, 8:48 am

    Well I, for one, really dont care about the science behind "why" I have mood swings and/or cravings. It is what it is and throwing fancy words at the existence of this foul creature doesn't make it any less foul! I am not big on birth control (or prescription drugs, for that matter) since I dont believe pharmaceuticals are meant for our body.

    So I dont take a pill or have a device or patch which could potentially alleviate many symptoms and/or skip the cycle altogether.

    However, to contradict my convictions on rx drugs, days 1 and 2 have me in so much agony and pain that I have to combine naproxen sodium, ibuprofen, and a muscle relaxer or anti inflammatory to cope. Of course, OTC NSAIDS hurt your stomach so I have to choose the lesser of two evils: doubled over in pain from cramps or nauseated by the drugs controlling said cramps?

    Ok Im done ranting now.

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