I’m sure this weekend was busy busy busy for everyone. I trust you all had a wonderful Halloween and managed to keep the candy sneaking to a minimum.
We had a blast this year. It was Zachary’s second Halloween but last year he was still so small that we couldn’t have “fun” with him. He dressed up as Woody from Toy Story!
Just wanna eat him up LOL. He had so much fun passing out candy and seeing everyone dressed up. I had fun too chatting with all of the mom’s and dad’s. We passed out candy for about 3 and 1/2 hours straight, INSANE amount of kids this year.
And then there’s the time change…..Dear Mother Nature: It’s obvious you don’t have a toddler that doesn’t understand that 7AM is now 6AM and that you’re exhausted from an extremely busy Friday & Saturday and that your husband has a basketball game to play in this morning and then has to work 12 hours in the cold. So if you could just please leave the time alone that would be awesome!
Extra hour of sleep my booty! That was an extra hour for me to clean, make breakfast, and continue my attempts to potty train Zachary. For those of you who were able to enjoy the extra hour, congrats!
So tonight’s topics actually go hand in hand: How to fight late night cravings and How to curb PMS eating.
These two can actually be combated in the same way. And I have feeling some of you are going to like the answers! 😉
First I would like to point out the most obvious way to prevent a hormonal binge…..don’t have anything you can’t eat in the house. It’s really that simple. I know it’s really easy to hop in the car and go pick something up, but if you want to be successful in your journey you have to become mentally strong. When the cravings come on start doing something you enjoy, for example: reading, knitting, working out, crafting, laundry, cleaning, playing with the kids….if it’s truly late night and you can’t clean or play use the other examples or maybe a movie, or my personal fave a warm shower-cup of tea and going to bed.
Now for the “scientific” point of view:
Ever heard of serotonin? This is what is called a “feel good hormone”. It’s presence in our bodies makes us feel great and its shortage does exactly the opposite. Research shows that serotonin, is involved in some of the mood changes of premenstrual syndrome. The lack of serotonin can leave you feeling very irritable and can lead to insomnia, fatigue and uneasiness which in most cases leads to PMS binging. Often time premenstrual food cravings dictate that you take in some carbohydrates, when this happens, it is most likely that you are short of serotonin and your body is trying to force you to build it up. This is why often times when you eat sweets you tend to feel a lot better and much calmer. This feeling normally last for a short period because these carbohydrates only release a small amount of serotonin, which is quickly used up by the body. I’m sure you can imagine what happens after that – another round of chocolates of course and the cycle goes on and on. Fortunately, there are a lot of good carbohydrates that you can take without becoming a victim of PMS binging and hence compromising your weight and leading yourself into a downward spiral of bad eating habits. You need to eat food that don’t release carbohydrates quickly such as ice cream, cakes and other junk foods that you might be craving like crazy. Instead eat fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, tuna, rice cakes or rye crisps. If you add a little peanut butter or almond butter that can help slow down the rate of absorption of the carbohydrates, which would of course result in a longer lasting elimination of PMS food cravings.
Ta-Da! Those are my tips and tricks for PMS/Stress/Emotional/Late Night eating binges. I hope that it helps, and as always if you have any further questions or comments please submit them to: email@example.com
Time to refresh your memory on some GGH projects we have going on and let ya in on my newest venture/idea!
1.) GGH Inspirational Card Mailing: I want to start this ASAP, if you want to be involved email me your MAILING address by Wednesday Night!
2.) Cook book recipe submissions: I am starting to work on the GGH/Brain Cancer Research Cook Book again. Email me any fun, fresh, healthy recipes that you would love to have published. Your name will be next to your recipe and a portion of the sales profits will go towards GBM Brain Cancer Research in my Father In Law’s name.
3.) Wellsphere People’s Choice Healthy Blogger Awards: Voting is open until December 15th! Please VOTE everyday, follow this link: http://www.wellsphere.com/girlgonehealthy-profile/158987
Ok so now for yet another project I would like to tackle on top of everything above and trying to get on Ellen…..
I would love to start a monthly Girl Gone Healthy Impact Award. You guys as GGH Nation will nominate a woman in your community, on the web, in your gym etc…that is making a healthy impact and difference in the lives of others. If you guys would be interested let me know and we will start it in December.
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