It's that dreaded PMS
I also crave for dairy, chocolate, sugar, anything comforting. I will actually stand in front of the fridge using massive amounts of willpower to stop myself drinking milk straight from the bottle (yes, Im dairy intolerant so that would just make me physically ill too!)
My sister in law told me, you never appreciate how bad your own pms is until you see it in your daughter... well that's going to be very scary!
BUT, there's actually a good side to this post....
A week before Christmas last year I found this awesome kiwi blog Craving Fresh, and I read this AWESOME book she recommended by Michael Pollan, called In Defense of Food, it is probably the best book about 'what we eat' I have EVER read - it will change your life. I have also bought his book, Food Rules.
I followed the links to this great blog Modern Alternative Mama and this book too, Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon. All of this is based on the Weston Price Foundation research. And to me - it just makes sense.
I have a friend who is very much into eating natural unprocessed foods so she was a great person to chat to about it (miss you Jacqui :( ).
And so I stopped eating processed grains and sugar (yeah I know, my diet is already very limited being gluten, dairy and egg intolerant!). It was really tough at first...sugar is super hard to give up! I bought some raw honey and whenever the craving hit I would have a wee teaspoon of that...because at least it was unrefined and natural. After a few weeks it didn't bother me so much. Fruit tasted sweeter, everything tasted better!
A month later something really unusual happened.... 'that' time of the month arrived and I was caught totally off guard. I'm not one to take notice of dates etc (there's enough school stuff to remember without a red circle on my calendar!) so was a bit shocked but figured it was probably just early or something. Then the next month arrived... hello, something was a bit off kilter...
I mean, for two months I went through my normal 10 days of misery without even noticing!! Seriously!! I didn't have ANY symptoms of pms AT ALL!
How could this be? My doctor told me I had a really bad version of PMS, PMDD (Pre menstrual dysphoric disorder)that required me to take anti depressants for 2 weeks of the month... which I didnt. Look it up, it means you are basically the crappiest at dealing with Pms each month. And I went from that... to NOTHING!
And then, I ate some sugar... and ate some more, and then I started putting back in more processed grains... and more (gluten free dairy free egg free cardboard bread can become addictive too!) and before you know it... I am back to square one.
So how could a few weeks without eating processed grains and SUGAR, have such a profound effect on my symptoms?
I think I am REALLY sensitive to sugar and grains. Ive already shown I can't tolerate gluten...celiacs will do that to you! But I think its more than that. My hormones are totally off kilter with processed, refined foods.
So, its back to cutting out those foods again because I enjoyed the 'nice' me waaaayyy more than I enjoy cardboard bread and sugar.
The downside is eating such a limited diet is very anti-social! Anyone keen to have me over to eat???? haha.... I am happy with salad!