But Jane, after a hysterectomy and at age fifty one you must be beyond that monthly stuff now, right? My mom slammed into menopause at 43. Not so her daughters. Let's remember that my sister had her baby boy two years ago, at age 46. According to her OB-GYN she is still Myrtle the Fertile. (Myrtle is not her name). I had a hysterectomy but I still have my ovaries and they still send out the hormones. In fact at last blood test, I was still sending out eggs on schedule. I am hungry because my body is in that premenstrual mode and my response is often to seek more food. By keeping track of my daily food, appetite and feelings I stay aware of why I feel hungry and I can use my tools to stay on plan and not overeat just because hormones in my body are screaming 'feed me'.
I need to utilize every tool in my box of tricks because knowing why I am hungry is, by itself, not enough to keep me from choosing food over sanity. I realize this and I reach for help.
For most of my life, when I had a monthly period with cramps I used chocolate as 'the remedy'. I did this for decades. Sadly, my daughters learned this behavior from me. With any luck the cycle will end with their generation and their future daughters will not think chocolate is a holy cure.
Chocolate does not cure or heal. Right now I am not even thinking chocolate. I am thinking bread and butter and custards and puddings. Oh, and salt.
Dream on hormones. I am staying on plan and reaching for help. Spending some time with like minded people tonight. By tomorrow I should be feeling better.
It pays to be aware. We can spare ourselves a repeat of the cycle of three G's- Gain, Guilt and Grief. The cycle does does not have to repeat.