Premenstrual Sugar Cravings

Hi All!

This is my first post.

I have been on the bulletproof diet for about half a year (minus the time around my periods), and was paleo for about half a year before that. I currently eat a lot of organic butter (can't get grass fed in Canada), mct & coconut oil. I feel amazing on this diet, but I still get intense sugar cravings for about 4 days before my period. It used to be worse before I started bulletproofing. I used to get super emotional and physically fatigued & sugar cravings for half the month before my period.

All through high school & 20's I was victim to the belief that sat fat was bad so I severely restricted my fat intake. Also, I was a vegan from age 16 to 25 and ate a lot of soy. (Cringe!)

I am currently feeling the best I have in yeeears, thanks to this diet but I still get these sugar cravings a few days before my period. I know that it is a myth that women should experience pms, as it is in fact not normal. I want to get to the point where I don't experience any pms symptoms. I want to feel bulletproof all the time!!

What else can I do or take to balance my hormones? Or should I just wait to see if it progressively gets better with just the bulletproof diet?

I am 33 years old (my bday is wrong in my profile).

I'm 5'8 and 130 lbs.

My activity level is pretty high. I practice Ashtanga yoga 5-6 days a week and bike everywhere (I love being physically active).

No kids.

Stress is medium, but much lower when I'm consistently meditating.

I rarely eat grains, as starches make my low back hurt. Therefore I'm often in ketosis.

I have bp style coffee most mornings. I have a real brekky usually on Saturday or Sunday am.

I don't restrict my calorie intake at all.

I tend towards insomnia, which makes everything worse.

I take a high quality multivitamin, vitamin d, krill oil, digestive enzymes, probiotics, vitamin e.

I just started taking d-glucarate, NAC & upgraded collagen last week.

I am at the 4 day point before my next period so I'm open to suggestions on how to get rid of these pesky cravings!!

Thanks for your help.


  • sweet potatoes, cause it sounds like you may need more carbs...maybe look into the hormone balancing qualities of vitex (chaste tree berry).  many women on these forums swear by the information in The Hormone Cure by Sara Gottfried

  • I'll try eating more sweet potatoes. More than twice a week?

    I bought that book right after Sarah's podcast with Dave came out and read it in just a few days. It helped, but I'm still not a the point I want to be yet.

    Thank you for your reply!
  • Maybe it's a matter of improving the integrity of your gut lining. An L-glutamine supplement along with either an isolated colostrum supplement or Upgraded whey, which has colostrum in it, in addition to the BP diet may help. I know Dave's talked about Tim Ferris's glutamine loading protocol to help heal the gut, so maybe try that during the weeks you have the willpower to be very strict about what you eat.


    This protocol should also improve your sleep.

    All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident. --Arthur Schopenhauer

  • by sugar cravings do you mean chocolate? if so you are magnesium deficient. magnesium +b6 will improve pms symptoms

  • Hi Amanda, where can I find the protocol? I did a little searching and I see l-glutamine is talked about on podcast #15. I also see a lot of people mention the protocol, but I can't find the exact protocol.

    Hi hackergirl, I do like chocolate especially before my period, but these cravings go beyond chocolate. It's more for carb rich sweet foods.

    Thanks ladies!
  • I think Dave outlines it in that podcast; it's basically 80 grams of L-Glutamine a day in 10g doses every two hours for 5 days and a maintenance dose after that. If you Google Occam's protocol you'll find it in the supplements section, but it's in 4 Hour Body.


    Look into the brain-gut axis. Having an impermeable intestinal lining in addition to a healthy gut biome will be the key to getting rid of cravings.


    In the mean time, "Get Some" ice cream is also useful to curb a sweet tooth if it strikes.

    All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident. --Arthur Schopenhauer

  • Thanks a lot! I will try the protocol after this next period. I do have some l-glutamine, I've just never taken it in such large amounts before.

    Does one need an ice cream maker to make the get some ice cream?

  • Does one need an ice cream maker to make the get some ice cream?

    Technically yes, however if you have a really good blender I'd bet it would turn out ok if you blend really well and freeze. My ice cream always turns out pretty dense...but my ice cream maker was also my mother in law's wedding gift from 1987 ha! Anyway, I've considered letting some melt and drinking's pretty good and very filling.


    Good luck with the L-glutamine! Let me know how it works out.

    All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident. --Arthur Schopenhauer

  • I make the ice cream and don't always use an ice cream maker. If you blend the ingredients gradually you don't need the ice cream maker. If you are adding xylitol to your ice cream make sure you grind it to a fine dust before adding to the mix
  • I get salty and sweet cravings the day they arrive... And a nice whopping migraine. :( what worse for me is my sense of smell is heightened even more. Which means I am almost puking at any smell that I don't like....

    I've seem Drs and NLP specialist and still no cures.
  • Dear BP Ashtangi,

    I'm interested to hear how the suggestions work out for you.  I'm a fellow ashtangi and only beginning to learn about the BP diet.  My best to you!


  • The curse of being a woman, eh!? I've been eating strictly bulletproof for the last month (on and off previously) and in the whole month I didn't once feel like falling off the wagon. I work at a restaurant so I'm surrounded by bad food all the time and never wanted to eat any of it. Then of course along comes PMS this week and not only do I feel like every customer is going to make me cry but I ate a piece of ice cream cake at work a few nights ago. I've been trying to battle the water retention part by drinking a gallon of water a day which has kind of worked. I definitely don't feel as bloated as I normally do at this time but how quickly I gave in to a sugar craving was kinda crazy to me! I'm usually so disciplined. I think I'm going to have to buy an ice cream maker to make this 'get some' ice cream. Seems like the only thing that will save me from making silly decisions at this time of the month!

  • Hi everyone,


    my pms sugar cravings have been have been getting progressively better each month.  right now i am a day or two before my period is due to start, and this month has been my best month yet.  i didnt do the l-glutamine protocol.  it seemed a little extreme for me.  i was taking it pretty consistently for a while tho.  


    i really think that taking d-glucarate has helped ALOT.  I was vegan for almost 10 years, in which i ate waaaay too much soy and not enough fat.  i was taking in way too much phytoestrogen and not enough fats, so my body wasnt able to properly manufacture sex hormones.  the d-glucarate is clearing the excess estrogen from my body.  


    i also take milk thistle, and one other thing that has been incredibly helpful is doing regular coffee enemas.  


    i have also started eating liver once a week, and have been making bone broth regularly (all from grassfed animals).  i still eat alot of healthy saturated fat, and almost no grains.  ive increased my sweet potato intake to every day, or every second day (in the evening) and eat white rice every once and a while.    


    i have been sleeping better (without trying) as well, so i must be doing something right!  im not at the point where i have no pms symptoms yet, but i am on my way!!     


    if anyone has any other suggestions on how to heal hormone balance after eating a vegan diet for a decade, i would love to hear it!!

  • Have you thought of nurturing your cravings by giving your PMSing body two things:  1. Rest -- a bit less activity (not stopping completely, but not hard core stuff,) and 2. Making a very rich, delicious cacao dessert sweetened with stevia (or some such) and a bit of honey?  Or since you live in the land of the maple leaf, some organic raw maple syrup?  (Just a little.)  That way, you give it what it wants but still on your terms.  


    I think PMS is a time for women to slow down a bit and give their bodies a break.  You use so much energy inward during that time -- it's important to feed that.

  • Curious about your d-glucarate experience since you are also here in canada...where did you get it? I ordered it once, started taking it but I felt so off that I stopped. I thought about taking it again but I don't have the courage to feel like crap. maybe one day. I have heard that eating a raw carrot a day helps regulate estrogen detox...something in it does the same as clacium d- glucarate. 

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