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  1. Great info. thanks so much. I”m like all of the women above. I’m curious what would a doctor do, if a women gets them to check her hormonal levels to see what she’s dealing with? Thanks!

    1. Hi Tina, Thank you for your comment. You doctor may not do anything, depending on the results. Testing may just help you and your doctor determine if your hormone levels are negatively affecting your health. For example: your thyroid health or mood. There are many tests that can be done and choosing the ones to do would be dependent on any symptoms you might have. Hope that helps.

  2. Thank you for all your info that I just read. I am 66 and just experiencing extreme bouts of huger, sometimes so severe that I shake, sweat, feel I’m close to fainting, and become very fearful that I panic under this umbrella of weakness when it happens. Will I pass out? Have others passed out? I told my doctor on the phone about it the other day. My blood sugars were checked with blood work & they show “normal”. He’s ordered more blood work which I’ll have done with my yearly physical very soon. I use Premarin cream but don’t take any estrogen. I tried it years ago & it made me sick. I take very good care of myself. I’m not overweight, I exercise regularly, and try to eat as best I can considering I have allergies to fish & nuts, and no whole grains for me either due to an intolerance to gluten, Teff, and sorghum. I feel really short-changed if I can’t follow your advice for food choices, and it’s a worry for me that there are no medical treatments for this ridiculous position I’m in. Frankly it’s depressing that this time in my life offers little solutions to big problems. I’m scared to travel. How could I if I have a severe attack? It’s a challenge for me to just go to town and back for necessities when the sandwich I’m carrying in my handbag may not be enough to get me safely home. RIDICULOUS! Im sorry to complain. But what a living nightmare this has become ?

    1. Hi Amy, I’m sorry you going through this. It sounds like you are doing all of the right things. First of all, I’m sure your doctor will get to the bottom of this for you. I understand it’s hard to find good choices when you have allergies. Can you eat oats?. They can be a fulfilling and healthy breakfast choice. Failing that chia seeds, or sweet potato with an egg are also great choices. Not being able to eat wholegrains is not the end of the world as there are so many great choices now for foods made from seeds and legumes. What you’re experiencing sounds very much, from the outside like low blood sugar as you suggest. If that is confirmed by the doctor, have you considered getting your own blood sugar monitor? They are easy to use and can help catch things before an attack. I wish you well and hope you get your answers. Jane x

  3. Thank you now I know why I feel like I could eat a house. I’m not kidding I’m 50 yes old and ravinous all the time. Excellent article. Lots of good information. Hopeful I can get control of this menopausal problem.

    1. Hi Ann, I completely get it and from time to time I still have cravings. I know now though how to get control of them, I also know that I get them when I have been eating too many empty carbs (usually on the weekend)! Intermittent fasting has been a game changer for me and there are a couple of posts on my site about this. I hope you get on top of it, if you need anything further, let me know.
      Jane :)

  4. Hello
    I am also struggling a lot with hunger at night. I’ve managed to improve my sleep (and anxiety) with meditation and breathing. I do good amounts of exercise and eat healthily but a lot. If I eat loads of red meat it helps but I prefer to have a couple of meat free days. Those days invariably I wake up ravenous. So hungry it hurts. What is going on? My GP just says it’s not my hormones as I am using oestrogel and I should just eat more. But I have put on a stone over the last year and my food bill is escalating. My sister laughs at how much I eat! I shall be overweight within a year if this carries on.

    1. Hi Abi, Thank you for your comment. It is a difficult enough to cope with some of the things going on at this time without having to deal with putting on weight. Make sure your not eating too much protein as any more than our bodies can deal with and it will behave just as a carb and what we don’t need for energy will convert to fat. Remember too that protein doesn’t need to come from meat there are many plant proteins such as nuts, lentils and seeds. It may be worth it to record what you eat for a week or so in something like My Fitness Pal to see how many calories your consuming. It will certainly highlight to you where the calories are coming from to give you the opportunity to make any adjustments that you can.
      I hope this helps a little,
      Jane x

  5. Thank you so much for writing this! I’ve managed to lose 42lbs in the last year but – boom! – overnight recently my appetite has gone through the roof. I’ve just turned 50 and am shocked at how I’ve gone from someone who can live easily on 1000 calories a day to someone who could lie face down in a trough and still be ravenous. I’m scared of putting the weight back on but this blog post has helped me feel that control over this is largely in my gift. Thank you!

    1. Hi Cath,
      I loved your comment it gave me a bit of a chuckle. Yep, it feels like it happens overnight. You are right about it being in your control though, it takes a little more work but there are many things you can do to keep on top of it. Congratulations on losing all that weight that’s an incredible acheivement and I am sure your health will pay you back in spades.
      Cheers, Jane :)

  6. I feel like I should stay unemployed because I worry that if I got a job I wouldn’t actually have time to do it because I’m so busy eating off and on 24/7! That’s not even a joke I’m serious my appetite is insane!

    1. Hi Sandy,

      Yes, the struggle is real! Try eating smaller portions more often and make sure you are eating a reasonable amount of protein and healthy fats. All the usual things apply, decrease stress, get plenty of sleep and drink plenty of water. I hope it improves for you and that you manage to find a job that you love so much you won’t notice the cravings.
      Jane ;)

  7. This is good advice for daytime hunger but what do you do at night? I wake up starving all the time! How do you make it through the night without having to eat?

    1. Hi Mary, It is not uncommon to be ravenous at odd times. These things all still apply though and should work for you throught the night. My advice would be to get your hormone levels checked by a doctor to see what your dealing with. Make sure to decrease stress as much as you can and are getting a good amount of quality sleep. Include protein in your last meal of the day and if you wake have a glass of water. Often, we mistake thirst for hunger. If you still need to eat try a few of your favouite nuts or a small piece of fruit. I hope this helps. Jane :)

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