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How to cure your toughest cravings

Redbook Logo By Amy Capetta of Redbook | Slide 3 of 8: It's probably no surprise, but PMS is a major cause of these salty, fattening food cravings. When it's that time of the month, swap take out for made-at-home versions to cut calories. Sweet potato fries (either homemade or found in the frozen food aisle at the grocery store) give you that salty-sweet combo, for example. Also, researchers from Sweden have found that a spinach extract containing green leaf membranes called thylakoids may decrease "hedonic hunger"—a term for craving the unhealthy stuff, including sweets and fast foods—up to 95 percent. So make like Popeye before your period to resist the drive-thru.

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It's probably no surprise, but PMS is a major cause of these salty, fattening food cravings. When it's that time of the month, swap take out for made-at-home versions to cut calories. Sweet potato fries (either homemade or found in the frozen food aisle at the grocery store) give you that salty-sweet combo, for example. Also, researchers from Sweden have found that a spinach extract containing green leaf membranes called thylakoids may decrease "hedonic hunger"—a term for craving the unhealthy stuff, including sweets and fast foods—up to 95 percent. So make like Popeye before your period to resist the drive-thru.
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