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Green tea and sugar addiction

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 14, 2013 at 10:55 AM

I'm new to paleo (trying for +- 1 month) and i have problem with sugar cravings and than binge eating (non-paleo food mostly). It comes after breakfast (when i stay home alone) or after lunch. I noticed that green tea (or coffee, but i don't want to drink more than one cup a day) helps me with sugar cravings. I consider drinking green tea (sencha mostly) every day after lunch and sometimes after breakfast.

Is it okay to do it for some time? Could it help? Do sugar cravings come back when i stop drinking this amount of tea? Is it easier to break green tea addiction than sugar addiction? Is there another "safe" way to break these? (I mean - i feel like i need to have something in my mouth, but i don't like chewing gums or so.)

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Maybe more important than the stimulants, if you get so much water near bedtime you may have to get up at night to go to pee and that would break your sleep, proper restful sleep is king for body repair and also to loose weight and has to do with mood so chances are that your cravings may depend a little bit on this, it's all really that tied. Try to have the last tea 3 to 4h before bed and go to the bathroom before sleep ;)

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I think that what will determine if its too much or not is not the water content per se but how much grams of leaves you put in the pot, I assume that to make more than a litre you may have to put some decent amount hehe. I'd just pay attention about how I feel with it, if you don't have headaches or weird feelings from it (remember it has some stimulants like coffee!) then I guess its fine, just see if you can sleep well at night if taken late.

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Thank you for your answer. I'm really looking forward to understand biochemistry further. As for the green tea, it's more like 1.5 liter than 1 or 2 cups - so I can drink the tea all afternoon. But I use the same amount of tea for my favourite big cup (0.7 l) and for the teapot (1.5 l). Is it too much, or could it be okay (not "good", I know) for some time?

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on May 14, 2013
at 11:33 AM

If the tea helps you I guess there's no problem in having one or two a day, indeed seems that has a good ton of antioxidants and it may be better than coffee. Just have good quality organic loose leaves and please do not use any sugar on it hehe.

But, I guess that this will only help a little bit with battling the binges, if you don't do anything further they may last forever, I know because I've been there.

Paleo will help A LOT if you stick with it over the time but at first It may be difficult to battle the cravings because your brain is tied to them. Have a search about the Neuropeptide-Y and how it affects sugar cravings and also the dopamine downregulation when high-rewarding food is supplied in a constant fashion, also leptin/insulin resistance and cortisol hormone which is released under stress and triggers cravings a lot. Understanding all this will help.

You can try Jack Kruse's Leptin Reset Protocol, it's based on a very protein-dense breakfast with little to no carbs, this signals a lot of satiety which would help you a lot during the rest of the day to resist cravings, indeed they cease to a good extent! So then it's easier to stick with a good nutrition plan :)

And don't worry, you can get used to not relying on sugar, I was a sugar addict not-so long ago and now I don't drool like crazy when I get to the sweets section on the super market! hehe

048dd52752c45129c1212bfffb37ca72

(3150)

on May 14, 2013
at 01:25 PM

I think that what will determine if its too much or not is not the water content per se but how much grams of leaves you put in the pot, I assume that to make more than a litre you may have to put some decent amount hehe. I'd just pay attention about how I feel with it, if you don't have headaches or weird feelings from it (remember it has some stimulants like coffee!) then I guess its fine, just see if you can sleep well at night if taken late.

048dd52752c45129c1212bfffb37ca72

(3150)

on May 14, 2013
at 01:27 PM

Maybe more important than the stimulants, if you get so much water near bedtime you may have to get up at night to go to pee and that would break your sleep, proper restful sleep is king for body repair and also to loose weight and has to do with mood so chances are that your cravings may depend a little bit on this, it's all really that tied. Try to have the last tea 3 to 4h before bed and go to the bathroom before sleep ;)

62db9514060daba45570b7b49e43f565

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on May 14, 2013
at 01:00 PM

Thank you for your answer. I'm really looking forward to understand biochemistry further. As for the green tea, it's more like 1.5 liter than 1 or 2 cups - so I can drink the tea all afternoon. But I use the same amount of tea for my favourite big cup (0.7 l) and for the teapot (1.5 l). Is it too much, or could it be okay (not "good", I know) for some time?

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