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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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