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I need a larabar intervention. Why am I so addicted?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created July 28, 2011 at 6:29 PM

Hi, My name is Darwin and im an addict..... I eat larabars way to much to lean out like I want. At first it started out as a way to get rid of loose change now its a problem lol. Should I quit cold turkey or start slowly? Or do I even need to quit? I work in a place they sell em so its hard. Im gonna try to fix my diet so im not starvin all the time but wat else can I do to beat this?

6b72eeb3f0c98b487f712efcb5092c90

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on July 31, 2011
at 08:26 PM

Good point. I was considering the gum as a stop gap to break the Larabar habit, not an ongoing thing. Aren't there some naturally sweetened gums that might work?

B0454de6d4f4cdd9ca2e59021dc105bf

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on July 29, 2011
at 02:45 PM

This is how I manage not to stuff myself with delicious cookies - I don't buy 'em!

1d952d225819b0229e93160a90bf9bf8

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on July 29, 2011
at 12:19 PM

That would explain why they tend to make me feel kind of icky..if I'm in the position to have to grab a bar(it happens at work on third shift)I'll do a Kind bar.

D54290f91bd8c2ff9fdf2f519933bf3e

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on July 29, 2011
at 02:04 AM

well it depends on whether or not the OP wants to give them up or just stop buying them. i can make like 15-18 of them for under 5$ which is way less than any discount you'd get considering they cost 3.50 each here. i think 3 a day is too much but i think having them here and there is fine, at least for me.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

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on July 28, 2011
at 09:03 PM

+1 for sweet potatoes as a healthy carb for athletes.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

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on July 28, 2011
at 09:01 PM

You don't want to be digesting the artificial sweeteners in sugar free gum either. Artificial sweeteners also usually trigger insulin even though their not sugar, and they also leading to most people continuing to crave sweets.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

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on July 28, 2011
at 08:58 PM

Natural sugar is still sugar as far as your liver and pancreas and the rest of your body are concerned.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

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on July 28, 2011
at 08:56 PM

+1 for replacing sugar with healthy fats.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

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on July 28, 2011
at 08:51 PM

PS, I ate like the 30 bananas people for 3 months. The first 2 I felt fabulous, the last I was sick as a dog. A lot of the 30 bananas people are serious runners and long distance bikers. I'm not surprised they are skinny (they are also quite young), but it doesn't mean excess fruit sugar is good for them. I was in my 20's, eating like a pig and 107 lbs when I started showing symptoms (hypoglycemia) that I later found out are early warning signs of insulin resistance.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

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on July 28, 2011
at 08:45 PM

I should actually say that I can eat small amounts in vegetables, some full fat dairy and possibly very limited fruit. Have you read Gary Taubes "Good Calories, Bad Calories"? I highly recommend it for understanding the problems with excess sugars/carbs.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

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on July 28, 2011
at 08:41 PM

Something occurring naturally does not mean it is good for you. Natural sugar is still sugar. I'm not able to eat sugar at all. Excessive sugar is pretty well documented to lead to lots of problems, insulin resistance and diabetes being the best known. Not everyone one will go that route, but it strongly increases the chances.

Dc842d0107b0c792892ad779a2f9018c

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on July 28, 2011
at 08:29 PM

Lol ok lets quit together

77ecc37f89dbe8f783179323916bd8e6

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on July 28, 2011
at 08:22 PM

Whoa, cool - I haven't heard of gymnestra sylvestre. What is it? And how does it help to break sugar addiction?

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on July 28, 2011
at 08:03 PM

Good Answer. He could add some gymnestra sylvestre to help break sugar addiction.

F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

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on July 28, 2011
at 07:33 PM

I will quit eating giant bags of raisins if you quit larabars!

F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

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on July 28, 2011
at 07:31 PM

That is still the sugar problem. Also they probably cost just as much to make, especially considering she probably gets an employee discount.

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on July 28, 2011
at 07:30 PM

Dates are a natural food, how would eating 3 date bars lead to what you mention for normal people? Maybe you should check out 30bananasaday.com, these people eat multiple pounds of dates daily and are emaciated for the most part.

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on July 28, 2011
at 06:58 PM

You're addicted to the sugar. I guarantee you. Break the habit!

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

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on July 28, 2011
at 06:44 PM

Here's a good thread on kicking sugar addiction. http://paleohacks.com/questions/27092/dealing-with-sugar-addiction-detox

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on July 28, 2011
at 06:42 PM

Part of the problem is just that you're in the habit of buying and eating them every single day. If you stop, you'll probably think about them for a few days but after that it will taper off because your mind isn't expecting them so much anymore.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

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on July 28, 2011
at 06:41 PM

OMG Average gms of sugar looks to be about 20 per bar average. (18 - 22 for the ones I looked at) That's a huge onslaught of sugar. Do you crash about 1/2 to 1 hour later?

Dc842d0107b0c792892ad779a2f9018c

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on July 28, 2011
at 06:35 PM

Its even hard not to buy em lol

7d0c3ea9bf8be00b93e6433d8f125ac3

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on July 28, 2011
at 06:34 PM

3! Add up the money you'd save each day and then each week by not buying them. That should be a good motivator.

Dc842d0107b0c792892ad779a2f9018c

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on July 28, 2011
at 06:34 PM

About three a day

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on July 28, 2011
at 06:32 PM

how often/how many do you eat?

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7d0c3ea9bf8be00b93e6433d8f125ac3

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on July 28, 2011
at 06:32 PM

Stop buying them. And eat bigger meals so you don't feel the need to eat snacky stuff like larabars.

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77ecc37f89dbe8f783179323916bd8e6

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on July 28, 2011
at 07:55 PM

Since you do MMA, you can handle way more carbs and sugar than most of us, so even though I have nothing but respect for a smart PH vet like gilliebean, the suggestion to drink water instead doesn't quite work. You probably burn 4-6000 calories a day if you are an MMA professional. That said, there are better carbs to satisfy your needs. I know crossfit trainers with similarly demanding daily physical routines who eat beef jerky and sweet potatoes.

Everyone is right that you are probably addicted to the sugar. However, it will be fairly easy for you to replace the sugar-calorie reward association with a carb-calories reward association. Just replace the lara bar with a sweet potato. You'll get just as much carb content, which isn't a problem for you, but it won't burden your liver with a load of fructose. In a week or two your brain will begin to associate the sweet potato with the calories and glycogen replacement that you need. So you'll only need to use will power in the short term. Once your brain flips, you'll be good from that point on, so long as you don't relapse, in which case you can just repeat the same process.

My wife experienced this with sugar in her coffee. I told her to leave it out for two weeks and predicted that her brain would eventually associate the caffeine reward with the sugarless taste of coffee. She was pissed for two weeks, and then the gestalt switch - or whatever you wanna call it - flipped, and now she doesn't need or even crave sugar in her coffee.

Two things regarding your persistent hunger:

  1. If you train MMA professionally, then it is expected that you'll be hungry like a whale. No problem there, this is obvious. This suggests that your hunger is real.

  2. That said, sugar addictions have a way of convincing their hosts that cravings for sugar are other things. My wife, e.g., actually believed that drinks without sugar in them were not thirst quenching. This suggests that part of your problem might not actually be that you are hungry, but that you are craving sugar. So, to repeat, the best thing you can do is keep giving your brain or body what it needs - without anything super sensory like a quick hit of 30g of sugar - until that desire gets re-tagged to inputs that you fulfill the same need (feeding an MMA fighter) without implicating the addiction component (your potentially devious craving for sugar).

6371f0ae0c075ded1b8cd30aafd4bf16

on July 28, 2011
at 08:03 PM

Good Answer. He could add some gymnestra sylvestre to help break sugar addiction.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on July 28, 2011
at 09:03 PM

+1 for sweet potatoes as a healthy carb for athletes.

77ecc37f89dbe8f783179323916bd8e6

(5002)

on July 28, 2011
at 08:22 PM

Whoa, cool - I haven't heard of gymnestra sylvestre. What is it? And how does it help to break sugar addiction?

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on July 28, 2011
at 06:32 PM

You're probably addicted because they're a flavored combination of sugar and fat. I would just stop buying them. If you're having a problem, avoid them indefinitely until you are able to control your eating of them.

Dc842d0107b0c792892ad779a2f9018c

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on July 28, 2011
at 06:35 PM

Its even hard not to buy em lol

7d0c3ea9bf8be00b93e6433d8f125ac3

(7540)

on July 28, 2011
at 06:42 PM

Part of the problem is just that you're in the habit of buying and eating them every single day. If you stop, you'll probably think about them for a few days but after that it will taper off because your mind isn't expecting them so much anymore.

B0454de6d4f4cdd9ca2e59021dc105bf

(606)

on July 29, 2011
at 02:45 PM

This is how I manage not to stuff myself with delicious cookies - I don't buy 'em!

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27e79ef3308bb5f2d7bd04ee7eea7b79

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on July 28, 2011
at 07:34 PM

It may just be the usual sugar/carb addiction that others here mention. But if you're not getting enough calories or fat, it'll be even more difficult for you to resist the bars. Look at what you're eating overall, and up the fat if you're going for the Larabars nonstop because you're still not satiated after meals.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

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on July 28, 2011
at 08:56 PM

+1 for replacing sugar with healthy fats.

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on July 28, 2011
at 07:54 PM

Junk food is junk food whether it's made up of things that you consider healthy / "paleo" or not. Addiction is bad, regardless of what it's from (and in this case I can guarantee that it's the sugar). Cut it out of your life and only have it on rare special occassions as a treat. Being a slave to anything is not a healthful habit. You are stronger than your addiction, let it go.

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A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

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on July 28, 2011
at 07:35 PM

Get better sleep.

Do not snack.

Do not substitute the LARABAR snack with another snack. Drink water instead.

If you must eat a LARABAR, include it with a meal.

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E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

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on July 28, 2011
at 07:33 PM

They are expensive and contain nuts that are probably on the verge of being rancid. You could make a much higher quality bar with organic dates(fresh as possible) and macadamia nuts or coconut and it would probably be cheaper.

1d952d225819b0229e93160a90bf9bf8

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on July 29, 2011
at 12:19 PM

That would explain why they tend to make me feel kind of icky..if I'm in the position to have to grab a bar(it happens at work on third shift)I'll do a Kind bar.

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5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

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on July 28, 2011
at 06:33 PM

Lara bars are packed full of sugar from the dates. Sugar is addictive. It's deadly for those of us who are obese or insulin insensitive and can lead to those conditions for everyone else. Quit cold turkey is my advice.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on July 28, 2011
at 06:41 PM

OMG Average gms of sugar looks to be about 20 per bar average. (18 - 22 for the ones I looked at) That's a huge onslaught of sugar. Do you crash about 1/2 to 1 hour later?

E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

(12857)

on July 28, 2011
at 07:30 PM

Dates are a natural food, how would eating 3 date bars lead to what you mention for normal people? Maybe you should check out 30bananasaday.com, these people eat multiple pounds of dates daily and are emaciated for the most part.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on July 28, 2011
at 08:51 PM

PS, I ate like the 30 bananas people for 3 months. The first 2 I felt fabulous, the last I was sick as a dog. A lot of the 30 bananas people are serious runners and long distance bikers. I'm not surprised they are skinny (they are also quite young), but it doesn't mean excess fruit sugar is good for them. I was in my 20's, eating like a pig and 107 lbs when I started showing symptoms (hypoglycemia) that I later found out are early warning signs of insulin resistance.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on July 28, 2011
at 06:44 PM

Here's a good thread on kicking sugar addiction. http://paleohacks.com/questions/27092/dealing-with-sugar-addiction-detox

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on July 28, 2011
at 08:41 PM

Something occurring naturally does not mean it is good for you. Natural sugar is still sugar. I'm not able to eat sugar at all. Excessive sugar is pretty well documented to lead to lots of problems, insulin resistance and diabetes being the best known. Not everyone one will go that route, but it strongly increases the chances.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on July 28, 2011
at 08:45 PM

I should actually say that I can eat small amounts in vegetables, some full fat dairy and possibly very limited fruit. Have you read Gary Taubes "Good Calories, Bad Calories"? I highly recommend it for understanding the problems with excess sugars/carbs.

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Aeec781cc234fcae119d4a71532058f5

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on July 28, 2011
at 06:39 PM

Bring something else to work with you that you can snack on. Maybe just plain nuts would be a good place to start, or some leftovers. Larabars are really good, but it's best to reserve them for an "emergency only" situation where you have nothing else to eat and are really hungry. I only buy one when I'll be traveling in case I'm stuck without other options.

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on July 29, 2011
at 07:27 AM

Okay, I had never had one of these until this week. My hubby wanted some snack food for the road so I grabbed some of these for him. He came home with a few left over and I was hungry, so I opened one and started to eat it. It was sweet and chewy, edible but not great. I don't know if you've noticed this, but if you get your nose really down in that wrapper there is a horrible chemical smell, probably from the plastic it is wrapped in. Get your nose right down in there, breathe deeply, and tell me you still want 3 a day.

Sugar and legume badness aside, if you want those exact ingredients a few dates and a spoonful of peanut butter would taste way better.

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on July 29, 2011
at 02:58 AM

Quit cold turkey.

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6b72eeb3f0c98b487f712efcb5092c90

on July 28, 2011
at 07:26 PM

It might also help to get some sugar-free gum so that you're chewing, but not ingesting all that sugar.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on July 28, 2011
at 09:01 PM

You don't want to be digesting the artificial sweeteners in sugar free gum either. Artificial sweeteners also usually trigger insulin even though their not sugar, and they also leading to most people continuing to crave sweets.

6b72eeb3f0c98b487f712efcb5092c90

(293)

on July 31, 2011
at 08:26 PM

Good point. I was considering the gum as a stop gap to break the Larabar habit, not an ongoing thing. Aren't there some naturally sweetened gums that might work?

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on July 28, 2011
at 06:57 PM

You are probably eating to many, but at least of all the bars they are the most natural since the sugar is from dates and no added sugars.

Moderation!

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on July 28, 2011
at 08:58 PM

Natural sugar is still sugar as far as your liver and pancreas and the rest of your body are concerned.

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D54290f91bd8c2ff9fdf2f519933bf3e

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on July 28, 2011
at 06:55 PM

they are really easy to make. choose the type of nuts you like, throw them into a food processor til they are broken into small pieces. remove. get pitted dates and throw them into the food processor.

mix the two together with a bit of cinnamon.

add cranberries, or other dried fruit to the dates to change the flavor.

F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

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on July 28, 2011
at 07:31 PM

That is still the sugar problem. Also they probably cost just as much to make, especially considering she probably gets an employee discount.

D54290f91bd8c2ff9fdf2f519933bf3e

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on July 29, 2011
at 02:04 AM

well it depends on whether or not the OP wants to give them up or just stop buying them. i can make like 15-18 of them for under 5$ which is way less than any discount you'd get considering they cost 3.50 each here. i think 3 a day is too much but i think having them here and there is fine, at least for me.

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