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Crazy for carbs!

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created March 15, 2013 at 7:50 PM

So, lately I have been eating carbs daily, after doing low-carb for a few months, and now I just crave them like CRAZY.

If I have a small banana, some white rice, or mashed potatoes, my appetite just goes wild and I feel hungry all over again!

Does anyone know what this means? Should I have more carbs? Should I lay off of them again and resist the urge, and just eat more protein/fat instead?

I just feel like I can't just have a little bit, and I definitely do not want to be binging.

Any help would be great! Thanks!

EDIT: I read on a previous post that an iron deficiency could be causing this craving, and lately I have been drinking more tea (I gave up coffee for lent) which I have read blocks some iron absorption, and I have also been noticing darker bags under my eyes and chipped finger nails, (also signs of low iron) soooo, if all of this IS because of low iron, how can I get my iron up without supplements?! I eat at least 3 cups of fresh spinach a day!

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on March 30, 2013
at 10:55 AM

are you eating sugar or sweet foods? the taste of sweet gives you carb cravings. even diet soda

5f678ffff153bfc8a17ac1ee438c054f

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on March 15, 2013
at 11:57 PM

Great! Thank you!

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on March 15, 2013
at 11:07 PM

In that case, just try to take in a lot of vitamin c from oranges or something, since it greatly increases iron absorption.

5f678ffff153bfc8a17ac1ee438c054f

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on March 15, 2013
at 09:37 PM

I am in college, and I eat out of the cafeteria. ): Is there anything else?

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on March 15, 2013
at 09:16 PM

Regarding the iron issue, a great way to reverse it is by eating oysters.

5f678ffff153bfc8a17ac1ee438c054f

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on March 15, 2013
at 09:09 PM

So, could it be that I ate very little carbs before, so my body is more sensitive to opiate response? Maybe this means I just need to control how much I eat them for awhile, so that I get used to the effect. Does that seem right?

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on March 15, 2013
at 08:59 PM

If you're eating bulkier carbs like potatoes or fruits without added fats, it's not going to negatively affect your weight. If you make a half-stick of butter disappear into your mashed potatoes, you might be in for a bad time. Nothing inherently bad about them, though.

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on March 15, 2013
at 08:50 PM

Check out my "sweet craving" remedy: http://paleohacks.com/questions/160164/why-am-i-craving-sweets-all-of-a-sudden/160177#160177

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Fce356005a83353009c11567c217a9bd

on March 15, 2013
at 08:40 PM

And then there's that whole carbohydrate opiate receptor thing that we've known about for at least 30 years:

"...There is evidence that endogenous opiates are involved in the control of feeding in experimental animals. Several types of experimental obesity are associated with increased opiate production and/or increased numbers and sensitivity of opiate receptors. Research with experimental animals suggests that nutrients, particularly sugar, have an effect on feeding behavior that is mediated by opiates. For instance, the obesity-producing effect of a palatable diet in rodents is blocked by opiate antagonists. Stress induced feeding in rodents leads to preferential sucrose ingestion and is blocked by opiate antagonists and beta-endorphin. The effect of nutrients on the endogenous opiate system of humans is less clear. Clinical experience suggest that carbohydrates (sugar in particular) play a role in binge eating and obesity. Many binge eaters preferentially eat sweets during a binge. Many obese individuals consume more than half of their total daily calories as carbohydrates. Sweet snacking is a frequent behavior at times of stress. Recent evidence suggests that sugar can lead to increased beta-endorphin production in obese subjects..."

Sugar, opioids and binge eating. Fullerton DT, Getto CJ, Swift WJ, Carlson IH Brain Res Bull 1985 Jun;14(6):673-680 http://charm.cs.uiuc.edu/users/jyelon/lowcarb.med/topic7.html


"...Stimulating the same brain receptors that respond to opiate drugs (such as morphine or heroin) triggers rats to binge on carbohydrates, further evidence that eating disorders share certain biological pathways with drugs of abuse..." http://www.med.wisc.edu/news-events/wisconsin-study-links-carbohydrate-overeating-and-reaction-to-opiates/30723. Date Published: 03/02/2011.


"...Certain foods will also elicit a response from cannabinoid receptors. This is the same response that occurs when someone smokes pot and gets the ???munchies.??? It stimulates our response for cravings. The combination of these three leads to severe addiction to food. One study actually showed that oral administration of an antagonist opioid and a cannabinoid receptor inverse agent led to decreased eating in obese mice (Chen, 2003). This proves that there is some response in these neurotransmitters..." http://robbwolf.com/2012/02/15/carb-addiction-cake-is-the-new-crack/, Date published: February 15th, 2012

5f678ffff153bfc8a17ac1ee438c054f

(1405)

on March 15, 2013
at 09:09 PM

So, could it be that I ate very little carbs before, so my body is more sensitive to opiate response? Maybe this means I just need to control how much I eat them for awhile, so that I get used to the effect. Does that seem right?

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on March 16, 2013
at 07:33 AM

Could be parasites. Good explanation video (if you can get past the weird intro music) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kw2xj4tqvHg Also, carbs equals sugar - all still a craving.

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on March 16, 2013
at 01:06 AM

try making your own sauerkraut. Crazy sugar cravings could be a sign of an unhealthy gut...maybe your not absorbing all your nutrients.

I just made my first batch of homemade sauerkraut and it might be the placebo effect but I feel more full. Don't get store bought stuff unless you can confirm that it hasn't been pasteurized.

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49c154d06cb986a2b7e3ceab9d251cb0

on March 15, 2013
at 08:14 PM

Kicking the carbo addiction means eating more (clean) fats! Cacao butter and coconut oil are my favorites. I put them in my hot blended drinks every morning. Delicious!

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