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What do you do when you really crave sugar?

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Created December 13, 2011 at 6:26 AM

I mean really, really, REALLY (Ok I think you get it) crave the bad stuff...

Things like doughnuts, bread, sugar, pastries....

What do you do?

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on March 23, 2013
at 10:01 PM

Oh god, I love ice cream. Frozen berries blended up with coconut cream usually gets me through, though.

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on August 01, 2012
at 02:48 PM

@raydawg - thank you - this is just what I needed. Have come out of a very successful Whole30 and am currently in to day 3 of a seemingly uncontrollable sugar / bread binge. I will start with a 100% paleo dinner tonight, a good night's sleep, and kick off tomorrow with a coffee made the way you suggest plus some eggs. The binge won't stop unless I stop it.

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on February 09, 2012
at 02:27 AM

+1 Nance! Thorough and insightful.

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on December 18, 2011
at 10:59 PM

That is an excellent link. Thanks

7255a87872b75e6f691d84dca769b87e

on December 14, 2011
at 10:58 PM

That's exactly how I keep away from non-paleo foods. All my family's junk has gluten in it, so if I want a pint of gluten free Ben N Jerry's I have to go walk to get it, and if I do it'll melt on the way home and it won't be worth eating anyway; it'll ruin my shopping bag, and before you know it I'll have talked myself out of ice cream and instead be eating some meat and veggies.

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on December 14, 2011
at 12:02 PM

Most people are intolerant to gluten to an extent. It's an irritant. Like, everyone is technically 'allergic' to animal fur, but not everyone releases the same amount of histamine. For some people, it takes a tiny mouse to set them off; others only get sneezing when they're in a circus. Anyway, gluten or no gluten, the carbs are enough for me to keep away.

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on December 13, 2011
at 09:11 PM

@conciliator: Read'em and weep. From wikipedia: "Glutamine is the most abundant naturally occurring, non-essential amino acid in the human body and one of the few amino acids that directly cross the blood-brain barrier.[12] In the body, it is found circulating in the blood as well as stored in the skeletal muscles. It becomes conditionally essential (requiring intake from food or supplements) in states of illness or injury.[8]"

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on December 13, 2011
at 09:11 PM

Conciliator, are you aiming to win the brown a-hole badge? Yes, if I had a bowl of sugar in front of me, I wouldn't eat it, I'd probably not even start on the first teaspoon. If it was a box of corn flakes, and I was infront of a TV, and I was hungry I might wind up half the whole box - and I probably have in the past. Just because you're $diety's gift to paleohacks.com doesn't mean other people haven't done it. See my next comment:

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on December 13, 2011
at 08:13 PM

plus one.......

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(8239)

on December 13, 2011
at 04:52 PM

Me too. NO. Shift attention. Do something different. The world turns out to offer an endless array of things about which to be curious.

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(41757)

on December 13, 2011
at 04:35 PM

I'm not saying most people have zero effect, I'm saying that most people have low negative responses to gluten. Say on a scale of 0 to 100 (0 being no effect, 100 being death), I'd say the bell curve is centered on the low end of that scale. Can I feel "it" when I eat gluten? Slightly, but it's not really something that makes me want to swear off it forever. Gluten is just something I minimize exposure to.

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on December 13, 2011
at 04:01 PM

I a teaspoon or two of honey with some walnuts ^^ yum

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on December 13, 2011
at 03:50 PM

Where did you read that most people are on the no-effect side? I've read that something like 80% of people are affected by gluten negatively to some degree. I would've never thought gluten affected me negatively until I cut it out altogether a few months ago. Now, if I eat gluten, it tears my stomach up and makes me feel physically sick.

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on December 13, 2011
at 03:36 PM

I eat an organic apple, maybe 2. I do not crave sugared sweets such as doughnuts, etc. but once in a while I do want sweet and find that organic apples are real sweet and satisfying.

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on December 13, 2011
at 02:37 PM

You may disagree conciliator and vote as you will, but why the need to be rude?

Dfada6fe4982ab3b7557172f20632da8

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on December 13, 2011
at 01:32 PM

Yup. I'll only crave it if I've been consuming it, in which case I've get energy to burn and don't need to keep eating.

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on December 13, 2011
at 01:28 PM

lol @ L-Glutamine actually making it significantly to the brain. And just because sugar doesn't satiate YOU doesn't mean it isn't satiating. Double lol at binging on fruit and gaining fat. There are so many logical fallacies here.

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on December 13, 2011
at 09:18 AM

Fruit is just another sugary thing I easily binge on.... I could even eat the whole jar of honey, just crazy

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on December 13, 2011
at 07:14 AM

Sounds like a good strategy. I'm delaying as we speak! :)

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on December 13, 2011
at 07:14 AM

stop eating everything? you mean fast? (I'm not giving in to the craving by the way, trying to stay busy so that it passes...)

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on December 13, 2011
at 06:51 AM

First, I don't really ever crave gluten-containing foods. If I do, I have the reassurance that I will end up in a ball on my bed to help keep me from indulging. Having said that, I frequently crave ice cream.

So I delay it. "If I really want it again tomorrow, I can have some." When tomorrow comes, I do the same thing.

It also helps that I don't keep ingredients for really "bad stuff" on hand. I have to convince myself to go to the store to buy the stuff. And by "go to the store," I mean "walk to the store." That's my litmus for how badly I want it. Most of the time I just don't want to leave the house.

If I've delayed for a while and am willing to walk to the store, I'll indulge. But I have to buy an pre-portioned container (of ice cream, anyway). It doesn't really happen very often, though! Honestly, I'm too hungry the day after I eat it to make it worthwhile on a frequent basis.

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on December 13, 2011
at 07:14 AM

Sounds like a good strategy. I'm delaying as we speak! :)

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on December 14, 2011
at 10:58 PM

That's exactly how I keep away from non-paleo foods. All my family's junk has gluten in it, so if I want a pint of gluten free Ben N Jerry's I have to go walk to get it, and if I do it'll melt on the way home and it won't be worth eating anyway; it'll ruin my shopping bag, and before you know it I'll have talked myself out of ice cream and instead be eating some meat and veggies.

532cfd279d793e8fcc23b9f6d91dde5c

(1981)

on March 23, 2013
at 10:01 PM

Oh god, I love ice cream. Frozen berries blended up with coconut cream usually gets me through, though.

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96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on December 13, 2011
at 09:55 AM

Triggers for me used to be smells. I no longer have those, so I suspect you can train your senses to not crave things.

If you are cravings something sweet and want to get over it, take a little bit of L-Glutamine, which can be used to feed the few brain cells that require glucose, and thus quiet the craving. Once you get over the cravings, you won't need this stuff, so a little bit can go a long way.

Another thing that immediately turns off your appetite is coconut oil. Have a little bit several times a day and you'll find you're not hungry at all. I mix in about a tablespoon or so with a few teaspoons of dutch processed cocoa powder and then pour hot coffee over it. The cocoa powder does two things: it prevents a large oil slick at the top of the coffee, which if hot will burn your mouth, and it also provides some more Magnesium, preventing the caffeine from stealing Magnesium due to phytates. Make sure you use hot coffee as the heat turns off some of the phytates. (Alternatively when you mix cocoa with extra virgil coconut oil, pour a little bit of near boiling water over it, just enough to help you mix the two.)

After about a month of this, you won't crave things anymore. If you do, just stick with it and be stubborn about it. It's worth it.

If you do give in to carbs the danger is that you'll mess up your hunger reflex and will want to binge - at least for that day. Sugar makes us keep eating. In the wild we rarely had access to large sources of calories except for things like honey, or more likely fruits which were only available at the end of summer. So by binging on fruit, we packed on enough fat to survive the lean times in the winter. This is why eating sugar doesn't readily satiate us. (We just get a sugar rush, followed by an insulin spike which stores all that blood sugar, followed by a blood sugar low, followed by more cravings, repeat until diabesity.)

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on December 13, 2011
at 01:28 PM

lol @ L-Glutamine actually making it significantly to the brain. And just because sugar doesn't satiate YOU doesn't mean it isn't satiating. Double lol at binging on fruit and gaining fat. There are so many logical fallacies here.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19413)

on December 13, 2011
at 09:11 PM

@conciliator: Read'em and weep. From wikipedia: "Glutamine is the most abundant naturally occurring, non-essential amino acid in the human body and one of the few amino acids that directly cross the blood-brain barrier.[12] In the body, it is found circulating in the blood as well as stored in the skeletal muscles. It becomes conditionally essential (requiring intake from food or supplements) in states of illness or injury.[8]"

072fd69647b0e765bb4b11532569f16d

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on December 13, 2011
at 02:37 PM

You may disagree conciliator and vote as you will, but why the need to be rude?

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on December 13, 2011
at 09:11 PM

Conciliator, are you aiming to win the brown a-hole badge? Yes, if I had a bowl of sugar in front of me, I wouldn't eat it, I'd probably not even start on the first teaspoon. If it was a box of corn flakes, and I was infront of a TV, and I was hungry I might wind up half the whole box - and I probably have in the past. Just because you're $diety's gift to paleohacks.com doesn't mean other people haven't done it. See my next comment:

8d93455e9b5c459d2a290f55fa7c238f

on August 01, 2012
at 02:48 PM

@raydawg - thank you - this is just what I needed. Have come out of a very successful Whole30 and am currently in to day 3 of a seemingly uncontrollable sugar / bread binge. I will start with a 100% paleo dinner tonight, a good night's sleep, and kick off tomorrow with a coffee made the way you suggest plus some eggs. The binge won't stop unless I stop it.

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96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on December 13, 2011
at 03:46 PM

Been there, done that!

The suggestion to try a teaspoon of honey is a new idea to me and I think it's a good one. It's so sweet it would be impossible to eat very much of it straight--at least for me.

Anyhow, back to the point. When I sprained my ankle last summer the recovery included both good days and bad days. It's been the same in my recovery from gluten/sugar addiction. Some days are so solid it's tempting to think I'm permanently cured--hah! That's a pipe dream.

On the bad days, the first thing I do is eat a full serving of fatty meat. On those days, the thought of fatty meat is much less appealing than usual, but I eat it anyhow. I almost always find it tastes even better than usual and I think that's because my "taste network" is unnaturally excited. That seems to be part of the craving process, firing up every neuron related to taste. So eating healthy food is step one.

Step 2 is to do something that's not usually part of my routine--go walk around the neighborhood or a non-food store or do errands if you have any--think distraction! Whatever you do needs to keep you away from home for an hour or so. For me now, that's the end of it because I've had time to digest the meat and I'm not hungry or craving anything any more. Whew!

If you can't make yourself use step 1 (eating a filling, healthy meal) or you're still craving neolithic foods after the distraction you'll have to face that you're not YET deeply committed to this lifestyle. You may be in an hour, but right now you still have an inner debate going on between your rational side (should not eat that) and your subconscious (want to eat it anyhow.)

Keep trying! Failure isn't any more permanent than success. Every time you fall off the wagon you can use your disappointment to build even greater determination NOT to fall again.

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on February 09, 2012
at 02:27 AM

+1 Nance! Thorough and insightful.

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on December 13, 2011
at 05:35 PM

When I 'crave' sugar, I eat sugar. But I stay gluten-free.

Ice cream, milk chocolate, macaroons, and sugar in my coffee are all legal.

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on December 13, 2011
at 11:41 PM

It doesn't come up very often anymore, but here's what I do.

In addition to playing the delay tactic Banded mentioned, I eat a lot of fat and fatty meat. That seems to help me a lot.

There is an interesting theory that sugar craving is actually a form of fat craving: Why Did We Evolve a Taste for Sweetness?

A plausible inference would be:

  1. The sweet taste evolved primarily to encourage the eating of fatty, energy-dense meats; and of essential fat-associated micronutrients such as choline and inositol.

  2. The sweetness of fruit may result from plants having evolved a way to hijack the sweetness receptors, and animal food preferences, for their own purposes.

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on December 18, 2011
at 10:59 PM

That is an excellent link. Thanks

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on December 13, 2011
at 03:04 PM

I take coconut mana (pureed whole coconut, find it on amazon) and cocoa powder, microwave it a bit so it melts, mix it up and put it in the fridge for a few minutes. It comes out sort of like dark chocolate. It isn't all that sweet, just sweet enough.

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on December 13, 2011
at 02:00 PM

Berries, cherries, almonds, a broken dark chocolate square, coconut milk/kefir, splash of grass fed heavy cream, splash of vanilla, cinnamon, and cocoa powder in a bowl. Nature's ice cream sundae. Been getting a few more cravings in these winter months and that combination is something I don't think I will ever truly be guilty about!

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on December 13, 2011
at 09:21 AM

I don't usually crave the stuff anymore. But my neighbour sometimes bake this pretty darn good smelling cakes that makes me want to give it all up...so I eitheir just buck up and do something else, or I do this:

Heavy or coconut cream some melted butter melted 89% belgian chocolate

and eat veery slowly with a spoon. :)

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on December 13, 2011
at 05:30 PM

Okay, I am assuming fruit just isn't enough here so-

Try reading the labels on chocolate bars and pick the ones without any grain, legume, or dairy in it. The ingredient that will really drive you crazy here is soy lecithin. You either have to go really high end, or find that gluten free/soy free brand. Try the coconut based ice creams. Better yet learn to make them at home.

So, the framework here is to find a better choice in the moment, when you just have to have something. Better chocolate means higher cacao count, higher fat, and therefore less sugar, but often more satisfying.

Of course, when you feel you have more control, drop as much as possible. I didn't extinguish my cravings for wheat based products until I got rid of splenda in my coffee. It seems the artificial sweetener was keeping me hooked somehow. I don't know what is going on in your day to day operations, but it is very likely there is something keeping you hooked. I still crave sweets, but I just don't see wheat as food any longer. Nowadays I tend to beat myself up about my fruit binges (four pears last night!)- however unfortunate these binges are, they just don't compare to the damage done by the old wheat and dairy based binges, so I can't be too hard on myself.

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on December 13, 2011
at 02:08 PM

My cravings are answered by only 2 letters.

NO

Easiest way to answer my excuses and considerations.

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on December 13, 2011
at 04:52 PM

Me too. NO. Shift attention. Do something different. The world turns out to offer an endless array of things about which to be curious.

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on December 13, 2011
at 09:30 AM

If I'm completely honest, I give in. That's exactly my problem... I am starting to get a handle on it, and try to just eat something else instead that's good for me. I have to admit that restraint is not my strongest character trait...so trying to resist the temptation and assess whether I'm really hungry and say no if I'm not, just isn't working for me yet. I do have to say that the more Paleo I eat, the easier it becomes, and the longer I do Paleo, the easier it becomes. Progress for me was like Sunday afternoon - I made a cup of tea, the packet of cookies next to the tea jar started calling my name. I had one. Yes, just one. A year ago I would have eaten at least 3 if not the entire packet...

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on December 13, 2011
at 04:13 PM

Remind myself how bloated it makes me. And nuke a bowl of frozen blueberries, top with cinnamon and mix in some coconut oil.

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on December 13, 2011
at 02:42 PM

How long have you been eating grain free? The beginning is always the most difficult and I had regular cravings, but over time they got less frequent & after two years I don't crave grains anymore whatsoever. You may be craving gluten if you've had it recently since it's highly addictive. Go as long as you can without caving in. If you feel you must, (gluten withdrawal makes me anxious) have a tiny slice of a pastry and you might find that will be enough to satiate you. If the craving comes back, again, hold off as long as you can (might be a day or more) and the craving may go away on it's own this time. It's a quite literally a detox process.

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on December 13, 2011
at 02:31 PM

well i don't crave those foods particularly... and since I'm GF (gluten free), it's been a very long time since I've eaten anything that resembles those types of foods (I rarely eat the gf versions of those, as they're highly processed). So when I get a sweet tooth it's either a small piece of fruit or an ounce of dark chocolate for me. And that usually takes care of the problem. :)

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on December 13, 2011
at 01:23 PM

I fix my cortisol level with my new doctor!

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on December 13, 2011
at 08:13 PM

plus one.......

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on December 13, 2011
at 08:55 AM

I personally just eat a fruit. If a fruit is not enough for my cravings (as it usually wasn't it in the first month of dieting), I eat a teaspoon of raw & unfiltered local honey, which is more good than bad overall anyway (especially for people with GI track issues). These two tricks taks care of any cravings for me to this day.

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on December 13, 2011
at 09:18 AM

Fruit is just another sugary thing I easily binge on.... I could even eat the whole jar of honey, just crazy

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on December 14, 2011
at 11:57 AM

I haven't craved sugar for ages, but I think coconut butter(aka coconut cream concentrate) would be perfect. Coconut is naturally sweet. I make coconut butter bark by melting some coconut butter with coconut oil (just nuke it for a few seconds in the microwave) and throw in some filling (roasted nuts/dried fruit/matcha powder/vanilla extract/nut butter/bacon[seriously]/100% chocolate) and stick in the freezer. When its firm (it takes about 5 minutes for me, but my freezer seems to be running on nuclear power so I suppose its about 10-15 minutes for an average one :-)) take out, and break into bark. Store in the fridge (the freezer is only really for firming it up quickly) - unless you used nut butter as a filling, in which case it tends to go soft easier so keep it in the freezer. I eat this stuff all the time, its very nutritious.

You could also make 'toffee' by putting the coconut butter in an oven (covered) until it turns brown, and then let it firm up (keep this in the freezer).

Cashew butter is also very naturally sweet, and has a similar taste to white chocolate. You could mix it with some cacao butter (you can use coconut oil if you don't have any cacao butter) and vanilla extract, let it firm up and voila, you have white chocolate!

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on December 14, 2011
at 11:37 AM

If I crave sugar but don't want to eat it, I don't.

It's called discipline.

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on December 13, 2011
at 02:40 PM

I rarely, if ever, crave sugar, and if I do, I don't crave donuts, pastries, etc. I'll sometimes have some Haagen Daz if I want some. Lately, for a little post dinner kick, I've quickly nuked half a banana, some blueberries and a spoonful of almond butter. It's a few bites of heaven before bed.

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on December 13, 2011
at 01:41 PM

I like to make smoothies. I'll blend together 1/2 cup frozen blueberries, strawberries and raspberries along with a banana, ice and a cup of water. Also, I like to occassionaly clean strawberries and cover with melted 85% or higher (lindt) dark chocolate and place in the fridgerator for 25-30 minutes. Those strawberries can be addictive!

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on December 13, 2011
at 12:35 PM

The question is: how gluten-intolerant are you? The scale is from no effect to dying. Most folks are on the no-effect side. So indulge if you like. If you can avoid gluten all together with your treat, all the better.

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on December 13, 2011
at 03:50 PM

Where did you read that most people are on the no-effect side? I've read that something like 80% of people are affected by gluten negatively to some degree. I would've never thought gluten affected me negatively until I cut it out altogether a few months ago. Now, if I eat gluten, it tears my stomach up and makes me feel physically sick.

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on December 13, 2011
at 04:35 PM

I'm not saying most people have zero effect, I'm saying that most people have low negative responses to gluten. Say on a scale of 0 to 100 (0 being no effect, 100 being death), I'd say the bell curve is centered on the low end of that scale. Can I feel "it" when I eat gluten? Slightly, but it's not really something that makes me want to swear off it forever. Gluten is just something I minimize exposure to.

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on December 14, 2011
at 12:02 PM

Most people are intolerant to gluten to an extent. It's an irritant. Like, everyone is technically 'allergic' to animal fur, but not everyone releases the same amount of histamine. For some people, it takes a tiny mouse to set them off; others only get sneezing when they're in a circus. Anyway, gluten or no gluten, the carbs are enough for me to keep away.

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Dfada6fe4982ab3b7557172f20632da8

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on December 13, 2011
at 07:07 AM

What do you do?

Stop eating.

27a29804a79e90f5b8193ea33f392852

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on December 13, 2011
at 07:14 AM

stop eating everything? you mean fast? (I'm not giving in to the craving by the way, trying to stay busy so that it passes...)

Dfada6fe4982ab3b7557172f20632da8

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on December 13, 2011
at 01:32 PM

Yup. I'll only crave it if I've been consuming it, in which case I've get energy to burn and don't need to keep eating.

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on December 13, 2011
at 06:58 AM

I eat vanilla ice cream. I like to make my own. Hagan Daz is a good substitute in a pinch.

Also dark chocolate. Which I can't eat...

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on March 24, 2013
at 03:43 AM

Stevia and Bakery Scented Candles work for me! LOL!

Oh and I drink black coffee with stevia - I sometimes blend it in the blender - makes for a nice "dessert"

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on March 24, 2013
at 01:25 AM

Mix melted sugar-free Baker's chocolate with dates, then roll this mixture into balls, and coat in unsweetened coconut flakes. Yum! But if you want to prevent sugar cravings I've heard that chromium regulates blood sugar levels which helps to control sugar cravings.

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on March 23, 2013
at 11:46 PM

Strict zero carb meat, fat, and greens ketosis for at least a month. After that, as long as the carbs you eat are clean and starch (not sugar), you will not have any cravings for sugar IME.

Eat sugar one time, start over. That includes fruit and honey.

I went 20 years no ice cream and rarely any sugar. Been quasi-paleo for years, ZC as above last year for 5 months to clear out and reset, and just sweet potatoes or rice pwo after that.

Last Oct on my birthday I got the bright idea to have some ice cream. For the next 4 months I craved ice cream (and caved) like it was cocaine.

Dance with the devil as it were.

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on March 23, 2013
at 11:21 PM

There are pretty nice answers already here, will give my ones that might be a little bit different so they may come in handy.

For me, most cravings are a psychological thing, a great desire to have something good, a reward if you want. High cortisol levels due to mental stress can exacerbate this and surpass the strongest of will powers to stay clean. I guess we already know how does that feel.

One option as many said is to try having some kind of meal that has some compromise nutrient-wise: maybe a little bit higher than desired in simple sugars but at least cutting back on quantity or accompanied with some other nutrition dense foods. Things like honey, berries, fruit, chocolate...

Another one is go all the way down and say 'hey what the f**k I'm gonna eat until I blow up and I feel like in heaven'.

Don't think this would be so bad once in a while when 90% of the time you have healthy, natural food. Problem here is that the need for something like this comes pretty more often than desired. I could allow myself one of the first kind of rewarding meal every now and then but I will really try to stay away from the 'feast type' as much as possible because I know it could ruin the work of a full week.

That being said, there are at least 4 or 5 tricks that work pretty well with me and have kept me on the good way for some time now. The idea is that if feeling craving like crazy, I need a mental fix signal that will put me away from this feeling. Otherwise I probably won't resist too long.

Some things that can trigger that counter-signal:

  • Having a coffee/tea or some other warm infusion. I guess it may be the fat burning properties of coffee mixed with the alertness it gives and the feeling of warmth that it provides, but it makes me more calm and think less about food, it's like a little reward in itself.

  • Eat something that you dislike. It may change the way you are currently feeling about eating and stop the cravings.

  • If that does not work, go clean your teeth. Once you're done, you would feel so stupid to let them go dirty again that you might probably pass. Also, if you take your time with some dental wire and things like that, your mind forgets about food easier.

  • If the ones above don't work, then I try to find some challenging activity that will keep my mind off eating.

  • If nothing works, then I must leave home, go for a walk or if its early on the day, go to the gym. Being busy usually works well with me.

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on March 23, 2013
at 10:04 PM

I have tea with cream. Don't know why, but it gets the job done for me.

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on March 23, 2013
at 08:54 PM

Don't really like the taste of avocados, but they seem to do the trick.

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on February 09, 2012
at 02:21 AM

I read somewhere on PHD that Seth Roberts is working a theory that when you're craving something sweet you're actually craving Vitamin C. Don't know how I feel about that or if he's making progress with it; just tossing it out there.

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on February 08, 2012
at 09:47 PM

Good earth sweet and spicy tea is naturally sweet. I add a bit of coconut milk to it, so it actually is fairly delicious, sweet and decadent.

I also will occasionally have a spoonful of almond butter, or a date, cut in half, with almond butter inside it. Or some no sugar added applesauce.

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on December 18, 2011
at 07:28 PM

I like Medjool dates.They are really sweet and after eating 3 I am satisfied.Fructose...I know!I also bake Paleo style.

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on December 14, 2011
at 01:40 AM

club soda / mineral water

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on December 13, 2011
at 11:50 PM

I was a real chocolate fiend! I'm glad to be mostly off sugar, but I still get cravings. I allow myself the pleasure of some good dark chocolate and dried fruit like cherries or apricots. The fruit makes the dark chocolate sweet and fills me up. It's hard to eat too much of it. I know it's not perfectly primal, but it's a journey, right?

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on December 13, 2011
at 01:12 PM

The whole foods in my area sells organic dates rolled in coconut. Not necessarily a perfect treat by any means, but they really satisfy my sweet tooth and don't give me much to feel guilty about.

I'll usually carry a few around with me during the day or leave some in my desk, in case I get antsy for a donut or something.

Good luck!!!

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