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Why do I have an unbearable craving for carbs and sugar all day? Any ideas? Please help.

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Created February 08, 2012 at 8:24 PM

Why do I have an unbearable craving for carbs and sugar all day? Any ideas? Please help.

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on February 10, 2012
at 11:34 PM

candida? Gut dysbiosis? addiction? low serotonin?

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on February 09, 2012
at 06:19 PM

Sweet potatoes are right on the edge of what I consider "anytime" vegetables. However, the are WAY better for one in terms of good fiber, GI spikes, and GL amounts compared to potatoes.

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on February 09, 2012
at 04:50 AM

push through, get distracted. Think of it like giving up smoking.

A15af22bd729ec030e8f47d1189b6eaf

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on February 09, 2012
at 04:48 AM

"not sure why" ... yeah i guess thats why they are called sweet potatoes. It's still a sugar fix, no matter the packaging. :)

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on February 08, 2012
at 08:42 PM

for which the sweets and carbs are a shabby substitute. There are lots of folks at Low Carb Friends and lowcarb.ca who can offer much help in this. All the best to you. :)

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on February 08, 2012
at 08:41 PM

Lilian, I had to experiment with different foods and different carb and calories levels to find a food plan that fit me. Eating carbs and sweets begets the desire to eat carbs and sweets. Dr. Richard Bernstein explains how this happens in his book, The Diabetes Solution. It's great reading, even if one isn't diabetic. Some of the book can be read online: http://www.diabetes-book.com/readit.shtml Most of us on low-carb food plans find we have an optimal range. Mine is 20-30g/CHO/d. Eating animal protein and animal fat, with a small amount of carbs usually provides the nourishment....

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96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on February 08, 2012
at 08:32 PM

Lilian, did you drastically reduce your carbs recently?

2 quick thoughts:

  • If you went very low on carbs, or changed from junk to healthy, have a big salad and then eat a handful of berries followed by a large serving of fatty meat. That will feed any real hunger.
  • Then, do something that requires the use of muscles, both limb and brain. Run some sprints, take a drive, walk around a hardware store, etc.

If you recently changed or reduced your carbs, your metabolism is temporarily in topsy-turvy mode and you need to distract it with physical and mental activity. Until it decides to be distracted, make sure you eat plenty of healthy and satisfying food so you don't compound the problem.

Take care.

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on February 09, 2012
at 07:50 PM

Because carbs (and sugar) are super tasty and should make the difference between you and your genes surviving come winter.

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on February 09, 2012
at 06:39 AM

Eat a big breakfast. For example 3-4 eggs and perhaps a TBS butter. For lunch have fat and protein but no carbs and then eat a nice dinner and have your carbs there... Leaving carbs out of the earlier meals helps a lot.

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on February 09, 2012
at 04:32 AM

Sweet potatoes seem to really help me with the cravings -- not sure why. I slice them really thin, brush a bit of olive oil and butter on the slices, and then bake them for 10 minutes a side at 400 degrees. They get all nice and crispy and sweet and you can put a bit of salt on them.

Definitely don't let yourself get really hungry...I've noticed that when I get hungry I make really bad food decisions...as in...WOW that pint of ice cream looks GREAT.

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on February 09, 2012
at 06:19 PM

Sweet potatoes are right on the edge of what I consider "anytime" vegetables. However, the are WAY better for one in terms of good fiber, GI spikes, and GL amounts compared to potatoes.

A15af22bd729ec030e8f47d1189b6eaf

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on February 09, 2012
at 04:48 AM

"not sure why" ... yeah i guess thats why they are called sweet potatoes. It's still a sugar fix, no matter the packaging. :)

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on February 08, 2012
at 09:08 PM

Lillian, I'm in the same boat. I've been eating fairly low-ish carb for the past several months and since discovering Paleo I've been overwhelmed by all of the amazing websites, blogs, and books out there to help me on this journey. However, I find that when I spend a LOT of time focused on the types of food I can eat (either by perusing the aforementioned blogs with their delicious pictures of Paleo food substitutes or even by spending too much time on Paleohacks) it starts to manifest itself in this insatiable urge to snack. Unfortunately, this has already gotten out of control a couple times, and the end result wasn't pretty...

It may be possible you have that unbearable craving because you are too focused on food. As others have recommended, try to distract yourself and do something that will take away your focus on the carbs/sugar you want. I know that telling someone to, "stop thinking about x" will make you think about X even more, but it's honestly the only thing that works for me. Eating something else won't satisfy what I'm craving, eating carbs/snacks will result in a binge, and increasing my overall carb count isn't something I will accept because I have am trying to burn fat stores (and there is plenty to burn).

So yeah. What Nance said. Just wanted to let you know I'm dealing with the same situation. :)

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on February 08, 2012
at 09:05 PM

Sounds like you may need to do some type of sugar detox to rid your body of the addiction. I went through the same thing and then went 4 weeks without any type of sugar. It really helped kick the cravings, although it was quite challenging.

It was very rewarding though to know that I had beat the evil sugar addiction!

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on February 09, 2012
at 08:09 PM

If you have been VLC for a while, then one possibility is that you need more carbs in your day to day diet. And, your body is very forcefully letting you know that.

It's really hard to say without knowing what your diet has been, other health issues, etc...

There are many people on this board who, due to their individual health issues are VLC, so it's easy to get the impression that this is the only healthy way to eat. Not so. For some people (myself included) long term VLC results in a VERY unsatisfactory outcome. It all depends...

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on February 08, 2012
at 08:55 PM

Good answer, Nance! I think that when I first started Paleo, I felt the same way. I have a fantastic recipe for Paleo Chocolate Chip cookies and would crave them, obviously because of the chocolate, and the one thing that I noticed that would fulfill that craving without eating the cookies were a handful (LOL okay, realistically, I snack-sized baggie) full of walnuts, almonds, and raisins. Try that! :)

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