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Cravings...giving in...getting sick?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 19, 2012 at 8:07 PM

I am past week one on Paleo (yay!) and have felt relatively fabulous. Day 4 was awful, but thanks to some great advice from fellow PaleoHacks, that changed quickly.

I love to bake - bread, cookies, cakes, you name it - I'm kind of known for it amongst the office and the family. That has been the toughest thing to change since deciding to go Paleo and be grain-free. I kept telling myself that eventually I would allow gluten-free 'treats' - but not for a long time.

Well, I had the most insane craving for chocolate yesterday afternoon. Pure, primal, I-will-do-anything-for-a-damn-bite-of-chocolate craving. I spent hours (it felt like it) in the health food store looking at ingredients on different brownie mixes and finally bought one that was gluten, wheat, soy, corn, potato, peanut, tree nut, dairy and casein free.

Not even an hour after baking and consuming a brownie (it was just 'meh'), I had stomach cramps and horrible diarrhea.

Ok...was I a bad girl? I don't see how ingredients like evaporated cane juice, sweet brown rice flour, ducth cocao, tapioca flour, arrowroot flour, salt and xanthan gum could have that kind of effect on me.

How do past baked-good-aholics handle these cravings on Paleo?

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on February 20, 2012
at 05:45 PM

Lindts 90% is so good.. so good.

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on February 20, 2012
at 04:52 AM

Thanks...I tend to be extra hard on myself and want results RIGHT NOW. :) I'll keep your advice in mind!

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on February 20, 2012
at 04:51 AM

Do you recommend any certain kind? I can't seem to find anything darker than 70%.

Ff551acca848e7f98f34c4b8638bb9fc

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on February 20, 2012
at 04:51 AM

Thank you for the links and the recipes! @Sarah, I added your blog to my favorite bar! :)

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on February 20, 2012
at 03:24 AM

by the way, this is what I make: http://mypaleocrockpot.blogspot.com/2011/10/paleo-crockpot-brownie-in-mug.html (works well in the oven, too.)

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on February 20, 2012
at 03:23 AM

yes, make paleo brownies on your own, from scratch. those mixes do a number on me, too.

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on February 19, 2012
at 09:41 PM

gluten-free mixed give me stomach cramps too. Way worse than actual gluten. Regular tapioca is fine. Even rice flour seems fine (though I don't eat that much of it.) The mixes are deadly. A flourless chocolate cake would work much better, or a small square of green and blacks!

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on February 19, 2012
at 09:22 PM

I don't buy mixes. I see them as for people who are allergic to these things, so will to eat the faux version. There are plenty of recipes for yummy goodies that will allow you to skip the arrowroot flour, xanthan gum, sugar and rice flour. I would definitely suggest a good 20 or 30 days of eating nothing with an ingredient list (meat, veggies, and fruit only). Check out www.everydaypaleo.com

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on February 20, 2012
at 03:16 AM

Give yourself a brake, one week isn't do or die, Take a few months to allow the body to adjust. Cold turkey will just set you back. If you were doing this for a year or so, it would be different. Don't beat yourself, one week didn't kill you or make you healthier. Follow some guidelines and do it 80/20 til you feel that 90/10 is better.

Ff551acca848e7f98f34c4b8638bb9fc

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on February 20, 2012
at 04:52 AM

Thanks...I tend to be extra hard on myself and want results RIGHT NOW. :) I'll keep your advice in mind!

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on February 21, 2012
at 03:45 AM

Believe it or not, Godiva makes an 85% that is fab! Not organic, but really really good.

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on February 20, 2012
at 03:43 AM

eat some real chocolate! Darker is better of course, but there is NO substitute!

Ff551acca848e7f98f34c4b8638bb9fc

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on February 20, 2012
at 04:51 AM

Do you recommend any certain kind? I can't seem to find anything darker than 70%.

A45af235ed4dd0b4f548c59e91b75763

(1936)

on February 20, 2012
at 05:45 PM

Lindts 90% is so good.. so good.

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