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Post-Carb/Sugar Ingestion: Increased Cravings?

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Created February 14, 2011 at 3:08 PM

Is it normal to have hugely increased cravings for sugar and/or carbs after ingesting small amounts (purposefully or mistakenly)? I was invited to lunch at the 'rents yesterday, and while they tried to be paleo friendly (sausage, venison) they used jarred sauces and maple syrup. I've been craving carbs and sugar like MAD ever since.

(Note: I've been 80% compliant with grains since November, and 100% compliant cutting out sugar or artificial sweeteners since Jan 1.)

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on February 15, 2011
at 05:20 AM

The cake has the wheat attacking you as well. Cake might be the ultimate perfect weapon LOL! Give them a little bit, watch them get addicted, make it really cheap, let them slowly eat themselves to death..

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

(20807)

on February 15, 2011
at 05:18 AM

It helps some to eat protein and fat instead, but I know of no cure. Another solution is to sleep. SOmetimes the craving will be gone by the time you wake up. SOme lowcarbers strategize their carb cheats to happen right before bed so they will sleep through the majority of the cravings.

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

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on February 15, 2011
at 04:34 AM

I'll keep that in mind the next time my partner suggests Chinese food. Funny thing is, I was very interested in his soda that night, too, and I'm totally not a coke drinker! It's good information to have. Thanks for letting me know, Paola! :)

5672b2d190891342389e764cc4056ca9

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on February 15, 2011
at 01:23 AM

Kaz, I suspect this is the case. After a meal with MSG quite a few people have the same symptoms: terrible thirst that eludes satiation and cravings for sweets. Here in Hong Kong, where MSG is used liberally, it's common place to say that the only way to cure this powerful combination of thirst + sweets cravings caused by MSG is to drink a coke. Poison cure poison :)

Bb8c352373072382e03e34d7e90baa8e

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on February 14, 2011
at 08:50 PM

hmmmm i might have to try that... because no matter how much i eat, i am ravenous.

Bb8c352373072382e03e34d7e90baa8e

(15)

on February 14, 2011
at 08:49 PM

that's exactly how i feel: ravenous. no amount of food is able to fill me right now.

Bb8c352373072382e03e34d7e90baa8e

(15)

on February 14, 2011
at 06:53 PM

thanks! a lot of the information was really useful.

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

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on February 14, 2011
at 05:29 PM

I keep coconut butter/oil/extremely dark chocolate around. They all taste sweet without absurd amounts of sugar in them, and their high fat content helps me drift gently to the ground instead of crashing into a heap of "OnGz, I need more sugar!" ravenousness. (I've been known to stand in front of a jar of coconut butter and nom away when my sugar cravings are through the roof. :P) Also, a heavy, fatty-protein-y meal helps me transition back into "normal" eating much smoother, too. :)

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

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on February 14, 2011
at 05:24 PM

Is that why Chinese food makes me ravenous? The darn'd MSG? I went out for Chinese this weekend and ate only the meat entree (no rice), and despite eating a huge portion, did not feel "full" afterward, AND I was ready to eat my arm two hours later. And yeah, I had insatiable thirst and sweet cravings afterward, too. >.<

Cfccbcf3450ac4919311ded8ef162d49

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on February 14, 2011
at 04:35 PM

I am usually compliant, but there are those special occasions, where it would be rude to say no or I just want to indulge - just a little

82166cc32b6cf26de33b69f58fb583b1

on February 14, 2011
at 03:58 PM

"The Only exception would be potatoes – they're filling me up rather quickly..." That's an interesting observation! Starchy tubers like potatoes are paleo foods.

82166cc32b6cf26de33b69f58fb583b1

on February 14, 2011
at 03:50 PM

"The Only exception would be potatoes – they're filling me up rather quickly ..." That's an interesting observation! Root vegetables like potatoes are paleo foods. We are probably better adapted to eating starch than we are to sugar.

82166cc32b6cf26de33b69f58fb583b1

on February 14, 2011
at 03:49 PM

> "The Only exception would be potatoes – they're filling me up rather quickly ..." That's an interesting observation. Potatoes contain starch which breaks down into sugar inside our bodies, but it's not sugar. Root vegetables like potatoes are paleo foods. We are probably better adapted to eating starch than we are to sugar.

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on February 14, 2011
at 03:43 PM

Don't eat the offending items in the first place!

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61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

(2682)

on February 14, 2011
at 03:53 PM

Eating a lot of sugar causes me to crave...snacking. Doesn't necessarily have to be more sugar, but it just makes me want to eat more.

All last week I wanted to eat, eat, and eat some more. I finally had a "cheat" on Saturday night with a slice of pizza. After I ate that piece of pizza, I was fine; no more craving. Very strange as pizza--especially just one slice--has never really been satisfying for me.

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5672b2d190891342389e764cc4056ca9

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on February 14, 2011
at 03:49 PM

In addition to sugar, the culprit might be MSG, which is often used in canned sauces. It has a very powerful effect on me, both increasing my general hunger during the meal (the more I eat the hungrier I become), and producing incredibily strong cravings for sweets after the meal + thirst.

5672b2d190891342389e764cc4056ca9

(1304)

on February 15, 2011
at 01:23 AM

Kaz, I suspect this is the case. After a meal with MSG quite a few people have the same symptoms: terrible thirst that eludes satiation and cravings for sweets. Here in Hong Kong, where MSG is used liberally, it's common place to say that the only way to cure this powerful combination of thirst + sweets cravings caused by MSG is to drink a coke. Poison cure poison :)

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

(5227)

on February 15, 2011
at 04:34 AM

I'll keep that in mind the next time my partner suggests Chinese food. Funny thing is, I was very interested in his soda that night, too, and I'm totally not a coke drinker! It's good information to have. Thanks for letting me know, Paola! :)

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

(5227)

on February 14, 2011
at 05:24 PM

Is that why Chinese food makes me ravenous? The darn'd MSG? I went out for Chinese this weekend and ate only the meat entree (no rice), and despite eating a huge portion, did not feel "full" afterward, AND I was ready to eat my arm two hours later. And yeah, I had insatiable thirst and sweet cravings afterward, too. >.<

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1acc4ee9381d9a8d998b59915b3f997e

(2099)

on February 14, 2011
at 03:44 PM

This totally happens to me if I eat even small amounts of natural sweeteners. For me, the worst thing at setting of cravings is the combination of sweet/starchy/fatty, like cake. I stay strictly away from all cakes, cookies, pies, pancakes, etc. On the other hand, I find that the combination of sweet/fatty, like panna cotta, satifies my desire for something sweet but doesnt set off cravings. As far as artificial sweeteners go, they don't seem to bother me as badly as the natural ones, but I keep them to a minimum, too. Long story short, I keep all that stuff to a minimum and eat sweets very rarely. I don't regret doing that because of the wonderful results it get.

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

(20807)

on February 15, 2011
at 05:20 AM

The cake has the wheat attacking you as well. Cake might be the ultimate perfect weapon LOL! Give them a little bit, watch them get addicted, make it really cheap, let them slowly eat themselves to death..

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Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on February 14, 2011
at 03:30 PM

oh god, i can totally relate. i had a cupcake at my nephews birthday party on sunday, and pretty much spent yesterday raiding the fridge all day. thank god i dont keep sugar in the house. one thing ive found that helps is to drink a lot of water, especially in the form of ginger tea. i dont think the ginger does much, but the strong warm spicy flavor in my mouth dissuades me from going hog wild. i sort of slack a lot, but stay pretty primal- ill have some goat cheese for instance, and yesterday i make a paleo oven pancake. i dont normally go for the candy cigarettes since im trying to lose weight, but something about gorging on something that seems carby satisfies me. (1/2c coconut milk, 1/4c. coconut flour, 2 eggs and a ton of butter in a cast iron pan baked 10m at 425 and slathered with more butter). i eat a lot of fat, too. today im feeling much better and am back on the wagon 100%.

Bb8c352373072382e03e34d7e90baa8e

(15)

on February 14, 2011
at 08:50 PM

hmmmm i might have to try that... because no matter how much i eat, i am ravenous.

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Cfccbcf3450ac4919311ded8ef162d49

(2312)

on February 14, 2011
at 03:27 PM

So the really question is: How do you keep this or stop this from happening? I for one would sure like to know!

Cfccbcf3450ac4919311ded8ef162d49

(2312)

on February 14, 2011
at 04:35 PM

I am usually compliant, but there are those special occasions, where it would be rude to say no or I just want to indulge - just a little

7e1064164e012a1ead098098245b1cd4

(1197)

on February 14, 2011
at 03:43 PM

Don't eat the offending items in the first place!

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

(5227)

on February 14, 2011
at 05:29 PM

I keep coconut butter/oil/extremely dark chocolate around. They all taste sweet without absurd amounts of sugar in them, and their high fat content helps me drift gently to the ground instead of crashing into a heap of "OnGz, I need more sugar!" ravenousness. (I've been known to stand in front of a jar of coconut butter and nom away when my sugar cravings are through the roof. :P) Also, a heavy, fatty-protein-y meal helps me transition back into "normal" eating much smoother, too. :)

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

(20807)

on February 15, 2011
at 05:18 AM

It helps some to eat protein and fat instead, but I know of no cure. Another solution is to sleep. SOmetimes the craving will be gone by the time you wake up. SOme lowcarbers strategize their carb cheats to happen right before bed so they will sleep through the majority of the cravings.

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A15af22bd729ec030e8f47d1189b6eaf

(774)

on February 14, 2011
at 03:21 PM

Yup, same problem here. Small amounts of something sweet or generally carby make me ravenous. Especially Chocolate. The Only exception would be potatoes ??? they're filling me up rather quickly ...

My advice would be to be patient and stop thinking/worrying about this altogether. Cravings come, cravings go. Just do not obsess about them. Soon you won't be looking back.

82166cc32b6cf26de33b69f58fb583b1

on February 14, 2011
at 03:58 PM

"The Only exception would be potatoes – they're filling me up rather quickly..." That's an interesting observation! Starchy tubers like potatoes are paleo foods.

Bb8c352373072382e03e34d7e90baa8e

(15)

on February 14, 2011
at 08:49 PM

that's exactly how i feel: ravenous. no amount of food is able to fill me right now.

82166cc32b6cf26de33b69f58fb583b1

on February 14, 2011
at 03:49 PM

> "The Only exception would be potatoes – they're filling me up rather quickly ..." That's an interesting observation. Potatoes contain starch which breaks down into sugar inside our bodies, but it's not sugar. Root vegetables like potatoes are paleo foods. We are probably better adapted to eating starch than we are to sugar.

82166cc32b6cf26de33b69f58fb583b1

on February 14, 2011
at 03:50 PM

"The Only exception would be potatoes – they're filling me up rather quickly ..." That's an interesting observation! Root vegetables like potatoes are paleo foods. We are probably better adapted to eating starch than we are to sugar.

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0bcefaa82dc94f93ce705f86e235f335

on February 14, 2011
at 03:20 PM

Short answer? For some people - ABSOLUTELY. There have been several discussions at PH lately regarding sugar cravings, and although not everyone experiences this, comments indicate that there are many folks (like myself) who get terrible cravings after being exposed to carbs/sugar.

Here are some links - check out the comments:

http://paleohacks.com/questions/22957/how-do-you-guys-deal-with-sweets-and-vegans

http://paleohacks.com/questions/22827/open-meals-what-some-of-you-call-cheat-meals

http://paleohacks.com/questions/22810/easing-into-paleo-i-cant-survive-a-strict-100-paleo-how-to-get-started

Bb8c352373072382e03e34d7e90baa8e

(15)

on February 14, 2011
at 06:53 PM

thanks! a lot of the information was really useful.

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7e1064164e012a1ead098098245b1cd4

(1197)

on February 14, 2011
at 03:18 PM

Yes, I get this also. Artificial sweeteners (although not stevia...), fruits, dark chocolate, honey, anything like that sets off my cravings.

The only 'sweet' things that don't cause me cravings (and I am SO glad) are things like wine.

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82166cc32b6cf26de33b69f58fb583b1

on February 14, 2011
at 03:17 PM

Yes, I think it's normal. I've noticed this too and several friends have told me the same thing. The heightened cravings wear off after a few days.

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