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Fruit Cravings... Please answer!!!

Answered on November 14, 2014
Created January 19, 2012 at 10:35 PM

I have always craved fruit - so please do not think it started when I went Paleo. What changed with Paleo though it is that I have SPECIFIC fruit cravings.

Like, for example, if I had sugar cravings I would just grab something sweet, like a chocolate bar or anything with sugar in it, right? But my fruit cravings are very specific.

I don't want oranges - I would not even touch them if I had any.

At first I was craving grapes. And not just any grapes, but one kind only. I would not eat any other fruit, just those grapes. I lasted like two to three weeks.

Then I was craving for persimmons. I had grapes in the house and I no longer was craving them. I only wanted persimmons. It lasted for another month or so. I would eat no other fruits, but persimmons only.

Now it is pomegranates, but not just regular pomegranates, but a special kind (seedless). This is my second week being addicted to pomegranates.

What is wrong with me?

Has anyone experienced this? Please help - I feel as if I am going nuts.


Any answer is welcome, and I will make sure nobody is downvoting here!

What is it, some kind of a game? I need help, and any advice would be helpful!!!

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on May 24, 2012
at 12:36 AM

a voice of reason! +! matthew!

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on January 20, 2012
at 06:44 PM

VB, of all the terrible things there are in the world that you could be doing to you body 3 or 4 pomegranates a day is really not something to worry about :)

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on January 20, 2012
at 05:54 PM

I am glad I am not the only one! Great answer!

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on January 20, 2012
at 05:53 PM

Sorry, I am not a VLC person. I do not crave wheat - in fact, I have never craved bread, pizza or pasta - never liked them. I do not like the idea of intermittent fasting and will never do it. Thank you for your suggestions and thoughtful comments. Maybe somebody else, who has the same problem, will follow it.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on January 20, 2012
at 05:49 PM

Matthew... I usually eat three or four a day, after a meal and as a snack. Do you think it is too many?

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on January 20, 2012
at 05:46 PM

The pomegranates I eat have very tiny seeds, you don't even feel them when you eat the fruit. It is very interesting how everybody got so interested in seedless pomegranates. I also eat seedless persimmons, they are imported from Spain and they are delicious. :)

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on January 20, 2012
at 05:44 PM

Daz, I am NOT in any way a vlc and I am not going to become one - I oppose the idea of a vlc. I believe in carbs :) Thanks for caring!

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on January 20, 2012
at 12:42 PM

VB, when you have cravings for a particular kind of fruit like the seedless pomegranates, how many of them are you eating?

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on January 20, 2012
at 07:08 AM

I kind of thought the whole point of pomegranates was eating the seeds?

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on January 20, 2012
at 06:55 AM

Thank you for providing this valuable inside about Inuits. I did not know. I eat enough tubers during the day, and I do not crave tubers, only pomegranates. Thanks for your input though.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on January 20, 2012
at 06:53 AM

I have never craved wheat after going gluten free. The funny thing is that I have never craved wheat BEFORE going gluten free. I always hated pasta and bread, and my body was telling me that. I don't crave sugar at all. I crave some very specific things and it is very interesting to me.

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on January 20, 2012
at 04:54 AM

what's up with lustig fat pack, drinking too much cola?

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on January 20, 2012
at 01:16 AM

Miked, I don't crave wheat or sugar, so I think that's why it's easy for me to listen to my cravings. The closest I can think of to what you're getting at is chocolate, but I don't consider that a craving, but a "fiending for". The feeling is very different for me.

7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

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on January 20, 2012
at 01:15 AM

Miked, I don't crave wheat or sugar, so I think that's why it's easy for me to listen to my cravings. The closest I can think of to what you're getting at is chocolate, but I don't consider that a craving, but a "fiending for". The feeling is very different.

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on January 20, 2012
at 12:48 AM

i think both views are true; we have cravings for things the body needs and cravings for things the body is addicted to. Being able to tell the difference is the trick. On the SAD its next to impossible imo. But on a clean, whole food, paleo style diet, i think the signals become clearer & easier to interpret & understand

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on January 20, 2012
at 12:47 AM

i think both views are true; we have cravings for things the body needs and cravings for things the body is addicted to. Being able to tell the difference is the trick. On a SAD diet its next to impossible imo. But on a clean, whole food, paleo style diet, i think the signals become clearer & easier to understand.

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on January 20, 2012
at 12:45 AM

You know, Miked, I used to think that too, but back in my SAD eatin' days, I inhaled red meat and spinach like my life depended on it once a month. Seriously - I'd go through 7 boxes of frozen spinach in two days. (Gross, eh?) My husband was the one who noticed that I was anemic...

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on January 19, 2012
at 11:53 PM

seedless pomegranate is just pith, right?

510bdda8988ed0d4b0ec0b738b4edb73

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on January 19, 2012
at 11:47 PM

People often say this about cravings, but I'm just not convinced. We crave wheat and sugar because we're (mildly) addicted to it just like an addict craves alcohol or cigarettes. I'm skeptical that our bodies are smart enough to know what micronutrients are in foods to have specific cravings for them.

510bdda8988ed0d4b0ec0b738b4edb73

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on January 19, 2012
at 11:46 PM

Here's the starting place for the whole 30: http://whole9life.com/start/ I would guess that if you're running out of energy when you cut the fruit, that you're still a sugar-burner. Once I made the transition to fat-burner, I never had a drop in energy when I have no fruit (or other sugar).

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on January 19, 2012
at 11:24 PM

VB, interesting comment "I have no energy in me when I do not have any fruit", are you vlc as well? some people do better with some carbs

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on January 19, 2012
at 11:19 PM

Sara, they do not taste like regular pomegranates. They are super sweet, almost like sweet cherries, or even sweeter.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on January 19, 2012
at 11:16 PM

No, I have no gut issues and no intolerance reaction. If I eat way too much fruit, I gain weight, but only for a day or two, and then it goes down again. I have tried to cut out all fruit, but then I have no energy in me when I do not have any fruit (and I do cross-country skiing so energy is important). What do you think? Should I stop eating it?

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on January 19, 2012
at 11:13 PM

How long do I have to "hold"? By holding, do you mean NOT EATING ANY FRUIT or a little bit of fruit? I have tired cutting out fruit and I have no energy left in me. Is that normal? How long will it last? What is whole 30ish approach, I don't even know what it is? Please explain in detail if you can.

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on January 19, 2012
at 11:12 PM

....does eating the fruit cause you any problems (apart from the cravings which i would not term a problem)? ie. intolerance reactions, increase in body fat, gut issues, etc

7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

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on January 19, 2012
at 11:11 PM

Wow, where do you get seedless pomegranates? I want some!

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on January 19, 2012
at 11:09 PM

....is eating the fruits causing you any problems (apart from the cravings which i would not term a problem)? ie. gut issues, weight gain, intolerance reactions, etc

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on January 19, 2012
at 11:04 PM

sounds quite normal to me. can't wait to find out what your next fruit craving will be (after the pomegranates)

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on January 19, 2012
at 10:39 PM

Yea, In past I have craved bananas (non-paleo at the time). And last night craved melon instead of dried fruit. Don't know why, I always just thought that it was my body wanting the nutrients specific to that particular food source.

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7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

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on January 19, 2012
at 11:14 PM

I think that food cravings are how we get what we need. If you're craving certain things I think you should eat them. The exception would be if you cut out fruit, and then you find improvement along some important dimension to you: cravings, weightloss, etc.

One time I plugged in all the foods I had been craving, or that I typically crave, and saw that they were all high in copper. Even though these are serial cravings, it could be interesting to plug them into a nutrient analyzer and see if there are some patterns emerging.

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on January 20, 2012
at 01:15 AM

Miked, I don't crave wheat or sugar, so I think that's why it's easy for me to listen to my cravings. The closest I can think of to what you're getting at is chocolate, but I don't consider that a craving, but a "fiending for". The feeling is very different.

510bdda8988ed0d4b0ec0b738b4edb73

(20898)

on January 19, 2012
at 11:47 PM

People often say this about cravings, but I'm just not convinced. We crave wheat and sugar because we're (mildly) addicted to it just like an addict craves alcohol or cigarettes. I'm skeptical that our bodies are smart enough to know what micronutrients are in foods to have specific cravings for them.

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

(4493)

on January 20, 2012
at 12:48 AM

i think both views are true; we have cravings for things the body needs and cravings for things the body is addicted to. Being able to tell the difference is the trick. On the SAD its next to impossible imo. But on a clean, whole food, paleo style diet, i think the signals become clearer & easier to interpret & understand

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on January 20, 2012
at 06:53 AM

I have never craved wheat after going gluten free. The funny thing is that I have never craved wheat BEFORE going gluten free. I always hated pasta and bread, and my body was telling me that. I don't crave sugar at all. I crave some very specific things and it is very interesting to me.

7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

(7275)

on January 20, 2012
at 01:16 AM

Miked, I don't crave wheat or sugar, so I think that's why it's easy for me to listen to my cravings. The closest I can think of to what you're getting at is chocolate, but I don't consider that a craving, but a "fiending for". The feeling is very different for me.

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

(4493)

on January 20, 2012
at 12:47 AM

i think both views are true; we have cravings for things the body needs and cravings for things the body is addicted to. Being able to tell the difference is the trick. On a SAD diet its next to impossible imo. But on a clean, whole food, paleo style diet, i think the signals become clearer & easier to understand.

D5d982a898721d3392c85f951d0bf0aa

(2417)

on January 20, 2012
at 12:45 AM

You know, Miked, I used to think that too, but back in my SAD eatin' days, I inhaled red meat and spinach like my life depended on it once a month. Seriously - I'd go through 7 boxes of frozen spinach in two days. (Gross, eh?) My husband was the one who noticed that I was anemic...

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510bdda8988ed0d4b0ec0b738b4edb73

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on January 19, 2012
at 10:56 PM

Well, I fall in the Lustig camp, which will probably get me downvoted here, but I think that there's something specific to fructose that triggers metabolic derangement and cravings. I've known lots of people who "went paleo" and traded in all of their HFCS sugary drinks and desserts into eating lots of fruit or "paleo treats". My guess is that you're really sensitive to fructose and your body really wants it. I bet that if you hold out long enough (whole 30ish approach), you can kill the sugar demons.

510bdda8988ed0d4b0ec0b738b4edb73

(20898)

on January 19, 2012
at 11:46 PM

Here's the starting place for the whole 30: http://whole9life.com/start/ I would guess that if you're running out of energy when you cut the fruit, that you're still a sugar-burner. Once I made the transition to fat-burner, I never had a drop in energy when I have no fruit (or other sugar).

E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

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on January 20, 2012
at 04:54 AM

what's up with lustig fat pack, drinking too much cola?

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on January 19, 2012
at 11:13 PM

How long do I have to "hold"? By holding, do you mean NOT EATING ANY FRUIT or a little bit of fruit? I have tired cutting out fruit and I have no energy left in me. Is that normal? How long will it last? What is whole 30ish approach, I don't even know what it is? Please explain in detail if you can.

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on January 20, 2012
at 12:00 AM

I take a middle-road approach on everything food-related.

I eat moderate carbs, rather than zero or very low or low or high. I also eat plenty of protein and whatever amount of fat tastes good with it--no more, no less. I eat yogurt that I make with 3/4 whole milk and 1/4 heavy cream.

I eat between 1 and 3 cups of fruit every day. Today, for example, I had a persimmon and a banana in my yogurt and a grapefruit as the appetizer for my bone broth stew.

I don't agree with those who say we shouldn't eat fruit, including sweet fruits, and I don't agree with those who say we should live on fruit.

I do find that fruit can trigger cravings if I eat it alone, either for more fruit or the evil processed carbs. For me, it works best as an ingredient or as an appetizer.

As for craving specific items, I've always done that. I don't want whatever's in the fridge or in the cupboard, I want a specific thing. Nowadays, happily, it's usually a salad or allowed recipe so there's no problem. I just have to do the prep, which I admit I don't always feel like when it used to be so easy to open a box or a bag. Thankfully, I no longer like the easy stuff and I have to get my butt in gear and do the prep.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on January 20, 2012
at 05:54 PM

I am glad I am not the only one! Great answer!

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on January 20, 2012
at 11:36 AM

As long as we're not fooling our taste buds on neolithic crap in box that wouldn't be palatable without the extra flavor, MSG, or color, and we're over our wheat addiction, and are also over our SAD sugar addiction, our cravings going to be trustworthy.

It's a signal that there's some nutrient that we need more of. Our hunger and thirst signals are fairly reliable when we're not broken, and when we're not trying to store fat for the winter.

So if you're adapted to VLC already, and don't crave wheat any longer, or sweet snacks, you can generally trust your cravings. i.e. if you can do intermittent fasts regularly and not feel hunger.

That said, there are a few things we're hard wired to binge on for those of us whose ancestors adapted to a cold climate: fruit for example was only available towards the end of the summer, and we'd eat as much of it as possible so as to store fat for the coming winter.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on January 20, 2012
at 05:53 PM

Sorry, I am not a VLC person. I do not crave wheat - in fact, I have never craved bread, pizza or pasta - never liked them. I do not like the idea of intermittent fasting and will never do it. Thank you for your suggestions and thoughtful comments. Maybe somebody else, who has the same problem, will follow it.

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on March 28, 2012
at 03:43 PM

What's wrong with eating fruit? Why not eat what you are craving? Grapes? Common... you are concerned about a grape craving?

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on January 20, 2012
at 12:57 AM

Cravings can be caused by a number of courses. If you are eating a very low carb diet, that could explain fruit cravings. Inuits used to dig out mice's winter stash of stored root vegetables etc. and replace it with dried fish. I guess that most people simple don't thrive in the long run an a very low carb diet (Inuits very probably eating 50-100g of carbs a day or roughly 10E%). In case your diet isn't low in carbs, then there is likely a different explanation.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on January 20, 2012
at 06:55 AM

Thank you for providing this valuable inside about Inuits. I did not know. I eat enough tubers during the day, and I do not crave tubers, only pomegranates. Thanks for your input though.

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on November 14, 2014
at 07:02 PM

I have developed a pomegranite craving too, ever since the seeds can now be bought in containers and i don't have to do he work.  Hard to limit myself to just one a day.  I add stevia and some soy and rice milk and it's just scruptions.  Healthy though from what i have read.

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on March 28, 2012
at 12:11 AM

I was glad to find your post when I searched under "fruit craving." I am the exact same way! I crave very specific fruits, and it goes on for a while. The first one I noticed was grapefruit for about 2 months. Then I really didn't want grapefruit, but I had to have Asian pears. Then green grapes. Then melon. I would not eat these to exclusion of other fruits, but no other fruit will satisfy the craving for whatever my fruit-of-the-month might be.

Also, I would eat more fruit than you, it sounds like....Probably 3-5 pieces/cups per day. I was just going with it, thinking I must need whatever was in the fruits.

Now I am trying to go low carb and cut the fruit for a while in an attempt to treat inflammation and decrease belly fat....It has been only two days, and I have to say that my mood is more calm and my energy level more stable with fewer carbs. However, my fruit cravings are still here (for how long, I wonder?) I LOVE fruit, so these two days have been difficult :)

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