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Gluten cravings

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 27, 2012 at 5:45 AM

My story so far: I was eating Paleo for about 5 months, then I went to Italy for a few months to study. On advice of paleohacks members I didn't worry too much about what I ate while I was away, and being in Italy that of course involved some pizza, pasta, and other gluteny carby foods. Now I am back home and trying my hardest to get back into some better eating habits, but utterly craving gluteny foods. I tried to stop the bread cravings with some gluten free bread mix that tasted so horrible I wanted to cry. I can't stop thinking about pasta, all the time these foods are just circling through my head. I wander aimlessly into the kitchen, all the time. No food will satiate me. I have been eating a ton of carbs hoping that might help a bit for the time being, but really this is driving me mad.

Anyone have any suggestions to stop the cravings and get past this? Any one know how long it will last?

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on July 27, 2012
at 04:50 PM

+ 1 for Yoda...

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on July 27, 2012
at 04:47 PM

Seriously, eat a lot of meat. Eat as much meat as you can until it passes.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on July 27, 2012
at 04:47 PM

Seriously, eat a lot of meat. Eat as much meat as yoou can until it passes.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on July 27, 2012
at 04:44 PM

What the hell did you listen to us for?

93eea7754e6e94b6085dbabbb48c0bb7

on July 27, 2012
at 07:30 AM

Wish I could +1 that a bunch! Simple, great answer.

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Af3e3615beba642bcafd0f21d64d74f7

on July 27, 2012
at 07:25 AM

Whole30, do or do not there is no try.

93eea7754e6e94b6085dbabbb48c0bb7

on July 27, 2012
at 07:30 AM

Wish I could +1 that a bunch! Simple, great answer.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on July 27, 2012
at 04:50 PM

+ 1 for Yoda...

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on July 27, 2012
at 01:49 PM

Cravings are the worst! You can literally eat everything in sight and still never feel satiated. This is the opioid effect of grains in action, when people say they are a carb-addict, they really mean grain addict. You just have to let your body detox, similar to drug rehab. Suffer for a week or two, it will suck and you will be miserable, and then it will be out of your system. It will get better!

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on July 27, 2012
at 08:02 AM

Be also aware that more carbs will just make you crave more. I don't know what kind of carbs you are eating and what kind of sports you do. But I trust that when you say "a ton" you could fuel quite a long distance run.

If you can go cold turkey.

If you can't dial it down to yams and sweet potato but the majority of your kcals should still come from meat, healthy fats and veggie.

Basically cut (down) those carbs, if you have to stick to low GI carbs from starch sources mentioned, up the protein, healthy fats and greens and eat until satiety. You will be less likely to succumb to cravings if you are not hungry.

And if you fall of the wagon, get up, get on and keep doing the right thing.

Good luck!

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on July 27, 2012
at 08:01 AM

I wouldn't support "all or nothing" approach. Whenever I try to enforce something on my body, it strikes back sooner or later.

Based on my own experience, gradual replacement works the best. How I weaned myself out of bread:

  1. Replace refined flour/powder yeast bread with whole meal sourdough bread (proper fermenting reduces harmful wheat properties)
  2. Reduce gluten content - use rye, spelt instead of wheat
  3. Replace wheat with gluten-free grains: corn, buckwheat or rice.
  4. Replace grains with nuts - almond flour
  5. Replace nuts with tubers and veges

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on July 27, 2012
at 08:26 AM

Think about it this way: what you are craving is not available where you live now anyway. All that good stuff like a well cooked carbonara, pastries, pizza, focaccia etc are not comparable in other parts of the world anyway :-)

Anyway, I lived eating those kind of things for almost 3 decades, and now I can easily be in a pizzeria with other people and order a steak :-)

Buona fortuna!

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on July 27, 2012
at 07:30 AM

I would add to George. Look up great paleo recipes and start making them for the month (that are yummy). Do NoT try to make imitation grain foods or whatever for a month be strict paleo! It'll get you right back on track And remind you why you want to eat this way and avoid those foods: you want your body to thrive long term on premium fuel. Think about the benefits not the negatives of what you "can't have".

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