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Question about dry fruit

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 23, 2012 at 8:56 PM

So I have been doing the paleo diet for about 2 weeks and a half and after the first two day things have gone fine. However, about 3 days ago I have been constantly hunger and wanting to eat and my stomach has become all soft and mushy. I think it my be because of this trail mix I started eating a few day back that had dry fruit like rains. So my question is whether or not dry fruit like raisins are such a good idea while especially when doing the 30 day challenge to lose fat and gain muscle and whether or not the raisins are could be causing me to have sugar and food cravings?

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

The Whole30 is about NOT giving into the cravings, though. I wouldn't recommend the almond butter, friend fruit or Lara bars. Just try and eat whole meals and within a few days, the need to snack will pass!

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on April 24, 2012
at 01:18 AM

I actually experience this same bout of hunger during my Whole30 and I'm pretty sure I was eating enough. It's just something you have to fight through. Upping my fat intake really helped - avocados especially.

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on April 23, 2012
at 09:54 PM

I agree, but Larabars are full of sugar. Still though, it helps if you have a craving.

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on April 23, 2012
at 09:06 PM

Dried fruit has a much higher concentration of sugar, since most of the water is pulled out of the fruit. So, if eating sugar can cause cravings, then dried fruit could certainly be sweet enough to do the same. I'd drop the trail mix and see if that helps.

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on April 23, 2012
at 11:26 PM

I would cut it out for sure. 1/3 of a cup of dried mango (for example), contains 40g of carbs, 32g of which are directly from sugar. That's almost half of my entire daily carb intake. So if you eat a cup of it, you're already rocking 120g of carbs, most of which is sugar. Dried grapes (raisins) are less, but still contain a lot of sugar. At our gym, I'll generally tell everyone to really cut down on the fruit during a 30-day challenge, and to cut the dried fruit completely.

The sugar could definitely be increasing your hunger, and like others have suggested, at the very least you should cut it out for a few days and see what happens. Snack on some jerky, a few macadamia nuts, or a spoonful of coconut oil. Eat more at meals, and increase the fat content. Grass-fed butter and coconut oil should be used, and don't be shy!

Last but not least, stick with it. It can be intimidating at the beginning, but realize that better health, looks, and performance are waiting for you. There is no quick-fiz to health. Eat well, exercise, and you'll get there soon. Welcome to the club! ;)

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on April 23, 2012
at 09:11 PM

I think it's because your body hasn't fully adjusted to the paleo life style. Sugar and grains are like a drug. They're highly addictive and your body craves them. Almond butter and larabars are usually a food that helps me battle those cravings!

Ebcbbdcb8b727e69e06eaa102d49a84c

(1804)

on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

The Whole30 is about NOT giving into the cravings, though. I wouldn't recommend the almond butter, friend fruit or Lara bars. Just try and eat whole meals and within a few days, the need to snack will pass!

016de26fe61daf799662d3b7b2468324

(688)

on April 23, 2012
at 09:54 PM

I agree, but Larabars are full of sugar. Still though, it helps if you have a craving.

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on April 23, 2012
at 10:00 PM

If you are hungry all the time, you are probably not eating enough. Stop eating snacks and start eating properly.

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(1804)

on April 24, 2012
at 01:18 AM

I actually experience this same bout of hunger during my Whole30 and I'm pretty sure I was eating enough. It's just something you have to fight through. Upping my fat intake really helped - avocados especially.

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on April 23, 2012
at 09:07 PM

Easy answer is to eliminate it for a few days and see. Personally though you would see better results without any dried fruit. It is a 30 day "challenge" so you must challenge yourself. You should really stop snacking on ready made nuts and fruit mixes, because of the carbs, and eat rounded proportional meal when hungry. This is if you are looking to lose weight. If you need carbs then find it in whole fruit like berries or an apple or carrots.

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on August 20, 2012
at 08:30 AM

It doesn't. A raisin has as much sugar as a grape, assuming the producer didn't add corn syrup or sugar to the raisins. Because, raisins have had most of the water removed, the amount of sugar per ounce is going to be much more for raisins of dry fruits for sale than fresh fruit.

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on April 23, 2012
at 11:11 PM

I can't find a link for it, but I am sure there was a study recently that suggested eating dried fruit increased junk food cravings. Fresh fruit might be a better idea for a snack? Or a home made smoothie. I will keep googling, see if I can find it for you.

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on April 23, 2012
at 10:29 PM

check the label for nasty things like added sugar and sunflower oil. If you MUST have dried fruit, make sure there's no sugar added. The only ingredient should be the fruit. It's easy to 'crack out' on dried fruit and nuts when you're trying to give up sugar. Try to eat whole, fresh fruit instead. Raspberries/blueberries in a bowl of coconut milk totally does the trick for me when I'm craving.

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