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Ice Cream Cravings- can't fight

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created June 20, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Hi all,

Hope someone can help me figure out what's up..

I was eating dairy a few times a week, then I started a Tim Ferris Slow Carb type diet plan, did a whole week, hardly had cravings but took a cheat of sushi and greek yogurt because it was Father's Day and why not, and then resumed Slow Carb. I was fine the day after my cheat, but then the next day I did a pretty intense cardio & strength training workout, and later that night, was hit with an INTENSE ice cream craving. I gave in with So Delicious almond milk ice cream. Didn't finish the pint. Felt pretty satiated.

The next morning, I had canned salmon, broccoli and lentils. The cravings hit again. I gave in with several spoonfuls of Turkey Hill All Natural Vanilla. I felt incredible after eating this.

The same thing happened this morning! I feel so good after eating ice cream!!

WTF is going on? Who craves ice cream in the morning? Will the craving pass in time? What has helped you? Help!!

PS- I can't remove the ice cream from the house. It's my brother's.

PPS- In years/months past of doing Slow Carb, I do remember cheating with ice cream. It was always what my body/mind wanted. UGH.

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on June 25, 2013
at 04:51 PM

Either eat it or don't - but it really is up to you. You can "fight" the cravings if you want to do so (I'm a recovering sugar-addict, so I know what I'm talking about). I would eat litterally pounds of fruit at a time because "it was Paleo" and I just had to put an end to it. So I did. Fruit is now a treat for me :)

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on June 25, 2013
at 03:39 AM

If you feel good after eating it, why are you restricting?

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on June 20, 2013
at 10:53 PM

Make "Paleo ice cream" at home. There's a lot of recipes that are mostly fruit so it's more sorbet-ish, or you can do like me and make cream pops with just whipped heavy cream and some berries folded/mooshed up in it and frozen into popsicle molds. Or if none of that tickles your fancy, just eat your couple of spoonfuls a few times a week and enjoy it. :)

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on June 20, 2013
at 09:11 PM

@Chelsea Uhmmm, did you read what señor troll wrote? Oh, you think @CD is calling the OP a troll? No no, he editted this post to remove some inflammatory and derogatory stuff. I'll edit that to be clearer.

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on June 20, 2013
at 06:47 PM

Why are they a troll? Sugar is like a drug and makes you feel high. had the same thing happen, decided to test dairy after being off it for 5 years. It took over, I was having organic ice cream morning, noon and night and my face broke out in terrible acne. Trust me, it's not worth it. Drop it, experience a few headaches and move on with your life. You also probably need more calories and more fat:)

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on June 20, 2013
at 10:31 PM

You say you felt incredible after eating it, Seriously, just eat it & get over it, there are far worse things you could eat my friend, maybe eat a little at a time to curb your craving. Get some real ice cream, i wouldn't say it's far off paleo. You are doing cardio & strength training, don't get too hung up on it.

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on June 20, 2013
at 10:05 PM

To be honest it took 3 weeks of paleo eating before my sweet tooth after lunch or dinner went away. I found adding more fat and or protein at these meals curbed that craving.

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on June 20, 2013
at 11:23 PM

I make my own ice cream with paleo-friendly ingredients (eggs, coconut milk, almond milk, coffee and vanilla or real lemon or strawberries, etc.). I can have it whenever I want, as much as I want. Because I know I can have it, I don't crave it, and it's not a big deal for me.

I had it for breakfast once, just because I could. It was great!

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on June 20, 2013
at 01:32 PM

[EDIT: haters gonna hate]

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on June 20, 2013
at 09:11 PM

@Chelsea Uhmmm, did you read what señor troll wrote? Oh, you think @CD is calling the OP a troll? No no, he editted this post to remove some inflammatory and derogatory stuff. I'll edit that to be clearer.

2a00b9a42e4cb6e489a0e69d20714576

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on June 20, 2013
at 06:47 PM

Why are they a troll? Sugar is like a drug and makes you feel high. had the same thing happen, decided to test dairy after being off it for 5 years. It took over, I was having organic ice cream morning, noon and night and my face broke out in terrible acne. Trust me, it's not worth it. Drop it, experience a few headaches and move on with your life. You also probably need more calories and more fat:)

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on June 25, 2013
at 11:22 AM

May I point out the frozen elephant in the room?

It's probably not icecream you are craving but carbohydrate. Do yourself a favour and try eating around 100g to 150g of starchy carbohydrate per day. (2 cups of cooked white rice is around 100g carbs). You can even leave it after your workout, doing your slow-carb the rest of the time. Moreso this prevents you going nuts on your cheat-day, and rather just consume more calories overall then going on a carbohydrate binge.

Cravings are more likely to be driven by nutrient deficiencies rather than just bad habits.

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on June 25, 2013
at 10:54 AM

If I had canned salmon, lentils and broccoli for breakfast, I'd crave something yummy too. Honestly that meal sounds so depressing. Maybe if your meals were more appealing you'd lose the craving for a dessert.

However... I also like something sweet after lunch and dinner. Maybe next time the craving hits, sub in a piece of 85% dark chocolate or a bowl of fresh berries. If you are doing dairy, maybe pour some heavy organic cream on them. If you are good with coconut and almond flours, there's also a ton of Paleo recipes for desserts and treats. Or make a really nice tasty hot drink to sip after your meal.

Also, with cravings - they are like waves, they crest and then then pass. If you can ride the wave, distract yourself with other things and re-evaluate that craving in 10, 20, 30 minutes, you may find you can "ride it out" until it loses power and you don't have to give in to it.

Lots of options before succumbing to the ice cream.

Although, as others said here, maybe ice cream isn't the worst thing in the world for you. In that case, make sure it's high quality, organic stuff.

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on June 20, 2013
at 11:10 PM

As long as you are active, you aren't developing inflammatory symptoms, and your waist isn't growing I don't see the problem. Does plain cream satisfy you in the same way? If so, a cup of Joe with some whipped cream might be a good substitute.

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on July 30, 2013
at 06:14 PM

best ice cream I've ever made hands-down: http://livinghealthywithchocolate.com/desserts/blueberry-cheesecake-ice-cream-dairy-free-paleo-2208/

the key to getting creamy, smooth, non-icy ice cream is to use arrowroot powder! the recipe I posted has both eggs and arrowroot powder for an ultra-rich, cheesecake like texture but a simple ice cream base recipe would be - 2 cans of coconut milk (or a mix of coconut and almond milks) -2 TBSP arrowroot powder -2/3-3/4 cup sweetener of choice heat all of these things up in a medium saucepan, while whisking. it'll thicken up and come to a slow boil. remove from heat and let cool overnight -add in your vanilla/almond/whatever extract the next day before adding to ice cream maker and VOILA creamy ice cream! so simple with very few ingredients!

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on June 25, 2013
at 03:34 PM

As long as it's natural ingredients with a not-insane-amount of sugar, why not? I've gotten over the whole low-carb phase with paleo, and enjoy way more fruit now, alongside some dairy product (all except straight milk - milk messes me up).

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on June 20, 2013
at 10:50 PM

Try the "so delicious" brand almond or coconut milk ice cream. It is amazing and paleo legit. I dig the mint chip, my wife likes the mocha almond fudge.

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on June 20, 2013
at 08:51 PM

I was like this too. Craved ice cream. Sugar, definitely. But loved the cold stimulation first thing in the morning. Make sure you are getting enough protein before you go to bed. That might be why you are craving sugar first thing.Or it could just be dietary habit, in which you just have to break the habit. What helped me is frozen bananas. They're way better that way! Even blend them, and they're great. I add egg white protein powder and maybe some berries and kale with half of a frozen banana. Blend and enjoy. Sounds crazy maybe but it is good and you can't taste the kale. But mainly try frozen banana. :)

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