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How do you kick the craving without going crazy

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 06, 2012 at 12:26 AM

I've been a follower more than anything on this site so far, pretty much the beginner here so any help would be appreciated. I've tried to get going on this diet change more than once, but the craving gets out of control. How long before they pass? Its almost like an out of body experience and I hate the out of control feeling. Is there anything I can do to help minimize them at least some so I can get past day 3 or 4? I think if I could just get through the first week, I'd be fine. I've tried other diets that deprive you of certain foods or require you to eat "Exotic" foods and I haven't been able to stick to them. Its taking a bit of thinking to get past the suggested menu's in the book. I will never eat escargo, or some of the other things suggested no matter what others may say. Its just not my taste. But I will eat eggs, chicken, fish, nuts, beef, these are not a problem. Also how much fat is to much or to little? Thanks

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at 11:54 PM

Wowza THANK YOU! That is a great answer, I will try it the next time a craving hits. Wish I could mark this as accepted answer, lol! Its the best in my book if it works.

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at 11:45 PM

Wowza Thank You That sis my vote for best answer! To bad it wasn't listed separately :(

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on May 07, 2012
at 05:39 PM

Good luck! It is going to get easier - listen to your body!

3b38bcc91dbfc6a114f4bdce544103d3

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at 12:22 PM

Thanks VB that explains why I have less cravings when I have bacon and eggs vs eggs and grapefruit, lol! And sundays are the wrost sausage eggs, and hashbrowns. Granted the hashbrowns are homemade, but still carbs

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on May 06, 2012
at 03:47 PM

If it is sugar cravings - eat protein and animal fat only for breakfast, no carbs, no fruit, no vegetables, no milk, nothing else. Like bacon and eggs, meat, fish...

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at 03:18 PM

I am the worlds worst journel keeper. I start off go but about a week in I totally forget about it and it gets lost in the shuffle somewhere.

3b38bcc91dbfc6a114f4bdce544103d3

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at 03:16 PM

JayJay's right, sugar's mostly

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on May 06, 2012
at 05:23 AM

I like your answer :)

1096aa84d006fe967128ffbd37e8070e

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on May 06, 2012
at 05:07 AM

I'll be trying sweet potatoes with cinnamon and cayenne tomorrow, thank you --about how much cinnamon do you use per sweet potato?

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on May 06, 2012
at 03:45 AM

Yeah, good questions. I think we just assume this was a sugar crave, but it you never really state what the issue is.

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at 02:47 AM

Whenever you feel a craving, take 2-3g of l-glutamine powder in water or full-fat greek yogurt. It will pass within 20 minutes.

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on May 06, 2012
at 02:44 AM

What book are you talking about?

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at 02:42 AM

I love escargo!!! How can anybody NOT love escargo! Also frog legs. Yum!

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on May 06, 2012
at 01:01 AM

The biggest thing is to stop thinking about this as a diet. Start thinking about it as a way to make your life better, one meal at a time. You don't have to be perfect. If a craving is driving you out of your mind, have a LITTLE BIT of whatever you're craving.

For me, I found that if I tried to "substitute" -- for example, using fake breads made from nut flour or whatever in place of bread -- I had a harder time than just not eating bread at all.

One of the biggest challenges to going back to a more ancestral way of eating is learning how to prepare food in new ways, so you don't have to use all of the old crap in your food to have it taste good -- it's all a big experiment, so enjoy yourself and try new things.

If you have a craving for something you know is going to make you feel like crap, try a couple of times to remind yourself WHY you're doing this (which I hope is to make you feel healthier and stronger) -- if that isn't enough to keep you on target, then don't beat yourself up... satisfy the craving with as little as you can possibly get away with, and then start again tomorrow. There IS no wagon to fall off of (There IS no spoon)... there is just you, taking small steps every day to make your life and your health better and get you to where you want to be. Nobody is holding a gun to your head and MAKING you take this walk -- so enjoy it, and remember that you WANT to do this -- it's a choice you're making to make your life better, NOT a punishment that you have to escape from or that is happening to make you miserable... when you look at it from that perspective, it seems to help get over those feelings of deprivation that most diets leave people with.

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on May 06, 2012
at 04:52 AM

I agree with what's been said. Think about what you crave the most and then find paleo (or as paleo as you want to be) substitutions. For me it was blueberries and bananas in almond butter and sweet potatoes with cinnamon (going to try adding cayenne!). Eat slowly, enjoy the process of preparing and eating your food. Think about how awesome you feel and how much healthier you are. If the cravings are too persistent (less and less as time goes on) I think back on how terrible I looked and how sluggish and tired I felt all the time.

Also, keeping a food journal has helped me tremendously. I write down how many hours of sleep I got, how I felt when I woke up, everything I eat (not counted for calories/carbs) and how I felt during and after I ate. Also recorded cravings, what I was craving, what I did about it and if it helped. And recorded my workouts (I do crossfit and run), how I felt during the workout, etc. It sounds like a lot. In the beginning each day was over 5 pages, but now each day is less than a page. And if I feel myself slipping I look back and read about how truly awful I felt after eating such and such.

3b38bcc91dbfc6a114f4bdce544103d3

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on May 06, 2012
at 03:18 PM

I am the worlds worst journel keeper. I start off go but about a week in I totally forget about it and it gets lost in the shuffle somewhere.

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on May 06, 2012
at 05:23 AM

I like your answer :)

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on May 06, 2012
at 03:19 AM

I'll second JayJay... Eat more short/medium chain triglyceride oils. MCT Oil ($$) or failing that, Coconut oil. Have about a quarter cup of coconut oil every morning. Your body AND brain can burn this stuff instead of burning Sucrose, which is probably what you're craving.

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on May 06, 2012
at 02:45 AM

Start easy. Just don't eat food that has gluten, processed food and sugar. And eat everything else, like whole foods - vegetables, fish, meat, safe starches. If you need to, eat sweet potatoes or even white rice with meals. I don't get it, what kind of cravings are you having? For sweets? For processed food?

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on May 06, 2012
at 03:45 AM

Yeah, good questions. I think we just assume this was a sugar crave, but it you never really state what the issue is.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on May 06, 2012
at 03:47 PM

If it is sugar cravings - eat protein and animal fat only for breakfast, no carbs, no fruit, no vegetables, no milk, nothing else. Like bacon and eggs, meat, fish...

3b38bcc91dbfc6a114f4bdce544103d3

(409)

on May 06, 2012
at 03:16 PM

JayJay's right, sugar's mostly

3b38bcc91dbfc6a114f4bdce544103d3

(409)

on May 07, 2012
at 12:22 PM

Thanks VB that explains why I have less cravings when I have bacon and eggs vs eggs and grapefruit, lol! And sundays are the wrost sausage eggs, and hashbrowns. Granted the hashbrowns are homemade, but still carbs

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on May 07, 2012
at 05:39 PM

Good luck! It is going to get easier - listen to your body!

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3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on May 06, 2012
at 02:35 AM

Eat lots of eggs and meat....my breakfast is 6 eggs and half pound of meat fried up in 2-3 tablespoons of coconut oil or butter. That is very satiating. Coconut oil is good....has fat that is easily converted to energy and helps with the switch.

The other thing is don't feel the need to start off very low carb. Include a sweet potato hashbrown in the morning and a piece or two of fruit through the day and you'll still not be pressing the issue on carb load in most cases. Get use to that first....then later on if you wanna tweak things go ahead and do it.

Oh, go out and buy a bunch of different spices and herbs. Experiment and make it fun to eat real food. I like my beef with salt and pepper....my eggs with cummin, garlic powder, and salt.....my sweet tators with cinnamon and cayenne....exc....just have some fun with real food.

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on May 06, 2012
at 05:07 AM

I'll be trying sweet potatoes with cinnamon and cayenne tomorrow, thank you --about how much cinnamon do you use per sweet potato?

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on May 06, 2012
at 12:45 PM

Eating lots of whole fruit in the beginning helped me with sugar cravings. Nuts too, I think are good in transition. I think it'd be better to overeat a little on nuts during the transition rather than binging on non-paleo food and throwing yourself off the wagon. Once you're more adapted, you can then taper down on the fruit/nuts if you want. And as others mentioned above, keep yourself satiated as much as possible. Try to make sure you have safe options available to you before you get too hungry (i.e., cook ahead of time).

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on May 06, 2012
at 10:06 AM

I'm also curious about what you are craving... Are you experiencing the cravings when you are hungry? If I let myself get more than a little hungry, that's when I want grains bad and I get very cranky about being on a paleo diet. So, one of my keys to success is cooking ahead and planning. It's critical for me to have lots of yummy paleo options ready to go and to eat before I feel ravenous. I cook on Sunday for the week. If I don't do it, I'm pretty miserable all week. Although they should be eaten in moderation, nuts and fruit have filled in the sweet and salty gaps. Hope that's helpful! Good luck!

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on May 06, 2012
at 05:30 AM

What are you craving?

Also, like some other people mentioned, it sounds like you're setting yourself up less than ideally by thinking of this way of eating as restrictive right off the bat.

For myself, I simply have learned what my body is and is not compatible with, as well as what my MIND can and cannot commit to. I know I tend to do well with very low carbs, but not everyone is this way. And because I do go crazy without the leeway to have occasional outings with friends and whatnot, I have days where I am not as strict. I'm also a total foodie nerd who lives in foodie heaven (Portland) so there's no way I could pass up some of the opportunities here.

However, I VERY rarely eat bread or sugar, because I know that immediately I start feeling crappy and all my allergies (to cats, etc.) start acting up. I also know that having too many days in a row out of ketosis will lead to weight gain - Yet, "cycling" my carbs seems to keep my metabolism running along. So my "carb-up"/"semi-paleo" days are kind of built strategically, but flexibly, into my life. I also tend to have these days when I work harder in the gym and stuff.

I'm not sure if this kind of approach (cycling carbs in particular) is the best for everyone, but if you are trying to go very low carb, this is a variation that can work for some.

The main question to ask though is: Why do you want to switch to a paleo way of eating in the first place? Then I'd recommend not going into it with such a prescriptive mindset. (I'm not sure what book you refer to..?)

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