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Craving chocolate whilst on Paleo Diet?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 13, 2013 at 4:57 PM

Hello, I've been on Paleo Diet for 44 days now and so far I have had a really successful time with it. I can't believe that I don't feel like eating any bread or pasta or anything made of wheat. I also love the fact that I don't feel hunger. I have lost a stone since starting the Paleo way of eating. However I do crave chocolate. What is even more strange is that when I do eat chocolate, it doesn't taste as nice as I remember it tasting. This last 5 days I have tried a few different chocolate brands which I normally like but somehow they taste different, not so nice and I don't get that satisfying feeling from it. Is this normal? I suppose it's a good experience because if I can't enjoy chocolate as much as I used to, then I simply should stop craving it. I was wondering if anyone has had similar experience?

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on August 18, 2013
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ikr I found magnesium supplements curb the chocolate cravings, also liver, which has taurine as you said

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on August 15, 2013
at 08:14 AM

Many others (including me) found a boost in magnesium (especially citrate and taurine) really reduce the chocolate cravings. In fact, I now reach for magnesium when I get a chocolate craving (chocolate is high in magnesium) . Still way chocolate, but less and darker.

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on August 14, 2013
at 06:36 PM

Of course. :-) // Soy lecithin is a form of MSG-additive (which is, along with other unpleasant additives, in most packaged/pre-prepared/canned food items in some form or another). MSG additives (gelatin, carrageenan, natural flavors, hydrolyzed xxx, and many others) commonly make many human beings feel bad, especially more noticeably when eating a cleaner diet. // // Best of luck! :-) It can honestly be quite surprising how great and simple eating Paleo and lasting on it can be.

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on August 13, 2013
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Thank you so much for your reply. I've just read the label on the 3 chocolate bars I tried within the last week and they all contain soya lecithin. I'm just really pleased with how my paleo diet is going, I never thought I would last for as long as I'm lasting and the best thing is that I can see myself completely able to live grain-less for the rest of my life. That is quite a discovery as I never thought it would be possible. Thank you for the home made chocolate recipe too, I shall give it a try with the coconut oil option. I'm so glad that I have joined this forum :) .

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on August 14, 2013
at 07:06 AM

right now i am eating my own super simple chocolate recipe: mix in a bowl: - raw cacao powder - creamed coconut concentrate/coconut butter/coconut meat (makes it creamy and sweet! without adding sugar) - coconut oil

optional: - nuts, seeds - berries - superfood powders - nutbutters - spieces

i used goji berries, maca powder, flax seed oil, coconut oil, cashews and cinnamin :)

just mix it in a bowl and store in fridge or freezer till it has hardened.

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on August 14, 2013
at 06:56 AM

craving chocolate probably means you need magnesium; I still crave and injoy chocolate as much as I used to pre-paleo, and I found that since going paleo I like the taste of bitter chocolate. It's not for beginners, but it tastes very rich and full-bodied and doesn't have sweetness to get in the way of the top notes of the chocolate. As I said, not for beginners, but by all means give it a whirl.

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on August 15, 2013
at 08:14 AM

Many others (including me) found a boost in magnesium (especially citrate and taurine) really reduce the chocolate cravings. In fact, I now reach for magnesium when I get a chocolate craving (chocolate is high in magnesium) . Still way chocolate, but less and darker.

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on August 18, 2013
at 03:09 AM

ikr I found magnesium supplements curb the chocolate cravings, also liver, which has taurine as you said

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on August 13, 2013
at 05:34 PM

Try making your own chocolate with approximately 1:2 coconut oil/cocoa butter (heated lightly) : organic cocoa powder, with high quality salt / raw honey to taste, if desired.

(Cool, or transfer to a suitable sheet/container for cooling, perhaps in a refridgerator, then cut if desired.)

Soy lecithin, table salt, and sugars (if present in processed chocolate bars, they could be a culprit) often taste strange to many (the degree of "processing"/"additives" in a poor-quality food becomes far more noticeable for many as taste buds change or resensitize on a Paleolithic diet.)

Alternatively, buy 100% raw baking chocolate and eat pure, or add raw honey on top, or melt and re-cool with raw honey or other fresh berries, nuts, goji berries, etc. mixed in to your liking.

Many human beings find that Paleo-eating can reacquaint the taste buds with the pleasure of bitterness.

(The basic recipe from cocoa powder was inspired by VB (many thanks!) in this PaleoHacks thread about chocolate eating while eating a Paleolithic diet: http://paleohacks.com/questions/205078/how-much-chocolate-do-you-eat)

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on August 13, 2013
at 07:51 PM

Thank you so much for your reply. I've just read the label on the 3 chocolate bars I tried within the last week and they all contain soya lecithin. I'm just really pleased with how my paleo diet is going, I never thought I would last for as long as I'm lasting and the best thing is that I can see myself completely able to live grain-less for the rest of my life. That is quite a discovery as I never thought it would be possible. Thank you for the home made chocolate recipe too, I shall give it a try with the coconut oil option. I'm so glad that I have joined this forum :) .

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on August 14, 2013
at 06:36 PM

Of course. :-) // Soy lecithin is a form of MSG-additive (which is, along with other unpleasant additives, in most packaged/pre-prepared/canned food items in some form or another). MSG additives (gelatin, carrageenan, natural flavors, hydrolyzed xxx, and many others) commonly make many human beings feel bad, especially more noticeably when eating a cleaner diet. // // Best of luck! :-) It can honestly be quite surprising how great and simple eating Paleo and lasting on it can be.

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on August 13, 2013
at 10:41 PM

Baking chocolate (the unsweetened stuff) also tends to be a bit cheaper than some of the fancier chocolate bars, you just have to look for brands that don't contain any of the nasties. Sunspire, Dagoba and Ghirardelli come to mind. And everyone touts the health benefits of dark chocolate, as long as it's 70% or higher. I've been eating the unsweetened stuff for so long that 85% tastes sickly sweet.

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on August 13, 2013
at 07:55 PM

Or, if you don't feel like baking, eat Lindt's 90% Dark Chocolate. Super tasty, a little bitter, and does not have Soy Lecithin.

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