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When did your cravings start?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created January 30, 2013 at 11:14 PM

Howdy all! I'm 20 days into Paleo and things have been going well. I haven't been getting enough sleep, so I can't say that I've been feeling great, but I don't feel all heavy and hungover after eating, which is a plus! Now that I am this far in, I'm starting to notice myself craving things that I shouldn't want. The cravings aren't strong, but they're more apparent than they were the first couple of weeks.

I know this will vary, but I wanted to know when did your cravings start? Did anyone else have a similar experience to me?

Thanks in advance!

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on February 06, 2013
at 05:06 PM

Pineapple and in particular dates are quite high carb/GI which might lead to craving more carb type foods. This tends to happen to me. Dates I find are almost like sweets, but then again I've had a dysbiosis issue so that may account for it.

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on February 02, 2013
at 01:18 AM

Yes, my ratio is similar to that. But I wouldn't be overly concerned with macros. For instance, you could hit those numbers and eat a specific amount of calories and still fail to meet your nutritional needs. In fact, by default, I think most people would!

B9887647a925681856c074b317188d87

on January 31, 2013
at 08:56 PM

Mind over matter.. mind over matter.. :)

B9887647a925681856c074b317188d87

on January 31, 2013
at 08:55 PM

Yeah, I was kinda bored the last couple of days, so I think that also triggered it. I wish food wasn't so "comforting", lol.

B9887647a925681856c074b317188d87

on January 31, 2013
at 08:55 PM

Thanks for your response! I figured it would take a couple weeks to get the "bad" out of my system, but maybe it's taking longer!

B9887647a925681856c074b317188d87

on January 31, 2013
at 08:54 PM

Ouch! That sounds pretty gnarly. How long did it take for you to notice your body changes? I want to be healthy and lose weight. I've lost about 5 lbs so far in the first 3 weeks, and trying to be patient. I've been about 99% paleo (with that 1% possibly contributing to canola oil in foods).

B9887647a925681856c074b317188d87

on January 31, 2013
at 08:52 PM

Thanks for the advice! Did you also follow the Paleo diet ratio of 15(p):20(c):65(f)?

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on January 31, 2013
at 03:29 AM

If you have the patience, I would plug a day's food into cronometer.com to see what your macro/micros values are. When I first started to change my diet, I was wholly ignorant of how difficult it is to get various nutrients like potassium, magnesium, and certain B vitamins. Now I eat organ meats, bone broths, etc. After I addressed those issues, my cravings and hunger fell lower than they ever have before. One caveat, however. Your cravings could all be carb related if you've dramatically reduced them. Also, 20 days into a diet is just the beginning. Your body is still adjusting.

B9887647a925681856c074b317188d87

on January 31, 2013
at 01:05 AM

Throughout the 20 days, I've been eating a combination of beef, chicken, turkey, fish, eggs, bacon, some fruits (blackberries, strawberries, blueberries, oranges, pineapples, dates), different veggies (carrots, spinach, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, green beans, tomatoes, onions, squash, zucchini, etc.), and fats (almond butter, coconut oil, avocado oil, cashews, almonds, avocado, etc.). Am I potentially missing something? I just came back from a hockey tournament and was surrounded by people eating different things like sandwiches, rice dishes, pizza, etc. I kinda miss it.. lol.

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9c4ac9d902498a3158dbeee8aed6bbe4

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on January 31, 2013
at 12:03 AM

Cravings that creep up over time, especially after making major dietary adjustments, can indicate malnutrition.

The book, Perfect Health Diet, states that when all your nutritional needs are met, your cravings (and appetite) should be at their lowest.

What is your diet like?

B9887647a925681856c074b317188d87

on January 31, 2013
at 01:05 AM

Throughout the 20 days, I've been eating a combination of beef, chicken, turkey, fish, eggs, bacon, some fruits (blackberries, strawberries, blueberries, oranges, pineapples, dates), different veggies (carrots, spinach, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, green beans, tomatoes, onions, squash, zucchini, etc.), and fats (almond butter, coconut oil, avocado oil, cashews, almonds, avocado, etc.). Am I potentially missing something? I just came back from a hockey tournament and was surrounded by people eating different things like sandwiches, rice dishes, pizza, etc. I kinda miss it.. lol.

9c4ac9d902498a3158dbeee8aed6bbe4

(211)

on January 31, 2013
at 03:29 AM

If you have the patience, I would plug a day's food into cronometer.com to see what your macro/micros values are. When I first started to change my diet, I was wholly ignorant of how difficult it is to get various nutrients like potassium, magnesium, and certain B vitamins. Now I eat organ meats, bone broths, etc. After I addressed those issues, my cravings and hunger fell lower than they ever have before. One caveat, however. Your cravings could all be carb related if you've dramatically reduced them. Also, 20 days into a diet is just the beginning. Your body is still adjusting.

9c4ac9d902498a3158dbeee8aed6bbe4

(211)

on February 02, 2013
at 01:18 AM

Yes, my ratio is similar to that. But I wouldn't be overly concerned with macros. For instance, you could hit those numbers and eat a specific amount of calories and still fail to meet your nutritional needs. In fact, by default, I think most people would!

B9887647a925681856c074b317188d87

on January 31, 2013
at 08:52 PM

Thanks for the advice! Did you also follow the Paleo diet ratio of 15(p):20(c):65(f)?

7eecdd43c11e2af1a9e4ca0f63d44749

(119)

on February 06, 2013
at 05:06 PM

Pineapple and in particular dates are quite high carb/GI which might lead to craving more carb type foods. This tends to happen to me. Dates I find are almost like sweets, but then again I've had a dysbiosis issue so that may account for it.

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on January 30, 2013
at 11:33 PM

I believe that it varies. My wife began craving things after a few days, a friend of ours after a week and I took about a month. It seems to me that not maintaining proper levels of sleep and exercise exacerbate the possibility of craving onset.

It was suggested below that cravings might have to do with malnutrition, and I can handle that concept as the most obvious answer. However, for someone who is just a month into Paleo the cravings might be linked to the body's reaction to not getting what it is accustomed to receiving as a fuel source.

B9887647a925681856c074b317188d87

on January 31, 2013
at 08:55 PM

Thanks for your response! I figured it would take a couple weeks to get the "bad" out of my system, but maybe it's taking longer!

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on February 06, 2013
at 04:53 PM

About two weeks in I lost my shit and ate an entire chocolate bar. It was 85% cacao... but still. I woke up the next morning feeling AWFUL. I think I may have caught a cold because of it. My solution: blueberries with a spoonful of almond butter and cinnamon with one chocolate square to soothe the need for sweet comfort. Just find something to fill the void while you ween. That's been the most helpful for me. And obviously getting enough veggies, exercise and sleep.

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on February 06, 2013
at 04:39 PM

Cravings, for what it's worth, are directly related to sleep levels in most folks. If I'm solid with the amount of sleep I need, any cravings are much more manageable.

As an aside, earlier in my adult life I never had strong cravings even with crappy sleep. It was when I started dieting in earnest and then started intermittent fasting that my behaviors became less healthy. Some of the more common dieting behaviors and mindsets, IMO, set one up for shitty thought processes and habits later on.

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on January 31, 2013
at 03:47 AM

Three months. I was always strict but always satiated, too-- I was lean/cut at about 10% body fat, and looked/felt amazing-- then out of the blue I just developed a nagging, shitty hunger for nuts, chocolate, and meat. Started eating 6-8 oz. of nuts about 3 days a week, on top of 99% unsweetened chocolate... which, over the course of a few weeks, turned into milk chocolate. Entire bags of the stuff. Also started dating, which meant there were suddenly more occasions for drinking (over dinner, going out, etc.). One day I threw my hands up in the air and ate a whole jumbo bag of pretzels and a box of lemon bars. Glutened myself hard. Not fun, not pretty.

So: recovering binge-a-holic. Noticing a change in body composition is what made me stop for good. Dating/being sociable opened up a lot of "gateway" triggers that are ultimately not worth the discomfort/sacrifice. I still go out, but I really don't care if someone looks at me funny for not getting a drink.

B9887647a925681856c074b317188d87

on January 31, 2013
at 08:54 PM

Ouch! That sounds pretty gnarly. How long did it take for you to notice your body changes? I want to be healthy and lose weight. I've lost about 5 lbs so far in the first 3 weeks, and trying to be patient. I've been about 99% paleo (with that 1% possibly contributing to canola oil in foods).

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on January 31, 2013
at 02:53 AM

My cravings started on the first weekend of paleo. Free time is my enemy as it causes me to think about food.

However, my cravings are nonexistent when I am busy throughout the day, always with a task.

B9887647a925681856c074b317188d87

on January 31, 2013
at 08:55 PM

Yeah, I was kinda bored the last couple of days, so I think that also triggered it. I wish food wasn't so "comforting", lol.

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on January 30, 2013
at 11:34 PM

What cravings?

Just think about how terrible all those things you crave are for you!

B9887647a925681856c074b317188d87

on January 31, 2013
at 08:56 PM

Mind over matter.. mind over matter.. :)

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