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Paleo and Sugars

Answered on February 18, 2014
Created February 17, 2014 at 1:36 AM

My husband who I love very much is a bit of a food nazi - he is trying to make me go cold turkey on my daily coffees - which I used to take Full Cream, Double Shot with a teaspoon of sugar. My Paleo alternative is good, strong coffee with coconut cream and a little maple syrup. It is a tenth of the sweetness I am used to but it is tolerable and I can still look forward to my daily coffee (I only have one) My question is - does that little bit of maple syrup derail my Paleo efforts? Is it really so bad? I have no weight issues and don't have any reactions to my coffee (no sugar slumps etc) My beloved is trying to tell me that straight black is the only way to go and if that is the case I will give up coffee all together and be miserable. Any thoughts?

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on February 18, 2014
at 07:11 PM

Heavy cream...yummy!

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on February 18, 2014
at 05:11 PM

Agreed. Sometimes it's best to control our survival instincts rather than embrace them. We're better designed for survival during starvation than for self-control during times of plenty.

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on February 18, 2014
at 05:07 PM

That's the sad part TheG. Not only do we like to eat things that taste good, we like to eat 5x more than we need when we can get it. Both ancestral survival mechanisms.

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on February 18, 2014
at 05:02 PM

you're exactly right. I agree with you.

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on February 18, 2014
at 05:01 PM

They would also have been gorging on McDonald's and Taco Bell if that would have been available.....

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on February 18, 2014
at 04:56 PM

I replied to Beth 15 and not to you, in regards to the following statement: "I'm not a fan of obsessive food rules. So unhealthy." This statement clearly defeats the whole point of Paleo, which is essentially a set of food rules, that prohibit certain foods that are unhealthy. If she sees Paleo as "obsessive food rules" then she's better off being honest to herself and not calling herself Paleo. This is PaleoHacks not Chowhound.

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on February 18, 2014
at 04:48 PM

yes, one teaspoon of sugar is the same as candy/ice cream/soda/doughnuts/cookies/cake/margarine

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on February 18, 2014
at 04:21 PM

I used to agree completely about black coffee until I tried it with heavy cream.

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on February 18, 2014
at 04:18 PM

I like eating ancestrally, and that's not the way Mark Sisson says to eat. Paleo is not some religious dogma about how evil carbs are. Yes there was ketosis in the starving times. But there was gorging on carbs whenever they were available. That's why they taste good to us.

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on February 18, 2014
at 03:00 PM

You're so right...let's go back to eating whole grains and sugary cereal....food rules are so unhealthy. And let's bring back candy/ice cream/soda/doughnuts/cookies/cake/margarine too!

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on February 17, 2014
at 02:05 AM

I agree. eat it because you enjoy it and it fits within your diet.

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on February 17, 2014
at 02:02 AM

but neither is it contraindicated. I'm not a fan of obsessive food rules. So unhealthy.

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on February 17, 2014
at 01:57 AM

there's more chromium in black pepper than there is in maple syrup. Or you could have a serving of broccoli and have 10 times the amount in maple syrup. Just because a micronutrient exists doesn't mean it's a good reason to eat that food.

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on February 18, 2014
at 07:29 PM

If you're really trying to cut out your sugar consumption you could try adding less and less sugar each week. A teaspoon is such a trivial amount however it does add up over time. If you are going to try pure maple syrup i've seen using B grade which is less processed than grade A. With that being sad they both acutely spike your blood "sugar" levels.

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on February 18, 2014
at 07:18 PM

If it's not sending you into a sugar tailspin, you aren't gaining weight, and it makes you feel good- get it girl!

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on February 18, 2014
at 06:28 PM

If you have sugar cravings ... you blood sugar is going crazy so you will need to take a fat source before you sleep. Nuts, Oils etc will overcome this.

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on February 18, 2014
at 05:28 PM

I always enjoyed my morning coffee with a shot of French Vanilla Cream and refused to give it up for several months after starting Paleo. Truthfully, having that delicious cream didn't make any difference to my weight loss, but did contribute a little "dirty" to my Paleo goals.

Now it's just black coffee. I learned to like it this way, but on special occasions will indulge myself with that old treat of cream.

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on February 18, 2014
at 02:40 PM

I like Mark Sissons 80% rule, gotta keep it real & the object is to keep ketogenic, so just don't over do the sweets & carbs to take you back to being a sugar burner :) Enjoy life within your limits & stay a fat burner <3

Oh and just to add :) I personally don't have sugar/honey/maple syrup/any substitute at all, I found it like smoking, once you kick the habit you just have no desire or need for it again.

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on February 18, 2014
at 04:18 PM

I like eating ancestrally, and that's not the way Mark Sisson says to eat. Paleo is not some religious dogma about how evil carbs are. Yes there was ketosis in the starving times. But there was gorging on carbs whenever they were available. That's why they taste good to us.

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on February 18, 2014
at 05:07 PM

That's the sad part TheG. Not only do we like to eat things that taste good, we like to eat 5x more than we need when we can get it. Both ancestral survival mechanisms.

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on February 17, 2014
at 04:29 AM

I say you should live a little!! if 1 tsp of sugar and a little full cream milk is the only non paleo thing you eat all day and it doesn't have any effect on the way you feel (except to make you happy) go ahead and enjoy your 1 coffee a day. You are still eating much better than many other people out there. :-)

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on February 17, 2014
at 01:48 AM

maple syrup is actually a natural appetite suppressant, because of chromium. Check out the nutritional info (including potassium):

http://wholefoodcatalog.info/food/maple_syrup/nutrients/

Keep the syrup. :-)

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on February 17, 2014
at 01:57 AM

there's more chromium in black pepper than there is in maple syrup. Or you could have a serving of broccoli and have 10 times the amount in maple syrup. Just because a micronutrient exists doesn't mean it's a good reason to eat that food.

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on February 17, 2014
at 01:45 AM

"does that little bit of maple syrup derail my Paleo efforts?"

no, but neither would a teaspoon of sugar. If you need a teaspoon of sugar to make the medicine go down, then use a teaspoon of sugar. You could also try out some stevia, taste is pretty similar to sugar (much more so than maple syrup) and is all natural. But honestly, a teaspoon of sugar, or 15 calories, is not going to make or break your "paleo" lifestyle.

Of course, I also have to add, your husband is right. Black coffee is so much better. Once you break your sweet tooth, you realize that there is another layer of flavor to your daily java fix.

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on February 18, 2014
at 04:21 PM

I used to agree completely about black coffee until I tried it with heavy cream.

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