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Paleo Lifestyle/Sugar Addiction

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 27, 2012 at 6:04 PM

I really want to adapt the paleo lifestyle, but can't seem to get rid of this sugar addiction I have. I have followed paleo for three weeks at a time and recently 10 days (feeling and sleeping much better), until I think I can have a small amount of sugar. And then I'm off again. I feel like such a hypocrite because when I'm "on", I'm hardcore with my husband on why I can't eat carbs or sugar. And then last night I ate half a pumpkin pie. So hypocritical! I'm 5'4 and almost 140 pounds. This is the heaviest I ever weighed. Three years ago at my wedding I was 118. If I keep eating this crap, I will have to buy new clothes. I already have a belly.

Is there anyone that has had problems with sugar and binging, and succeeded in adopting the paleo lifestyle? Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. Although I did feel better while eating paleo, I think I got impatient when the pounds weren't melting off right away.

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I alternated between Source Naturals Duraflora capsules & Goodbelly juices, and occasionally the regular DanActive drinks when I ran out of Goodbelly. Some of the Goodbelly juices (esp. the little juice "shots") are REALLY strong, so use with caution, maybe start w/ a half dose? Should also mention that I felt like crap for at least a week -- low carb flu or herx reaction or whatever you want to call it. But years of evening sugar cravings disappeared.

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Robin, Do you recommend a particular probiotic?

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See if you can go a few weeks with no sugar, no fruit, and very minimal carbs. Meanwhile, take a strong probiotic.

There is a good chance your cravings are related to your gut flora, and if you can tough it out a few weeks, the cravings will go away. Worked for me, & I can now eat fruit & a reasonable amount of carbs without causing cravings. I only did "no sugar at all" for about 3 weeks, I took the probiotic for longer.

You can find more on the link between gut flora & cravings if you search.

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on October 27, 2012
at 08:06 PM

Robin, Do you recommend a particular probiotic?

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on October 27, 2012
at 08:15 PM

I alternated between Source Naturals Duraflora capsules & Goodbelly juices, and occasionally the regular DanActive drinks when I ran out of Goodbelly. Some of the Goodbelly juices (esp. the little juice "shots") are REALLY strong, so use with caution, maybe start w/ a half dose? Should also mention that I felt like crap for at least a week -- low carb flu or herx reaction or whatever you want to call it. But years of evening sugar cravings disappeared.

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on October 28, 2012
at 12:51 AM

Check out the 21-Day Sugar detox at balanced bites or the Whole30.

Once you get over the initial hump, you will find it easier to stay committed to one of these strict programs. And once you can commit to a strict program and complete it, you will find that your cravings subside and your habits will change.

I did the Whole30 and it totally changed my relationship with food. Even though I was getting into Paleo for some time I still had plenty of cravings and many bad habits which I indulged in. After I did the Whole30, it really changed so much. Knowing how good I felt after those 30 days keeps me motivated to continue to eat those foods that made me feel so good. I find it much easier now to make the right choices, when previously I was giving in to cravings all the time even though I knew my choices would lead to me feeling physically and mentally miserable.

What I think is really important though is that you realize that you are not going to fix your situation just by taking probiotics or some other miracle supplement. The miracles come from eating real, whole foods, consistently and regularly. Maybe there are some supplements that will help you along and ease some of the symptoms, but I encourage you to look at the whole picture of your health and muster up the strength to make the hard choices and stick with them.

Good luck!

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on October 27, 2012
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Don't take that first taste of sugar. Follow a low carbohydrate diet (under 20 grams net carbs) for two weeks. When you're hungry eat protein, vegetables, and natural fats. Plan for how you will handle that thought, 'I think I can have a small amount of sugar'. For example, your plan might be 'when I think I can have a small amount of sugar, then I will think of dieting'.

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on October 27, 2012
at 07:39 PM

I noticed after about 20 days of strict paleo that my cravings for sugar disappeared. Included in this were the cravings for bread and even dairy. This is coming from someone who LOVED sandwiches and drank a LOT of milk. Stay strict as has been mentioned and it will get better!

Matt
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on October 27, 2012
at 06:33 PM

im on the same boat, i belive so hard in the paleolitic lifestyle but im having a vey hard time letting go of grains and dairy. what i do now is i eat paleo on rest days and eat oats and cottage cheese only post workout and the rest of the day is paleo. this helps me to get used to eating paleo for the majority of the time. im converting to it slowly but steady

sorry for the bad english

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