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Hack My Potato Chips Craving?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 02, 2012 at 9:16 PM

For some strange reason I have craved potato chips for my whole life. The first year I was away from my family and was able to decide what to eat, I spent a whole year eating nothing but potato chips (and some other salty snacks), beer, coke and orange juice. As I was pretty healthy back then : no allergies, great sleep, my hair was very very different (way stronger and it went upwards instead of being flat), and I had a well-working brain (as I had amazing results at school), this led me to Ray Peat.

Still, I'm eating lots of sea salt, have eaten potatoes and other starches (they all gave me digestion issues). The potato chips craving just won't go away. It's not very strong, but when I ask myself what I want to eat I always end up thinking about them. Any ideas? Maybe it's a psychological thing (I used to sneak to the supermarket behind my parents back to buy bags of chips and then try to eat them without them noticing, which pretty much failed all the time because they had a strong smell and you could here me eating them from a mile away, probably).

47edf681280750c3712a3a56f2eae33b

on July 06, 2012
at 05:02 AM

Is there a brand name that does that? I'd buy them by the bushel.

B6114a1980b1481fb18206064f3f4a4f

(3924)

on July 03, 2012
at 05:33 PM

Yes! I love chicken skin. Unfortunately for me, my three-year-old twins love it, too, and I rarely get to eat any after they've pigged out. Maybe we could hide in the kitchens of all those people who *gasp* remove the skin and throw it away . . . A "save the skin for me" campaign.

345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

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on July 03, 2012
at 04:59 PM

in my case, yes, regular iodized salt helped the cravings and my dehydration, I use sea salt when I feel i'm in 'balance' and not craving, because sea salt doesnt seem to do it for me, for some reason. I found a sea salt thats smoked and its really nice...the only one I like...the others dont really do anything for me.

A65499f2f8c65602881550fe309cd48c

(3501)

on July 03, 2012
at 03:44 PM

I wish they would just sell chicken skin. Yum.

7f8bc7ce5c34aae50408d31812c839b0

(2698)

on July 03, 2012
at 02:25 PM

I do have to admit that the only way I can manage potato chips is to weight out how many I'm willing to eat and then put the bag away. It seems if I eat less than 2 oz in a sitting I can avoid the "whole bag" phenomenon. Small price to pay to have yummy delicious potato chips I think.

B6114a1980b1481fb18206064f3f4a4f

(3924)

on July 03, 2012
at 01:38 PM

I agree that nuts aren't much better - I was just thinking a handful of nuts might satisfy the craving, which would probably be better than eating a whole big bag of potato chips (or two or three) which is the typical road I go down if I even get started eating chips.

7f8bc7ce5c34aae50408d31812c839b0

(2698)

on July 03, 2012
at 12:49 PM

I have trouble even getting near the RDA of potassium. On fit day it's like 4.7 grams a day. I actually use salt substitute to supplement potassium a bit.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on July 03, 2012
at 12:10 PM

I don't really like sea salt, tastes a bit gross. Do you think regular salt reduced the craving more? I'm eating quite some sea salt as a 'supplement'.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on July 03, 2012
at 07:05 AM

Yeah nuts will screw me up :D, I think store-bought potato chips with sunflower oil do me less harm than nuts. Maybe it is the crunchiness :D.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on July 03, 2012
at 07:03 AM

*as regular salt

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on July 03, 2012
at 07:03 AM

Maybe sea salt doesn't satisfy a salt craving as well as regular craving? I do still have some adrenal issues, so maybe I do need more salt.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on July 03, 2012
at 07:02 AM

On the other hand my diet is pretty high in potassium (I think I get 2x the RDA) :S

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on July 03, 2012
at 07:00 AM

Yeah maybe I need a lot of potassium :).

7f8bc7ce5c34aae50408d31812c839b0

(2698)

on July 03, 2012
at 02:13 AM

Are nuts REALLY that much better than a couple dozen potato chips if they are cooked in the right oil? Two oz of chips is only about 30 carbs.

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E7e57f3e3a156df4072ca85d463f8ed3

(358)

on July 02, 2012
at 11:37 PM

Roast chicken skin with salt satisfies my cravings.

A65499f2f8c65602881550fe309cd48c

(3501)

on July 03, 2012
at 03:44 PM

I wish they would just sell chicken skin. Yum.

B6114a1980b1481fb18206064f3f4a4f

(3924)

on July 03, 2012
at 05:33 PM

Yes! I love chicken skin. Unfortunately for me, my three-year-old twins love it, too, and I rarely get to eat any after they've pigged out. Maybe we could hide in the kitchens of all those people who *gasp* remove the skin and throw it away . . . A "save the skin for me" campaign.

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7f8bc7ce5c34aae50408d31812c839b0

(2698)

on July 02, 2012
at 09:27 PM

Potato Chips rock. I just stick with the ones that have three ingredients. Potato, salt, and either olive oil or avocado oil. They do supply potassium so maybe your body wants potassium.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on July 03, 2012
at 07:00 AM

Yeah maybe I need a lot of potassium :).

7f8bc7ce5c34aae50408d31812c839b0

(2698)

on July 03, 2012
at 12:49 PM

I have trouble even getting near the RDA of potassium. On fit day it's like 4.7 grams a day. I actually use salt substitute to supplement potassium a bit.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on July 03, 2012
at 07:02 AM

On the other hand my diet is pretty high in potassium (I think I get 2x the RDA) :S

47edf681280750c3712a3a56f2eae33b

on July 06, 2012
at 05:02 AM

Is there a brand name that does that? I'd buy them by the bushel.

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43f469552cfd3be73fc88a9821b14986

on July 03, 2012
at 03:43 PM

What about sweet potato chips instead? More nutritional bang for your starchy buck.

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345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

(8767)

on July 03, 2012
at 11:02 AM

I had super strong cravings for them for a long time too, I figured out it was the salt I was craving!

I just recently bought some and didnt notice they were origional (not salted) and I had no real interest in eating them......but usually if salted, yea baby!!!

I also noticed the strong oil smell/taste, and I quit eating them because it was kind of gross.

Roasted anything crispy with salt usually does the trick!

I normally battle a constant dehydration issue so salt (regular) is something I need to keep in the diet. Lately I've stabelized and not needing so much, and using sea salt-salty but not so addictive.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on July 03, 2012
at 12:10 PM

I don't really like sea salt, tastes a bit gross. Do you think regular salt reduced the craving more? I'm eating quite some sea salt as a 'supplement'.

345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

(8767)

on July 03, 2012
at 04:59 PM

in my case, yes, regular iodized salt helped the cravings and my dehydration, I use sea salt when I feel i'm in 'balance' and not craving, because sea salt doesnt seem to do it for me, for some reason. I found a sea salt thats smoked and its really nice...the only one I like...the others dont really do anything for me.

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C4ed6ba382aed2eefc18e7877999a5de

(1579)

on July 02, 2012
at 11:33 PM

Try making some kale chips, maybe they'll curb your cravings a bit. Soak kale in water with a bit of lemon juice or vinegar, pat dry, place on a baking sheet and bake at 400 for about 7 min. Drizzle on olive oil and salt.

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B6114a1980b1481fb18206064f3f4a4f

(3924)

on July 02, 2012
at 10:48 PM

Damn potato chips! That's my one weakness at parties and BBQs. I think it's the combo of salt, oil and crunch. They're so damn good, and our bodies often crave the salt and fat.

Does it help to eat salty, crunchy, fatty nuts to satisfy the craving? Or does that just make you want potato chips even more? I will occasionally buy a very small bag of chips, but after the initial joy I usually regret it because it just makes me want to eat more. I do better if I don't give in to the cravings as much as possible and find other ways to get salt (seems funny saying that, but without the processed foods, I actually think I don't get enough salt some times.)

B6114a1980b1481fb18206064f3f4a4f

(3924)

on July 03, 2012
at 01:38 PM

I agree that nuts aren't much better - I was just thinking a handful of nuts might satisfy the craving, which would probably be better than eating a whole big bag of potato chips (or two or three) which is the typical road I go down if I even get started eating chips.

7f8bc7ce5c34aae50408d31812c839b0

(2698)

on July 03, 2012
at 02:13 AM

Are nuts REALLY that much better than a couple dozen potato chips if they are cooked in the right oil? Two oz of chips is only about 30 carbs.

7f8bc7ce5c34aae50408d31812c839b0

(2698)

on July 03, 2012
at 02:25 PM

I do have to admit that the only way I can manage potato chips is to weight out how many I'm willing to eat and then put the bag away. It seems if I eat less than 2 oz in a sitting I can avoid the "whole bag" phenomenon. Small price to pay to have yummy delicious potato chips I think.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on July 03, 2012
at 07:05 AM

Yeah nuts will screw me up :D, I think store-bought potato chips with sunflower oil do me less harm than nuts. Maybe it is the crunchiness :D.

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6ddb22a034e1a4e3a96d9f1907bb37e2

(302)

on July 03, 2012
at 06:40 AM

plantain chips are pretty darn good...

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901d843c6a01089575ef1751a9e6e9fd

on July 02, 2012
at 09:31 PM

I'd bet on salt addiction.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on July 03, 2012
at 07:03 AM

*as regular salt

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on July 03, 2012
at 07:03 AM

Maybe sea salt doesn't satisfy a salt craving as well as regular craving? I do still have some adrenal issues, so maybe I do need more salt.

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