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Chocolate, Macarons and other non-paleo desert?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 15, 2012 at 8:49 PM

I'm ADDICTED to either dark,milk,praline,mint and whatever type of good chocolate! I've become a chocolate connoisseur after a visit to Belgium! And lately, I've been eating it almost daily (a square, somewhere around 10-15 grams, that's it).

However, I've stumbled upon the French Macaron, a wonderful ALMOST paleo (apart from the simple sugar and filling, it contains egg whites and almond flour), and have been either eating a couple of them or chocolate, sometimes both in the same day.

Even though moderation is the key, how bad are those cravings? Does everyone with a sweet-tooth experience this?

I'm slim, and my body is improving after every training session, my diet is clean and 95% paleo (dairy & wheat free, the occasional Hummus due to my culture - which I find pretty healthy).

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on August 16, 2012
at 11:25 AM

Oh I didn't know, my bad!

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on August 16, 2012
at 03:38 AM

Still I agree with the sentiment: learn to make it yourself and over time learn to love it with less and less sugar. Nothing wrong with egg whites and almond flour in moderation. Moderation being a few macaroons per week, not a few per day!

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on August 15, 2012
at 11:02 PM

I'm with Shari - I had no idea I was addicted to sugar until I went Paleo. Now if I have it - I NEED more. And every damn time it takes me 305 days to break!

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on August 15, 2012
at 11:01 PM

French Macarons are a totally different thing than coconut macaroons.

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on August 15, 2012
at 10:20 PM

The French Macaroon does not get enough love and respect around here. Those things are total awesomeness. I fully support you in this indulgence. If I could afford to eat them every day I would. However, whenever we declare we have an addiction and in capital letters no less we may want to take a step back and look at that. That's never a good thing despite how benign the substance may appear to be.

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1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

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on August 15, 2012
at 10:34 PM

Try making these instead of buying the ones made with flour and sugar--

Paleo Coconut macaroons

I love me some macaroons! Have you ever had them dipped in dark chocolate? Homer drool

2b3edde3c7b9393fe36a2dd9c8acf473

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on August 15, 2012
at 11:01 PM

French Macarons are a totally different thing than coconut macaroons.

Dc6407193ba441d1438f6f0c06af872b

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on August 16, 2012
at 03:38 AM

Still I agree with the sentiment: learn to make it yourself and over time learn to love it with less and less sugar. Nothing wrong with egg whites and almond flour in moderation. Moderation being a few macaroons per week, not a few per day!

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on August 16, 2012
at 11:25 AM

Oh I didn't know, my bad!

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on August 16, 2012
at 01:26 AM

Macarons are big here in Australia. Check out Adrian Zumbo. He is the king of Macarons!

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on August 15, 2012
at 09:45 PM

I am nuts for the macaron as well. I make a small batch at home maybe once a month with organic ingredients, but sometimes it is so much easier to get them from a patisserie. I would say that, so long as it doesn't bother you, and it doesn't trigger any physical reactions or crazy binges, then you are probably fine doing what you're doing. 95% sounds really compliant! I am probably like 85% and feel great anyway.

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on August 15, 2012
at 09:26 PM

I think you're always going to crave what you love somewhat, especially when it comes to goodies. Like you said, moderation is key. For me, I actually plan for when I am going to indulge in something non-paleo. Prior to cleaning up my eating habits, I would have lots of junk daily, so for myself, I don't want to reintroduce goodies as an everyday thing...even if they are paleo goodies actually. I think it's a really personal decision, but know how addicted I have been in the past, for me, it's probably a slippery slope once I start having treats daily.

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