First time paleo/ Long time athlete - sugar question

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created April 03, 2013 at 6:14 PM

Hello all, Ive made it a month on paleo(well 90% paleo) and ive lost 12 lbs and gained some lean muscle as well. Ive been an athlete all my life and never really put much into how i ate. Now, as i am getting older/ graduating college/ trying to be a productive part of society i want to feel my best. This has been a great journey sofar.

After about a week or so of strick paleo, i started noticing a sugar craving. Now after a month, i still crave it pretty badly, York peppermint pattys are my kryptonite. Somehow i manage to have a dollar each day to snag one out of the vending at work. Are there any tips you guys have for curbing this addiction to York?


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on April 03, 2013
at 06:23 PM

You need to identify the source of the craving.

Are you hungry? If so, easy solution, eat something.

Are you too low carb? Grab a banana or an orange.

It is emotional? No easy solution here, gotta beat that one on your own. Substituting a nice 2oz bar of 85% Dark Chocolate can help -- and stay away from the vending machine.

Are you low energy? Try grabbing a tea or a coffee instead

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on April 03, 2013
at 06:31 PM

My go-to "crave-killer" is a sandwich bag with coconut flakes, almonds, and 2-3 dates. But certain cravings just take will-power. Or if you do give in, pay attention to the way your body reacts. If it reacts negatively, then next time you'll just have to remember that feeling.

Here's some wisdom from It Starts With Food: "Make Conscious Decisions."

"The most compelling reason to go off-roading with your food from time to time is: Because they are delicious. Sometimes, the fact that a food or drink is so delicious is a good enough reason to indulge. So, how do you work these choices into your everyday life? On a case-by-case basis, making conscious, deliberate, informed decisions. Keep eating your healthy foods until you bump into something that you believe might be worth it."

"Ask yourself a series of questions to help you decide if it???s really worth it. Do I have a specific desire for this particular food, or am I just emotional, hungry, or craving? Is it going to be incredibly special, significant, or delicious? Is it going to mess me up??? negatively affect how I feel or the quality of my life?"

"If you decide the food or drink really is worth it, congratulations! You can move on to the next step??? enjoying it."

Hartwig, Melissa; Hartwig, Dallas (2012-06-19). It Starts With Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways (p. 226-7). Victory Belt Publishing. Kindle Edition.

But maybe the real trick is to not carry around that dollar bill. Put it in a jar at home. Save up for a real treat. Something special! Something you can "get downright romantic with" when you decide to eat it.



on April 03, 2013
at 07:49 PM

If you're still an active athlete you could be too low carb in which case dates, bananas or grapefruit can go a long way toward dealing with the craving.



on April 03, 2013
at 07:25 PM

Sugar craving can be a sign you aren't getting enough fat. Eating enough fat is often very hard for those starting paleo. Track your food for a few days on something like cronometer.com. You should be getting anywhere from 40-65% fat (by calories, depending on who you ask). Paul's "crave killer" above is a great idea, bc he includes almonds and coconut flakes, which are almost pure fat.

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