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I'm still miss non-paleo foods

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created August 02, 2013 at 4:19 PM

I have always had a serious sweet tooth and loved sugary, carby foods. However if I eat any amount of fruit/sweetened paleo treats/carby veggies I just crave sugar all the time. I gave up most fruit/sweetened paleo treats to prevent this and I limit my carby veg intake. I used to allow myself to have more carbs after I exercised but after a couple injuries I have had to give up basically all exercise and cut my calories back. I have started gaining weight despite eating not very much and am craving carbs all the time, even though I am not eating hardly any carby foods.

I thought I'd stop missing non-paleo foods but I still crave pizza/pasta/brownies/cookies etc. all the time. How do I get rid of this! I feel like I am so close to giving up paleo, all day I am thinking about junk foods. I don't know what to do with my carbs, I am so bored of meat and veg after 5 years of paleo no, I'm not lazy, I just don't like the taste of savoury foods) but I want to stay slim and healthy.

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on August 08, 2013
at 02:03 PM

Thanks for all the comments. I have decided to add some more carbs and sugar back into my diet and am feeling a lot better. I've broken my wrist, and torn ligaments in both of my knees and I have to wait for an operation on one of them. I've gone from crossfit 3x a week and cycling 100 miles a week to being on crutches :(

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on August 04, 2013
at 08:12 PM

Hugs and kisses to the drive-by downvoter. :-P

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on August 03, 2013
at 06:13 PM

Yeah, I eat a square or two of 85% after most meals. Helps with my sweet tooth.

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on August 02, 2013
at 08:18 PM

I didn't word it very well at all! Prior to injuring myself I was fairly happy on paleo, I craved sugar but I had the occasional sugary treat and carby stuff which kept it under control. I injured myself, gave up exercise and gained weight and so I have had to be more strict on what I eat. Since being more strict I am seriously craving sugary junk food and anything with carbs or sugar. I don't want to stop paleo, but I can't get sugary food out of my brain and I feel like my (once awesome) self-control is rapidly disappearing. I want to be able to get these cravings to go away.

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on August 02, 2013
at 08:05 PM

you are so much nicer than i.......

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on August 02, 2013
at 05:51 PM

I think 80-93% (or so) dark chocolate is the sweet spot for dark chocolate lovers. I get 99% dark when I go to the movies to snack on, but it's *work* to make it through that bar.

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on August 02, 2013
at 04:38 PM

YOU THOUGHT ABOUT EATING SUGAR ALL THE TIME?

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3d58b5fb4f9780e2f47d4dcc53338a5a

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on August 02, 2013
at 06:24 PM

I miss sweets and refined carbs a lot, too. I don't miss having cancer, so I guess it's a tradeoff.

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Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on August 02, 2013
at 04:46 PM

Let's take a look at your points ...

  1. I have always had a serious sweet tooth and loved sugary, carby foods. However if I eat any amount of fruit/sweetened paleo treats/carby veggies I just crave sugar all the time.
  2. I thought I'd stop missing non-paleo foods but I still crave pizza/pasta/brownies/cookies etc. all the time. How do I get rid of this! I feel like I am so close to giving up paleo, all day I am thinking about junk foods.

So, you #1 desire to avoid sugary foods, and #2 want to "give up paleo" and pig out on junk food? This logical paradox you maintain should inform you that you really don't have a healthy attitude towards food. In other words, if you "gave up" and ate all your junk food, you'd violate #1; and if you stick to #1, you don't allow yourself #2.

Just ask yourself: 1) Do you know which you really desire? 2) Are you able to follow through on enacting your desires?

No one can directly help you with this, but friends and family (and PH!) can offer support and encouragement.

And if you need "tough love", well ... grow up - make a choice, handle the consequences, for good or bad. You can do this.

  • 3 I am so bored of meat and veg after 5 years of paleo no, I'm not lazy, I just don't like the taste of savoury foods) but I want to stay slim and healthy.

It sounds like (from #1) that you chose to remove fruit and carbohydrate tense vegetables from your diet. Again, that's your choice. There's nothing "paleo" about specifically avoiding fruits, roots, and tubers.

I'll say this: after you get over yourself and work through your issues, I think you should work fruit and carbohydrate dense vegetables into your diet and work through the sugar-cravings you are having until you learn new habits. If you still find that you can't eat any sort of sweet or starchy foods, and are truly tired of savory foods, then you still have sourness, saltiness, and bitterness to explore.

Summary: you "get rid of this" by setting goals, sticking to your choices, and not obsessing about right or wrong, good or bad moves you've made on the way to your goals.

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on August 02, 2013
at 08:05 PM

you are so much nicer than i.......

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on August 04, 2013
at 08:12 PM

Hugs and kisses to the drive-by downvoter. :-P

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on August 03, 2013
at 03:12 AM

I might get downvoted for this answer but oh well..

As a foodie, I don't restrict myself from eating pastas or sweets. Majority of my diet is paleo and honestly I'm never bored. (I honestly think that you wouldn't be so 'bored' if you search the internet for paleo recipes without including the word 'paleo' in your search. Lots of bloggers have wonderful recipes that are either paleo or paleo-ize-able)

I don't think that occasional goodies in your diet is bad. Go ahead.

I think that a) when you eat non paleo, make it worth it. Find a nice authentic lasagna recipe or make a small batch of deserts b) use high quality, unrefined ingredients as much as possible and c) find paleo recipes on the net. There are tons. I'm NEVER disappointed with my meat and veggie diet. Although I get certain occasional cravings, I don't even feel the need to eat grains or any processed junk. I can make a perfect paleo meal that satisfies(without sugar and paleo "flours")

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your cravings might just mean that you need extra fat or protein in your diet. Even when I am bored or doing nothing, I get the urge to nibble. Eat a nice fatty steak or something.

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on August 05, 2013
at 03:12 AM

Even when I was cut down by a horrible back injury, I still walked. I could only make it five to ten minutes at a time before I was out of breath and in pain and had to crash on the couch propped up by pillows for the next hour or two, but I did it at least five or six times a day. It sometimes took me two hours of getting up and resting and getting up and resting to sweep my kitchen floor. Over time, I was able to extend my walking to fifteen minutes, then eventually twenty. "Exercise" does not mean weight lifting, jumping, cycling, etc. when you're injured. Just move! Some movement is better than no movement.

As for the food, it sounds like you've cut back too much, and now your body is in starvation mode, or possibly even ketosis(spelling?). Your energy levels will drop dramatically, you'll be fatigued, and generally prone to foul moods. Throw in some dark berries, nuts, etc to get more good calories in your diet. Remember to cook with your healthy oils - coconut and olive oil for me due to a slight avocado allergy. Remember: if the body thinks it is starving (receiving very little food/energy), it goes into fat storage mode, as it believes it will soon starve if there are no fat stores. Eating too little will actually cause you to gain weight.

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on August 04, 2013
at 11:31 PM

What "couple of injuries" were so severe that you had to cut back on almost all forms of exercise?

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on August 04, 2013
at 06:40 PM

"Prior to injuring myself I was fairly happy on paleo, I craved sugar but I had the occasional sugary treat and carby stuff which kept it under control. I injured myself, gave up exercise and gained weight and so I have had to be more strict on what I eat."

Since becoming more strict you report sugar/carb cravings and a desire to go off paleo, even though you had been fine eating paleo for 5 years.

This says to me that you need to add those fruit/paleo sweetened treats/carby veg back in asap! Being strict is not working for you - a few pounds you might gain by adding these back in is probably worth it if it keeps you on a healthy diet. Imagine how much weight you'll gain if you give in and eat a pan of SAD brownies!

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on August 04, 2013
at 06:01 PM

There are lots of good answers and sometimes it just takes one mindset adjustment. I definitely used to struggle with cravings and had BED (and still struggle sometimes now).

One thing that helps me is to simply not acknowledge that those hyperpalatable foods even exist. Paleo has helped me a lot in making this distinguishment between real and made up/hyperpalateable/processed foods. I hate feeling dependent on something that I can't make myself, in the case of processed/packaged foods. Maybe this doesn't apply to your case.

Also, focusing/directing your cravings towards real foods (even starchy ones) will put your mind at ease and help deter reaching for the fake stuff. When my mind starts craving sugar, I find a lot of comfort thinking about yams, potatoes, rutabagas, bananas, etc. These alternative foods will surely be healthier than most junk foods.

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on August 03, 2013
at 08:59 AM

I would strongly urge you to give Perfect Health Diet a try. It is still lower carb than SAD for the most part, but much higher carb than you have been it sounds like. Some people crave more carbs simply because they need more carbs.

Secondly, the little bastards in our guts (better known as your microbiome) can be really persistent, and I picture them as pulling little levers that control our cravings. Once upon a time I took a few months of some serious prescription grade (whatever that means, more than you'd want to spend on them, but hopefully good I guess) probiotic, enzyme, and natural soil organism supplements. I had gone VLC and had been fighting sugar cravings for a long time. A little more than 4 weeks in to the supplements, I noticed all of the sudden that the inside of my head was so quiet and spacious, that little voice that had been insisting I stuff my face with brownies and cookies was gone. Poof!

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on August 03, 2013
at 04:25 AM

Majorly restricting carbs and sugar cravings seem to go hand-in-hand for many people.

Whatever you're doing now isn't working, so it's time to experiment!

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on August 03, 2013
at 03:49 AM

I think you have to consider the possibility that perhaps you are cutting carbs too much and need to add some healthy carbs (veggies and fruits) back in. You say you're not eating that much and it sounds like you've pretty much cut out all carbs. Also, maybe you're just not eating enough in general? I'm of the belief that you don't need to be counting calories if you are following a nutrient dense, whole food diet and learn to listen to your body to feed it appropriately (only eating when you are hungry, stopping when you are full, hydrating adequately, etc.). All cravings indicate some type of a need that isn't being fulfilled and shouldn't be ignored. If you were still eating a lot of processed carbohydrates and getting these cravings, that would be indicative of blood sugar handling issues. Since you're not eating a lot of concentrated carbs and sweets, I think it is likely that your cravings are a signal that you're just plain not getting enough carbs or maybe food in general. Everyone requires a slightly different macronutrient percentage and some people need more carbs than others. Also, make sure that you're not really thirsty when you think you are hungry. Many people are chronically dehydrated and mistake thirst for hunger.

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on August 02, 2013
at 05:44 PM

My intro to Paleo was through near 0 carb. I still ate fruit, though. My other indulgence has always been dark chocolate. If you start with 70% you get used to the taste and milk chocolate will be too sweet.

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on August 02, 2013
at 05:51 PM

I think 80-93% (or so) dark chocolate is the sweet spot for dark chocolate lovers. I get 99% dark when I go to the movies to snack on, but it's *work* to make it through that bar.

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on August 03, 2013
at 06:13 PM

Yeah, I eat a square or two of 85% after most meals. Helps with my sweet tooth.

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