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I need help with my sugar cravings

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 20, 2013 at 10:32 AM

Hi.

First, I am wheelchair bound. I'm going to weight wacthers once a week and have been for 7 years. I try really hard to stay away from sugar, and I have cut out potatoes, white rice, and bread. I eat salads and fruit but I cant stay away from sugar and food that I'm not allowed. I eat hot chips as well so what can i do?

Thank you.

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Yes, because is the best source of sugar. The potassium in them help to process the sugar with less insulin.

0267df248d0f1e42dba5d2cd3ca0bd36

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on May 21, 2013
at 06:31 PM

Yes, you need it in certain form, and the best form is fructose from fruits. Apparently you didn't know, but fruit is a REAL, WHOLE FOOD.

0267df248d0f1e42dba5d2cd3ca0bd36

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on May 21, 2013
at 06:30 PM

Yes, you need it in certain form, and the best form is fructose from fruits.

3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

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on May 21, 2013
at 05:03 PM

Btw, hot chips have got to go. They are invariably fried in PUFA oils ( industrially processed oils) which cause inflammation and derail your efforts at improving your diet.

3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

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on May 21, 2013
at 05:00 PM

You don't need SUGAR, you need a certain level of blood glucose--about 1 tsp worth a day, which can easily be supplied by the carbohydrates in the real, whole foods we eat--even meat has some carb. Do you think Inuits (for example) had a ready supply of honey or other simple sugars???

4bd4e2fe6a095663f80c69656936e487

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on May 20, 2013
at 10:56 PM

Your blood sugar level needs to be within a certain range, so you need sugar. If you get it by converting protein or fat, you always do so by releasing stress hormones, so it's better to have actual sugar.

3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

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on May 20, 2013
at 09:16 PM

Who says we need "sugar"??? Fruit may produce less insulin because fructose doesn't necessarily spike blood glucose causing an increase in insulin, but that doesn't mean fruit is harmless in the situation.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on May 20, 2013
at 04:38 PM

OP says "I eat salads and fruit..." and suspects an issue with sugar ... and your suggestion is eat more fruit?

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on May 20, 2013
at 12:49 PM

For us Americans, "hot chips" == "french fries", if I recall.

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Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on May 20, 2013
at 12:58 PM

My suggestion is to immediately cut out all added sweeteners (sugar free or not) and soft drinks (sugar free or not), and then slowly begin to improve your core diet.

Assuming that you have already gotten that far, I'd take cutting out the carb-rich foods you love slowly. Cutting out bread and french fries / hot chips is a good start (bread isn't nutritious food, and french fries are often cooked in very bad oils as well as difficult for some to eat in moderation). I would worry a lot less about cutting out other potatoes or rice -- consider potatoes an okay addition to meals, and white rice an okay sometimes-food. You should avoid nearly all grains, whole grain or not, but white rice seems fairly benign.

So, let's talk about the rest of your food. "Salads and fruit" doesn't really say much. Your diet should contain ample red meats (beef, lamb, goat), plenty of fish (as often as you can get it fresh), eggs (eaten whenever you'd like) and besides those leafy salad greens consider adding lots of green fibrous and sugary (yes, I know) veggies: asparagus, peppers, onions, garlic, broccoli, beets, carrots, parsnips, etc. A carrot or beet, while sugary, will not trigger the same cravings like a glazed donut would. ;-) Complement your meal with a dense starch: potaoes or rice is okay, but consider other starchier veggies like squash, plantains, yuca, sweet potatoes, etcetera.

Don't fret, you can do this! Good luck.

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3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

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on May 20, 2013
at 04:35 PM

Grey mouser is on the right track. Nutrient dense, real, whole foods will satisfy your hunger and reduce the cravings for sugary foods.

You should eat meat, fish, eggs, vegetables and good fats. Good fats, BTW, are animal fats, coconut oil, olive oil, butter, and ghee. Stay away from other oils and fake fats like margarine or spreads. This is the exact opposite of what WW tells you, but you've been on WW for 6 years and you're still stuck. Eating more of these real, healthy fats will provide nutrition and reduce cravings. Vegetables taste wonderful roasted in coconut oil or slathered in butter, and it's GOOD for you!

Limit fruits for now--a small serving of a low glycemic fruit like berries or melon a few times a week is ok. But until you get your cravings under control, fruit will just perpetuate them. Stay away from ALL sweeteners for now, even so-called "natural" ones.

3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

(8395)

on May 21, 2013
at 05:03 PM

Btw, hot chips have got to go. They are invariably fried in PUFA oils ( industrially processed oils) which cause inflammation and derail your efforts at improving your diet.

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on May 20, 2013
at 02:56 PM

When box food products cut the fat out they often times add more sugar to maintain palatability, you could try the opposite and add more fat into your diet. Fats that are really good are coconut oil which is really delicious and has a slight sweet taste, pastured butter, I like Kerrygold brand, and olive oil. Eating more fat is very satiating and can help with sugar cravings. Also as was already mentioned going on a sugar detox will help, cause when you get done with it you will find foods that didn't seem sweet before sweet and stuff like soda and candy really sweet. I used to drink a lot of soda but now I can't stand the taste of the mainstream sodas like coke, mt dew, and Pepsi, they are just too sweet. I now like to drink perrier with a few drops of liquid vanilla stevia added in for flavor. Anyway good luck in continuing to make positive steps for yourself and your health.

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on May 20, 2013
at 10:38 AM

Have you tried a sugar detox? The longer you're able to stay away the easier it usually becomes, so perhaps have a look at the 21 DSD. Another (not very paleo) suggestion would be to use artificial sweeteners, however some people find that this increases their cravings for sweet foods in general. Personally I find that a can of Pepsi Max a day keeps away my cravings for anything sweet.

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0267df248d0f1e42dba5d2cd3ca0bd36

on May 20, 2013
at 03:14 PM

Eat more fruits. .

4bd4e2fe6a095663f80c69656936e487

(744)

on May 20, 2013
at 10:56 PM

Your blood sugar level needs to be within a certain range, so you need sugar. If you get it by converting protein or fat, you always do so by releasing stress hormones, so it's better to have actual sugar.

3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

(8395)

on May 20, 2013
at 09:16 PM

Who says we need "sugar"??? Fruit may produce less insulin because fructose doesn't necessarily spike blood glucose causing an increase in insulin, but that doesn't mean fruit is harmless in the situation.

0267df248d0f1e42dba5d2cd3ca0bd36

(-8)

on May 21, 2013
at 06:30 PM

Yes, you need it in certain form, and the best form is fructose from fruits.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on May 20, 2013
at 04:38 PM

OP says "I eat salads and fruit..." and suspects an issue with sugar ... and your suggestion is eat more fruit?

0267df248d0f1e42dba5d2cd3ca0bd36

(-8)

on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Yes, because is the best source of sugar. The potassium in them help to process the sugar with less insulin.

0267df248d0f1e42dba5d2cd3ca0bd36

(-8)

on May 21, 2013
at 06:31 PM

Yes, you need it in certain form, and the best form is fructose from fruits. Apparently you didn't know, but fruit is a REAL, WHOLE FOOD.

3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

(8395)

on May 21, 2013
at 05:00 PM

You don't need SUGAR, you need a certain level of blood glucose--about 1 tsp worth a day, which can easily be supplied by the carbohydrates in the real, whole foods we eat--even meat has some carb. Do you think Inuits (for example) had a ready supply of honey or other simple sugars???

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