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Please help. Intense sugar craving at night.

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created May 04, 2012 at 1:29 PM

As the title says. Has anyone, or does anyone else experience intense, almost unbearable sugar cravings in the evening. These cravings for me begin around 7pm. Any help and or advice would be appreciated.

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on November 12, 2012
at 01:08 PM

I'm not so sure about this approach to eating -- until I settled fully into paleo my body "wanted" caramel, Terra chips and burritos.

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on May 09, 2012
at 05:09 PM

Great! Glad it was helpful.

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on May 06, 2012
at 10:46 AM

Mat i think that i am the same way also. Any fructose or sucrose does not sit well with me. All it serves is to incrase my appetite for more sucrose and fructose. Feel much better than i did when i was eating that way. Will tweak my carbs and see what comes of it. Thanx so much for the input.

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on May 06, 2012
at 10:44 AM

Createveryday your on the ball with being tired by 7am. And my sleep has been all over the place as of late. Thanx so much for the tip.

7c2afddaa11ff8861120e4f6f5e606db

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on May 06, 2012
at 10:42 AM

Thanx Shayna. Will give the magnesium a try, as others have mentioned it also. Herbs? Hmmmmmm, i think i dont want to know Lol.

7c2afddaa11ff8861120e4f6f5e606db

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on May 06, 2012
at 10:41 AM

Thanx Kelly, i think you have hit the nail on the head there. I will tweak the carbs for sure :-)

7c2afddaa11ff8861120e4f6f5e606db

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on May 06, 2012
at 10:39 AM

Lesley, Heather and Ha. Thankyou for the advice and tips. I appreciated that. Vdery helpful, and will give it a go.

7c2afddaa11ff8861120e4f6f5e606db

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on May 06, 2012
at 10:38 AM

Thankyou so much August, very much appreciated, and logical advice. Thankyou you again.

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on May 06, 2012
at 10:37 AM

Yes Wendy basically very little carbs, if at all. Mdasilveira i have been paleo for about 6 weeks i think. But i have fallen off the wagon a few times. Hopefully this time its for good :-)

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on May 06, 2012
at 10:17 AM

Thanx to everyone for the advice and tips. Very much appreciated :-)

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on May 06, 2012
at 10:17 AM

Thanx to everyone for the advice and tips. Very much apprteciated :-)

0266737ea1782946902fd3f8e60fa0b9

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on May 05, 2012
at 04:22 AM

+1 on the checking to see what your diet is missing. Often for me, it can be not enough calories, or thirst. See what happens if you add some fluid, or check to see if you're missing any important nutrients.

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on May 04, 2012
at 08:32 PM

I had the same issue with sugar / gluten-free snack cravings at night and stumbled upon a similar solution: I upped both my veggie/salad intake AND my fat intake at my evening meal. Either / or didn't work, I had to do both.

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on May 04, 2012
at 08:18 PM

Try fiddling around with your carbs, maybe you can eat a few more non starchy carbs but keep to less than 50g a day....I found its all self experimentation for what works for you. How is your fat? that should be higher than carb and protein (60%ish or more??) Dont suffer too much though, its totally unnecessary and you'll get where you want to be as long as you stay with it! Best of luck!!

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on May 04, 2012
at 07:18 PM

so absolutely no carbs?

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on May 04, 2012
at 05:05 PM

Also, for how long have you been paleo? I had cravings at first, but they eventually vanished.

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on May 04, 2012
at 03:00 PM

Wow. A very unhelpful answer and yet I find myself in complete agreement - 3PM is craving time!

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on May 04, 2012
at 02:13 PM

For how long have you been experiencing these cravings? When you experience the craving, how long does the craving last before it goes away?

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on May 04, 2012
at 02:02 PM

Kelly thankyou so much. You always give great advice. Im not to sure what my percentages are. But i know that my carbs are almost zero. Probably less than 20grams a day.

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on May 04, 2012
at 01:43 PM

And what did you do to overcome this?

7c2afddaa11ff8861120e4f6f5e606db

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on May 04, 2012
at 01:41 PM

Yes ofcourse Dave. In the morning i basically eat an omelette consisting of 7 eggs, and a few mushrooms, and also 6 diced bacon rashers. I am never hungry during the day. And in the later hours around 5pm i have about 4 to 5 large pork chops. I am actually suprised that i am losing weight. No exercise at all, and am 5ft10 inches (178cm) tall and was originally 97.2kgs. Now currently 90kgs even.

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on May 04, 2012
at 01:37 PM

Yes ofcourse Dave. During the day i basically eat an omelette consisting of 7 eggs, and a few mushrooms, and also 6 diced bacon rashers. I am never hungry during the day. And in the later hours around 5pm i have about 4 to 5 large pork chops. I am actually suprised that i am losing weight. No exercise at all, and am 5ft10 inches (178cm) tall and was originally 97.2kgs. Now currently 90kgs even.

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at 01:33 PM

Can you post what you typically eat during the day and any exercise you may be getting?

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7bf306ada57db47547e9da39a415edf6

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on May 04, 2012
at 03:24 PM

You could easily have a little something sweet and not do any damage. A lot of low-carber stay under 50g a day, but it sound like you are trying for very low carb. I've done that myself when I was trying to lose weight as fast as possible, but I don't think made me lose weight any faster. The liver wants to store enough glycogen in order to keep blood sugar steady overnight. You may be getting cravings because of this.

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on May 06, 2012
at 10:38 AM

Thankyou so much August, very much appreciated, and logical advice. Thankyou you again.

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on May 04, 2012
at 01:35 PM

I did, but usually around 3:00 PM.


First I went on Paleo diet. It changed my sugar craving patterns. I started having sugar cravings at different times of the day, not at one specific time. Plus my routine has changed - 3:00PM is when I was done for the day at my previous job.

The only thing that has completely stopped my sugar cravings is a combination of three things:

  1. no fruit, sugar, honey, stevia, natural or artificial sweeteners of any sort or any sweet things in my diet

  2. Eating Terri Wahls recommended 9 cups of veggies per day (mushrooms, onions, cabbage, leafy, rainbow colors

  3. Herbs


And my herbal doctor recommends to start a day with protein (like to have ONLY protein for breakfast) to curb sugar cravings. I personally eat protein with every meal, especially breakfast. But I have veggies too. I find that when I meet my micro nutritional needs, I don't crave things as much. And when my herbs kick into action... I don't need food at all.

So in my experience herbs helped the most.

7c2afddaa11ff8861120e4f6f5e606db

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on May 04, 2012
at 01:43 PM

And what did you do to overcome this?

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on May 04, 2012
at 03:00 PM

Wow. A very unhelpful answer and yet I find myself in complete agreement - 3PM is craving time!

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on May 04, 2012
at 07:50 PM

I used to have this problem, until i got rid of all the sucrose and/or fructose containing items in my diet (even fruits and berries were out, but i kept eating vegetables in huge amounts). Artificial sweetener in the coffee was fine though. With that done, the cravings were slowly fading away over the course of maybe a month.

Life was fine for maybe a year. Then i had the idea to try adding a few sugars, since "it cant hurt". Boy was i wrong. Intense cravings started the day i ate the first bit of chocolate. Two weeks of fighting with myself over "what is too much / how much can i eat" and i finally went back to no sucrose/fructose at all, since its just easier to say generally NO instead of having to argue about it with yourself constantly. Its strange, that other foods dont do this with me in this intensity. Never had intense broccoli cravings ever.

7c2afddaa11ff8861120e4f6f5e606db

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on May 06, 2012
at 10:46 AM

Mat i think that i am the same way also. Any fructose or sucrose does not sit well with me. All it serves is to incrase my appetite for more sucrose and fructose. Feel much better than i did when i was eating that way. Will tweak my carbs and see what comes of it. Thanx so much for the input.

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on May 04, 2012
at 07:15 PM

I'll sometimes crave sugar or grain products in the evening, too. When I do I step back from the pantry and mentally review what I've eaten that day. I invariably find that I have shorted myself on protein or fat. Get enough of those two macro-nutrients and your cravings will probably take care of themselves.

Sometimes I still want something sweet, though, and here is what I turn to when I do:

-Dark chocolate: I prefer the 68% cacao bar from Moonstruck Chocolate out of Portland, OR.

-Fruit with whipped coconut cream: Wow. Whipped coconut cream is even better than dairy-based whipped cream, no joke. It is very stable and you'll never have to re-whip it like dairy cream. I sweeten mine with just a touch of powdered sugar and vanilla extract and enjoy it over strawberries and/or bananas. It would also be great with raspberries, blackberries, or blueberries.

-Off-dry white wine or sweet-tart hard cider

The caveat: I tend to enjoy the above when I've taken care of any grain or sugar cravings with a solid primal/paleo meal. Make sure to never satisfy your hunger with an item you're craving, unless you're craving salmon and broccoli.

Good luck, Nick!

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on May 04, 2012
at 08:32 PM

I had the same issue with sugar / gluten-free snack cravings at night and stumbled upon a similar solution: I upped both my veggie/salad intake AND my fat intake at my evening meal. Either / or didn't work, I had to do both.

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on May 05, 2012
at 04:22 AM

+1 on the checking to see what your diet is missing. Often for me, it can be not enough calories, or thirst. See what happens if you add some fluid, or check to see if you're missing any important nutrients.

7c2afddaa11ff8861120e4f6f5e606db

(161)

on May 06, 2012
at 10:39 AM

Lesley, Heather and Ha. Thankyou for the advice and tips. I appreciated that. Vdery helpful, and will give it a go.

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on November 12, 2012
at 01:44 PM

I often feel the same way. For me it's connected to when I start to fizz out. I think I am looking for a boost to fuel my way to the end of the day. If I can find a minute w a cup of sweet tea like licorice or cinnamon I find it eases it. The little energy boost from the tea probably gives me that boost I'm craving from sugar.

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on November 12, 2012
at 09:11 AM

I'm not sure i want to spend my life battling carbohydrates... this seems like it must be an unnatural way of eating if I end up with screaming cravings every night...

when i was on the mcdougal program, sure i had craving for meat, but nothing that would make me cave in in hopelessness in the middle of the night, wolf down a burger, then hate myself after...

if my body wants a bowl of rice that badly, maybe my body knows best?

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on November 12, 2012
at 01:08 PM

I'm not so sure about this approach to eating -- until I settled fully into paleo my body "wanted" caramel, Terra chips and burritos.

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75b3b900d09e555fc57b74ca24f7a76a

on May 05, 2012
at 01:57 AM

Do you also feel tired by 7pm? A nap might help with sugar cravings. Often when I crave carbs, what I really need is some more sleep to recharge my energy.

7c2afddaa11ff8861120e4f6f5e606db

(161)

on May 06, 2012
at 10:44 AM

Createveryday your on the ball with being tired by 7am. And my sleep has been all over the place as of late. Thanx so much for the tip.

7c2afddaa11ff8861120e4f6f5e606db

(161)

on May 06, 2012
at 10:17 AM

Thanx to everyone for the advice and tips. Very much apprteciated :-)

7c2afddaa11ff8861120e4f6f5e606db

(161)

on May 06, 2012
at 10:17 AM

Thanx to everyone for the advice and tips. Very much appreciated :-)

75b3b900d09e555fc57b74ca24f7a76a

on May 09, 2012
at 05:09 PM

Great! Glad it was helpful.

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on May 04, 2012
at 06:49 PM

I have the exact same problem Nick! I am so good during the day yet right after dinner I want to blow it all and binge on every sugar laden treat i can find. I wonder what kind of herbs that VB was talking about,I would like to know. I take magnesium and this does seem to help a little.

7c2afddaa11ff8861120e4f6f5e606db

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on May 06, 2012
at 10:42 AM

Thanx Shayna. Will give the magnesium a try, as others have mentioned it also. Herbs? Hmmmmmm, i think i dont want to know Lol.

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on May 04, 2012
at 01:59 PM

When I first started I did, if you feel like trying to 'wean' yourself off sugar, try mixing dry unsweet coconut with a little honey and ghee. It helped me and since its clean ingredients its not as bad a grabing a sugary laden candy bar.

I kind of approach things in baby steps and avoid suffering at all costs!

How are your percentages protein/fat/carbs??? I found once my % were balanced for me, the sugar cravings and hunger was manageable.

7c2afddaa11ff8861120e4f6f5e606db

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on May 04, 2012
at 02:02 PM

Kelly thankyou so much. You always give great advice. Im not to sure what my percentages are. But i know that my carbs are almost zero. Probably less than 20grams a day.

345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

(8767)

on May 04, 2012
at 08:18 PM

Try fiddling around with your carbs, maybe you can eat a few more non starchy carbs but keep to less than 50g a day....I found its all self experimentation for what works for you. How is your fat? that should be higher than carb and protein (60%ish or more??) Dont suffer too much though, its totally unnecessary and you'll get where you want to be as long as you stay with it! Best of luck!!

7c2afddaa11ff8861120e4f6f5e606db

(161)

on May 06, 2012
at 10:41 AM

Thanx Kelly, i think you have hit the nail on the head there. I will tweak the carbs for sure :-)

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