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Sugar attack :-( Need alternatives

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Created January 27, 2012 at 4:13 PM

I have been trying very hard to stick to the paleo plan. My dad has been sticking to it for about a year now and loves it. It also makes it easier for me. However, I do still have wine on the weekend and cream in my coffee.. My problem is my brother a sister live with me and a lot of my life consists of my friends and boyfriend which includes going out to eat and all especially being around the wrong foods. I really want to kick the sugar habit that is really my only downfall. I find myself daydreaming in work over peanut butter and jelly!! I could care less about bread. Should I cut out my fruit? Even when I don't eat fruit I have to replace it with meat or some kind of food so that I don't cheat. I need some kind of idea on what to do.. On top of it all, I am trying to lose about five pounds.. Maybe someone can give me a meal plan or some snack ideas.. Anything helps :( thanks

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on January 28, 2012
at 01:36 AM

Okay, I thought of you tonight because I was jittery and the "eat bad things" thought crossed my mind. What I did was I fixed a larger salad than usual, big enough that I didn't finish because I got tired of it. Then I ate a large helping of bone broth stew. That went down good and now food is the last thing on my mind. I might have chosen the other way, but this time the choice to eat good food paid off as I'm happy with myself.

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on January 27, 2012
at 07:16 PM

I guess it would be best just to work out.. I don't want any of those thing to happen and I wanna be toned more than actually "weighing less" .. I appreciate everyone's suggestions

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on January 27, 2012
at 06:10 PM

So you're 5'6", currently 124, want to be 115 again? If you really are skinny-fat right now, what you need is to put on some muscle! Otherwise, know that 115 at your weight often translates to 15-18% BF, and that can mean losing your periods and disordered eating among other psychological problems.

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on January 27, 2012
at 05:15 PM

I am 5'6 I am about 124 and I worked out in the summer I use to run and do crunches and I was about 115 and literally ate nothing. It's had to get the time to work out bc in so tired since I worked and go to school full time. I just want to relax after all the responsibilities .. I am not fat obviously it's just I'd like to lose about 5 to get bac into a 3/4 and to see my stomach muscles I eat when I'm bored a lot. Especially at night it's terrible! I usually eat an apple w almond butter or something like that. I just can't stop haha I love to eat

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96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on January 27, 2012
at 04:32 PM

You can try skipping fruit for a week and see what happens, but honestly that probably won't solve the problem long term.

Many of us (my hand raised high) have a habit of using food as entertainment/relaxation/comfort. When we think about it, we realize the fun is being around our friends, etc., but we tend NOT to think and we reach for something sugary or salty. I also think we're the people who really love food in the first place, while surprisingly some people just see food as fuel.

If you are at your desired weight, the problem isn't that you snack--the problem is that you're not happy after snacking. If you make a conscious decision about whether to snack or not, there should be no regrets either way. Just work on making conscious choices rather than thoughtless ones and either decision is fine.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on January 28, 2012
at 01:36 AM

Okay, I thought of you tonight because I was jittery and the "eat bad things" thought crossed my mind. What I did was I fixed a larger salad than usual, big enough that I didn't finish because I got tired of it. Then I ate a large helping of bone broth stew. That went down good and now food is the last thing on my mind. I might have chosen the other way, but this time the choice to eat good food paid off as I'm happy with myself.

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on January 27, 2012
at 04:29 PM

To be honest, if the snacking impulse isn't under control then there's probably other issues to look at. On the other hand, you're probably in the top 90% healthwise even without fixing the sugar and I can gain or lose 5 pounds in a day!

So don't worry about eating fruit if you want fruit. Don't worry about the occasional treat once in a while (although you can find plenty of ideas here for paleo treats and snacks which can be a useful step). But the main thing is to get a hold of these things. You don't need to aim to avoid sugar forever, you just need to make it a choice. And that means getting more sleep, and experimenting with big fatty chunks of meat. I'd add fasting to that as well. Within a few days you may find that your perspective has changed so much that snacking seems pointless, and your hormones aren't driving you to distraction over that pb&j!

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on January 28, 2012
at 07:34 PM

Increase your saturated fat intake (lard, tallow, butter, coconut oil) and the sugar cravings should be reduced or eliminated. The body craves sugar (carbohydrates) to make saturated fat from if you're not supplying that fat. That's what happened for me.

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on January 27, 2012
at 04:45 PM

If you are trying to lose weight then cutting back (but not eliminating) fruit might be a good idea. You can add back more servings of fruit once you achieved your weight loss goals.

Here are some snack ideas for you:

http://paleodietnews.com/2779/paleo-snack-attack/

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on January 27, 2012
at 04:38 PM

not to sound like a broken record, but many have had success with these types of cravings after doing the leptin reset. Maybe it is not the reset rules themselves, but the ketogenic diet and the no-snacking. But curious, try visualizing the peanut butter and jelly sandwich and then take away just the peanut butter, and then just the jelly. Which component did you want more?

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on January 27, 2012
at 04:38 PM

I think it's important to distinguish real foods that contain sugar from sugary processed junk foods. Far too often these all get lumped under the same umbrella. You might try restricting your carb sources to whole foods like fruits and tubers and see how that goes before you (perhaps needlessly) go cold turkey.

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D5a4ff096a452a84a772efa0e6bc626e

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on January 27, 2012
at 04:41 PM

Good for you for sticking with it! Could you give us a bit more information- age, weight, calories, exercise...that sort of thing. Many women want to lose those last five pounds and your body really fights it- partly because women want to hang onto a few extra pounds, partly because our society sets us up to want to be too skinny.

My first response with cravings is to distract myself with work, exercise, or socializing and see if they go away. If not, try finding something legal that might scratch the itch- PB&J won't work, but almond butter in a celery stick w some raisins, or just almond butter on an apple might be close enough.

I also encourage you to use slip-ups as experiments. The days I just absolutely, completely, am for sure going to indulge my sweet tooth, I tried just fruit, then just sugar, then just brown rice syrup...turns out I do best with very minimal fructose, even from fruit, so I cut most fruit and all sugar and feel much better overall. But no guarantees your body will work like mine, so make observations, gather data, and use that to guide your decisions.

It's hard when socializing takes place over food, particularly at restaurants. Any chance you could get everybody outside, doing things like frisbee or mini-golf if they're not interested in actual exercise? Walking the mall (without any cash or cards!) is a great way to catch up with girlfriends. Even staying in and playing some board games give you more of a chance to really hang with friends than at a busy noisy restaurant, and you can more easily nosh on Paleo treats.

43fafbb09885fe19171470a0b5f6a37e

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on January 27, 2012
at 05:15 PM

I am 5'6 I am about 124 and I worked out in the summer I use to run and do crunches and I was about 115 and literally ate nothing. It's had to get the time to work out bc in so tired since I worked and go to school full time. I just want to relax after all the responsibilities .. I am not fat obviously it's just I'd like to lose about 5 to get bac into a 3/4 and to see my stomach muscles I eat when I'm bored a lot. Especially at night it's terrible! I usually eat an apple w almond butter or something like that. I just can't stop haha I love to eat

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