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Sugar Cravings and Addictions: See ya, wouldn't want to be ya!

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 01, 2010 at 4:47 PM

Well it's been about 2 months being completely off processed sugar. I'm certain many of you can relate...but my taste buds have actually awakened to some new discoveries:

  1. Butternut Squash Soup actually tastes like candy to me
  2. My Berry Essence Sparkling Water tastes like dessert (jeez am I hallucinating??) :-)

It's amazing that with this transition you can really appreciate whole foods and foods not sugar-laden, and the natural sugar they provide. I still get some incidental sugar from certain convenience foods I buy (organic ketchup, olive oil mayo, etc.). But I do feel good mentally and physically knowing I am not putting big gobs of sugar down my neck (for instance not raiding my kids Halloween stash like I may have last year :-P)

What have you found to comfort yourself in the sweet department, and did any of you go through what I'm describing...? harder or easier for you? because I know I had a serious love for sugar, and I feel I am kicking the habit pretty well

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on November 03, 2010
at 03:03 PM

Sorry - meant so say "COULDN'T" be simpler. I think my smartphone was to thank for that typo.

2f653fa504adc81612619106e7d1f65e

(455)

on November 02, 2010
at 07:55 PM

eta: "repulsive"....

2f653fa504adc81612619106e7d1f65e

(455)

on November 02, 2010
at 07:52 PM

I agree, my taste buds are returning to a better time...and with the sweetness I am getting from other things it makes ice cream or any other treat just seem gross to me anymore. I did let my kids trick or treat and it's been a war, I just don't want them eating that stuff :(. The thought of my lips touching one of those candy bars is replusive.

2f653fa504adc81612619106e7d1f65e

(455)

on November 02, 2010
at 07:50 PM

haha yep! I feel the same and yes it's safe from the rest of the vultures :-)

2f653fa504adc81612619106e7d1f65e

(455)

on November 02, 2010
at 07:50 PM

My big indulgence is greek yogurt with toasted almonds, pecans, and coconut shreds. I try to only have this once in a blue moon, and I have an emergency chocolate bar in the fridge (it's 60%) but sometimes you just need it!

2f653fa504adc81612619106e7d1f65e

(455)

on November 02, 2010
at 07:48 PM

Truly...I am limiting fruit quite a bit, giving the other foods a chance to be center stage and it makes me realize fruit should be only a treat and not a huge part of my diet. Fruit is most definitely "dessert"

2f653fa504adc81612619106e7d1f65e

(455)

on November 02, 2010
at 07:46 PM

You know what you are so right. Broccoli tastes sweet to me also! I feel so happy that I am actually tasting my foods on a whole new level, and developing a new appreciation. I can't believe how much sugar I was eating in addition to what is already naturally occuring. I hope my pancreas still loves me!

2f653fa504adc81612619106e7d1f65e

(455)

on November 02, 2010
at 07:44 PM

I have all those ingredients so I might give that a go. I think it would be a great smoothie too!

2f653fa504adc81612619106e7d1f65e

(455)

on November 02, 2010
at 07:43 PM

Seriously that soup was the best soup ever, must have had a sweet squash that time. The only ingredients were steamed squash, homemade chicken stock, and a shot of heavy cream. Put in blender until all smooth.

2f653fa504adc81612619106e7d1f65e

(455)

on November 02, 2010
at 07:40 PM

Yeah can you believe I drink hot cocoa now without any sugar of any kind...I used to at least have some honey in there but I think of it more like an espresso now and I really enjoy that on a cold day. Are franken desserts what you make with almond or coconut flour? I do admit in the first 30 days tapering off sugar I was having smoothies and almond flour treats. Now I am limiting that to monthly, and most likely for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

2f653fa504adc81612619106e7d1f65e

(455)

on November 02, 2010
at 07:38 PM

Mmm that sounds good! My kids are not 100% paleo right now but I will never stop trying to help them along the path.

2f653fa504adc81612619106e7d1f65e

(455)

on November 02, 2010
at 07:37 PM

@Olga not sweetened at all! It just tasted sweet to me! I think just the smell of it makes me think so:)

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on November 02, 2010
at 12:52 PM

Oh, man, butternut is much sweeter and more flavorful than spaghetti. When baked an hour or more, a soft, consistent texture. My grocery store sells butternut prepeeled/precubed. Prep could be simpler - top with butter & cinnamon and stir around about halfway through the baking. Definitely worth a try!!

D738a5b2a67f3c36518a2ac9f32d27af

(821)

on November 02, 2010
at 01:52 AM

Yes. Butternut, carnival, delicata, etc., all tastier, IMO than acorn. Easiest way to bake it is to cut it in half (carefully!), scoop out the seeds, oil or butter the cut surfaces, add salt and pepper if you like and bake cut side up in a pan with about an inch of water. I use a glass pie plate. 350 degrees for about an hour, until softened. Then you just scoop the meat out of the shells.

C53665c3f012fa1ede91033b08a8a6e7

(2269)

on November 02, 2010
at 01:04 AM

Hm, I have one sitting on my counter. How does one bake one of these things? I tried acorn squash and hated it: stringy with an unpleasant taste. Does butternut taste better?

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

(19235)

on November 01, 2010
at 10:58 PM

It means that noone ever steals your chocolate :)

100fd85230060e754fc13394eee6d6f1

(18696)

on November 01, 2010
at 09:29 PM

I bit a piece of lemon recently, and it tasted as sweet as an orange used to.

93f44e8673d3ea2294cce085ebc96e13

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on November 01, 2010
at 06:53 PM

@PrimalStyle --- Yep, your tastebuds can re-calibrate. Mine did. Excellent!

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(1510)

on November 01, 2010
at 05:07 PM

Berry Essence Sparkling Water... what's that sweetened with?

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F82f7d4dafb6d0ffc4c2ee2a85420786

(484)

on November 01, 2010
at 10:45 PM

No-one else in my family understands why I eat 85% dark chocolate and it tastes deliciously sweet.They think I'm nuts.

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

(19235)

on November 01, 2010
at 10:58 PM

It means that noone ever steals your chocolate :)

2f653fa504adc81612619106e7d1f65e

(455)

on November 02, 2010
at 07:50 PM

haha yep! I feel the same and yes it's safe from the rest of the vultures :-)

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21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on November 01, 2010
at 04:58 PM

Herbal teas!!! A hot mug of fruity or minty tea hits the spot for me.

I went through exactly what you did, and as a side benefit, was able to enjoy darker and darker chocolates. Staying off sugar remains hard, because it is my favorite thing in the world.

Do you ever make paleo franken-desserts?

2f653fa504adc81612619106e7d1f65e

(455)

on November 02, 2010
at 07:40 PM

Yeah can you believe I drink hot cocoa now without any sugar of any kind...I used to at least have some honey in there but I think of it more like an espresso now and I really enjoy that on a cold day. Are franken desserts what you make with almond or coconut flour? I do admit in the first 30 days tapering off sugar I was having smoothies and almond flour treats. Now I am limiting that to monthly, and most likely for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

(20807)

on November 02, 2010
at 02:35 AM

Yep, there is something about all that unnatural sugar that just fries the taste buds. Once you stop eating it, you can much better taste the more complex natural sweet flavors in real foods. I've heard some refer to this as 'training your taste buds,' to me it's more like allowing them to return to a more natural state.

2f653fa504adc81612619106e7d1f65e

(455)

on November 02, 2010
at 07:55 PM

eta: "repulsive"....

2f653fa504adc81612619106e7d1f65e

(455)

on November 02, 2010
at 07:52 PM

I agree, my taste buds are returning to a better time...and with the sweetness I am getting from other things it makes ice cream or any other treat just seem gross to me anymore. I did let my kids trick or treat and it's been a war, I just don't want them eating that stuff :(. The thought of my lips touching one of those candy bars is replusive.

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8f1ee9463e27045b41dcbc4a11e4719c

on November 01, 2010
at 05:52 PM

I try to make treats occasionaly. This way my three kids do not jump of the Paleo ship and run screaming to the nearest friend's house that contains junkfood! Our newest creation is dark chocolate, mixed with coconut milk poured over pomegranate "seeds". Even my non-Paleo friends wanted more!

2f653fa504adc81612619106e7d1f65e

(455)

on November 02, 2010
at 07:38 PM

Mmm that sounds good! My kids are not 100% paleo right now but I will never stop trying to help them along the path.

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D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on November 01, 2010
at 05:39 PM

Nuts (especially macadamia, pistachios, and almonds) all taste much sweeter to me now. And yes, butternut squash baked in Kerrygold and cinnamon tastes very indulgent! :)

D738a5b2a67f3c36518a2ac9f32d27af

(821)

on November 02, 2010
at 01:52 AM

Yes. Butternut, carnival, delicata, etc., all tastier, IMO than acorn. Easiest way to bake it is to cut it in half (carefully!), scoop out the seeds, oil or butter the cut surfaces, add salt and pepper if you like and bake cut side up in a pan with about an inch of water. I use a glass pie plate. 350 degrees for about an hour, until softened. Then you just scoop the meat out of the shells.

C53665c3f012fa1ede91033b08a8a6e7

(2269)

on November 02, 2010
at 01:04 AM

Hm, I have one sitting on my counter. How does one bake one of these things? I tried acorn squash and hated it: stringy with an unpleasant taste. Does butternut taste better?

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on November 02, 2010
at 12:52 PM

Oh, man, butternut is much sweeter and more flavorful than spaghetti. When baked an hour or more, a soft, consistent texture. My grocery store sells butternut prepeeled/precubed. Prep could be simpler - top with butter & cinnamon and stir around about halfway through the baking. Definitely worth a try!!

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on November 03, 2010
at 03:03 PM

Sorry - meant so say "COULDN'T" be simpler. I think my smartphone was to thank for that typo.

2f653fa504adc81612619106e7d1f65e

(455)

on November 02, 2010
at 07:43 PM

Seriously that soup was the best soup ever, must have had a sweet squash that time. The only ingredients were steamed squash, homemade chicken stock, and a shot of heavy cream. Put in blender until all smooth.

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95601768ec9cb75cc3a9cbcd2271ed14

(2206)

on November 01, 2010
at 08:42 PM

I've found it a lot easier than I thought I would since I was a pretty bad sugarholic. My current favorite go-to sweet treats are an apple with some almond butter or some squash with cinnamon and butter. Every once in a while I will melt some dark chocolate into coconut oil and drizzle it over some full fat greek yogurt--the chocolate hardens like the magic shell I liked on ice cream as a kid, but this version tastes way more decadent than the old one ever did and I walk away with energy instead of my head buzzing and then wanting to go to sleep right after. For special occasions I have dusted off my old raw vegan cookbooks and made some of the desserts in them (puddings and cakes mostly). Often labor intensive, but mainly composed of fruits, nuts, and coconut meat.

2f653fa504adc81612619106e7d1f65e

(455)

on November 02, 2010
at 07:50 PM

My big indulgence is greek yogurt with toasted almonds, pecans, and coconut shreds. I try to only have this once in a blue moon, and I have an emergency chocolate bar in the fridge (it's 60%) but sometimes you just need it!

1
Ce0b5fd94b1034e96cf710b6f138c29d

on November 01, 2010
at 06:39 PM

I've noted this too. Fruit taste so incredibl sweet to me now...

2f653fa504adc81612619106e7d1f65e

(455)

on November 02, 2010
at 07:48 PM

Truly...I am limiting fruit quite a bit, giving the other foods a chance to be center stage and it makes me realize fruit should be only a treat and not a huge part of my diet. Fruit is most definitely "dessert"

1
065bc9a541c742defb28b9c58ad34fbd

(1783)

on November 01, 2010
at 06:27 PM

I'm still amazed at the sweetness of some vegetables. I find cabbage and broccoli taste much sweeter now than they did before I cut out the processed stuff. Also, plain whipped cream is one of my new favorite sweet treats.

2f653fa504adc81612619106e7d1f65e

(455)

on November 02, 2010
at 07:46 PM

You know what you are so right. Broccoli tastes sweet to me also! I feel so happy that I am actually tasting my foods on a whole new level, and developing a new appreciation. I can't believe how much sugar I was eating in addition to what is already naturally occuring. I hope my pancreas still loves me!

1
Fe198e0c02edd407cdf8c83c0fceaea1

(753)

on November 01, 2010
at 05:55 PM

I recently started making a paleo dessert to satisfy my lust for such things...mix some unsweetened cocoa powder with coconut milk and add frozen berries. The frozen berries will give the whole thing a little bit of a harder consistency, it's amazing.

2f653fa504adc81612619106e7d1f65e

(455)

on November 02, 2010
at 07:44 PM

I have all those ingredients so I might give that a go. I think it would be a great smoothie too!

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