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SUGAR-fruit, chocolate-anything sweet!

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Created April 26, 2012 at 8:14 PM

I finished the Paleo challenge a little over a month ago and I'm trying my best to continue. I keep waiting for my "sugar" cravings to go away but no such luck. Usually I'll crave fruit (dried or regular), a Lara Bar, smoothie or a square of dark chocolate. I get these cravings at least a couple of times a day and it's driving me nuts! Am I missing something in my diet? Should I not think twice about it and just eat fruit/dark chocolate when I'm craving? I'm not remaining on Paleo for weight loss so maybe I'm making a big deal out of nothing.

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on April 27, 2012
at 04:37 AM

Update on my previous comment on ketone bodies & the brain: "After the diet has been changed to lower blood glucose for 3 days, the brain gets 25% of its energy from ketone bodies. After about 40 days, this goes up to 70%" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ketone_bodies

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on April 27, 2012
at 04:35 AM

Correction on my previous comment on ketone bodies & the brain: "After the diet has been changed to lower blood glucose for 3 days, the brain gets 25% of its energy from ketone bodies. After about 40 days, this goes up to 70% (during the initial stages the brain does not burn ketones, since they are an important substrate for lipid synthesis in the brain)" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ketone_bodies

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on April 27, 2012
at 04:12 AM

From what i have been able to gleam, there are some things in the body which sole energy source is glucose. from what i have read these include; the testes, erythrocytes, kidney medulla, lens and cornea which are dependant upon glucose as their sole energy source. gluconeogenesis can supply these glucose requirements. not sure about the nervous system/nerves (glucose sole or primary source?). & i also read that ketone bodies can only replace about 20% of the brains glucose requirement?....so may be you really are craving sugar Kayla?

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on April 27, 2012
at 04:10 AM

from what i have been able to gleam, there are some things in the body which sole energy source is glucose. from what i have read these include; the testes, erythrocytes, kidney medulla, lens and cornea are dependant upon glucose as their sole energy source. gluconeogenesis can supply these glucose requirements. not sure about the nervous system/nerves (glucose sole or primary source?). & i also read that ketone bodies can only replace about 20% of the brains glucose requirement?....so may be you really are craving sugar Kayla?

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on April 26, 2012
at 11:23 PM

Actually, people crave sugar when they need more fat. Go get some fat:) The brain runs on it and is destroyed by running on glucose so it think it needs more.

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on April 26, 2012
at 09:31 PM

I usually start with a couple eggs and a few slices of bacon. A few hours later, I'll have a smoothie. I noticed that I am the hungriest earlier in the day and then it tapers off throughout theday. I had soup today for lunch(tomato/chicken). Snacks I'll have "ants on a log" with almond/cashew butter. Lately to satisfy my sweet thooth inbetween meals I will have a mini lara bar or a square of dark chocolate. It seems as though I'm not hungry but I'm not satisfied either after meals unless I end it with something sweet.

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at 08:55 PM

Thanks! Fat here I come!

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on April 26, 2012
at 09:39 PM

I think the cravings are trying to tell you that your body and brain need sugar. Go eat some!

2a00b9a42e4cb6e489a0e69d20714576

(3043)

on April 26, 2012
at 11:23 PM

Actually, people crave sugar when they need more fat. Go get some fat:) The brain runs on it and is destroyed by running on glucose so it think it needs more.

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

(4493)

on April 27, 2012
at 04:37 AM

Update on my previous comment on ketone bodies & the brain: "After the diet has been changed to lower blood glucose for 3 days, the brain gets 25% of its energy from ketone bodies. After about 40 days, this goes up to 70%" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ketone_bodies

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

(4493)

on April 27, 2012
at 04:12 AM

From what i have been able to gleam, there are some things in the body which sole energy source is glucose. from what i have read these include; the testes, erythrocytes, kidney medulla, lens and cornea which are dependant upon glucose as their sole energy source. gluconeogenesis can supply these glucose requirements. not sure about the nervous system/nerves (glucose sole or primary source?). & i also read that ketone bodies can only replace about 20% of the brains glucose requirement?....so may be you really are craving sugar Kayla?

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

(4493)

on April 27, 2012
at 04:10 AM

from what i have been able to gleam, there are some things in the body which sole energy source is glucose. from what i have read these include; the testes, erythrocytes, kidney medulla, lens and cornea are dependant upon glucose as their sole energy source. gluconeogenesis can supply these glucose requirements. not sure about the nervous system/nerves (glucose sole or primary source?). & i also read that ketone bodies can only replace about 20% of the brains glucose requirement?....so may be you really are craving sugar Kayla?

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

(4493)

on April 27, 2012
at 04:35 AM

Correction on my previous comment on ketone bodies & the brain: "After the diet has been changed to lower blood glucose for 3 days, the brain gets 25% of its energy from ketone bodies. After about 40 days, this goes up to 70% (during the initial stages the brain does not burn ketones, since they are an important substrate for lipid synthesis in the brain)" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ketone_bodies

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on April 26, 2012
at 09:05 PM

My experience doesn't exactly match any of the above answers. After a full year off processed foods, with significant health improvement and weight loss, I'd say I have MORE of a sweet tooth than I had when I started. And I don't think it's a problem.

On SAD, I went for fatty/salty things like chips, fries, burgers, pizzas, etc., more than cakes or cookies although I ate some baked goods. I remember claiming countless times that I didn't have a sweet tooth even though I chugged many 2-liters of Coke. I made the claim because I usually ate too much food during the "meal" to eat any dessert.

Now I start my day with "sweet coffee" that has about 1 tbsp heavy cream and 1 tsp of honey per mug. I typically have 3 mugs each morning although when the morning temps get high here in southern Nevada I either shift to iced coffee or stop drinking it until fall.

If I eat solids at all (I practice modified ADF--alternate-day fasting) I have multiple pieces of fruit per day. On some days I skip either the "tear and crunch" raw vegetable meal or meat but I don't normally skip both and on the majority of the days I have meat, fruit and vegetables.

In addition to the coffee and fruit, it's pretty common for me to sense sweetness in beef and vegetables such as beets, carrots and sweet potatoes. Even red leaf lettuce tastes quite sweet to me compared to romaine.

So I actually sense and enjoy more sweetness now than I perceived or enjoyed on SAD.

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on April 26, 2012
at 08:51 PM

Eat some bacon!

Seriously, I noticed that eating something really high in saturated fat (bacon or a bite of beef) tended to do more to satisfy my sugar cravings than anything else.

Once I got de-sugarfied, I noticed that my reaction to sugar changed. Things that were mildly sweet (fruit like strawberries or blueberries) started to taste really, really sweet. On the other hand, the high sugar stuff I used to consume now come across as almost unbearable sweet (I tried a sip of sweet tea recently and almost gagged; I couldn't believe how overpoweringly sweet it was--yet I used to drink it all the time).

You'll get past the sugar cravings.

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on April 27, 2012
at 12:38 AM

Fruit is good. If you are not trying to lose weight, having 2 or even 3 (depending on the fruit) per day won't hurt you at all. Go for it. Fruits are vitamin packed stuff practically begging to be eaten, with their amazing colors and incredible flavor.

Just don't become some sort of frutarianist (yes, these people exist!) and you will be fine.

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on April 27, 2012
at 12:01 AM

if at all possible, try to take a walk when you get the cravings. that always seems to take diminish any cravings or hunger i have.

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on April 26, 2012
at 09:15 PM

What are you eating these days? Could you give us a sample of what you are currently eating? How often are you giving into cravings?

If you're VLC and aren't focused on weight loss, I don't think the occasional fruit will devastate your health. I'd maybe throw in some berries or sliced apples with your salad or something. Something small like that, paired with fat and protein might do the trick to satisfy you for the rest of the day/night.

E6dc51e553dfeb06d3d3b1c104432fbf

(15)

on April 26, 2012
at 09:31 PM

I usually start with a couple eggs and a few slices of bacon. A few hours later, I'll have a smoothie. I noticed that I am the hungriest earlier in the day and then it tapers off throughout theday. I had soup today for lunch(tomato/chicken). Snacks I'll have "ants on a log" with almond/cashew butter. Lately to satisfy my sweet thooth inbetween meals I will have a mini lara bar or a square of dark chocolate. It seems as though I'm not hungry but I'm not satisfied either after meals unless I end it with something sweet.

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on April 26, 2012
at 08:51 PM

I've been fighting sugar abuse for around 18 months now, and I can promise you that giving in to it only makes it worse. Cold turkey is the only way for me to go, when I have the willpower to actually stop.

Recently, I've started having coffee with some cream(or coconut oil or similar) in it during afternoons, and this has helped quite alot.

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on April 26, 2012
at 08:41 PM

Eating fat always helps me get through my sugar cravings. When I was on my Whole30, Avocados were my best friend for the first 1.5 weeks. Anytime I would crave sugar I would take a slice or two of avocado.

If you give in and eat sweets, the cravings will not go away. You've got to fight them! And fat does help.

Good luck!

E6dc51e553dfeb06d3d3b1c104432fbf

(15)

on April 26, 2012
at 08:55 PM

Thanks! Fat here I come!

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