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What worked for you to curb your SUGAR CRAVINGS?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 22, 2012 at 6:45 PM

I was thinking of buying L-glutamine (or whatever it is called).

I have read a post where somebody recommended Magnesium L-Threonate. Another person - Magnesium Citrate.

So, what should I buy? I am on a budget, so I can only get one, not all three. What should I get - L-glutamine or something else?

Please, list only those things that actually worked for you. Also, if you are gluten intolerant/celiac, please mention it.

THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


EDIT: maybe I should re-word it - What worked for you for sugar cravings?

My WOE (Way of eating)

Breakfast:

Soup: spinach, cabbage, broccoli, onion, garlic, meat, carrot, mushrooms, beets, other vegetables sometimes bone broth

Probiotics

Lunch - nothing (I am not hungry)

Dinner:

Soup - same as breakfast but fish

I know you are going to say I don't get enough fat. I have tried all fats/oils/butter/ghee and either I react to them or don't like them. I am not going to force feed myself something I don't like.

I always get fatigued after meals and crave sugar like crazy. If I eat sugary stuff (I have been craving ice-cream lately), I am not as fatigued.


EDITED: Thank you everyone, but I have already found a solution and I no longer have sugar cravings. Not sure if I should close this question or not.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on May 05, 2012
at 05:15 PM

Thank you very much for your answer although I have already found a solution. By the way, I cannot eat fat cheese, bacon, almonds, macadamia, hemp seeds/hearts, olive oil, feta cheese and parmesan. They do not agree with my system and I get stomach pain as a result. I do include salmon, but I cannot have eggs. Thanks anyway but, as I said, I have already found the solution. And I agree with you on the fruit. But I hope to eat some berries in the future!

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on April 25, 2012
at 10:09 AM

There's a whole-food solution for every craving, IMO. I can satisfy every craving with paleo food. Lately I've been craving protein all the time.

5c94900002a867dfa2a8fcd91a576c5e

(456)

on April 25, 2012
at 05:22 AM

I agree that maybe you need something with sugar in it. I also experienced intense sugar cravings. My cravings hit at specific times of day and I found healthy solutions (sweet potato and blueberries). Once I started a journal and tracked what I ate, how I felt before and after, and when cravings occurred I noticed a pattern and was able to be prepared with a sweet potato for the morning craving and blueberries for the afternoon. While I am not as VLC as I'd like to be, I'm also not derailing and letting cravings get the best of me.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on April 25, 2012
at 01:42 AM

oh, god, I can see a new bad habit coming on. I will try it!

Ab19df3ededa28f7bf7daeba8435b205

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on April 24, 2012
at 07:36 PM

do you add a dash of salt? if not...try it... 70% lindt, dash of salt ON the chocolate then then room temp butter.... yum. also, new thing for me... 2% fage yogurt 3 oz (because i cant seem to find full fat) and drizzle about 1-1.5 tsp of melted coconut oil on top...wait for it to harden...then mix....YUM!

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on April 24, 2012
at 05:56 PM

As you can see I do paleo differently than a lot of others here, but it works for me. May not work for others.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on April 24, 2012
at 05:47 PM

I said healthy fats from avocado and nuts, but in all honesty, I don;t really eat that much of them. Most of my fat comes form chicken, eggs, and seafood.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on April 24, 2012
at 05:46 PM

It depends on your budget. The vast majority of my diet is simple: organic free range chicken and eggs, organic salad greens, broccoli, asparagus, cauliflower, and organic fruits (bananas, oranges, blueberries, mostly), and some seafood on the weekends. Those foods make up at least 90% of my calories.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on April 24, 2012
at 03:58 PM

That is really helpful. I will try starting tomorrow. Thanks!!! Can I have not organic chicken? Like regular cheap one?

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on April 24, 2012
at 03:57 PM

I get really sick from eating nuts. So, unfortunately, those are out. But thank you for being helpful. My gut is so screwed up - it is not funny.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on April 24, 2012
at 03:23 PM

Well-ripened fruit is paleo.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on April 24, 2012
at 03:23 PM

Dangph, what's your point? I never said to eat pure sugar, just saying a craving is probably a sign you need it. My point is that sucrose is not the same thing as glucose, as you explained very well, and that starch does not work for me the way sucrose does.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on April 24, 2012
at 03:22 PM

Funny... I do the exact same thing on Lindt or Dagoba. It's the fat we really want.

5662d1262516ccbd70249e7aeaf58901

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on April 24, 2012
at 02:52 PM

VB, frozen sardines (a fatty fish) are really cheap.

5662d1262516ccbd70249e7aeaf58901

(681)

on April 24, 2012
at 02:07 PM

Korion, a sucrose molecule is a glucose molecule joined to a fructose one. In other words, sucrose is composed of precisely 50% glucose and 50% fructose. (Concentrated sucrose is not paleo, BTW, if that is what you are suggesting.) The sugar in fruit is roughly equal proportions of fructose and glucose depending on the type of fruit. Anyway, that is by the by. My point is that if VB is craving carbs, then maybe s/he needs them? It seems counter-intuitive to me to cut out something that is craved, unless there is a good reason for doing so.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on April 24, 2012
at 01:42 PM

I'm talking about sucrose, not glucose...

5662d1262516ccbd70249e7aeaf58901

(681)

on April 24, 2012
at 11:51 AM

Starchy vegetables also contain sugar (starch breaks down to glucose). VB, it sounds like your very-low-carb diet isn't working for you. Maybe you just need to introduce some carbs? You could try some potatoes or sweet potatoes or fruit. Personally I get most of my carbs from fruit. I try to avoid very sugary fruit though.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on April 23, 2012
at 06:09 PM

Sugar is not bad for you, ask my belly, and fruit is definitely paleo.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on April 23, 2012
at 05:54 PM

But sugar is bad for you and ... not Paleo.

Ab19df3ededa28f7bf7daeba8435b205

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on April 23, 2012
at 03:58 PM

that is the only butter, so far, that I can eat straight off the spoon or on top of a piece of lindt chocolate

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on April 23, 2012
at 03:19 PM

Thanks for the advice though.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on April 23, 2012
at 03:19 PM

I get a reaction from eating avocado and cheese. I have already tried.

3b3a449b6705e9ec8b141d0bd07c1a64

(1489)

on April 23, 2012
at 08:22 AM

yup soda water and fat fatty fat :D

4d19018c899ad4e4c8a8bff5515449e1

(242)

on April 23, 2012
at 06:51 AM

You can get them at Bevmo too

361e96d70d6d3b91d63f6ad975e60ab6

(840)

on April 22, 2012
at 09:46 PM

Well... I'm not sure you need to cut out beets. I should have said that you essentially need to forget both mentally and physically about sugar. When I first did paleo I did it very meat heavy, with little veggies so I can't speak to what veggies you can have. I'm sure it can be done though. Mineral water and soda water are the same no? Lol. Whatever works. And my fatty favourites are things like roasted suet and bone broth.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on April 22, 2012
at 09:30 PM

Thanks! I think I made a mistake - it is L-glutamine.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on April 22, 2012
at 09:29 PM

Thanks, I will try!

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on April 22, 2012
at 09:29 PM

I will cut out beets. Do I need to cut out carrots as well? I hate soda water. Can I drink mineral water? I love fatty fish, but it is way too expensive to eat every day.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on April 22, 2012
at 09:28 PM

You are right - I eliminated fruit because of sugar cravings.

870fdea50f2a9f1cd2890c8e22549300

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on April 22, 2012
at 08:31 PM

Sorry, WOE is "way of eating" because the word "diet" has acquired negative associations.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on April 22, 2012
at 08:08 PM

Could you please check if it is gluten free?

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on April 22, 2012
at 07:59 PM

Thank you @ Wowza - I always get things mixed up - I don't take them so I don't really know much about them.

07ca188c8dac3a17f629dd87198d2098

(7970)

on April 22, 2012
at 07:43 PM

WOE = Way Of Eating, I'd guess.

80890193d74240cab6dda920665bfb6c

(1528)

on April 22, 2012
at 07:35 PM

Not L-carnitine, L-glutamine. 2g of powder stirred into tea, water, etc. whenever a craving strikes.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on April 22, 2012
at 07:27 PM

What is WOE? I don't know what it is.

870fdea50f2a9f1cd2890c8e22549300

(2056)

on April 22, 2012
at 07:15 PM

Also, bunch of stuff about other people's l-carnitine experiences here: http://paleohacks.com/questions/87076/l-carnitine-experiences-needed#axzz1smjvQb58

870fdea50f2a9f1cd2890c8e22549300

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on April 22, 2012
at 07:12 PM

Say more about the cravings, and what your current WOE consists of, please. If you are on a budget there may be things to try that do not involve spending money on supplements...

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5
C9c851f5cfb8bad7678b51fabff26615

on April 22, 2012
at 10:03 PM

When I feel like snacking onto something sweet, I just take a bite of butter. Irish Kerrygold is the one I like best.

The biggest advocate of butter consumption that I'm aware of is Dave Asprey of Bulletproof Exec, in his Bulletproof Diet.

Ab19df3ededa28f7bf7daeba8435b205

(1471)

on April 23, 2012
at 03:58 PM

that is the only butter, so far, that I can eat straight off the spoon or on top of a piece of lindt chocolate

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on April 24, 2012
at 03:22 PM

Funny... I do the exact same thing on Lindt or Dagoba. It's the fat we really want.

Ab19df3ededa28f7bf7daeba8435b205

(1471)

on April 24, 2012
at 07:36 PM

do you add a dash of salt? if not...try it... 70% lindt, dash of salt ON the chocolate then then room temp butter.... yum. also, new thing for me... 2% fage yogurt 3 oz (because i cant seem to find full fat) and drizzle about 1-1.5 tsp of melted coconut oil on top...wait for it to harden...then mix....YUM!

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on April 25, 2012
at 01:42 AM

oh, god, I can see a new bad habit coming on. I will try it!

3
B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on April 23, 2012
at 04:46 PM

Eating sugar...

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on April 23, 2012
at 06:09 PM

Sugar is not bad for you, ask my belly, and fruit is definitely paleo.

5662d1262516ccbd70249e7aeaf58901

(681)

on April 24, 2012
at 02:07 PM

Korion, a sucrose molecule is a glucose molecule joined to a fructose one. In other words, sucrose is composed of precisely 50% glucose and 50% fructose. (Concentrated sucrose is not paleo, BTW, if that is what you are suggesting.) The sugar in fruit is roughly equal proportions of fructose and glucose depending on the type of fruit. Anyway, that is by the by. My point is that if VB is craving carbs, then maybe s/he needs them? It seems counter-intuitive to me to cut out something that is craved, unless there is a good reason for doing so.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on April 23, 2012
at 05:54 PM

But sugar is bad for you and ... not Paleo.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on April 25, 2012
at 10:09 AM

There's a whole-food solution for every craving, IMO. I can satisfy every craving with paleo food. Lately I've been craving protein all the time.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on April 24, 2012
at 03:23 PM

Well-ripened fruit is paleo.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on April 24, 2012
at 03:23 PM

Dangph, what's your point? I never said to eat pure sugar, just saying a craving is probably a sign you need it. My point is that sucrose is not the same thing as glucose, as you explained very well, and that starch does not work for me the way sucrose does.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on April 24, 2012
at 01:42 PM

I'm talking about sucrose, not glucose...

5662d1262516ccbd70249e7aeaf58901

(681)

on April 24, 2012
at 11:51 AM

Starchy vegetables also contain sugar (starch breaks down to glucose). VB, it sounds like your very-low-carb diet isn't working for you. Maybe you just need to introduce some carbs? You could try some potatoes or sweet potatoes or fruit. Personally I get most of my carbs from fruit. I try to avoid very sugary fruit though.

5c94900002a867dfa2a8fcd91a576c5e

(456)

on April 25, 2012
at 05:22 AM

I agree that maybe you need something with sugar in it. I also experienced intense sugar cravings. My cravings hit at specific times of day and I found healthy solutions (sweet potato and blueberries). Once I started a journal and tracked what I ate, how I felt before and after, and when cravings occurred I noticed a pattern and was able to be prepared with a sweet potato for the morning craving and blueberries for the afternoon. While I am not as VLC as I'd like to be, I'm also not derailing and letting cravings get the best of me.

3
361e96d70d6d3b91d63f6ad975e60ab6

(840)

on April 22, 2012
at 08:44 PM

  • Soda water (and lots of it, helped fill me up for that after meal sugar craving)
  • Falling in love with fatty foods.
  • Not eating any sugar at all (avoiding fruit, sweet veggies, etc)

3b3a449b6705e9ec8b141d0bd07c1a64

(1489)

on April 23, 2012
at 08:22 AM

yup soda water and fat fatty fat :D

361e96d70d6d3b91d63f6ad975e60ab6

(840)

on April 22, 2012
at 09:46 PM

Well... I'm not sure you need to cut out beets. I should have said that you essentially need to forget both mentally and physically about sugar. When I first did paleo I did it very meat heavy, with little veggies so I can't speak to what veggies you can have. I'm sure it can be done though. Mineral water and soda water are the same no? Lol. Whatever works. And my fatty favourites are things like roasted suet and bone broth.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on April 22, 2012
at 09:29 PM

I will cut out beets. Do I need to cut out carrots as well? I hate soda water. Can I drink mineral water? I love fatty fish, but it is way too expensive to eat every day.

5662d1262516ccbd70249e7aeaf58901

(681)

on April 24, 2012
at 02:52 PM

VB, frozen sardines (a fatty fish) are really cheap.

2
6a26f2ca2cd1c5c5afcda9276b309a9c

(579)

on April 23, 2012
at 07:39 AM

My best trick for beating sugar cravings is frozen grapes. If I'm really craving sugary foods I just eat a frozen grape or two. I think they taste like ice pops, it's an easy way to put the demons back in their cages.

2
Eea6a68f5a7190d13c60e1c72417a581

(1376)

on April 23, 2012
at 12:52 AM

Sometimes I eat a sour pickle for sugar cravings. (The fermented kind that is in the refrigerator section, also called a kosher or half sour pickle).

This seems to work for me.

2
870fdea50f2a9f1cd2890c8e22549300

(2056)

on April 22, 2012
at 08:35 PM

Hmm. How much exercise are you getting? Is it possible that you are not taking in enough calories?

Also note, both carrots and beets are pretty sweet as vegetables go. Could including them in your vegetable mix be providing enough sugar to keep your cravings going, so to speak?

I gather that you are not eating fruit at all (nothing wrong with that, just noting it and wondering if you eliminated it because of its sugar content).

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on April 22, 2012
at 09:28 PM

You are right - I eliminated fruit because of sugar cravings.

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6c04ea3e85928bed6518824bdae60d7a

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on April 22, 2012
at 07:03 PM

BCAAs work well for me to hold cravings for sweet things at bay.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on April 22, 2012
at 09:30 PM

Thanks! I think I made a mistake - it is L-glutamine.

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E7e7e1c856d4494d4a1b700b6869df90

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on May 05, 2012
at 04:55 PM

It does take time..I do not think you are eating enough and certainly not enough fat cheese and bacon.. almonds, macadamia nuts hemp hearts 1/2 an avocado organic green veg with olive oil and parmesan or feta cheese egg salad, salmon salad yep fatty foods is the only thing everytime you crave a sweet. if you ingest somthing that seems sweet you will never kill the addiction.

not lean meat..fatty meat. ribs, ground beef, chicken with skin, etc.

i disagree with fruit ..it is loaded with fructose and will keep your sweet tooth alive.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on May 05, 2012
at 05:15 PM

Thank you very much for your answer although I have already found a solution. By the way, I cannot eat fat cheese, bacon, almonds, macadamia, hemp seeds/hearts, olive oil, feta cheese and parmesan. They do not agree with my system and I get stomach pain as a result. I do include salmon, but I cannot have eggs. Thanks anyway but, as I said, I have already found the solution. And I agree with you on the fruit. But I hope to eat some berries in the future!

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1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

on April 24, 2012
at 03:15 PM

I think the best way to cure your sugar craving is to eat NO sugar for at least 21 days. That means no fruit (including tomatoes and bell peppers). Only green vegetables and lean proteins (chicken, seafood, eggs) + some healthy fats from avocado and nuts.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on April 24, 2012
at 03:58 PM

That is really helpful. I will try starting tomorrow. Thanks!!! Can I have not organic chicken? Like regular cheap one?

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on April 24, 2012
at 05:56 PM

As you can see I do paleo differently than a lot of others here, but it works for me. May not work for others.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on April 24, 2012
at 05:46 PM

It depends on your budget. The vast majority of my diet is simple: organic free range chicken and eggs, organic salad greens, broccoli, asparagus, cauliflower, and organic fruits (bananas, oranges, blueberries, mostly), and some seafood on the weekends. Those foods make up at least 90% of my calories.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on April 24, 2012
at 05:47 PM

I said healthy fats from avocado and nuts, but in all honesty, I don;t really eat that much of them. Most of my fat comes form chicken, eggs, and seafood.

1
E3575e92da86cbf4d7803d3aa09f962a

on April 24, 2012
at 03:10 PM

I know you said you don't like "butter," but does that include coconut butter and/or almond butter? I used to get sugar cravings and few spoonfuls of either of those really helped me.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on April 24, 2012
at 03:57 PM

I get really sick from eating nuts. So, unfortunately, those are out. But thank you for being helpful. My gut is so screwed up - it is not funny.

1
8508fec4bae4a580d1e1b807058fee8e

on April 24, 2012
at 03:29 AM

Honestly 99% of my sweet tooth was gone with doing LC Paleo. When I do want something sweet - which is pretty rare these days - I'll have berries with homemade whipped cream (sweetened with a 1 tablespoon xylitol) or 70-85% Lindt dark chocolate. Post-work out is when I crave carbs like butternut squash, pumpkin, or sweet potatoes with cinnamon.

1
793d5410141153932ed5654382a41730

(213)

on April 23, 2012
at 10:02 PM

I have a major sweet tooth and the ONLY time I can really fight it is when I fast for a whole day. Then the next day or two I have no craving and I'll eat out of boredom or something at the cravings start again.. :/

1
8496289baf18c2d3e210740614dc9082

on April 23, 2012
at 03:08 PM

To piggyback on the Chinese medical way of using bitters to counteract sweet cravings, it's commonly flt that fermented foods (kefir, sauerkraut, miso, half-sour pickles, etc) fight off a sweet tooth. I drink a big glass of kefir every morning and never have sweet cravings at all.

But ultimately, you're not getting enough fat or carbs, which is why your body is craving sugar (low blood glucose or insufficient insulin response). If you're not averse to avocado, that's a great way to increase fat intake. If you're not averse to mozzarella, a ball of mozz the size of an apple costs about $3, and contains 40g protein and 40g fat: my favorite mid-day snack.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on April 23, 2012
at 03:19 PM

I get a reaction from eating avocado and cheese. I have already tried.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on April 23, 2012
at 03:19 PM

Thanks for the advice though.

1
A48df263488727ddaf3956fe95601f57

on April 23, 2012
at 07:20 AM

Try supplementing with Chromium Picolinate and the herb Sylvestre Gymnema. Both balance blood sugar and curb cravings well for me. Your calories may also be too low with all those veges and no fat. Soup tends to be watery so you may be feeling full due to the fluid content without getting enough density, therefore your feeling of satiety doesn't last. I make soup for my family when I need to stretch a little bit of protein a long way.

1
881d05f32a396fba0a2ba9b8a92bc2ba

on April 22, 2012
at 08:23 PM

You may want to try Swedish Bitters..in Chinese medicine bitter cuts craving for sweet. You can get them at your local whole foods for under $10 a bottle and you take them when the cravings hit. Seems to me that you aren't eating much protein and increasing that may help if you can't add fat.

4d19018c899ad4e4c8a8bff5515449e1

(242)

on April 23, 2012
at 06:51 AM

You can get them at Bevmo too

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on April 22, 2012
at 09:29 PM

Thanks, I will try!

1
78964c5cc470f86a5897db8e1ce8e6f9

on April 22, 2012
at 08:04 PM

L-glutamine powder. I got Source Naturals brand powder on Amazon for about 20 bucks and the supply has lasted quite a while.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on April 22, 2012
at 08:08 PM

Could you please check if it is gluten free?

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