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Can't seem to get over intense cravings for sweets...

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Created May 21, 2012 at 8:46 PM

For the past few days it seems like I've been thinking non-stop about sweets - brownies in particular. Yesterday, a brownie was directly offered to me, and I didn't partake. I'm happy I didn't, but I can't seem to shake this 'need' for something sweet, and fruit isn't cutting it.

Anyone have any suggestions? I've been doing pretty well so far, but I don't want something stupid like a brownie to set me back, because I have a sweet tooth, and if I allow myself one, it would surely cause trouble.

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on May 24, 2012
at 07:05 AM

I also hate the taste of artificial sweeteners - that alone is one reason I would never drink diet soda(not to mention the health aspect.)

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on May 24, 2012
at 07:03 AM

Thanks for the book tip!

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on May 23, 2012
at 04:56 PM

It really did help - thanks for the advice! And I was satiated after one piece(1/6 of the bar.) Still have the rest sitting in my cupboard, and likely won't even touch it for a couple more weeks.

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on May 23, 2012
at 12:24 AM

Try these, they can be made with coconut butter instead of nut butter if you prefer, they take under 3 minutes to make (no baking) and they're insanely yummy: www.livefabuLESS.com/brownie-bites

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on May 22, 2012
at 10:38 PM

I'm working through The Beck Diet Solution right now and I wholeheartedly agree with this comment. My suggestion is to work through it slowly and thoroughly - repeat some chapters if necessary. Don't put yourself on a timeline, really work though the exercises. The book itself isn't life changing, but it certainly gives you the tools to change your life if you work hard enough.

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on May 22, 2012
at 08:32 PM

Man, I could really go for a brownie.

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on May 22, 2012
at 06:40 PM

Not to mention they can totally stall weight loss.

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on May 22, 2012
at 07:34 AM

Please don't feel guilty about having some chocolate though! Just ask yourself if you can have it and leave it at that. Personally, a Hersheys bar would be my psychological undoing but higher percentage stuff is enjoyable and, more importantly, manageable (for me).

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on May 22, 2012
at 03:36 AM

If you want to not eat sugar, don't eat sugar. However, at some point you have to ask why you crave sugar to begin with. Try to isolate the exact thing you crave. Don't eat sugar in conjunction with PUFAs or gluten; just drink some juice and see how it affects you.

712c1d3724f9b6ebfc0eb9b64a803692

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on May 22, 2012
at 03:16 AM

Yeah, I have completely cut out sweets(processed junk). I did finally pick up a 70% choc bar...haven't had any yet, but it is calling my name..

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on May 22, 2012
at 03:15 AM

I hope this doesn't come off as snarky, but I would rather hear advice about how others(you) overcame sugar craving, as this is what I asked about. Somehow I think giving in to craving is counter productive.

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on May 22, 2012
at 02:19 AM

So true. Usually a chocolate craving is a sign of magnesium deficiency. Boost your intake of dark leafy greens, supplement with magnesium, and also try chlorella (algae) tablets. Your cravings will disappear in no time. Also make sure you're hydrated. Sometimes sweet cravings are a sign of dehydration.

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on May 22, 2012
at 12:18 AM

LOL. I do read ingredient lists to turn myself off from eating junk food when I get cravings for it. The words "corn syrup," "soybean oil," and "hydrogenated" in any form are like magic--suddenly I don't want it any more!

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on May 21, 2012
at 11:26 PM

Diet soda & extra phosphorus are the devil. Almost as chaotic as diet coke & a pack of Mentos

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on May 21, 2012
at 09:22 PM

http://paleohacks.com/questions/59053/what-the-hack-is-up-with-aspartame#axzz1vXaKA3I6

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on May 21, 2012
at 09:06 PM

i had to do a Candida detox on top of paleo to get just that kind of craving to stop, and to be able to actually appreciate sugar as more than an addiction again. i need to do it again since i went on a terrible sugary coffee binge - your situation could be completely different from mine, but no matter what anyone says about candida detox diets, it worked wonders for me. i had to do it for nearly a month.

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on May 21, 2012
at 09:00 PM

brownies are mostly fat, not carbohydrate. So, maybe you want some frozen blueberries with coconut milk blended up to a sorbet like consistency. OR some berries with real whipped cream. Or some eggs with a side of fruit.

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on May 21, 2012
at 08:57 PM

I really agree with the dark chocolate suggestion. I found one that is 85% Cacao and I just have one little square. It is so rich I don't crave anything else. Even if I were to eat a whole serving, which is 2/3 of the bar it would still only be 6 grams of sugar.

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on May 21, 2012
at 08:54 PM

CUT OUT ALL SWEETS. ALL. Not even one berry. Absolutely nothing sweet. Just do it for a while.

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on May 21, 2012
at 08:52 PM

Did you try some really dark chocolate? 77% or more? That helps me. I was a MAJOR sugarholic too! I still fight it. :-/

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on May 21, 2012
at 08:52 PM

You need to be honest with yourself. Are you the type of person who can have a small bit of something and feel like you've satisfied a craving, or are you genuinely psychologically (maybe even physiologically) addicted to junk, so that having one bite is like asking a heroin addict to inject just a little bit?

Personally, quitting sweets cold turkey was one of the best decisions I've ever made.

EDIT: Oh, and by sweets I mean processed fake food, not fruit and sweet potatoes. I don't mean to wholly demonize sugar in a natural context.

712c1d3724f9b6ebfc0eb9b64a803692

(158)

on May 22, 2012
at 03:16 AM

Yeah, I have completely cut out sweets(processed junk). I did finally pick up a 70% choc bar...haven't had any yet, but it is calling my name..

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on May 22, 2012
at 07:34 AM

Please don't feel guilty about having some chocolate though! Just ask yourself if you can have it and leave it at that. Personally, a Hersheys bar would be my psychological undoing but higher percentage stuff is enjoyable and, more importantly, manageable (for me).

712c1d3724f9b6ebfc0eb9b64a803692

(158)

on May 23, 2012
at 04:56 PM

It really did help - thanks for the advice! And I was satiated after one piece(1/6 of the bar.) Still have the rest sitting in my cupboard, and likely won't even touch it for a couple more weeks.

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on May 21, 2012
at 08:51 PM

Are you eating enough of other things? Are you stressed? I tend to crave sweets when I am stressed or when I don't eat enough paleo foods. When I eat enough meat and vegetables, I don't crave sweets at all. I think it's okay to enjoy sweets once in a while. One brownie is not going to set you back...But obsessing about sweets (or any kind of food) reflects an unhealthy eating attitude or relationship with food. Try organic dark chocolate (above 70%), or you can make paleo-friendly brownies! Oh, also staying well hydrated helps with cravings as well.

Oh.. Also just read the list of ingredients in commercially prepared baked goods. You won't even want to touch those food-like substances ever again. Baked goods contain hydrogenated vegetable oils, high fructose corn syrup, and all other chemicals and additives, not to mention refined grains.

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on May 22, 2012
at 12:18 AM

LOL. I do read ingredient lists to turn myself off from eating junk food when I get cravings for it. The words "corn syrup," "soybean oil," and "hydrogenated" in any form are like magic--suddenly I don't want it any more!

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on May 21, 2012
at 09:18 PM

Eventually it will fade. That's not encouraging for the short term, I know, but giving in will just continue the cycle.

Try and focus on something salty and rich. Lots of fat seems to help with sweet cravings. Maybe make an egg custard with super dark chocolate.

Or just ride it out. Supposedly L-glutamine supplementation really helps with sweet cravings.

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on May 22, 2012
at 04:29 PM

Stay away from all sweets for about two weeks. You will know when it is okay to break the sweet fast because wheat will no longer look like food. You have to stay away from artificial sweeteners too for this to work- it didn't happen to me until I ditched splenda. If you have serious cravings, eat fat. Eventually things calm down. Sugar, in paleo doses, is okay. The key is keeping to the paleo dose.

All of this advice, of course, is based entirely on my own experience. I have also learned not to try and economize by buying large bags of frozen fruit. Just bring home a small amount of whatever sweet treat you have decided to give yourself- and don't let there be any grains, legumes, or dairy in it.

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on May 21, 2012
at 11:58 PM

You may want to try supplementing with Magnesium.

Dark chocolate is a good food source, but you may need more Magnesium than you can get from a reasonable amount of chocolate. Try 400-600 mg Mag Glycinate.

4a3e50d0fbd0512f56189f20ec012229

on May 22, 2012
at 02:19 AM

So true. Usually a chocolate craving is a sign of magnesium deficiency. Boost your intake of dark leafy greens, supplement with magnesium, and also try chlorella (algae) tablets. Your cravings will disappear in no time. Also make sure you're hydrated. Sometimes sweet cravings are a sign of dehydration.

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on May 21, 2012
at 09:11 PM

Drink some coconut water. It's sweet enough to satisfy a sugar craving and hydrates you too. It works for me!

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on May 21, 2012
at 08:52 PM

Take this advice however you like:

Eat sugar when you crave sugar.

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on May 22, 2012
at 03:36 AM

If you want to not eat sugar, don't eat sugar. However, at some point you have to ask why you crave sugar to begin with. Try to isolate the exact thing you crave. Don't eat sugar in conjunction with PUFAs or gluten; just drink some juice and see how it affects you.

712c1d3724f9b6ebfc0eb9b64a803692

(158)

on May 22, 2012
at 03:15 AM

I hope this doesn't come off as snarky, but I would rather hear advice about how others(you) overcame sugar craving, as this is what I asked about. Somehow I think giving in to craving is counter productive.

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on May 22, 2012
at 06:12 PM

Read my entire explanation of this recommendation before dismissing it out of hand: The Beck Diet Solution by Judith Beck. It does not make ANY recommendations about what way-of-eating (a/k/a "diet") to adopt. It is totally agnostic on the subject.

What the book does do is provide a method (mostly CBT) of how to follow the food plan you select.

It has several entire chapters on cravings, which I will not attempt to summarize here. The book is well worth the money if you want an effective method of dealing with cravings.

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on May 22, 2012
at 10:38 PM

I'm working through The Beck Diet Solution right now and I wholeheartedly agree with this comment. My suggestion is to work through it slowly and thoroughly - repeat some chapters if necessary. Don't put yourself on a timeline, really work though the exercises. The book itself isn't life changing, but it certainly gives you the tools to change your life if you work hard enough.

712c1d3724f9b6ebfc0eb9b64a803692

(158)

on May 24, 2012
at 07:03 AM

Thanks for the book tip!

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on May 22, 2012
at 05:49 PM

I don???t know if its possible for anyone to have a bigger sweet tooth than me! Im 35 days into a 45 day paleo challenge hosted by my crossfit gym. I went through major withdrawals and intense sugar cravings in the first couple weeks but they do start to subside, but not 100%. I???ve tried to limit my fruit, but there???s only been a few day where I???ve successfully cut it out all-together. My office has cookies, cupcakes, and candy in abundance here so when I have an intense urge I reason that eating some berries or an orange is better than the alternative. It helps. I know myself and I can???t keep those chocolate bars around, even 80% or whatever. If it???s in my house it will haunt me until I eat it all. I only had about ten 10lbs to lose and im a few pounds away from that goal so I would not fret all too much about having a few servings of fruit every day to manage not eating something even worse for you.

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on May 22, 2012
at 12:00 PM

I'd go with the dark chocolate too (I prefer 81 or 90%).

Personally, I find that if I'm really craving something and I try hard not to give in, I end up becoming absolutely obsessed about it and eventually have a massive cave-in. Then I might end up eating a whole pack of brownies rather than just a tiny one. So better to have a small cave-in and then quickly get back on track.

But that's just the way my mind works!

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on May 21, 2012
at 11:44 PM

I have had the same problem. What worked for me is to go cold turkey on starch and sugar. The cravings faded after two weeks of no sugar, starchy carbs or fruit. After about a month, I tried to work back in one piece of fruit a day, and the cravings immediately returned.

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on October 12, 2012
at 12:35 AM

when a craving for me hits, it's a lot harder to quell it. for all of my loads of cravings in the past 5 years, only a few things have been able to stop them

a craving's just a thought. when i think i want to eat something crappy, i have this mad rush of new thoughts, fastening up a tale of if i ate a bite of that, my roof would cave in and it would start raining locusts. crazy, but pretty savvy too :p

i tell myself: 'i will conquer this demon of emotional eating. i will get better, and be an awesome respected person of society, eventually.' i have no reason to crush my spirit and future, after believing that i am worthy of better things

i eat a hearty meal. some go tos are a veggie, meat and butter dish, or eggs and butter

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on May 26, 2012
at 02:41 AM

I have been on the Paleo diet for 2 months now. I make a sweet dessert (sweetened with honey) for my family and I pretty much daily. Within the last couple of days I've noticed that I no longer crave sugar and I can skip the snack. It's pretty crazy.

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on May 22, 2012
at 11:00 PM

Wow all great advice. I'm in the same boat - how long a candida detox is recommended for those of us who always crave something naughty? So cut out caffeine, all natural or artificial sweeteners, fruit - anything else?

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on May 22, 2012
at 12:51 PM

Have you looked at Chromium supplements? Might assist sweet cravings. Also, trying gymnema, neem and stevia in tea form might help. You can make it up and chill it to sip through out the day.

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on May 22, 2012
at 12:02 AM

I TOTALLY had the same problem, and it was kinda bad for me given where I work (selling shitty processed food onboard a train XD). I tried purchasing very dark chocolate and just eating that. Tasted great! But I started eating too much of it.

Then I tried a fruit smoothie -- think along the lines of Toadally Primal Smoothies -- and I've had NO problems. I have only had them in the mornings. But seriously, no more cravings. http://primalsmoothies.com/

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on May 21, 2012
at 09:23 PM

Try a scoop of chocolate flavored whey protein mixed with milk (any kind of milk). It really helps if you're regularly doing weight training too. Also, I agree with the others recommending dark chocolate.

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on May 21, 2012
at 09:09 PM

I drink diet sodas (but not dark ones since they contain added phosphorus).

It's a good compromise since I'm liable to eat a box of Oreos in one sitting, like I used to :)

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on May 21, 2012
at 09:22 PM

http://paleohacks.com/questions/59053/what-the-hack-is-up-with-aspartame#axzz1vXaKA3I6

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on May 21, 2012
at 11:26 PM

Diet soda & extra phosphorus are the devil. Almost as chaotic as diet coke & a pack of Mentos

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on May 22, 2012
at 06:40 PM

Not to mention they can totally stall weight loss.

712c1d3724f9b6ebfc0eb9b64a803692

(158)

on May 24, 2012
at 07:05 AM

I also hate the taste of artificial sweeteners - that alone is one reason I would never drink diet soda(not to mention the health aspect.)

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on May 22, 2012
at 03:29 AM

yeah, sometimes I have got some benders [butter and goat cheese on crisp bread for me, some nuts too high in carbs]; what I do is to make myself puke like a fecking bulemic :D

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