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Hack my Berry Addiction?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 17, 2011 at 6:27 AM

Hey all! I've been on and off strict paleo for a little over a year and a half now. What I mean by that is I never consume grains, but sometimes I'll eat more fruit in a day than is probably allowed/suggested, and I use honey/agave nectar from time to time.

Because I am a broke ass college student this year living in my own apartment, I do all my cooking and shopping, and try to make cheap easy meals. One of which happens to be berries and almond butter. I've been noticing that this addiction began in the past month and has not gone away. I literally cannot go a single day without eating frozen berries.

Do y'all think this is just my body trying to find an alternative carb source and Is this healthy?

Some background information about myself, I am a 19 year old female, swims, bikes, or runs almost everyday and has a BMI of about 21. I used to be a competitive athlete (Swim team, Soccer and Water Polo) so mostly I'm trying to get back into shape again (I miss my 6 pack!)

Can any provide any insight on whether this is a form of sugar addiction, or perhaps a deficiency that I should address?

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on October 17, 2011
at 06:30 PM

I wouldn't call it a sugar "addiction". The daily activity you described (daily swim, bike, or run) would logically increase your body's demand for glucose. If you're worried about consuming too much fructose, try adding in some starchy veggies (potatoes, sweet potatoes, winter squash). They would also be much cheaper than berries!

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on October 17, 2011
at 06:23 PM

This is really the bottom line. Moderate intensity, long duration activities (running, cycling, swimming, etc.) have been repeatedly shown to stimulate the appetite. She's also burning through lots of glycogen, so it would make sense to crave carbs (berries in this case.)

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on October 17, 2011
at 04:29 PM

Really, truly, ltrerally, you "cannot go a single day" without eaing frozen berries. Or are you saying: you desire berries each and every day? I can totally dig how the latter might be true. I have lots of desires every day. I don't act on all of them. "I have this desire. I am not this desire."

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on October 17, 2011
at 04:18 PM

insults don't make for productive discussion

E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

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on October 17, 2011
at 02:29 PM

HFCS isn't only fructose and glucose either it has other nasty compounds in it.

E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

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on October 17, 2011
at 02:29 PM

HFCS is only 55% fructose, plenty of fruits have that much.

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on October 17, 2011
at 01:31 PM

The massive concentrations of fructose in HFCS and agave nectar do not appear *anywhere* in nature. Regardless of which side of the fructose debate you are on, it seems unwise to eat anything that far out of line with nature.

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on October 17, 2011
at 01:11 PM

there is no conclusive evidence fructose is bad, there is a ton of evidence it might have major benefits.

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on October 17, 2011
at 08:23 AM

I love frozen berries. They are low in sugar and taste amazing. Paleo or not, if you like them eat them. 20g per cup, you could eat 2 cups a day and still be LC. And they taste so good with greek yogurt.

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on October 17, 2011
at 07:41 AM

I probably wouldn't be worried about it, though maybe think about eating what is available in season - that can naturally help to cycle different types of foods through your diet.

Can't really help you regarding deficiencies because we don't know anything else about your diet, apart from that you eat berries and almond butter once a day :)

On the almond butter, it is high in omega 6 and phytic acid - personally I wouldn't consume it everyday, so you may want to consider replacing it with something else to go with your berries. Maybe yoghurt or cream if you do dairy.

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on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM

You mention that you cycle, run, swim, etc... If you're a moderate-highly active person, your body is going to crave carbs unless you opt for ketosis full-time. This is my experience anyway. Changing diet to drive my body into deep-ketosis, I would then subsist entirely on fats to fuel my exercise. I prefer carbs for my locomotion so these days I swing in and out of ketosis seemingly at random. For my meals I eat LOTS of fat and protein, plenty of vegetables.. But in between my 2-3 meals a day is where I do most of my intense exercise and also load up on carbohydrates, exclusively from fruit. I feel the same you do, during my most active moments i'll crave fruit.

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(19479)

on October 17, 2011
at 06:23 PM

This is really the bottom line. Moderate intensity, long duration activities (running, cycling, swimming, etc.) have been repeatedly shown to stimulate the appetite. She's also burning through lots of glycogen, so it would make sense to crave carbs (berries in this case.)

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on October 17, 2011
at 04:07 PM

The berries sound fine, but I would switch to real nuts instead of the butter. They are harder to overeat, and the oil is usually fresher. If you are still concerned about the berries, just don't buy any more next time you go to the store. You might try a sweet potato or carrots instead, and see how it goes for you.

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13a44ea00b0c9af0b6d0f3d5f5c2cfca

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on October 17, 2011
at 01:01 PM

The restrictions of fruit in most paleo plans has more to do with weight loss than optimal nutrition. And, berries are the one fruit that seems to be universally recommended on paleo plans due to their relatively low sugar content. As has already been pointed out, almond butter has some issues (omega 6s and phytates), so you might not want to eat it every day.

Honey is fine as a once in a while treat, but I'd stay away from agave nectar. It's not natural and it contains even more fructose than HFCS.

E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

(12857)

on October 17, 2011
at 01:11 PM

there is no conclusive evidence fructose is bad, there is a ton of evidence it might have major benefits.

13a44ea00b0c9af0b6d0f3d5f5c2cfca

(7223)

on October 17, 2011
at 01:31 PM

The massive concentrations of fructose in HFCS and agave nectar do not appear *anywhere* in nature. Regardless of which side of the fructose debate you are on, it seems unwise to eat anything that far out of line with nature.

E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

(12857)

on October 17, 2011
at 02:29 PM

HFCS is only 55% fructose, plenty of fruits have that much.

E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

(12857)

on October 17, 2011
at 02:29 PM

HFCS isn't only fructose and glucose either it has other nasty compounds in it.

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on October 17, 2011
at 11:34 AM

I am totally with you and know how frustrating a sugar addiction or at least possible one could feel. Perhaps its just your body needing the extra energy and your just in a cycle right now that you have to just go with it and allow yourself to give your body what it wants...which berries and almond butter..not so bad ya know. Maybe amp up the protein or even add some sweet potato to your post workout meals and see if that cuts the sweets cravings.

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on October 20, 2011
at 02:54 AM

Cordain's "The Paleo Diet" is 55% calories from meat plus all the fruits and vegetables you can eat. Berries are among the lowest glycemic fruits you can eat and are packed with all kinds of incredibly healthy compounds. A recent study showed that only 3 strawberries a day was enough to substantially reduce risk of CVD. Like others said, restrictions on fruit are really about weight gain. I say do what the diet recommends: eat your meat first and eat as many strawberries as you can afford and are willing to. Throwing in some other fruits would help.

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on October 17, 2011
at 06:42 AM

If you're gaining weight and you don't want to, stop eating almond peanut butter berries.

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E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

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on October 17, 2011
at 12:12 PM

You've been brainwashed by the paleotards, You can eat as much fruit as you want. A bmi of 21 is perfectly fine for women, having a six pack as a women often means your too lean and can lead to health issues.

FYI the berries are probably super low cal anyways. The almond butter is probably doing you a lot more harm than the berries.....

B4e1fa6a8cf43d2b69d97a99dfca262c

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on October 17, 2011
at 04:18 PM

insults don't make for productive discussion

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