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How do you handle sugar cravings?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 05, 2013 at 4:28 PM

I've set myself the task of going 30 complete days on a strict paleo/scd diet to help my GERD (limiting nightshades too) and i'm on day 6 now. I did it for a week as a trial run and gave myself a cheat day about a week ago before starting. I never really got any cravings the first time round and felt great, but at the moment i feel sluggish and pretty much having wet dreams about cakes/sausage rolls/doughnuts etc, most of which i haven't had in about 3 months since going gluten free.

I've been going easy on the fruit too, trying not to overdo 2-3 portions a day, I ended up making a huge fruit smoothie yesterday.

What normally helps you after a big cheat? I'm guessing sugar craves sugar and that didn't help me. Is it just a case of manning up and carrying on? I know if i stuff a bit of chocolate it'll make me feel crap and probably disappointed. (First world problems eh?)

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on May 07, 2013
at 12:06 PM

I bought a pack of Kerrygold when i went out shopping earlier. It's delicious! Think i'm going to have to start adding to meals regularly :D I could probably eat a whole pack, we've always had "70% percent less saturated fat spreads" in our house.

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on May 07, 2013
at 12:31 AM

"normal bodily cravings" are one thing; cravings brought on by abnormal modern processed foods are completely different. I would only say "just trust your sugar cravings; don't worry about it" to someone who had been strict Paleo for at least 6 months straight, not someone who just had a cheat day and is only 6 days in.

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on May 06, 2013
at 06:57 PM

I thought all butter was created equal until Kerrygold. I was wrong. Sometimes when I can tell my body needs fat (and it still freaks me out a bit when I can figure that out and think it's a good idea), I just open up the package and cut off a bit. It's delicious!

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on May 06, 2013
at 06:55 PM

I agree. When I want sweet, I reach for fat! No more craving and I have tons of energy that isn't going to make me crash!

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on May 05, 2013
at 05:52 PM

only if its quality Forest Fed, cheap store bacon is pretty inflammatory. Dont Shoot! I love my bacon, but what food eats matters too. Conventional Bacon IS bad for you, Just like Grainfed Beef, maybe a little worse.

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on May 05, 2013
at 07:23 PM

Steak pan fried with butter snm

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on May 05, 2013
at 11:10 PM

Sugar cravings are often a sign you need more fat. Bacon, almond butter, heavy cream if you are primal.

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on May 06, 2013
at 06:55 PM

I agree. When I want sweet, I reach for fat! No more craving and I have tons of energy that isn't going to make me crash!

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on May 06, 2013
at 11:02 PM

Had an urge to carb binge last night. That means today I'm doing 50g or less. I'll probably try to keep that up for a while now since my insulin is obviously still out of whack. Bleh.

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on May 06, 2013
at 01:04 AM

I have more fat and protein, the sugar cravings go completely.

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on May 05, 2013
at 05:34 PM

Bacon never fails the most intense of sugar cravings.

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on May 05, 2013
at 05:52 PM

only if its quality Forest Fed, cheap store bacon is pretty inflammatory. Dont Shoot! I love my bacon, but what food eats matters too. Conventional Bacon IS bad for you, Just like Grainfed Beef, maybe a little worse.

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on May 06, 2013
at 10:59 PM

The best cure for sugar is cold turkey.

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on May 06, 2013
at 08:59 PM

Bowl of oatmeal with honey. I find it strange people are resorting to supplements (chromium, l glutamine) to prevent normal bodily cravings instead of listening to their body and giving it some healthy form of sugar, ie, fruit. If I have a craving for fat I'm not going to force feed myself fruit until it goes away.

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on May 07, 2013
at 12:31 AM

"normal bodily cravings" are one thing; cravings brought on by abnormal modern processed foods are completely different. I would only say "just trust your sugar cravings; don't worry about it" to someone who had been strict Paleo for at least 6 months straight, not someone who just had a cheat day and is only 6 days in.

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on May 06, 2013
at 08:14 PM

Water and a good quality sea salt. I use about 1/2 tsp of salt to one quart of water. And L-Glutamine: http://paleohacks.com/questions/160164/why-am-i-craving-sweets-all-of-a-sudden/160179#160179

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on May 06, 2013
at 04:35 PM

Thanks for the replies. I think i am a bit low on fat actually, all i'm really getting it from is coconut oil (which i use to cook almost everything) and probably avocados (which isn't much) and occasionally steak and salmon i guess. I'm going to try to pick up some good quality butter when next shopping :)

C16e2e3642960bfaabee1c1c7fbf9df1

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on May 07, 2013
at 12:06 PM

I bought a pack of Kerrygold when i went out shopping earlier. It's delicious! Think i'm going to have to start adding to meals regularly :D I could probably eat a whole pack, we've always had "70% percent less saturated fat spreads" in our house.

91597fb7f6bb422bff222c03f0885d5b

(166)

on May 06, 2013
at 06:57 PM

I thought all butter was created equal until Kerrygold. I was wrong. Sometimes when I can tell my body needs fat (and it still freaks me out a bit when I can figure that out and think it's a good idea), I just open up the package and cut off a bit. It's delicious!

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on May 05, 2013
at 06:13 PM

Chromium is said to help reduce sugar cravings.

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on May 05, 2013
at 05:55 PM

GrassFed Butter.
Too Much Butter? Boundless Energy

I think that Vitamin K2 plays a nice role in Butters Benefits.

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