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  • #31
    Thanks for the tips ToldUzo!!
    Earthy Mama's Journal

    "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food" ~ Hippocrates

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    • #32
      It could be sugar addiction...or not. I've never been much of a sweet eater and when I was following CW to lose weight I was particularly careful to not have sugar and experienced no cravings. I did experience cravings such as you describe when moving my menu to relatively high protein and by keeping carbs very low (first time with the Protein Power diet). The craving was so insistent and hard to ignore .....except why was I suddenly experiencing a craving I had not had before? I've found that upping my carbs some (mainly w/white rice and an occasional potato), have disappeared that insistent craving. So, in my case, it was b/c the carb intake was apparently too low.
      Starting Weight: 197.5
      Current Weight: 123
      Far healthier!

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      • #33
        Seeing this thread in the "New Posts" just made me realize something.

        I did NOT crave sweets after lunch today!!!!!!!!!! It's been 2hrs since lunch and I just now realized that!!! WOOHOO!!!!

        And last night I did a gingerbread house with my daughters. Frosting and sprinkles ALL over my fingers (and it's habit to lick stuff off your fingers) and... Not one single LICK was given that night LOL!!
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        "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food" ~ Hippocrates

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        • #34
          Drink milk with all your meals.

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          • #35
            Day #2 of not craving sweets! I'm not even drinking coffee with honey today lol

            Oh and fiercehunter, I don't drink milk but thanks for the suggestion
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            "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food" ~ Hippocrates

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            • #36
              Originally posted by Earthy Mama View Post
              Day #2 of not craving sweets! I'm not even drinking coffee with honey today lol
              Congratulations on your progress! It gets easier every day, doesn't it?

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              • #37
                Originally posted by fresa View Post
                Congratulations on your progress! It gets easier every day, doesn't it?
                It really does! I love it!
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                "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food" ~ Hippocrates

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                • #38
                  Originally posted by Earthy Mama View Post
                  It really does! I love it!
                  Bingo! Reading through this thread, I was thinking of the TCM/5 Elements energetic/emotional view of desiring sweets, as it comes through the spleen/stomach meridian, denoting love & earthy emotional/motherly nurturing. Like your avatar name-choice.

                  Carrots, onions etc comes from the earth & have a grounding harmonizing aspect to their sweetness unlike tropical fruits or sugar cane for instance which are more expansive, to those who may feel in sync w/ such musings. Emotionally: family-time &/or spousal alone-time, generous hugs, communication, communing, community, ie any & all nurturing you can get, may also satisfy our needs for sweetness. Many people eat from emotional states of being & needing, yes we can agree on this. But our states of being in the world also can affect our ways of eating too & our bodies signals for balance. Sounds like you have found such balance. Living "I love it!" is the solution w/in itself, imo.

                  On a more practical aside, ending a meal w/ sweets is ok, but have you ever tried having a dessert or a piece of fruit @ the front end of your meal instead of the back end? Like the old Jewish joke, "Eat your dessert 1st, you may not live through the next meal..." but seriously, when I was vegan, I was starved for fat & protein & calories, leading me to eat/over-eat sweets in search of more calories & macronutrients. Trying a little extra fat or protein for greater satiety, is in line w/ primal guidelines. Trying extra loving & nurturance is in line w/ life guidelines.
                  "Science is not belief but the will to find out." ~ Anonymous
                  "Culture of the mind must be subservient to the heart." ~ Gandhi
                  "The flogging will continue until morale improves." ~ Unknown

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                  • #39
                    Originally posted by Betorq View Post
                    Bingo! Reading through this thread, I was thinking of the TCM/5 Elements energetic/emotional view of desiring sweets, as it comes through the spleen/stomach meridian, denoting love & earthy emotional/motherly nurturing. Like your avatar name-choice.

                    Carrots, onions etc comes from the earth & have a grounding harmonizing aspect to their sweetness unlike tropical fruits or sugar cane for instance which are more expansive, to those who may feel in sync w/ such musings. Emotionally: family-time &/or spousal alone-time, generous hugs, communication, communing, community, ie any & all nurturing you can get, may also satisfy our needs for sweetness. Many people eat from emotional states of being & needing, yes we can agree on this. But our states of being in the world also can affect our ways of eating too & our bodies signals for balance. Sounds like you have found such balance. Living "I love it!" is the solution w/in itself, imo.

                    On a more practical aside, ending a meal w/ sweets is ok, but have you ever tried having a dessert or a piece of fruit @ the front end of your meal instead of the back end? Like the old Jewish joke, "Eat your dessert 1st, you may not live through the next meal..." but seriously, when I was vegan, I was starved for fat & protein & calories, leading me to eat/over-eat sweets in search of more calories & macronutrients. Trying a little extra fat or protein for greater satiety, is in line w/ primal guidelines. Trying extra loving & nurturance is in line w/ life guidelines.
                    Underlined: LOVE this line of thinking (and I love the word love, I use it often LOL!)

                    Bold: Hm, I never thought of that. I do not crave sweets before a meal, when I'm hungry, I crave fat and greasy stuff. I think it's moreso emotional eating. I don't feel the need for the sugar anymore, I am so ecstatic about that (and just a few days in!). I eat a lot of onion, onion every day actually.
                    Earthy Mama's Journal

                    "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food" ~ Hippocrates

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                    • #40
                      Food for thought. Glad you are ecstatic! I eats my sweets, & treats. Love 'em. Been reading thru & pondering another well-written American Gut project article,Probiotics or Prebiotics: which would Darwin choose? - Human Food Project. Nibbling on pomelo pith & fruit, sending some soluble fibre foods & loving supportive thoughts & feelings to my microflora. I eat a lot of onions & garlic too, pretty much daily. Onions, garlics, leeks & all fibrous roots seem to be good or great prebiotic material for what turns out to be the vast majority of our DNA & biomass, our friendly fermenting friends, the lowly bacterium.
                      Happy Holidays!
                      "Science is not belief but the will to find out." ~ Anonymous
                      "Culture of the mind must be subservient to the heart." ~ Gandhi
                      "The flogging will continue until morale improves." ~ Unknown

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                      • #41
                        I had the exact same problem for years I would have to eat 4 squares of chocolate after dinner or I would literally go crazy.
                        I had to cut out refined sugar 100% to break the addiction. It took a while and sometimes I fall back into it but it's just addiction.

                        Sugar is as addictive as cocaine btw and if you can't live with feeling like you 'need' it sometimes, then kick the habit. Good luck!

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