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  • What Do You Do When You Crave Sugar?

    What's your best sugar craving stopping tip?

    And how have you transitioned from wanting sugars to not really wanting it anymore..... if that's possible...

  • #2
    I won't sit here and claim that I don't want sugar. I get cravings just like everyone else. When they do happen, I first try to ignore them by drinking a couple of big cups of water. Sometimes I may be a little dehydrated from either too much coffee or not drinking enough H20. If that doesn't work, I go for a square of 100% baking chocolate. That's right! No added sugar, just the sweet bitterness that, at first, I hated, but now LOVE!!! 1-2 squares of that usually sets me straight. However, there are times when I get lazy and start thinking about the 20% that each of us has. So yeah, I'll go an indulge in an ice cream sundae with hot fudge on top. Hell, through on some whipping cream as well. If you're going to splurge, make it worth it, whatever that is for you.

    I think like all things in life, balance is key.

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    • #3
      Eat chocolate.
      Dark chocolate and coffee, running through my veins...

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      • #4
        Eat ice cream.

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        • #5
          Add a teaspoon of sugar to a cup of tea or coffee It sorts out the cravings for me in a way that junk food never does. Plus most junk food is laden with a tonne of other crap (veg oils, soya, wheat) that are far more harmful than sugar IMO.
          "I think the basic anti-aging diet is also the best diet for prevention and treatment of diabetes, scleroderma, and the various "connective tissue diseases." This would emphasize high protein, low unsaturated fats, low iron, and high antioxidant consumption, with a moderate or low starch consumption.

          In practice, this means that a major part of the diet should be milk, cheese, eggs, shellfish, fruits and coconut oil, with vitamin E and salt as the safest supplements."

          - Ray Peat

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          • #6
            I mostly don't crave sugar now, so yes it is entirely possible.

            When I first went primal I jumped in probably 90-100% and pretty much low carb at the same time and I think this is what helped me the most. I loved the good food and the way it made me feel so much that I did not miss the things I couldn't have.

            My tastes have adapted so that many many things taste sweet to me now - carrots, for one example. Straight grapefruit juice for another. Even the onions I fried for breakfast today. Dark chocolate is my favourite treat. Fruit is really really sweet, I only need 1/2 a banana in a recipe to give it enough sweetness.

            I'm wary of eating sweet things now because I really do NOT want those afternoon sugar shakes to return. I do not eat sugar at all but I will sometimes grab a handful of dried fruit or a teaspoon of honey. So far I have managed not to go overboard on them but if I did, I would back away again. I try to eat something else at the same time such as nuts or cheese. Yes this adds more calories, but overall it creates a more balanced snack with less likelihood of being tempted to grab another handful and another and another...you know how it used to go.

            Good luck with your primal eating. I think my best tip is to make the first meal of the day fully satisfying but very low in sugar or indeed other carbohydrates. I do this with eggs, veges, fat and sometimes cheese or bacon. It sets me up well for continuing to make good choices as the day goes on.
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            • #7
              Either give in and eat a bunch of chocolates, because honestly it's not going to kill me or make me gain a pound if I indulge, or ask myself how bad it'd make me feel afterwards mentally.
              F 28/5'4/100 lbs

              "I'm not a psychopath, I'm a high-functioning sociopath; do your research."

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              • #8
                Over the last 8 months I've gone from maybe 50/50 primal to 80/20 (Or 85/15 or somewhere around there. I seriously DO NOT stress over how primal my diet is.) I've never been low carb. If I'm under 100g carb/day, it's an accident. But somewhere in there, I stopped craving sweet. The rest of my family is still about 50/50, so I have plenty of access to sweets. I do sometimes have a little something, sometimes with both sugar and wheat, but I have no desire to make that stuff a regular part of my diet. I really prefer the complexity of flavor that accompanies the sweetness in fruits and vegetables.

                My best tip would be to keep on keepin' on and if you feel like you've slipped up, just put it behind you - no stress, no guilt. Six months from now you'll be amazed at how differently you feel about food.
                50yo, 5'3"
                SW-195
                CW-125, part calorie counting, part transition to primal
                GW- Goals are no longer weight-related

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                • #9
                  I use a blend of sugar and Stevia concentrate and make myself hot chocolate. I use plain cocoa, coconut milk and hot water. Very nice sweet chocolatey treat. It saves me money on expensive dark chocolate, too.

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                  • #10
                    I'm in the "hot drink plus" camp. I usually drink coffee (black), but when I'm craving sugar, a cup of tea with a bit of milk and a half teaspoon of honey completely satisfies.

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                    • #11
                      If its a niggling little crave that keeps bugging me all day, I will mix a cpl tbsp of cream cheese with honey or agave and eat that. Usually works to satisfy me. But there are the times when nothing else will do but a choc bar or a handful of chocolates. I take that as a sign that my body is not going to let me off the hook easily. I will usually give in once a month to that, or plan a bad for me cheat meal with my family and let myself have a dessert. I usually end up having a couple bites of the dessert after a carby meal and pass it off to hubby who is a dessert garbage pail. He eats well most of the time, but has a bad sweet tooth we are trying to tame.

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                      • #12
                        Drink a large glass of very cold CokeZero with fresh lime juice, that's what I would do anyway...
                        "All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."

                        - Schopenhauer

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                        • #13
                          I find I only have any hint of cravings if I have eaten anything with sugar during the day. It just seems to start me off. Crio Bru for me with a nice dollop of thick coconut milk fixes that sometimes with a hint of honey.
                          Started Primal June 2012 at 148.5lbs, and 5' 1", reached goal weight in 5 months.
                          Lowest weight 93lbs - too thin. Now stable at around 100lbs much better weight for me at my age.
                          Primal, minus eggs, dairy and a myriad of other allergens.

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                          • #14
                            I give into to cravings, but it is a slippery slope! A little sugar keeps me wanting more. The best thing to do if you really want to end the cravings is to fight through them and just eat more protein and fat. The cravings will go away. For me they never go away if I keep eating a little sugar here and there... just keeps the cravings coming. If you can work through them without feeding them you will be amazed at how you don't have cravings anymore. Everytime I want to give in my cravings which are very very seldom if I stay away from sugar I ask myself if it is worth weeks or months of trying to get rid of them again. Sugar is highly addictive to me.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Annieh View Post
                              I mostly don't crave sugar now, so yes it is entirely possible.

                              When I first went primal I jumped in probably 90-100% and pretty much low carb at the same time and I think this is what helped me the most. I loved the good food and the way it made me feel so much that I did not miss the things I couldn't have.


                              My tastes have adapted so that many many things taste sweet to me now - carrots, for one example. Straight grapefruit juice for another. Even the onions I fried for breakfast today. Dark chocolate is my favourite treat. Fruit is really really sweet, I only need 1/2 a banana in a recipe to give it enough sweetness.

                              I'm wary of eating sweet things now because I really do NOT want those afternoon sugar shakes to return. I do not eat sugar at all but I will sometimes grab a handful of dried fruit or a teaspoon of honey. So far I have managed not to go overboard on them but if I did, I would back away again. I try to eat something else at the same time such as nuts or cheese. Yes this adds more calories, but overall it creates a more balanced snack with less likelihood of being tempted to grab another handful and another and another...you know how it used to go.

                              Good luck with your primal eating. I think my best tip is to make the first meal of the day fully satisfying but very low in sugar or indeed other carbohydrates. I do this with eggs, veges, fat and sometimes cheese or bacon. It sets me up well for continuing to make good choices as the day goes on.
                              +100!

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