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  • Are there any supplements that can curb sugar cravings while "restarting"?

    I am back after a 3 year hiatus. My main issue is that I'm a big-time emotional eater and crave sweets whenever I'm stressed. Unfortunately, I'm under a tremendous amount of stress lately!

    I know that ketosis will help greatly with the cravings. I haven't begun yet...guess I should start now! I'm just wondering if there is any supplement that I could take for the first 2-3 weeks that would help with cravings.

    Oh and I'm seeking ketosis since I'm about 20-30 lbs overfat. I'm plan to really watch my carbs and limit them to veggies, a little seeds (roasted pumkin), and fermented dairy (greek yogurt, homemade kefir). I know from experience that if I adhere to this type of eating, I feel great and do lose weight.

    tia!

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    Honestly, I am unaware of any supplements that actually do so. However, it does seem like the combination of a cup of kefir and a tablespoon or two of potato starch curbs addictive cravings for some.
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    • #3
      Google for chromium picolinate. It doesn't work for everyone ... but I've heard good things from people who have really hard-to-beat sugar cravings.
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      • #4
        Just find a different addiction.

        e.g.
        Dark Chocolate (I'm going nuts trying to find higher than Lindt 85%)
        Boiled Eggs
        Piece of Fruit
        Disclaimer: I eat 'meat and vegetables' ala Primal, although I don't agree with the carb curve. I like Perfect Health Diet and WAPF Lactofermentation a lot.

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        • #5
          The focus should be on the cause of the addiction, not the symptoms.
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          • #6
            L-Glutamine powder. Mix into a small amount of orange juice or something, skull and in about 10 mins the craving is gone. Works for me anyhow
            I don't believe there is one correct way of eating for everybody, and I don't believe there is one correct way of eating for a person through every stage of their life

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            • #7
              I'm an emotional eater too, and I just limit it to fruit. Can't go too overboard on fruit, your body really won't let you. Too full after a while, especially if you are eating your protein and getting adequate fats (which if you are eating your protein generally you are). Also, sweet potatoes are helpful.
              Stephanie
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              • #8
                I second the l-glutamine suggestion. For me it works best, if mixed with a couple of teaspoons of heavy cream or coconut milk.

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                • #9
                  Try erythritol or xylitol. They cost much more so you are easy on them
                  Erythritol is null metabolically, xylitol is different: it can be fermented by good bacteria for butyrate production in the large intestine. Not all of it goes all the way down though, about half is digested by you and turned into glucose ini the liver at a slow rate (thus a low glycemic index if that matters to you). It has the same taste as regular sugar but a little more cooling in the mouth. Your teeth will like it too

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                  • #10
                    How about a whey protein shake. This kills my appetite for anything.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by sra1984 View Post
                      I'm an emotional eater too, and I just limit it to fruit. Can't go too overboard on fruit, your body really won't let you.
                      I think you can overboard because of the fructose ->triglycerides -> bodyfat. There is a limit to fruits if you try to avoid carbs, especially if you eat them in between, because of the blood sugar. But what means "too full"?

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                      • #12
                        I used to go for green smoothies in the morning and they worked. Green smoothie as in a smoothie with a single piece of fruit and loads of leafy greens on top of that.
                        Other "tricks" are taking a nap when you start craving. Never going hungry. Avoid imagining the sweet things. Tell yourself sure you could have some if you wanted, but you do you really want to because you're just hungry/stressed and the candy is going to do absolutely nothing about either one of those things, it's just going to make you pissed off at yourself and pissed off at candy for no real reason and it's going to mess with your biology. Set a cheat date (like Friday or Sunday) for yourself so you don't get your brain stuck in a "I'm depriving myself/I need to be perfect" loop. Think of sweets as a form of self medication and ask yourself why do you want to keep on taking excessive amount of it... if the medication came in a plastic bottle from a pharmacy, and you kept running back to it as frequently as you are doing now, what would you think then?

                        The sweetness in it self is not an enemy, it's the condensed form of it that's in processed white sugar. It's much like taking any sort of drug or supplement.
                        I don't know what sort of stuff you've been having, but I'd suggest switching from factory made sweets to dates or other dried (no sugar added) fruit and regular fruit and bit by bit getting used to naturally occurring amounts/tastes of sugar. You only need a few weeks for the store candy to start tasting really funky.
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                        • #13
                          CLA
                          L glutamine
                          Apple cider vinegar ( take a swig while craving sweets, promise it will cut it)

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