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    Looking for tips to overcome my evening red wine craving

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    I am going to try some frozen cherries.
    Last edited by JimenyKrickets; 01-08-2014, 07:10 PM.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by PrimalFreedom View Post
      Looking for tips to overcome my evening red wine craving
      tbh I think most cravings are mental rather than physical.

      When I went primal all of my desire for alcohol kinda vanished, but I still kept (developed, even) a strong craving for dark chocolate.

      We've just decided to make this a year of 'austerity' (to knock the mortgage on the head) and thus Chocolate falls into our 'luxury' category. So my sizeable chocolate supply has to last me the whole year. It's only been 9 days, but whenever I've asked myself "Do I really want to have some of my year's supply of chocolate", the answer has always been no so far.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by magicmerl View Post
        tbh I think most cravings are mental rather than physical.

        I think you're really right. I certainly think this on my own count. I'm just mentally weak. But not today.
        Breathe. Move forward.

        I just eat what I want...

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        • #5
          I find also PF that if I can distract myself for like a half hour it tends to pass. Reading seems to work pretty well for me.
          Breathe. Move forward.

          I just eat what I want...

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          • #6
            I love a glass of red wine in the evenings also. When I need to lose the calories (ie: wine), I drink a homemade herbal tea. Not sure why it works as a replacement for me. It just does.
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            • #7
              A juice/tea mixture? I love chugging Perrier as it is somehow similar in feeling to beer to me. It also helps to not have the wine available to drink!

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              • #8
                I had soda cravings when I first started going Primal. I used to drink carbonated water and then slowly the cravings went away.
                I would try non alcoholic beer or wine first and go from there. Or pick something similar in taste.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Mud Flinger View Post
                  It also helps to not have the wine available to drink!
                  I think this is key to many cravings, or unnecessary snacking, just don't have it in the house

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                  • #10
                    Eat a piece of food you really love. End the graving bij eating something better.
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                    • #11
                      After being Paleo for just over a year now I have transitioned from a weekday wine drinker to a drinker who can count on two hands the number of times I had wine in the past year and I suspect that will probably go down to one hand this year. I think once you pass the 21-day milestone it really becomes about the "behaviour" rather than the "chemistry". You might try some substitutes like Perrier or similar or my old favorite de-caf coffee or whatever gives you the edge to get through that moment. It does actually get pretty easy after awhile (have faith). Now if only I could kick sugar so easily. . . . .

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                      • #12
                        If you're looking for a "reason" to kick the sauce, try the experiment these folks did. I read about this on January 2nd and haven't had any alcohol since. Will be interesting to see just what exactly the ol' liver is capable of!

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                        • #13
                          I have a feeling that most late night cravings are for soothing, rather than alcohol or sweets or whatever. 50 Ways to Sooth Yourself without Food is a great book.
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                          • #14
                            I'm not a big drinker but I often have soft drinks in a wine glass. Makes them seem a little different than drinking out of a normal glass. Wine glasses work well for kombucha and kefir if you make your own non-alcoholic fermented drinks.
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                            • #15
                              i have also gone down the carbonated water with lemon road. Also lots of ice, so I am just sipping it like wine, oh and also in a wine glass. I have managed 6 nights without wine now, and am starting to not wake up at the 2am liver cleansing hour - so yay for me......... but i do miss my red.
                              I actually do not enjoy merl;ot (I am a pinot noir girl), so I am thinking that when my 30 days is up maybe I should start drinking merlot, and that might keep me to 1 or 2 glasses ?????
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