Stevia Causing Sugar Cravings? Or Something Else?
[B]I thought stevia was the best option when it came to sugar substitutes.[/B] I get pure stevia from a local vitamin store.
For the past month, I've been trying to research possible options to end my sugar cravings. During that time, I came across The Whole 30. I have considered doing a Whole 30, but what I'm really starting to wonder is whether or not stevia is part of the problem...or if it is something else entirely.
My calories/protein/fat/carbs on average is about 1950/100/150/60
-magnesium citrate (200-400mg)
-calcium (300 mg)
-cod liver oil (1 tsp)
-vitamin B complex (1 capsule)
-vitamin C (3,000-4,000mg)
-vitamin dE (200IU)
-probiotic (Nature's Way Primadophilus)
[B]The stevia I take daily...[/B]
28 gram bottle, 45 servings per bottle = about 0.6 gm per serving. I have between 1-4 (0.6-2.4 gm) servings daily.
[B]Other things I have been trying to improve on[/B] are consistent exercise and sleep. I understand that lack of sleep triggers sugar cravings. I can say with certainty that even during weeks that I get enough sleep and go to bed at the same time, I still crave sugar. I have also tried adding additional supplements (5-HTP, chromium picolinate, and gymnema sylvestre, separately) to see if they would help.
Despite a few slip ups (involving sugar), I have maintained primal eating for three months. Now that eating this way has developed into a habit for me, I want to widen the space between slip-ups until they are more or less eliminated. I think sugar cravings is one of the things preventing me from progressing.