Shannon, you sound a lot like me. I used to be able to eat sugar any time in any quantity and not even gain weight (probably b/c I just didn't eat anything else since I was already full from the sweets & white crap).
There came a time when suddenly I started having intense reactions to sugar. It was while I was pg w/ my third, and I started getting seriously dizzy and even feel faint after sugar, with serious palpitations. It got worse, continuing after pregnancy, and by a few years later, I would even have serious chest pains after eating sugar. I knew it was killing me, in addition to causing slow weight gain.
I think that with sugar/carb cravings this intense, you have to go zero grains, zero sugar, as much as you can humanly manage. YOu have to starve the totally messed up bad gut beasties. But my problem was, I couldn't just say no. The "eat some carbies" urge wasn't something I could just say no to and it would go away. I would have to say no to it every five minutes. I constantly found myself walking by the pantry and looking for something w/o even knowing how I got there. I'd stop at the grocery store just to be able to buy something b/c I finally got it all out of my house. I was totally an addict looking for a hit.
The first help was adding fat, and the more I added, the more it helped (it took me a long time to really trust how much I could add). Then the next thing was adding protein - I was eating way too little of it, and way too infrequently. I know IF is a big thing here, and I think it's probably very helpful once you have a healthy gut, but I suspect it isn't possible to do it w/o being bombarded by grain/sugar voices if your gut is still causing intense cravings. So I ate 1/3 of my daily protein at each meal, and moved my snacks to meals, including any sugar/grains I wanted to eat. That helped SO much to steady my blood sugar so I wasn't crashingi so much. I was gradually losing my interest in grain/sugar as my gut healed. (I also take 4 drops of antifungal oil of oregano & 1TB of antifungal coconut oil daily.)
I still struggle from time to time, but there is absolutely no comparison between the level of the cravings now and then. It's just a different world. I CAN say no to grains/sugar if they call 1-2x/day. When they were calling 12x/hr, it just beat me down and eventually I'd give in to "just one," which of course led to more cravings.
So long story short, I'd go zero grains, zero sugar in your shoes. Eat all the veggies you want (exception: I have to keep my carbs below 40g or so to limit bloating and increased craving, so I can't have more than one serving of potatoes or other starchy stuff each day). You may find you need to limit fruit or you may not - watch your reactions to it and modify as needed. Mark says <50g for super weight loss, anyway, and this is just what I find I need.
I plan on doing GAPS for our whole family for a few months (my kids totally got my bad gut flora at birth and I worsened it with a heavy grain diet for the oldest three), and my great hope is that at the end of it, I'll be a normal person again. I want a life where I could, conceivably, eat a piece of wedding cake and not have it increase cravings the next day. I want a healed gut! I want this particular battle to be over!
BTW, my energy levels went progressively worse over the time that my cravings went up, and it is now getting better, slowly, again. I also think that tons of antibiotics around the time it started worsening is the underlying trigger for the gut issue for me.
Last edited by MamaGrok; 08-04-2010 at 11:16 AM.
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