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    Anyone pick up a sweet-tooth AFTER going Primal?

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    I've never craved sugar, routinely. Pre-primal, I enjoyed a good cane sugar soda every once in a while, but was never one to gravitate toward desserts or chocolate, candies or sweets.
    Now I find myself viciously craving sugar, not every single day, but probably three or four times this week. It's always been at times where I wasn't hungry, so I could sort of observe the feeling in a very detached way without actually feeling the need to feed the craving... but it does strike me as very weird.
    I read somewhere around that this is more likely a signal for more fat, but I feel like I'm already eating a great deal of fat. Any other thoughts? Is this a trustworthy signal of an actual need of some kind, or just the dying pangs of a pasta-loving soul in a post-carb existence?
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    I'm guessing it is just carb withdrawal. I periodically get intense cravings for diet coke of all things. Weird.
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    I can't provide any answers to your questions, Mixie; but I'll just chime in that I, also, experienced odd sweets cravings recently. For the last decade or so, I've been more or less low-carb and take fish oil with most meals, which leaves me satisfied for long periods, and very rarely subject to any kind of cravings.

    A few months ago, I started doing intermittent fasting (IFing). I was amazed at how easy it was for me to go 18-24 hours without any food, and without feeling the least bit of hunger. But the strange thing was, during extended fasts, even though I wasn't hungry, I started to crave sweets -- specifically, I noticed, any kind of nut- or seed-candy, such as sesame brittle, peanut butter, almond nougats, peanut crunch candy, etc. -- no other sweets. And I'm not a nut fiend, either -- typically, a few nuts is all I need to feel satisfied. And I haven't even *eaten* most of the nut-sweets I was craving, for probably 10+ years. Weird phenomenon!
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    ...weird!
    “Falconry is not a hobby or an amusement; it is a rage. You eat and drink it, sleep it and think it. You tremble to write of it, even in recollection. It is as King James the First remarked, an extreme stirrer up of passions.” --T.H. White, The Godstone and the Blackymor

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    Not all sugar-addicts actually eat what we usually think of as sweets. How much bread, pasta, bagels, rice, potatoes, "bars" (energy, protein, ,etc.), sports drinks, sweetened yogurt, unfermented milk, dried fruit, jams, juices, etc., did you typically eat before, in servings/day? It may have been few or none; I'm just trying to get a feel for where the problem may or may not lie.

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    Hmm... pre-primal, off that list the only things I ate with any frequency were sourdough bread, and pasta. We had pasta for dinner usually once a week, whole grains like brown rice or barley at (almost) every meal, and potatoes probably twice a week. Home-cultured yogurt rarely, raw milk in spurts (I'd drink a few glasses fresh when I picked it up once a week, or every other week, but cultured the rest of the milk pretty much immediately). No dried fruit, jams, sports drinks, bagels or bars... and OJ once a month or so. I'd be interested in any ideas you have! Fortunately the cravings have all come when I've been easily able to identify no real need for "food" per se, so it hasn't been too hard to fight it, but it sure is annoying when it happens.
    “Falconry is not a hobby or an amusement; it is a rage. You eat and drink it, sleep it and think it. You tremble to write of it, even in recollection. It is as King James the First remarked, an extreme stirrer up of passions.” --T.H. White, The Godstone and the Blackymor

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    Pre-primal, I was a chocoholic and ice cream lover. Post-primal, I tried using cacao beans in smoothies before finding out the issues with caffeine (never drank coffee). I am currently in love with honey. I also like fruits a lot, but that hasn't changed too much. I think honey covered nuts (with a little salt) along with the occasional chocolate bar has replaced my intense desire to eat large amounts of chocolate and ice cream . I wasn't fat eating like that before, but my systems definitely run smoother with raw local honey going down my throat vs the other stuff.

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    I lost my sweet tooth in a bike accident about a year ago.
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    Since going primal, I have begun overindulging on dark chocolate. Not every day, but when I do eat it, it's the whole bar or close to it. I have weened myself down over the past couple weeks, but still when I give in to the temptation, it's ON!

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    How long has it been since you stopped eating the grains & raw milk? I'm thinking it's just a last desperate dash for some candida or some such trying to find a food source before dying off and exiting the building.
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