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    Primal Causing Sugar Cravings?

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    I'm on day 10, and I've gone this far staying below 175g of carbs. No rice, no pasta, no bread or legumes. I've been eating fruit everyday, but only a couple of pieces, ie a banana and an apple. I eat a ton of veggies and a decent amount of protein via meat and fish.

    I've never been a sweet eater. I rarely ever crave it. But somehow this week I've been craving it, mainly chocolate. I assume it's because my body is really starting to miss the extra sugar from the lack of carbs.

    Today was the first time I gave into the cravings and had a small candy bar. Much to my surprise, I didn't enjoy it at all. Maybe it was the guilt. I was happy to not enjoy it.

    Next time I will go for some dark chocolate, but I couldn't find any in the store.

    Does anybody have a good explanation for these sudden chocolate cravings?

    Aside from that, I'm happy to say it is going well for me. I feel much slimmer, and my energy levels are starting to really level out. I don't have those low blood sugar/dizzy/weak spells when I used to go too long without gorging on processed carbs. Still no carb flu (knock on wood).

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    Some people truly are addicted to sugar/carbs and can only really zap that bug by going vlc for a period of time. Definitely make meat the center of each meal to provide satiety and greater nutrition. Veges are fine, but I'd nix any of the other stuff for a while. Maybe a couple weeks.

    The other option is that you are still fearful of fat and not getting enough overall calories (actually this is more likely). Prefer the fatty bone in cuts of meat and don't be afraid of coconut oil and butter for cooking your vegetables in. Fat is a terrific source of fuel and this is a huge point of how the PB keeps you healthy is by being a good fat burner.
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    Then there's the whole psychological side of it. The minute you're not supposed to have something, you automatically want it more.
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    I've found that magnesium citrate helps my chocolate cravings.

    also, I recently stumbled across chocolate coconut oil. It is scrumptious!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neckhammer View Post
    Some people truly are addicted to sugar/carbs and can only really zap that bug by going vlc for a period of time. Definitely make meat the center of each meal to provide satiety and greater nutrition. Veges are fine, but I'd nix any of the other stuff for a while. Maybe a couple weeks.

    The other option is that you are still fearful of fat and not getting enough overall calories (actually this is more likely). Prefer the fatty bone in cuts of meat and don't be afraid of coconut oil and butter for cooking your vegetables in. Fat is a terrific source of fuel and this is a huge point of how the PB keeps you healthy is by being a good fat burner.
    I haven't been fearful of fat at all. I eat eggs in the morning, sometimes bacon. I had a fat juicy fatty steak yesterday. I've also been cooking with butter, which I had stopped doing a few years back. I also have used coconut oil for a few years now. I'm definitely not afraid of it.

    I've been averaging about 100g of fat in my diet the last week. I'm not sure if that's high/low/or just right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrokyBalboa View Post
    I've been averaging about 100g of fat in my diet the last week. I'm not sure if that's high/low/or just right.
    This is my first official posted here on MDA. I came across this after having some pasta cravings due to the fact that my wife was cooking up a ton of ravioli while I was in the kitchen cooking up my salmon. But don't worry, I fought off the temptation with a little bit of will power

    You say you've been averaging about 100g of fat/day, correct? Have you been using fitday.com or another site to help keep track? I just made it through my first month and I've been tracking everything mostly because it's been fun to crunch the numbers. Using a tool like this has definitely helped me to keep my numbers as accurate as I can. It's way better than when I would try and guesstimate.

    Now, I don't know what your goals are in terms of weight loss, maintenance, or weight-gain, and I don't know your size and activity level. BUT, I can tell you that I'm 5'9'', 150 lbs, and pretty active overall and my average daily intake of fat is closer to 180g/day. My calorie % breakdown has been like this during the last month (according to fitday.com): Fat 54% , Carb 16%, Protein 29%, and 3,000 calories/day. Looking at your profile picture, I would imagine that 100g/day is way too low.

    Good luck! Keep up the good work!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TBakeRunner View Post
    This is my first official posted here on MDA. I came across this after having some pasta cravings due to the fact that my wife was cooking up a ton of ravioli while I was in the kitchen cooking up my salmon. But don't worry, I fought off the temptation with a little bit of will power

    You say you've been averaging about 100g of fat/day, correct? Have you been using fitday.com or another site to help keep track? I just made it through my first month and I've been tracking everything mostly because it's been fun to crunch the numbers. Using a tool like this has definitely helped me to keep my numbers as accurate as I can. It's way better than when I would try and guesstimate.

    Now, I don't know what your goals are in terms of weight loss, maintenance, or weight-gain, and I don't know your size and activity level. BUT, I can tell you that I'm 5'9'', 150 lbs, and pretty active overall and my average daily intake of fat is closer to 180g/day. My calorie % breakdown has been like this during the last month (according to fitday.com): Fat 54% , Carb 16%, Protein 29%, and 3,000 calories/day. Looking at your profile picture, I would imagine that 100g/day is way too low.

    Good luck! Keep up the good work!
    I feel privileged to be the target of your first post! Haha

    Man, ravioli right in your face, huh? That's just cruel. I've been lucky to have a GF who is trying to adhere to my eating habits, at least when she cooks for me. And when I do lunch at my mom's, she's been making it extra primal for me too.

    What I use to crunch my numbers is the MyFitnessPal app on my iphone. Without that app, there is no way I could keep track. If I have to log onto a computer to track my food every time, there is no way I could keep up. The iphone app makes it easy because it's always on me. Plus, there's a barcode scanner which makes it easy to scan in foods without searching. I've tried a couple other food tracking apps, but this one is by far the best. MyNetDiary is a close second, but their food list is a good bit smaller. I think MFP has over a million different food entries. Livestrong has a great app too, but it doesn't have a barcode scanner.

    Well, I'm 6'2" 220 Lbs.(Started at 228 17 days ago). I'm pretty active. I'm on my feet most of the day working. I work out 4 times a week. I like to do outdoor activities like mountain bike. My goal is to get down to 200 LBS and maintain that weight so I can get back into running and all the other outdoor activities without putting so much strain on my left knee which has a rebuilt ACL and just a tiny slither of meniscus left on the inside.

    So yeah, my fat intake is probably still too low. I guess I'm still trying to get over my fear of fat and my lifelong belief that "bad" fats are the devil and should be avoided at all cost. How are you getting to 180g of fat?

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    Do you know if you actually craving sweet or fat in the chocolate? Do you feel like trying eating some avocado or butter instead? Or do you crave plain starch like white potato? Sometimes, if you eat too much lean protein with veggies only and not enough fat or starch (from tubers) you mistake sweet craving for either fat craving of plain starch.
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    I'm still new to this, 7 weeks in. I did have the same issues with the chocolate cravings. At first I had a bag of chocolate chips (dark chocolate) in the fridge and I would eat a handful (about 8 chips) a day. Then it got to the point I didn't crave them but once in a great while (at this point my husband had eaten the rest of that bag). I did get a craving last week, I stopped and got a bar of dark chocolate and ate a small piece. My family each had their share and it was gone. I still struggle with it and not sure why it's chocolate for me either and not soda or something, since I rarely ate chocolate before. I can't handle the milk chocolate it's too sugary thank goodness it's only the dark.

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    oh, Forgot to add: this week upping my avocado consumption to every other day or half an avocado a day and cooking my eggs in left over bacon grease has really helped.

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