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    Dates...the sugary fruit...not the evening out

    I eat damn clean paleo. No dairy, no grains, no sugar, no crap....but I crave dates and once I start eating dates it is harder than hard to stop. I rather eat dates than chocolate any day. Most days the only fruit I eat are dates...I try to stick to three or a single serving but then there are days like today when I ate the dates until they were gone and then walked around looking for something like a date...thankfully nothing to be found.

    Am I missing some ingredient...some food group....what the hell makes me want all these dates. I have looked on the internet and sweet cravings can be caused my magnesium deficiency...but I get lots of magnesium...as my doc has me supplementing it.

    I have been told that I need to do AI paleo but I can't get a grip on the dates...and I feel like I need to get some control over that so I can do the AI.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    First world problems, hah. Dates are delicious. You'll probably grow out of the obsession. I went through a similar thing with figs for a few months

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    Dates make you eat more maybe? Damm when I buy a package of 15, I usually eat them all in a day..
    well then

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    From here: Calories in Dates, Domestic, Natural And Dry | Nutrition Information Facts and Data Analysis

    An 8.3 gm date (about a third of an ounce), has 23 calories.
    Of that, 6.2 gms are carbohydrate.
    Of the carbohydrate, 5.3 grams are sugars. (5.3 gm x 4 cal/gm of carb/sugar = 21.2)

    So, 21.2 out of every 23 calories comes from sugar. This is a whopping 92%.

    So, while dates are primal, they are almost all sugar. If you're sensitive to sugar or carbs, it's no wonder they are your binge food.

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    I went through a similar thing with figs for a few months
    Going through the fig love right now. Wrapped in bacon and baked they are AMAZING. Mmmmmm...figs.

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    Same here -- eat them until they are gone. Between the delicious texture and taste...yeah. Don't buy them, don't eat them. No control available.

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    Is eating dates causing you problems? Moodiness, fatigue, weight gain, etc.? If not, then don't worry about it and enjoy them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tarek View Post
    Is eating dates causing you problems? Moodiness, fatigue, weight gain, etc.? If not, then don't worry about it and enjoy them.
    Great point!

    I would also ask if you're eating any starchy carbs? When I'm not eating enough starchy stuff I seem to crave something sweet.

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    My husband and I also loves dates. He especially will eat them until they are gone. If I buy them, I don't get very many of them They are definitely our sugary treat, and not purchased regularly.

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    I have been craving figs and dates as well recently. Luckily I have had the willpower to restrain most times as I am VLC-ing. I find fig spreads with cheeses like brie to be so yummy

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