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    Primal cure for alcohol addiction

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    Last edited by Rasputina; 02-02-2013 at 04:00 PM.

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    Nora Gedgaudas claims that being ketogenic/VLC can cure alcohol cravings, that they're basically supercharged sugar cravings. What style of Primal are you doing now, and have you tried nutritional ketosis?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rasputina View Post
    Have any of you conquered alcoholism/alcohol abuse since going primal?
    I may be totally missing the mark by jumping in here. I'm not an alcoholic however, up until recently, I would have a glass or two of red wine most nights. Recently, I started the Shandrala diet (there's a thread on here), which entails taking in 2-3 Tbsps of oil during the day --- the purpose of ingesting the oil is to curb snacking, cravings and reduce total caloric intake. I've been taking the oil for two weeks now. My personal experience is that not only does it suppress appetite, but I have NO desire to snack and I have no cravings for carbs, sugar, wheat etc. What has come as a surprise to me, is my aversion for red wine. I'm completely off drinking because the taste does no appeal to me. Perhaps Paleo + Shangrala is a positive combination for others who would like to either drink less or remove alcohol on a more permanent basis.

    As an aside, I have also started crossfitting 3x per week, and the physical training has me so tired that the thought of a glass of wine is quite repulsive. I'm drinking more water than ever before and sleeping like a baby.

    Sorry if this posting doesn't complete address your question, but thought I would my own personal experience with taking ELOO (Extra Light Olive Oil) 2 x per day. By the way, big thanks to Heatseeker who first posted this information about Shangrala. /Lu
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    Well, I'm out of ideas, but wish you all the luck in the world in finding a solution.

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    I was a heavy social drinker before starting Primal. My last alcohol was Dec 31, and I went Primal Jan 1. I don't know about "curing alcoholism", but I personally do not crave it at all. I would be comfortable having a glass of wine with supper, or equally comfortable saying that I will never drink again if that's what I chose.

    Right now I'm leaning towards the latter.
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    Have you looked into L-glutamine and chromium to help with alcohol cravings? Julia Ross in her book, The Diet Cure, recommends:
    "For fast,emergency relief of carbohydrates and/or alcohol cravings, take 500 milligrams of L-glutamine by opening a capsule under your tongue."

    She also states that, ''too much sugar, white flour and alcohol block us from absorbing the chromium that would stop the yo-yo blood sugars and carb cravings."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rasputina View Post
    I haven't tried this, but I will promptly check it out! Thank you!
    Rasputina, I have a severe binge eating disorder which could just as easily be a binge drinking problem. For me it is VLC and high fat that gives me the best staying power. But diet is only part of the answer. I like the l-glutamine recommendation and have used it myself. For supplements, have you tried 5htp? My weak times are evenings and nights. I read that evening bingers have low serotonin. Adding 50-100mg of 5htp around dinner time raises serotonin levels and helps with sleep. Good Luck.

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    Why would you think anything having to do with diet would cure you of an addiction to a drug? Like any other addiction, its up to you to quit. There might be other aspects of life that you need to change in order to do so. Why do you drink?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zach View Post
    Why would you think anything having to do with diet would cure you of an addiction to a drug? Like any other addiction, its up to you to quit. There might be other aspects of life that you need to change in order to do so. Why do you drink?
    Now you have totally exposed yourself as an uninformed, misguided troll. If you knew even the slightest bit about alcoholism you would realize how stupid and unanswerable your last question is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Artbuc View Post
    Now you have totally exposed yourself as an uninformed, misguided troll. If you knew even the slightest bit about alcoholism you would realize how stupid and unanswerable your last question is.
    His bro is an alcoholic. His response is not atypical of the family of an addict. They get frustrated and just want the person to "sort it out".
    "I think the basic anti-aging diet is also the best diet for prevention and treatment of diabetes, scleroderma, and the various "connective tissue diseases." This would emphasize high protein, low unsaturated fats, low iron, and high antioxidant consumption, with a moderate or low starch consumption.

    In practice, this means that a major part of the diet should be milk, cheese, eggs, shellfish, fruits and coconut oil, with vitamin E and salt as the safest supplements."

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