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    Quote Originally Posted by ChocoTaco369 View Post
    Just eat real food. Don't focus on fats, carbohydrates or protein in specific quantities, but make sure that all those sources are Primal. There is nothing that makes fats healthier than carbohydrates - it all comes down to nutrient density. Grains are toxic carbohydrates, vegetable oils are toxic fats - so there are bad guys in each camp. What you'll want to do is listen to your body and eat what you crave, but do it primally. Learn to make good associations. For example:

    - Are you craving candy? It's probably a sugar craving. Eat fruit instead. You'll get the natural sugar you crave, but it'll come in a healthy form and likely kill your craving.

    - Are you craving pizza, pasta, bread or cereal? It's probably a craving for starch. Eat potatoes, sweet potatoes, bananas, plantains, even white rice in moderation. It should crush your cravings for starchy grains since it's really just your brain wanting more glucose, and you just have a deep-seeded association from childhood to crave grain-based junk carbs when you want glucose. Create a new association with healthy sources!

    - Are you craving cake, brownies or ice cream? This is a tricky part. You could be craving fat OR starch OR sugar. So go make yourself a steak with a baked, caramelized sweet potato with some butter and cinnamon. You'll get healthy fats, caramelized sugar in the sweet potato and starch from the sweet potato. That should crush that craving.

    After awhile, you'll start naturally associating cravings with healthy food. Now I crave things like steak, baked plantains, Greek yogurt, cheese. Last week I wanted steamed broccoli. Badly. I bought 5 heads. Maybe I was deficient in some mineral that broccoli is rich in? Go with your cravings! Your body knows best! Just pick healthy choices. Best of luck to you on your journey.
    Thanks! I really like your "If your craving..... Eat this instead" that's a very helpful way to look at it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChocoTaco369 View Post
    Just eat real food. Don't focus on fats, carbohydrates or protein in specific quantities, but make sure that all those sources are Primal. There is nothing that makes fats healthier than carbohydrates - it all comes down to nutrient density. Grains are toxic carbohydrates, vegetable oils are toxic fats - so there are bad guys in each camp. What you'll want to do is listen to your body and eat what you crave, but do it primally. Learn to make good associations. For example:

    - Are you craving candy? It's probably a sugar craving. Eat fruit instead. You'll get the natural sugar you crave, but it'll come in a healthy form and likely kill your craving.

    - Are you craving pizza, pasta, bread or cereal? It's probably a craving for starch. Eat potatoes, sweet potatoes, bananas, plantains, even white rice in moderation. It should crush your cravings for starchy grains since it's really just your brain wanting more glucose, and you just have a deep-seeded association from childhood to crave grain-based junk carbs when you want glucose. Create a new association with healthy sources!

    - Are you craving cake, brownies or ice cream? This is a tricky part. You could be craving fat OR starch OR sugar. So go make yourself a steak with a baked, caramelized sweet potato with some butter and cinnamon. You'll get healthy fats, caramelized sugar in the sweet potato and starch from the sweet potato. That should crush that craving.

    After awhile, you'll start naturally associating cravings with healthy food. Now I crave things like steak, baked plantains, Greek yogurt, cheese. Last week I wanted steamed broccoli. Badly. I bought 5 heads. Maybe I was deficient in some mineral that broccoli is rich in? Go with your cravings! Your body knows best! Just pick healthy choices. Best of luck to you on your journey.
    I like the idea behind this message; just realize that it doesn't work for some people. IF you find that fruit feeds sugar cravings instead of quelling them, you may need a different strategy. I always recommend trying what Choco has recommended here as a first tactic, especially in pregnancy. If you don't have an imbalance that leads to irrational carb cravings, fruit will take care of sugar cravings nicely, and sweet potatoes/potatoes/squashes/etc. will take care of starch cravings well.

    It doesn't for me. It never has. I hope some day, when I'm in balance again, it will. I know many others for whom it also does not work. Right now, and for the last 15 years, fruit makes me have uncontrollable cravings for all kinds of sugar & grains, and will not allow me to have a moment's peace without thoughts of more food, no matter how little or how much I eat of it. However, fruit is ALWAYS better than processed sugars; potatoes are ALWAYS better than wheat; etc.

    I also agree that if you have a free T3 that is low in the range, that it would be wise to address that and get it stable before conceiving.
    5'4" 36yo mother to five sweeties & married to their AMAZING DaddyGrok
    Starting: 185 lbs (March '10)
    Current: 132.5 lbs
    Goal: 135 lbs (Hit Jan '13)
    Beating bingeing since 10/31/11 on my Leptin Reset journey

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