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    Sugar cravings at night - when do they stop??

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    Hey yall.. fairly healthy athlete who went primal 2 weeks ago here..

    I've noticed something disturbing lately, that when I get home from being out (like past 1am) I have intense sugar cravings and confession: this has included reese's pieces, brownies, ice cream, and biting into cold cookie dough (totaling 30+g sugar/night). Obviously these are leftovers from 1+ month ago that I still have lying around, and even though I know it disturbs sleep and is terrible for insulin, I can't suppress the urge.

    a) Is there any "sweet" substance one would eat to compensate (perhaps diet sprite) and b), does this urge dissipate over time? It seems to only happen on weekends when I go out. I'm wondering if anyone else has faced this issue as it's not addressed in his book.
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    A) I like fruit, which seems sweet to me. It is real food unlike diet sprite.

    B) Yes.

    C) it is 1 am. Go to bed. You can't eat sugar when you are sleeping.
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    Is there any reason you can't throw this stuff away and have a piece of cooked chicken breast handy when you start to have cravings?

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    Eat fruit or dark chocolate instead.
    Disclaimer: I eat 'meat and vegetables' ala Primal, although I don't agree with the carb curve. I like Perfect Health Diet and WAPF Lactofermentation a lot.

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    If it is psychological instead of physiological hunger, have a glass of water or herbal tea and hop to bed before your body can demand sugar again. Sugar cravings do go away, if you stop succumbing to them.
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    Here's thirty success tips for the first 30 days and it talks about dealing with cravings and such. I've gotten a lot of great feedback on it.

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    Oooor just eat some sugar and stop beating yourself up over it. Fruit, chocolate, ice cream, gummy bears, jello, all can be healthy in the right context. You will most likely sleep better after eating some sugar as well.

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    Mmmmmm ginger snaps with cold whole milk!!!! Seriously, eat something you like or crave just don't turn it into a blowout.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eKatherine View Post
    Is there any reason you can't throw this stuff away and have a piece of cooked chicken breast handy when you start to have cravings?
    "I'm craving chocolate, but I think a piece of chicken breast will cure my craving" said nobody ever.

    To OP, it depends on the person. Some do really well on Primal and it cures their need for sugar, while others just learn to keep it under control. You can give in once in awhile and it won't kill you. I really do think the best advice is just to go to bed. More sleep + no bingeing = win all around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyrone View Post
    ...this has included reese's pieces, brownies, ice cream, and biting into cold cookie dough (totaling 30+g sugar/night). Obviously these are leftovers from 1+ month ago that I still have lying around, and even though I know it disturbs sleep and is terrible for insulin, I can't suppress the urge.
    Quote Originally Posted by Damiana View Post
    "I'm craving chocolate, but I think a piece of chicken breast will cure my craving" said nobody ever.
    That hardly seems like justification for continuing to keep a stash of utter crap that doesn't even have enough chocolate in it to satisfy real chocolate cravings. I have indeed found that a serving of chicken breast will kill a craving for almost anything.

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