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    Craving baked goods/junk food

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    Recently I have been craving junk food-like chocolate chip cookies and baked goods specifically. I can't remember the last time I've actually eaten "real" wheat-flour & sugar containing junk food. I tried satisfying the craving by eating lots of fat-coconut butter, full-fat yogurt, salmon, full-fat cheese, avocado, olives, grass-fed beef, but it hasn't worked. I've also tried by having a day with more carbs of fruit and sweet potato but that didn't work either.
    I think it might be that I'm in college right now, and on my way to campus I always walk by the stores which smell of bagels & cream cheese, pizza, subway (which is gross but actually smells really good), and crepes.
    Sorry for the long post, but Any help for getting over the craving? I really don't want to give in and eat a cookie, because of the load of flours and sugar in it.

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    Eating more carbs generally might help. Seems like your body is craving for carbs. Eating a tub of butter isn't going to do much for a carb craving... Eating a few bananas might though.


    Or just have a damn cookie once a week. You're in college. It isn't an all or nothing diet. Practice 80/20 or 90/10.

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    Last time I had this craving was when I was curious enough to try out a coconut flour muffin recipe, and it turned into a full-blown craving for them all the time. I would literally only make 1 or 2 coconut flour muffins at a time and it would restrict me to a few and force me to wait half an hour for them to bake. After a week, this craving died down and hasn't since reared its head. Maybe you could moderately have a few and not sweat about it, and it will go away.

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    How about dark chocolate, or even milk chocolate? I just ate a lindt truffle and I don't regret it. XD Maybe sweet potatoes? I assume you have a microwave?

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    So maybe I should increase my carbs a bit? I've always tried to stay under 100, but maybe I'll try upping it as long as I stay within a reasonable range.
    I admit I feel guilty or anxious whenever I eat refined sugar, even in dark chocolate. Maybe I'm just too paranoid about too many carbs/a little refined sugar?

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    What does your workout look like? I think carbs are important if you want to be energized.
    If you workout a lot you should eat carbs. If I don't eat them I just end up as you were. I just cannot go without them. I gave up counting them, eat them even for dinner (try to limit them then, sometimes it works sometimes it fails). I didn't gain weight. Let me give you an example: If I workout on Saturday morning, I eat carbs the night before and start my cardio without a real breakfast (1/2 of a banana e.g., just to not workout on an empty stomach). I think I can give more then, might be just a psychological effect...but if I feel stronger, of whatever reason, I'm ok with it.
    If you don't workout, avoid eating carbs at night.
    Before anybody starts to contradict my opinion towards carbs: What works with carbs for me, can be "wrong" for others. I'm not going for LC, don't feel well doing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alfi56 View Post
    So maybe I should increase my carbs a bit? I've always tried to stay under 100, but maybe I'll try upping it as long as I stay within a reasonable range.
    I admit I feel guilty or anxious whenever I eat refined sugar, even in dark chocolate. Maybe I'm just too paranoid about too many carbs/a little refined sugar?
    What is your activity level? What are your minimum caloric requirements? A sedentary 5'2" person doesn't have the same carb requirements as a 6' active person. Carb curve IMO fails here.

    Nothing to fear about a tiny bit of sugar. You should be aware of hfcs but even Mark himself says "don't be afraid of a little bit of plain corn syrup" (which is basically the same as grains of purified came sugar).


    Plus take it with a grain of salt if you must, but my cravin for junk food goes down as my consumption of plain sugar (a few teaspoons to fuel athletic performance) goes up. I have only had cake once in the past few months and it was for my bday in July. I just don't crave cookies and cakes the way I used.


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    All that stuff always smells better than it tastes. When I smell something delicious like that I just breathe deep and enjoy the smell.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alfi56 View Post
    So maybe I should increase my carbs a bit? I've always tried to stay under 100, but maybe I'll try upping it as long as I stay within a reasonable range.
    I admit I feel guilty or anxious whenever I eat refined sugar, even in dark chocolate. Maybe I'm just too paranoid about too many carbs/a little refined sugar?
    You could try increasing your carbs and see if it helps. Personally, I don't feel guilty at all about a bit of dark chocolate or even milk. It makes me feel better sometimes and helps with cravings. But this definitely doesn't work for everyone, I know some people on here say they can't have a bite of something sweet or they won't stop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alfi56 View Post
    I admit I feel guilty or anxious whenever I eat refined sugar, even in dark chocolate. Maybe I'm just too paranoid about too many carbs/a little refined sugar?
    If you feel guilt when you eat something you 'shouldn't' according to a set of self imposed dietary law, then i wouldn't rule out the option of speaking to a psychiatrist about an eating disorder. Anorexia isn't just about starving yourself. It's also part of meticulous adherence to a diet or exercise regime in order to maintain an often un-realistic self image.. A form of depression. Don't ignore it.
    Refined sugar won't negatively impact your diet/life. All carbs are broken down to the same molecule of glucose. A carb is a carb. A cookie, albeit devoid of any decent nutrients, is another carb source equal to a sweet potato.
    I sincerely hope I'm just being overly worrisome..

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