Cravings

*Another great post by Jason Seib!

Like last time, I have to get a little sciencey in this one, but I promise I will do my best to tie it all together.  Also like last time, I am oversimplifying the biochemistry to make sure you learn something but you don’t send me an envelope full of anthrax for confusing and frustrating you.  You will need to read my last post on Sugar, Insulin Resistance, and Fat Loss to get the most out of this post.

Some of you lost your willpower last night.  Others of you barely made it through. You were minding your business having a normal evening relaxing or getting ready for the next day when you were completely overcome with cravings.  Suddenly it was all you could do to think about anything but whatever crunchy or sweet decadence might be lurking just steps away in your kitchen.    You were good all day – paleo breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Sure, there were momentary temptations but your busy day helped you forget about them.  Then when you finally tried to relax, cravings set in.  If you gave in to them, you are kicking yourself today for all of yesterday’s hard work you threw away.  What the heck is going on here?!?

It’s all about our friends from last time, glucose and insulin.  Here is the diet example I used in the last post to represent a typical day for most Americans:

Oatmeal for breakfast.
Fat Free/Sugar Free Coffee-like Substance at your mid morning slump.
Subway sandwich for lunch because you want to be like Jared.
Bagel, granola, or other such processed carbs (or maybe another sugar-laden caffeinated beverage) to fight the afternoon slump.
Pasta or rice at dinner.
Something crunchy or sweet between 8 and 10 pm.

If this is how you ate for most of your adult life your body would have been highly adapted to using glucose for energy while storing fat.  Lipoprotein lipase (LPL) was constantly on duty ushering fatty acids into your fat cells, and hormone sensitive lipase (HSL) would rarely have been called into action.  Unfortunately, you are a highly adaptive creature.  Eating this way for years has taught your body that this is normal and now you want to change the rules with proper human nutrition.  Of course there is going to be a fight.

To sharpen this concept to a fine point, you are not fat adapted.  In other words, your body doesn’t readily release stored energy (fat) from your batteries (fat cells) to run your generators (mitochondria) because it is WAAAAY out of practice.  You have been pumping a constant supply of glucose (from processed carbs) into your blood stream and, since glucose must be used first when it is present, your fat cells have turned into warehouses instead of batteries.  To correct this, your fat cells must release fatty acids and your mitochondria must accept those long lost friends as fuel.  This might take a while.  You didn’t get into your current state overnight; don’t expect to flip a switch and magically escape unscathed.

Back to your cravings and last night’s nightmare.  When you eat a processed carb-laden meal, you get a nice spike in glucose, your pancreas kicks out a bunch of insulin to mitigate the glucose, and the glucose is fed to your hungry cells, stored as glycogen, or turned into fat and stuffed into your buns and thighs.  When the glucose is all gone, a healthy body shifts into fat burning mode and uses the fat it just stored to keep on trucking.  But your body can’t remember how to make the shift.  Glucose is all it really knows.  That leaves just one option – scream for more glucose!  Screams = cravings.

There is an easy way to distinguish cravings from hunger.  Simply swap out the food you are craving for something paleo approved.  If you are truly hungry most foods will sound good.  I’ve said it more times than I can count, nobody ever looses their cool at 10 pm and eats a pound of broccoli or a 20 ounce steak.  In reality it’s more like, “Why am I suddenly surrounded by empty chip bags and ice cream containers?”

So you are probably going to throw rocks at me now because I can’t offer you an easy out.  The bottom line is that when you eat a legit paleo diet without cheating for 3 or 4 weeks (yes, that means in a row), you will become fat adapted and regain your self control and sanity.  However, every time you cheat in that starting period you will most likely knock yourself back to square one.  This is why we like to say that you aren’t cheating in the beginning, you just haven’t started yet.  (To get through the beginning, CLEAN OUT YOUR KITCHEN!)  Once you are fat adapted and healthy the occasional cheat is not a problem.  Unfortunately, the only answer is a little will power, but you can take solace in the fact that your trials and tribulations are very temporary.   Get to the other side and you will feel great, perform well, and live long in a body that’s easy on the eyes because it’s healthy.

It’s time to get serious.

Comments

  1. Anna says

    Yay! I have been waiting for this post ever since you wrote the last one, and you know what? I just sat down at the computer after having left my house at 10pm to go and get a frozen yogurt topped with Almond Roca. :-) I come home and read this and feel like, “DANG, why didn’t I get on the computer BEFORE I left!” :-) LOL! Well, now I know why I was “craving” my crunchy sweet…hopefully, this knowledge will empower me to say, “NO!” to my cravings next time. Thank you for your post!

  2. Tre says

    Jason, I love your posts! Keep them coming.

    This one was very timely as I’ve been fighting cravings for a few days. Stress is definitely a factor, though, in my cravings. Can you address how this plays a part of the craving cycle?

    • JasonS says

      Stress causes cortisol release, which dismantles muscle protein to make more glucose, which keeps your insulin up, which keeps you insulin resistant, which keeps the cravings coming.

  3. Marye says

    Thanks for the post Jason. I have a question. In a reply of an earlier post, you sad you do a high carb paleo version. You also said you get the fastest result if you don’t eat fruit. What is the best way to get enough carbs then? Sweet potato? And does it matter when you eat the most carbs during the day. Are you more likely to get spike in glucose in the evening then in the morning?

    • JasonS says

      I think you might be confusing 2 different prescriptions for 2 different goals. I usually do a higher carb version of paleo because I am not looking for fat loss and I’m trying to keep my muscle mass and level of performance. I said you will get the fastest fat loss results if you don’t eat fruit, but fruit usually isn’t a problem if you are at your goal weight. Sweet potatoes, yams, and butternut squash are my favorite paleo starch choices. Again, higher carb paleo is not for fat loss.

      When everything is working properly, glucose spikes happen in relation to the carbohydrates we eat, not the time of day. If your glucose is higher at varying times of day, you have cortisol issues.

  4. says

    This is great information, thank you! :-) It makes perfect sense. I do have a question, however: how do hormones work into this equation? I have been eating paleo for almost 8 months, but I still seem to get cravings usually monthly–it that something that will go away with more consistent clean paleo eating? (I am probably 80/20 right now.)

    • JasonS says

      It sounds like you have some estrogen issues. (I’m guessing you have pretty crazy PMS?) I think you will get some relief from those cravings when you are fat adapted, which will require strict paleo for that entire beginning period, and you will probably see your estrogen/progesterone cycles level out (unless you are on chemical birth control). Remember (and I know this isn’t what you want to hear), it’s not called cheating in the beginning, it’s called not starting. You have to go strict for 3 or 4 weeks.

  5. moonablaze says

    this is me throwing rocks at you! I know why I’m having cravings (you described the process perfectly) but my willpower sucks! I’ve been doing the same “strict paleo for 5-8 days then crashing hard into sugar” dance for over a year now. I was really hoping this post would have more tips!

    • JasonS says

      I’m sorry. There aren’t any tips. As far as human biochemistry is concerned, those foods you fall back on shouldn’t even exist. You will have to weigh flavor against a long healthy life in a hot body.

    • Leigh says

      I’m no authority on the subject, but I read a lot about this stuff. I’ve read from multiple sources that it’s good to focus on what your goals are, and more importantly the personal reasons why you want to achieve them (to fit into specific clothing, impress your friends at the gym, live long enough to see your grandkids grow up… whatever it is that motivates you). Write them down and read them/think about them when you feel like you are going to stray.

      Also, sometimes you can wait it out. Tell yourself that you can have whatever you’re craving if you still want it in 15 minutes. Then do something else you enjoy in that time – read or meditate or take a hot bath. Maybe you will still want it, but maybe you won’t.

      You can also try to fill up on good paleo stuff so you have no room for treats. I find the bubbles in seltzer water sort of temporarily fill me up so I am less likley to go looking for something to munch on.

      Also, for me there is a big psychological component. If I tell myself that I absolutely cannot have a specific type of food, that’s exactly what the little devil on my shoulder will steer me toward. There’s an important distinction between what I “don’t” eat and what I “can’t” eat. I don’t eat grains, dairy or legumes not because they are “off limits” but because I honestly don’t want them anymore. I know what they do to me and I don’t like it, and once I made it through a couple months without them, it wasn’t hard at all to keep going. I can still overdo it on things like dark chocolate and nut butter though, so I’m working on those now. I’m just telling myself that I’m not eating them right now (and not keeping them in the house) while I’m trying to lean out. But it’s not like I’ll never have them again, and if I really really wanted to I could have some. This helps me not make such a big deal of it in my head.

      Hope this helps!

      • Lyn says

        I am trying to lose fat so I tell myself that I don’t want to put anything in my body that will not help me reach my goal. I guess I look at it like eating non-paleo is self sabotage and couter-productive. I know it’s not a silver bullet but it helps me so I thought I would share.

  6. Elizabeth says

    Hi Jason,
    I’m really enjoying your posts. I find your logic a breath of fresh air. To me, like Paleo did when I first learned of it, IT JUST MAKES SENSE. … However, I have a small problem. Where does one start?
    I am a mom, who is still nursing an 18mo. old. I am the weight I was before baby, but not fit (much like your deb 155 pics-yet mine would be backwards.) So, by doing cardio, etc I lost the “baby weight” but my body is still soft and squishy. (for a lack of better terms) Yes, I need to work out in the ways you have talked about. Especially since my work outs before weren’t using weight. (I’ve been lazy-down right lazy) I’m over the lazy phase, and eager to start a paleo work out process. Here are my questions:
    What should I use as my WOD if I want to Slim down? Then a WOD to really strengthen? -All in my home. I’m looking for a routine to do. Or a GREAT DVD you can recommend.
    I have P90X, and the strength DVD’s look like they would be approved by you, but is the Plyo too long, and maybe considered cardio? I have an interval DVD that has 3min of strength (i.e.: squat-press, then dumbbell rows) 2min of cardio (jmpng jacks & jump rope as intense as possible) 1min of abs (crunches-reverse crunch) Then a new set of 3-2-1 two more times -20min workout. Is that a Jason approved work out? I’m the type of exerciser that needs a video or a trainer, or an instructor to follow. Since I can’t afford a trainer, can you lay out a routine for me and others like me? OR, can you give me links to your blog that has this info laid out? You should write a book of work out routines! ;) I’d buy it!

    Thank you!!!

    • JasonS says

      Those videos (P90x and the one you described) sound better than nothing, the problem is that they will leave you short on the lifting. I can’t stress it enough, lifting is absolutely essential and you should be constantly trying to get stronger, which mean lifting more weight as you adapt. Start with what you have, but explore your options. Is it possible for you to get to a gym? Access to some equipment a couple of days per week would do miracles for you.

      Sarah and I are actually working on a way to help you that is coming very soon, but there is no substitute for lifting.

      • liz says

        GREAT! Thank you! The gym is a not an easy one right now, due to babysitter needs, and money. HOWEVER, I do have a brother that lifts a lot. He has a weight bench and other equipment. (I’m trying to get him on Paleo too!) … I TRULY look forward to your project with Sarah!! Thank you so much for the feed back! I’ll be sure to get my weights in at least 2x a week! :)

        • Jessica says

          Liz,

          That’s great that your brother has equipment, but don’t discount places like the YMCA. Most of them offer memberships based on your income level. I know the YMCA around my area offers free child care, up to two hours a day.
          Though I am not a member, I have fond memories of being part of a YMCA as a kid.

          • Lyn says

            You can try churches too. I joined a fully equipped gym less than 5 minutes from my home. I pay $20/month and it includes free childcare. With 2 kids that is a bargain.

            Don’t discount getting a trainer. I think a common misconception wen you work with a trainer you have to meet with them several times a week but you don’t. You can meet with them once a week or even biweekly. They can plan your workouts, give you feedback and support. I have one I meet with once a week for 1/2 hour at a rate of $15 per 1/2 hour. It keeps me accountable and my workouts fresh.

  7. liz says

    Hi Jason,

    I’m really enjoying your posts. I find your logic a breath of fresh air. To me, like Paleo did when I first learned of it, IT JUST MAKES SENSE. … However, I have a small problem. Where does one start?
    I am a mom, who is still nursing an 18mo. old. I am the weight I was before baby, but not fit (much like your deb 155 pics-yet mine would be backwards.) So, by doing cardio, etc I lost the “baby weight” but my body is still soft and squishy. (for a lack of better terms) Yes, I need to work out in the ways you have talked about. Especially since my work outs before weren’t using weight. (I’ve been lazy-down right lazy) I’m over the lazy phase, and eager to start a paleo work out process. Here are my questions:
    What should I use as my WOD if I want to Slim down? Then a WOD to really strengthen? -All in my home. I’m looking for a routine to do. Or a GREAT DVD you can recommend.
    I have P90X, and the strength DVD’s look like they would be approved by you, but is the Plyo too long, and maybe considered cardio? I have an interval DVD that has 3min of strength (i.e.: squat-press, then dumbbell rows) 2min of cardio (jmpng jacks & jump rope as intense as possible) 1min of abs (crunches-reverse crunch) Then a new set of 3-2-1 two more times -20min workout. Is that a Jason approved work out? I’m the type of exerciser that needs a video or a trainer, or an instructor to follow. Since I can’t afford a trainer, can you lay out a routine for me and others like me? OR, can you give me links to your blog that has this info laid out? You should write a book of work out routines! ;) I’d buy it!

    Thank you!!!

    • Elizabeth says

      Sorry! Whey I posted the 1st time, it said something strange, and informed me that it didn’t post. So, I tried again. lol Sorry for the duplicate!

  8. SBS says

    Thanks, that makes a lot of sense. I always expect immediate changes, and get discouraged when I don’t see them. I used to be the one who went back to the rice/cheese/etc. casserole sneaking just another bite all evening, now, since eliminating grains, I really find I don’t have those carby cravings per se, but I do notice that I’d like a bite of something sweet (and really just a bite), and so I’ve been having one square of 70% dark chocolate in the evening….is that ok, or is it ramping up the insulin and defeating the paleo diet? Also, what about legumes? Some paleo people seem to think they’re ok, others say no way. I’m thinking about beans (aduki, black, edamame) sprinkled into a stir fry, or something like split pea soup. (Sorry to be a bit off topic….)

  9. Elle says

    Thanks Jason: This explains why I’m having so much trouble converting from no-added fat, whole foods vegan (sometimes high-fruit), to eating paleo. I am progressing though. Eating paleo keeps me fuller longer (a lot longer than vegan) so I’ve been eating just two meals a day. Then, BAM, evening cravings kick in. I’m going to make sure I eat 3 paleo meals a day. I believe this will help with cravings.

  10. Brenda says

    Great post, but I have to disagree with 1 part…I had my hubby barbeque me extra steak so I could have steak on my salads during the week, and I woke up in the morning and it was all gone! My teenager got up and ate 2 1/2 large steaks in the middle of the night. Sigh! There goes my planning ahead idea!

    • JasonS says

      Haha, awesome! Not really a disagreement, though. Your teenager probably isn’t broken. Steak sounds great to him.

  11. says

    Awesome post! It’s taken me a LONG time to go from sugar-burner to fat-adapted. I did an ASI test two years ago to look at my adrenals, and when it also tested for hypoglycemia, I came back w/ a red flag on that one. I didn’t think much of it until I made the leap to paleo eating and realized just how bad it is to be a sugar-burner (for my health, and for looking good in a bikini) ;-) Now, knowing I could go back to that state if I let things go, is motivation to keep myself as a healthy fat burner! *Would love to see a post on why cravings seem to get really strong for some women around their cycle, as I have struggled w/ that in the past…and legitimately, it shifts to noticeable struggles then back to normal.

    • JasonS says

      I think the best way to keep stress eating under control is to mitigate stress. I know, easier said than done. I like meditation for stress. I avoided it for years because I have a scientist’s mind and I’m not a very spiritual person, but meditation doesn’t have to be spiritual at all, or it can be reconciled with anybody’s spirituality. Here is a great place to start: http://www.amazon.com/Minute-Meditation-Quiet-Mind-Change/dp/0399529950/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1319985569&sr=8-1
      8 minutes per day and written in a way that is easy to absorb.

      I’d be remiss if I did not add that nothing will help you if your stress is caused by actions dictated by low self worth, like allowing bad people to stay in your life or keeping a crappy job because you don’t have the confidence to get out of your comfort zone. I think most of us suffer from stress that we have a little less control over, but don’t put up with stress that you can change. I wish I could be more helpful.

  12. Loretta Bell says

    What if your hypoglycemic…I have followed strict paleo without fruit or sweet potatoes. I am hungry all the time…I’m not sure why though. I can eat 3 eggs cooked in coconut oil and bacon for breakfast and 2 hours later I’m hungry again. I eat lots of meat, veggies, and fat and still constant hunger. I wonder if you have any suggestions. Thanks for all you do..your helping so many to live better lives!

    • JasonS says

      How long have you gone 100% strict paleo without cheating? I ask because hypoglycemia is usually easily conquered by paleo. That’s not to say that you don’t have a unique situation, only that my answers to all things will begin with strict paleo and work from there.

      • Loretta Bell says

        Hi Jason! Thanks so much for responding, I have been strict Paleo for over a year now..about 13 months. My hypoglycemia is much better than it was (waking up through the night having to eat) but my hunger is still all the time. I also recently have tried adding in some sweet potatoes with meals to see if that would help (only 1 serving every few days)..still lots of hunger. My weight is within normal range but I would love to lose about 10 lbs…although I know that it is not my first priority at this point. Thanks for any insite you have.

    • JasonS says

      Also, there is nothing wrong with eating every 2 hours if you are eating quality paleo foods each time you eat. When your system has the right inputs it will tell you when you are truly hungry. We aren’t doing caloric restriction. Remember, truly hungry means meat will sound good, cravings mean only processed carbs sound good.

  13. Jessie Desmond says

    I’ve been eating paleo (as best as I can) for the last year and a half, in a house full of non-paleos. It’s tough and I’m always looking for stuff that I can make ahead and just grab-n-go later.

    I wanted to share a recipe that I just concocted with you. It’s for crepes.

    2 TBSP Almond Flour
    1 TBSP Flax Seed Meal
    2 Eggs
    1 TBSP Coconut Milk
    1 tsp Olive Oil

    1. Whisk this together in a dish.
    2. Grease down a large non-stick pan. I tried with coconut oil and with an olive oil spray. The spray worked really well. The oil needed to be laid on kind of thick. Heat the pan on medium-high.
    3. Once the pan is hot, pour in half of the mixture and let it cook for 2-3 minutes or until you can move the crepe around, without breaking it, with a spatula. Flip it over and cook the other side for a good minute.

    I’m eating mine with some egg salad, tomato, and spinach. This would also be great with berries, fruit, nuts, or a savory topping like beef in a sauce.

  14. Susan Garrett says

    Jason,
    Hi I’m new here and I was reading the post. In one of them you said that sweet potatoes,yams and butternut squash are high carbs. Did I understand that correct? If so how often should I have them if I’m trying to lose weigh? I just maked the butternut squash soup and it was really good. I was hoping to make it again. But if is is one I should stay away from I would like to know. Thanks for your help. Susan

    • JasonS says

      That depends on how fast you want to lose weight and how hard you are exercising. You should earn your carbs. If you train hard, more carbs will be a necessity. If you aren’t working out at all (shame on you! :)) you will have to keep your carbs especially low for fat loss. Yams and the like are not great foods for rapid fat loss, but they are paleo approved foods.

  15. says

    This is exactly what I needed to read on Halloween. I have been Paleo for 4 months, but sugar has been creeping into my diet here and there. It is time to for some strict paleo eating…I just need my electricity to come back (darn snow!). Having no fridge, stove, or oven is killing me!

  16. Jennileigh says

    Jason…My husband and I have been about 80/20 Paleo for 3 weeks now. I’m still dealing with cravings but thankfully with NOTHING in the house I’m not cheating when those late night cravings kick in. My question is this…can artificial sweetners used in coffee/tea or the occasional diet soft drink keep you from shifting out of the sugar burner status and contribute to the craving issue?
    Thanks…Jen

    • JasonS says

      Artificial sweeteners will contribute to the problem. If you want to escape the cravings you will have to go 100% paleo for 3 or 4 weeks.

  17. Marjie says

    Thank you so much for this post. You must have been in my house last night, especially when you said, “you at Paleo all day and then…” That is exactly what is happening to me. SO now you have given me (us) the knowledge so there can be NO EXCUSES!!! Darn…….insert tail between legs as I start again…..no more 80/20 because that = 100% failure to make the start.

  18. Jennifer says

    This brings up an interesting question for me. All last week, I was hungry but nothing I could think of sounded good. I kept thinking – I need to eat something it’s been like 30 hours and I am honestly hungry. Nothing sounded good. Along the lines of “most anything Paleo friendly will sound good when hungry.” Should I just have shoved something in my face?

    • JasonS says

      The situation you describe isn’t one I have personally experienced, but my advice is always to eat when you’re hungry and eat until you are full. I guess if nothing sounds good you have to factor that into your hunger level. I think I said it before, if you crash in the Andes you might get hungry enough to eat your best friend, but she will probably never sound good.

      • Jen says

        I know this is an old post, but I just had to respond to this commenter because that is exactly how I feel every day. I am a nursing mother and I stay home with my son and many days I will go 20+ hours without eatinf because nothing sounds good. I will make a paleo approved dinner for my family amd finally sit down and eat with them, but then it might bepdinner the next day before I eat again. The only exception to this is that about 2to days a week I will have a day where I will eat anything in sight

  19. says

    Thanks for this post I have swapped from being a “sugar burner” to a “fat burner”. Some advantages, no cravings, more energy, less food – save money, enough nutrients for my body to repair and build muscles, cells and bones. Keep up the good info. Regards Jodie

  20. says

    Argh! That’s why I ate those oreos tonight! I feel like I’m starting from square one every day. Every night I tell myself that I want to do better…willpower is hard.

    I’m still having a hard time with knowing what I should be eating and when. Trying to educate myself little by little.

  21. Kelly says

    This post was very timely for me, as I am adapting to Paleo after being introduced through the GAPS diet. I found after coming off GAPS that I really felt better eating that way, so eventually found Paleo. Let me preface by saying I am dairy and egg intolerant also. I also struggle with eating in the evening…but I find it is not really craving *sugar* as it is hunger, but I want something more than meat! What I crave are nuts…mainly peanuts, which I know are NOT Paleo. I crave apples and PB or will snack on raisins and peanuts. But it really just ends up being too much and negates my entire day of eating Paleo. I truly am limited as to what I can eat because of the egg allergy, so I often have dinner for breakfast. By the end of the day, I just cannot eat another piece of meat. Any suggestions?

    • JasonS says

      Switch to another nut butter and call it good. Apples and almond butter won’t negate your entire day of paleo.

  22. says

    Thanks for the great article, very informative and easy to follow. I just finished a 30 day no sugar challenge for myself and have never felt better. Along with it I started eating more Paleo, not completely but this article might just convince me to give it a go! :)

  23. Kylie Evans says

    Great reading, hoping you can help me,
    fat loss is my goal, loving paleo BUT I had major problems with my energy so I started eating paleo carb’s feel so much better, but will I still lose weight I limit my carb’s- something like this Breakfast would include half a sweet potato then my next bit of carb’s wouldnt be until I train or if I feel my energy getting low and that would be half a banana, I feel if my energy goes low then I crave my sugar devil.
    I am getting a bit low as I dont feel I am losing weight,

  24. Beth says

    Great post!

    I’ve been strict paleo since March 2011, and at first I lost about 10 pounds. Now, I’ve gained 5 pounds of that back even though I’m still paleo. I’m wondering why the weight has come back.

    For breakfast, I usually have two Omega-3 eggs with mushrooms, squash, onions and spinach (I make a crustless quiche usually). For lunch I have some kind of meat (chicken breast, sirloin steak, sirloin burger, roasted chicken, fish – whatever is leftover from the night before) and salad with a bit of olive oil. Dinners are usually some kind of meat and veggie. For snacks, I’ll usually have an apple and banana in the afternoon before yoga. At night, I may have a snack of raisins and raw walnuts.

    Two things that I’ve introduced into my diet in the last two months are acorn squash and sweet potatoes. I’ve been putting the sweet potatoes in paleo stew and having the acorn squash roasted with dinner sometimes. I probably have about one small sweet potato per week and one squash every two weeks.

    I’m wondering if these two elements and my nut and raisin habit are the cause of this weight gain. Or, do some people’s bodies adjust to the paleo diet and then weight loss plateaus?

  25. Sophie says

    This post has been sitting in my inbox waiting to be read, and I finally read it. I appreciate everyone’s comments. I have to say that the 3 week mark was the magic time frame for me. I had a really tough 3 weeks of crazy cravings, not feeling satisfied with my meals without some grain or starch. But once I hit 3 weeks, the cravings were gone and I don’t desire the unmentionables anymore. I also noticed that I feel much more satisfied with my meals without missing the grain.

  26. Kristen says

    I know this was posted a while back but was having a real hard time with my cravings for some reason lately… I started about 6 months ago going fairly strict paleo but recently it has started creeping up on me… starting by adding a little milk to coffee, to having a couple diet sodas a week, to having a lattee, having some nibbles of treats, to start going for the free samples offered at Costco and Whole Foods (not paleo approved!) to eating more and more nutbutters and lots of sweet dried fruit… to yesterday finding myself having cereal and a breadstick?! HELP! I dont know why I just can NOT stop eating ALL the time… I am constantly having to munch on something and more recently Im just drawn to carbs and sugars! I can’t seem to kick it… is anyone interested in holding the other accountable/checking in to see how were doing… if I explain this to my friends and family they will just laugh in my face and say told ya so! and re confirm the fact that its not possible even though i know it IS my body was completely redefined when I first went paleo but I can feel old ways starting to sneak back up… I want to go paleo all the way 100% like I did 7 months ago.. anyone willing to make a facebook chat or something to hold eachother up to the task?!

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