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by 247 · June 01, 2014 at 3:22 PM

Hey there,from time to time, I have a cheat moment when I'm giving up and go out to the local store and buy everything I like. Mostly, way too much - like yesterday, a bag of gummy bears, ben&jerrys, chocolate, you name it. I really feel bad about... (more)

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wtfgod 0 · June 01, 2014 at 2:54 PM

Call me an optimist, but I think you should give them to somebody you dislike, win-win-win. Helps you get rid of your candy, potentially sickens or kills your enemies and may even make them like you more given this attempt on their life fails you... (more)

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by 0 · December 27, 2013 at 6:27 PM

So I grew up on carbohydrates, cheap simple carbohydrates. Bread, frosted flakes, candy, pasta, pizza, you name it, it was probably on my top list of favorite foods. Over the paste few years, I have reevaluated my relationship to food. First... (more)

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Dragonfly 0 · December 23, 2013 at 3:16 AM

I don't think carb addiction is mostly psychological. Magnesium and Vitamin D supplementation have helped me a lot with glucose control and over time have helped me reduce my carb addiction. But after 3 years of Primal... (more)

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by 0 · September 16, 2014 at 8:09 PM

I'm new to paleo (trying for +- 1 month) and i have problem with sugar cravings and than binge eating (non-paleo food mostly). It comes after breakfast (when i stay home alone) or after lunch. I noticed that green tea (or coffee, but i don't want... (more)

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Albert83BCN 0 · May 14, 2013 at 11:33 AM

If the tea helps you I guess there's no problem in having one or two a day, indeed seems that has a good ton of antioxidants and it may be better than coffee. Just have good quality organic loose leaves and please do not use any sugar on it... (more)

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by 482 · September 16, 2014 at 8:08 PM

Lately I have bought a few bags of nuts and they are so moreish it's ridiculous! I want to get rid of them now but it's a waste. I know you should cut down on nuts and any form of sugar if you are trying to lose weight but I have can't seem to... (more)

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Albert83BCN 0 · May 03, 2013 at 4:51 AM

I used to have this issue in the past. Are you anxious or stressed about something? For me, stress was a very potent trigger for both sugar and salty stuff cravings. As you well pointed, getting totally rid of them for a while is the best... (more)

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by 60 · September 16, 2014 at 8:07 PM

Hi Everyone!! I'm new to this community, and I'd like to get to know you a bit better. So I have one question to get started with - well, more of a POLL if you will! :-) What's your main reason for adhering to the Paleo lifestyle? Weight loss /... (more)

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Poop_Master_MC 0 · April 13, 2013 at 8:01 PM

I am 20,000 year old man, I am Paleo because it reminds me of my youth in the fjords when the world was a younger place. I often pine for the fjords.

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by 60 · September 16, 2014 at 8:06 PM

Hello all, Ive made it a month on paleo(well 90% paleo) and ive lost 12 lbs and gained some lean muscle as well. Ive been an athlete all my life and never really put much into how i ate. Now, as i am getting older/ graduating college/ trying to be... (more)

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CD 0 · April 03, 2013 at 6:23 PM

You need to identify the source of the craving. Are you hungry? If so, easy solution, eat something. Are you too low carb? Grab a banana or an orange. It is emotional? No easy solution here, gotta beat that one on your own. Substituting a... (more)

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by 40 · September 16, 2014 at 8:05 PM

Hi all, Just wondering whether anyone can explain why the only time I intensely crave sugar is just after I eat something sweet? The only other time I crave sugar is after meals, a small square or two of 85% dark chocolate usually fixes things,... (more)

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Albert83BCN 0 · March 15, 2013 at 2:36 PM

You could have a look into Dr. Jack Kruse's website (OK I know that he is very questioned here but I like his writings a lot and think that have a lot of truth on them at least). He has a lot of explanation related to this, but there's plenty of... (more)

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by 30 · September 16, 2014 at 8:03 PM

Reading things like this makes me so glad I made a change, but for the masses, particular those in low income brackets, it's not so easy. Do you think a piece like this will spark change in any way or is the fast food industry too big? Is there... (more)

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Mark_36 0 · February 21, 2013 at 3:53 PM

This will have little effect. Anyone who thinks and pays attention and reads already knows (or at least assumes) everything in this article. The "food" companies don't really try to hide it and it is quite obvious. People know (in general... (more)

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by 163 · September 16, 2014 at 8:03 PM

I realize this question isn't strictly paleo, but I think it will appeal to a paleo audience! Not all addictions are bad. Many athletes are addicted to exercise and many musicians are addicted to practising. Once I was addicted to a video game... (more)

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surfin_on_a_rocket_ 0 · February 16, 2013 at 11:34 AM

When you figure out how to turn a mundane activity into one that you fall in love with (without using drugs) let me know. In fact let the world know and charge a fee - you will become a multi millionaire overnight.

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by 84 · September 16, 2014 at 8:00 PM

I have a question. Don't know if it qualifies as a "Paleo Question" I have quit alot of bad habits. Sugar, grains, fast food, etc. My no. one enemy now is alcohol. When i drink alcohol i can't help myself with the other stuff either. Sugar,... (more)

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blackappy 0 · December 25, 2012 at 3:55 PM

I only drink red-wine, but after I started consuming homemade lacto-fermented foods, such as sauerkraut, half-sour pickles, etc, my desire to drink wine decreased by a huge amount. What I found most interesting was that I was able to refrain from... (more)

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by 1191 · September 16, 2014 at 7:59 PM

For some reason I "like" uncomfortable positions and I'ld like to know why. For example sitting down on a chair (before I even remark it) on my hands. Or sitting cross-legged. Or sleeping with one hand underneath my head, legs crossed-legged... (more)

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Mike_T_1 0 · December 19, 2012 at 12:15 AM

I'm guessing each of these has different reasons - probably no overarching "paleo" explanation. I think sitting cross-legged is learned. You see others doing it and copy it until it becomes natural. Maybe it started originally back in the day... (more)

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by 3979 · September 16, 2014 at 7:58 PM

I have been hacking away at this problem for a long time, and I have not yet gotten satisfactory insight. Here are the "answers" I've gotten that are not satisfactory: "Just don't buy them." - That's a good way to not eat nuts, but it doesn't... (more)

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sage_ 0 · November 23, 2012 at 4:03 PM

i think its the way they come packaged in nature. if we didn't have this strong craving, who would have done all the work to get them out of the shells before humans had tools? humans are lazy, so we evolved huge "so good!" responses to things... (more)

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by 729 · September 16, 2014 at 7:56 PM

i would like to go fully paleo but i have a real hard time giving up these 4 foods and find that they are really addictive. any tips or recomendation? thks!

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Mscott 0 · October 16, 2012 at 12:46 AM

Cocoa isn't really frowned upon really, just the sugar and additives sometimes added to chocolate. This is easy to get around, just get high quality stuff. I'd try to cut out splenda. Stevia may be better, I don't know for sure but I'd bet on it.... (more)

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by 2913 · September 16, 2014 at 7:53 PM

I'm hoping this isn't off-topic. I decided to get my Paleo eating habits down pat before quitting smoking. I know, I know, it's the reverse of every advisement I've read, but since I know ME and how I am, I thought this was best. If I quit... (more)

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Dr__Mitchell_J_Morris_PhD 0 · September 10, 2012 at 3:07 PM

I fully support your idea. Any life change you try to make has to be something you can live with forever. Just think of it this way, if you can smoke e-cigs forever instead of regular cigarettes, your ditching all the cancer causing junk that... (more)

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by 15 · September 16, 2014 at 7:53 PM

Hi everyone, i've started doing crossfit about a month ago, and while I really enjoy the workouts and being a part of a great community, I find that i'm recovering very, very slowly, and have sore muscles and very low energy for a few days after... (more)

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Paleo_BLaZeDRas 0 · September 03, 2012 at 3:47 PM

eat MORE roots/tubers.. the "weight gain" is likely glycogen repletion in your muscles and is a good thing. Either way... scale weight means nothing... if you are doing crossfit style work outs you should eat a shit ton of carbs on work out days... (more)

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by 2341 · September 16, 2014 at 7:53 PM

I've been on a potato binge lately...I've consumed roughly 15-20 pounds worth of sweet potatoes, yams, and white potatoes over the past week. I mentally can't seem to avoid them. Should I just try to quit cold turkey for a week or so? and slowly... (more)

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borofergie 0 · September 01, 2012 at 4:00 AM

No. Ketosis is no place for someone with carb cravings. Unless you have a compelling reason for being in ketosis, then it's going to be tough to go from 20lbs of sweet potato to much less than 50g of carb total in a day (and probably also... (more)

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by 47 · September 16, 2014 at 7:53 PM

I'm starting to eat paleo foods and so far I have eliminated all legumes and grains...except oats. I have been trying to eliminate oats, but I'm addicted, so many years of killing hunger with oats made them my favorite food, their flavor tastes... (more)

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Mscott 0 · August 27, 2012 at 2:37 AM

Oats are not paleo! Braah! Sorry, I had to say that or I might get fired from paleo. Okay, so oats are an evil grain and not optimal and stuff. But they're far from the worst food you could be eating. Here are some studies with favorable... (more)

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by 753 · September 16, 2014 at 7:49 PM

I'm really interested in finding information on these. If I am understanding correctly, the breakdown of some of the proteins in certain grains and dairy can cause a reaction in the opioid receptors (info from just one article), and that in rats,... (more)

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Paul_Whiteley 0 · July 10, 2012 at 10:36 PM

No plug intended but we published a paper on the potential opiate-like effects of grains and dairy produce a few years back with autism in mind: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12223079 if this is any use. That and the work of Fukudome and... (more)

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by 30 · September 16, 2014 at 7:48 PM

I have developed a rather overwhelming walnut addiction... I HAVE to have them every day, and if I go without for a week, I spend time thinking about how to get them. Left to my own devices, I would eat 50+ in a day, which is INSANE calories.... (more)

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AnarchyCaveman 0 · June 24, 2012 at 6:16 PM

I've found that when I have nuts around, I always eat way too many of them. Pecans in particular. They were also keeping me from losing weight at one time. They're so easy to binge on. I no longer buy nuts at all, and only have them if they're... (more)

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by 290 · September 16, 2014 at 7:47 PM

Hi, I'm a 44 year old female, ex heroin addict, 5.5 years clean but recently became completely out of control binging on sugar and carbs. Finally brought to knees over last several months by: -Chronic brain fog -Depression -Weight gain -Allergies... (more)

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Amy_B_ 0 · June 12, 2012 at 2:56 PM

I would love for you to check out this Balanced Bites podcast episode when you have time. Bottom line: Starting as soon as possible, and continuing for a while, you probably just need to CALM DOWN. (Physically and psychologically.) I can... (more)

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by 2341 · September 16, 2014 at 7:47 PM

I ate a whole bag (16 servings) in 3 days...i'm going to have to stop buying them for a while.

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Seamaster 0 · June 11, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Same here with pistachios. The problem is self-control. The solution is not buying them.

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by -10 · September 16, 2014 at 7:45 PM

Do you CRAVE something strange that you MUST eat on a daily basis? Do you COLLECT mass amounts of something edible? Do friends and family QUESTION your relationship with food and how it's affecting your life? 20 West Productions and a Major... (more)

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by 814 · September 16, 2014 at 7:45 PM

https://www.mayoclinic.com/health/alcoholism/DS00340 Are alcoholism and drug dependencies actual diseases in the context that they possess specific signs/symptoms, are progressive, have a predictable course if not aressted and do not appear to... (more)

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Sunny_Beaches 0 · May 14, 2012 at 10:04 PM

I often am disappointed in how environmental circumstances are downplayed here. I love everyone here, I really do...but it makes me sad when someone with depression or an eating disorder is told to just take some vitamin D or to eat more fat. If... (more)

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by 1670 · September 16, 2014 at 7:44 PM

I have this horrible habit when I'm bored in which I check this site multiple times a day and look up nutritional questions that come to mind. It's more addicting than Facebook (I know, bold statement) Anyone else finding this to be a problem? (more)

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VB 0 · April 25, 2012 at 7:08 AM

You are not addicted. The reason why you are coming back here is because we (humans) evolved to live in small groups (20-25 people) and need ongoing communication. Since these small groups shared the same activities, they had common topics to... (more)

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by 6229 · September 16, 2014 at 7:41 PM

I have spoken with some people (not just Paleo/Primals), but Low-Carbers who have tried to reintroduce certain foods and get into trouble. Perhaps their gut has not healed fully, or gut flora need more time. Perhaps there are still some underlying... (more)

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Stacy_5 0 · March 23, 2012 at 3:23 AM

Sounds like they were seduced by the Peatatarians! I have detoured into Peat's World twice in the last 18 months of paleo. The first time was short, no ill effects. The second time I bought a jar of raw honey and ate it with a spoon -- something I... (more)