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by 230 · 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 · May 14, 2013 at 11:57 AM

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 481 · May 03, 2013 at 4:51 AM

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 · April 15, 2013 at 3:59 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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Stephen_4 0 · April 13, 2013 at 7:15 PM

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by 60 · April 03, 2013 at 7:49 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 · March 15, 2013 at 2:36 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 · February 21, 2013 at 4:09 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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CD 0 · February 21, 2013 at 4:09 PM

the NY Times article is pretty inflammatory, and it names names which may add to some culpability. The part about the General Mills CEO -- essentially bragging about the fact that purposefully serve the customer's tastes (via hyperpalatable... (more)

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by 163 · February 16, 2013 at 5:09 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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VB 0 · February 16, 2013 at 5:09 PM

There is a great website - your brain on porn. The guy actually explains the mechanics of addiction. All it takes to get an addiction is a rush of dopamine, an endless supply and a great variety. So it is easy to get addicted to smoking because... (more)

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by 84 · May 20, 2013 at 12:18 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 1193 · December 19, 2012 at 4:31 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 3886 · November 24, 2012 at 12:16 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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Pecan 0 · November 23, 2012 at 10:43 PM

My intuition is that it's to do with containing minerals/nutrients/vitamins that we are deficient in. In my experience, I would be craving nuts for a while, eat 150g of them and then not crave them again for ages. So this would indicate that I'm... (more)

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by 678 · October 17, 2012 at 2:10 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 2903 · September 14, 2012 at 9:47 AM

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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Mel_9 0 · September 14, 2012 at 9:47 AM

E cigarettes actually filter out over 4,500 of the dangerous chemicals that cigarettes contain, including tobacco, carbon monoxide and tar. There has been some recent reports stating that electronic cigarettes are harmful to the lungs, but there... (more)

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by 15 · January 05, 2013 at 2:32 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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UncleLongHair 0 · January 05, 2013 at 2:32 PM

Like you, I started Paleo very low-carb, and it was a great way to lose weight, feel better, and fix my metabolism and digestive health. After a few months, I started doing Crossfit, and kept the same diet. I was also interested in losing more... (more)

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by 2316 · September 01, 2012 at 4:00 AM

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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Scarlet_1 0 · September 01, 2012 at 3:58 AM

Humans don't necessarily crave things that are good for them and it sounds like you are craving carbs. I recommend starting to count your carb intake and beginning to reduce it gradually. Taking digestive enzymes can help. Make sure you are... (more)

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by 47 · April 16, 2014 at 12:39 AM

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 13, 2012 at 1:52 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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Mouse 0 · September 13, 2012 at 1:52 PM

Now I can't tell you for sure, but I am a binge eater/ bulimic...and I've only "gone paleo" for three days... ALL of my binges are carb / fat/ sugar based (cakes, pastries, biscuits etc) making me feel utterly terrible, wiped out, lethargic,... (more)

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by 30 · June 13, 2013 at 1:40 AM

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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vkngprnce 0 · June 13, 2013 at 1:40 AM

have you checked to see if you still have your thumbs? is danny thomas hiding in your closet?

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by 290 · June 18, 2012 at 2:18 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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SlipperyNick 0 · June 12, 2012 at 10:16 PM

I also have struggled with weight-loss, but I started at a more detrimental 290 lbs on a 6' frame. I'm a stone's throw away from 50 lbs down and I can sympathize completely when you mention constipation. All the paleo guru's don't give enough time... (more)

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by 2316 · June 10, 2013 at 4:57 AM

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 · May 21, 2012 at 10:47 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 · August 15, 2013 at 5:00 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 1672 · April 25, 2012 at 1:09 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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Chelsea__1 0 · April 25, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Yes;0 An addiction I won't break.

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by 6218 · March 23, 2012 at 4:00 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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dzone 0 · March 23, 2012 at 3:51 AM

I dunno. My N=1 experience tells me that carb load is not what makes you gain or lose weight. I mean 300g of carbs per day is 1200 kcal, unless this person didn't cut back their fat intake to balance this amount I don't really see why... (more)