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by 0 · about 6 hours ago

A little background: As you can tell from my name I have fibromyalgia.  For a time I was vegetarian, then vegan, then lacto-ovo pescetarian, and then finally eating chicken in someone else's home made me realize how good plain old meat made... (more)

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glib 0 · September 17, 2014 at 11:30 PM

it could be the glycine in skin and tendons and cartilage, or other substances present only in cartilage (chondroitin etc.). But it could also be vitamin K2, which is more abundant in chicken than in other meats. Whole chicken is underappreciated... (more)

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by 30 · September 16, 2014 at 8:09 PM

I have been paleo for over three years and was quite paleo during pregnancy as well. My son is now 8 months old and I started having major sugar cravings while breastfeeding when he was about 4-5 months and I am still breastfeeding about 6 times a... (more)

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RK 0 · May 30, 2013 at 12:42 PM

One of 4 things: (1) you need more carbs, as your caloric needs have gone up. Try more starchy carbs. (2) you need more fat, as the major sign that you need fat is actual sugar cravings. (3) you need more minerals like magnesium, which... (more)

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by 209 · September 16, 2014 at 8:09 PM

Sorry for the awkward question... I've been doing quite well eating meats, fruits, veg, nuts and fats. And I felt alright on my daily: 3eggs2bacon, salmon/chicken salad with avocado for lunch, and meat + veg for tea with berries and greek... (more)

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Infinitum 0 · May 21, 2013 at 8:53 PM

It's normal to be more hungry during menstruation. Just eat until satisfied and your appetite will decrease after a few days. I've never heard of it really affecting weight especially if you're avoiding gluten and excessive carbs. You will... (more)

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by 23 · September 16, 2014 at 8:06 PM

Hi all After a few years of working under fluorescent lights and in circulated air at an office job I've decided I want to start my own business. My inspiration is despite peoples best efforts to eat a healthy diet, if things are not convenient... (more)

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Marcy_1 0 · March 25, 2013 at 2:13 AM

Why do these questions always feel like data mining from Frito Lay?

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by 15390 · September 16, 2014 at 8:05 PM

My last question for today. I have noticed that my food cravings have changed dramatically after SIBO recovery. Cravings while having SIBO: chocolate sweets ice-cream dairy and creamy desserts bread/things made with dough like pies,... (more)

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RK 0 · March 22, 2013 at 8:00 PM

Mineral deficiency comes to mind. Iron is an obvious one. But what about zinc? BTW, I have been thinking something similar ... I got back on my SIBO protocol a few weeks ago. I fall off all the time ... I just want blueberries! Anyhoo, the... (more)

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by 80 · September 16, 2014 at 8:05 PM

Alright I'm going to sound like a vampire here but I hope this paleo community is open-minded enough to get this. I am anemic. I haven't been tested because I dislike doctors but I lose about 12 ounces of blood every month and this month was... (more)

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greymouser 0 · March 13, 2013 at 11:55 PM

Just for the record, a "nice bloody steak" really isn't - meats have been nearly completely drained of blood by the time they are packaged after butchering. The red liquid you see after cooking or thawing is mostly likely myoglobin. Like... (more)

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by 1974 · September 16, 2014 at 8:05 PM

Was curious if anyone finds that they get intense cravings for a specific food, where they want to eat like the single food for a while. For a couple weeks I could not get enough beef and ate like 1/2 lb a day at least. Then I went through... (more)

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UncleLongHair 0 · March 14, 2013 at 4:57 AM

If your cravings are for things like meat, broccoli, oranges, and carrots, go with it. If your cravings are for things like Ben & Jerry's, Twinkies, Butterfingers, or cinnamon buns, ignore the craving but acknowledge that you have a... (more)

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by 421 · September 16, 2014 at 8:04 PM

Hi! So while in general I am a pretty active person (running, spinning, weight training, yoga, etc. 5x/week), I've only hit the gym 2x this week.. and yet every day this week I have wanted to sit down with a huge bowl of pasta and butter (a meal... (more)

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DH 0 · March 08, 2013 at 4:18 AM

protein deficiency. it gives you cravings for oddly everything BUT protein i.e. carbs, caffeine, fat, junk foods. eat a few sirloin steaks or chicken breasts and you'll be good. keep the protein up

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by 1005 · September 16, 2014 at 7:58 PM

For years I was plagued my constant stomach cramps. I would feel miserable and be wishing for a new set of internal organs. Then I cut dairy from my diet, and I felt like a new person. Cramps rare, athletic ability improved exponentially, you name... (more)

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Chelsea__1 0 · March 21, 2013 at 5:21 PM

I went dairy-free 5 years ago (a sad day) when raw veganism became the end all be all! Talk about living hell! Anyways after 2 1/2 years of paleo I have just recently introduced dairy products back into my diet. Instead of Cow I did sheep. No... (more)

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by 504 · September 16, 2014 at 7:56 PM

I ate near 300 grams of protein today, what up with that?

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primallykosher 0 · October 17, 2012 at 5:01 AM

Did you accidentally deadlift a couch, or squat a barbell?

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by 468 · September 16, 2014 at 7:51 PM

I have always been a fan of food. Especially food that I like. Now that I've gone Paleo in the last month, Paleo foods taste soo much better than they used to! I often eat the same things from day to day and sometimes they don't taste perfect,... (more)

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Jackie_4 0 · July 31, 2012 at 4:31 AM

I think food tastes good for the same reason sex feels good.. it's keeping the species going! Incidentally, I did see one of those intervention shows in which a man had only eaten french fries for the past 4 years, with ketchup, because he had a... (more)

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by 15 · September 16, 2014 at 7:51 PM

I get really strong sugar cravings. I've eliminated most processed foods, and I am in the midst of eliminating all sugar from my diet for 21 days. My question is this: What about after the 21 days? If I eat sugar every once in awhile, such as on... (more)

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Karen_P_ 0 · July 29, 2012 at 9:24 PM

The short answer is you might indulge on day 22. :) After my Whole30, I certainly did. But, alas, we are human. In my experience, sugar begets sugar. Meaning that the more you eat, the more you'll want. For me, it's less immediate and more... (more)

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by 4100 · September 16, 2014 at 7:47 PM

I find I frequently crave vinegar. To the point that, even writings about it here, I start salivating. It doesn't seem to have too much to do with hunger, although the craving is worse when I am hungry. Does anyone else get this?

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hannah_2 0 · June 16, 2012 at 2:24 AM

Usually related to a mineral deficiency. Pregnant women frequently crave vinegar-heavy foods (pickles, etc.) for this reason.

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by 374 · September 16, 2014 at 7:46 PM

I live in Rhode Island, where it is illegal to buy or sell raw milk (how absurd.) Fortunately, it is legal in nearby Massachusetts, and RI being teeny tiny, I can easily travel to MA for some raw milk. Anyway, I usually don't drink milk; never... (more)

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Divrgurl13 0 · June 02, 2012 at 5:05 PM

I'm originally from Western MA - there is a place called Uppingil Farm in Gill, MA that sells their raw milk (about 2 hour drive for you one way, but it is phenomenal). Have you talked to the Whittier Farm in Sutton, MA?

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by 70 · September 16, 2014 at 7:40 PM

So I've been Paleo for over a year, but i recently decided to do a Whole 30. Done several Whole 30's before and I've never had cravings like this! I'm craving ice cream, milkshakes, and baked goods. These things haven't been a regular part of my... (more)

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sherrid 0 · March 06, 2012 at 2:18 AM

These cravings are for sweets, so I'm guessing by doing the Whole 30, you have decreased your sucrose/fructose. I know for myself, whenever I clean up my diet (even if it is pretty decent) I always crave sweets. I always find that adding in... (more)

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by 103 · September 16, 2014 at 7:39 PM

Hi guys, cravings!!! I've had this for a while. I eat really well and disciplined on a paleo type diet generally low carb. I'm 23% bf with some fat around the belly I want to shift. I've started to put it down to stress, although I don't have a... (more)

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raydawg 0 · February 29, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Depends, for me, doing any amount of carbs (except after a huge workout that depletes glycogen levels, which I do weekly) is detrimental. I'm about 20% fat at this point. I don't have carb cravings and this is what I did to get rid of them. ... (more)

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by 15390 · September 16, 2014 at 7:39 PM

Dear Paleohackers, I have a problem that I want you to help me with. I am open to any ideas so I am asking you please NOT down vote anybody - any ideas are welcome. Here is the thing. My body seems to function in cycles: I eat super healthy... (more)

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Ralph_Furley 0 · February 16, 2012 at 1:59 PM

My name is Ralph Furley and I'm a junk food junkie. I've always liked junk food and it has always gotten in the way of having the best health that I could have and the best body that I could actually have. I've been in decent shape, but never... (more)

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by 896 · September 16, 2014 at 7:37 PM

Just noticed that I'm having a very red orange week. I am craving carrots, red peppers,hot peppers, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, red onions, red apples, and red meat. Yes... I'm eating some other foods.... but I'm also smoothering everything I eat... (more)

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thatkate 0 · January 24, 2012 at 4:42 AM

Sounds like your body is telling you what it really wants without all the signal disruption from frankenfoods, antinutrients and excessive carbs (sugar). My hypothesis: you need more of the nutrients that are available from foods with those... (more)

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by 25 · September 16, 2014 at 7:36 PM

I accept the wisdom that once you're on a paleo-esque diet and off of superstimulus like sugar, food cravings are something to be taken seriously (I could really go for some thymus right now), but does anyone have a scientific or evidence based... (more)

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JitzGrrl 0 · January 12, 2012 at 6:46 AM

No study, but a relevant anecdote...I was lucky enough to spend Christmas week this year in Hawaii, where my primary activity was soaking up all that magical magical sun. Literally an hour a day, every day for a week, no sunscreen, no nuthin.... (more)

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by 7275 · September 16, 2014 at 7:35 PM

Have you always had food preferences that leaned towards paleo? Or had food preferences that you later find out were good for you? I remember 15 years ago seeing an article about paleo and thinking "wow, that looks like how I want to eat!" ... (more)

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AndyM 0 · December 12, 2011 at 2:30 PM

My parents tried to make me crave meat and veggies, but for the most part I didn't like them (the healthy meals, not my parents!), and to this day if I'm visiting they won't give me any boned meat or skin from the chicken because I made such a... (more)

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by 2565 · September 16, 2014 at 7:34 PM

I recently watched a video that gave me many of the answers I've been looking for for a long time about what the dysbiosis I have in my gut is doing to the rest of my body. I also learned in this video that lipopolysaccharides (LPS) from bad... (more)

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Paul_Whiteley 0 · November 27, 2011 at 2:42 PM

Lots of perhap-es on the possible role of gut bacteria in obesity: http://questioning-answers.blogspot.com/2011/06/obesity-gut-bacteria-and-wall-e.html and http://gutness-gracious-me.blogspot.com/2011/11/gut-bacteria-pesticides-and-obesity.html (more)

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by 10768 · September 16, 2014 at 7:33 PM

Is blood or foods made from blood anywhere in your diet? Does the thought creep you out? I'm currently missing the Stornoway Black Pudding I tried in Scotland during my... (more)

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Jan_1 0 · November 17, 2011 at 9:16 PM

http://www.nosetotailathome.com/2009/02/blood-cake-and-fried-eggs/

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by 4258 · September 16, 2014 at 7:31 PM

Hey all, So trying to get back on the good ol' bandwagon, I noticed something today. I think some sugar cravings may actually be fat cravings. With so many "low fat" foods out there, I'm wondering if you typical foodstuffs (aside from eggs and my... (more)

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Joshua_1 0 · January 31, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Everything is as it should be. Your brain needs it, your body needs it. Embrace the fat.

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by 4258 · September 16, 2014 at 7:30 PM

I'm usually good at eating paleo during the day. Late at night is when cravings for sugar/carbs really kick in. If I give in I feel awful the next day, so clearly it isn't good for me. Any thoughts on why it's consistently in the evenings? Or how... (more)

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dzone 0 · October 01, 2011 at 6:18 PM

The same happens to me. During the working hours and until 8 PM I have no problem but after 8 I start to crave sugar. The interesting part is that I never craved sugar before in my life. I tried many times just to eat more low carb stuff but it... (more)

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by 20411 · September 16, 2014 at 7:27 PM

I ran across this very interesting post about how to decondition cravings in order to be successful on a diet, which would apply to any diet, but the author includes paleo in his list of good diets. http://gettingstronger.org/diet/ "When you... (more)

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Eric_S 0 · July 28, 2011 at 5:53 PM

Interesting and deep question. Before I read the body of your question, I thought: Yes, because doing things like yoga have de-stressing psychological effects that lower cortisol and allow your hormones to function more optimally. Conversely, if... (more)