Been cross fitting for 3 months now and trying to keep paleo but my problem is sweets, sugar, even splenda would do it for me but I know this is something I need to give up. What are my options? I Don't think I can give up sugar/ fructose!
You can totally do it. I've been sweetener free for 2 months or more now. Even the 90% dark chocolate is sweet now when I try it. I even like the unsweetened baker's chocolate now.
Just try walking away from it for a week and you'll find you don't need it after all!
sugar craving often associated with leptin resistance and serotonin resistance.. would suggest dr. jack kruse's leptin sensitivity protocol. He is "the quilt" on paleohacks. Hopefully he will comment on here as well
I was like you and battled with sugar etc. for 10 months. The mental toll was just as bad as the physical side effects. I've been known to eat 6 cupcakes in one sitting and other crazy amounts of sugar. Anyways, I decided August 1st to be sugar-and all it's derivations-free. I know it seems impossible but you can do it. I've been eating meat/seafood, vegetables, and a ton of avocados and coconut flakes for the past month. I know for me that a little fruit is ok, but dried fruit would be too much sugar.
Cold turkey for 30 days including all artificial sweeteners. (artificial sweeteners will just keep your brain looking for sugar.) Get starches from sweet potatoes post-workout. Sumptuous.com recently had a good blog post with a step by step guide for cutting sugar. Cold turkey really is the only way to go.
Seems possible that the CF creates a heavy glycogenic burden that isn't being repleted with starch, which is causing cravings of anything sweet. Eating more starch or doing less CF may cause these to subside.
Dates or raw honey, some people try to avoid all fructose but as a cross-fitter you'd probably be depleting your glycogen enough so that it wouldn't be a problem. There are a bunch of questions on here debating the good and bad of both dates and raw honey.
I personally use pure stevia extract that doesn't have maltodextrin. just go to amazon.com or google the term and you'll find it. It has no known side effects in study after study and has been utilized for centuries in other countries. the pure stevia is better not just because of not having the maltodextrin filler but it works for baking and doesn't have nearly the after taste. Albeit developing a new healthier lifestyle does require a lot of self control in the beginning months and you may find more don't than do's, it's sooooo worth it when you get over the hump :)
I have been Paleo All gluten for 2weeks. After the first week I no longer had any cravings for sweets, and this from a women who would by a dozen doughnuts and eat them before I got home.I decide if I was going to do this I was going to do it right. I went thru every food item in my home and if it had 1 thing in it that wasn't allowed it went in a bag to be given away. I gave away7 bags of food. I'm doing this to live and have a quality of life...With all the fablous food recipes I've found, I don't need a cheat day. The difference I feel in just 2 weeks is not worth cheating, and the desire for sweets is gone...Maybe you're still eating something that isn't good for you and it is triggering the cravings. Good luck with it I remember the gnawing in my stomach to have something sweet
As a former sugar addict, I too struggled with this. Every time someone told me to just go 2 weeks or 30 days without it, I failed. What worked for me was using the same motto as alcoholics anonymous (even though I'm not an alcoholic): one day at a time. Just try to get through one day, or one hour, or one minute at a time without it. Before you know it, you will have strung together a few days and then you'll be on a streak that you don't want to ruin. Plus you'll feel better too. Remember, it's a vicious cycle: eating some will eventually cause a crash which makes your body crave more. When I was really having a tough time with it, I would go online and just google search things like "why is Splenda bad for me" or "dangers of Sweet and Low" which made the sugar-free hours/days feel a bit easier to survive. Oh, and I also ate a TON of those little baby organic carrots and apples (hey, better than artificial sweetener, right?) because it seemed like as long as I was eating something, my body didn't demand sugar as much.
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