The previous post on honey got me thinking about this:
If sugar is evil, agave nectar is the devil, honey should be avoided, artificial sweeteners are chemical poison and fruit is a big "no-no" then what in the world do experienced paleo dieters eat when they are craving something sweet? While I should perhaps jump on the bandwagon and change my thinking to correlate food as nothing but fuel for my body, its just not always that easy.
Sometimes I want to live a little! But every time I do it seems that someone is always jumping down my throat about what I use to cure my paleo sweet tooth. So I leave up to you guys- when you really want something sweet what do you opt for? Which is the lesser of all these so-called evils?
"In very very small amounts of course"
When you cut down on sugar your tastebuds will change so that you enjoy things you used to think needed sugar. I drink my herbal tea without any sweetener these days and enjoy having a piece of fruit here and there. If I'm making a paleo version of something that normally has sugar or HFCS (ketchup, for example) I will use honey, perhaps even cutting down on the amount I add. Things I used to think tasted normal now taste unbearably sweet to me. It's just a matter of cutting down for awhile and you will want less. It's almost like our tastebuds regain their sensitivity to sweet again when we stop bombarding them with so much sugar.
Try to wean yourself off of the sweets for a while. Most people are literally addicted to sugar, so even on a paleo diet, you've got to stay away from it if you can't control it. After a while, you can reintroduce some fruit in your diet, just make sure that you keep it moderate, and try to go for the more nutrient dense stuff like berries. Fruits are not that bad, you just really need to moderate your consumption of them, and if you're trying to lean out, think about eliminating them completely until you're as lean as you want. Hope this helps!
I have a major sweet tooth that I'm trying to tame. On occasion I will eat 85% dark chocolate, which is actually more bitter than sweet, but does satisfy that chocolate craving. I'll also do blueberries in heavy cream (coconut cream would work too.)
Speaking of coconut, Robb Wolf has mentioned eating 100% cocoa nibs and coconut chips on his podcast. I haven't tried it, but it sounds good.
After seeing the part of Human Planet where the guy climbs some crazy tall tree and braves the bees to bring his wife some honey, I'm pretty sure our ancestors had the occasional sweet treat. I think the key is that it was a very rare indulgence and they had to deal with bees for honey, thorns for many berries, etc.
Therefore, it was an occasional treat, not a part of the diet.
half a sweet potato, canned pumpkin, or butternut squash with butter or coconut oil and some cinnamon and nutmeg. Make into a mousse by throwing it in the food processor with some coconut milk or cream and whip.
See my older thread
Keep it simple - when you are on limited carbs, fats can taste mighty sweet --> almonds or almond milk is my fix... That blended with some cinnamon, nutmeg and sweetpotato for some added nutrients. Sweet potato shake, couple different recipes you can modify to make completely paleo.
Stevia is a natural sweetener that does not result in the negative effects of the sweeteners you mentioned. Find the stuff without the maltodextrin. I use the powder in my tea and it's great. I have not found it to cause or contribute to sweet cravings.
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