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Fructose Glucose and Sweettooth

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Updated October 23, 2014 at 3:29 AM
Created January 21, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Ive been off and on the paleo the last 3 months, but recently ive decided to stick with it. Im currently on week 4 of the paleo, and it's amazing. I initially did it to cure my acne. and so far it has cut out 60% of it. I had acne all on my face, my arms, chest and back.

Like most paleohackers, we all tweek our diets to fit us, and I'm trying to tweek mine a bit. I used to be a huge sugar addict, so that is the hardest part. I still have a massive sweet tooth, and sometimes it gets the best of me, which i usually notice in the morning on my face. I recently learned fructose and glucose can cause problems with acne, and much to my disappointment, im having to cut out honey as a sweetner in my coffee and the fruits I eat. I also used to use artificial sweetner like Truvia, but now I'm finding that I should most likely cut that too.

So now, half of my mid day snacks are gone. I can live with just my black coffee, but I'm finding I'm having huge urges to get my insulin spiked. I'm about to head to the grocery store, so I'd like some suggestions: are there any fruits that are "safe" so to speak in the sense they are easy on the insulin? Any sweeth tooth alternatives? or will i be forced to go cold turkey in misery for a few days?

Thanks fellow hackers!

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8933 · January 23, 2012 at 6:11 PM

I second this. Eating copious amounts of coconut oil and ghee + eating lamb regularly keeps me really full all the time.

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1363 · January 23, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Strawberries and cantaloupe are triggers for me, I eat all of them if I have any. Apples on the other hand I can usually only eat one because they aren't all that appetizing to me. Also I don't think fruit affects my acne, just being not paleo, so I don't know if I'm in the same boat as you.

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37187 · January 21, 2012 at 9:40 PM

You forgot grapefruit! It doesn't trigger cravings (for me) or affect my BG at all. And if you're off sugar, they taste nice and sweet.

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8933 · January 21, 2012 at 6:22 PM

Fruits shouldn't be a problem, actually. Honey and coffee are not a good idea, but low glycemic problems don't cause any skin problems for me. The actually improve my skin. You'll notice that your sugar cravings will go away slowly, though magnesium helps a lot if you aren't supplementing it yet.

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4258 · January 22, 2012 at 12:04 AM

One thing I found helpful to me to cut back on my sugars was to up my fats to feel more satiated (like full fat greek yogurt). That way, I knew that craving sugar wasn't the need for calories, but the sweet tooth. If you do need a source of sugars, remember that carbs break down into sugars, so maybe adding a potato into your diet somewhere would help.

If you really do want actual sugar, some of the fruits other people have mentioned are good, though if you can tolerate small amounts of sugar, dark chocolate I have found to be very satisfying -- a small piece really can cut back the cravings and prevent me from caving and eating way to many sugary things.

Hope this helps.

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8933 · January 23, 2012 at 6:11 PM

I second this. Eating copious amounts of coconut oil and ghee + eating lamb regularly keeps me really full all the time.

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133 · January 21, 2012 at 9:26 PM

There are low glycemic fruits but if you're finding that any fruit triggers sugar cravings it might be best to go cold turkey for a week or more until you feel more balanced. The best fruits are cranberries, blackberries, raspberries, rhubarb and then there are some medium glycemic fruits which you could enjoy occasionally, like strawberries, apples, cantaloupe etc. You can google for a complete list.

Honestly I get where you're coming from. This may or may not be helpful but sometimes when I find that I'm just kind of obsessing about something sweet what helps is to eat something higher carb and fatty but with no sugar - like a croissant. It's not paleo but for me the carbs and fat help to stave off the cravings, without actually eating sugar, which I feel just makes me want more sugar. This isn't something you would do everyday of course. Just every once in awhile when you feel like you can't let it go.

Another thing I sometimes indulge in - and again not for every day, is what I call the paleo milkshake. I stole this recipe from another website but I can't remember where I got it. Basically it's 4-5 oz coconut creamer, 4oz coconut milk, one or two raw eggs, some vanilla and some stevia (I use the flavored liquid vanillla stevia) and a bunch of ice all blended together. It's super fatty and delicious and it really takes the cravings away. The author of the recipe has this for breakfast occasionally when he's sick of eggs and bacon. I've done this twice and both times lost weight within the next couple of days - could be coincidence....not sure what that's all about but I'm sure it has something to do with eating fat to lose fat.

Hope this helps!

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37187 · January 21, 2012 at 9:40 PM

You forgot grapefruit! It doesn't trigger cravings (for me) or affect my BG at all. And if you're off sugar, they taste nice and sweet.

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1363 · January 23, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Strawberries and cantaloupe are triggers for me, I eat all of them if I have any. Apples on the other hand I can usually only eat one because they aren't all that appetizing to me. Also I don't think fruit affects my acne, just being not paleo, so I don't know if I'm in the same boat as you.

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