I'm right there with you, NJORD! :) Gave up all sugar and starch as of the first (but I KNEW that I had sugar cravings already) and recently the cravings have come back with a vengeance! But I think that's because I had some natural sugars and starches the day before.
For me, staying 99% away from starchy vegs, sugar/fruit, and grains is helping. If I do even have a little (had some banana one day; last night I had some black rice) I find the cravings come back. But a little less so each time. So for me, I am just avoiding it all as the addiction is breaking. I do believe I'll be able to start slowly reintroducing fruit and starchy vegs in another month or so. But I don't like feeling like I'm losing control over my eating when those foods are involved, so I am giving it time.
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You have to remember, cutting out grains and things like that are cutting carbs, your body is craving carbs and giving you a sweet tooth to beg you for them. Eat some sweet potato, squash or something like that. Have a half of an apple with almond butter. Don't add sweetener. You will be surprised at how naturally sweet they are. I cook mine (squash and potato) with butter or coconut oil, garlic and red pepper flakes.
If you've just recently stopped eating grains - bread, rice, etc. that will cause strong carb cravings. It's better to tough it out for a couple of weeks than to replace the sweets/carb with fruit - dried or otherwise. The withdrawal will only last a couple of weeks if you don't feed it. After that you will be craving free. That was my experience anyway.
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I'm really blown away by this - I was fairly sugar-free when I started Paleo - I don't drink sodas, rarely have desserts, rarely partake in sweet snacks, etc.
I started eating Paleo on January 1, and I have had THE WORST sugar cravings since then. Like "Oh, I'm hungry, and it's about lunchtime. I should go to the grocery store and get a bag of Valentine's candy!" Wait, what? No, cravings, go away.
Any ideas for a) what could be causing this and b) any "replacement snack" tips? I'm replacing the sweets with better carbs, but still - dried fruits & nuts are probably not ideal.
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