If you follow strict low-carb (veg based carbs only) diet, the cravings should disappear totally after a week. It sounds to me like something is setting you off. Check your diet again. Peas, corn, lima beans, kidney beans, chick peas, and black beans are starch and if you have eaten them recently, they will set you off more.
Otherwise, consider this - it could be entirely possible you are feeling the effects of not withdrawal from the food, but from the habit of nibbling or snacking.
If it's not the first, then it is the second option. The first is easy to fix, just further eliminate different choices from your diet. It is only difficult in the sense that it takes a lot of trial and error. Some people can handle whole grain toast in the morning and others, like me, have to avoid all simple starches like the plague.
For the second, keep very, very busy. Take up a new hobby, or if you have young kids, go out to the playground and physically involve yourself in games of chase or tag or whatever with them - they'll love the attention and me-time. Enlist your husband or significant other for help and do something together for adult-time like learning to play squash or tennis at the Rec center, or go for a him-you walk in the evening, or anything, just get out of the house. If you can fight off the cravings just 1 more day, it's easier the next day, and the next and the next. Exercise releases endorphins which suppress appetite and make you feel good. They say some athletes almost feel a high after exercise, so even PCOSers are able to get similar benefits from lower-level exercises.
One more thing to consider - if you've been following a low-carb diet, you could very well be beginning to change your metabolism. A lot of people find their hormones start to fluctuate and some even start cycling again. A fluctuating hormone level from ovaries that are starting to wake up from sleeping (something PCOS does to them) will increase cravings. You are not used to those hormones any more, remember? The ovaries have been sleeping, so having them wake up is a bit of a shock to the system.
Increase your snacking on zucchini strips, celery and cucumber and this time add a dip made from no-fat Miracle whip, white wine vinegar and a drop of Stevia. There is no limit to the amount of snacking on these foods so eat them by the handful. And for me, and I can't explain this, there is something in the zucchini that stops certain cravings. I have NO idea why this is, but it works every time.
Avoid your trigger foods like they're the plague. For me this is chocolate, sugar, and bread. I'm a vacuum with these items. I can't even have a nibble or I'm set off and want the whole darn grocery store. Sucks to be me.
Also, one more thing, if you're now making all your meals from scratch and adhering to a low carb diet, you will actually need to increase the salt in your diet because you are no longer getting sodium from junk foods. !!! I'm just learning about this. Try a slice or two of tomato with some salt on it and see what happens to your cravings. Limit your tomato, however, to 1 medium a day.
Hang in there, hon, cuz all you can do is grit your teeth and work through it. And post on here! Vent, fume, rage, cry, steam, scream, whatever... we can take it and help you all we can! We know what it's like fighting the tiger.
Edited by: RODAWN at: 4/2/2008 (14:10)
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