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So I've been craving sugary things, anything that I can put sugar in or on I do it. I don't know whats wrong and I can't seem to stop. Its not a monthly thing, I was wondering if it was a lack of vitamins or something?! Does anyone else have this problem and what do I do to stop it? Help :o

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So I've been craving sugary things, anything that I can put sugar in or on I do it. I don't know whats wrong and I can't seem to stop. Its not a monthly thing, I was wondering if it was a lack of vitamins or something?! Does anyone else have this problem and what do I do to stop it? Help :o

Have you considered Seasonal Affective Disorder (winter blues)? One of the symptoms is craving carbs in general. I use light therapy, but before I did so, or if I go "off the light" then jelly beans (gluten free of course :) ) beware!

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Do your symptoms worsen after eating all the sugar? If so...this could be a sign of bacterial overgrowth or yeast overgrowth. Bad bacteria feed off of sugar so it would cause cravings in that situation.

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Just one more possibility...I find that when I'm not getting enough protein, I feel an almost anxious need for more carbs/sugar. Sugar is also addictive for me...the more I eat, the more I want. Higher protein intake helps break me out of that cycle.

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Sugar is also addictive for me...the more I eat, the more I want. Higher protein intake helps break me out of that cycle.

This is true for me as well. The cravings go away when I keep on a high protein diet w/out sugar.

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I had major sugar cravings for a couple months after I went gluten-free. Then I had major protein cravings. That all went away eventually though.

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High blood sugar can cause carb/sugar cravings. You could be having some sort of blood sugar problem (i.e. maybe not enough insulin being released, etc.) I would highly recommend that you go to your doctor and ask to have a glucose tolerance test done. It is a simple test. After fasting overnight, you come in and drink a big glass of sugary water. Then they take your blood sugar levels with a pin prick every 30 minutes over the course of 2 hours. This will tell them how your blood sugar acts.

If there's a sugar problem, they'll be able to advise you. If there is no blood sugar problem, then you can start keeping a food diary and figuring out what it is that makes you crave sugar the most.

The glucose test is worth doing because it can signal the beginnings of pre-diabetes. If you are overweight, or if diabetes runs in the family, you'll want to get this checked early on.

I'm talking from experience on the whole subject above. I hope this info helps you out.,

Thanks

Gabby

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Yes, I know what that's like... been gluten-free for 6 months now, and my 'glucose cravings' are just starting to normalize. I figure what happened was; with my body being less able to absorb nutrients, it was storing [excess] glucose and 'feeding' more heavily from that than is 'normal'. So, after going gluten-free, it took some time for my system to adjust--epecially considering my increased food intake for the first 4 months (which allowed somewhat higher levels of glucose to remain in my system). After the 4th month, my appetite decreased, as did my glucose intake--and I'm finally starting to have less sugar cravings. It seems the body adapts to whatever condition exists, then re-adjusts after changes. Just another possibility...

GC

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I've noticed that I'm craving sugar, too. My thought was that since I no longer get the quick energy from the high carb. wheat stuff that my diet consisted of before, my body wanted it some way......so sugar! I'm not a doc or anything, but that's what made since to me.

About the blood sugar....I'm going to have mine tested. My mom is diabetic, and since I started the diet, my sugar has been extremely low (I test with my mom's stuff) So we're thinking I might have hypoglycimia. (runs in the family). ;)

Just a few thoughts!

-Lollie

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