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So I'm just wonderin - does anyone out there on the gluten-free diet have any particular food "addictions" - ie a specific food you practically subsist on? OR a food (that you can eat) which you crave?

I've cut out gluten, dairy and soy - and I have developed this strange obsession with dates (oddly, they have to be zapped in the microwave, or my stomach won't tolerate them). I can eat an entire 400 gram packet at a time. I know it can't be all that good for me, but I guess it could be worse...

Curious...

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So I'm just wonderin - does anyone out there on the gluten-free diet have any particular food "addictions" - ie a specific food you practically subsist on? OR a food (that you can eat) which you crave?

I've cut out gluten, dairy and soy - and I have developed this strange obsession with dates (oddly, they have to be zapped in the microwave, or my stomach won't tolerate them). I can eat an entire 400 gram packet at a time. I know it can't be all that good for me, but I guess it could be worse...

Curious...

peanut butter--a whole jar and i barely, finally taste the last gob leaving me wanting so much more as it reels through ripping its way out, and i say to myself 'thisisincrediblestarvinginsatiable...thisisthelastime'

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Hummus with those savory rice crackers. I'm so addicted... I figure it's not so bad since that's about the only processed food I eat, and hummus is pretty good for you. But, I MUST buy hummus and crackers at every trip to the grocery store. Peanut butter is rising very quickly though...

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Look at the predominant nutrient in the dates and any other food cravings. For awhile after going gluten-free, I strongly craved black beans and chocolate. Both are high in magnesium. The cravings calmed down when I added a magnesium supplement to my regimen.

Incidentally, what clued me in was an article about PMS where a doctor said that women's chocolate cravings during PMS were really magnesium cravings. Apparently, your body needs more at that time.

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I am on a pepperoncinis kick right now. I absolutely have to eat them every day. They are great in salads, rolled up inside a slice of lunchmeat or straight out of the jar standing in front of the refrigerator. :ph34r:

My favorite lunch in the last month is:

Ener-g crackers

Garlic herb cream cheese

Gallo reduced Fat Salami

Pepperoncinis

I'm not sure if they are bad for me or not, but they taste so good!

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Incidentally, what clued me in was an article about PMS where a doctor said that women's chocolate cravings during PMS were really magnesium cravings. Apparently, your body needs more at that time.

No. Way.

I've had insane chocolate cravings during PMS for as long as I can remember, but chocolate makes the PMS worse. I have GOT to try this. Right now. I've been a little out of control w/the chocolate the last couple of days.

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I'm with cruelshoes except I wrap my turkey slices around baby dill pickles. The food network calls them cornishons. (sp?) I also can't seem to get enough of green olives. Are both of these cravings telling me I'm low in sodium-ha,ha!?

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So I'm just wonderin - does anyone out there on the gluten-free diet have any particular food "addictions" - ie a specific food you practically subsist on? OR a food (that you can eat) which you crave?

I've cut out gluten, dairy and soy - and I have developed this strange obsession with dates (oddly, they have to be zapped in the microwave, or my stomach won't tolerate them). I can eat an entire 400 gram packet at a time. I know it can't be all that good for me, but I guess it could be worse...

Curious...

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I eat rice for lunch and dinner almost every day! And green olives!! If I go out to eat I do not have rice, but I miss it terribly!!!!!!

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In this order:

1. Salt - no matter what I eat I have to add quite a bit of salt. I never did this until I went gluten free. This has not changed, while other cravings do change from time to time.

2. Eggs - specifically right now, I am on an omelet kick.

3. Peanut butter or peanuts.

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I get bags of roasted, salted cashews from Trader Joe's, and I COULD consume the whole bag (and feel really sick) if I let myself. Nuts are hard on the gut, but no gluten (or soy, dairy...)

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I'm OBSESSED with quesadillas! I have to eat high fat foods for this medication I'm taking, so now I eat quesadillas 2x a day....at least!

I could eat them 4 times a day! But they are really fattening...so I try to only eat them 2x a day. :rolleyes:

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Megra - I'm also obsessed with rice! I have recently converted from white to brown (which has created a notable effect on some of my symptoms :-))..but also, I had a thing with hummus recently - I would add it to everything. Including rice. My latest thing is mustard. I have been putting it on everything. My sister told me she thinks I have the strangest food habits of anyone she has ever met...

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I thought I was the only one! I had to have exactly 6 dates for a mid morning and afternoon snack and with lunch. Then sometimes as a bedtime snack. They are the best when you put a little peanut butter or nutella on them. I had to give them up because they were really making my stomach hurt, but I miss them. Now I am on a sweet potato chip kick. Kind of like a rebound boyfriend... not really as good as the dates, but a substitute until something better comes along.

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I'm on a rice kick too right now...but specifically Bob Red Mill's brown rice farina. I eat 3 SERVINGS of it at a time....massive quantity!!

And of course, sweet potatoes :) One giant one every night.

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O, peanut butter! Now you're giving me ideas...they hurt my stomach until I tried throwing them in the microwave for 30 seconds; now I can eat them and I feel fine! (okay, with very mild rumblings if I eat an entire bag - but that is based on the action of having eaten an entire bag ;-))

I also went through a sweet potato kick - until I realized I couldn't really handle them (sigh). Rice is truely the one thing that, no matter how much I eat, doesn't create some kind of awful gut disturbance.

I've always had a thing for dried fruit...and, of course, it is the one thing that always upsets me. Perhaps its the sugar.

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Here's my list: salty items including air popped popcorn and green olives (used to hate them!), Eggs - if from a farm can't stand the store bought ones anymore since gluten-free, Peanut butter whipped with chocolate from Peanut Butter and Company that I can have since it is dairy free, and rice, and quesadillas - when I can get the right kind of soy cheese.

I was laughing as I read through this as we all seem to have gravitated to the same food types. Go figure!

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I'm OBSESSED with quesadillas! I have to eat high fat foods for this medication I'm taking, so now I eat quesadillas 2x a day....at least!

I could eat them 4 times a day! But they are really fattening...so I try to only eat them 2x a day. :rolleyes:

How do you make them? I read in your signature that you're dairy and soy free - so do you use rice cheese?

Thanks!

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How do you make them? I read in your signature that you're dairy and soy free - so do you use rice cheese?

Thanks!

I'm actually not dairy free anymore! I will have to go back to dairy free soon, but until I have a blood test done for food allergies, I'm keeping it in my diet. So, in answer to your question...I use real cheese! Sorry to get your hopes up!

I've tried all other kinds of cheeses (soy, rice, etc.) and they are all HORRIBLE to me! I would rather have none than eat those plastic-y tasting things.

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I've tried all other kinds of cheeses (soy, rice, etc.) and they are all HORRIBLE to me! I would rather have none than eat those plastic-y tasting things.

I agree, plus they don't melt well. At least enjoy eating the real deal while you can B) !

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M&M's. I am totally addicted to M&Ms right now. I am a former cookie addict and had a difficult time giving that up. When I found out the m&ms were gluten free I got hooked. I eat a bag every day-sometimes 2!

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I haven't had a date ( the dried fruit) in a week and had to stop myself from buying them at whole foods today. I think the sweet potato chips may be a bit much for my system but a girl has to have something. I guess that leaves Captain and Diet Coke. My doc wanted me to give that up, but I called her a "fun hater" and did what I wanted... poured another

one.

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:D The similarities are interesting!

So let me ask you this - what kinds of food did these replace? (as in, which foods were you addicted to pre-diagnosis?) Do you find that the addictive foods you eat now are more or less healthy than those you craved before? (I'm almost positive that most answers to this will be a yes, seeing as, for the most part, I would imagine the foods we originally craved contained gluten...)

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:D The similarities are interesting!

So let me ask you this - what kinds of food did these replace? (as in, which foods were you addicted to pre-diagnosis?) Do you find that the addictive foods you eat now are more or less healthy than those you craved before? (I'm almost positive that most answers to this will be a yes, seeing as, for the most part, I would imagine the foods we originally craved contained gluten...)

I'm the one who posted about eating massive quantities of hot rice cereal w/ unsweetened soymilk and a giant sweet potato everyday :huh: To your dismay, I did not eat these things before going gluten free. hehe.

They are replacements for my one true love: French toast. Ugggghhhh I miss my french toast soooo muchhh....I used to eat it like 2 or 3 times a day (my poor digestive system..)...a REAL addiction.

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