Sudden resurgence of cravings

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    Himawari
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    I’ve been following the diet with virtually zero cheats since October (4 months), and had some pretty nasty cravings for pretty much everything (breads, cheeses, dessert items, beer, etc.). After about two weeks I got used to the diet and the cravings mostly subsided. Since then, I haven’t had many cravings for non-allowed foods (although some substantial hunger problems have arisen). When my friends and I go out and they buy foods I can’t eat, I just ask if I can smell it and that usually is sufficient for me.

    A little over a week ago, I started getting pretty nasty heartburn and burning, acidic stomach pains. Short story is I think I had been substantially overeating (2x the volume of what I used to, and not just veggies) and I developed mild gastritis. For about a week there, if I ate anything except very small portions of eggs, boiled fish, buckwheat/millet (by itself, not as part of a meal), or plain salad, I would get stomach pains, so I ate very little and what I did eat had no spices and very little to no oil. Since then I’ve slowly returned to my normal candida-diet eating patterns without stomach pain, so I think I’m over that.

    However! Since then I’ve had absolutely horrible cravings again. Part of it is that I’ve been downtown a lot recently and am constantly bombarded with visual and olfactory stimuli from restaurants and food stands. But I’ve had this happen before and I’ve been okay, whereas now I feel like I’m always a hair’s breadth away from just throwing in the towel and heading toward the nearest all-you-can-eat buffet.

    Has anyone experienced this? I’m wondering if the sudden re-emergence of cravings a sign that something’s happening with the candida population? Or is it fast-feast reaction from my reduced calorie intake last week? Or is it all in my head?

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    Ashlay
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    Omg this is creepy that this topic was at the top when I came to the forum…

    I haven’t had or even really ben tempted for anything sweet since Xmas, that’s 2 months ago, I have been doing very well on the strict diet and not deviated, however, today I had unbearable cravings I could not control and I have given in 🙁 I simply could not control it, it was like I was possessed and I’m actually ashamed of the amout of chocolate I have consumed today!!

    I’m interested to see what happens however, and see if my body has gotten any stronger, as from tomorrow I will restart total detox.

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    Himawari wrote: Short story is I think I had been substantially overeating (2x the volume of what I used to, and not just veggies) and I developed mild gastritis.

    This may be your answer. Also, what exactly were you eating during this period?

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    Able900
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    Ashlay wrote: today I had unbearable cravings I could not control and I have given in 🙁 I simply could not control it, it was like I was possessed and I’m actually ashamed of the amout of chocolate I have consumed today!!

    Ash, you may want to try to find a supplement called 5HTP. This is a natural supplement; if taken twice a day, morning and late afternoon, it can help to curb cravings for carbohydrates.

    You might say that the detox is a necessity after eating the chocolate.

    Able

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    Ashlay
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    Thanks able, I’ve seen 5HTP mentioned but did not know its use, it’s actually on offer at the moment at holland and barrett so I will pick some up. Its back to extreme detox for me, anticipating feeling like crap in the next few days!

    Ash

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    Himawari
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    Able900 wrote:

    Short story is I think I had been substantially overeating (2x the volume of what I used to, and not just veggies) and I developed mild gastritis.

    This may be your answer. Also, what exactly were you eating during this period?

    Sorry Able, I know this is going to make you cringe, but the following was a typical daily eating pattern from around early Nov through early Feb:

    Breakfast:
    grilled chicken pieces (pan-fried in olive oil and spices)
    green leafy veggie of some kind (turnip greens, spinach, komatsu, mizuna, mibuna, kikuna)
    buckwheat/millet

    Snack:
    breakfast leftovers (basically I’d make a whole bunch and whatever was leftover from breakfast would get consumed here)

    Lunch:
    Ground chicken (pan-fried with light olive oil and spices)
    green leafy veggie of some kind
    buckwheat/millet

    Snack:
    3-4 eggs (pan-fried with light olive oil and spices)
    buckwheat/millet
    kefir (starting in Jan, 2x/week)

    Dinner:
    fish/other seafood (pan-fried with heavy olive oil and spices)
    (once a week, replace with beef/pork)
    green leafy veggie of some kind
    buckwheat/millet

    Snack:
    Fried turnip root/eggplant/green bell pepper
    Nuts/seeds (stopped around Dec, but have started eating again)
    Possibly more eggs

    Besides eating around five meals a day (the snacks tended to resemble meals), they were all pretty substantial meals. I’d have a large salad of green leafy veggies (basically as much as I could stand eating; I’m not a fan of veggies) and a huge portion of chicken/fish/meat (twice the size I would have eaten before starting the diet). I’d also have a “normal” portion (about the amount I would have eaten in rice prior to starting the diet) of buckwheat/millet. Basically, I’d eat until the pain from having a full stomach was worse than the pain from being hungry. Because no matter how much I ate, I’d never, ever feel full, and I get dangerously irritable and unbalanced when hungry.

    Until the end of December, I barely had enough energy just to get to and from school, club activities, and the grocery store. So I relied on massive amounts of protein for the energy. After that, my energy levels were better, but the weather got very cold (and I spend most of my time outside or in poorly heated/insulated buildings) so I relied on massive amounts of protein to stay warm (plus warm chicken is yummy, whereas warm salad is just gross). Whenever I’d get tired/stressed, I couldn’t rely on junk food and caffeine to get me through the situation, so that meant more chicken/meat… you get the picture.

    Recently I’ve been trying to cut out the pork/beef altogether, but I have to be careful because for whatever reason, if I don’t eat it at least once a week, I experience sudden and inexplicable depressive episodes. Chicken I’ve been trying to replace with fish, but chicken makes for a much better lunch box item (no bones, not as messy, not as smelly, keeps better over time) and I eat most of my meals away from home.

    Quite frankly, I’m amazed it took four months for my stomach to finally throw in the towel. But this eating habit is what made it possible for me to survive the diet without cheating (other than eating too much meat), and my eczema has been clearing up, so it was hard to break the pattern since progress was clearly being made.

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