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How do you deal with intense cravings?

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Fast Tract Diet for SIBO Forum Fast Tract Diet Q&A How do you deal with intense cravings?

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  • jpek
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    Hello everyone. I’m new to the forums and new to the Fast Tract diet. I’ve recently been diagnosed with SIBO and am still in the initial overwhelm and confusion stages of trying to sort out what my life will look like from now on. Diet-wise, I started the GAPS diet, but then discovered Fast Tract. Still reading the book and am gradually coming off GAPS and onto Fast Tract, while meanwhile indulging in some very un-gut friendly eating splurges a minority of the time, so it’s kind of all over the place

    What I’m finding is that almost every day I have an intense craving for a sweet, tangy desert bread, something like the Starbucks cranberry or lemon bread. The craving is REALLY intense and it feels really good to indulge it. Like my body is getting what it’s been asking for. Except that rationally I know it’s not true. I haven’t been sure what to do to bring these cravings under control. In general I’m not a believer in will power over cravings. I think the cravings have to shift on a physiological level, or they will win out in the end. So, I’m wondering what strategies there are for controlling these cravings and giving my body what it really needs.

    peterm
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    Hi jpek,

    I know how you feel. I had a serious weakness for dark chocolate and carb based snacks. I think your body can adjust quicker than you think but you have to give it the opportunity.

    The problem I had was that I couldn’t get my motivation right until it was too late. When I was diagnosed as lactose intolerant and potentially have reflux (I likely do) I cut down on the chocolate and snacks. But as things improved I went back to them. As they got worse again I stopped but then substituted them for other bad things like too much dried fruit or “lighter snacks” like popcorn and rice crisps.

    Once I started having serious problems I knew I had to stop and it wasn’t really a lot of effort. I stopped all of the processed foods cold turkey 5 or 6 weeks ago. I think fear took over. So while I will still have cravings once in awhile they never get bad cause I feel the consequence won’t be worth it. It can make you sad since we are always surrounded by food but I keep hope that I will recover to the point where I can indulge once in awhile. If not, there are lots of other things to enjoy in life.

    Find something that distracts you from food for awhile. Preferably something that doesn’t make you too hungry or surrounds yourself with things you can’t eat. It’s hard socially to avoid things so I am taking my time slowly easing back into social activities. I have to bring my own food a lot of times etc..

    Peter

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