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Even since my son was born (3 months ago), I have been CRAVING sugar. I've always had a pretty fierce sweet tooth, but this is something altogether different. I lost all the weight gained during pregancy (30 pounds) in 8 weeks, and have always had a very fast metabolism. We BF exclusively, and I'm eating copious amounts of food, but can't kick that craving for something sweet. I wake up in the middle of the night ravenous for sugary food.<br><br>
Can this be indicative of some nutrient deficiency? I've had to cut out dairy and wheat b/c of DS's sensitivities; am I missing some mineral that could be contributing to the problem? I'm still taking my prenatal vitamin.<br><br>
BTDT? have some insight?<br><br>
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yup, are you getting enough protein? i just saw a naturopath today and my nightly sugar cravings were linked to me having low energy towards the end of the day. she said to eat more protein for slow burning energy - maybe you need to look at that?
 

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i agree about protein. was going to say that. but also...sugar craving is part of sleep deprivation. body seeking energy.<br><br>
avoid substituting caffeine.<br><br>
as for the protein, make a list of protein ideas that you could eat easily throughout the day.<br><br>
hummous is a favorite of ours. we dip carrot sticks in it for lunch.<br><br>
add canned beans to salad.<br><br>
a little peanut butter on an apple..<br><br>
try to make each snack a balanced mini meal: veggie, protein, if you have carb, make it whole grain NOT WHITE!<br><br>
refined carbs lead to carb and sugar craving. a truly whole foods diet avoids this. foods that your body has to work on a long time.<br><br>
carrot should seem sweet.<br><br>
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seperate note to emphasize seperate idea.<br><br>
prenatal vit. or multi vit. has very little mineral in it, because the minerals are bulky.<br><br>
are you also taking a calcium with magnesium?<br><br>
don't skip the magnesium.<br><br>
don't skip the big glass of water with these, either.<br><br>
i take a 500mg calcium with 250mg magnesium at bedtime. and then more magnesium when i get up in the night.<br><br>
makes a big difference to falling back to sleep right away.<br><br>
magnesium helps calm nursing jitters anytime and any kind of cramp.<br><br>
it takes alot of mineral to make milk.<br><br>
i buy a cheap store brand magnesium, which breaks in half easily. it can be better to spread it out than take it all at once.<br><br>
because you have a young baby and are not drinking milk. i wd try to take cal-mag earlier in the day, too.<br><br>
what about a good, local yogurt? that should digest better. acidopholus helps deal with sugars.<br><br>
acidopholus capsules are a good idea, too.<br><br>
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I'm working on upping protein intake.<br><br>
The cal-magnesium thing is interesting; before DS was born, I was a heavy dairy consumer, esp. yogurt and cheese. I *do* so hope he outgrows his sensitivities before too long, so we can both be optimally healthy. I'm trying to substitute adequately, but it's hard... wheat and dairy are in EVERYTHING!
 

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I hate to mention this but I had horrible sugar cravings post partum and, in retrospect, I realized that they corresponded to thrush outbreaks. It turns out that I had a systemic yeast infection and it went in cycles when I craved sugar terribly. I indulged the craving and would end up with the sore pink nipples and such. Do you have any yeast infection symptoms? Did you have a c/section or take antibiotics for any other reason?
 

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we talk a lot about thrush and yeast in our LLL group. the best success seems to come with avoiding refined foods and sweets.<br><br>
back to the whole foods diet.<br><br>
noodles are refined. bread is refined. most cereals are refined.<br><br>
white rice is refined. these are not in our kitchen anymore.<br><br>
good quality med. or short grain brown rice is much better. wash it well. but the veggies still need to outnumber the whole grains.<br><br>
this will starve the yeast and thrush by lowering your blood sugar.<br><br>
i buy relatively expensive bags of baby organic salad greens so it's easy to have salad anytime. i add purple cabbage, carrot, artichoke heart, radish, green onion, a few almonds, canned salad beans and a few tablespoons wheat germ. paul newman ceasar dressing. that's been our dinner all summer. spouse and kids have been happy with it.<br><br>
of course, it goes great with salmon, marinated tempeh, whatever. big fan of those store cooked chickens if you can find them without a bunch of junk.<br><br>
if the baby sleeps with you and you can get the hang of getting latched and falling back to sleep, that should help you get more rest. magnesium helps me not to lay awake or be restless.<br><br>
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but hilary, many people need a higher ratio of magnesium to calcium than the standard 1 : 2. that's why i've found it so helpful to have a seperate magnesium. what is the ratio of calcium to magnesium in the dolomite? seems like there was a downside to the dolomite that i can't remember. we used to make our own capsules of it at home.<br><br>
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but wouldn't any type of calcium be an alkaliniser? i mean, that's the whole point of calcium antacid like tums, right?<br><br>
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