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Trying to Understand Beer Cravings

Austin

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Hi all,

So the main bane of my 90-100% Peat eating for the past year has been beer, which of course makes me crave junk food which I all to often succumb to. I really hate hard alcohol like whiskey, gin, etc. I also can't stand wine. There is something about beer that my body seems to crave, and interestingly two days ago I had a few Mexican colas, and the typical evening cravings were gone. I wonder if this is from the CO2 in the cola? I don't know if it's possible for the body to crave that. Any ideas?

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Maybe it is the soda. If your CO2 levels are low, it's reasonable that you would crave the familiar things that increase CO2 levels, ie beer. I don't see any other commonality between mexicoke and beer ...
 

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Interesting. I just read that liver problems can cause low CO2 levels. So drinking beer hurts then liver --->increases need for Co2--->increases need for beer---even further increases liver damage. :lol:

I'm going to drink a ton of Mexicolas this week to see if it completely kills off these cravings. It will be interesting to see what happens.
 

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Have you tried bag breathing and/or baking soda?
 

Austin

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No, but that seems like a great idea. Are there any guidelines I should adhere to? Just add a few teaspoons of baking soda to drinks each day and do bag breathing for 5 or so minutes per day?

Thanks :)
 

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When I was a low-carber I used to drink like a tall Heineken every night.
When I would try to cut back,
it would really help me to have a non-alcoholic beer.
It made me feel noticeably relaxed.
Not slightly tipsy like the Heineken, but just relaxed.

I used to think it was just a placebo effect.
Now, after Peat, I tend to think it was the starvation for carbohydrates. :roll:
 

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Austin said:
No, but that seems like a great idea. Are there any guidelines I should adhere to? Just add a few teaspoons of baking soda to drinks each day and do bag breathing for 5 or so minutes per day?

Thanks :)

Ray Peat said:
Breathing in a bag until the air is used up, which takes a minute or two, two or three times a day, will usually improve the body's CO2 balance in just a couple of days; for example, it usually normalizes the blood pressure...

Not sure about dosing of baking soda. Maybe someone else could chime in on that.
 

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Thanks everyone for the advice. :) Just as a somewhat dull update, I beat the beer cravings. It was pretty much as I suspected and was a combination of a sugar and CO2 craving. Drinking Limonatas eliminated the cravings completely.

@ Jenn, do you know of a reliable way to check PH levels? I believe Peat said in a recent interview about alkalinity/acidity that testing urine PH levels wasn't too reliable.
 

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It's not if you are taking baking soda. I use the saliva first thing in the AM. It's important to do it a few days in a row. How long since you've eaten last can affect saliva pH. If I wake up in the middle of the night and check it immediately, it can be balanced....if I toss and turn without eating a little something, it will fall rapidly over the next few hours before "morning."
 

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