HI and thanks so much for your question. There's a good chance that you have an issue with being hooked on or addicted to sugar. Take a moment and complete this easy 2 min quiz devised by experts from Yale University http://www.drpeeke.com/PopQuiz.htm. In your situation, what you're doing is actually something we call "eating around the addiction". You did well to eliminate refined and processed sugar from your dietary intake. However, you didn't replace it with rewarding and tasty enough sweetness from natural sources, and thus you're still in crave mode. You want the sweet but can't eat it so you eat around it by continuously munching on other foods. One problem with that, in addition to packing on pounds, is that you may start getting hooked on the dried fruits and nuts as well. The foods people become most hooked on are called the hyperpalatables--- sugary/fatty/salty food combos. It's never tuna on a bed of greens that we get hooked on. It's the super rewarding hyperpalatables, most of which are refined and processed foods. In my book, The Hunger Fix, I note that you need a strategy of detox and recovery, in which you substitute the refined sweets with natural sweets, as well as add other foods that naturally boost the brain's dopamine, the reward brain chemical that gives you pleasure and satisfaction. In addition, log onto the WebMD Food and Fitness Planner and you'll also see a wealth of naturally sweet and tasty foods you can now incorporate into your dietary regimen to stop the cravings.
Another thing i note is that you're not taking in much protein. A secret way to stop cravings is to combine lean protein with fiber--- carrots and hummus, peanut butter with apple slices, yogurt with blueberries, low fat cheese with an apple. Works like a charm.
Good luck and let us know how you're doing,
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