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pasta is seriously a drug

If I don't have pasta for weeks, I am completely fine but even one lunch or even a pasta dinner and then I want mounds of it every day. What is it???

Thu. Feb 21, 4:43pm

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Have you tried whole wheat pasta? Does it have the same effect on you as regular pasta?

Thursday, February 21, 2008, 4:45 PM

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I'm the same way. Wheat actually does spike my dopamine levels- but the crash is terrible. If I make pasta, I cannot make any more than one serving otherwise I will eat it ALL. Pasta in the fridge? oh no, it doesn't get that far.

I stick to tinkyada rice pasta which at least only makes me want more for a day or so, as opposed to a 5 day binge. Much better for me.

(And whole wheat is even worse for me- wheat of any kind, and ESPECIALLY unprocessed wheat is NOT my friend)

Thursday, February 21, 2008, 4:50 PM

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I totally hear you.

MY SUGGESTION: Make only enough for 1 serving.

Thursday, February 21, 2008, 4:54 PM

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I'm a pasta JUNKIE!!!! I've learned to eat Pasta Plus (by Barilla)....still not as good for you as whole wheat, but its packed full of protein and fiber. Its filling like the whole wheat stuff so I don't eat as much. I also find if I make a meal with it, I'm likely not to crave it as bad. It also tastes much more like the real deal.

Thursday, February 21, 2008, 5:32 PM

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I don't know about craving it but I always only make enough for only one serving for each person. That way there is no temptation to snack on it later.

Thursday, February 21, 2008, 6:33 PM

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You might try deBoles artichoke pasta, or kashi (buckwheat) pasta, or pasta made from other grains. Find them at a whole foods or wild oats or someplace like that.

Thursday, February 21, 2008, 6:38 PM

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You can also try polenta... I have had really good luck with it curbing my appetite for pasta (a staple, since I don't eat meat!)

Monday, February 25, 2008, 2:18 AM

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Oh yeah, polenta is low cal and seriously easy to make, too!

Monday, February 25, 2008, 2:19 AM

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It seriously is an addiction. Although this source is promoting a diet, read it. It makes a LOT of sense as to why most of our favorite foods are full of carbs!


Monday, February 25, 2008, 10:21 AM

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you should try spagetti squash, you bake it up and inside is just like spagetti, but much better than you. you can get seeds thru any seed magizine online or that you get in the mail during spring.

Monday, February 25, 2008, 9:05 PM

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spaghetti squash is a great idea. I love that stuff. I think you should give up pasta all together. If you can't control yourself, why torture yourself?

Tuesday, February 26, 2008, 7:33 AM

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