Calling all sugar addicts!

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Ruhu

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Posted: 31 Dec 2012, 09:13
Sugar -- It's my nemesis & my New Year's diet resolution -- to sort out my sugar issues! So, am looking to hear from others who have a sweet tooth/sugar addiction. Do you eat it at all? If you've given it up, where do you draw the line -- all sugars & all foods with any sugar listed anywhere in the ingredient list, added sugars, sugar substitutes, natural sugars? Or, do you eat it in moderation, & if so, what/how much/how often?
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SJacqueline

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Posted: 31 Dec 2012, 12:08
I also have an issue with sugar. I have tried to cut out sweets but that only made me want them more. So I decided to cut back which seems to work for me a little better. I have tried to substitute with splenda which helps but I have heard mixed things about using substitutes (heard they trick your body into wanting more sweet foods). Right now with a kitchen full of holiday yummies and a daughter that loves to bake I am having a problem avoiding the sweet items. Once the holidays are over I'm hoping to cut back again.
FullaBella

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Posted: 31 Dec 2012, 12:36
Once I stopped eating what I will call 'Extra Sugar Foods' (ESF) for this post (candy, soda, cookies, pie, cake, ice cream, syrup, jelly, canned fruit) I found the sugar in natural and most processed foods tasted so much more intense and (For ME) eliminated the craving.

Without the daily consumption of ESF, fruit, esp apples & fresh tomatoes became my new 'candy'; sometimes bananas and yogurts seem too sweet. Even a drink of whole milk tastes like ice cream to me. I recall one morning after about two months without ESF I made waffles from a boxed mix and it tasted like a cookie - I didn't even want syrup with it. Same thing with my morning oatmeal. With the fresh fruit in it I eliminated the two packets of artificial sweetner I'd been using to make it palatable.

I cannot imagine me drawing a line in the sand with 'no sugar period' as I strive to make fruit part of my daily intake and still rely on some processed & canned foods for cooking. However, even with those, as well as the one artificial sugar I put in my first morning cup of coffee or the artificial sugar in water flavorers, I still do not experience sugar cravings.

It may simply be my own mindset ((so I hope by qualifying this as FOR ME, MINE, MY will not sound like I'm trying present myself as a scientific reference to be debated ))I have noticed I WILL crave ESF when I've had simple carbs alone (bread, bagel chips, crackers) but NOT if I consume it with something else like cheese or avocado. Again, that's ME and it may not work for others.

I will reference a study I read a long time ago that there are cultures who do not have sugar cravings because they do not get it in their food at all. Our bodies do seem predispositioned to crave 'some' things naturally ((and I drew the conclusion of dairy, meat and vegetables and fruits from that )).

This is a little off track (sorry) but I feel conquering my sodium craving fell into the same category. I no longer irrationally crave chips, bread, fast food now that it isn't a part of my daily consumption. This is prompting me to eliminate the processed foods more than the 'sugar' as I am finding most are too salty anymore to enjoy. I'm actually moving toward 'low sodium' foods ((when the sugar isn't increased)) for that reason - where I was a crazed woman wanting 'normal cheese' in the past, it's just too salty now. French Fries? Forget it - not even interested.

The one craving I still randomly experience inexplicably is 'fat' as in foods based in mayo, onion dip, ranch dressing. I have read that an increase in protein will help eliminate fat cravings (or hunger cravings in general) but have tracked my 'wild eyed high fat craving days' and those do NOT directly coincide with a low protein days. So I continue to find things to try and in the meantime, if craving something like that, eat a small portion, mindfully, to satisfy the craving to avoid it erupting into an uncontrollable binge.

Point? I think the more *I* eliminate extra unnecessary 'stuff', the less I want it. For anything else, I satisfy the 'crave' and justify it as 'my body is telling me it needs this' and just keep moving along.

Maybe this will help your approach to sugar craving. If not, thank you for reading and tolerating my long rambling post.



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selenap20

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Posted: 31 Dec 2012, 12:38
I have to go cold turkey with an occasional treat like the little skinny cow cups of ice cream or granny smith apples with peanut butter. When I say occasional, i mean maybe twice a month max. Once I get going on sugar, I get cravings and have to have it with every meal (not a good thing). The good thing is that if I can last a month or so without any sweets, my cravings disappear completely and fruit will satisfy me.
sepm73

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Posted: 31 Dec 2012, 13:49
oh honey me too!! its like my meal isnt over until ive had a sweet. its my biggest downfall . im going cold turkey in the am too, (with the rare occasional treat too) i noticed completely on accident when i kept my protein levels up my sweet cravings were noticably lower. good luck!! you fing anything that works let me know!!
selenap20

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Posted: 31 Dec 2012, 13:56
sepm73 wrote:
oh honey me too!! its like my meal isnt over until ive had a sweet. its my biggest downfall . im going cold turkey in the am too, (with the rare occasional treat too) i noticed completely on accident when i kept my protein levels up my sweet cravings were noticably lower. good luck!! you fing anything that works let me know!!



I've noticed alot of people saying protein knocks off the sugar cravings, does anyone know why? I know that processed sugars in pre-made treats are designed to keep your cravings through the roof which is why the cold turkey approach is about the only way I can combat being weak already Laughing
Bbody1972

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Posted: 31 Dec 2012, 14:27
Cold turkey is the only thing that is going to work for me. Once I have some I'm like a carbavore the rest of the night trying to find more. I started Dukan today....so far so good. There are no temptations left in the house thanks to hubby letting me empty the cupboards..freezer etc. I'm going to get these last 15lbs gone for good. Lost about 35 lbs in 2012 and have been gaining and losing the same 5lbs for 3 months now...time to knock it off.
Ruhu

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Posted: 31 Dec 2012, 15:38
Thanks for all the great tips, success stories, etc. -- keep them coming! I absolutely agree & am again staying away from all ESF (love that way of categorizing, Bella), because those especially get me -- eat just one & I crave more almost immediately. This is what happened over the holidays when I tried to eat some sweets & found myself battling the sugar demon too often & intensely. Luckily, at least, I gave up white carbs a while ago which was easy for me & I've never really missed nor been tempted again by them. But you all brought up 2 points I must remember -- be sure to get enough protein & eat even low sugar foods with protein or fat to curb the effect. Thanks all for taking the time to share! As always, you've been great help!
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ElizabethEl

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Posted: 01 Jan 2013, 13:39
Read the newest Dr. Atkins book to understand sugar's effects on your system and why eating it (in all its forms) produces more craving for it. It's called insulin imbalance. That's why diets like the Zone or Mediterranean or Atkins restrict carbs - all turn to sugar quickly (potatoes, white rice included) and balance with proteins to slow down the process. When I go on Atkins Induction for two weeks, by day 5 all sugar cravings are GONE. And I'm a sugarholic! And yes, Atkins recommends limiting sugar subs as well per daily intake.
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Irishgirl57

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Posted: 01 Jan 2013, 20:04
I am doing Atkins because sugar and most carbohydrates are like poison to my body. I feel much better and am amazed at what changing to low carb hash done for me. Eating protein and fat takes away those sugar cravings and subsequent feelings like hypoglycemia and keeps you steady all the time. It's the only diet that works for me. I did it years ago but my doctor disapproved, so I stopped but then gained lots of weight doing low-fat or Weight Watchers. Now I'm doing what is best for ME!
katmm

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Posted: 01 Jan 2013, 23:27
I hear all of you I'm addicted to sugar in a bad way I hope to get back to the point that i dont crave it as much when i was on atkins the first few days I did crave it but after it was not as bad but i went back to my old ways of eating and gained the weight back but this time im goin to cold turkey wish me luck ....and good luck to everyone here
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Bbody1972

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Posted: 02 Jan 2013, 06:43
So I just started Dukan and did two days of Attack. By lunch on the first day I could pass up anything with sugar.A neighbour brought goodies for the boys and I didn't even feel the least bit tempted...shocking to me because I would have found an excuse to try a bit....which would then result in the rest of them disappearing. To boot I lost 6.4 lbs!! I haven't lost weight like that on ANY diet including Atkins so I am stoked to see this through (ya ya I know it is water weight but I don't care...it's gone). I planned to start Cruise on Friday but with results like that I'm starting today.
SergeantS

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Posted: 02 Jan 2013, 06:56
Bbody1972 wrote:
So I just started Dukan and did two days of Attack. By lunch on the first day I could pass up anything with sugar.A neighbour brought goodies for the boys and I didn't even feel the least bit tempted...shocking to me because I would have found an excuse to try a bit....which would then result in the rest of them disappearing. To boot I lost 6.4 lbs!! I haven't lost weight like that on ANY diet including Atkins so I am stoked to see this through (ya ya I know it is water weight but I don't care...it's gone). I planned to start Cruise on Friday but with results like that I'm starting today.


Wow, that's great! I can't wait to see how much I lose after this initial phase - I just started the Dukan yesterday, I'm on day 2 of the attack phase and honestly, I'm finding it pretty hard! Laughing

I don't have a sweet tooth as such, but I love chocolate and bread. They are my two worst nightmares. I just keep imagining nutella on a thick piece of bread! And for me, eating chocolate (which is my real addiction) then leads on to me craving other sugary things such as sweets and cake. Chocolate cake. Ice-cream. This sugar/carb cold turkey business is much harder than it would have been if I had done it prior to the Christmas break, I'm sure all the sugar I consumed last week is probably doing me no favours now I'm trying to cure my headache with a chicken breast and a litre of water Sad

Here's to hoping it gets better in the Cruise Phase!

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Sherillynn

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Posted: 02 Jan 2013, 10:30
I am a sugar addict also. I have found that I must go cold turkey and cut out the sugar completely or I have no will power. For me, if I start on the sugar, I cannot stop.
Atkins has worked well for me in the past and after about a week on Induction, the sugar cravings go away. Carbs in general, aren't my friend. They look and taste wonderful and then they stab me in the butt!! The extra pounds pour on and before I know it, I am back where I started.
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