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momagina

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Posted: 02 Jul 2013, 11:26
hello everyone,i feel like an addict,sugar is my "monkey on my back"Rolling Eyes i need to know if anyone out there can give me some type of solution to the Sugar monster?? im glad i have my very good friend that introduce me to this site ,going on this journey with me,,misery loves companyLaughing well check back with you all,in the meantime and between time stay encourage!!!!
messamermom

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Posted: 02 Jul 2013, 16:39
Go cold turkey and eliminate it from your diet. Read labels to see what sugar has been tossed into food products:
Brown sugar
Corn syrup
Demerara Sugar
Dextrose
Free Flowing Brown Sugars
Fructose
Galactose
Glucose
High Fructose Corn Syrup
Honey
Invert Sugar
Lactose
Malt
Maltodextrin
Maltose
Maple syrup
Molasses
Muscovado or Barbados Sugar
Panocha
Powdered or confectioner's sugar
Rice Syrup
Sucrose
Sugar (granulated)
Treacle
Turbinado sugar
Evaporated Cane Juice
Golden syrup
JustADreamer

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Posted: 02 Jul 2013, 17:11
This might sound kind of basic, but have you tried eating fruit? Right now, the strawberries at my farmer's market are amazingly fresh and taste sweet enough to curb my sugar cravings.
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Posted: 02 Jul 2013, 17:21
It will take about 2 weeks of clean eating, with no added sugars to start to curb your sweet tooth. I noticed that when I up my protein intake and lower my carb intake it helps.
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Glaun

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Posted: 02 Jul 2013, 19:21
I agree with JustADreamer, a half a glass of raw (natural)orange juice will stop my craving for refined sugars dead in its tracks.

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stephbal

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Posted: 05 Jul 2013, 04:26
cutting sugars is hard I have such a horrible sweet tooth myself and I still not there. The reason Im starting to cut sugars and sweets is diabeties runs in my family on both sides, and I got gestestional diabeties while I was pregnant so I have alot higher chance in getting it when Im older if I dont keep my body in check. I mention this just to put it out there to look at family history and if its a bad addiction where you get the shakes or feel weak and your skins clammy just check health first before you send your body into shock by doing anything drastic. I used to pratically drink almost a whole 12 pk of soda a day. I decided I was done did cold turkey ended up with severe migraines and not sleeping for a day because of pain and it started to ease up after I put all those nasty sugars back in my body. I weened my self and now Im only down to 2 a day if that. I work in dialysis in az. there's no way Im drinking coffee when it 90 or higher at 4 am when I go to work Smile. I hope it was helpful I know I can be long winded and ramble . hope to hear how it goes for you
fawkesmom

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Posted: 05 Jul 2013, 13:14
If you cut added sugar completely out of your diet, then your palette will adjust and natural sugars like fruit will start to taste a whole lot sweeter. I agree with JustaDreamer - strawberries are fantastic right now. One thing I like to do is wash them, let them dry off, cut off the green tops, and then freeze them. They are like bite sized chunks of sorbet. Freezing works great with grapes too... its really dessert like.
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Posted: 06 Jul 2013, 15:30
I suggest cutting all sugar and sweet tasting anything for a two weeks. When you get the urge for sugar feed your body lean protein. Reintroduce healthy sweets like strawberries,pineapple,apples, grapes after the 2 weeks.
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Posted: 06 Jul 2013, 22:35
I used to eat chocalates like there is no tomorrow. That was when i did not really read upon all the sickness that will affect me because of this habbit. I suggest you get a full blood test done immediately to find if you are pre-diabetic. Google search the evils of sugar and chocalates. Once i was educated about nutrition, i cut out my sugar completely. Maybe you can find articles in other sites (i read bodybuilding.com) that will educate you with articles. Best wishes in your efforts.
FeliciaP

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Posted: 09 Jul 2013, 08:30
Start slow! Go towards more naturally sweetened products. Try to stay away from processed sweet snacks. Increase your water intake.I had a terrible sweet tooth also, but I kicked it. Went on a 30 day juice fast. I stopped eating all animal products. Foods taste so different to me now. When I do crave some thing sweet besides fruits, I will have either dark chocolate, Uber bar, or Angie's kettle corn. All items have natural ingredients. Good luck!!
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Posted: 09 Jul 2013, 13:21
To me, this little mantra works:

"It's a lot harder to stop than it is to simply not start". Don't take the first bite. Just say no.

My monster is definitely sugar. Once I go, I can go all day. Not good.

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Posted: 09 Jul 2013, 13:27
I have a mantra too: 'Food is my friend, I just have to choose my friends wisely.' Sugar is the friend who wrecks your car and drains your bank account. Find better friends.


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mars2kids

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Posted: 09 Jul 2013, 14:50
FullaBella wrote:
I have a mantra too: 'Food is my friend, I just have to choose my friends wisely.' Sugar is the friend who wrecks your car and drains your bank account. Find better friends.


I love it! Great mantra!

I have the sugar monster too, but with time and healthier eating it doesn't seem like I crave sugar all the time. I haven't given up sugar, but I've definitely cut back on the amount of sugar I eat and where I'm getting it. I have a candy jar on my desk that I fill with chocolates and I used to be in it all the time, then I started only allowing myself 1 per day, now I very rarely eat a chocolate out of it. Once in a great while I just get the urge for it, but 1 square is enough now instead of going to get a whole candy bar.

With time and changing my routines the sugar cravings aren't so bad. I switched my daily snacks from 100 calorie packs, processed bars, or other sugary things to fruit, veggies, yogurt, or cottage cheese. I still have those sugary things every so often, but try to practice moderation. It's mostly up to you whether you want to give up those things forever or just reduce the amount you're eating.
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Posted: 09 Jul 2013, 15:37
Great posts by all! Sugar has no nutritional value whatsoever and is highly addictive, but we all know that. It's the superdrug of the food world. Yes, go cold turkey, get it out of your system and you will feel so good. Just a word, you might go through withdrawals, yes just like a drug, headaches, nasal drips (as the yeast dies off) etc. Stay with it and you will feel 100 x better. Good luck. and keep us posted!
donaldo

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Posted: 12 Jul 2013, 12:48
Great comments all... sugar is the crazy train. One aside, carbs can trigger the same cravings as sugar. I like frozen grapes and non-fat choc milk when I'm dying for something. I think I'll try the two-week cold turkey plan. Cool
Sashareyes

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Posted: 12 Jul 2013, 17:43
Fill up on healthy food don't have sweets for about three days. Then you can start to have small amounts of natural unrefined sugars Luna protein bars are my indulgence!
riocaz

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Posted: 12 Jul 2013, 18:22
I don't generally crave sweets thankfully. So when I do I generally give into them and sometimes that leads to a binge...

A friend suggested that the next time I feel that way I should eat a bag of dried fruit instead of sweets. Okay calorie wise it's not great. But better than haribo or jelly belly and at least dried fruit has a ton of actual nutrition along with its calories.

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vickileary

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Posted: 13 Jul 2013, 01:27
I like dark chocolate w/86% or higher.The serving size is large enough for me to have 1/2a serving as long as the Chocolate is dark enough and the % is high enough. Trader Joe's has a 86% but it's a bit bitter tasting. For a nice milder taste, I love Ghirardelli 87% Intense Midnight.It is the Best possible way to end the day,just before you crawl into your own soft clean sheeted bed. Oh,I forgot I have to thank God for my treat. (=
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LindyG

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Posted: 13 Jul 2013, 02:06
I also struggled with the sugar thing but less as time goes on... good tips so far in the above posts ... here`s another...if you use honey or crystalline fructose instead, you use less and it doesn't spike your sugar giving you that roller coaster ride with sugar/ insulin/ savoury!
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Posted: 13 Jul 2013, 10:44
I picked up some Blackberries from the Sat.Market last week and thanks to the Sun,they were Beautiful.I ended up freezing half before they were eaten.They made excellent Nutri-Bullets and/or Juiced. I get all the nutritional value in a great tasting drink. No clean-up.te-he (;
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