I think I'm addicted to sugar

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    Jan 25, 2010 4:11 AM GMT
    This isn't news, but in the past I've been able to reel it in and curb myself. Now I'm really struggling to do that. I think at this point, it goes beyond having a sweet tooth. So what do I do? Do I just cut it out of my diet white knuckling it for a few days? Do I gradually ween myself off of it? Or do I just say **** it and blimp up to epic, grand proportions. icon_rolleyes.gif I have a lot of knowledge about how this stuff....addiction, food, good carbs vs. bad carbs works. I'm just struggling to break down that mental barrier because the urge comes, and I feed it. The urge can come in the form of a crash where I'll subconsciously eat something sweet (or drink something that has caffeine) and usually more impulse eating can follow. Argh. Has anyone else kicked sugar or other refined flour products out of their diet?
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    Jan 25, 2010 5:16 AM GMT
    Runninchlt saidThis isn't news, but in the past I've been able to reel it in and curb myself. Now I'm really struggling to do that. I think at this point, it goes beyond having a sweet tooth. So what do I do? Do I just cut it out of my diet white knuckling it for a few days? Do I gradually ween myself off of it? Or do I just say **** it and blimp up to epic, grand proportions. icon_rolleyes.gif I have a lot of knowledge about how this stuff....addiction, food, good carbs vs. bad carbs works. I'm just struggling to break down that mental barrier because the urge comes, and I feed it. The urge can come in the form of a crash where I'll subconsciously eat something sweet (or drink something that has caffeine) and usually more impulse eating can follow. Argh. Has anyone else kicked sugar or other refined flour products out of their diet?


    There's a big difference between sugar and refined flour. Refined flour is relatively easy to avoid - and I have, for the most part, for 10 years. I don't eat bread, pasta, baked goods, etc.. I just don't.

    But my body metabolizes sugar extremely well, so I haven't booted it out of my diet, especially since I eat so much fruit. Refined sugar, though, I do try and limit but I'm not a big believer in dieting, so I eat it in moderation.

    Is there a shortcut? No, it sucks. Watching people eat bread, pasta, croutons, ANYTHING with flour in it, sucks. But I'm happier not feeling bovine for 3 days after eating it, and have accepted that I can't metabolize it and am happy for all of the other foods I *can* eat that don't affect me negatively, either in health or in weight. Focus on what you can/should eat and you ultimately won't miss it.
  • jrs1

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    Jan 25, 2010 5:20 AM GMT

    christ. I might be the same ... might be ... I have an oral fixation and usually fulfill that with gummis. if I have thinking to do ... I usually need to chew on something (e.g., gummi candies, pieces of plain wheat bread, meat cutlets) ... and then I usually resolve my thinking within an hour or two.
  • rdberg1957

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    Jan 25, 2010 6:36 AM GMT
    i think those who develop sugar cravings need to severely limit the amount of sugar they eat. The problem is usually concentrated sugar and sweetness (honey, other "natural sugars" are also sugar). Stevia may be alright for some people. If I plan my meals, I am satisfied when I eat fruit which has sugar, but is less concentrated than baked goods, candies, soda, pies, other sweets and also contains various micronutrients. I can't bring any ice cream, candy, etc into work or the home. I will eat it in moderate amounts if I limit it to eating out once/week. If I eat well (lean protein, vegetables, fruits, complex carbs in small amounts such as brown rice, whole wheat pasta, beans, etc), my cravings subside to a large degree.
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    Jan 25, 2010 7:06 AM GMT
    cut out all refined processed sugars out of your diet and after 3 weeks you won't crave it. your body will recalibrate. there's alot of substitutes that are healthier for you!

    stevia instead of sugar or splenda.
    agave nectar instead of maple syrup.


    if youre tired and are craving a can of pop, have an apple.


    little things like that make a huge impact!.


    also research on candida/yeast overgrowth in the body. It thrives off sugar. you can get a simple detox kit and lower the levels in your body. hope that helps
  • jrs1

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    Jan 25, 2010 7:15 AM GMT

    ... then there're these:





  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Jan 25, 2010 7:18 AM GMT
    Skittles anyone? icon_rolleyes.gif
  • jrs1

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    Jan 25, 2010 7:32 AM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidSkittles anyone? icon_rolleyes.gif


    meet: nv7_ ... because you have said what may be one of his favorite words ... except ... add the word ' sour ' in front. like this:

    sour skittles.
  • DrobUA

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    Jan 25, 2010 7:42 AM GMT
    tinymike saidcut out all refined processed sugars out of your diet and after 3 weeks you won't crave it. your body will recalibrate. there's alot of substitutes that are healthier for you!


    This is what I had to do. I had a REALLY bad sugar addiction. I'm pretty embarrassed about how bad I let it get. You need to go cold turkey and after a while other things like fruit will start tasting better and better.
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    Jan 26, 2010 4:29 AM GMT
    Thanks for the input...I do notice that there is definitely a correlation between refined flour and sugars in terms of my eating patterns. Today, I took it easy on the grains and ate a lot of fruit, vegetables, and protein instead. I think grains do have a place in my diet as far as an energy boost in the morning as well as before intense workouts. Otherwise I'm going to try to make a more conscious effort to go for the apples or almonds before going for the clif bars which I tend to grab for the sake of simplicity. I think I am going to try the 3 week thing as far as cutting out the desserts and candy bars.
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    Jan 26, 2010 4:52 AM GMT
    Eat more fruit, drink more water, stay away from all local bakeries.
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    Jan 26, 2010 5:13 AM GMT
    guess i shouldn't offer you one of these lemon meringue cupcakes.
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  • ShanksE

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    Jan 26, 2010 5:27 AM GMT
    I have a major "fries" addiction and my larder is usually stockd up with different types of chips and fries and what not. I would often return from office and end up munching on these. Ergo my dinner would be ruined.

    After joining RJ however I have become more health conscious. I keep a fruit
    basket at home and when I get back from work I have fruits. It is nutritious and keeps the "hunga pangs" away.

    If you want to combat your sweet tooth, try fruits like sapodilla or oranges. Don't go for fruit juices however, as they might contain added sugar.