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i think i'm addicted to sugar. anyone else? how have you broken your habit? i can't seem to get away from it!!!
Sat. Jul 16, 10:08pm
My sugar addiction............
my sugar addiction is out of control- so what we havw done in my group- stolen from another group, hehe is place a bet- whoever eats sugar on any day other than their cheat day has to post their most embarassing moment on the lounge posting board. I have a MAJOR sweet tooth, but this challenge is helpin me control what i eat and when. I have eated other things that are sweet such as alot of berries, like blueberries, i eat about 1 pint at a time, lol. I really feel proud of my self even though its only 1 week with out chocolate, its alot for me. :)
My tricks are: I drink ALOT more water and eat mcu more fruit. i also keep VERY busy at work so i dont think about how much i want it. OH, this may seem wierd but i have about 4 packs of MandM's in my fridge (hidden butter drawer) and i dont even want them after this one week. i have them to remind myself that i can have them if i REALLY want them and i CHOOSE when and what i eat. I feel like since i havent has sweets in awhile that the carvings are alot less, but if i eat just one, i will crave the swwets again.
Keep trying b/c not only do you find something that works but yo will be SO proud of yourself in the long run!
Best of luck, i hear ya sista!
Saturday, July 16, 2005, 10:33 PM
Right around when I was first realizing I was addicted to sugar (I had all the signs - denial, eating it non-stop, hiding it from my friends, craving it, etc, etc), I met a woman who never ate added sugar (no bread, no non-natural peanut butter, nothing!). She was a total hippie, but she was very cool, so I challenged a friend to a sugar-free month. It definitely worked, and once I was broken of the habit, I didn't even really crave it very much. If you like challenge, try it!
Now, my addiction is back, and I'm not up to cutting all sugar out again, so I'm limiting myself to really good sugar - being picky about my special calories, like someone posted a while ago. I found some amazing chocolate (at $15 for 7 oz or whatever, it had better be amazing). It's made by Scherfenburger (that's spelled wrong, sorry, but it's a long name that looks something like that), and I found it in a specialty grocery store. Regular Hersey's or whatever now tastes gross, and it is extremely easy to convince myself not to eat it because I can just have a piece of Scherfenburger instead. And, to make things even better, Scherfenburger is so rich that I litterally can only eat a tiny amount. This won't work if you don't like chocolate, but maybe you could find something similar?
Saturday, July 16, 2005, 11:21 PM
I'm picking something not to eat every day. It originally started with picking something to leave on my plate every meal, but I'm finiding if I really am hungry to finish my dinner, then to meet my goal, I choose not to eat dessert. I havent' had dessert 3 times this week, and am even craving it less as it's becoming not a habit to eat that something sweet right after a meal (that's the worst time for me, because I always want something sweet to just get a good aftertaste in my mouth).
i also don't keep tempting sweets in the house. THings like chocolate just don't get bought because once they're in the house it's soo much harder not to eat them. My fiancee has to buy junk food that I don't want to eat and won't be tempted by if he wants it.
Sunday, July 17, 2005, 6:24 PM
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Monday, July 16, 2007, 2:43 PM
Hi Amy -
I broke the sugar habit by giving up refined carbs (white bread, etc.), added sugars, alcohol and any kind of soda. I only drink 100% fruit juice which is normally diluted with water (it still tastes sweet) and also eat fruit for sugar.
I still eat a piece of 80% cocoa dark chocolate every now and again. I drink alcohol occasionally too but I try to stick to wine or vodkas and sodas.
The trick is to slowly cut back so you don't feel deprived. I also make it a rule not to buy certain foods I really like (ice cream!). That way, I'll have to go out to eat them and instead make it a once in a while thing instead of everyday.
Good luck and ask your teammates or group for some support as you try to kick your habit!
Tuesday, July 24, 2007, 2:43 PM
Try either doing nothing but veggies and fruit for a week. I swear to you all I wanted to eat was meat, nothing else! Or if you HAVE to have sweets try sugar free chocs or I like slimfast snack bars (the pb and choc are yummy). Or drink a diet soda. But I do agree that once you sweets it awakens the beast and you have to eat sugar every day. I find it best to stay away! Good luck hope I helped!
Tuesday, July 24, 2007, 2:52 PM
I'm a sugar a holic too! All the reccomended suggestions work. Yerba Mate Tea is great. Keeps away cravings for sweets and fatty foods...plus it's loaded with vitamins. Thats probley why it makes you not crave!
Wednesday, July 25, 2007, 2:12 AM
Been abstinent - off of sugars, grains and starches - for years now. Only works if you are desperate, though, this is not for the casual "dieter" but for true addicts.
Wednesday, July 25, 2007, 7:29 AM
There are many components of sugar addiction. Removing carbs and sugars helps many people. Adding vegetables is another component. Habit is another. Simply drinking a glass of water when you feel an urge coming on can help. Hypnosis has also helped many people in the PEERtrainer community.
The best thing is realize it can be a huge effort and set the expectations accordingly. But know you can do it!
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