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so here's the dilemma...

i love sugar. period. i find that if i allow myself a sweet "treat" i end up wanting & then usually eating more of said item or some other sugary treat. i am not happy with just a little bit bc i want more, more, more. yet....if i don't allow myself any "treats"/try to sub what i really want w healthy substitutions i just want "it"more & often eat the healthy substitutions & then end up eating the item im craving anyway. so it's like either way i lose.... do i eat "it" & crave/eat sugar for the rest of the day or do i try to avoid it but make myself nuts in the process by wanting it more?? BELIEVE me...i know i have major willpower issues but this is seriously derailing my efforts. i used be at a happy weight & it's like i don't even know who i am anymore bc i am allowing myself things that i havent eaten in forever & its almost like i dont even care about the cals (even though i am NOT happy w my weight right now). it's like i am sabotaging myself!! please help!

Sun. Feb 4, 8:49pm

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ahh me too! i have EXACTLY the same problem!!!

Sunday, February 04, 2007, 9:13 PM

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A protein or fat treat is less likely to bring on such strong cravings for more. Maybe you can find one of those that works for you as a substitute. Beef jerky is one that comes to mind, but I'm sure you can discover many others. Hope you come up with something that works.

Sunday, February 04, 2007, 9:45 PM

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Ah, yes, I have this problem of sugar addiction as well. In general, I am doing a lot better these days but I still lose control at times. What used to be 3-4 times of binging during the week has now turned into maybe once a month or so. I'm not sure exactly what contributed to this positive change but here's what I do. Initially, I had to just break away from sweets for about 4-5 days. This was extremely tough, to say the least. Now for me, I didn't have to be too concerned about sugar content in other things (cereal, peanutbutter, etc)during this time. These things didn't trigger a desire for more sweets FOR ME, but everyone is different. After the 4-5 days of no candy/sweets, then I found myself much more sensible. I did try to find other things that I could appreciate that wouldn't make me want to binge. I switched to dark chocolate--more antioxidants, less addictive for me, and the higher the cacao %, the smaller the amount I would eat. I also eat nips (hard candy, chocolate or caramel or coffee flavored) which aren't too high in calories and can last a few minutes. One of the other things I like to eat at night are fudge bars. Skinny Cow makes some that are 100 calories, rather sizable, plus have fiber and calcium in them. I am pretty satisfied after eating one of these. I have also stirred cocoa into a vanilla yogurt to get the effect of eating something chocolatey. It's pretty good, plus you get the benefits of calcium, low calorie, and tasty! The bottom line, in my opinion, is try to find something that you like/can appreciate but don't feel the need to eat it ALL. And incorporate these things into your diet daily, if desired, so that you don't feel like you are depriving yourself. These are just your *new* kind of treat. There are things to this day that I should never buy, like Tootsie rolls or other small pieces of candy because I can't stop eating them. I will be unwrapping the next piece while I'm still eating the current piece! So try to make yourself aware of the things that are extremely difficult or tempting to you and then adapt a little bit. Hope this helps!

Monday, February 05, 2007, 9:35 AM

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I have a similar issue....once I start eating something sweet, I can't stop. The only thing that has worked for me is to stop eating sweets cold turkey. It is really difficult, but just take it one day at a time and it will be a couple of weeks before you know it. I substitute fruit instead of sweets when I feel the need for something sweet and after several weeks was able to switch the craving from candy sweets to fruit. It wasn't easy...but was well worth it and I feel much better without eating all of that sugar. Best of lucK!!

Monday, February 05, 2007, 9:48 AM

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Tuesday, February 06, 2007, 7:45 AM

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