Oh my goodness yes, I feel that I am a recovering addict! The problem is once i get going, it's so hard for me to stop! I just came out of about really the entirety of this month of being inconsistent, but eating candies, 'snack' cakes, pasta, and many other fatty foods. I can reel it in once I actually try, but generally when I'm stressed or when TOM is involved, it's SO hard!
Yes, I do think I am. It is so hard for me at night and the afternoon to not want chocolate! It is easier in the afternoon because I am at work and don't have it there to tempt me, but night time at home-that is a whole different story! The best way I try to keep away is to keep it out of sight. It works sometimes. It is hard right now with the Easter candy I bought my kids lying around waiting for next week. I guess I should have waited til closer to the date to buy it. The funny thing is I was never this way until after I had my kids. When I was pregnant with them I started craving the candy and it never went away.
Yes, sugar addiction is a real thing. Sugars release "feel good" chemicals for immediate gratification, and you can't seem to get enough. Eating sugars makes you just crave more sugars. You need to quit sugars all together (just like you would with say, cigarettes) to detox your body from the addiction. Once you cut them out, after a few weeks the cravings will go away, and you will be able to appreciate the natural sweetness of fruits. It will be hard for the first few days, but will get easier as time progresses. I find actually now there are some things that are "too sweet" for my liking.
I'm right there with you! For me, information is power. I find that if I study the nutrition facts on the label (or put foods into the nutrition tracker before I eat them) I'm much more inclined to walk away from them. It's when I think "this can't be too bad", and then proceed to eat what turns out to be 3 servings, that I get in trouble. But if I can see that the one Double Stuffed Oreo will set me back 70 calories, I can usually talk myself out of it.
I have a major sweet tooth that I am still working hard to fight. One big thing is don't cut yourself off completely or it will make your craving worse. Have treats in moderation. If you are craving something sweet chew on some sugar free gum. I find that if I have something sweet earlier in the day, that it's a bigger struggle to eat right the rest of the day. If I'm going to have a treat, I try to save it for right after dinner and portion it out to stay within my calorie range. It is tough and I have heard that you can have addictive behaviors towards wanting certain foods. I believe that is true for me.
3/19/13 9:48 A
I want to become addict to exercise, but no there yet
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3/18/13 3:46 P
There is no doubt in my mind that eating carbs makes me want carbs.
I've been doing ok by staying away from most of the GOOD stuff: no/very little bread, pasta, rice, baked goods, sweetened drinks, or candy.
My belly dance teacher has been quoted as calling white, processed food " a gateway drug" !
That being said, I'm not a low carb/no carb eater either. I just find I get plenty in my fruits, veggies, dairy, and almond milk.
There is some element of NOT wanting to put something in your mouth more than you WANT to. I think it gets easier as you develop better habits (like bringing a big bowl of veggies to munch on with me to work every day) and break out of bad ones (like grabbing a 20 oz coffee with cream and sugar and a giant cookie every afternoon).
In the meantime, use some little tricks: tell yourself to wait 10 min, if you still want it, then you can have it (then go do something else).
Or let yourself have a SMALL piece only after you have eaten and drank plenty of good stuff first.
Or make yourself a promise to do an extra 10 min of exercise for every naughty bite.
Or scour recipes and articles for things you can substitute for what you want. Cocoa dusted Almonds are really good. So is fat free, sugar free pudding.
3/18/13 2:46 P
Detox from most true physical addictions takes about 48 hours.
Psychological addictions are different. That's why people who fight drug addictions have a hard time shedding those addictions.
That being said, our bodies know that sweets are a cheap and easy way to get lots of calories and fat all at once. It's a survival instinct. It served our ancestors well, BUT these days when crappy food is so easy to come by, it causes us LOTS of trouble.
Recognize that your body is trying to help you. At the same time, recognize that you'd really be better off without that 'help."
Although consuming the sweet stuff is okay in moderation, it's easy to feel out of control around sugar. Don't worry. We can help you cope with your cravings and reduce your sugar intake while still feeling satisfied.
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3/18/13 12:36 P
Does anyone else feel like they are addicted to sweets and sugary good stuff? I try to be good and was for so long, now, after having just a taste, I remember how GOOD junk food is and crave it all the time! Is there such thing as being addicted to sugar? Any ideas to combat this?
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