For me, as a sugar addict that broke my addiction by getting off sugar. I went cold turkey and told myself I could eat enough to feel satisfied as long as it wasn't sweet. It was easier if I felt full.
What helps me now is packing healthy snacks so I am not desperate. I make sure I have the right foods with me at work and at home.
Sugar is a vicious cycle. If you eat it, you will crave more. I avoid it as much as possible. If I eat some one day I will find myself wanting it the next.
I no longer eat it and crave it on a regular basis.
4/12/13 11:07 P
Ceylon cinnamon ! It's a great sweetener.
Ceylon Cinnamon is sweet and delicate where as Cinnamon Cassia is strong to peppery.
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4/12/13 11:22 A
I'm with ya! Up until about a week ago, I was just like you. Working out like crazy in the gym and had nothing to show for it. I realized when I started SP how many calories, carbs and fat I was taking it with my diet. It's no wonder I was gaining weight.
Your hard work at the gym will not pay off unless your diet is on track with it. Track, track, track!
I agree with CMCOLE that sugar free can cause more cravings. Eliminate refined sugars, sodas, fruit juices, and artificial sweeteners from your diet. I feel that hese are all drugs that will fuel cravings, why because sugar Alcohols (which are often used in products labeled sugar free) will raise blood sugar....so they might even make you crave more food.
The information is not intended as medical advice, it's only my opinion. Please consult a medical professional for individual advice.
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2,656 4/12/13 7:41 A
I don't think I ever thought to pray for help staying away from sugar, but what a great idea. Thank you for sharing, JHITCHCOC.
I too find if I start with the sugar I am eating it all day. I heard on Spark People radio that there are studies showing the reaction to sugar is the same as the reaction to cocaine. Very interesting. I do not have cocaine experience but I have certainly had my struggles with alcohol. Long story. Spend many hours in "the rooms" to make sure that addiction does not start back. I had a HUGE weight loss when I quit drinking but then the weight started to come back. The recovery culture has a lot of sugary snacks available to help with the detox from alcohol. I reckon I am plenty detoxed by now. I have not had a drink of alcohol in over four years. Time to get back to that good healthy weight, and I am not that far from it. Jelly beans....Big trigger for me. I remember President Reagan saying you can tell a lot about a person based of what jelly bean he selects. For me, I grab a handful. This is telling for me because in truth I want them ALL. My "real" addiction is more. I settled on alcohol because it is legal, so long as I don't drive, and easy to gets LOTS of. Actions have repercussions. I ended up HUGE. Big red face, big belly. Weighing in at 235lbs. For me, 12 step programs provided some purpose and direction, and weight loss too. I HAVE to view sugar with the same intensity I would alcohol or else I fall off the wagon with the weight loss goals. This is much harder than alcohol because sugar is in alot of things that you would not realize. Like today, the SP diet plan says the eat an Eggo waffle. I need to make sure that is the whole wheat waffle because the regular kind has that sugar reaction and then I am eating off the plan all day. I can't do it. This is where I "ask" my HP to help me. Each morning I ask to help me stay clean (from sugar) and sober.
4/12/13 7:09 A
Definitely going sugar free (by using the artificial sweeteners) is no better - often they trigger the desire to eat more, as well.
Good for you in identifying the problem and trying to conquer it.
Best wishes on your healthy journey
4/12/13 6:32 A
I love me some sweets too! I try to combat processed sweets with naturally sweet fruit. Sometimes I win.
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Good for you for going sweets free! You are going to feel so much better soon.
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2,656 4/11/13 10:06 P
Hey Princess- I am an addict too. Some people don't believe it can truly be an addiction, but I am convinced it is. This is an area where I have struggled now for years. It is my New Year's Resolution to beat my addiction, and I have a plan, but I have gone wayward. I have forgotten the plan. Thanks for the reminder to get myself back on track. Sugar does a lot more bad stuff to me than just the dreaded weight gain. For starters, it makes me tired, cranky, hungry all the time, and even makes me break out in a rash. I eat it until it makes me sick to my stomach, but I never seem to learn. Congratulations on your current sweets-free streak. Keep at it. It's worth the fight!
4/11/13 7:04 P
Have you been using the nutrition tracker? Tracking EVERYTHING that goes into your mouth really helps!!!
Hi, I have been going to the gym since September and have gained weight.....depressing....so I decided not to give up and to try getting off the sugar, I am an addict! I went to the sugar free and went off the charts with it. I know that is my huge problem so it has been four days today no sweets.
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