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MRSCLARK Posts: 547
1/7/14 9:45 P

I not only love sweets but stuggle with binging

one bite at a time
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1/7/14 12:13 A


"Don't let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use."

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1/7/14 12:08 A

I believe will-power is finite. Its better to focus on one thing at a time, so you aren't constantly saying no to everything. Right now I am doing a Sugar Free January so that is helping a lot with my sugar cravings and I only need to worry about added sugar instead of everything else that can come with changing my lifestyle.

Hopefully at the end I will be in the habit of avoiding sugar (and not want it) and I will be free to focus my will power on something else.

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1/6/14 6:47 P

Wow Brian! You can do it. I hate when I quit something and then fall off the wagon. It always leads to a binge, doesn't it. I am longer for warm weather again when the farmer's markets open up again. THEN is when I am going to start my work on getting rid of sugar in my diet! I just want lots of fresh healthy options on hand :)

GIPPER1961 Posts: 645
12/6/13 12:49 P

I agree with the opinion in that book. I eliminated all added sugar for nearly six months and have been very successful. I relapsed about six weeks ago and had a week long binge around thanksgiving. In the midst of that I could no more give up the sugar than any cocaine addict could walk away from his substance.

Today I am trying to beat back the cravings in my second day, but at least I know it is possible and what will happen if I give in.

Science is never settled. Refusing to adjust to new findings is not science at all, but dogma.
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12/5/13 8:32 P


I recently read, and reviewed, a book on sugar addiction. I do think it is the same as drug addiction. The book I read recommends a detox that removes the sugar from your system... but I have always been weary of detox.

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12/5/13 8:29 P

I think everyone appears to agree that will power is not the answer. My nutrition coach agrees with you... however my husband is always telling me to have some will power when it comes to wanting a snack. The more I hear it the more I think that it's supposed to be what brings me to success,

I like habit though. Making a habit of eating right, not snacking, getting in some fitness every day. If people can make a habit of bad things then why not good things?

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12/2/13 3:24 P

I don't believe that willpower is very helpful long term at all. Habit is. So are the changes made to your body and your emotions and how food effects you while your willpower does still remain high. Those can stick very nicely, if you don't undermine them.

Cutting way, way down on sugar will be helpful for just about everybody.

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GIPPER1961 Posts: 645
12/2/13 12:30 P

I truly believe that in some people sugar is a physically addicting substance. I have been struggling with getting my sugar addiction back under control after a long period of sugar abstinence.

The symptoms I experience in this are very similar to what I have seen written about alcohol, drugs etc. I have seen brain scans of addictive brains on sugar and drugs and they are very similar.

I have found abstinence to be the only treatment for my sugar dependence.

Science is never settled. Refusing to adjust to new findings is not science at all, but dogma.
EXOTEC Posts: 3,327
12/2/13 9:47 A

I think most everything in life is connected in some way. Emotions do affect our eating habits. It's just a matter of which ones affect us most, and which ones we can manage with something other than food. Some of us were raised that way, unfortunately.

Another aspect about sugar cravings is that it's NOT simply an emotional response. Sugar does create real physical/metabolic dependence. If you can cut it out - nearly as completely as possible - those cravings will turn you loose. Just as is (usually) the case with highly processed carbs. The tough thing is that the foods we seem to crave the most and are the hardest to give up are actually the ones which are causing those food addictions... and that's different for each of us. I'm not especially challenged with sugar. But show me breads and carby veggies and I'm done.

I find it refreshing to see that new science is helping us understand the whole range of nutritional wellness. Not everyone is ready or willing to accept the new paradigms... but for those who can, it's a godsend.

Luck and health to you in your new lifestyle!

...the problem with people these days is
they've forgotten we're really just animals ...
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We don't have souls. We ARE souls. We have bodies.
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12/2/13 9:34 A


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12/2/13 12:05 A

I believe will-power will always fail at some point. I believe the key is harmonizing the brain to a balanced state through meditation on Truth and Light. There are many forms of meditation and studies show their effectiveness time and time again.

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16
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12/1/13 8:16 P

I am a Holistic Life Coach, but even my own nutrition knowledge didn't help with my emotional eating or need to snack at night (mmm... sugar). There are so many therapies out there, how do you know what works if you don't try them? So, I tried a nutrition coach, Kristen Kancler.

Prior to this awesome coaching experience that changed my life, certain things helped me stop snacking, I've talked about that in another blog post.

Does boredom count as an emotion? I think it does. How do you stop yourself from snacking, or binging even, when you are depressed, mad,... bored? I think that the key is definitely in will power and the knowledge of healthy snacks that curb the need for sugar.

How about you?

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