If you don't want to give up all grains you might want to try to use buckwheat instead of whole wheat. I did this for quite a while after reading about the dangers of all modern wheat. It works great for pancakes, to make bread and many other dishes that are usually made with wheat. It's still higher in carbs than what I can eat now but it does not have gluten nor the gliadin protein in wheat which is so addictive. I have found the Spark recommendations for macronutrients (fat, carbs, protein) don't work at all for me. Birgit
That was certainly loud and clear to me today too, so I feel your pain--especially after giving in and OD'ing on cereal earlier... uggh.
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5,092 12/27/12 9:54 P
See, I'm struggling because compared to what my diet used to be, I've cut way back on my carbs. Before, on most days carbs made up 60% of my caloric intake. These days, 45% average. The only grains I eat anymore are whole wheat bread, whole wheat pasta and occasionally brown rice. No more cereal, crackers, anything of that nature. To go even further and cut back on fruits and the bread and pasta is not something I want to do. I consume plenty of healthy fats daily, usually 60-70 grams, which is my upper limit. I think the real issue is the tempting sweets that go along with the holidays. Up until Sunday, I was doing great. Then cookies came along and I went nuts.
12/27/12 8:29 P
Kristen, you may not consider low-carb an option but many vegetarians do. It is actually quite easy to eat a low-carb diet as long as you eat plenty of eggs and dairy. Vegan,on the other hand may be a little more difficult although possible, you'd have to go heavy on coconut oil and nuts and seeds to make it low carb and high fat. Low carb is usually any diet under 100 grams of carbs/day but even at 170 grams you already see benefits compared to 300 or more. I often see people use the word freggies, but think it is misleading because most fruits are bred for very high sugar content and are not very natural foods any more. Veggies, on the other hand have much lower carb content, apart from a few root veggies and corn. The lower the carbs go the easier the sugar addiction will be to break. Birgit
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5,092 12/27/12 12:40 P
I have the same issue! Ugh, I thought I my sugar addiction had gone away a few weeks ago from eating less processed food, more protein and freggies, but I have eaten cookies nonstop since Sunday. Low carb is not an option for me because I'm a vegetarian. I get plenty of protein - most days 75+ grams. And (besides the past few days) my carbs are in the 170s (low end of my range). Oi, I'm hoping to overcome this.
If you are addicted to alcohol, you don't drink alcohol. Sugar is put in most carbohydrate foods, to keep it preserved, and for taste. This is because they have removed the fat, and keep it on shelves longer.
By reducing carbs, you tend to be able to remove sugar from your diet with a little effort. Sugar is a cabohydrate. Go look at 2 ozs. of noodles, or a slice of bread. Both have 2 g of sugar.
Amazingly, when you eat what you are addicted to, you can't get over your addiction! Read up on Dr Atkins New Diet Revolution, and see if it sounds like you could benefit. After the first two weeks, you start adding back in foods slowly. You may only need to avoid processed foods which are loaded with salt, and sugar. Many carbs have no sugar, and you may be fine eating them.
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12/27/12 4:46 A
Are you getting enough sleep and protein? I know that for me if I'm low on either of those my cravings will come up.
12/26/12 11:41 P
I hear you loud and clear. It took me many years to break the sugar addiction and it turned out it had nothing at all to do with self-control. The trigger food was wheat. The gliadin protein in modern wheat will lead to a carb addiction by connecting to the opiate receptors in our brain. For many people all carbohydrates (incl. whole grains) will cause strong cravings to eat again an hour or two later, typically cravings for sugar or other carbohydrates. Since I've gone on a low-carb diet I don't have cravings any more. If you'd like to learn more take a look at the wheatbelly team or some of the low-carb teams on Spark which you can find by searching or from my Spark page. Cheers, Birgit
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1 12/26/12 11:02 P
The craving for sugar is intense, I can't seem to break the bonds.
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