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Beating a sugar addiction

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

For many people with and without diabetes, sugar cravings stand in the way of health goals. Beating a sugar addiction may be the first step you need to take to achieve success. (I am here to tell you it works, it sure did for me! )

“Studies have shown that people who eat a lot of sugar tend to crave more of it — it actually changes the brain chemistry to make us desire more,” says Amber Taylor, MD, director of the Diabetes Center at Mercy Hospital in Baltimore. “Most people who change their diets to avoid starch and sugar have a hard time for the first few weeks.”

“Healthy carbohydrates like whole grains, vegetables, fruits, and legumes help keep blood sugars from jumping on the roller coaster of highs and lows that refined carbs do. White flour, sodas, sweets, junk, and fast foods wreak havoc with blood sugar, insulin, weight, and energy levels.”

Focus on exercise. And it doesn’t have to be full-on, hard-core workouts, either. A recent study published in the journal Appetite found that, among regular chocolate eaters, those who went on a brisk, 15-minute walk before they were offered chocolate ate about half as much as those who simply rested for 15 minutes before indulging.

All I needed was the diagnosis to go cold turkey on the sugar intake. From day 1 with that dark cloud hanging over my head, I managed to get through, and it seemed like it only took a couple of days to work. I guess every one is different if they say it can take a couple of weeks.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
1BEACHWALKER 10/16/2013 8:23PM

    emoticon It is hard to go cold turkey when I have a husband who won't. I am trying-doing better! I admire you for what you have done and thanks for the motivating blog! emoticon emoticon

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DS9KIE 10/16/2013 12:23PM


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KNYAGENYA 10/16/2013 10:43AM

    You can do it...I have faith in you.

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SEAGLASS1215 10/16/2013 4:25AM

    emoticon My therapist said I have been self medicating with sugar to deal with stress and depression...and the worse my day, the more sugar I can consume. I use it like I once used nicotine and I'm hoping that if I could beat one addiction, I can beat this one too!

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COCK-ROBIN 10/15/2013 11:04PM

    Go for it! I'm proud of you!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 10/15/2013 9:56PM

    Welcome to my life!

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SKATER787 10/15/2013 8:07PM

    I used to hate sugar, loved whole grains. Now I hate whole grains but love a little sugar in dark chocolate.

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SNOWFLAKE322 10/15/2013 7:29PM

    So true. If I stay away from the simple carbs and sugars, I don't crave them. But let me get started and forget it. It's like a drug and you crave more and more. This is where i'm at now. I have to get off the merry go round. Thanks for the reminder!!!!

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AWESOMECHELZ 10/15/2013 7:12PM

    That's exactly what I am trying to avoid since I am pre-diabetic. I didn't know that about sugar!! Did you do the team "Tame your sweet tooth" to get started? Just curious since I need to do something and my doctor isn't supportive because I am not diabetic yet (I am changing doctors). emoticon

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DRAGON-CHICK 10/15/2013 6:08PM

    Great blog.
I'm amazed when people argue that it's not addictive.
(I'm seem good results when I abstain, too.)

Great job, and congrats!!!

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    Yes, sugar addictions are powerful. Good for you on conquering the problem! emoticon

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THOMS1 10/15/2013 5:30PM

    emoticon it only took me a week or so to get over my sugar cravings and made my journey much more pleasant. emoticon

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DRKYASHI 10/15/2013 5:25PM

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emoticon for sharing!

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