I'm like Houndlover1 - my body doesn't discern between refined sugar, sugary fruit, simple carbs. It's all sugar to me! So substituting is going to be important for me to tame this beast. I do know that sometimes I can have a citrus herbal tea and that seems to satisfy. Somehow, I had forgotten that along the way...
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It really is about retraining the brain and tastebuds. In line with @HOUNDLADY!'s comment, I've turned to veggies more than fruit. Desserts have been streamlined and usually is where I use my fruit, i.e., baked apple with cinnamon, oats and raisins (tastes like an apple cobbler . My choice of teas includes those that require no added sugar, or sugar substitute, of any kind.
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Fitness Minutes: (60,364) Posts: 23,090 6/30/14 6:41 A
My sister in law recently linked some of her headaches to sugar, so she is attempting to curb her hadits as well.
One thing she struggled with is chocolate. She ended up trying cacao and baking with it (using honey if needed not refined sugar). She didn't like it, but she found after a bit of trial and error she likes carob, once sugar was out of her system.
You have a good point Houndlover1. Everybody is different and deal with the sugar dilemma in different ways. I have tried to stop completely but never seem to be able to do it cold turkey. I have said in the past I will always want sugary treats and will give myself a small portion from time to time just not every day like I used to. I just need to retrain my brain and my tastebuds. I think I am doing much better since I started on this Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge. I went from eating twix bars and chocolate cake almost every day to one mini twix or a sliver of chocolate cake every other day.
JIrishlady, it may depend on the person but any sweet fruit will trigger sugar cravings if I have more than very small amounts (1/4 apple or 3 oz. of berries etc.). I'm not saying that is the case for everyone, I was a severe sugar addict, but my body makes no difference, sugar is sugar. Birgit
We have all been down that slippery slope with sugar. Right now I have a hankering for a chocolate pudding and I am doing my very best to resist the craving. I know it will pass, but these cravings are intense at times. Sometimes chewing on a piece of sugar free gum helps, or maybe a lollipop. I ate an apple last night when my sugar monster raised it's ugly head. Maybe tonight I will eat a nectarine. Try swapping out a healthy piece of fruit in place of sugary cakes, cookies or chocolate.
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Fitness Minutes: (60,364) Posts: 23,090 6/19/14 7:51 P
I've had the carb addiction, all the foods you mention, the only thing that worked for me is give them up forever, they are just too addictive to have occasionally IMO. For me low-carb is the only solution I can stick with in the long haul.
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