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2/22/14 8:40 A

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My experience is that avoiding giving in, even though tough, is much easier than stopping once I get started.

Ways I'm distracting myself until the urge to give in passes: Log onto SparkPeople, go outside, go upstairs to my computer room, make herb tea and pick up a magazine or book to go with, go find a drawer or cupboard to organize.

The worst thing to do at those times is remain in the kitchen, or flip on the TV. Both are high trigger activities for my sugar addiction.

Nothing tastes as good as being thing feels!


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2/20/14 10:41 A

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you guys are all awesome, thank for the feed back! I love it.

I am right now so dependant on my food tracker that keeps me accountable. I make sure and log everything that I put into my mouth.

after a couple weeks I should be able to see where adjustmenst need to be made for better nutrition.

“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.”

“The more intensely we feel about an idea or a goal, the more assuredly the idea, buried deep in our subconscious, will direct us along the path to its fulfillment.”

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2/18/14 10:05 P

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Visualization helps me!

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.

Mistakes are the portals of discovery.

Don't be afraid to give your best at what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.

It is never too late to be what you might have been.


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2/18/14 12:35 P

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You could try 85% dark chocolate, it has very little sugar. If that's too intense, switch gradually from 60% to 70% to 80% and you taste buds will adjust. Chocolate itself is not bad for us, only the sugar in it. Alternatively try Lilly's chocolates that are sugar-free (only stevia and erythritol).
Birgit

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BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN OTHERS.




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2/18/14 12:18 P

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My biggest trigger is stress and I look for chocolate. I like mounds bars. I convince myself it is better cause it is dark chocolate, etc.

My name is Rae and I live in S Florida. I have been a member with SparkPeople since 2008. I am a Breast Cancer Survivor. I have been cancer free since December 2012.




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2/18/14 5:10 A

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Well done : ) cheap chocolate is hard to resist.

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2/17/14 4:40 P

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How about small shards of glass for sugar. emoticon

Birgit

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BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN OTHERS.




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2/17/14 3:38 P

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Yes, that's a great point! Retraining our brain to see our triggers as some thing else works well - you just have to find what works for you. I relate to the "white bread = cardboard" - essentially, if you look at its ingredients, it is.

I really depend on my food tracker, using it to plan out options so my nutrients end up balanced at the end of the day. Looking at a trigger food and seeing it broken down into its nutrients on my tracker helps me say "no."



Edited by: MIMAWELIZABETH at: 2/17/2014 (15:39)

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2/17/14 3:19 P

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It's so true that the sight (and the smell) are usually the first trigger. This is classical conditioning, as salivation and insulin response already starts even when we see sweets. It takes a while to retrain our body. Sometimes mental imaging helps. For instance, every time you see something with sugar in it think of something that is white and not edible, like drywall, plaster or chalk or some other unappealing substance. The more you do this the more your brain will make the connection that sugar is not a food. This can make things much easier for those situations when you can't avoid seeing the stuff. But it takes a few repetitions.
This method helped me to get rid of white flour and sugar in my diet. When I see bread I'm thinking cardboard now.
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BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN OTHERS.




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2/17/14 3:15 P

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I know exactly what you mean! Being on Spark helped me deal with that constant out-of-control feeling, and I'm able to have most sweets in the house without going crazy (except yellow cake - that's my Kryptonite). I've also developed a discipline to control myself when eating candy, selecting an amount and putting the bag away before I eat, instead of eating from the bag. It's not 100%, obviously, but works most of the time.

I also relate to your dilemma when shopping... Along with being horribly tempted by bakery treats, buying entire cakes and eating them, I'd buy canned and boxed foods with coupons and sales, feeling very cost-efficient.
I even filled up one side of our spare room - problem was, we didn't eat them! Being on Spark helped me stop the "extra" buying, despite the low prices, and I donated countless boxes to the local food pantries.

Sometimes the best strategy for me is to simply NOT go to the store...

It's really hard sometimes, but unless I'll looking for something specific,
I don't even look at the sale ads. I find alternatives to eat, or go to different stores. For example, I get my basics at Trader Joe's, whose baked goods are (in my opinion) expensive and not that tasty, and completely skip the regular grocery stores. I'm also very lucky to have a DH who understands, and goes to the grocery store with my list and coupons.

You're already seeing a difference - it may seem small compared to all you're dealing with, but believe me, those small steps WILL keep adding up! Keep Sparking, no matter what... and someday you'll look back and realize how very far you've come. I'm not talking about losing weight, although that may happen. I'm talking about the emotional differences, which will have to take root if the weight is going to stay off.

I can't tell you how many times I have BINGED - and how often I STILL fight the urges. Some binges were out of control, some I planned... What do I mean by "planned"? Binging comes with a horrible feeling - giving up and giving in to my worst self. Planning a binge means NOT letting that feeling overtake me. I make specific choices, instead of eating whatever's in front of me, and measure and track everything honestly.

What Spark taught me is DON'T focus on the food - look at the feelings.

Hang in there... I KNOW you can do it - I mean, if *I*can do it... emoticon

Happy Sparking! emoticon emoticon



Edited by: MIMAWELIZABETH at: 2/17/2014 (15:18)

My son Scott's memorial:
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"I'm not telling you it's going to be easy.
I'm telling you it's going to be worth it."

"Life isn't about how to survive the storm,
but how to dance in the rain."


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2/17/14 2:54 P

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I am extremely impressed. The Russell Stover caramel hearts have been my downfall. And yesterday I bought the wrong one. It was a marshmallow one instead. Of course I ate it. And today was a small box of sweettarts. (50% off). But at least I am buying single servings rather than the whole box

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2/17/14 2:02 P

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is if I see it I want it, I can actually taste it and it drives me up the wall till I eat it and once I start I usually cant stop till its gone. that is the number 1 reason I don't keep sweets in my house. when I make cookies for the kids they are usually gone the same day, its bad. all that sugar and the craving just calls to me like a siren song. emoticon
when I go to the grocery store, I usually end up buying treats, especially after the holidays because everything is marked down... it has been really hard not to go crazy this valentines day, but god only knows how I have managed to not even buy one thing... I guess I am just ready for a change.

“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.”

“The more intensely we feel about an idea or a goal, the more assuredly the idea, buried deep in our subconscious, will direct us along the path to its fulfillment.”

Earl Nightingale


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