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I agree, I started eating more protien a few weeks ago and my energy is way up and I have more control over my cravings! I am a major fruit eater as well and eating more protien has totally helped out!

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Hi, Mary. I understand fully the struggle. I just rejoined this focus because I have fallen down againg and can't seem to get up--train wrecked again. Reading your words, some things I see you might change to help is to cut back on the fruits some, which is a substitute for the bad sugar. Give your body a chance to change gears. Also increase protein intake and make sure you are getting enough good fats. It is the fats that curb appetite. We have a tendency to cut that too low. You are in my thoughts and prayers on your journey. BLESSings, Darlene

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I am on week 3 with no candy, or desserts, I am eating lots of fruit, and I know I eat hidden sugar at every meal, and I am no losing weight like I had hoped I would, trying to stay around 110 carbs, if I eat less, I get weak and shaky,
I have always craved sugar (candy mostly) after every meal, when ever I sit down, riding in a car, it is relentless, and I almost find myself putting air in my mouth sometimes, when the urge hits me, I put my empty fingers toward my mouth, like I am eating.
anyway, after 20 days, I am still craving candy, and Halloween is just around the corner. and then Thanksgiving and Christmas, and I always bake

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8/18/12 12:19 A

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Wonderful ideas here. Thank you so much for the encouragement!



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8/13/12 7:01 A

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Hi all! this has been great to read! It is good to remind ourselves that we cannot be perfect on this road. We are changing habits and that is not easy. When we make is mistake we should do just what you guys did, find ways to learn from it! How encouraging! Thanks for sharing!
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If you are interested in one or more, let me know. BLESSings, Darlene

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4/29/12 12:45 P

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tnx Abby, I noticed that you lead several groups dealiing with emotional issues. I have dealt (am dealing) with most of those as well as the diabetes. God Bless your efforts to help those with these special issues. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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emoticon BB. I am excited for you. These tips and mindful eating have certainly helped me along the way. I still am not losing--health issue are hindering right now, but I am maintaining and feeling better, so hoping to be on the losing end again soon. You hang in there. I pray you are able to lose the weight, but when struggle comes, there is victory in maintaining too. Hugs. Keep up the good work. emoticon

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I have been reading some of the recent posts and really like the pointers given, Have been fighting sugar caravings most of my life. I have had diabetes for 43 of my almost 61 years and it has NEVER gotten easier. I seldom go way over my carb quota but am eating enough to stay stable instead of lose. Thinking that maybe working harder on the chocolate cravings might help. Thus I sought out this forum. just started reading up yesterday and was able to eat out with friends at DQ last night and avoid the brownie sundae. emoticon

Thanks for all the good pointers to help me start today on the right foot. emoticon

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emoticon emoticon and so can I!

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4/28/12 1:10 A

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I agree, I think this sweet tooth will be hiding and reappearing when I least expect it! I must be strong! I do think I have a better handle on it since starting this challenge. I'm glad I tried it and good luck to you. emoticon

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Those triggers are part of us, habits that are hard to break and too easy to fall back into. I figure this taming of the sweet tooth will be an ongoing journey for me. Thank, God: failure isn't fatal, just opportunity to get up, dust off, and give it another go. Hang in there, Teach! We can do this.

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I posted how to help in recovering, but today I had a train wreck, too! First, I weighed myself this morning and gained a pound (yesterday I tracked my food and worked out). So I was bummed about that. My students were very active today and I stressed over that. After school, I fixed a good supper, but I then ate a sleeve of girl scout cookies. So now I need to get myself on track. I guess the triggers are there no matter how confident you think you are. Now I need to learn from this: 1. Not weigh myself everyday. 2. Find other ways to deal with stress besides eating 3. Ditch the GS cookies. emoticon for a change!

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Hang in there, I know it's hard. I'm glad you've found something that is working. emoticon

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Thanks for the suggestions. I have found that freezing things like that for him helps me. I may eat some, but it will be a more controlled serving, spread out over days and days. And if I reach in the freezer I am mor apt to remember that the cookies are for him, not me. That helps me be more controlled. If I leave them out, I am tempted every time I go by the cookie jar!

I am struggling with a sweet tooth tonight and not sure why. May just be that I am tired. I am trying to wait it out. Thanks everyone.

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Try to find something that will satisfy him, but not trigger you. My husband loves chocolate chip cookies and has hounded me to make some for him. I can't do it- I know I will eat half of them. Instead I make him brownies, or better yet buy some at Panera for him. These don't trigger me, in fact they taste very oily to me. emoticon

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Doing things that involve both my hands and my brain is another thing I find helpful. When sitting at night, watching TV - a major trigger time for wanting to munch - if I will crochet or do some handwork while viewing, I get distracted enough to persevere. Also taking time to pause and consider healthy options helps. If I can manage to tell myself "no" on the sweet treat and run through my brain some healthy options, once I find an appealing snack that would be good for me, I can think on it until it chases away desire for the sweet, then go to the kitchen for that and be more than satisfied. I am getting better at these things and looking forward to a successful finish line. BLESSings to you as we journey this way together, Darlene

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4/20/12 8:29 A

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This is a great discussion - thank you both so much! I am the same way. I wish I could do moderation, but there are some things and some times when that is just not possible. I finally got a grip and got rid of Easter candy and somehow a little bit made it's way back in. Once I discovered it was there, it was all I could think about. I did well last night (only because I had splurged on a dessert earlier in the day) but I'm hoping it get's eaten or pitched today. I have been trying distractions. Hugging kids. Tea. Doing some puttering around house. Getting on SP. Praying. But sometimes all I hear is the sweets calling me! It's so good to know others are out there struggling too.

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Thanks, Arizona33. Good reminders of things I know to do, but that sometimes escape my thought when I least expect it.

DH and I brain stormed and came up with the idea of getting him a lock box. It will be a combonation lock and he will be the only one with the combo. If that does not work, which I believe it will, but if it doesn't, he will take them to his work place. He is really trying to be supportive as he sees the health issues this is flaring up and probably causing. Thanks for the support! I am pressing forward to victory! Blessings, Darlene

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It always starts with eating just one and then that leads to a few more followed by just a few more. Yikes--it is so easy to get pulled in to the "just one" idea and so hard sometimes to stop thinking about something that you know is in the house. Just the thought of it seems to pull at your thoughts until you find yourself giving into the allure of something chocolaty and sweet.

We all recognize this seemingly endless cycle that entices us to eat more sweets and sugar filled desserts than we actually really want or need. But, the question is how to conquer these thoughts and gain control? I am not really sure what the answer is but I do know that discovering your triggers and most vulnerable times of day will help you to at least have the knowledge about when a sugar craving may try to take control.

The next step is finding things to distract us from these cravings--have you tried:
1. Walking away from the craving? Leave the area where you can get something sweet and take a 10-20 walk. When you get back drink a cup of water and you just might find that your mind is now clearer and you are focused on something besides a chocolaty sweet treat.
2. Write in your food journal about how you are feeling and why you are craving something sweet. Really examine the underlying causes that are making you feel lonely, bored and frustrated. Brain storm about things that you can do that will help you feel differently. Then, write about something that is not at all related to food. Perhaps, write about a goal or a project that you are working on and how you will feel once you have completed it. And, then if possible take a few minutes to work on something towards this goal or project.
3. Call friend and talk about what you are feeling then move onto different topics until you are focused on other things.
4. Make a post on SparkPeople like you did this time and share what you are going through. Ask for help or suggestions to the particular situation/problem that you are facing. They may not have the answers but just writing/sharing about it will help you to better understand what is going on and will also serve to distract you for a little while you keep your fingers busy typing.
5. Maybe you are hungry. Go make yourself a healthy snack that is perhaps naturally sweet; so that you can satisfy your craving for something sweet in a healthy way.
6. Maybe you are thirsty/dehydrated. Drink a glass of water.
7. Maybe you want something sweet due to emotions that you are feeling/dealing with at the moment. Many of people eat one sweet after another in order to mask other things that are going on. Try to find something else to do that can give you comfort. Try soaking in a bubble bath and read a few chapters in a book that you have wanted to read. Take a little "me time" and do something that is fun or relaxing and just for you.

It can be very difficult to avoid the sugar monster when we are feeling lonely, bored and frustrated like you were yesterday evening but you have already taken the first step by realizing that this is why you gave in to your cravings. It is not always easy but find something else to do that will make it so that you are not feeling lonely, bored and frustrated.

Do you have a hobby? Give yourself permission to enjoy things. Participate in things that you enjoy doing. Make room for fun activities in your busy schedule and you will have less time for the feelings that lead you down the unfulfilling sugar path.

Darlene, good luck taming your sweet tooth. You can do it! Let me know how you are doing.


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Tis true, and I am at that point of having to admit it. I just told him that very thing and that I will not be buying more. STRENGTH TO PERSEVERE!

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Yes, it is like an alcoholic buying liquor for someone - it's not helpful!

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To a degree. My thought right now is that "I don't buy sweets." I will leave that to him and he has to put them away where I don't even see them. That is the only thing I know to do at this point, beyond prayer that is. Thanks.

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Is this something that he might try to do with you?

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Thanks. I am working at it.

I am frustrated. I need to get the sweets out of my grasp, and I thought DH was going to help with that. He can handle them, I lose control. But it looks like he is just planning for them to go in another closet that is still within my grasp. I am just going to have to quit buying them for him because I know where the stash is. I hate that. I cater to him, his needs. It is in me to do that, and this feels like sending him to the closet with his sweets eating.

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Dust yourself off and try again today!

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I am doing a challenge to work on being mindful as I do this challenge. With the struggle I am having to accomplish week three, I realize I must change my way of thinking. DH and I talked about the situation and my avoidance of cleaning the cabinets because of not wanting to put him out, making it difficult on him. He is being supportive and is going to put his stuff up someplace, but we have not got that done yet. Thus I share this note from my mindfulness challenge group.

New goal in my mindfulness journey: Goal 6 - take every thought captive immediately. Yesterday evening I let my mind settle on "just a few Snickers minis". Like a train wreck I went for it. One led to four, then three more - finishing them off, then three milky ways, and two oreos before coming to rest in a crumble. I must get the stuff out of the house. Ugh. I will go now while DH is here and ask him where he wants me to put the stuff until he can deal with it.

Despite the crash of yesterday evening, I am up and ready for a better day today. My next bites will be on target. My mind is set. I am determined to be alert to those thoughts and the reasons for them. I was lonely, bored, and frustrated yesterday evening. I will be watchful and do better.

Hope everyone has a blessed day on your journey today.
Darlene

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