Hit the re-start button a month ago. But, this is a different feeling this go around. I dropped the pretentions of being able to conquer these bad habits of poor food choices and why I make the emotional choices. I decided to take the mask off and ask for help. I googled how to stop cravings for sugars and breads, two of my biggest weaknesses. No more sugar drinks and bread for 30 days. And no beef after lunch. Wow ten pounds came off, woohoo! I started exercising by walking.
When I feel a sweet craving coming on, and I know I'm likely to eat much too much of something much too unhealthy, I compromise with a lollipop (or hard candy, if you prefer). My favorite brand is organic, all natural, has no corn syrup, and is flavored with fruit, so it's quite a bit healthier than a 'regular' corn syrup pop, and by the time I've finished it off 10-15 minutes later, the craving has passed/been satisfied, and I've only consumed 1 pop under 25 calories, instead of whatever else.
READ the ingredients list carefully. If sugar is within the first 5 stay away, we do allow organic cane sugar at times, it can be hard to get completely away from. We still have the occasional treat (dark chocolate, gelato, yogurt) but not everyday.
I've adopted the following to help me deal with 'time of the day' cravings. In the afternoon - between 2 and 3 I get a sugar craving. To combat this I have a low calorie chocolate drink (e.g. Options) - there are several brands around equal to 50 to 100 calories at about 1:30.
I have been eating less than 100g of carbs per day, and less than 25g of sugar per day. I have lost over seven pounds in two weeks. Just be sure to drink plenty of water, eat vegi's and fruit, and eat meats and cheese. I suggest unsweetened tea to stay busy.
seems overwhelming doesn't it?! I started little by little, VERY little by little. I replaced half a spoon of sugar 1 week at a time.
We all have them. Mine are Pizza and Chocolate. My Success Secret is truly elimination. I know a lot of people preach moderation but if any of you are like me. I am all or nothing and I have trouble saying no to my fav's. One taste and I am lost. Don't get me wrong. I find alternatives. If I really need a taste of chocolate, I eat a piece of SF Chocolate. I can eat one of these. I don't feel that sugar rush and urge to eat more and more. If I want pizza, I eat the tops off of a couple of pieces.
One tablespoon of table sugar contains 46 calories. One tablespoon of honey has 64 calories. Though honey may have more calories, we actually need to use less of it since it is sweeter than table sugar. As a result you will consume less amounts of calories than you would with sugar.
You can do anything for 21 days. If you avoid all sugar and sweeteners for 21 days, you'll be surprised how your tastes will change. After 21 days you won't want all that sugar anymore, it will be WAY too sweet!
One or two teaspoons of fat free/sugar free Pistachio or Butterscotch Instant Pudding mix into a cup of fat free plain yogurt. Stir until blended....YUM!
Try to eat only fresh food in it's most natural state. Do most of your grocery shopping around the perimeter of the store, staying out of all of the boxed and canned goods. Most importantly, read the ingredients list. Put it back on the shelf if it has sugar, high fructose corn syrup, or any other ingredient that you cannot pronounce.
Whenever i ate only healthy food the whole day and i come back from work i need sweeties. Even if i resist the feeling for 3 or more ours in the evening i cant hold it no longer.
I have learned, i still enjoy kool-aid with about 1/3 more water than recommended.. i just pour myself 2/3 a cup of kool-aid then add some cold water... I also make 1 gal of Kool-aid at a time, and only put in 1 1/2- 1 3/4 a cup of sugar in it... my family and i rarely notice the difference
Honey contains sugar, but unlike refined sugar, honey contains vitamins & minerals too. Normally, to digest sugar, the vitamins & minerals stored in body are utilized, rendering the body devoid of these nutrients. These nutrients are essential to dissolve fats & cholesterol. So when you eat too much sugar you tend to increase weight not just because of the calories but due to lack of vitamins & minerals. On the contrary, honey being a good source of nutrients helps you in reducing weight.
Most of us don't get enough fiber. Eat your fruit instead of drinking juice and you will benefit from the whole nutrition package. Choose fruit instead of a sugary dessert. And watch out for hidden fructose in juices!
Yes, if you read the label, it has added dextrose (sugar) in it. It may be a little bit but sugar is sugar. Reading labels is imperative these days no matter where you shop. Even some of the sea salts have this too so take care.
If you are like me, you prefer to use real cane sugar instead of substitutes like chemical alternatives, processed products like splenda or stevia. To keep that sweet taste but cut down on the amount of sugar, I add a little cinnamon or citrus juice along with my sugar. Try your favorite sweet spices to find you favorite; clove, anise, liquorish root and cinnamon can all add to sweetness without all the empty calories.
Managing my childSelf has been key to my success in all areas of life, especially sugar addiction.. This part of mySelf directs my emotions, thoughts & compulsions. Without a calm, assertive parent, she can run & rule the roost, while taking me into areas or behaviors that are harmful, or in the very least, non-productive. I parent her by catching triggers, especially in the thought category. Learning to spot these & then turn them around with imagery, has changed my life.
When sweet cravings hit, 'once you cop, you can't stop!!' When the craving (or temptation hits for the first time, I tell myself, "I will, but in 30 minutes". I keep this up as long as I can. By the time I give in, I still do less damage than I would have done. Sugar has NO nutritional value!!! So it's not a necessity, but a luxury. Let's make it worth it and enjoy it even more!
I am a total sugaraholic! I set my goal on Nov. 1 to not eat processed sugar (including HFCS, dextrose, maltodextrin, etc.) and found it was so easy to stay under 1600 calaries a day which is my nutritional goal. So far, 10 days without sugar and I am feeling I am accomplishing something. I lost 3 lbs. last week too!
Instead of using gum and breath mints...that have additives and various forms of sugar..I use whole cloves or a tiny piece of cinnamon bark for fresh breath. One bottle of cloves or cinnamon from a discount spice store lasts a very long time! Much less expensive than other breath products and healthier than chemicals. Additionally, there are some interesting articles written on the healing properties of these spices..maybe its not all folklore?