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YOJULEZ SparkPoints: (15,981)
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11/19/12 11:25 A

On the protein note, I think you should work on increasing your protein and fiber. The entries in your tracker are older but I can see that you don't eat very much protein. Protein/fiber make your body feel fuller, so in turn, you don't crave things as much. Fruits are a good source of fiber, and might help w/ your sweets cravings as well.

Also, I would ditch things like pretzels. If you're on a 1200 calorie a day diet, and 140 (11%) of those calories is being taken up by foods w/ no nutritional value like pretzels, you don't have the room to get in the other vital nutrients you need.

For the diet soda, maybe work on weaning yourself off of it. I used to drink at least 6 diet cokes a day. I am now down to one. I just would cut one out per day, and do that for a week or two, then cut out another one, then do that for a week or two, then cut out another, and so on and so on. Sodas are very hard to quit, because of the caffeine mainly. So, slowly work your way off of them, instead of trying to do it cold turkey.

Edited by: YOJULEZ at: 11/19/2012 (11:27)
MEG-NATALIA07 Posts: 679
11/19/12 11:10 A

Good feedback from everyone. I'd just like to add, make sure you're getting enough rest at night too. You're body may be having trouble monitoring your blood sugar and raising your cortisol levels instead... this makes it harder to sleep at night... and less sleep at night makes your blood sugar dip at weird times and gives you more cravings for things like sugar, and anything that will raise your blood sugar. You can combat this by eating well balanced meals and snacks with protein, fiber, fat and good carbs---snack before you get hungry. If your stomach is growling, it's likely your blood sugar level has already started releasing cortisol. Eat good snacks and try and get good rest.

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,320
11/19/12 8:24 A

WHY sugar is bad for you?
If you suspect you are a 'sugarholic,' however, this could be a sign you have Candida. Rice University researchers estimate that 70% of Americans have this systemic fungal infection.

Yes, it is an infection and can become a serious life-threatening infection. The yeast love sugar. When you eat sugar you make your blood more acidic and the yeast infection becomes even more acute.

Almost 24 million Americans have diabetes and record numbers are now pre-diabetic, some not even knowing they are borderline diabetics. Sugar can raise triglycerides and cholesterol,damage the pancreas, the heart, the kidney. cause some cancers, feed yeast infections and heart disease.

If you consider sugar as poison, maybe you will start losing weight faster and become a healthier person. Think about it this way...isn't it better to give up the sugar than to be laying in a coffin?

STEPHEN_NANNY SparkPoints: (0)
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11/18/12 6:43 P

I address my sweet cravings with fruit. The key is to have a variety of fresh fruit on hand. When I want to bathe in yummy dark chocolate, I stuff my face with grapes or an apple or strawberries...whatever. Does this sometimes push me over my calorie range for the day? Yes. But the fruit usually comes with other good nutrients and fibre, and the sugar isn't refined, so the negative impact is somewhat mitigated.

For this reason, I allow myself to go over my carb/calorie maximums on days when alot of those carbs came from fruit.

AILEBBELIA SparkPoints: (13,418)
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11/18/12 6:39 P

I buy 10 bottles of the Great Value water a week!!!!! emoticon I still drink coke and coffee, but I fill up on water first.

Mindful Eating Books and Workbooks are really useful in helping you challenge your food addictions. My therapist recommended I read them, but it takes a lot of work to challenge your behaviors.

Good luck!!!

ONICAM Posts: 11,721
11/18/12 5:49 P

I am drinking flavored water as well. I have just joined the team and is trying, but for some reason I am not wanting anything other than sweets tonight. I have been told that I did not have any protein.

HUNNA13 Posts: 180
11/18/12 4:06 P

I too have issues with sugar/soda. One way I found to curb my cravings for soda is by drinking flavored carbonated water from Wal-Mart (called Great Value). Comes in a liter bottle usually and has no carbs, no sugar, no calories, etc.

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 66,003
11/18/12 12:46 P

Here's a challenge you might be interested in joining:

Hope that helps,

Coach Jen

AGOALOF150 Posts: 217
11/18/12 10:01 A

I have been there and struggle to stay away from there....I find sugar like a heroin addiction (assuming that being a heroin addict feels this way)...if I have sugar I keep wanting is a powerful pull. Its hard to get off of but if you can make it through 1 day, day 2 is soon on. Good luck! Msg me if you want to talk further.

ONICAM Posts: 11,721
11/18/12 9:18 A

I am big time addicted to sweets and diet soda. I have improved with the soda, but got big time worse with sweets. My body or mind is addicted enough to tell me that I must have the sweets since it is manditory.

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