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KSAJJAD SparkPoints: (10,566)
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6/26/13 10:09 P

I would also like to say that I did manage to stave off a few cravings today with water, which is good for me, considering I'm just starting again. It's not like riding a bike. You can't really just pick up where you left off years before and be fine. It's almost like learning a new language, having a few years pass, and then trying to pick it back up again. You know some things, but you're re-learning a lot of things you once thought you knew.

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6/26/13 10:01 P

Thank you both for your words of wisdom. I didn't make it today, but yesterday and the day before I stayed within my calorie ranges. Think I may have to print up that Sugar Addiction article and further research into it to find out what I can do to help myself. I love the whole community here, and it's an integral part of success in the program.

This morning, what sent me into the whole sugar/carb binge was watermelon. I love it, and it was so great this morning at breakfast. About half an hour later though, I was back in the kitchen looking for the next *high*. I tried to be good, but that carb monster is just.... A monster. I haven't had the chance to detox yet, but I'll work on it. I think the next time I have melon though, will have to be a dinner time, so it doesn't set off the carb monster.

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6/26/13 5:44 P

There was just recently a pretty good article on Spark about this:

Breaking Your Sugar Addiction | SparkPeople
Do you feel powerless against your sugar cravings? Are you eating sweets (or thinking about them) multiple times per day? Then you need this 4-step plan to ...

If you put "Sugar addiction" in the Search function at the top of the page, there are several more article and threads that pop up as well!

Like you, its been a "lifelong" for the Oreos, and my good intentions are almost instantly vaporized. Wouldn't be so bad, but the 'after effects' seem to linger for a week!! The only thing that really works for me is the "self tough-love". If its sugar, now I just don't buy it! I do live with someone who is impervious to the effects though, so I have to keep pulling up my reserves of that "self tough-love"!! lol Carbs that come from good foods don't affect me the same. Even a "high glycemic" like a baked potato doesn't really do the same to me... one small one is enough, and I'm content.

You are way ahead of many folks though---because you actually realize Sugar/Carb addiction is an issue for you!! We'll see if others can give both of us some better ideas!

I love reading ARCHIMEDESII response---its like she's always sitting me down and having a personal "chat" with me to stay in focus....!! Thank you!!

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6/26/13 4:31 P


I give all new members one piece of advice and it's this,"Don't look at good health or weight loss with an all or nothing mentality". if the only healthy thing you did for yourself was to drink 8 glasses of water today, that's still a step in the right direction. Remember, you're trying to change habits learned over a life time. that's not going to happen overnight, a week, a month or even a year. Change takes time. thus the need to be PATIENT with yourself and your body. No one ever became a healthy eater overnight. That's why SP encourages its members to start with some simple changes first. Don't try to do everything at once or you will end up frustrated.

Carbohydrates are not the enemy !! It takes time, but you can learn to eat healthier. there are no bad foods, just foods we need to eat in moderation or once in a while. The fact is, french fries, candy, soda, chocolate or even a slice of cheese cake CAN be a part of a healthy lifestyle.

It's just a matter of learning portion control, but once again... this is not something that just happens. It takes time to learn to reform our eating habits.

So, no more beatings, the beatings aren't productive. You need to educate yourself about the food you eat. the more you know, the better you'll be able to improve your health.

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6/26/13 2:57 P

I have been struggling for years with food addiction, namely, carbs and sugars. Try as I might to simply avoid refined sugars by replacing them with say, fruits, what seems to follow is a triggering of my craving for a carbo-cascade. I can't avoid carbs altogether. I can't avoid sugars altogether either, which is why food addiction is so hard to break.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Spark Friends!

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