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8/9/13 10:06 A

PINKTOFUHEART I could have sworn I was reading about myself when I read your post. I also will gorge myself with junkfood until I am miserable. I go totally outta control and there is no moderating my intake. The only thing that seems to work for me is to do a challenge with a group of people or even better with a single individual that I can be accountable to. I'm now finishing the Tame Your Sweet Tooth challenge. I tweeked it to suit my needs - no junkfood (except a protein bar only before workouts and popcorn). I made it through the month with one minor slip up. For some reason challenges make me more determined to succeed.
So if I'm just as bad as you are (and I really think I am) and challenges work for me, maybe they might work for you too.

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8/1/13 11:18 A

When I first switched to eating healthy, I was very dependent on sweets packaged in single-serving packages. I ate a lot of chocolate pudding snacks and Greek yogurt, occasionally a very small package of ice cream, plus lots (for me) of fresh fruit. I'm not normally a fruit person, so there were a lot of days I was upset and struggled... hence the controlled portions of the "goodies". If the package was only a single serving, there was no way I could binge (but I could still eat the entire thing, it was just a much smaller package), and I'd have to go to the store to get another one if I wanted more. I have managed to shift past most of that now, but it took a while and it certainly wasn't always easy!

There's no need to beat yourself up about it; we all stumble sometimes (I certainly do if someone brings oreos into the house). In my experience total deprivation is only going to lead to a binge down the road, so maybe try letting yourself have the thing you want, only in a more controlled portion?

I'm also going to recommend what the PP said about reframing the issue in your mind. Realizing (and reminding yourself!) that you CAN have something, but don't HAVE to can be a huge help!

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7/30/13 4:33 P

What helped me was reframing it in my mind. Instead of saying to myself "I can't eat that [insert sugary food item here]", I started saying "I can have that but I choose not to."

I also have one serving of fruit in the evenings at the time I used to have a sugary dessert.

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7/29/13 12:05 P

PINKTOFUHEART - I agree with the other comments made. As soon as you tell yourself you can't have any of an item you love, you'll think about it until you break down and devour all in sight. We're all that way (a design flaw if you ask me). Ice cream is my trigger. But I've found if I can work chocolate pudding or a low-fat ice cream sandwich into my meal plan on a regular basis, I can resist situations I'd NEVER have believed possible before SP. I just plan around them and can often have both, meet my protein, fiber, calcium goals and still be under 1,450 calories for the day.
In the meantime, take it easy on yourself. Your mind and body aren't working against each other. They're a team and are all pulling in the same direction - a healthy body.
I wish you the best of luck on your journey.

SP_COACH_DENISE Posts: 42,538
7/29/13 10:38 A

In addition to what has already been said, I would recommend joining the Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge:

Coach Denise

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7/29/13 6:41 A


You are not alone !! Many of us here on Spark are former or current sugar addicts. I'll be honest, the word detox makes me cringe a bit. It's a word I associate with diet. You don't have to detox your body to rid yourself of your sugar cravings. As SLIMMERKIWI noted, eating a healthy diet can help you reduce any cravings you have for the sugary treats.

You don't have your food diary posted. What are you eating for breakfast ? What about lunch, dinner or snacks ? One reason you may be craving sugar is because you're not eating enough healthy foods. Are you eating 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies ? If you want to do one thing that will help you decrease your craving for treats, do your best to increase the amount of fresh fruit and veggies you eat.

It will take time. Remember, NO ONE ever became a healthy eater overnight. But, if you can do your best to eat more wholesome foods that nourish your body, you're less likely to crave the junk. Also, it's a vicious cycle. the more sugar you eat, the more sugar your crave. This is why it's important to try to eat plenty of wholesome foods.

Are you "dieting" ? Many women tend to drastically cut their caloric intake in order to lose weight fast. well, there is no fast way to lose weight. If you want to change your eating habits, you have to be patient.

Have you read any of the Spark articles on breaking a sugar addition ? If not, I'll start you with this one.

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7/29/13 6:20 A

Hi - I am wondering if you are eating a good, filling breakfast to start the day, AND getting a good amount of lean protein with each meal. The lack of either or both can really set a person up for sugar-craving.

Do you use a Nutrition Tracker? I noticed that the one on SP has only one day but I suspect not everything has been entered, and the meat hasn't got any protein recorded so can't get an idea of the nutrient make-up.

You will find that if you weigh all of your food and enter it into the tracker you may find where the problem lies apart from the fact that you crave it.

Good luck,

7/29/13 5:57 A

oh boy. well I'm still working out, BUT I've completely fallen off my diet and been binging until I'm bloated and ill on sugary foods. I am a total sugar/carb addict. I even eat when I'm feeling sick, not hungry, so stuffed I can't bear it yet I still eat until whatever it is I'm eating is gone.

I really really need to detox off this sugar and break my addiction! I've read up some articles here on Spark, but I am really in the grips of an addiction here.

anyone go through this? any ideas? help!

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