SparkPeople Official Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge Team Messageboard Want to learn how to control your sweet cravings and incorporate sugar into your diet without going overboard? Join SparkPeople's Official 4-week "Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge"! SparkPeople Official Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge Team Messageboard 1st day of sweet tooth challenge? What is this 1st day supposed to be? :) i dont see info anywhere. Wed, 25 Mar 2020 15:17:29 EST Holiday Payback Before Christmas I had lost weight in anticipation of Christmas. The idea was to keep losing weight until my tastebuds went crazy for cookies. That led me to iced vanilla lattes at Mc'D's and Oreo shakes. Then I tried switching to diet, caffeine-free sodas which I thoroughly enjoy but find that they seem to increase my appetite and my sweet-tooth. Now I am trying to stay away from the soda (except if I purchase one in my car--none in the house) and no sweets. Trying to decide what to do ... Fri, 7 Feb 2020 14:36:18 EST Diet sodas and the sweet tooth challenge I have been cutting out sweets for the last two weeks and even though my cravings are alive and well, low-fat Greek yogurt with a banana or blueberries has helped. Diet soda has also been put on my restricted list, only having one when driving. After not having a soda for over a week, I had my first soda yesterday (oh, so good) but my hunger pangs went way up. Wondering if anyone else notices that their hunger increases with diet sodas? Wed, 5 Feb 2020 15:40:40 EST starting now My sweet tooth gets me each and every day. This seemed like the perfect challenge to start my sparkpeople journey with Fri, 2 Aug 2019 23:45:35 EST Trying to Stick to Week One Challenge! Hello All! <BR> It seems like I can stick to most anything EXCEPT following through with a plan to lose weight, so I am going to attempt to stick with this first week of the four week Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge.Please wish me luck. <BR> <BR> A little about myself and sweets--I basically eat very healthy, I just eat too much. As far as sweets go, I am addicted to fruit, and yes, I over indulge in it. As far as other sweets-if they are around my house, (ice cream, pies, etc.) I usually e... Sat, 6 Jul 2019 07:45:28 EST Hello, it's me I hope I can complete this challenge. Part of my problem is being inconsistent. I have trouble sticking to things, bu I have tracked every day for over 30 days, so maybe I can do this, too. I'm gonna try! Fri, 5 Jul 2019 00:05:09 EST My Dysfunctional Relationsh hip...with sugar I LOVE sugar! Everything it touches is made so much sweeter. <BR> I HATE sugar! Every teaspoon seems to equal a pound of fat. <BR> Why must it be so cruel? <BR> Yet I keep running back to it. When I am stressed, when I am sad, when I am tired. <BR> I have seemed to have conquered my binging, however, I still give in on a regular basis, to some kind of sweet. <BR> I do hope this challenge helps me deal better with my cravings. <BR> I want to cut back, or even quit sugar for my health. To lo... Thu, 4 Jul 2019 23:58:11 EST Alesia Hello I'm new here. This is my first day. I desperately want to lose the max amount of weight. But honestly don't know where to start. I'm hoping Spark will be the answer. Tue, 18 Jun 2019 08:26:12 EST Sweet Tooth Triggers Usually sugar in general is a trigger for me to eat more sugar....soooo this week I'm going to plan smart. I'll still allow some sugar, but ONLY a small, preplanned portion. I've been pretty good about tracking this week, so hopefully this will help! Wed, 27 Feb 2019 19:08:37 EST Sweet tooth I have always had a sweet tooth, ever since I can remember. I find that if I have something sweet, I just want more. My problem is, there are times that I cannot control this. I try to use different fruits to help me with this and even other foods. With me, I also find that certain textures just don't do it for me. I used to have better control. I am a work in progress. Tue, 8 Jan 2019 16:06:18 EST Moderation I did well on week one and got my weight down 4 pounds, back to where it was. I can keep going and get the sweets more completely out of the picture. Substituting or going without seems difficult at the moment but after that I look and feel much better. Going without sweets gives me more energy and a sense of positivity. Merry Christmas Spark People! Tue, 25 Dec 2018 12:02:22 EST Breaking up with sugar FOR GOOD Hiya, I'm Tess. I'm currently at the highest weight I have ever been - after having lost more than 40 lbs about 10 years ago. It's creeped back up the past three years for a variety of reasons, but probably most notably because I have gone crazy with the sweet treats. Recognizing that it has gotten really out of hand, and knowing that I know better, I've signed up again on SparkPeople and now I'm here! I'm ready to kick this sugar habit for good. I deserve so much better than this (and so do ... Sun, 7 Oct 2018 13:53:59 EST No support person available So, I like the new format of the challenge with the daily goals. I'm doing okay with the journaling and am seeing insight that I already suspected, i.e. work is the challenge. What I don't have is someone to support me. Seriously. Last time I did this, I used my Mom, but she won't support, she'll submarine. Even then, I'm not home a lot (she's in a another state) and a lot of my regression has to do with stress caused by her health issues over the past year. So, not a good option. <BR> <BR>... Tue, 29 May 2018 18:28:02 EST Sugar Hello, I am not sure if this is the same team I was on at one other time or not, but, I am wanting to try and cut out sugar, to get rid of inflammation,Ty <em>304</em> Mon, 19 Feb 2018 09:05:50 EST Challenge Accepted Starting the Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge today. Nervous to get started but need to do something to lose weight, prevent diabetes, and improve heart health. I am so stressed out between work and everything going on in my personal life. I generally get strong cravings in the late afternoon and often cave to the cravings in a big way! They say it takes to 3 weeks to make a habit, so I'm hoping if I can stay away from sweets for the next 21 days (which will be really hard through the Chri... Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:41:48 EST tried so many different approaches! This is day one of the no sugar challenge for me. I am so frustrated with all the different approaches I have have tried and nothing works for me. I need to stay focused and have patience. Today I have decided that eliminating sugar is an excellent start. I am going to hold myself accountable here. I appreciate the support of this like-minded community. Fri, 20 Oct 2017 09:00:03 EST Day 2 I have not had any sugar today. I am thinking I would like to have a cup of decaf &amp; a blueberry muffin. I made the muffins from a n Eat What You Love recipe. I am writing down what I eat &amp; how my body feels. Mon, 11 Sep 2017 14:36:39 EST Goals My goals for this challenge are to detox my body from needing sugar, i find i eat more sugar items when i am stressed or having an emotional day. I know this will be hard on my but i have faith i can do it. Sat, 9 Sep 2017 14:28:37 EST Day 1 Today is the day that i am going to start cutting sugar out of my life for the better , i can do really go for a while then i go back to it. So i am writing down my goals and going to stick to it. I will write about how it goes later tonight for the day. Sat, 9 Sep 2017 14:18:33 EST Day 1 of challege I really like sweets but thought I would give this a try to feel better physically and mentally. Sun, 30 Apr 2017 15:34:55 EST Sugar Sugar is my best friend and my worst enemy. It leaves me tired so much! I am all about action and that is what this is to me, my action. I am excited for this challenge! Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:01:30 EST sugar lover I need to stop eating so many sweets! I love them! I am really going to try! Sat, 25 Mar 2017 12:56:02 EST I took the quiz and I have Situational Struggles I honestly I am out of sight out of mind kind of person with the sweets, that don't mean I don't have cravings. I just do better at staying strong when the sweets are not in front of me... I am really looking forward to breaking this bad habit... and making positive changes to a better me. Mon, 20 Mar 2017 14:43:37 EST Newbie Just starting day one. Thu, 16 Mar 2017 10:59:55 EST Is this team still running? I just joined. I'm mostly looking for support around the sugar thing. How are you supposed to beat sugar in 4 weeks? It's been a lifelong issue for me. Wed, 8 Mar 2017 16:08:09 EST Hi everyone! My name is Christina and I am reintroducing myself to sparkpeople. I struggle with diet soda, candy, and never getting enough protein. I am hoping this group can help me to get rid of some of my bad vices. Sat, 28 Jan 2017 12:16:11 EST Sugar, Sugar! Hi everyone, I'm Maggie and I joined this challenge because I have always been a sugar-holic! I'm hoping to learn from this website and from my groups how to control the sugar cravings permanently! I have switched to using stevia as a substitute, takes some getting used to but I'm three weeks into my goal to be healthier and I must say, I have noticed a definite difference overall! <BR> <BR> Best of luck to everyone in fighting the sugar demon! Lets do it together! Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:07:03 EST Trying to curb the sugar rush Hi everyone I am new to this challenge. I can usually resist the purchase of something sweet. But, not always I am needing help. Wed, 21 Dec 2016 07:39:26 EST sugar overload Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I was on sparkpeople many years ago and it helped me a lot. I changed to fit pal as I had friends on there but I found myself gaining weight and actually getting confused and trying a million different diets which did not work. I am now addicted to sugar and can get quite owly if I do not get it. I am hoping this challenge helps me. Mon, 5 Dec 2016 12:32:12 EST Sugar cravings I have found on my journey that I crave sugar more when I consume a lot of caffeine, any artificial sweeteners, or am just reaching for comfort food. I suppose now that I know this, I need to slowly reduce my caffeine and/or artificial sweetener consumption and integrate some mindfulness, meditation, change of environment, or just finding good company when looking for comfort food. Grateful for this revelation. Hopefully this will decrease the cravings and increase the positivity and overal... Fri, 11 Nov 2016 22:48:47 EST Yes I am hooked on sugar I'm a diabetic and have high blood pressure. I also have an eating disorder I over eat. I need help to kick the sugar habit. Please help me. Thanks Sun, 30 Oct 2016 01:43:32 EST Back on Track I've let healthy eating and exercise slip on by as I've focused on school and work. I've let myself get away with eating all the good stuff at Paradise Bakery since I get to take home so many pastries and treats. I've been seeing some negative effects of that more than ever now. I am getting spider veins in my legs, feeling winded after little exercise, and feeling sick to my stomach after eating sweets. It's time to stop. Fri, 21 Oct 2016 00:24:55 EST Pie Hi. I'm Lili. And I love pie. I am here because the love affair has turned into a love/hate affair. I can't stop. Not just pie, but all things sweet. Hope Spark can help me get ahold of my addiction. Fri, 7 Oct 2016 12:22:35 EST Hello Hi, I have a sugar problem. I think I'm under control, then I lose it. I think everything is fine, then realize it's been 11 days since I even logged on here. Today was stressful and I was feeling incredibly angry, and I ate a bunch of candy after lunch. Then I ate half a quart of ice cream. I'm hoping to be more mindful about what goes into my body, starting with sugar. Thanks :) Sun, 2 Oct 2016 20:46:30 EST My Sweet Tooth Triggers: Designer Coffees My primary sweet tooth trigger comes in the form of designer coffee, especially a 24 ounce Mocha Freeze, which is made with three ingredients: Espresso, whole milk, and sugar - lots of sugar. In fact, a 24 ounce Mocha Freeze packs in a whopping 470 calories, yet I find it hard to say no to one, especially since I am an emotional/boredom eater (or I guess in my case, drinker). Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:20:24 EST craving sugar Hi I am Sandy, I just joined this challenge. I am a cake decorator and and I also work in a bakery. I am hoping this challenge helps me stay away from all the sugar I am craving every day. Tue, 23 Aug 2016 13:42:12 EST Need help with sugar addicition. I think sugar is my first love. HELP! Going to try the challenge. Tue, 23 Aug 2016 12:54:49 EST A new beginning So far so good. I have not had any sugar in a while. Been drinking a lot of water in place of it. Wed, 17 Aug 2016 01:27:44 EST back again I have returned with the conclusion that I am a sugar junkie now hooked on liquorice coins! Thu, 11 Aug 2016 14:24:55 EST I'm back I have returned hoping to begin again . I have come to the conclusion that I am indeed a sugar junkie who is now addicted to liquorice coins! Thu, 11 Aug 2016 14:19:41 EST gave in It has been 4 weeks without ice cream, however i did give in to it last night. Nevertheless, i did have a small bowl instead of a big bowl and i did not go for more. I am going to try to do my best to control the urge of eating anymore ice cream except once a week and always a small bowl. Sat, 6 Aug 2016 11:21:35 EST trying once again i noticed the last time i tried this challenge was almost 2 years ago. I am trying it once again and this time I am doing a lot better.The way I see it is, it all depends on how serious you are about doing something if it will get done or not. I am now on week 3 of this challenge and doing better and better all the time. <em>43</em> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 14:24:40 EST Addiction <em>46</em> Hi, I need to quit eating sugar, it's ruining my life. Please help! Fri, 22 Jul 2016 09:48:36 EST triggers when i first joined this team, i thought i read that i was suppose to choose only one challenge, so i did. it was ice cream. now i am choosing the other 2 which are donuts and cake. in the future i may be able to do more, but for the time being, i am taking one step at a time. <em>521</em> Thu, 21 Jul 2016 11:32:25 EST I like sweets when they are around I took the quiz, and thought I'd try this challenge. I want to get down to one to no sweets a day. We'll see how I do! The biggest challenge for me is just trying to loose weight. <em>249</em> Mon, 11 Jul 2016 13:22:30 EST Farewell Sugar! I'm starting the challenge today. I really need a structured challenge like this one to help me kick sugar in the butt. I promise to work the system and follow my weekly email instructions. I'll post on my progress when I'm feeling inspired. Mon, 23 May 2016 08:46:22 EST Pre diabetic Just found out I'm pre diabetic - going to need all the motivation I can get Wed, 18 May 2016 09:47:21 EST I joined 2 day I am totally out of control!!! I eat sweets until I feel sick!! How gross is that? Sun, 8 May 2016 10:19:37 EST Hi <em>521</em> Hi my name is Donna and I have my weight starts at 338 pounds I like to get down to 180 and I do have a very big sweet tooth talk to you guys later bye <em>521</em> Sun, 8 May 2016 03:55:17 EST Pre diabetic Feel like I always indulge in sweets and afterward I feel so sluggish. Told by my Dr about 3 months ago I am prediabetic and I ignored it completely. I know that it won't go away if I just pretend its not there. Time to face it all head on Wed, 4 May 2016 08:31:18 EST I can do this Hello all. I'm a sweet tooth kinda girl. Been counting calories and increasing h2o intake for about a week. Feeling better already. My worst time of day is evening I just want tovdevour candy ice cream anything sweet. I appreciate. The support Wed, 4 May 2016 08:20:56 EST Hey! I´m new again! Hi! I am a 45 year old mother of three, and want to lose 50 lbs. <BR> I´m not really new to sparkpeople but it´s the first time I´m doing it all the way; trackers, challenges and community. <BR> I´m really excited!! Mon, 2 May 2016 11:30:10 EST WHAT DID YOU SAY NO TO TODAY,YESTERDAY & TOMORROW? TODAY: I SAID NO TO ~ <em>495</em> <BR> YESTERDAY I SAID NO TO : <em>473</em> AND <em>494</em> <BR> TOMORROW I WILL SAY NO TO: <em>475</em> Tue, 15 Mar 2016 02:49:50 EST out of control I do very well all day and then at 8PM My eating gets out of hand have no idea why or how to control HELP Sun, 7 Feb 2016 12:01:49 EST Reducing sugar I just got a blood sugar level of 104 - wake up call! My goals are to reduce sugar significantly - I totally hear MISSLAURIEW about having ONE of something and being able to control what I'm eating. I'd also like to get to where cookies or whatever are the occasional treat, not my stress management technique! And, of course, if all that happens &amp; I'm able to drop 10 - 15 pounds, I'd be really happy! Looking forward to getting to know you all on our journey to better health! Sun, 7 Feb 2016 09:53:45 EST New beginning... Hi all, <BR> <BR> I just got a 104 glucose reading on my blood work yesterday; since that's now a high reading, it's time to make some changes. I would like to see that number come down through diet and exercise, and know that I have to get control of my sugar cravings for that to happen...diving into a bowl of M&amp;M's because the managing partner just chewed me out for an assignment she gave to someone else that I didn't even know about is not the solution! This is the wake up call I nee... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 13:52:08 EST A new beginning Hi all, <BR> <BR> I just got a 104 glucose reading on my blood work yesterday; since that's now a high reading, it's time to make some changes. I would like to see that number come down through diet and exercise, and know that I have to get control of my sugar cravings for that to happen...diving into a bowl of M&amp;M's because the managing partner just chewed me out for an assignment she gave to someone else that I didn't even know about is not the solution! This is the wake up call I n... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 13:44:57 EST Weeeeeek 2, Alright! Totally took advantage of Week 1 being the "Starter" week, the "don't-change-your-habits-just-yet" Week and had a ton of sugar. This probably isn't even much of an exaggeration. Well, I shall spare you all of my sugary-laden sins, as I've probably commented on them plenty in my blog. <BR> <BR> Instead, the three triggers I will avoid this week are ice cream/gelato/frozen yogurt, any of the pastries found at work, and chocolate peanut butter cups. Also, I'm going to limit myself to one sugary... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 16:16:38 EST Introduction Hi! I would like to start on Monday. I love sugar and I would like motivation. I really love sweets and junk food. <em>222</em> <em>30</em> Sun, 31 Jan 2016 18:19:36 EST Already avoiding obvious sugars.. Doing the 10 day no sugar challenge but I'm easing it into this challenge so I'm already avoiding things like candy/baked goods. Some mini chocolate donuts almost got me last week, but I managed to stay away. I eat a lot of fruit and I do have some sugar free products on a daily basis and I hope to eliminate those this week, or atleast severely limit them. I'm trying to lead this into a clean eating lifestyle later this year. Good luck everyone. <em>521</em> Thu, 28 Jan 2016 12:38:39 EST Sugar Challenge I am starting the sugar challenge again today. I think I signed up for it several years ago. My goal is to lose just one pound per month, but so far this month I have been going in the wrong direction. I probably need to lose more than 12 pounds, but a reduction of 12 pounds per year is so much better than gaining 12 pounds per year, plus it is a goal that is achievable. This week I am going to: <BR> 1. Eliminate candy from my diet. This is the most common treat in my house. I love ca... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 12:04:02 EST Introduction Hi! I'm Shabina and new to the forum. Always had trouble with sugar and parents are diabetics. Looking to kick the habit and find smith around sugar. 💜💙❤️ Sat, 2 Jan 2016 03:09:16 EST don't eat foods with more than 10% sugar in Januar I am aiming to avoid foods with more than 10% sugar during January , though I may have to allow cough sweets as I have lost my voice and they really help Fri, 1 Jan 2016 07:31:25 EST Sugar everywhere. Hi, Just joined this group. If there is anything that I can pinpoint as my nemisis in weight loss it is sugar. I have been so reluctant in letting it go but have decided to take this challange and go with it. Right now the way I am looking at it is it can't be any worse than giving up nicotine. I have been cigerette free for 14 years so I hopefully can fullfil this challange. Tue, 29 Dec 2015 11:47:31 EST Frustrated Hi, im Sue, and really excited about finding others with the same problem. We can sure help each other. I currently teach water exercise, but cant seem to lose more than the same 5 pounds no matter what I do. Looking to break that barrier rven with the holidays coming. <em>381</em> Sat, 21 Nov 2015 10:01:37 EST Here I go! 4 Reese's pnut butter cups and 2 the last hour..hopeful to get back on track...finally lost the pregnancy weight (kiddos are 12 &amp; 14) lost 30 pounds over 2 years and gained back 20 in the last year :/ Exercise is good (4 times a week/hour)...need help before the last 10 pounds creep back.. Wed, 18 Nov 2015 22:43:21 EST I'm on a journey Hi all, I'm on this journey to healthy eating and it is a challenge. I'm the junk food and dessert queen and now I need to lose about 10 pounds. I need the communities help and encouragement. <BR> Thanks much, <BR> Verda Mon, 16 Nov 2015 14:30:24 EST starting again today I tried this a year ago and did well the first week but gave up after week 2. I need to give this a really good chance to succeed. Sun, 15 Nov 2015 00:13:20 EST Not off to the best start... I am on W2D2 and unfortunately, it's not going well. <BR> <BR> Week 1 was fairly easy until the weekend hit. I work my stressful retail job only on weekends, and this one was particularly rough, with the added exacerbation of sleep deprivation on both Saturday and Sunday. I've always known that stress was my biggest trigger, and I should have been able to really think it through before I made the decisions I did (such as a sugar-laden energy drink yesterday, and a three musketeers bar for b... Mon, 12 Oct 2015 17:07:34 EST Sugar Freak Turning Herself In So...I don't think I needed an online assessment to tell me that I have a serious sugar problem, but here we are... <BR> <BR> I read on the challenge's weekly goals that week 1 isn't the time to make changes, just observations, but I feel that I have already made enough observations based on this past week to know that I need to make a change. I am a stressed out college senior who has eaten a Little Debbie zebra cake for breakfast every day this past week with a sugary soda beverage. Not on... Sat, 3 Oct 2015 21:23:12 EST Tameing your sweet tooth well this is what i asked myself everyday starting on 9/30/15 <BR> Good luck to all of us trying to kick the sugar habit! <BR> <BR> 1) time of craving: <BR> <BR> 2) how often: <BR> <BR> 3) how much sugar & what kind did i eat: <BR> <BR> 4) did you gave in to your craving today & why? : <BR> <BR> 5) how are you feeling when you want sweets: <BR> <BR> 6) what are my triggers: Wed, 30 Sep 2015 10:50:45 EST SWEET TOOTH CHALLENGE WELL I THOUGHT TO START A JOURNAL OF THE MONTH STARTING ON 9/30/15 <BR> I DECIDED TO ASK MYSELF THESE 6 QUESTIONS EVERYDAY. <BR> <BR> 1) time of craving: <BR> 2) how often: <BR> 3) how much sugar & what kind did i eat: <BR> 4) did you gave in to your craving today & why? : <BR> 5) how are you feeling when you want sweets: <BR> 6) what are my triggers: <BR> <BR> Maybe this can help me to take control of my cravings ! <BR> good luck to all of us!;;;;fishinggal. Wed, 30 Sep 2015 10:44:52 EST I'm new and new support! Hi. I'm 63 years old and trying to clean up my poor eating habits, yet again! I'm a sugar addict and worry about Alzheimer's. My mom had it and she too ate a lot of sweets. I'm not terribly over weight, but would like to lose 8 to 10 pounds. Any words of encouragement or support would be greatly appreciated. I too am ready to give support to anyone who needs it. Sun, 20 Sep 2015 18:49:19 EST My sweet tooth triggers 1. Chocolate...I can't stop myself if it's in front of myself, I resist for a while but eventually cave. <BR> 2. Raisins...a mouthful of sugar really and I tell myself it's healthy <BR> 3. Jam, honey, and other spreads...I love jam on my toast, going to try mashed banana and peanut butter instead Thu, 27 Aug 2015 23:26:21 EST My sweet tooth triggers EVERYWHERE I am triggered by: stress, boredom, low blood sugar, anyone offering something sweet. Thu, 27 Aug 2015 12:38:37 EST Bad Day 2 Another day bites the dust, this time an orange cream shake. My mom is not always the most helpful with the diet. But she did pick up some healthier food and not as much junk for around the house. <em>468</em> <em>277</em> Fri, 21 Aug 2015 23:30:15 EST The Blizzard Strikes again I got a large blizzard telling myself I'd eat it over a couple of days but of course I ate it all today. <em>39</em> Thu, 20 Aug 2015 20:01:53 EST What is on the list of sweets? I am in week one and I am wondering what is considered a 'sweet' to you. Obviously chocolate, that is my go to for sweets, and I see how baked treats can be sweet. What about sugar in coffee or honey on toast, do you count a piece of fruit as a sweet? Essentially all foods have sugars like bread or carrots even, so what are the parameters of this challenge? Wed, 19 Aug 2015 11:17:00 EST My Sweet Tooth Triggers I have always known I was a chocoholic. I have just in the past year realized that I'm a carbaholic as well. Since I have taken this challenge, I have I been able to examine my addiction to carbs. I have learned what my triggers are and what brings them about. With this knowledge I can prevent my triggers from getting out of hand. I feel more equipped to deal with my triggers now. <BR> <BR> I have noticed that I have 3 triggers for my sweet tooth. <BR> <BR> 1 Social trigger- I find it har... Sun, 9 Aug 2015 12:08:32 EST substitutes I love my cup of coffee with sugar <BR> I found a little trick. Instead of the sugar I am adding a hazelnut coffee to the mix as well as a shot of cream. Baby steps <BR> Thu, 6 Aug 2015 16:38:26 EST cookies I have chosen to eliminate cookies from my menu this my first week. <BR> My temptation has been to buy a bag with thoughts of a daily ration...a recipe for failure for me <BR> How do you deal with cold turkey approach? Mon, 3 Aug 2015 16:39:22 EST Hi sorry...posted twice Mon, 3 Aug 2015 15:50:03 EST Hi I am a sugar junkie of many years. Now it is catching up to me as my blood sugar levals have reached the high norm <BR> So good to know that I am not alone <BR> Mon, 3 Aug 2015 15:40:37 EST working toward a heathly life A recent life style change has caused a weight gain and Ineed to get THE WEIGHT OFF!f Fri, 31 Jul 2015 01:23:02 EST Hello Everyone My name is Chris. I've been battling sugar addiction for years. I never really made any head way. I'm enthusiastic about this program. It looks like a program that might actually work. I'm excited to start this 4 week journey with you all. Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:20:59 EST sugar free Hi my name is Grugie, I am 63 years old, retired. I have always had a problem controlling food. I eat when i am stressed, when i am happy and when I am sad. I have given up sugar before and lost weight as a result just to give up and go back to my old habit of eating sugar :( I am hoping by joining in this challenge it will help me get back in control of my sugar free eating. Thu, 30 Jul 2015 14:55:06 EST What I learned week 1 I want sweets mostly in the afternoons and evenings after dinner. I allowed myself to have a couple of pieces of chocolate 2 times this week and did fine with not wanting the rest of the bag. I find it a lot harder to eat a reasonable amount when I am stressed or tired. Work can be particularly challenging for me because people often bring in treats. Tue, 21 Jul 2015 13:07:35 EST Looking for support/coaching I have been checking out the site for a while but finally decided to join. I am trying to commit to being healthier and getting fit. But I am having trouble sticking to that on my own. I have never really struggled with my weight up until the last year or so. I have just turned 50. Thu, 9 Jul 2015 08:22:06 EST Suggestions for not feeling deprived? After tracking my sugar indulgences I realized that part of it is availability - which I can do something about - and part is not feeling deprived. <BR> <BR> Has anyone got suggestions for feeling indulged and not deprived without sugar? I'm sure there are lots of things I can do but would like others' suggestions to get me started. Thanks! Sun, 28 Jun 2015 16:04:08 EST Once Again Hi, <BR> I have been a member for awhile. I started and then stopped. Now I will begin once again. However, this time I plan to stick with the lifestyle change. I believe in everything in moderation. I have no problem with sodas: six fillings when I was 11 cured me. I tend to drink water and jazz it up with lemon or lime if I want a change. <BR> However, when it comes to baked goods that is a different story. I keep none in the house. The problem is if I go out with friends for coffee... Sat, 20 Jun 2015 23:54:23 EST Triggers! I have a lot of little triggers. My biggest weakness is coffee drinks because I have made such a habit of them but I don't like black coffee so mine always have sugar syrups and things in them. Also, I have started to notice that when I have something salty I need to have something sweet to balance it. Also a big trigger for me is after dinner craving dessert. It never has anything to do with hunger though. Sun, 14 Jun 2015 22:34:19 EST Chocolate Hi all <BR> <BR> Chocolate is my biggest downfall........ if I start to eat it, I can't stop. <BR> <BR> I'm very easily swayed by it, if someone has it & offers me some I find it verey hard to say no. <BR> <BR> Has anyone got any tips? Wed, 3 Jun 2015 09:03:06 EST Sugary stuff brought home by hubby I would like to cut back on sugary snacks but it is very hard when sugar addicted hubby brings things home all the time. Have asked hubby to not bring it home as often. We rarely go a day without there being candy, cookies, ice cream, etc in the house. I usually snack on sugar when I'm feeling frazzled or bored. <BR> <BR> Any ideas how to resist when it is everywhere in the house? Mon, 1 Jun 2015 20:24:06 EST Need tips/advice! Hey everyone! So I plan on blogging at least 3 times a week about my sugar habits, but I also have to write down whenever I think about/crave/give into sugar cravings. Any advice on how to keep consistent with being on here and how to beat those cravings? Yesterday I gave in big time because I've been watching my poor dog be in pain all day. I definitely stress eat! Any advice or tips are welcome! <em>304</em> Thu, 21 May 2015 07:26:06 EST Triggers, triggers, everywhere! My name is Susan and I have a Sweet Tooth. Who-am-I-kidding? All my teeth crave sweet...the ones I have left, I mean. <BR> <BR> I can not go a day without eating something sweet. So my trigger is literally waking-up and breathing. <BR> <BR> I am forty-five years old and I was born to fat-haters. My father left my mother because she did not lose her pregnancy weight. (My father's side of the family are mostly all morbidly obese and have been for generations...if there is an obesity gene, my ... Mon, 18 May 2015 14:50:47 EST need help with cravings I really want to get my sweet tooth under control. <em>39</em> Thu, 14 May 2015 22:32:42 EST Howdy from Wyoming Hey. I'm down to 116 now and working on life changes to keep the weight off and reduce body fat, including reducing/substituting sugar. I just took the "are you addicted to sugar" quiz, and of course, my result was a resounding "yeah, you are!" I knew that, though. I knew that because even though I eat well five days per week, just yesterday I went to have one serving of those evil Girl Scout Thin Mints (which would be reasonable and delicious, right??). I ate the whole box. Seriously.... Sun, 10 May 2015 22:59:37 EST Hello fellow sweet tooth people Hey there, My name is Megan and I am a sugar addict. I've been on spark off and on for a few years, but I haven't fully used the site to my benefit. I have had an addiction to food, especially sugar most of my life and I am hoping to use this 4week challenge and forum to help me curb this problem and help me on my journey. Sun, 10 May 2015 19:42:18 EST Week One-success Made it a full week without having any added sugar. I am allowing myself a cheat later today or maybe tomorrow. Wanted to buy dark chocolate at the store the other day, but passed. <BR> <BR> Finished my full box of CSA veggies this week, that's a challenge in itself. It's a lot of food, but it's good, organic, locally grown veggies including lettuce, beets, snap peas, carrots, etc. Sun, 10 May 2015 12:02:38 EST abstinent I have found that I have yo abstain from refined sugar sweets or I go on a major binge! I know what my triggers are. Try to swap for something healthy for the thing I am craving. Example. Fruit split. Instead of a blizzard or a cement mixer Ice creams I start with a fresh fruit add a yogurt walnuts marchinno cherries and whip topping usually with sprinkles! This will cure my sweet tooth. Not sure how many calories this has but if I eat ice cream I can't stop. Mon, 4 May 2015 12:43:49 EST hi hi my name is robin I have lost 100 pounds in the last 3 years but I have 130 more to go I am trying to lost it my boyfriend and I workout 7 days a week and we eat no carbs and very little fats Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:19:25 EST 2nd time around Hi 2nd attempt at SP still trying to tame my sweet tooth. Tue, 21 Apr 2015 10:13:28 EST Greetings I have been off and on with SP for years and very aware of my sugar addiction. I have never really posted on joined a team so this will be very new to me! I think I must try some new strategies to reduce my sugar intake and lose the weight.... sound familiar? I will soon be starting a new chapter in my life and want to be a healthier individual for my golden years! jsh Mon, 13 Apr 2015 08:27:01 EST Triggers... Yesterday, I had my dinner planned out. Then, my husband, son, and I went to the park for longer than anticipated. We had to run to the grocery store to get some produce, and my hunger kicked in full-strength and raging. All I saw was cookies and candy and things I know will fix my hunger immediately. Being hungry and out of my element seems to be my trigger. When we're out later than expected or I am tired or it's been a long day with a tired/cranky/inquisitive/tiresome 2.5 year old, I want ... Thu, 9 Apr 2015 16:28:41 EST Stevia -- Good or Bad? I've heard a lot of bad stuff about artifical sweetners. The stevia I get at Sam's Club claims to be an "all natural sugar alternative", so my question is...Should I be giving up using Stevia too? I dont want to be using anything thats going to be a setback for me during this challenge. Thu, 9 Apr 2015 12:27:02 EST Triggers I developed a bad sugar habit in recent years, in response to family losses and other stresses going on. I realized recently how bad the habit has gotten when a friend picked up my cup of tea accidentally and tasted it, and she cried in amazement at how disgustingly sweet it was. I didn't even pay attention to how much sugar I'd put in it! On top of that, I'd become a chocolate-holic. The sad thing is that the sugary treats only make you feel better for a few seconds; inevitably you're in f... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 00:08:51 EST Emails I'm not receiving the emails, where do I check that you have the correct one? Wed, 1 Apr 2015 07:33:50 EST sugar confession I love candy and baked goods, easter will be a challenge . Hard to have a few candy's or cookie as I always want more. Sun, 29 Mar 2015 19:20:45 EST Triggers For me my biggest trigger is boredom/being around the food. If I am at home not doing anything and I see a package of whatever sweet thing I will likely at least think about eating it. I'm currently ridding my house of these foods so they won't just pop up in front of my face and entice me to have some. If I'm around other people and doing something actively it is less likely that I will over indulge then if I am at my house. Tue, 24 Mar 2015 13:28:11 EST Releasing the weight! I heard a short message by a certain Lisa that you shouldn't want to "lose" the weight... because you don't ever want to find it again, lol. <BR> <BR> That's how I feel!! <BR> <BR> I'm Natalia. I'm a mommy & wifey with a bit over 90 lbs to lose. <BR> <BR> Got a few short term goals: <BR> <BR> - Run a half-Marathon by September <BR> - Participate in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in October <BR> <BR> Nice to meet you all!!!! <BR> <BR> Feel free to add me :) Sat, 21 Mar 2015 20:30:01 EST Week 1 challenge Just posted a painful and kinda embarrasing blog post. Well, at least it was enough of a wakeup call to make me push thru my super hunger and insane cravings. <BR> Feel like I am constantly starting over. <BR> <BR> Biggest triggers: cookies, cake, chocolate. <BR> Biggest times: stress, afternoon slump just b4 supper and bedtime for 4 DD's. <BR> Biggest issue: cravings... <BR> <BR> OK, Here we go again.... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 15:50:12 EST Just joined the challenge My weakness is when I am at work and there is candy and sweets readily available all day long... Also after I eat dinner I always want something sweet. It is like my body expects it. I guess I have to show my body who is really in control. <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> Thu, 19 Mar 2015 08:43:49 EST Sugar Detox Hello everyone hope you all are doing well. My name is Christina and my biggest Sugar cravings are soda which I gave up for Lent but I would like to continue after lent is over. I also love cookies but cookies don't love me and hips Wed, 18 Mar 2015 14:26:08 EST sugar challenge I just joined this website and would really like to clean up my daily diet. Sugar is something that I easily consume too much of so I figure this is a good place to start. I find the more I eat it, the more I crave it. Fri, 13 Mar 2015 21:07:55 EST Introduction <em>81</em> <BR> Hi! I'm Trapper 2002.. Just joined this team challenge today and already having trouble getting to the right place to post. Help! Thu, 12 Mar 2015 11:35:49 EST grocery store smells My local grocery store always smells like fresh baked donuts. This makes it very hard to resist getting some to take home. Sun, 1 Mar 2015 10:21:15 EST WHAT I DO FOR SUGAR CRAVINGS I still get sugar cravings even after gastric sleeve surgery. So i have gotten used to using splenda in everything and it helps a lot. I also distract myself by reading or exercising or doing something i really like, and it helps me get over the craving. I also have now been using a natural sweetener called stevia to my food and drinks and find it to taste just like sugar,and it has no calories.I am a diabetic and it does not raise my blood sugar. I also eat fruit in the morning ( but not eve... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 11:34:39 EST Hi! I'm Laura I am looking to add some Spark friends to keep me motivated! I am hoping to drop 10lbs, keep running, get stronger and feel healthy. I like to run on my own and take classes at the gym (pilates, zumba, bootcamp). I log on daily and track my food and exercise. <BR> <BR> I am hoping to find some similarly motivated friends! Sun, 8 Feb 2015 19:37:27 EST Hello! Hi, my name is Lili Salazar and I am a sugar addict. Glad to meet everyone! Fri, 6 Feb 2015 23:54:17 EST I just can't say no to sweets Today I am trying to say no to sugary sweets. I feel really inspired by the reading I have been doing. I just added some recipes that I know will help me through the week and I am going after the ingredients after work. Mon, 2 Feb 2015 12:40:49 EST Identifying Your Triggers How are you going about keeping track of your triggers? What are your indicators that something might be a trigger for you? <BR> <BR> I think about what I'm doing at the time I fee a craving for something sweet and I put it in my blog. Then I'll come up with an action plan next time it happens. Wed, 28 Jan 2015 09:44:03 EST Sugar Names Quiz I got a 6 out of 10 the first try. Did any of your mouths start watering while going through the slides? It felt like food porn to me. What other triggers do some of you have and what do you do to talk yourself off that ledge? Wed, 28 Jan 2015 09:34:10 EST Week 2 for me I've approached week 2 today and started reading an article about 15 places where sugar is hiding. It surprised me to learn that there's lots of sugar in spaghetti sauce, granola and dried fruit! I have question, I was wondering if someone knows this: Do artificial sweeteners such as apartame, sucralose, saccharin, etc., count as part of sugar addiction? What are your feelings toward said sweeteners? Do you use them or avoid them? <BR> <BR> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 09:31:16 EST 4 weeks completed This challenge has been so good for me. I know that there have been some hidden sugars in some foods that I have had since I started this challenge but other than those I've had one piece of German Chocolate cake in 4 weeks. I enjoyed the cake but I was able to go right back to not eating sugar even with one piece still in the house for my daughter. It seems the cravings are gone and I hope I can keep them away by only enjoying sweet stuff for a special occasion and not an every week thing... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 09:17:45 EST I am a Sugar Addict Hello everyone! My name is Jamie and I am a sugar addict. I'll be honest with the term because my sugar intake is out of control. I'm a prediabetic, obese, with high blood pressure and hypothyroidism. My cravings for sweets are out of control and unstoppable. I wish I had an off button in that part. I am not sure how much is hereditary or how much is psychological or both, but I'm trying to get it under control and I hope I can talk with like minded individuals on this forum that have a simil... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 15:18:59 EST Feeling better than ever Hi hope everyone has an awesome day I have been working on getting. In better shape for two years I'm down 70 lbs I feel better and really enjoy meeting my daily exercise goals thanks for letting me join I don't have all the tracking down yet but will work on it thanks again Sun, 18 Jan 2015 07:14:13 EST Chocolate. I am doing fine without eating sweets but I still have a craving for chocolate. Now once a week I allow my self 2 squares of dark chocolate. My goal is to lower my blood sugars to reduce my oral meds and it is working.Keep up the good work all! Wed, 14 Jan 2015 09:18:02 EST Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies Would you call this sugar free? I mean, the chocolate chips have sugar. <BR> <link><BR>banana-chocolate-chip-cookies.html </link> <BR> Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> - 1/3 cup of room temperature butter <BR> - 2 mashed up ripe bananas <BR> - 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract <BR> - 1 cup of flour <BR> - 1 teaspoon of baking powder <BR> - 1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips <BR> <BR> In a bowl, mix together butter, bananas and ... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 16:17:33 EST Sugar Monster Begone! I recently had to go on insulin. This does not make me happy. I will curb the sugar cravings and make sensible choices. Starting today. The Sugar Monster will be conquered! Tue, 6 Jan 2015 20:29:38 EST Hi I'm new and i am a complete sugar addict its horrible. it went from only craving sweets every now and then, to monthly, to daily, to i feel like every hour. I feel silly but I've tried to cut down but its hard. Tue, 6 Jan 2015 15:23:31 EST Hi all!! Hi all!! i am 37 years old and weigh 205. im not sure how to add people but i would like to get motivation help and offer it to the people asking!! Thanks and GOOD LUCK ALL!! Tue, 6 Jan 2015 10:50:42 EST intro My name is Diana I am new to joining challenges on sparkpeople so hopefully I am posting this in the right spot. I was looking at the challenges this morning and saw this one and decided not to join. Then I made cookies with my daughter and after consuming about seven cookies and feeling terrible I logged back on and signed up. My cravings are completely out of control and I need some good tips and tricks on how to tame them. <BR> <BR> Sorry messed up and added this as a new discussion topic... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 16:36:04 EST Time for a change towards health and wellness Hi, my name is Tonya. I joined SP a few years ago but never did much with it; I have recently rediscovered the site and helpful articles and hope to get more involved with the supportive community. I am a busy, working mom and have let myself get to my highest weight ever over the last couple years by doing a lot of stress eating and not exercising. It is really time for change to a healthy lifestyle. My goal is to lose 35 pounds and get my fitness back. I want to get back to using exercise f... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 23:05:34 EST Week 2 The triggers I am going to work on are ice cream... My addiction. And spaghetti sauce. My housemate makes the best spaghetti, but I had not realized that it was high in sugars. I need to work on that. Sun, 4 Jan 2015 17:39:36 EST Goodbye Triggers, Hello Alternatives! For me, a large trigger is the after meals sugar trigger! After lunch and after dinner I ALWAYS want something sweet. I have tried this week to replace the chocolate with fruit and it actually works perfectly. I haven't been able to avoid all sweets but now that the holidays are over and almost all chocolate is out of the house it should be much easier! I have also tried to make alternatives to eating 20 chocolates such as making hot chocolate or chocolate soy milk. But the fruit seems to be ... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 03:59:14 EST Starting New Year's Sugar-Free Well, I've always done fairly well with starting a new program at the beginning of the year and I am so tired of being a slave to sweets. So this challenge seemed like the perfect one for me to take. I've gotten a lot of good ideas on this board and am ready with tea, fruit, protein and keeping the holiday chocolate and cookies out of here! I do wish I could just twitch my nose and have it be next month already though. <em>246</em> Wed, 31 Dec 2014 18:25:55 EST Wheat I have given up wheat of any kind and have found my cravings to subside. My blood sugars aare also falling to the point,that I have had to cut back on oral meds. I am not always grazing like I was every night. Wed, 31 Dec 2014 10:44:02 EST Hi from Dallas, TX I'm Rhonda and am addicted to sugar, I eat it without even realizing and when I look at every bite so much is a little bite here or there. I look back on periods of real good health and see that I had really managed to eliminate sugar and junk from my diet. Getting over the mountain is the hard part for me, but once I had fully made the transition I felt and looked great and I felt so good, the slips were noticeable and I didn't like it. All those seemingly unrelated problems went away, sleep... Sun, 28 Dec 2014 10:49:13 EST I just don't have a place for sugar anymore... After quitting tobacco and now cutting sugar out of my diet almost exclusively..I can say that I feel truly empowered to do anything...I put my mind to...those pcs of candy at church don't call my name..I can place them close to me and not reach for one..I don't need sugar..and I don't crave it and it's gone from my intake...and my plans are to keep it that way...Ice cream could be a hard thing for me in the Summer because I have so many memories which include them together..but I'll cross th... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:12:53 EST accountability would like to join or start a small group of people who want to live a healthy lifestyle. How do I find such a group, or to start one and invite others to join? Mon, 15 Dec 2014 11:45:40 EST Diabetes Just wondering, how many people in this group are diabetics? What do you look for in nutritional labels. I just found my favorite "healthy whole wheat bread" has sugar and molasses.I guess I need to do more research on what goes in to my pie hole, if I want to reduce my oral medications for type 2. Fri, 12 Dec 2014 09:53:33 EST Suuggarrr!!! Hi, I'm Shantae, and I Love cookies, chocolate. and anything with a splash of sugar. I am trying to lose weight, but also I wanna become a healthy eater. I think the first step to a healthier life style, is by reducing my sugar intake. If I can overcome the sugar need, I can do Anything! Thu, 4 Dec 2014 13:48:50 EST retrying to lose weight Im 31 and im at my highest weight in my life. Im trying this again for myself and my husband. Thu, 4 Dec 2014 00:33:20 EST Good-bye soda! This is my first day, and my goal with this challenge is to kick my very bad soda habit. I don't buy it for home, but every time I'm at the grocery store I buy one, and sometimes I find reasons to go to the store just to get one. I have never successfully kicked my soda habit, and I would really like to. Thu, 13 Nov 2014 20:58:54 EST I am a BAD sweet, salty, junk-food over-eater.. Today was Day 1 again for the MILLIONTH and so time in the past 3yrs that I say ok, today I am gonna do it differently. Well, I did I ate sensible all day and I am done I HOPE for the night. I had a few triggers of sweet cravings through out my day. Like right now, Oh gosh I want to just over eat bad my trailmix, candy, ice-cream and chips. BUT I portioned out my trailmix and thats that. The Ice cream I havent even touched I have it in the fridge because I want and so badly need to regain mys... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 21:44:28 EST Halloween Office Sugars - My Healthy Alternative My office is now full of candy as people set up candy bowls at their desks for Halloween. I'm resisting. Which is surprisingly easy right now. But I decided to do a healthy alternative. I saw a pin on Pinterest of decorated cuties/tangerines, so I did something like that. <BR> <BR> Here's one example online: <BR> <link><BR>uploads/2014/10/pumpkins_21.jpg </link> <BR> or <BR> <link><BR>ompicks/cool%20mom%20food/tan... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:26:27 EST Triggers that i plan to avoid Boy my biggest trigger is cookies. If I see them, then I must eat them and if I buy a whole package, then you can bet it will be gone within the day. Another trigger is cakes and cupcakes. I lose all control when it comes to these sweets so I need to treat them like I do my drugs and alcohol as I am sober and clean four and a half years. I need to stay away... <BR> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 10:55:52 EST Tracking Sugar In-take For the past two days, I have tracked how many grams of sugar I take in each day. Wow! I created a goal of having no more than 25 grams of sugar. I was going to eat more healthy and figured some of the things I was going to cut back on were sweets. Well, even with the cut back, I was still consuming waaay more than 25 grams a day. It's really making me conscious of how much sugar is added to various foods. I was also so conscious today of my sugar cravings. I'm collecting data about myself wh... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 02:08:34 EST Day 1 of Sweet Tooth Challenge Hi everyone. I finally got on the scale today after a year or more of not being on Sparkpeople and I realized I am eating too much sugar. I have gained 25 pounds. Yes, 25 is quite a bit :( BUT.... I am back. I will have to control my sugar intake and keep track of what I am eating and I can do this. Who is with me? <BR> I have had no sugar as of yet today. I am eating sensible today. YAY!!! <BR> I pretty much stopped buying 80% of what is in the grocery stores. I am tired of chemi... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:24:44 EST triggers! My main trigger is alcohol. But I'm going to have to study a bit more to find out if there is a trigger for sweets, because I can't think of any time I don't crave them! Sat, 18 Oct 2014 19:14:42 EST Week 2 Triggers I always want sweets after I eat lunch and dinner. My plan is to wait at least 1 hour before I decide to have any thing and then if I want something I am going to go for a walk or read. Fri, 17 Oct 2014 09:53:35 EST New and Needy That's me: Needy! I don't know if I can do this, but I do need to get this under control. My list for reducing sugar: <BR> 1. Lose weight <BR> 2. Save my teeth <BR> 3. Save money <BR> I'm new at this, a bit overwhelmed by the size of this website, but I need to do SOMETHING!!!!! Tue, 14 Oct 2014 10:26:40 EST Once again into the breach So I heard on the radio that social media can help keep you on track while trying to become healthier. Having fallen into a recent sugar overload situation that I can't seem to get out of I thought I would give this a try. Sugar Sugar Sugar, every day. I have a good day and find a chocolate cake provided for me by a husband who just wants to celebrate yet another birthday without me having achieved any of my wellness goals for the year. So I am tired and full of cake. Tue, 7 Oct 2014 21:17:15 EST starting off I just took on the challenge yesterday and am glad thus week is just for journaling it because I just bought a king size Butterfinger. My hubby bought something so I did too. This is going to be harder than I thought. Wed, 1 Oct 2014 13:54:15 EST a chocolate free October until Halloween. You in? <BR> I have decided not to eat any chocolate, starting today. For me that means no cookies, candy (love my candy!) or ice cream. I am even going to add hot cocoa to the list, for the month. <BR> <BR> I feel powerless over sweets and this is a lie I tell myself. I quit diet soda several months ago and I'm doing GREAT! Now I have another challenge for myself. <BR> <BR> Want to make yourself proud? Join me for this chocolate free challenge until Halloween. <BR> Let's check in every d... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 10:03:45 EST week 2 triggers I have a problem at work. There are always baked goods sittng around in one department and I have been spending a lot of time there on a special project lately. I find myself snacking a lot more than usual because it is there. My goal is to be more mindful when in that area and remind myself the taste isn't worth the calories and guilt after! <BR> <BR> I have avoided sugar for 8 months in the past (I had gestational diabetes which resolved after delivery) and felt so great during and had ha... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 07:34:49 EST Week 1 - The Reasons I Want to Cut Down 0n Sugar (1) The number 1, main reason I want to CUT OUT ALL SUGAR is because I HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO CONTROL WITH IT, JUST AS AN ALCOHOLIC, I HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO CONTROL OVER ALCOHOL! <BR> <BR> (2) The next reason, is because when I have sugar, I always binge on it! <BR> <BR> (3) The third very important reason is when I binge on sugar after I start it,I have an INTENSE ANXIETY/PANIC ATTACK which leads to INSTENSE WHOLE BODY ITCHING and now I have to take a bezodiazdepine to stop and had to trade... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 12:41:06 EST My trigger I am going to work on is avoiding candy This is a very big thing to do, but sugar in general can not be eliminated over night. Tue, 23 Sep 2014 17:29:00 EST triggers and plan My triggers are <BR> 1- boredom (in the evening mainly) <BR> 2- hunger (I wait too long to eat, then will eat anything, especially if it's sweet) <BR> 3-stress (I quit smoking 2 years ago, and "replaced" nicotin with chocolate. Much healthier at first, but time to wean myself off) <BR> <BR> My plan is <BR> 1- have a water bottle with me at all times to substitute (boredom or stress) <BR> 2-plan meals ahead and use my crockpot more often <BR> Sun, 21 Sep 2014 02:08:46 EST Just joined Just took the sweet tooth quiz and found out I am a situational snicker. I did kind of know this. Sugar is a problem at work where it is always around. At home I don't have as much of a problem because it isn't there. I also crave when I am stressed or over Hungary. I have been drinking tons of water when a craving strikes and that has been helping. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 06:59:06 EST I am doing better lately In the last couple of days, my need for sweets have not been that bad. I am beginning to feel better. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:43:51 EST My 3 sources The first source would have to be soft drinks. <em>222</em> <em>262</em> I have been very good in the past about not drinking the regular sodas, instead I drink the diet versions. However, I have been known to drink 2 or 3 a day. I have managed to cut down to 1/day and would like to cut that down even further to 1/week or 2-3/month. I don't think it's impossible but it'll be difficult. <BR> <BR> The second would have to be candy. <em>494</em> <em>493</em> I don't necessarily eat... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 05:13:29 EST triggers week two 1) bread <BR> 2) alcohol <BR> 3) hunger Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:54:49 EST I have totally failed I have eaten so many sweets since I have joined. Was wondering if that qualifies me to be kicked off the team? Fri, 12 Sep 2014 08:31:45 EST Which sugars I plan to avoid Cakes,donuts,other desserts Fri, 5 Sep 2014 09:10:45 EST A different type of breakfast I decided for the second week I would try smoothies for breakfasts. Thu, 4 Sep 2014 12:51:27 EST It was not as hard as I thought it would be Going without ice cream this week was not bad, but I still have other things I have to work on. Thu, 4 Sep 2014 11:36:22 EST Weight Loss Journey Hello my name is Terri Spencer. I need to loose around 53 pounds. I weigh 173 and want to get down to 120. I've been this weight for the past few years. I've only been on this site the past couple of days and from what I've seen it looks like it will be really helpful and very supportive! Some of my interests are needle work such as counted cross stitch and quilting (by hand), art work such as painting and doing origami and reading Christian books as well as watching Christian movies. I... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 15:49:37 EST How many grams of sugar have you eaten? Hello! I track sugar through a different website ( I enter all I eat and the website calculates my sugar intake for the day. This is added sugar (not found in fruits (fructose) or dairy (lactose). So if the Nutrition Label has honey, corn syrup, maple syrup, etc. on the label, you would count this number into the grams of Sugar you ate for the day. This measurement doesn't include Carbs. <BR> SparkPeople has an article that shows how many grams of sugar an individual is ... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:15:58 EST Week 2 Challenge I've decided to avoid some of my sugary triggers such as cereal and high sugar snacks. I've stopped buying really sugary cereals and stick to regular Cheerios and Multi-Grain Cheerios. I've also started substituting Splenda for sugar in some of the things I'd normally put sugar in. Mon, 11 Aug 2014 12:07:37 EST SeaWave's Week 2 Still keeping track for myself, and welcome any feedback or ideas you may have. I started my second week off badly, in that I had some kind of seizure (I think) on Friday (my Day 1). In discussions with docs. <BR> <BR> Other than that, so far so good. Had a bit of cheesecake with hubby and son at supper today, but I find sugar doesn't trigger a binge with me if (1) it's with a meal and (2) it's high fat, which slows down the sugar absorption (so for me cheesecake ok in moderation, someth... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 03:29:41 EST Day 3 no sugar! So, as directed in the week 1 steps, I tracked my sugar intake. The first day I joined the challenge I bienged on brownies. Go figure. And I noticed some classic addiction behavior. I don't like to eat sweets around other people. I resisted until my boyfriend left the house, then I chowed down. It really opened my eyes to just how bad things have gotten. <BR> <BR> So for the next two days I concentrated on building momentum. It's a lot easier to resist my sugar cravings if I have had a stel... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 11:53:11 EST Good overview of sweeteners This is a blog post by Chris Kresser that I found very helpful when evaluating sweetener options. It is by no means complete but he gives a lot of information and his writing is quite thoughtful. <BR> <link><BR>into-a-healthy-diet </link> <BR> <BR> Enjoy! <BR> Birgit Sat, 9 Aug 2014 01:01:33 EST Jumping in to this challenge, jumping out of sugar Hi All! <BR> <BR> This is my first sweet tooth challenge! I am mostly doing it because a) I have a sweet tooth and b) I have a back (disk) injury which is finally starting to heal, I have been recommended eating less sugar and watching my intake. As sad as it is, for my this includes natural sugars. I like to eat several pieces of fruit a day, which I have always been told is a little bit much. My current personal goals are to not have any (boozy) drinks, to stick to 1-MAX-2 pieces of fruit ... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 22:21:00 EST New to the team Hi, I'm Michelle, 34 year old, full-time working mother of 3. I feel like kicking the sugar habit will be the single most effective thing I can do to lose weight, (also the hardest) so I'm tackling it first. I have already made some progress, I'm looking forward to working through the challenge and hopefully defeating the addiction for good, and I look forward to meeting all of you on the way! Thanks and good luck with your journeys. Wed, 6 Aug 2014 13:53:28 EST Sweet tooth I have a terrible sweet tooth, especially since being in recovery from alcoholism, so I have gained more weight than I ever have in my life. When it comes to sweets, I can't have just one, so I think it is best for me to avoid altogether but then I get resentful. So I need to eat sweets in moderation, actually measuring out a cup of icecream or something along those lines. I try not to keep too many in the house, so I am not tempted at night. And I asked my boyfriend to help me by not tem... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 13:14:15 EST Sugar free 30 days !! My challenge to myself.....'No sugar for 30 days' started on 4th August. <BR> <BR> The motto is to keep sugar and food added with sugar away from my diet. <BR> <BR> I succeed day 1. Now looking for day 2. I will update here everyday for accountability. <BR> <BR> I would love to have like minded people joining me for the challenge where we can sail together. <BR> <BR> Mon, 4 Aug 2014 22:46:51 EST My Week 1 Challenge My goal for this week is to substitute a healthier food for one of my downfalls. I LOVE peanut butter and tend to eat way too much--like spoonfuls out of the jar. Although regular peanut butter doesn't have a lot of sugar (3g altogether), it still tastes sweet to me, and I end up eating a lot of it several times per week (not to mention it has a lot of fat too). So, even though I don't like natural peanut butter as much because it's not as sweet, I'm going to try eating it instead. The go... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 14:52:19 EST Cutting sugar cravings to lose weight Hi Everyone, <BR> I joined this challenge to change my eating behaviors. I'm trying to lose about 10 pounds, but I always sabotage myself anytime I eat something sweet. I always tell myself I'm only going to eat a little bit, but I always end up overeating. I know eating too much sugar causes me to crave more sweets because it's so easy to get addicted. I'm also hoping that by kicking my sugar addiction, I won't crave so many sweets whenever I'm at a party or basically any time some delic... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 14:37:25 EST SeaWave's Week 1 I just wanted to open a thread and keep track of my week, and maybe get some feedback if anyone has any suggestions. <BR> <BR> Aug 1 - Day 1 went reasonably well. I went for coffee with my husband and sister; they each had a sweet treat and I stayed away. In fact, I wasn't even tempted, even though they have great gluten free deserts at this shop. HOWEVER, I did have ice cream in the evening. <BR> <BR> Aug 2 - Day 2 -- sugar free all day! <BR> <BR> Aug 3 - Day 3 -- sugar free again - Who... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 09:49:23 EST Week 1 2nd day and I can't seem to stay away from sugar to save my life - it's in my coffee then I picked up a soda w/ lunch and then I thought I was good and made myself a fruit smoothie to help with the sugar craving but then I picked up a box of twinkles and ate one <em>29</em> I found myself making the excuse that I would start on Monday <em>39</em> <em>15</em> Sun, 3 Aug 2014 03:43:10 EST MY LONG TERM PLAN FOR SUGAR THIS CHALLENGE HAS HELPED ME TO FIND ALTERNATIVES TO SUGAR. I'VE LEARNED THAT THERE ARE OTHER TYPES OF SWEETENERS AVAILABLE AND FOODS THAT ARE NATURALLY SWEET. HOWEVER, THE MOST IMPORTANT LESSON I LEARNED HAS BEEN THAT SUGAR IS FINE TO HAVE AS LONG AS YOU HAVE IT IN MODERATION. <BR> MY LONG TERM PLAN FOR SUGAR IS TO CONTROL HOW MUCH I HAVE IN MY HEALTHY EATING AND TO TREAT IT WITH GREAT RESPECT IN HOW OFTEN I HAVE IT. Sat, 2 Aug 2014 14:20:12 EST A "back to basic" for me I've just blogged about hitting my re-set button, and realized that taming my sugar demon is one of the basic things I can do to help myself. Sugar has been linked to "getting well" every since I was two years old, and doctors told my parents to give me sugar when I felt ill (I had just been diagnosed with hypoglycemia). Now I realize that I still reach for sugary treats (fudge lately) when I'm feeling at my weakest, which is of course the worst thing I can do. <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 23:00:31 EST TODAY'S SWEET TOOTH TODAY I WOKE UP WITH A SWEET TOOTH. I'VE HAD MY LAST PIECE OF FRUIT, FIVE GERBER'S ARROWROOT COOKIES AND 2 GERBER'S CEREAL BARS AND IT'S ONLY 1;20 PM. I THINK THAT I'LL GO FOR A WALK. I'TS GOING TO BE A HARD DAY, <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:34:16 EST new here Hi <BR> I am joining you all in this challenge starting with my first cup of coffee with no sugar for starters. I have been a sugar addict for years.My blood sugars are in the high normal and I have history of diabetes in the family so the writing is on the wall. My goal is to reverse the trend. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 11:39:46 EST RESTOCKING SNACKS <BR> FINISHED RESTOCKING MY FRIDGE AND PANTRY WITH SUGARLESS SNACKS AND IT MAKES ME HAPPY. <em>4</em> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:08:57 EST Excited about this challenge! <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> I am very excited to be joining this challenge - I think it is exactly what I need to help me take control over the sugar cravings I have on an almost daily basis. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:11:59 EST Week 1 Sugar Challenge Hi I'm feeling like this is going to be a serious challenge for me. Sugar was never a problem for me in my daily intake but all of a sudden its a huge monster I can't seem to get under control. I'm really bummed about the sugar monster but I'm ready to get rid of it. Here goes Week 1 and right now I just want to get rid of every sugar in the house. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:29:11 EST Jumping in Greetings fellow Sparks! I'm a senior who lives most of the week on an 18 wheeler with my over the road trucker husband. I've gained 15 pounds in the more than 2 years I've been riding with him and I need to rein it in! It's very challenging but I love being with my husband seeing this vast and beautiful country! Wed, 16 Jul 2014 20:04:47 EST taking back my life :) HI THERE SPARK PEOPLE i JUST WANT TO SAY I'M NEW TO SPARK OBVIOUSLY NOT NEW TO EXERCISE AND WATCHING MY DIET....HAVE BEEN DOING THAT ALL MY LIFE BUT I WANTED TO SAY HI TO EVERYONE SAY I NEED FRIENDS TO HELP ME STAY MOTIVATED AND SO I'M NOT ALONE IN MY JOURNEY. hOPE EVERYONE HAS A FUNTABULOUS WEEKEND!!! AND NEVER GIVE UP!!!!! Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:05:18 EST Week One-Day Five I started eliminating sugar on Monday; found this challenge today. I know I crave sweets when I am stressed, tired, bored, etc., etc, etc. I do well with it and then a birthday will come up and I give in to the craving and eat cake and ice cream; which begins the process over. I have done well this week; however, I have 3 birthdays at the end of this month. I have to change the way I think about birthdays and know that it is okay not to eat a piece of cake. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:04:32 EST New and inspired I just started this challenge today and decided to read the forum board... I was pretty nervous and skeptical of going sugar free but, you guys are all so inspiring, I am actually excited to start. Thank you :) Fri, 11 Jul 2014 03:24:12 EST Week2 I have found eating more fresh fruits helps. But for those gotta have chocolate moments, I have organic dark chocolate chips. A few of those satisfy the carvings. Wed, 9 Jul 2014 18:09:26 EST Late night sweet tooth! Hi Everyone, <BR> My name is Marie a mom of two and recently engaged. I am on a mission to get on track with better eating habits. There are a lot of health problems in my family that I am now concerned about. All suggestions are welcomed. ;-) Mon, 7 Jul 2014 14:08:02 EST Accountability Can you hold yourself accountable without shaming or blaming? If not, the sweets tend to win, if you can be accountable without adding on shame or blame then you win. Mon, 7 Jul 2014 11:47:33 EST Week 1 So I started the sweet tooth challenge last week. My weaknesses is bread and ice cream, I watched this documentary on Netflix called Hungry for Change and one of the food experts talk about dieting and how it affects those psychologically, I decided to make an effort by saying "i could have it but I will not eat it." I'm in week two and yesterday and the day prior I had a pastry, but mostly whenever I get an urge I usually will have fruit or dark chocolate. After reading the articles and t... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 15:18:37 EST FULL OF FLAVOR Yesterday, I made an amazing lunch that was so FULL of FLAVOR, that I didn't desire something sweet afterward. So jazz up those salads, tuna's, etc. Spices can perk those taste buds and make them forget sugar. Sun, 6 Jul 2014 10:54:11 EST Sweet alternatives Does food made with Splenda count as a sweet? <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> Sat, 5 Jul 2014 21:13:57 EST Week 2 Goals and Ideas Hello everyone! <BR> I'm happy to say I have not had a sweet tooth binge, however, I indulged too much in fatty foods last night. Instead of beating myself up like I normally do, I took some time to reflect on why I did it and kept it down to a minimum. <BR> My goals for this week are these: <BR> 1. Monitor and assess when I want to have sugar, why, and find prevention methods to binging. <BR> 2. Switch out my usual sweets for healthier alternatives <BR> 3. Try not to eat when I'm not hungry ... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 20:24:44 EST Thoughts on alternatives Ok, so since joining this group, I have seen people post substitutes for certain things e.g. carob instead of chocolate, stevia instead of refined chocolate, artificial sweeteners, etc. <BR> <BR> What about non sugar sweets? I know the 2 words seem a contradition but I am wondering if anyone has recipes available. <BR> I know a few but a couple I really love are Raw Lemon Truffles (No refined sugar, just honey to slightly sweeten) and Raw Brownie Bites (raw Racao - not processed and dates ... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 07:11:03 EST Taming my sweet tooth I love sweets and some days prefer to have a donut instead of a healthy breakfast. After a doctor visit last November when I was told my weight was just little under 300 pounds I made the decision to really work on losing weight. I started with eliminating fast food from my daily diet. First, I had the bad habit of going to McDonalds every day after work and getting a medium fry and large coke (5 days a week), so I changed my route home where I did not pass by McDonalds and thus eliminated... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 07:28:42 EST Reverse psychology?? I have a question for the members of this forum.... <BR> Does anyone else have intense cravings for a particular item, but once it's purchased, that intensity subsides? <BR> My son's birthday was this weekend and instead of buying a huge birthday cake, we purchased a small one (it's only three of us in the house.) However, after dinner, I had no cravings for it. Since my son was full as well, the cake is still sitting in our fridge, not even cut. <BR> Anyone else have this issue or am I the... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 08:11:16 EST Need to get it under control So, since I started on the healthier path, I feel great, and of course I have had my plateaus as well as ups and down, I have kept going. <BR> <BR> For the past year I have been living with others for financial reasons. Problem, one of them frequently buys junk and bakes junk food for her daughter. May sound ok, its for her daughter, but if, for example she makes cupcakes, her daughter will eat 2 of a batch of 12, then the rest is open for everyone else to eat. <BR> <BR> I can avoid buyin... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 23:23:22 EST artificial sweetner I think I need to cut back on artifical sweetners, they seem to be making me crave more sweets? Sat, 28 Jun 2014 09:47:53 EST hi EMMIEJTRUST hi all my main problem is worked lates from 2004 joined the army in 2007 medically discarged with thyroid cancer in 2009 then worked lates in the armys catering department untill i had my daughter so about 10 or 11 oclock every night i feel so hungry out of habbit and i binge and i cant sleep till i have, i need to break this habbit and hope the support here will help x hope you all have a great day Fri, 27 Jun 2014 07:35:39 EST HELLO! Hello everyone, <BR> So, I am 28 going on 29 and a first time mommy. I have lost the baby weight I gained in pregnancy, but recently I have noticed I am gaining some weight back and it is due to late night snacking, especially sweets....It does not help I am not working out, eating junk food almost everyday. I am ready to make some changes for myself and my daughter. I need healthier food habits. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 23:14:21 EST Hi! My name is Adrienne and it is time to tame my sweet cravings. I am not new to Spark People but I have not really used it reguarly in the past. I am horrible about getting on my computer but I read about this challenge in am email and felt that it was time to take action against my sweet tooth so here I am. I am seriously addicted to my sugary coffee drinks so that will be the hardest part but I am ready to try. Hopefully having support will help me finally kick this habit. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 12:45:04 EST Time to quit Hi...over the past 10 years I have given sugar my's got to stop...I KNOW I'm addicted to it and that has got to go...don't want to be controlled by any substance. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 15:08:51 EST Replace trigger foods with substitute 3 days/wk I love donuts, scones, cake, cookies and I know that this is wreaking havoc on my health...not so much sugary drinks, but the pastries and stuff like that...7Eleven donuts are just tooooo close. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 15:05:42 EST I FLUNKED I AM STATING AT DAY 1 I WILL RECORD MY INTAKE <BR> I WILL RECORD MY CRAVINGS ALONG WITH EMOTIONS AT THE TIME <BR> I MUST WIN THIS CONTROL <BR> Can anyone direct me tro a sugar journal page? Sun, 15 Jun 2014 13:30:07 EST trail mix and my 'tooth' The dried fruit in my trail mix is my only sweet <BR> I am thinking it may be too much <BR> Will cut back to 3 oz. cup a day <BR> My coffee in the morning with Splenda my other <BR> I will cut back to one cup <BR> Otherwise drinking water is my plan Sun, 15 Jun 2014 13:16:19 EST New Member who's addict to M&M Hello, <BR> I name is Gail, I really don't care for Sweet that like cake, cookies, etc....... <em>495</em> <em>473</em> <em>471</em> <em>475</em> <em>44</em> <em>494</em> <em>493</em> not my cup of tea, <BR> but I do have addiction to M&M peanuts candies. <BR> I been on SP before Nov 2011, but not that active with the community. Today, I realize I want to be a good role model for my kids. I am tired of being trap inside this body I made for myself. <BR> When I am under... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 17:46:07 EST Any suggestions? I'm not always a big sweets person, but I have noticed lately (the last week or so) that I want ice cream every night before bed. I am not sure if this is something that my body is craving, if it is because I am overly tired, or what the issue is, but I do think that even a little bit here and there is one of the reasons that I am having a hard time losing this weight. Has anyone else experienced this, and if so, any suggestions as to what to do? Thanks! Mon, 9 Jun 2014 13:00:55 EST Tiny dabbling in sweet tastes Tried a little sweet in my tea (stevia glycerite), but it's dissapointing to me if the flavor is just a whiff. Next day I doubled up on the cream and it was much more satisfying. I was hoping my tastebuds would happily reset to a lower level of sweet with 4 weeks of this but I am starting to have my doubts. Plan B is to keep emphasizing all of the non-sweet favorites in my food choices. Wed, 4 Jun 2014 16:43:14 EST Today is the Day Today I am starting week one to kick this sweet tooth! Tue, 3 Jun 2014 00:39:42 EST Week 4 Success Fridays are "donut day" at the office. After four weeks of practicing all the great tips, from relearning to live without sugar, to making healthy choices for meals, I was able to sit through the meeting without reaching for a donut (or two!) And I didn't feel deprived. I think that was the biggest realization. No matter how good a sweet tastes on the tongue for a moment, it isn't worth the lifetime on the hips. <BR> <BR> Long term plans for keeping on track is logging my foods with the... Sat, 31 May 2014 00:00:42 EST Day 6 I'm definitely not over my sweet cravings. However, I have not succumb to them either. Today was especially tough - I had to eat on the run. I didn't resort to my usual temptations to fill the void - a small step in the right direction. Fri, 30 May 2014 19:38:41 EST Day One Hi! I am starting this challenge today. I am hoping to kick my sweet tooth and jump start my weight loss journey. Thu, 29 May 2014 13:28:22 EST Crashing and Burning I was doing really well and then I had an awful set of days and went on a binge. I'm talking thousands of calories here. I've got no excuse for it and I am so ashamed that I have been avoiding Spark the last few days. <BR> This morning I got up, made myself a healthy smoothie and decided I'd come on here and be accountable. Thu, 29 May 2014 11:44:00 EST Taming my sweet tooth Okay, so last week I gave up pastries (I considered cake in there too). I did well and thought about the challenge during the week, so did not succumb. So for this week, I need to cut back on the following three trigger foods: candy, cookies and Blizzards. I'm going to allow myself one small Blizzard this week since the S'mores flavor came back. It may be my only one during the challenge, depending upon the action plans for the following weeks. I will not buy any candy or cookies this we... Tue, 27 May 2014 15:27:41 EST Introduction Hi Everyone - <BR> <BR> Today is the first day of what I hope will be a commitment to positive change. My sugar addiction is completely out of control. I snack constantly on anything that will give me some quick sugar - simple carbs, candy, etc. I'm tired, foggy, and achy - I just can't keep supporting this horrible habit that has put me in terrible physical shape (about 20 lbs overweight and feeling miserable). I know what I need to do. I just need some support to do it. <BR> <BR> Tod... Sun, 25 May 2014 11:47:33 EST Week One Continues I have made it through 4 days on my reduced sugar plan, I avoided the chocolate cake, I am enjoying my sugar free coffee and tea. I did splurge on two London Fog lattes with a small amount of sweetener. Picnic today I'm bringing lots of veggies to snack on in place of sweets and chips. I have yet to make it to week Two in the past but this time I'm following all the steps to help me stay on track. Sat, 24 May 2014 12:44:58 EST Long Time Spark, First Time Sweet Tooth Challenge I nibble and nosh and it was getting worse. I've lost 50 lbs using different approaches at Spark People, and have eaten low carb for over a year. Lately I was adding greater quantities of non-caloric sweeteners to my tea, yogurt, etc, and proceeding from one sugarless sweet snack to the next. <BR> <BR> After my morning tea (with stevia glycerite and monk fruit and cream) a few days ago, I decided to do without anything with added sweeteners for as long as I could stand it. Today's the 3... Thu, 22 May 2014 19:09:32 EST Arrived I found this forum and joined because I am so addicted to Dark Chocolate and other sweets. I decided the first thing I need to do is not buy any more Chocolate. If I buy it, I WILL eat it!!! My hardest time is in the evening. I think I may have trained myself to want Chocolate or sweets at night. <BR> Sue Wed, 21 May 2014 19:27:57 EST Emotions <em>39</em> Wed, 21 May 2014 13:43:09 EST Success Moments Let's post our successes for when we've made a healthy choice instead of a sugary one. We can and will do this! <em>224</em> Mon, 19 May 2014 18:12:15 EST Good Start Getting a good start to this Challange. No Sugar for a week now. Feeling really good. Looking forward to reading all of your notes on the week. Mon, 19 May 2014 06:09:48 EST Love this Challenge I'm Catrina and will turn 50 this fall. My annual physical showed sugar level as pre-diabetic. I'm on a mission to lower my sugar levels. I've been working hard to lose weight and improve various lifestyle issues to enter my 50's in a healthy state. Mon, 19 May 2014 02:21:17 EST Week 2 goals Hi all! The 3 foods that I am going to "manage" (ie dramatically cut back) this week are: sugary mojitos (patio season!), chocolate & toast with honey (which is my go to when I am starving. I eat 3 pieces loaded with honey). <BR> Some of my strategies are to prepare my healthy snacks at the beginning of the week so I can just grab them when I want something (this will help with the late afternoon splurge). I will do my meal prep in the morning during baby's longest nap and plan for larger bat... Mon, 19 May 2014 00:18:01 EST Up for the challenge Will be giving up sweets and sticking to fruit. Last summer I lost 16.5 lbs with this approach as it seems with me in this respect is all or nothing. Once I started to indulge in sweets, they were craved every day and since November gained 10lbs back. Just bought the Jawbone Up24 to replace my lost Spark tracker, tracking activity has really helped me focus on fitness. Now its time to tame my sugar monster! Wish me luck! &#128516; Sun, 18 May 2014 07:30:07 EST Taming sugar Week 2 is finding hidden sugars, being aware of where they are, and reducing sugar intake. It hasn't been too difficult -- until stress hits, and good intentions fly out the window. Today, I caved to a blueberry poptart for breakfast.. A couple hours later, I was hungry again, and could feel results of the sugar crash. So I had to ask myself, was the extra sugar in the pop tart worth it in the long run? No. Will I remember this next time stress hits me and I reach for something bad? Tha... Thu, 15 May 2014 21:44:32 EST Stevia in my Tea I have been putting stevia in my sun tea and it really helps with the sugar cravings Wed, 14 May 2014 14:23:59 EST Week 2 Being aware of sugar has greatly reduced my cravings. <BR> This week, my focus will be on eliminating "packaged sweets", while still paying attention to those times throughout the day when cravings are at their strongest, and I just started using a few drops of agave in my green tea! <BR> Mon, 12 May 2014 21:09:44 EST Falling off the no-sugar wagon I wouldn't say I was actually on the no-sugar wagon. It's more like I was off the all-sugar-all-the-time wagon for two weeks and then blamo! I jumped back on that wagon. :( <BR> <BR> I've been doing so well - not grazing at work, only having small amounts of sugar for dessert after dinner (if any at all). Then I allowed myself to have a Twix on Friday and I've been CRAVING sugar all weekend. Sunday I made my super-secret recipe brownies for a friend for Mother's Day and could NOT stop ea... Mon, 12 May 2014 12:52:20 EST good bye beach, back to work <em>253</em> <em>47</em> <em>524</em> <em>17</em> Mon, 12 May 2014 12:18:31 EST Week 2 Today is day 1 of week 2. I have learned that stress is generally my sweet tooth trigger. That and when I just want a small snack candies are an easy 'fix'. I will be bringing what I have left at the house into work and leaving it in the break room to eliminate the opportunity at home, and a plus is I hardly ever go into the break room. I will buy more fruits and yogurts, (making sure I look at the added sugars in yogurts) in my grocery shopping this week. I have been doing good with my extra... Mon, 12 May 2014 11:39:17 EST Week 1 Review I am very proud of myself, I just spent 4 1/2 days walking up and down Ocean City Boardwalk. I am usually a sucker for the funnel cakes and sweets while I am on vacation, but I did very good. The only sweets I had were my DD coffees, and I only had 2. There is a 'Candy Factory' almost literally every few blocks and I kept myself out of them completely. I just hope I can keep it up now that I am back at work and to my normal schedule again. Also I think I have determined that my sweet tooth ac... Mon, 12 May 2014 10:28:14 EST Taking the plunge Hello! I'm new, it's time to try a new direction since these last 26lbs aren't going anywhere by themselves. I gained over 40lbs with my pregnancy and am struggling to lose the rest and be comfortable with this new body and new role. I am excited to have the support of such an incredible community! Mon, 12 May 2014 00:17:01 EST Good place to start Am recommitting to getting healthier and thought this looked like a good place to start since my sugar cravings seem to open the door to nutritional disaster for me. I seem to start the day with such good intentions and staying on the right path...but as the day goes on, one little slip seems to make it a lot easier to stop paying attention to what I'm eating. I hope to learn ways to keep my sugar cravings more manageable. Helps to know others are on the same journey. Sat, 10 May 2014 05:44:08 EST My sugar addiction I was eating a lot of bakery products, ice cream and anything else with sugar every night. I found that the more I ate, the more I craved. In my first week back at Sparks, I am eating mostly fruit and an occasional low fat ice cream (small portions). I have not craved sugar much and hope it stays that way. Fri, 9 May 2014 20:53:11 EST Hi, I'm back also after two years Good to be back and I'm 18 pound lighter. I'm up to loosing another 22 pounds. Yea Fri, 9 May 2014 16:35:45 EST First time:) Hi everyone! I'm looking to lose at least 20 pounds and could use lots of motivation so if you have tips and tricks I appreciate it :) Thu, 8 May 2014 12:53:20 EST week 2 for mary still havent had any sugar treats since jan 1, 2014. you can do this. use fruit.i have had dark chocolate almonds ,good for the heart( an oz only) <em>244</em> Wed, 7 May 2014 10:15:32 EST Hi. I am back. Ok so I have been away but I am back. It is time to get back on track and I need help. I am hoping this app and website will give me what I need to keep on track because by having this to look at everyday I think I will be able to do that. Tue, 6 May 2014 09:59:51 EST Hi I'm another new mom to a three month old. Sugary things is the end of me and I'm making the commitment to myself to stop eating and drinking so much sugar. I've already cut down on the sugar in my coffee, and eating a lot less chocolate, but it's the biscuits I need to kick now. <BR> But I'm on it! Sun, 4 May 2014 13:09:14 EST Department donut day Where I work each department has a treat day. Our department has a donut day on Friday. They are always right in front of me as the table they were on was right beside my desk. <BR> This past Friday was the first one where I chose to not have any. I was so proud of myself, it is really empowering. The past few Fridays I ended up caving in and having one when I didn't plan on having one but not this time, its surprised me how more in control I felt. <BR> I have cut out sugar from my tea and ... Sun, 4 May 2014 11:41:43 EST General May Forum/topic <em>248</em> Thu, 1 May 2014 16:54:34 EST New to Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge Joined yesterday because I am out of control with sugar and need some help in overcoming this addiction. Sat, 26 Apr 2014 14:35:54 EST Gum Substitute For the longest time, I chewed gum to calm my cravings and stopping smoking. I have had to see the doctor about some gastrointestinal issues that I've been having - it was so bad I had to go to the doctor! Turns out it was chewing gum that was causing the pressure. Does anyone have a non-food substitute for gum? Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:15:44 EST Intro I just took the quiz, but I already knew that I am addicted to sugar. Already today I have had more sweets than real food and it is only 3pm. Before breakfast I was eating Easter candy, I added 2 spoonfuls of Truvia to my coffee, had a huge helping of an Oreo/Pudding/Cool Whip dessert and I am still craving sugar. I need to stop before I gain any more weight and I need to get this under control. <BR> <BR> I look forward to working this challenge and making this a lifestyle change. <e... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 15:00:00 EST Week 2: Things to avoid I usually reach for ice cream, junky chocolate, and sugary snack foods when I'm feeling meh. I thought I could handle the temptation and have them "just once in a while", but I obviously can't! I think I'll stop buying these things for a while. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:49:26 EST Hoping for success :) Hey everyone, my name is Kasey. Ive been using spark on and off for the last several years and had mixed success. This goes round Im a hell of a lot more motivated and I cant wait to see some changes. This challenge will be great for me because Im constantly eating junk food and baking. I need to get this mini - addiction under wraps! Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:37:46 EST My family stopped eating sugar - article This article should be great encouragement for many of us here: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>alth-story/year-of-no-sugar-one-family<BR>-grand-adventure/ </link> <BR> <BR> Birgit Fri, 11 Apr 2014 00:09:38 EST Hi My name is Jodie and I just rejoined Sparkpeople after years of not using the site. Two years ago I was down 111 pounds, got married and gained 60 back and now I am trying to lose it so my husband and I can start a family. My cravings for sweets are way out of control and I hope this group will help me tremendously. Wed, 9 Apr 2014 16:58:03 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 7 Apr 2014 17:14:06 EST Week One I have a definite problem with sugar. I find I do fine portion wise as long as I stick to things like going to the bakery and buying 1 donut as opposed to a whole box of cookies, which are harder to control portion wise. I can also be disciplined with dark chocolate. My issue is that sugar is an addiction for me, like an addict, I have it once and then I just want more. <BR> <BR> Being hypoglycemic is a big part of my problem. My appetite has always been erratic and I hate breakfast, but ski... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 01:17:31 EST Need some extra motivation? Watch this video This talk by Dr. Robert Lustig, a very experienced researcher on sugar and obesity will give some of the latest research on sugar. <BR> He is also a well-known neuro-endocrinologist who is considered a leader in the field of childhood obesity. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Birgit Sun, 6 Apr 2014 20:49:13 EST No Sweets For Me Today -no sweets today! Sun, 6 Apr 2014 20:19:39 EST General Daily Chat-April I was wondering how everyone who is doing this challenge would like a place to go to where anything and everything can be discussed rather than searching for specific but sometimes short-lived discussions happen. I thought it might also create more of a camarderie and support. Let's see how it goes anyway. <BR> <BR> <BR> Pam Tue, 1 Apr 2014 19:50:49 EST THANKS just wanted to thank everyone who posted on my blogs today. I has really helped me know someone is there to help though a bad day.THANKS EVERYONE. <em>380</em> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 13:09:47 EST SWEETS hey, so down today I would love to go have all the sugar I can to bring me out of the bad mood I am in. seems like life will never be easy on me. so hard trying to keep above water and going without ALL the time and getting blamed for ruff times as if it were my fault. KEEP THE SWEETS AWAY TODAY OR I MAY LOSE IT. I PROMISE TO TRY HARD NOT TOO. especially since the scale says I gained 4 pounds. WHAT, yes as hard as I have been working at this too its letting me down. that's my life. Sat, 29 Mar 2014 11:05:23 EST hmbrink Hi - My name is Helen. I am a career "yo-yo" dieter. Big expectations, Very little will power. I am 72-1/2 years old and am frankly tired of being overweight. I really want to drop those excess lbs. I can't dive into this right now due to being on vacation. I should be home around the 25th of April, possibly earlier at which time I intend to buy your tracker and start a plan. I figured if dallied in it when I can now, hopefully, I will be ready to go next month. Any suggestions for me... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 15:21:05 EST very discouraged doctors appointment showed I gained 4 pounds in a week. I don't know what I am doing wrong. I am asking all my challenge teams to help. they maybe can see something I cant. I am eating below my calorie count from 500 to 900 different then they say I can have doing an hour of exercise on my gazelle. drinking green tea, no sugar, no milk in it, and water is the only two things I am drinking. I don't want to fail at this. any suggestions. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 10:49:22 EST cutting sugar I started my venture from reading a diet book that showed me how food was related to things happening in your body. the first thing I did was try to eliminate sugar all together as much as I could. I do read labels even though it takes a little time till I get use to it. not having sugar has eliminated the hard cravings I had for a candy bar everyday. it eliminated eating all the brownies I made, etc. I have gone 2 months, 13 days without any of those sweets. I do have 10 almonds covered with... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 10:49:27 EST BARS looking for a snack to have in between meals. I found that most protein bars are full of sugar. from 20 to 40 grams. but if you choose atkins bars, breakfast, snack or protein bars they have from 8 to 16 grams of fiber and only 1 or 2 grams of sugar. great way to have a treat and not go over board with sugar. try some today. lol Wed, 26 Mar 2014 17:30:26 EST treats list cleaned cabinet out of as much junk as I could. using wheat flour if I make something instead of the white I had before. bought some atkin protein bars an snack bars because they only have 1 or maybe some 2 grams of sugar which are a lot higher than others which I find have as much as 20 to 40 grams in them. also bought two kinds of sugarfree pudding today thought I could put blueberries or strawberries in it as a snack. also have deluxed mixed nuts, walnuts and dark chocolate almonds as sna... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 17:18:34 EST New Mom Trying to Lose Weight Hello fellas, <BR> <BR> I am a 38-year-old woman. Ten month ago, I became mom to a precious little girl. While pregnant I was so watchful of my weight and after giving birth, I tried to stay focused and followed my healthy eating habits. Breastfeeding helped me lose some of the pregnancy weight. Weaning my baby after 4 month, my weight started to go up again mostly due to the fact that my daughter required more time from me and I was paying less attention to what, where, when, and how much I... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 14:56:46 EST Why are we addicted to sweets Did we eat too many sweets as a child, or does our body need some sugar? With all the products out there, it's really difficult not to grab something sweet. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 01:53:27 EST seeking helpful hints Hey, teammates! When you get a craving, what is something healthy that you do to distract yourself until the craving passes? Go for a walk? Take a bubble bath? Plant some flowers? Everyone share your ideas. Let's help each other on this journey. :) Tue, 25 Mar 2014 17:50:56 EST Hello! Hello, everyone. I joined this team to get support and encouragement for breaking my sugar addiction. I want to stop the horrible cycle of binge, feel like junk, resolve to do better, repeat. When I start eating sweets, I don't know where my stopping point is going to be. So, my action plan is to stop buying them and keeping them in the house. If I don't get started, I don't have to convince myself to stop. Any helpful hints and encouragement would be appreciated. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 13:56:39 EST week 2- Im giving up all candy, cookies, and cake... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 13:34:06 EST From Sunny South Africa Hi, I am from the beautiful country South Africa. <BR> <BR> I am sugar addict. I am ashamed of it. It is so hard to let go. I need to change my life and I need to make changes and one of the biggest things to change is to part with my love affair with sugar and things sweet. <BR> <BR> Even though we don't buy loads of sweets and chocolates etc, I will have syrup in my milk, I will have loads of spoons of sugar in coffee or tea. <BR> <BR> I don't want to be obese anymore and therefore I am... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 08:27:48 EST Mistakes happen! I gave in to my sweet tooth!! Impulse and cravings got the best of me. Feel guilty and disappointed. Today's a new day and I will start over. Lets not blame ourselves for our mistakes, let's learn from them <em>30</em> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 05:57:34 EST On a sugarless streak!!! I am on Day 23 of 100 days without white/processed sugar!!! I thought it would be a good challenge to help me along in this. I ate cinnamon altoids yesterday, but quit when I realized they were sugar. OOPS!! But I forgive myself and shall continue to endeavor to persevere!!! LOL Sun, 23 Mar 2014 12:18:55 EST make my own sorry not sure how yet. but my emotion would be a big smile because I am working towards a healthier me. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 09:34:34 EST Looking to lose weight Hi my name is Vicki and I am 39.I came on here to lose weight.I have tried many times to lose weight and never have.I want to lose it to feel better. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 16:48:42 EST Hi, Sweets are the thing I go for to help when upset, so it will be hard to learn to not reach for them. I am up to trying to be healthier and using sweets less for comfort. <em>30</em> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 12:46:36 EST no sweets well I wouldn't say absolutely none, but there hasn't been any junk snacks in my diet for 2months 4 days. I think that is great since I look at some I see and say oh that looks so good but don't every try to buy it. I want to reach this goal. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 08:13:17 EST Sugar Intake Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> My goal is to work on reducing my sugar intake near the RDI level (50g or less of sugar each day). Mon, 17 Mar 2014 10:49:30 EST Hi, I am New This will be a very difficult challenge for me, as I eat sweets every day...typically several times a day. I almost use sweets as a feel good crutch and I can probably honestly say I may have an addition to them. I will be looking at ways to stop myself from reaching for sweets whether it be from boredom or out of pure habit. Sat, 15 Mar 2014 22:22:28 EST my Long term plan so, now that sugar is no longer a front runner in my diet I feel like I can eat anything I want and that its ok to say no to treats. I am sticking to my calorie budged and have taken sugar out of my coffee completely so now it is just in the granola I eat and some of the yogurt. when I make backed treats like cookies or brownies I have made them with stevia baking blend with much success. <BR> the occasional 'treat' for me is a Starbucks nonfat white mocha or macchiato which is my fave. I us... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 19:09:19 EST Salad Dressing Does anyone know of a good, no sugar salad dressing? I'm having a hard time finding one. Everything I look at is either loaded with sugar or sweeteners. <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance for any suggestions. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 16:09:07 EST Craisins In the past I've replaced chocolately snacks like M&Ms with craisins. That isn't going to work if I'm taming that sweet tooth! Any suggestions for something small and takes a bit to chew and doesn't really require a dip (like a carrot) that I can try to replace chocolate? Fri, 7 Mar 2014 11:32:39 EST Hi I'm new to this challenge, this is a hard one f Hi, I'm Ali and I joined this site and challenge to figure out if I am addicted to sugar and I think I may be. I like the fact that the diabetic nutrition plan I am on let's me choose an occasional sweet as long as I account for it. Today, I had one of my favorite drinks, an Arnold Palmer, iced tea and a little lemonade but counted the calories as part of my daily calorie allotment. My big news is that this week is my second week without having my nightly caramel apple lolypop, my latest sug... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 02:40:48 EST Newby Hi.....I found this site and it is just what I need. I am at my heaviest and feeling depressed about it which means I am in the comfort cycle......arghhhhh!!! Hoping this can motivate me! Sun, 2 Mar 2014 17:35:46 EST sweets will control me no more! Hello everyone, <BR> I am ready to stop letting sweets be my buddy when I am stressed or tired! I am tired of letting the candy bars call my name in the check out line! <BR> I enjoy chocolate, but I want to call the shots! <BR> I have had a terrific first week on spark people and good first day on the sweet tooth challenge. My son and I were at Wal-Mart earlier and passed up the Heath bars. <BR> I have started journaling my sweet cravings today and will do so daily. <BR> I am from Texas and... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 16:42:21 EST UGH! Chocolate chip cookies I've been doing exceptionally well these past 2 weeks! I've not had ANY sugar snacks. Replacing them with fruits and veggies. But now my hubby has asked me to make some chocolate chip cookies for him. I've not faced this temptation before now. Don't know if I'm strong enough to NOT eat one cookie or not! And I KNOW if I eat one, it won't stop there!! UGH! Wish me luck! <em>24</em> Sat, 1 Mar 2014 06:30:30 EST First Day Hi! Today was my first day of tracking everything on sparkpeople. So far I'm in love. I do need to make some friends so friend me, help me, give advice, share your success please!!! This is the first time I have been open about my weight and goals to anyone.... kind of scary but I think it is just the push I need:) Oh, and how does everyone do that tracking thing at the bottom of their comments? Fri, 28 Feb 2014 23:04:40 EST Week 2: Triggers I'm avoiding My biggest sugar craving is chocolate. Especially boxed chocolates like Pot of Gold or those Lindor balls. If they're in the house I'll eat them. If they're not in the house and I have a sugar craving, I'll reach for the chocolate chips that are supposed to be for baking. With those I can control how much, usually just a small handful, because I don't like it as much. <BR> <BR> Also chocolate bars, mostly brought home by my husband. <BR> <BR> My plan is to stop buying these things! For me, ... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 17:03:18 EST Addicted to sugar :( Hello, my name is Dawn and I'm addicted to sugar. Sugar and chocolate has more power over me then anything else. I have quit smoking and drinking alcohol. But I cannot kick this this sweet craving. <BR> <BR> I seriously went out and bought 2 packages of oreo cookies the other day. One was spring so I had to have them and the other was new (marshmallow something or another) so I brought them home and just kept eating them. I finished about a quarter of the spring and about 10 of the new flav... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 09:03:46 EST Week 2: My triggers Well my triggers I want to avoid are, 1) being stressed and frustrated. For that I found some good breathing exercises. 2) being tired. That one is a little harder with my teething baby, but if I feel tired I will just take a nap with her. <BR> 3) which is also a sugar craving trigger is I will reduce my coffee and cake to twice a week and not daily basis. <BR> <BR> Here is to success!! Tue, 18 Feb 2014 17:34:19 EST no donuts today Today was donut day.....who ate some? NOT THIS GIRL! <em>250</em> I'm wanting a snack as we speak....I need to wait another 45 min & I can have some yogurt when I get home. Until then......water water water <em>194</em> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 14:57:22 EST new to team I just joined this team today. I love sugar & I need to control my intake. I am using 1 tsp of sugar instead of 2 in my oatmeal. I have cut my creamer for my coffee in 1/2 & jelly by 1/2. I am commeted to 1 piece of dove dark chocolate for evening snack. I am so happy to have a team that is going through the same sugar struggles. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 14:48:11 EST introduction Hi my name is Pam and I am tired of sugar controlling me. Hopefully at the end of the 4 week challenge I will be controlling it. Mon, 17 Feb 2014 16:45:34 EST my biggest sugar trigger is if I see it I want it, I can actually taste it and it drives me up the wall till I eat it and once I start I usually cant stop till its gone. that is the number 1 reason I don't keep sweets in my house. when I make cookies for the kids they are usually gone the same day, its bad. all that sugar and the craving just calls to me like a siren song. <em>18</em> <BR> when I go to the grocery store, I usually end up buying treats, especially after the holidays because everything is marked do... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 14:02:54 EST Valerie31960 I am new to SparkPeople and from what I have experience within the first 2 days, it appears to be positive and helpful way to become healthy without a hidden agenda--fees. Just fell in love.... looking forward to accomplishing my goals Mon, 17 Feb 2014 11:54:53 EST Taming The Beast I have learned that there are several health benefits to cutting back on sweets. I know I eat too many, and they are ALL the wrong kind of sweets. Things like Reece cups, cookies etc..etc.. you get the picture. I want to cut back on these, and start eating healthier things like fruits. My worst time is at night, right before bed. It seems that's when the sugar monster rears it's ugly head the most. If I think about it, I can normally avoid buying sweets at the store, but sometimes I just say ... Sat, 15 Feb 2014 09:06:35 EST tracking sugar is there a way to track my sugar intake on sparkpeople? my fitnesspal tracked all nutrients and i can't figure how to do that on here Wed, 12 Feb 2014 14:51:29 EST sugar trigger I had a very stressful week with low energy and sought comfort from sweets. I was tempted to not track the consumption of such treats but due to the fact my goal is complete accountability I had no choice if I really respected myself. I knew my self medicating "treats" were bad but I was shocked at how many calories and carbs I was adding to my day! My fix was to start chewing gum (dessert flavors) so the sweet taste that I crave stays in my mouth and NOT in my body. But now to find gum th... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 19:52:15 EST Taming the Beast! Hello, I have had a sweet tooth all of my life and I've never said no... if I wanted it I got it. Saying no is my biggest problem, not just with my sweet tooth either, so this is going to be some challenge, but I am more than ready for this fight... it's been too long and it's cost me too much! So to the fight, I go. <em>521</em> Sat, 8 Feb 2014 12:55:48 EST