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5/6/12 1:21 P

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My triggers are emotional. I don't feel my emotions, I eat them. When I'm upset, lonely, sad, frustrated I need to deal with it and own it instead of eating it. I know that I need to do it but the chocolate bar is so darned good - and it's on sale for 69 so I can have it, right? Or it's organic and I never see these guys at the farmer's market. I won't see them for ages, so I can buy it this one time right? So, what I need to do is stop coming up with excuses and go hard core. No excuses. Sort of like schools with gun laws. They don't care about the reason, they expel the kid. I need to be that cut throat with sugar. No matter what the situation or the reason, no sugar period. I will also use this time to take care of my inner child, the young b*&$# in me who has decided to consume the sugar. The adult me needs to ask her, about her needs, and help her with them. I'll let you know how it goes.

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5/6/12 5:34 A

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We all seem to hover around the same triggers x)

I'm happy the company I'm working in doesn't have a candy box in the office - but you can get it at the canteen (and in the inhouse "mall") which is hard for me to not buy some seet dessert.

I have gotten so used to have a dessert of any kind after a warm meal - muffin, creme desserts, choclate bar, ice cream ... doesn't matter, I just need some sweet completion... yes completion is the right word. Without it the meal is not complete.


I also have badbadbad craving when getting tired - sugar (choclate) gives me some energy to get thru the afternoon hours.

And I can't have anything in the house. I WILL eat it. But living in my parents house, I only have to walk one minute to get to where sweets are :( And that distance is not long enough to keep me from it.)

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4/30/12 10:39 A

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My issue with sugar is mostly after lunch and dinner I feel I need something sweet....I have been trying to eat the Extra gum after to see how this helps I will let y'all know in a week or two if this is working or not. Anybody else have any suggestions?????

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4/29/12 11:28 P

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ice cream at work and chocolate after work
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4/29/12 9:01 P

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Any kind of sugar or sweets; emotions are usually the main triggers that get me to eat mindlessly when I do see any sweets. I can't eat "just one"

Optimism is the foundation of courage.
--Nicholas Murray Butler

It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change.
--Charles Darwin

Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care.
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4/29/12 9:30 A

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My trigger is visual. If I see sugars and carbs, I want them. It's kind of an "out of sight, out of mind" thing for me (most of the time...there are times when I really crave sugar). I've managed to do well keeping the sugars out of my house and making sure I eat whole wheat pasta and bread, but it's a little more difficult controlling myself when there's a plate of cookies or cake and ice cream set in front of me.

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CD4372522 Posts: 51
4/25/12 11:07 P

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My biggest trigger I think is anger. I don't over eat or crave sweets when I'm happy or sad but when I'm mad I just want to eat everything and especially sweets. I crave cupcakes and chocolate like no other when I'm mad. Unfortunately this week has been a very angering week and so I've been trying very very very hard, not going to lie I've had a few m&m's. Any suggestions on how to deal with this would be great.

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4/25/12 8:19 P

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My triggers are letting myself get hungry and then I will eat anything in sight!!! And being tired is a rough trigger. Otherwise, it's chocolate!!!

"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." Walt Disney

Now that I am way way past my BIG 50: Years wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.


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4/25/12 12:56 P

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All baked goods. Oh I so wanted to buy a gourmet cupcake that they now sell at Vons (evil I say). But I didn't...just barely made it past that isle. I think since I'm now on Atkins I am just going to avoid the whole bread and pastry section altogether.

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4/24/12 2:48 P

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TRY DIET ROOT BEER & THROW IN SUGAR FREE BRYERS NO CARB ICE CREAM

CURES MY SWEET TOOTH

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4/24/12 10:49 A

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My trigger foods are Donuts & snack cakes. We have both in the kitchen at the office and my Mom's home. I try and get prepared for each of these places everyday. I can usually make it till the end of the day. I'll just do somekind of aerobics and that will lower that sugar need.

You can't wait for motivation to strike; sometimes you need to dig deep into yourself and find the motivation on your own.


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4/23/12 2:56 P

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HI TEAM

ANY TYPE OF emoticon THATS MY TRIGGER

I KEEP THEM IN MY DH NIGHT STAND ITS ON HIS SIDE OF THE BED
NO PROBLEM FOR ME . HE DOESN'T EAT THEM IN FRONT OF ME .

CAKES & PIES YES BUT NOT COOKIES

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4/23/12 12:02 P

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triggers for me are alcohol (if I have a wine or drink with dinner I ALWAYS want dessert), and stress or boredom in the middle of the afternoon at work. Definitely making progress!

Alison


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4/22/12 8:28 P

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The main trigger for me is a group candy bowl in the office. I don't keep candy at home and haven't for years. I have stopped walking by the candy bowl and that helps. The main thing for me is to keep my proteins up. If I can keep those in line it goes a long way to keeping me away from sugar. Keeping busy really helps too.

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4/21/12 9:59 A

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I finally got my husband to hide the candy in his car so it is not in the house. I'm eating popcorn as snack at night if I need something.

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3/16/12 12:46 P

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If he refuses to cut out the sugar with you, could he at least keep it in his car or something until you have more of a handle on things? I totally understand where you're coming from. It's hard when your SO can easily have just a bit but, for you, it's like you have to eat it if it's there. Can you talk to him more and really try to get him to understand? If he doesn't or refuses to, can you at least keep them in places that are harder to get at or are at least out of sight? That helps me at least a little. (If it's just sitting on the counter, I WILL eat it.)

For baking. . . that one is hard. I don't know how people can bake and not eat it unless you get it out of the house and away from yourself ASAP.

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3/16/12 11:02 A

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It's tough. I have found that if a "trigger" is in my house, I will eat it. I don't try to NEVER eat sugar. That's unrealistic and creates a backlog of desire. It makes me eat sugar more. I am trying to have set days -- and quantities -- that I can allow myself to indulge. I am trying to stop that indulgence from being random.
On the other hand, I can't have those things at home. Can you not express to your husband how difficult it is to have sweets at home? Maybe you can have a "pie" night when you go out and have dessert out together to make it special. It's not healthy to have sugar every night, and if he is doing that, he has a problem he need to cope with as well.

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3/16/12 10:44 A

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I need so much help in this department. My husband like I 've mentioned before loves to have is sweets at night before bedtime. So I am struggling with not having some myself. I know it's just a habit I have gotten into, but I can't seem to stop doing it. Every time I tell myself you are not going to do this to yourself today I end up doing it anyway. So how do I avoid my husband because I fill he is my tigger to sugar. I also love to bake sweet things and it is really hard to not eat some of things I bake. I bake cakes for my grand-children's birthday's and usually make them a small birthday party with family. So I need all the help I can get, emoticon

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3/16/12 8:22 A

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I understand the family connection very well...as for how to track your meals...in the upper left corner of the page, right under the sparkpeople logo is a tab for "My Trackers." When you hover over it, a drop down menu opens with all the trackers. I find it is best to go to "Start" so you can see all the different trackers and you can spin the spark wheel to get points. It motivates me sometimes just to see the wheel spin. They also have articles and you can access your goals from there too. I find that tracking my food even when I mess up really helps me binge less and when I make myself track after a binge, I can see how bad it is and I think knowing that I will track it keeps me from binging as extreme as I used to. Good luck to you!

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3/16/12 12:21 A

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I've got 4 triggers in my house... my hubby and 3 kids! It's sooo hard. My kids aren't really sweet eaters, but they do occasionally have sweet treats and it's so hard not to indulge and enjoy them with them. :( I'm new to Spark. I don't know the ins and outs of the site just yet. I don't know how or where to go to track my meals. I've started this challenge, and have sucked really bad already on Week 1! :''( I'd normally give up at this point, but I can't... I have to do this... especially for my hubby and 3 kids as well as myself! *sigh!

My other trigger is sweet tea... I can't seem to give it up! I'm not a soda drinker, but I LOVE LOVE LOVE my sweet tea. It's the southern girl in me. *sigh again!*

Edited by: KIMBERRED at: 3/16/2012 (00:22)
I need to start loving me more!


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3/15/12 6:17 P

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I've definitely seen the pattern with carbs/not enough protein in my diet. I have also switched all of my bread usage to Ezekiel bread. It's somewhat sprouted & and it's supposedly a complete protein.

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3/15/12 11:59 A

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CROYLE55, I'm not diabetic, but I totally agree. Eating a balanced meal really helps keep away sugar/carb cravings. I've been putting more effort into eating in a more balanced way, and I'm shocked at how much less I've been craving carb-laden, sugary things.

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CROYLE55 Posts: 1,456
3/15/12 10:19 A

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I know this is rough. I was in shock 22 months ago when I became a diabetic it was not the sugar that got me. It was carbs and stress. Plus all the hidden sugars in processed foods. We Americans have to take our health back. Not let the food companies put unhealthy sugars and chemical s in our food. Carol

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3/15/12 9:51 A

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Wow. I'm still struggling giving up the obvious sugars, like.......well, sugar!!

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3/15/12 4:52 A

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Great input and reflections on the past week. I wish you well on the challenge as we all continue our quest for a healthy lifestyle emoticon

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3/14/12 11:42 P

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After I eat bread I want to go to sleep.

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CROYLE55 Posts: 1,456
3/14/12 11:25 P

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Breads, pasta, crackers, are bad carbs that turn into sugar. This raises our insulin fast and is why diabetics have to watch our carbs. It is not just the sugar. If you eat a balace at each meal the craving for sweets and carbs go away. Carol

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3/14/12 11:18 P

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Sounds huge at this point.

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3/14/12 11:01 P

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After looking back at my meal tracking and following my urge to indulge in sugar or my "fix" of honey and/or molasses to fill the need for sugar without eating sugar, I found that breads are really my triggers. Many of the breads I have been eating have "hidden" sugars even when they are listed as "whole grain" or "healthy" they have a ton of other named sugars. So...I will avoid the hidden sugars and not seek a "fix" in honey and molasses or any other "healthier" version of sugar.

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