Wow! This is an amazing thread!. It sounds like there should be a yahoo group for sugar addiction. I'm so addicted, I've often felt there should be a 12 step group for sugar addicts. But I feel I'd be laughed at for suggesting it. Glad to see I'm not alone in my addiction. I went to a very smart nutritionist a few years ago who told me sugar is "a true addiction," just like alcohol, caffeine and illegal drugs. The difference is that it does not cause the severe behavior problems of the other addictions. If you HAVE to have sugar every day, you are addicted. Plus sugar is in EVERYTHING, so sugar addicts are created every day (your kids and mine??).
I truly do not know how to kick this addiction. I've cleaned up my diet so much it's nearly pristine - locally grown, organic fruits, veggies, meats, etc. No chemicals, no gluten, no dairy. I've even managed to kick chocolate for the most part, but I CANNOT kick sugar. I skip it for a few days or a week, and then I crave it so much I'll get in the car at 11 p.m. and drive to the supermarket to buy a bag of gluten-free cookies. Then I will eat them all up. And it is relaxing! I do feel better when my sugar cravings are met! I'm an addict.
One problem is that sugar is in so many products you don't expect to find it in. For example, I've been trying to avoid sugar, so I ate a gluten-free bagel with sunbutter. Yum, that was a nice snack. Then I read the labels. Yes, you guessed it: Sugar (sneakily called "evaporated cane juice") was an ingredient in both the bagels and the sunbutter. No wonder they tasted so good!
I also exhibit addict behaviors: I hide the cookies in my purse and eat them in the car so my kids won't see me eating them. I stole Halloween candy from my kids' trick-or-treat bags (after I told them they could only have a few pieces and daddy was going to take the rest to work). I even kept a secret stash in the glove compartment. And I know Halloween candy is full of chemicals, but I ate it anyway.
One thing I've been trying is having DH do the shopping so I stay away from temptation at Whole Foods. This does help. If I don't have the hard stuff, I'll eat some fruit or make some cookies with agave or honey. And I make "hot chocolate" with carob, rice milk and Trader Joe's hemp milk, which helps quell my sugar cravings.
I have these cravings in the afternoon when I'm tired. I start feeling exhausted around 5 p.m. when I have to start dinner, so I have a little pick-me-up (cookies, mostly), and I feel better. I've been trying to eat something with fat in it (coconut milk or TJ's hemp milk, which is pretty fatty), and lying down for a few minutes, and that's helped a bit (not enough, though).
Thanks to whomever started this thread. It helps to share!