Hi ~ this is mostly about yeast - sorry if I repeat what's already been said (not much time to read the whole thread). I've been addicted to sugar from a very young age and have also had candida overgrowth since at least high school. They're linked, of course. It's been wretched in many ways and becoming a mother is what's motivated me to address the candida. I've tried to several times before, but this time it's working (!!!) because I worked into the diet slowly with the help of a therapist/nutritionist/friend, who I've been meeting weekly or so with. I don't think you can overestimate the emotion-food connection if you're a sugar addict, and I've needed to cry with her and with other support people a *lot*, as well as spend time with my inner little girl who's scared and wants sugar in order to feel better.
I've also found that working up to a way of eating that doesn't include *any* sweeteners (except for stevia) is the only way to kick yeast/sugar addiction for me. Yeast eats all sugars, not just the one labeled "sugar". I have a ton of yeast overgrowth, and anything starchy at all sends me into major mood swings/fatigue/etc. I look forward to again being able to eat sweet potatoes, maybe some cheese...although I think gluten is probably gone for good. Again, I could *not* be doing this without some really good support people.
My treat these days is coconut milk (Native Forest brand from BPA-free cans) mixed with vanilla glycerin extract and stevia. Throw in a good handful of chia seeds, stir up, put in the fridge for 15 minutes, and you have pudding! Once I finally let go of all non-stevia sweeteners and starches I was *amazed* by how good other food started to taste, vegetables in particular.
I agree with what many have already said - good fats are vital in this process! I eat a lot of ghee, coconut oil, fatty grassfed beef, etc. I feel satiated, energetic and good with those fats. Without them, and without starches, I think I'd be dead. :-)
In the past I have gotten some relief from sugar addiction at Overeaters Anonymous. The 12-step paradigm is not where I'm at right now, but it is nonetheless awesome and helps many, many people be free of sugar/food addiction.
Blessings to all!