Thanks for this thread! I am definitely a sugar addict and have gone off and on for the last twenty years of my life trying to combat my cravings and binge eating where sugar is concerned. I can totally relate to eating a whole bag of candy or worse. I have had some success on certain diets, especially a raw vegan diet - made me not crave sugar for the first time in forever but I couldn't stick with it. So after a lot of study I have found that my body reacts best to a diet kind of like the one DoulaReese posted below. I need meat sometimes because I need the extra protein - I cannot function on low protein like some can. I also can't binge on meat, it makes me feel full like other foods don't. I love eggs because they really diversify the diet and make baking so much easier. I definitely cannot do any form of flour or grain (besides quinoa which is really a seed and not a protein). Wheat and oats make me feel bloated. Refined flours (even somewhat innocuous foods like tapioca flour) are just like starches to me and I binge on them as well. I can't eat potatoes because they make me feel bloated as well, especially sweet potatoes. My body can't handle milk in any form so that's out. Beans also bother me. Rice constipates me. I do avoid peanuts and peanut butter because they make me feel crappy as well but love almonds and almond butter - raw or roasted. So - through alot of failed and sometimes successful dieting, I have found what works for me.
By the way, in regards to losing weight and healthy fats - I could eat over 3000 calories a day in mostly fruits, veggies and lots of nuts and seeds, coconut milk, avacado, healthy oils and still lose weight. If I try a low cal diet (like 1500 calories) and eat bread or chocolate or any form of sugar, I will either not lose weight or gain weight. I have realized the more raw the better for me as well but I struggle to keep it even 50% raw most days.
Originally Posted by DoulaReese
Before that I was only eating Fruits and veggies, meat, rice, nuts and seeds. Wheat is so filling, you have to eat a LOT of vegetables and protein to be satisfied, and many times during the day, it is a lot of work.
A couple more things for those struggling with cravings - try a green smoothie. And make it mostly fruit the first time so that its sweet to you. I love banana, mango (or peach) and a couple cups of spinach and about a 1/2 c of coconut milk. Even if you don't make any other changes to your diet - try a green smoothie a day. I guarantee you'll have more energy and be more capable of handling cravings when they occur. Just google green smoothies and sugar cravings and you'll find a ton of testimonials and recipes.
Another thing: I have severe hypothyroidism (Hashimoto's) that is at the moment poorly controlled. I know the minute my TSH levels go above 2.5 because I immediately start binging on cookies, candy, white flour, french fries, chocolate chips - anything I can get my hands on. I am coming off a slump right now where my TSH was at a 7 (supposed to be between 1 and 2 per my endocrinologist to prevent my goiter from growing) and am trying to get back on track so I am writing this mostly to get me motivated too. I have gained back 10 of the 80 pounds I had lost. But if you have persistent sugar cravings and fatigue, you might want to consider looking to see if you have other symptoms of hypothyroidism. I know, for me, it is practically impossible to control my eating when my levels are off.
Again, thank you so much for starting this thread and good luck to all of you out there. Sugar addiction is just as bad as a drug addiction as far as I'm concerned (It IS a drug - read Sugar Blues by William Duffy if you disagree with me) but much easier to buy than street drugs or even alcohol. Its hard when its in our face every second and some people can eat it with no problem. Just imagine its like a 12 step program - one step and one day at a time. (BTW, love the idea of a cup of tea when the craving strikes!) I will post my recipe for my yummy chocolate balls - the best thing for a craving - when I get a second.