O.K., FWIW, I have some ideas. First off, I have a friend that is a nutritional counselor and he says that sugar shuts down your nervous system, effectively cutting off your feelings, so maybe we should all ask ourselves, what is it we are feeling that we don't want to feel and are trying to cover up with sugar? It IS just another emotional cover-up addiction like alcohol or marijuana or sex---pick your poison.
I'm not saying I have it licked completely (no pun intended), but through my process of weaning off for longer and longer periods of time, my body has become more sensitive to it to the point where if I eat 2 cookies, I get a yeast infection. I really see it as a blessing myself. The consequences are too much too handle, therefore I am dissuaded.
Things got a lot easier for me (resisting the evil) when I started doing yoga. Something about being more aware and IN my body helped me to have more willpower to resist, but I know it doesn't work that way for everyone, as I have a best friend who has been a hardcore yoga practitioner for 5 years and has a BAD sugar addiction, but she is getting stronger and resisting more often. It has been a process for her as well.
I also think that we shouldn't be so hard on ourselves. It's not easy to make such momentous changes in our lives. Let's face it, we all grew up sugar addicts. My mom never allowed my sister and I to have sugar at home, so when we went to my grandma's, we would eat so much candy and junk that we would come home and vomit. SUGAR IS CRACK!!! There is no denying that, and it's just as hard to kick as alcohol or cigarettes or any other addiction. We need to be compassionate with ourselves, and praise ourselves every time we have a victory in our process, and not expect that just because we know we shouldn't be eating it, we can stop right away. At least that has been true in my experience. It has been a very gradual process with two steps forward and one step back, for sure!
AS far as suggestions go, I started weaning off with the help of sugars that enter the bloodstream more slowly like brown rice syrup and barley malt. These sugars consist of maltose, whereas cane sugar (in all its forms), honey and maple syrup are all sucrose, the kind that floods into the bloodstream with the quickness causing the infamous "sugar highs and lows".
And last but definitely not least, HIT UP THE STEVIA!!! It has been one of my greatest allies in the fight against the white death and all it's darker "more natural" forms. I bake with it, put it in my tea, sweeten my unsweetened soymilk with it, I even put some in the peanut butter--YUM!! The great thing about stevia is that it doesn't affect your blood sugar AT ALL!! It is a sweet-tasting herb, not a true sugar. It has none of sugar's negative effects, but all the sweetness you could ever desire! Look for it in the supplement section of your local HFS. (The FDA won't allow it to be sold as a sweetener because then it might actually compete with Nutrasweet, Splenda and all the other poison chemical artificial sweeteners, but that is for another thread
Good luck to everyone. Don't give up; if you fall off the wagon, you're only human. You can always jump back on at the next stop.