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mom to one glorious sweetpea born 10/18/2007.
....As I sit here eating PB M&Ms....
You all seem to eat so well. I manage for a good part of the day or week and then... sugar issues. How do you break the cycle? What's the best way? I'm just so sick of this cycle. I don't even know WHY I eat it because I always feel crappy when I do.
|Really it'll take at least 2 weeks to detox the sugar from your system and stop the cravings. In that time frame, it's best to avoid ALL forms of sugar. Honey, maple, agave, dried fruit. Eat fresh/frozen fruit, use molasses, and resort to stevia or splenda or whatever you're comfortable with if you must (but only as a last resort). After 2 weeks of detox, you can usually add honey and dried fruit back in slowly. But work on portion control. Maple syrup can cause cravings on it's own, so it's best to wait on that until you feel you're on a firm SF footing.
Yes, it is difficult at first. But honestly, if you're being offered something sweet, what I have found to be the most effective way of dealing with it is to say to the person offering "I can't have sugar". Not "no thank you", not "I really shouldn't" or "I'm on a diet"... frame it as an absolute, and if necessary ask them to not offer them to you. And if you're sitting at a table with brownies in front of you, ask that they be moved to another position so you don't have to look at them. Most people are fairly reasonable about that. I've also found that saying it out loud ("can't have sugar" or even "can you put those down there") really helps with accountability, because now everyone knows that you shouldn't be eating it, and it's embarrassing to eat it in front of everyone when they know you shouldn't be.
Also, there are ways to trick your mind into thinking something is sweet. Most of us associate certain flavors with sweet, so by using those flavors our minds will think something is sweeter than it really is. For most people, those flavors include vanilla, cinnamon and cardamom. Some fresh cream whipped up with a little vanilla and a sprinkling of cinnamon served over some sweet fruit (pears, bananas, frozen cherries, etc.) can feel sweet without feeding the cravings overmuch.
Cristeen ~ Always remembering our warrior ~ Our is 3, how'd that happen?!?!
We welcomed another warrior in May 2012!!
2012 Decluttering challenge - 575/2012
Now if only I could make oatmeal palatable without maple syrup or raisins . . . .
lots of kombucha
tons of coconut oil
sauerkraut or kimchi or other fermented veg
cut out grains/limit fruits
fat, fat, fat and more fat
i was consuming at least 1/2 c. coconut oil at one time in smoothies. i find i now crave fermented and salty things rather than sweet. i can't stand fruit right now. i even made homemade raw ice cream yesterday with just a little organic sugar and honey and it tasted like real store bought ice cream and my husband and son loved it, but i could only have a bite b/c it was too sweet. i have absolutely no desire whatsoever for sugar or anything sweet these days. i even get the darkest chocolate i can (80%) and can only eat a little at a time.
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