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I eat sugar of some sort all day, every day .... and I'm at the point where I can't live without it. I've always been a sugar craver, but it's so bad these past 6 months. I'm sure my immune system, and many other things, are suffering from it, but I NEED it. I love my chocolate, but any sweets is what I eat. Does anyone have any suggestions or just encouraging stories on breaking the sugar addiction? I know it's not good for me, or my nursing 15 month old, but I'll walk 2 miles to the candy store before we go to the park, just for my fix.<br><br>
Any suggestions, stories, help????<br><br>
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I've been battling sugar cravings for a while now. I find that eating a high-protein breakfast really helps. Eggs, yogurt, etc. Also, I like to get a bar of dark dark chocolate (like 70% cocoa) and eat a little piece when I am having those hard cravings. Caffeine helps me a lot too (love my tea and coffee.. sorry that's probably not the best solution but it helps me). Keeping sweets out of the house is a must. It's hard though around holidays like Easter, Christmas when people give you a ton of candy.<br><br>
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I get craving sugar in little bursts, so it's not daily.'<br><br>
I've tried to curb the craving with natural sugars. I'll make something with honey or pure maple syrup. It at least gets away from the processed/refined sugar.<br><br>
It's also helpful to look at the times when you want to eat it. I found that when I was feeling a little down or lonely, I wanted sugar more than other times. I also agree that eating protein can often curb the desire a bit.<br><br>
Good luck. I think it's a tough addiction, because it's so readily available and socially acceptable.
 

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Go cold turkey.<br><br>
That's what I did.<br><br>
I used to eat INSANE amt's of candy/sweets and never thought a thing about it because I was thin---until I began to feel crappy.<br><br>
I just quit buying the stuff. Didn't allow it in my house. I'm lucky in the sense that dh isn't a sweet eater and ds of course is too young.<br><br>
It's been about 6 months since I did this and I feel so much better. I do eat a small amt of sweets each day. Perhaps a Little Debbie Oatmeal Pie or a piece or two of chocolate, but that's it. The thought of more seriously makes me ill.<br><br>
Good luck. It's a hard thing to do.<br><br>
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going cold turkey might set you up for a pattern of bingeing. here is what it looks like inside my brain when i try: "i must not eat that, ever. OMG i am never going to get to eat that, ever. i had better eat some now before i never eat it again. wow, that is so good, i will have just a tiny bit more before i never eat it again....just a little more.....a little more.....now i have eaten so much of this that i am really HAVE to never eat it again, so i had better eat a whole lot of it now." not to say that will happen, but if you are at all inclined to this sort of thinking, it propbably will. i am not a 'white knuckler' by nature- more of a gradual, see the positive approach here- oh, and i should say, i have been in the nutritional pits where you are now, and now i can go a week w/o sugar , except holidays, when it is everywhere i go, it becomes daily again, and the gradual weaning resumes.<br><br>
so when i am doing well, here is what i am doing.<br>
-making a point of seeing what i ate that was healthy or at least an improvement. forgiving self when i slip up.<br>
-baby steps toward less sugar every day. start day with protien. --try eating something healthy before you eat sugar. (at least you might eat less sugar on a full tummy.<br>
-take iron. i strongly reccomend floradix brand because the nutrients are so accessible and it doesnt bug your gut. anemia can cause sugar craving, and overeating sugar can cause anemia.<br>
-take emrgen-C. it is a c and b supplement in the form of a fizzing drink. it provides energy and is mildly sweet. it helps me lots.<br>
-get more sleep.<br>
-be sure to get exersize.<br><br>
geez. i must go to sleep sorry i dint organize this better- maybe i will edit manana.
 

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I have the same problem and find that even a little sugar can fuel the need for more. I just have to avoid it altogether. After a few days, the cravings go away. The worst things that fuel it for me are sugar mixed with fats like ice cream cakes, icing, ...<br><br>
I CAN have a few bites of dark chocolate and find it very satisfying.<br><br>
Also the increased protein AND fiber in your diet will help. A large green salad with tuna for lunch. Egg beaters and fresh baby spinach omelete for breakfast. Lean meat and soybeans for dinner. Too much carbs can cause the need for sugars - white bread, pasta, (for me.)
 

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The best way that I've found is to eat lots of protein, all day. It really helps because protein is more complex and it takes longer for your body to break it down and turn it into usable energy, so your blood sugar stays stable. I am a terrible sugar-holic, but recently decided to make an effort to lose a little weight. In order to do so I went on a sort of low-carb, high protein diet. So, the only carbs I'm having are veggies and really high fiber crackers, otherwise mostly lean protein. I thought I'd be going nuts, but the only time I really crave the sugary stuff is when I haven't had enough protein.
 
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