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My midwife told me to STAY away from refined sugars and carbs (white flour etc). I know that. I usually do. Except for when I'm pregnant. It was really bad last time because ds was due just before halloween and got chocolate candy on sale and hid it under the bathroom sink <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">:. Honestly, I was hiding it from my toddler and saving it for trick or treaters. But, my flesh is weak and it ended up being my middle of the night after pee treat. Until <gasp> the bags were empty and he was born.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">:<br><br>
This time around I feellike I'm doing much better. A few pieces of Halloween candy a week the week of and the week after. More refined carbs in the first tri when I couldn't cook (or really eat for that matter) but we're back on our basically whole food diet again. I just can't seem to kick this sugar craving. I've had a lot of yeast type symptoms, am on really good probiotics (supposed to be the best supplier on the market), and getting tons of protein, but still I'm craving the quick, satisfying sugar surge of a piece of chocolate. And I'm usually really picky about my chocolate - I only eat good quality stuff. But since halloween I've been craving Nestle type junk <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">:<br><br>
I almost gave in and made double chocolate sandies yesterday but lacked one of the ingredients. What am I going to do at Christmas???? Anyone else really fighting the sugar urge? Or are you all giving in?
 

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I'm pretty much the exact oppisite. I have sugar aversions while I'm pg. Since I'm very sensitive to sugar it seems to be my body's way of protecting me from something that would make me sick. I'm also still on the if it might stay down then go ahead and eat it diet so that influences what I eat a good deal. Right now dd is very upset that I don't want cake for my birthday and saying I have to have some sort of sweet. Sorry the idea of most sweets makes me gag. I had to tell my mom the same thing when she was wanting to bake all sorts of treats to ship to us. She is still sending some stuff for dh and the kids, but just the thought of fudge is enough to have me running for the bathroom.
 

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I love the Lindt 85% chocolate and it's very low in carbs (and sugar). Plus, I usually can't even eat a whole serving (which is 3 or 4 squares) because it's so rich. Maybe that would help?<br><br>
I'm trying to resist. My sugar cravings were *really* bad a few weeks ago, but since I've upped my protein, they're better. I do still really crave ice cream though. I know I'm going to freak out come Christmas, plus I'm planning on making peanut butter and chocolate fudge for a family get together. I'm going to allow myself 1 piece and that's it (at least that's what I'm saying now...).
 

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I've been craving sweets a lot more too. As long as I'm eating healthy things for the most part, I'm not going to make myself miserable by totally depriving myself (it's sugar, not rat poison), so I allow myself a little treat after lunch and one after work.<br><br>
It's the same principle as when dieting - if you restrict yourself too much, you'll just end up bingeing, which is so much harder on your body.
 

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I crave sugar. I love Green and Black's Mint chocoalte bars. I have one piece when I am craving it thats it. It seems to work.<br><br>
Except when I buy or make cookies.........then I am in trouble!
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hide.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hide">: I have serious sugar issues - serious as in I can't stay away from the stuff!<br><br>
Right now I am just trying to focus on getting protein, good fats and veggies. I remember reading once that bran muffins are a good thing to eat when you are craving sugar - I may have to try that! Another good chocolate I like is Endangered Species brand (found it at Target) 72% dark. They have an 80-something but the flavor is kind of bland IMHO.<br><br>
Honestly, I don't really sweat it too much when I give in.
 

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I have hypoglycemic symptoms and really struggle with sugar addiction. It IS an addiction by the way-and slipped into freakin' EVERYTHING we eat it seems like. I read in a book that in the 1890's the average consumption of sugar a year was something like 18lbs per person. I can't remember the figure, but now it's somewhere around a 100! GAK! No wonder diabetes was once unheard of and is now rampant!<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> I have a few tips for you.<br><br>
When you get tempted to have something sugary (like drinking a soda) flip it around and look at how many grams of sugar are in it. 4 grams = one teaspoon. So, if I remember right the average can of pop is about 10 teaspoons of sugar. Now, picture an image of eating 10 spoonfuls of nasty corn sugar glop. Imagine how you'd feel in detail. Think about the feeling of it on your teeth afterwards-the back of your throat -the jittery feeling in your hands -the way you're now sick ot your stomach. Resist the urge to throw up.<br><br>
When you're eyeing that candybar and the above doesn't work for you, then just think of how you feel if you OVERDO the sugar. Make yourself feel that feeling for a second or two. BLECH!<br><br>
I'm able to pretty successfully resist processed sugars if I make sure I have a more healthy alternative available to me such as frest fruit (and a bit of honey in tea if I'm really desperate.) When I'm really in the throes of a craving, I just give myself the license to eat as much fruit as I want. No, the fructose in it isn't great for you either, but at least it's not the sterile additive with no nutritional value whatsoever that the refining process creates with white sugar.<br><br>
If you can wean yourself down to 20 grams of refined sugars a day for a couple of weeks, you'll be shocked at how much your tolerance has decreased. Even a sip of soda now turns my stomach! -Well, it would, if I hadn't fallen off the wagon over Halloween and Thanksgiving! Remember, I'm the person who posted the recipe for a dessert salad made with Snickers candy bars. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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I have been craving sugar more now and I hate it because of my surgery I physically can't eat more than 6g of sugar in one sitting, if I do I get violently ill and throw up and have to lay down and generally feel like I'm dying. It's horrible, but that's why I had the surgery and it keeps me in check.<br>
That said I have been craving sugar like crazy and I normally don't, but yesterday I let my craving get to me and made myself a couple of crepes with organic Nutella smeared on them.<br>
OMG! I"ll never do that again, I was in bed for 2 hours after that and baby was kicking up a storm from all of the sugar. ack! I hated feeling like that so next time I'll just grab a small glass of juice or something.
 

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I'm fighting the big sugar battle every day. I did fine before I got preggo, sugar didn't interest me most of the time. But probably since Halloween that's totally changed. (I blame Alpaca Wacka and her giant bowl o' candy on presentation on her kitchen counter every time we go over!) And where I work back in the pharmacy, all the girls are pretty close, which means they always bring each other treats for birthdays etc or even just because. Now that it's the holidays there's something fabulous to eat EVERY DAY. The funny thing is sugar always made my morning sickness much worse, and I still just get SO ill when I eat it.<br>
But I...can't...stop!!! I'm so grateful for days off of work when I know I'll be at home eating whole foods and nothing refined!<br>
Today's a day off, and I was supposed to meet a friend at the coffee shop for our weekly catch-up chat. She's apparently forgotten <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> but I didn't have time to cook breakfast this morning, and now I'm sitting here eating a cream cheese muffin, with all that lovely sugary crumble all over the top....sigh!
 

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I have always been a hardcore sugar addict until earlier this year. I quit eating all processed sugars and limited my grain intake. I lost 20lbs super easy and felt amazing! The first week of no sugar was the hardest, but after that it was suprisingly easy to avoid it. I got back into sugar at Halloween and I've been struggling since. I'm actually on a complete no-sugar kick right now except for fresh fruit (not juice) if it is with protein. I'am eating a few servings of whole grains because of being pregnant. I'm focusing mostly on produce and a little protein and little whole grain carbs at eat meal. I'm on day 4 of this and I feel way better than the first time I tried to do this. My body doesn't like me eating sugar when I'm pregnant anyway. I have heard that sugar cravings besides being an addiction can be a sign your body needs protein, minerals and B vitamins.<br><br>
I honestly don't care about Christmas coming up because I am hosting it. The stocking will have one tangerine and one small piece of dark chocolate for each of us. I'll try to avoid eating mine until I've had our Christmas morning breakfast. For Christmas dinner it will be some sort of meat with lots of veggie sides, and 1 homemade dessert. I'll let myself have a little piece of it, but by that point I think it will feel like plenty. If I fill up with good stuff there really isn't much room for the junk even if it is homemade. I'm not planning on making cookies, buying soynog, etc this year. There are plenty of other holiday traditions that won't make me feel like crap. Today the kids and I are going to be finishing painting salt dough ornaments for our tree, which is actually much more fun than eating cookies (or so I'm trying to tell myself <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> )
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Remember, I'm the person who posted the recipe for a dessert salad made with Snickers candy bars. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"></div>
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Um, and WHERE is this posted??? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/Sheepish.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Sheepish">:
 

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umm, yes, I must see this, just to know what exactly to...avoid. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yummy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yummy">
 

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mmm.. snickers salad.....<br><br>
My grocery order should answer the question - these things all arrived today:<br><br>
Dark chocolate pretzels,<br>
Graham cracker cookies,<br>
nutella,<br>
brown sugar,<br>
white sugar,<br>
6 jars of local preserves,<br>
.. and refried beans -- cause ya know I could use some protein <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Up until this point I've been pretty good because we don't keep sugary things in the house (i can't take the temptation, even in my regular life), and even when I had been craving them early, DH picked up the grocery shopping because looking at all that food make me nauseous. I've finally recovered enough to take my job back.. except I suddenly have no self control!
 

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I went out to lunch today with a friend (a once a year occurence) and , gulp, had an egg nog chai tea.<br>
Not craving any sugar right now but I'm heading over to the kitchen and making celery/beet/garlic juice and them some peanut butter (not for the juice). And taking some extra probiotics too.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">umm, yes, I must see this, just to know what exactly to...avoid. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yummy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yummy"></div>
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<div style="text-align:left;">Ladies! I'm shocked at your behavior! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nono.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nono"> this is totally NOT in the spirit of this post!<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/2whistle.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="2whistle">: <a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=798306" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=798306</a> <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/Sheepish.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Sheepish">:</div>
 

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yes well....I would certainly NOT be entertaining the thought of making that yummy goodness...no no no never...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/Bolt.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bolt"><br>
(sounds really good!)
 

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evil evil evil
 

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The afternoon "I need chocolate" feeling has set in. I'm looking forward to being past this point once I am done detoxing from sugar! I'm going to settle for an apple and almond butter *sigh*
 

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Yes YES! You GO girl! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> And I AM going to successfully resist the various fundraising suckers on the top of the desk next to me! Remember to think of the icky way you'd feel if you ate it!
 

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I can handle something sweet if it's part of something else, like in a baked item or in a fruit salad. But something sugary by itself gives me instant heartburn, so when I do give in, I pay for it.<br><br>
(Having said that, I'm getting ready to head to the holiday party at the library, so I'm guessing I'll be suffering heartburn afterwards. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">: )
 
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