Dee are you eating and drinking foods with aspartame? Those foods and drinks can cause some to crave sugars. Also once you start eating healthier and eating less sugary items and drinks your body will crave them less and when/if you do eat or drink items with sugar you may find you don't like them or they may even make your body sick because it's too much sugar for your body.
Now I can hardly tolerate sugary items unless they are homemade and trust me I was eating candy, candy bars, soda, twinkies, cookies etc. It feels so good when you purge the crap out of your system.
I agree that your body does get addicted to the sugar. The more I don't eat all the sweets, the less I want them and the less I can eat when I do have them. It used to be that I could eat 10 oreos. Now I find that after 2, I can't take the "sweetness" anymore and I have had enough.
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4/25/12 10:54 A
Boy, do I hear ya! I was the same way. My mom says I was the only kid she craved chocolate with while pregnant. Probably cause I sucked it all out of her while in the womb!
What worked for me was not constantly fighting my way upstream; I had to find a way to work WITH my propensity for sweets!
In my case, I found good quality sugar-free chocolate (I absolutely love the belgian choc by Amber Lyn - available on-line). That did two things: 1) made me feel less deprived and 2) taught me NOT to go hog-wild as you usually don't want to do this w/ any sugar-free products due to potential intestinal issues (delicately put).
Some of the Atkins "candy" or bars also did (and still do) the trick.
Also, I started allowing myself to have portion controlled (key!) sugared items like a 1/2 c of gelato. Yes, I had to teach myself portioning (duh! I wouldn't have been 50 lbs heavier if I was stellar at that) and I still do. I kept reading how Spark was not about deprivation, etc. and you know what? It's TRUE!
Next, I tried healthier versions to get my fix. One of my faves: an Ambrosia apple sliced up and dipped into high quality unsweetened dutch process cocoa. The sweetness of the apple sweetens the cocoa and unsweetened cocoa doesn't have sugar or many calories! And you get a fruit in at the same time! Chocolate almond butter on a pear or apple also is yummy.
Hope those ideas help you. We're all different; what works for one may or may not work for another, so take it w/ a grain of sugar - ooops! I mean salt.
Lastly, get enough sleep & up your protein. Lack of either can spike sugar cravings.
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4/25/12 9:41 A
Have you read any of the Spark articles on learning to break a sugar addiction ? Your are not doomed to eating sweets. a person CAN change their eating habits and decrease the amount of sugar they eat. start with this article, you may find the information helpful.
I also second the recommendation of having a piece of fruit whenever you have a craving for something sweet. It will take time, but if you start increasing the amount of fresh fruit you eat, the natural sweetness of the fruit will help decrease the urge to have refined sugar.
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46,222 4/25/12 9:12 A
What about fruit?
While processed sugar can be an issue for many of us, sugar found naturally in foods can help us deal with the cravings without having to turn to soda, pastries and candy.
For me, when I first started Spark, for some odd reason, I was able not to drink pop for a whole month. When I started to drink regular pop, I found it way too sweet. I then didn't eat that much chocolate bars (or anything that dealt with chocolate). When I would eat my favourite kind, ie Coffee Crisp, I found I didn't like it anymore. I still have my favourites, like lindt chocolate, very few hershey's, etc. Not sure if it would help or not. I tend to only want to buy the good stuff, or specialty ones, like the lindt bunnies that only come once a year.
4/25/12 7:54 A
It's very difficult to avoid all sugar; it's in so many things. Can you cut down on certain sugars, like cane sugar and corn syrup? Wean yourself onto natural sugars found in fruits and such?
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28 4/25/12 7:12 A
My drug of choice is SUGAR...anything sweet...I dont care what it is...I love it! And I know I have to quit! I can do without food but just have to eat something sweet....I know I will overcome this somehow...and I know that there is nothing "sweeter than being thin" and oh boy..do I want to be thin bad!
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