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SALONKITTY SparkPoints: (12,064)
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8/30/12 8:44 A

I had to completely cut off sugar in order to get control of my blood sugar, my moods, and my hunger and cravings. That meant all obvious sugary things, but also processed foods (lots of hidden sugar in most of that stuff), and for me, grains as they also lead to insulin spikes. I don't keep any kind of junk food in the house anymore. I don't think I would have been successful at weaning myself off sugar slowly.

MARIAX11 Posts: 261
8/27/12 6:02 P

There is a really good book that I have been reading called "Beat Sugar Addiction Now" by Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D. I do not have a sugar addiction, but I know people that do, and my purpose for reading the book is to understand what they go thru.

There are 4 types of sugar addictions, and the book lays out the 4 types and the solutions to beat each type of addiction. It explains how people get addicted to sugar and the health problems associated with sugar addiction and long-term consequences, such as depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and others.

The book will help you to heal from sugar addiction, lose weight and get healthier.

Maria

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (141,856)
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8/27/12 10:29 A

THINKTINE,

Sugar IS addictive. However, a person can break a sugar addition. It won't be easy, but it can be done. First, I'm going to recommend you read these great spark articles on breaking a sugar habit. You'll find them extremely helpful.

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_art
icles.asp?id=1663


www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_art
icles.asp?id=134


These will give you some techniques to help you break your addiction to sugar.

Mostly, you must be patient with yourself and your body. It's going to time to learn new healthier habits. You're going to have to cut yourself some slack. you're going to make mistakes and that's okay. it's part of the learning process.

One thing I would suggest is going to the store and buying some fresh fruit. When you feel an urge to snack (and it is okay to snack), have a piece of fruit instead of a treat. Do your best to try to eat more fresh fruit as a snack. With time, the natural sweetness of the fruit will help you curb your cravings for refined sugar.

Go by some strawberries, cherries, apples, pears, peaches... whatever is on sale. when you want something sweet, have a piece of fruit. Also, with time, you're going to find that the fresh fruit takes a lot better than the junk. Fresh fruit also has FIBER. eating foods that are high in fiber will help keep your blood sugar stable. that spiking and crashing of your blood sugar is one reason you keep craving the junk. It's a sugar high and that's not healthy.

Another thing, if you have too much junk in the house, get rid of it. out of sight. out of mind. if it's not in the house, you won't eat it. if you have to have treats in the house, then you're going to have to learn to moderate your eating habits.

As I said, changing your habits won't be easy. this is going to take time. but you really CAN make a change for the better !!

Be kind to yourself as you would to others.



HOPESFUTURE SparkPoints: (5,564)
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8/27/12 8:46 A

Sounds like you are on a blood sugar roller coaster. If you haven't already, go see your doctor for a check up just to make sure you don't have any health problems contributing to this.

Don't go cold turkey.... start by trying to cut it in half maybe either by cutting each thing actually in half or maybe by alternating a sweet/junk thing with something healthy like Greek yogurt or an apple. Make small changes as a start and layer in a new behavior each week or so. Start with just drinking 8 glasses of water a day. Then maybe add a 10 minute walk each day. Track your food... be honest with yourself. The tracker is a great motivational tool and can be a rude awakening. Don't beat yourself up about what you eat! Look at it, analyze it, and decide what you can change.

This is a long term commitment to a healthier you!

THINKTINE SparkPoints: (193)
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8/27/12 7:29 A

I can't stop eating sweets and junk food. :( I eat them throughout the day. I try to tell myself to stop but I feel like I can't. When I don't give in, I get cranky and moody and tired.

I hate myself for not being strong enough to resist. :( It's like an addiction I can't shake off. I'm new here on SparkPeople and I'm hoping to find enough strength to quit my bad habits, lose weight and become healthier.

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