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How to Stop Sugar Cravings

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  • Cookies, cakes, etc all have high carbs. I use fruit with low fat whipped cream (about 1-2 tbsp. (not Cool Whip) Watch the fruits some contain more sugar than others, bananas are off limits for me- sends BS high. I like dark Chocolate the darker the better, I try not to use artificial sweeteners of any kind this only wants me to have more sugar and increases my appitite. I like ice tea with just fresh lemon or water and lemon. I recently discovered Trop 50 yellow lemonade and use a small amount of this for flavoring. - 8/11/2016 1:05:54 PM
  • LDRAG07444
    You need to cut out all cookies, cakes, donuts and all that stuff. Once you've done it for two weeks, you can do it for years! I have not had a cookie for at least 4 years. My substitute?? Fruit, but low glycemic that won't raise your blood sugar. For example, most of the time, I eat an apple or blueberries. When I attend a function I make a pudding pie with sugar free, fat free pudding, using skim milk. I use a reduced fat graham cracker crust that doesn't have too many sugars. Bottom layer, 4 oz reduced fat cream cheese, a little bit of splenda and a few tablespoons of milk - blend together then add about 1/2 cup lite cool whip to the cream cheese. Next layer - mix 2 cups milk with 2 small packages of sugar free fat free pudding, mix until thick and spread on cream cheese layer. Last layer, lite cool whip on top. Then I add just a few sprinkles. The funny thing is everyone loves it. Again, you are using stuff that has spenda and that kind of thing, but it is a treat I make when I go out somewhere. Absolutely no cookies, cake, donuts, etc. - 8/11/2016 10:34:12 AM
  • SOXGAL33
    Sugar tends to leave me crampy and irritable...but I continue to crave it. If I can get to three days without it, I note I am happier and less bloated. So why the pull? Grr.

    Today my distraction was a large unsweetened iced tea with lemon. It's working...so is reading these great posts!

    Thanks! - 5/6/2016 3:47:49 PM
  • OOps, I forgot to add this to my previous comment.

    Fruit contains sugar, so it really isn't an appropriate substitute for a "sugary treat". Your body doesn't distinguish between the sugar in fruit, starchy carbs (like breads and potatoes) and cake/cookies, etc. It is all sugar. Agave and honey, too. We can't pat ourselves on the back for using a "natural" sweetener if they are perpetuating the addiction.
    - 3/8/2016 3:34:43 PM
  • Sugar detox works fine for me, after several days I'm no longer craving sugar, but then a special occasion comes up and that first bite of sugar gets me. I'm hooked until the next detox, which would be okay if I started immediately after taking that bite. Instead, I give in and overdo the sweet treats until I disgust myself, and then I have to start all over.

    As long as I "just say no" to any and all sugar, I'm fine.
    - 3/8/2016 3:30:12 PM
  • According to the movie "Fed Up", they cited research with cocaine-addicted rats. 43 of 45 rats in the study preferred sugar water to cocaine.

    So, they concluded that sugar is more addictive than cocaine. Something to consider. - 2/23/2016 5:04:11 PM
  • Finally an article I have found helpful on the addiction of sugar!!!! I'll.try the distraction method. Hmmm as far back as I can remember,,, I've been seeking out sugary things!! Even at the age of 4 sneaking out of the house,,,, there was a market less than 3 minutes away,,,,and STEALING candy!! By the age of 7 I had it perfected!!! The stealing stopped when I babysat ,,age 14.

    TY for all the suggestions. - 12/20/2015 2:52:55 PM
  • I've struggled with this even since all the years I've been using SP. I made it a rule not to have any sweets before lunch. That's pretty easy because I've never wanted them in the morning anyway.
    Then I made Other Goals in SP for avoiding sweets in the afternoon and for dessert at home at least three times per week. Now I'm in the habit of avoiding them at work. This summer I made another goal to not eat dessert during the week, only on weekends, and I,ve stuck to it for nearly six months. It's hard every day but sloooowly it becomes a habit and I know it's better for my health and my waistline, and I honestly feel better when I eat this way.

    To clarify, sweets mean added sugar, to me. I eat as much fruit as I want and I make sure to have lots of fresh, frozen, and dried fruit around. A nice ripe pear or pineapple or melon to me tastes so much better than a donut or dry cookies, but it takes time to get to that point. It's a struggle but keep at it for your health! - 12/20/2015 12:13:53 PM
  • "To a sugar addict, nothing is tougher than getting through the day without a sugary treat"
    SOOOOOO True! I've struggled with this for years and years. And this article and the comments have provided me with a little bit more strength to try another day!! - 12/20/2015 6:34:17 AM
  • Great article! I like the idea of paying yourself a dollar for everyday you go without sugar. - 12/15/2015 8:43:45 AM
  • JENNIFERR111
    Good article and I agree with a lot of the comments (the picture makes me want a donut, carb cravings diminish when you eat few carbs or diminish when delaying gratification and some of the tips, like 'eat a piece of fruit', just isn't the same). One "rule" I have created for myself is, if I MUST have a sweet and nothing else will do the trick, I make it a dessert, instead of a single snack. If you've already had a balanced meal with protein and plenty of veggies (plus maybe a starch or fruit), there's way less room in your tummy to overindulge. One serving of brownie makes you feel "over the top" so you stop before you realize you just finished half a pan - 9/2/2015 1:50:24 PM
  • This article contains some great info, and the comments posted highlight how hard it is to kick the habit. Clearly when we eat the sweet stuff, we set ourselves up for the cravings and the inevitable CrAsH. Over time the whole process of steering relatively free of sugar is no longer as hard, yet it has NEVER been easy. Each time we say no, flip the switch in our brains to think something differently, or when all else fails...suck on a sugar free candy (one of my go to life savers ;~\), I feel empowered...annnnnd no piece of chocolate can compare with that feeling! - 7/21/2015 7:46:06 AM
  • KIMSTIRLING1
    I'm always tempted to eat anything sweet, in January I stopped eating and drinking chocolate, but just recently I pounded down, one pound box of red velvet fudge, witch made me feel very awful, every time I look at myself I've become my own worse critic, my blood pressure is also high as well. - 7/20/2015 11:47:12 PM
  • I've used the "waiting it out" method in the past, and it worked. I'll institute it again, and add the money reward! - 7/20/2015 11:11:39 PM
  • Pictures of sugary donuts just make me want them.
    - 7/20/2015 6:23:16 PM

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