I have found an herb that has reduced my craving for sugar to zero. I can pass up all the sweets, candy, pastries, ice cream, etc. I have to make a conscious choice to eat foods with sugar. When I do eat sugar I really do not like it anymore. I just get natural sugar from fruits and vegetables. Yes I still eat dark chocolate...for health reasons. I eat pancakes with savory toppings instead of syrup or jam. The herb I take is in a tincture. It is Gymnema Sylvestre. IT WORKS!!
I GET sugar cravings just looking at the picture that accompanies this article. Personally I don't use rewards and substitutes. To me using them reinforces the belief that sugar is something to be missed. I prefer not to see it that way.
4/29/2014 9:13:43 PM
I usually tell myself that I must complete a task a don't want to do before I indulge. It is usually enough to dissuade my cravings.
I can relate to others commenting that there is so much temptation in the office!! We are having a party every time you turn around. But I developed a "mantra"...I walk away saying, "Just don't eat right now", over and over and it works!!
4/28/2014 2:21:45 PM
Random but I heard playing Tetris in short bursts stalls cravings. When I get a bad craving, for sugary or oily foods, I play online Tetris for three or more minutes. Apparently it distracts the appropriate parts of your brain to stop your craving (there have been studies). It might come back an hour or two later, but if I don't do it, I end up stewing on the craving which makes it worse and leads me to cave in. You can play Tetris online or download an app for your phone.
4/28/2014 11:13:40 AM
It's super easy to stay away from sugar at home, I rarely buy anything junkie, but there is sooo much junk food at work! People are always bringing in bags of candy, patients bring us donuts, etc... it's very hard to stay away from it, especially when everyone around me (it's a wide open office) is eating it! I try my best to be healthy, but between the stress at work and the constant supply of sugar, it's much easier said than done.
I just looked at the amount of calories in each "irresistable" sweet thing and suddenly they weren't so irresistable. It really wasn't worth giving up 50% of my calories for the day to indulge in a cupcake or brownie or whatever. Instead I now satisfy my sweet tooth with a no sugar added fudgecicle, a Weight Watchers Greek Yogurt w/Peach Swirl bar or a Nature Valley Sweet & Salty bar. I even occasionally have a 1/2 c. of light ice cream -- but only if I have the calories to spare. It's worked for me and I've lost 30 lbs in three months without starving or feeling deprived.
Look at the doughnut. Picture the worst case scenario. (Mumble: diabetic coma, diabtic coma - heart disease, heart disease....) This is a tough strategy, but it works for me. Once you realize that's the stuff that gets you sick, it doesn't look appealing anymore. I've banned doughnuts, cakes, etc. from my mental list of edible things. I look at them like flowers: they look good and smell good, but I they're not for eating.
OMG! my cravings are so bad right now i want the doughnut that is in the picture with the article! I have sugar ever single day and every night i say "not again" there are a few times i can say no especially if i look at the nutrition and ingredients, it is like when i go shopping and look at the sale price. I have to ask myself if it is really worth it.
Sugar is my biggest enemy. Sadly, the whole "cravings only last about 10 minutes, so just wait it out" thing doesn't seem to ring true for me. My cravings can hang on for days if I don't give into them. I was doing OK yesterday, and today until about 5 PM, then a candy craving hit and hasn't gone away still, 5 hours, some raisins (yeah, the fruit suggestion doesn't help me, either), a couple glasses of water and a bowl of pasta (dinner) later. 8-(
While I know I should have more self-control for me the best way to learn is to have it and not eat it. For me it's obviously easy not to eat it if I don't have it but then I end up purchasing it and eating half in the car. So what I've started to do was to see how long I could hold out. It was really hard not to eat the other half of the Cherry Garcia in the fridge but I had half one week during my favorite show and decide to wait another week. I held out the entire week! I was so proud of myself. I've bought some drumsticks (Ice Cream come) for this weeks show. It's a box of six and I need to make it last six weeks. )Which is how many episodes are left in the season). I enjoy it more when I wait.
Sure I could choose not to buy it and not have the temptation but it's even better to have the temptation and ignored it. For me anyways. I love a challenge.
9/19/2013 3:40:33 PM
hey there everyone im new to this and a type 1 diabetic and struggle sometimes so all your great advice helps so thankyou xx
My sugar / carb addiction stopped when I stopped eating carbs. Eating carbs just creates cravings for more and more carbs. On a very low carb diet, I eat nutrient-dense foods that are very satisfying and my cravings are GONE.
A lot of people with Binge Eating Disorder had severe sweets (and other) restrictions as children, resulting in a "When I grow up I'll eat whatever I want!" mentality. If you must remove all sweets from the house for your own progress, be sure to allow your kids to have some now and then.
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