Restricting processed foods and grain-based carbs is the healthiest way to breaking sugar addiction.
Our bodies have not evolved/adapted to eating sugar or grain-based carbs in the amounts now featured in most diets.
I am wholeheartedly behind doing what works for you, however, my advocacy is to try different things to find out what works for you.
I have yet to see the scientifically validated proof that not eating processed foods and grain-based carbs, in other words, whole foods, is unhealthy.
Whatever carbs our bodies need can be obtained through eating veggies, nuts and seeds, as a starting off point - there are many other sources, but those are enough for anyone to be healthy.
Like most addictions, giving in to sugar/glucose cravings just sustains the cycle. Try eating a diet with plenty of veggie-based carbs, animal-based protein with most meals and healthy fats, probably more than you are eating now as the fat-danger warnings that started in the '80's have caused our diets to become too low-fat.
I have found in my personal experience that not enough fat is a factor in my carvings and in not feeling sated.
Best way to beat this is to go cold turkey for a couple of days and stay away from all sugar and sugar substitutes and anything that turns into sugar in your body quickly, like refined grains (starch breaks down to glucose IN YOUR MOUTH!).
You will be amazed when those cravings vanish.
And not to be rude, but RAWORGANICVEGAN has nerve calling any eating plan dangerous - nothing but juice for 3 months?? Now THAT'S dangerous.
4/11/2012 9:39:04 AM
I have terrible sugar cravings. I find that if I just a very, very small serving of what I am craving, the craving goes away and I'm good to go. I just know it will get worse if I don't.
4/11/2012 7:27:07 AM
I was a sweet-aholic, and I'll tell you what works for me! I tried 1/2 teaspoon of CEYLON cinnamon a day, and for whatever reason, I don't crave sweets nearly like I used to. I mix it in oatmeal or in hot water or in a shake--just don't try to take it dry unless you want to asphixiate yourself!! Don't use the common cinnamon, cassia, because it contains harmful compounds over extended use. (google it) Most cinnamon pills are cassia though, because it's cheaper, so I would be careful about that. I got my Ceylon at Penzey's Spices, but I'm sure you can get it in other places on the internet. It might not work for you, but it has made a great difference for me. Now if I miss a day of it, I get my cravings back. It might be worth a try! I walk by doughnuts & candy now with no desire to attack them!
4/11/2012 6:25:42 AM
When we crave sweets we need carbs! Carbs are our friends and necessary to run all the body's functions, including brain function. Going low carb is NOT healthy.
When we crave sweets eat fruit. When we crave salt eat greens.
4/11/2012 2:39:32 AM
@SONORANARIZONAN That only works in some people. I tried that and it did NOT work. My cravings didnt fade in the least.
Simple. Eliminate sugar, wheat, grains and high carb food from your diet and the sugar cravings are very easy to manage. In fact, you almost reclaim a higher sense of taste and things that did not seem sweet before now do. For example: spaghetti squash now tastes very sweet to me, and 85% dark chocolate does not taste bitter at all.
Without the constant blood sugar spikes from the wheat, grains and high carbs, I feel full a LOT longer and don't suffer any cravings or low blood sugar crashes to make me sluggish or draggy.
3/26/2012 3:58:56 PM
Starting off the day with a processed carb/sweet breakfast makes me crave sweets ALL DAY LONG. So, no more pre-sweetened cereals for me, no donuts, white toast or bagels, etc.
But, whole grains, like oatmeal, or proteins don't trigger the cravings. So, I make sure I have at least some protein for breakfast, like milk with my oatmeal, eggs.
Ironically, artificially sweetened foods, even things like yogurt, trigger sugar cravings also. So, once I've cut those out of my diet, the cravings disappear.
I'm with FromNebraska. I've been known to have cravings that last for days. I remember one time craving a powdered cinnamon donut for four days (and of course I couldn't find one anywhere). Once I finally got one, the craving stopped. I'm diabetic, though, so I have to be careful. If I find myself craving sugar, the first thing I do is think back to see how long it's been since I ate. Most of the time (especially on the weekends), I'm astonished to realize that it's been far longer than it should be. I'll be thinking, "but I just had breakfast," and my roommate will point out that breakfast was at 10 and it's now almost 2, and I'd better eat something before I turn into superb**** and scare the cats. That's one of the reasons I always have Glucerna snacks in the car (the other is because I didn't have them during Carmageddon in January 2011).
3/26/2012 7:00:08 AM
Thank you all for the thoughtful suggestions and comments. They will help me. I have been told to use an egg time. Wait three minutes. Then drink a glass of water.
3/18/2012 8:31:58 PM
Why is it that on these sugar articles are adds for CANDY! LOL.. Good information in it.
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