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How to Stop Sugar Cravings

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  • I will get up and find something to do and occupy my mind and I find that I can forget about it sometimes...not all the time but it works
  • Waiting for my cravings to pass just doesn't work for me. Kudos for those who can! If I don't eat the food I'm craving, I'll continue to crave it for days, sometimes weeks, and will often feel physically unable to eat at all if it's not the food I want. I hate it and am hoping slow switches will work for me. Switch from soda to diluted juice, etc.
  • First step (for me) was to "Stop buying sugar" and rid my home of sugar.
    Second and third steps were to find a sugar substitute when I felt the need to give in to the craving (apples, strawberries, blueberries, etc) helped.
    I found Truvia and liquid Stevia drops that I use in my water. I started reading labels and was amazed at the sugar content of things I thought were low in sugar.
    I started making (baking) my own snacks since it was healthier.
    I browsed the internet and found a few good sites: great recipes for snacks and desserts and (great for baking products like Dixie Carb Counters Muffins).
    I've been sugar free 4 months now and lost 15 lbs in the process. I love making & baking my own snacks. Check out those links above.

  • sugar cravers .......please read : Food Triggers * End your cravings Eat well and Live Better by Rhona Epstein, Psy. D

    It's amazing and very helpful to some.

    thank you! (hugs)
  • I had gotten to the place where I wanted something sweet after every meal and I had gained about 15 lbs. after maintaining for 5 years.
    Several months ago I saw a team entitled "ONE HUNDRED DAYS TO A NEW YOU".
    I joined it and immediately said I will go 100 days without sweets. A teammate befriended me and that helped as she wanted to do the same. (she later disappeared)
    She encouraged me by saying after a week it would be so much easier. And it has been!!! I am so proud that I have gone 72 days without sweets and am just 6.4 lbs. away from my goal.
    I have discovered that when you fill your body with good solid food, not idle calories, you don't get very hungry.
    My 100 days will end just before my 60th wedding anniversary and I will have some sweets for a few days, then go back to complete another 100 days with NO Sweets!
    (BTW - I bake all the time, dip chocolates, and make others happy, but I don't even lick my finger.)
    I think this article is off the mark, not written by anyone who has had food issues for a long time. These kinds of "solutions" have been around since Weight Watchers Jean Niditch in the 1950's, and they haven't solved or changed anything for the majority of us at all. Experts need to understand there is more to it than "have a little of this or that" behind any kind of food craving, plus, what works one time may not work another, and so forth, life being the way it is. I think there is no cure, a person can try to control it, but that's about it.
  • A box of raisings?!? Fruit?!? not likely to help me fend off a craving. And cravings only last a few minutes? I guess what I have aren't cravings then, because the thought of eating something sweet can haunt me for days. Constant craving?
    I find it distressing that the article author recommends drinking fruit juice as a sugar substitute when it contains enormous amounts of natural sugar. The medical advice is quite clear and has been well known in the fitness and nutrition fields for years -- stay away from fruit juice! Search online for details -- it's no mystery.
  • 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.
    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!!
    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.
    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.

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