I grew up in the South where desserts are a staple at every meal and family gathering. Fortunately, my mom's answer to dessert was fruit salad of some sort most of the time. The only time we had cake was for birthdays. Pies, cobblers and the like were rarities.
On the other hand, my grandmother got me hooked on lemon drops. When I crave sweets, I'm more likely to crave something along those lines rather than chocolate.
I gave sugar like cake, candy, pies, pastries etc. on Easter of this year. I binge when I eat sweets like these. I am clear minded when I don't eat sweets and can take care of my health. Its not worth it to eat them. It took me a long time to come to this conclusion.
It is true that the longer you go without sweets, the easier it is. And I also believe the more sweets you eat, the more you crave them. I just went the 6 weeks of Lent with no sweets and got along fine. Then went back to them and wish I hadn't. Just today I started a Spring Challenge and have eaten nothing sweet and I plan to continue this pattern. BTW, sometimes I do eat dried apricots and prunes and have never found they increase my desire for sweets. I just watch them because of the calorie count.
Sorry, Holly, but I don't think advising people to eat other sweet substitutes is going to cure their addiction to sugar. It's the fructose part of the sugar molecule that's the addictive part. Dried fruit, and some fresh fruit are high in fructose, and, no, it's not a good sugar. All the recent research points in one direction. Fructose makes you fat. Don't believe me, I'm just a woman whose eyes have been opened and who is trying to help others see the light, so to speak. Follow the research for yourself. I started with a book called Sweet Poison, then followed the research from there. I know your heart is in the right place, Holly, but well.......? Spread the Love Sylvia from Oz
Sugar can really grab a hold of me - especially brownies! If there are brownies in the house I will eat them and not just ONE - I even wake up in the middle of the night to eat one with a glass of cold milk.
So - brownies are evil with the chocolate crunchie corners and they need to stay out of my house!
One thing people often forget is that eating fake sugar doesn't help with the sugar cravings - it just makes you want more sugar (real or fake). I just ate two jolly ranchers so I can't talk, especially since I have a beautiful orange sitting in front of me, but the key is to eat naturally occurring sugars!
6/24/2010 11:21:12 AM
Thank you Holly for three little words. "If you are"
As a single on Spark I am some times frustrated by how many articles assume that everyone reading is in a family or couple. Those three little words in your article made me feel included in the discussion. Acknowledge that there is a sector of Spark members who do not share the family or couple world.
Brushing your teeth or having a piece of cinnamon gum instead when I am having a sweet craving seems to work for me. After that, the idea of eating something sweet just doesn't jive with those flavors. The hard part is to remember to use the trick instead of giving into the sweet craving. Sometimes the urge is so strong that you can't think of anything else! lol.
I MISS MY GOODIES!!!!!! BUT...If it's NOT in the house,it's NOT a temptation...So I just don't buy it...INSTEAD, I purchase sugar free hard candy,tho I don't really like hard candies,I bought one bag that was coffee flavored,and one butterscotch and I find they have really helped me through the sugar crave!!! Also sugar free jello's get me by....60 calories I can live with((and alot of different flavors to choose from )).....I want the goodies I'm used to...,but I know what I NEED TO DO FOR ME...I'm the only master of what I eat,so I need to set things up so I don't fail.....Hope this helps someone....
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