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How to Stop Sugar Cravings

Pull Your Sweet Tooth with These Tips

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3/8/2016 3:34:43 PM

FUN2BAROUND's SparkPage
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 3:30:12 PM

FUN2BAROUND's SparkPage
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.
2/23/2016 5:04:11 PM

JEFFCANN's SparkPage
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.
12/20/2015 2:52:55 PM

DIANEDOESSMILES's SparkPage
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 12:13:53 PM

HOLALOLA's SparkPage
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 6:34:17 AM

OOOMAC's SparkPage
"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!!
12/15/2015 8:43:45 AM

SWEETMAGNOLIA2's SparkPage
Great article! I like the idea of paying yourself a dollar for everyday you go without sugar.
JENNIFERR111
9/2/2015 1:50:24 PM

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
7/21/2015 7:46:06 AM

DEBVNE's SparkPage
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!
KIMSTIRLING1
7/20/2015 11:47:12 PM

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 11:11:39 PM

NDCAROL's SparkPage
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 6:23:16 PM

BETTEHARP's SparkPage
Pictures of sugary donuts just make me want them.
7/20/2015 3:42:24 PM

CATNURSE1's SparkPage
I remember when I was in high school (30+ years ago), my mom decided to "clean" herself up. She wanted to get off caffeine and sugar. Wow. That was huge since she drank tea for breakfast and dinner and probably about two liters (she had bottles and cans) of Tab, now known as Diet Coke. She felt the only way she could do this was cold turkey. I kid you not, she was in bed for two weeks. When she got up, she was weak, had trouble eating, and did lose almost twenty pounds -- she thinks it was from sweating. I just remember going in the room and telling her I was leaving for school or going out and she would said, "Okay, let me know when you're home and don't forget to lock the door".

By the end of the second week, being the little snot that I was, I told her I was pregnant and running off to Vegas to marry the guy who wasn't my then-boyfriend. She said the same thing. After she got up from her down time, she asked me if I had gotten married and I played dumb. What? Me? I never said that. Afterwards, I thought of a lot of things I probably could have gotten away with, but I doubt my dad would have approved.

However someone chooses to curb an addiction, know that it can be done with strong will and determination. My mom is still "clean", going on 32 years now. I'm working on it, but I have too much of my father's stubborn Polish side to go cold turkey. I started by substituting agave syrup for white sugar. Only problem is I think the syrup tastes like burnt butterscotch and I LOVE butterscotch. But I'll get there eventually.

Anything's possible. I just have to convince myself of that.
7/20/2015 12:25:46 PM

JEANKNEE's SparkPage
I found that gradually reducing the proportion of carbs in my diet eliminated the cravings. For me, I get into craving trouble if I start creeping above 45% carbs. I also try to maintain that for my meals as well because a carb laden meal can send me into ravenous cravings too.

As healthy as oatmeal is for so many it is a ticking time bomb for me. It leaves me feeling empty and starving within about 90 minutes and I feel so hungry that I joke about going into "hunt it down and kill it mode." Very uncomfortable feeling. So, no more oatmeal for me.

The nutrition proportions that are working for me are as follows:
carbs - 40% to 45%
fat - 30% to 35%
protein - 20% to 30%

Too little fat in my diet (less than 30%) can set cravings up for me too. So, what's working for me is increased fat and decreased carbs.
7/20/2015 12:15:17 PM

FROSTYWONDER's SparkPage
Cravings only last a few minutes? I doubt that. Just the picture of that donut at the top of the article is probably going to haunt me for the rest of the day.

Replace sweet things with healthier options like fruit? Tried that. The craving didn't go away so I only ended up with the extra calories from the fruit.

Sugar is an addiction just like any other drug. Try telling "ignore your cravings for a few minutes" to a heroine addict and see how well that works.

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