Sugaraholics annonymous

Rachel Lynn
By Rachel Lynn Latest Reply 2011-05-15 16:36:40 -0500
Started 2011-04-23 15:05:27 -0500

It feels like I am addicted to a drug. I do well for a while and then i just break and go on a bing for everything bad. Sometimes i think i can just have one thats not that big of deal right? But then one turns to five real quick. Then when someone tells me maybe i should stop i get mad and think i'll show them and just eat even more until i am sick. I try to think of motivations i can think of when one of my episodes start to stop myself but when i see that candy and i want it more then anything there is no stopping. What do i do?

41 replies

roshy 2011-05-15 14:42:04 -0500 Report

it is sooo hard when you are told by other people what to eat or what not to eat! and i reacted the same way as you, i just stuck my two fingers up at them and ate what i liked! this behavour went on for at least 3 years and i think it was a phase! it was a way of dealing with the condition, refusing to accept it! i wasnt ready to accpet that this was not going to go away! but in the end everything catches up with you! i suffered with a massive DKA last year and ended up in icu for a week! i have damaged my eyes significantly and im ony 23!!

The best thing you can do is get support around you! if you feel like binging put yourself in a position where you cant binge!! i used to go to my room and eat whatever ! then i started to go downstairs and sit with the family ! or go for walk or something!

Hopefully what your going through is just a phase and you will find the strenght to move on!

Best wishes


Patriciago 2011-05-06 09:40:44 -0500 Report

I got upset yesterday at a remark the eye doctor made and went home and ate two coffee cups full of ice cream. I'd like to say it made me feel better, but it only made me feel worse because of what it would do to my numbers. I'd appreciate any suggestions on how to stop this food search for comfort.

nzingha 2011-05-09 07:23:16 -0500 Report

noooo…u r only hurting urself. My doc put me on insulin and when I got 2nd opinons..they took me off. sugar still jumping all over the place. BP high..but I am NOT going to take it out on my body because I am frustrated. remember ur health is ur responsibility..the doc can only advice. So take control..get rid of the ice cream…just take it day at a time until u c the adjustments… its hard..been hard for me because i used to have my sugar under its gone crazy… but it takes hard work to bring it back…discipline ! i'm determined to do is too sweet to just give up like that!

kdroberts 2011-05-06 09:51:22 -0500 Report

The first thing you should do is have it out with your doctor. It's not their job to make you feel bad or upset, it's their job to advise and assist you. If they are not doing that then they need to be told. It might be uncomfortable but the end result is usually worth the brief conflict.

The second thing you can do is something I don't know if it works for everyone. If I feel like I'm going to start binge eating or eat more than I need, I brush my teeth or chew a piece of gum. I love the taste and smell of mint but I can't stand the taste of food when there is the minty taste left after brushing teeth or chewing gum. Find a taste that you like, that isn't going to jack your blood sugar, but makes everything else taste bad and when you feel like comfort eating, get that taste in your mouth!

CaliKo 2011-05-15 16:36:40 -0500 Report

I can't chew gum, it makes my jaws hurt, but I do the brushing my teeth thing. It's like I'm done eating because I've brushed my teeth, and helps me just kind of forget about food for awhile.

susiemaeemily 2011-05-05 22:12:55 -0500 Report

Food Addictions are not easy to cope with. I struggle daily, what has helped me was morning testing. I began to realize I could not eat certain foods and for the most part I did change eating habits, cravings are not as bad. However, I love roasted chicken and if left alone I could eat a whole chicken.

Metal1958 2011-05-05 19:47:36 -0500 Report

I have these crazy addictions to the Pillsbury cinnamon buns and gum. I have been eating the cinnamon buns for a couple of months in the morning after my husband leaves for work. I chew a 1 pound bag of gum in 2 days. Today I stopped eating the buns. I will conquer this and then the gum. The real problem I believe I am doing all this is because I am unemployed now for 2 years. I am 52 and companies don't like to hire people my age. I have started to pray for help every day.

jeffie_3 2011-05-08 22:23:00 -0500 Report

I chew gum allot. I find it helps me from eating things I shouldn't. Just get the sugarless kind.

GabbyPA 2011-05-06 10:11:49 -0500 Report

That stress can cause greater stress. One thing that I do when I am finding frustration at my door is do something with my hands. Lately, I have been building bird houses and hands full of glue and paint are very unfriendly when it comes to food. The hours fly by and suddenly, I find I need to eat something, but I'm not crazy hungry. That has been great for me of late. Take a peek at the results.

diabetesfree 2011-04-30 23:09:37 -0500 Report

I know what you mean. Chocolate is worse than crack! Whether the addictions are physical, psychological, or some combination of both, I have no idea.


TV Spook
TV Spook 2011-04-25 19:33:10 -0500 Report

I have the same problem. Once I start I just keep going. I've tried to eat the sugar free candy. It just makes my stomach upset. Somethings that work for me is take a walk or write down what you eat. Being accountable seems to help lot.

GabbyPA 2011-05-06 10:08:30 -0500 Report

Accountability is the best thing. It is hard because we ask for people to hold us accountable, but then get upset when they do. So we really have to be honest with ourselves and see that they are helping and we are fighting.

MoeGig 2011-04-25 18:54:17 -0500 Report

The only way that I have found to eliminate cravings for sugary delights is to embrace a couple of alternative food components…protein and fat. Yes, do not try to give up the really tasty fats and proteins…bacon, marblized meats, fish, cheese, eggs especially. Of course, it goes without saying that all the vegies you want (except potatoes, corn etc) are also included. The desire for sugary carbs is caused by eating other carbs. It overly stimulates your pancreas and makes you hungry for more…like a drug. (MJ would be less harmful..and you'd feel better..:>). And you think cholesterol will go up…no it won't! I believe that carbs cause Hi cholesterol. (A low carb diet reduces your cholesterol…mine dropped to 152). It reminds me of when I finally quit smoking…I could never have 2 or 3 cigarettes a day. After all these years, if I had a cigarette, I'd be back to a pack of Marlboro's a day immediately. If people tell you to focus on lean meats, etc; ignore them and enjoy the things you can. You can't battle every battle from every front…and you don't have to. OK, check out my diet blog:

Susanpwd2 2011-04-25 09:09:28 -0500 Report

I binge eat. However; since I am on a limited budge for food I can't afford to buy crap stuff and the only bad stuff I eat is my nightly popcorn and twice a month binge on pretzels. Okay, I was bad this week. I had a dark chocolate raspberry candy bar. I ate it over a 3 day period. I am not a cake, cookie, ice cream etc eater. Just popcorn and pretzels.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-04-25 08:48:28 -0500 Report

Been there, done that, and sadly, occassionly still do! I found that it took me almost 3 months of elimination of all "direct sugars" to get over the cravings. My definition of "direct sugars"—-candy, soda, donuts, toppings, …anything where sugar is one of the first 2 ingredients. I guess people don't like being told what to do, like me. My wife will say "Don't you think you have had enough sugar?"
My answer, of course is "No". It has to do with the question and the tone. My daughter will ask, "Dad, is your sugar level Ok?" My answer is, "I will check, thanks" You can call someone a "slime bucket" and they take offense. You can call someone else a "dirty slime bucket" and they are okay with it. The situation, the tone and the body language all play a role in how we respond.
Remember RL, that we are doing some heavy damage to ourselves. In a lot of cases it is long term and irreversable. Before I got my depression under control, I didn't really care what I did to my body because I had no intention of being around for the long term. I am 57, looking forward to celebrating my 80th birthday and beyound, with my legs & feet still attached. Wish you the best, Jim

GabbyPA 2011-04-24 18:16:05 -0500 Report

Actually there is a study that is linking food as an addiction in certain people. Boy you don't have to tell me that twice. It is hard to break.

I did find a good video that helped me a lot when I was first trying to stop the sugar cycle.

I also find that certain times of the month I crave carbs like there is going to be no tomorrow. It bites because a lot of times I am into the craving before I realize it and having to stop and back peddle.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-04-25 08:50:14 -0500 Report

Wow, I have the same issues. The cravings come twice a month, usually starting around the 15th or 16th and last for almost 2 weeks. then in the beginning of the month to about the middle. hOW STRANGE IS THAT? jIM

SweetSister 2011-04-24 15:57:46 -0500 Report

It is Easter and I feel your pain Rachel. I just want to have a few jelly beans or bite the ears off a chocolate bunny. However, I know better. Still, it doesn't help the cravings. Both sugar and carbs are like crack. I hate the downside of the artficial sweetners. Does anyone know of something to truly stop the cravings?

blessedbeing 2011-04-24 12:47:38 -0500 Report

I make all kinds of sweets just minus the sugar and carbs. I made brownies yesterday with no flour and used artificial sweeteners. I've made sugar free flourless peanut butter cookies. I use to be a carbaholic until I went on a low carb diet. I've found that it gives me more control. I do have the occasional binge but not nearly as often as I use to. And when I overeat I do it with something that's not carbage.

Try not to get angry when someone tells you that you should stop eating so much candy. Sounds like they may only be trying to help you and you're only hurting yourself.

Good luck with finding your path.

nanaellen 2011-04-23 21:00:02 -0500 Report

We are all SO on the same page!! LOL I have 6 grandkids I have to make baskets for!!! What I've found helps me best to not eat too much is to not start at all!! LOL At least not the sweet stuff!! But on the real side of this they make some pretty awsome tasting gum in different flavors so you get all the flavor and none of the sugar or calories!! They have keylime pie and mint choc. chip and strawberry cheesecake I think it's called dessert delights?? And Hood makes a really good sugar free popsicle and fudgcicles that are pretty good too!!! Ellen :)

denatrout1974 2011-04-23 19:19:27 -0500 Report

omg i think we need to start a support group lol,and with easter here and making my kids baskets it is not easy,y cant they make more diabetic goodies and etc. that dont cost a fortune.

cherokee925 2011-04-23 18:26:27 -0500 Report

When I was depressed and stressing reese cups use to be my drugs of choice I would buy the big bags with the small ones and literally eat them until I got sick I was told by my doctor that I masking some kind of pain and hiding it with a temporary fix. The only way I honest gave it up was to find substitues for the sweet and try eating a piece of fruit mostly I found that I got tired of being sick and had to make up my mind that I wanted to feel better and not be sick all the time. I hope this helps you in some way.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-04-25 08:53:10 -0500 Report

Chocolate and peanut butter, is there any better combination?
You hit another one of my nails on the head. When I am depressed, I need to be chained not to go for the chocolate!

jayabee52 2011-04-23 16:24:00 -0500 Report

Yep, describes me too. For the past 2 weeks I had been keeping my BG#s between 88 & 111 with just diet & a little exercise for about 2 wks. No insulin! But last night I fell off the wagon. I ate an ice cream "drumstick" cone, and went on to eat some deep fried chicken fritters (breadded, bad oil and a lot of salt), and then some "jelly belly" type jelly beans. My result 209 last night, and 211 this am (after taking my insulin after the 209 reading! I KNEW BETTER, but didn't want to stop. But come to think of it, only the "drumstick" cone tasted any good to me. KICKING MYSELF!

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-04-25 08:56:09 -0500 Report

You sinner! Lucky you are forgiven, but we still pay the earthly cost. Heck, if you were here, I would be happy to kick yourself for you. I will change from my steel toed work boots to sneakers for you!
You can imagine my temptations during the summer when the staff can have ice cream treats for free! Yes, James, drumsticks are my favorite!

Harlen 2011-04-23 16:07:54 -0500 Report

Yep I am there with you
Just sey NO lol
I love my sweets but I just cant have much any more .
Threre was a time I would eat the hole box of cookies now I can only have one !
Thats better then some that cant even have one .
Best wishes

rscarder 2011-04-23 15:59:06 -0500 Report

I used to think nothing about eating 2-3 candy bars a day, that is until I found out that I have Type 2 diabetes. There are alternatives though, but it will take baking your own sweets that use sugar substiuties, or reduced sugar contant. There are also sweetner blends that use a combination of both. The result is that you satisfy your sweet tooth while dropping the amount of sugar and calories you take in. It becomes even more difficult to resist certain foods if you are like me, I quit smoking almost a year ago, and now everything taste so good, even the artificial sweeteners in pepsi max taste like the real thing. No pun intended.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-04-25 08:58:16 -0500 Report

You can still have candy bars, you just need to know that 2 Snickers bars equal the # of carbs that you are allowed for a meal. So, you can have 6 Snickers bars in a day, and water, nothing else. :)

pkwillhoite 2011-04-23 15:08:02 -0500 Report

I agree with you!! I believe sugar is addictive… I want candy and soda and chocolate so bad.. I get headaches sometimes. I try to drink water and the just seems to make it worse. If you find a way of fixing it I would also like to know!!