Somethings that might help "Cheating"

By ChillChinchilla Latest Reply 2015-07-18 08:40:56 -0500
Started 2011-09-04 20:43:52 -0500

Yep. We all do it at least once, if not more. You see something at the super market, at a friends house or wherever and you just can't help yourself. Yeah, it stinks.
I'm a type 1 diabetic since I was 16 years old. It's been about 4 years now since I was first diagnosed. I was a sugar fiend before that, and am proud to say I'm actually pretty strict with my diet. But of course sometimes temptation strikes… Here are some helpful things I've found through trial and error, and maybe they can work for you too!

1. One way I found, though it seems odd, is when I have a craving for something I go brush my teeth. It seems to almost clean out what my mouth wants to taste. Odd, but true!
2. When I see something I want to eat, I chew gum. This makes it so my mouth is too busy chewing to stick something else in it! This also works with sucking on sugar free mints/hard candies… But watch it! They have carbs!
3. This is usually a last resort for me. I give in and take one, only one, bite of whatever is tempting me. Keeping it in my mouth for as long as possible, so the flavor stays in my head. I then take the rest of what I didn't eat and throw it away. I know it sounds wasteful, but if I wrap it up for later, I get stuck on wanting to go back and finish it. This way I'm DONE. After that I don't drink/eat anything so the flavor is still there to enjoy!

I hope this helps some people! I'd love feedback and some ideas to to try besides these. Feel free to chat with me also!

13 replies

Kalisiin 2015-07-13 08:12:10 -0500 Report

Chewing sugar free gum, sucking on sugar free had candy could help. Me, I do similar to what you suggest in #3. One of my weaknesses is Doritos. Love them. Now I would routinely eat half of a big bag or more in one sitting…I know, terrible, right?

Now, I find if I eat ad savor three or four Doritos only…I'm able to be satisfied and walk away from the rest of them.

GabbyPA 2014-07-15 06:10:39 -0500 Report

Gum is my best friend. I kind of gave it up when I was trying to eliminate sugar free foods, but it's one I have had to let back in. Chewing gum helps me so much.

Something that helps me also is keeping busy. If I am working or doing something, I am much less likely to dig into something I shouldn't. Especially at night, that is my worst time.

Sweetbutterfly 2014-01-12 13:27:32 -0600 Report

Hello everybody, I am the new kid on the block and I am very happy that I found this web site for support. I have been browsing around reading all your discussions and replies, and i have found them very helpful especially when I cannot find support from my Doctors. Well back to the discussion, I am very bad, and I can not keep myself from cheating. I love sugar especially, cupcakes; I can not go to the the supermarket and not get one or apple turnovers, even after my gastroenterologist found out that I have gastroparesis so pretty much I was always full and my sugar was always very high. I live in South Florida and here the health system is pretty bad if you do not have a doctor that belongs to the same group, therefore; they do not know each other so my endocrinologist was always upset with me for my blood sugar levels, but he never put one and one together realizing that it was my gastroparesis that was giving me the high spike in sugar levels. I came across Dr. Fuhrman (from PBS) and I have been following him and reading his books so I have changed my bad habits and have started eating a lot of vegetables and fruits with small meat protein, but more protein from vegetables and so far so good, but I still have the urge to eat sugar especially one hour after lunch, which is my worst time for craving sugar. So I tried brushing my teeth after dinner which has helped me to stop eating anything before bedtime. I am going to try that technique after lunch to see if that helps with my after-lunch cravings. I cannot chew gum because I do not want the regular sugar type and the sugar-free type has aspartame and that gives me headaches and mints (generally full of sugar as well) give me stomach aches, even Altoids. If anyone else has any suggestions that can help me reduce or eliminate my sugar cravings I would be truly grateful. Sorry for the long reply but I wanted everyone to know me fully in order to make helpful suggestions. Again, I am thankful for finding this sight and for all of you who are helping me. Before I felt like I was alone in trying to fight my diabetes.

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Bekah Nikole 2014-01-16 06:53:48 -0600 Report

I was a sugar fiend too, flipping things around wasn't easy for me, but after everything I've been through I wasn't going to let something I could control own me. Now I don't keep my favorite weakness (ice cream) in the house and the little treats I have or that I make for myself I give to my Hubby to hide so I don't even have the option to binge on them. Once I cut back on the sweets I also decided to make sure I gave myself a treat in another way. A new bra or book or something to help me push myself forward. I've also found keeping a scale close or in the kitchen stops me from going back for a second helping of this or that.

GabbyPA 2014-01-12 15:48:02 -0600 Report

There is a gum called "Spry" that comes in many flavors that is sugar free with xylitol instead of aspartame in it. Don't get the fruit flavored one, as the flavor is gone too fast. But the mint based ones are good. You can get them at your local health food store or buy them online. I think Amazon has them. They are expensive, but it's a good alternative.

ReaderReader12 2014-07-14 22:30:35 -0500 Report

I make fudge with the xylitol and it is wonderful. I am not saying I will need to make this fudge forever, but for right now I do. I have not bought any candy from the store or had any FireBalls that are sitting in the container on top of the fridge. I have not had any chips. For me I am making some amazing changes that i never, ever thought I could. Each and every time I make a good decision it makes me want to keep at it. This is super exciting to me. Finally at 57 I am acting like a grown up. Well at least food wise. I love watching music videos.

Kalisiin 2015-07-18 08:40:56 -0500 Report

And just WHAT is wrong with music videos? Especially the good ones from the 1980's? I still have an old VCR tape (which I had put onto DVD, by the way) of SIX HOURS of music videos I recorded off MTV, back when MTV was actually good…and off VH1.

I titled it "Six Hours Of Music Videos That Don't Suck" Fans of Adam Curry and Julie Brown will understand that.

GabbyPA 2011-09-05 11:15:03 -0500 Report

These are great tips! Thanks. One thing that I have found that helps me and curbs my cravings is the dark chocolate covered Altoids. The give me that little bit of chocolate and the Altoids is still sugar free, so it is pretty safe, strong and very few carbs. I have not used them for a while, and you just reminded me. Thanks! I am on the gum trick right now....but it has aspartame in it and I want to get away from that.

pixsidust 2011-09-06 14:27:26 -0500 Report

Mmmm! I have tried those before I was diagnosed and forgot about them. What an excellent idea!

GabbyPA 2014-07-15 06:12:04 -0500 Report

You know, I can't find them anymore. I have been looking for them, and I don't know if they stopped making them.

pixsidust 2011-09-04 23:16:00 -0500 Report

Being prepared with something on hand helps. I saw some chocolate mousse full sugar pie in the fridge and I grabbed my sugar free 60 calorie chocolate mousse cup by Jello. Instant satisfaction! You must have something you can eat on hand all the time!

GabbyPA 2011-09-05 11:16:04 -0500 Report

That is the biggest key. If there is not a good choice there, I often give in to the bad choice. I try to be restrictive, but it is always better for me to have the better choice.

pixsidust 2011-09-05 10:49:04 -0500 Report

I am going to try that brush your teeth thing! I have a hard time throwing food away because money is hard to come by. The sucking on a candy or gum too is well worth trying

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