craving sweets--can't stop eating them!

By pixated Latest Reply 2013-02-27 06:21:03 -0600
Started 2012-12-23 21:51:13 -0600

I just found out I have Type II Diabetes and I have been miserably addicted to sugar my entire life. I can't stop giving in to my sugar cravings! Help!
P.S. Plus, sweets immediately lift my depression.

17 replies

Tony5657 2013-02-27 06:21:03 -0600 Report


You have the power to control your mind and not let your mind control you. It may not be easy but it's do-able. I tried many "ways" to conquer smoking, alcohol & sweets and have had permanent victory with all 3 addictions using the "cold turkey" approach, along with prayer to God for strength to just say "NO." I'm now completely off of all the 3 "killers" mentioned above and honestly don't even miss them now.

Trying to taper off (to diminish or lessen gradually) didn't work for me. Each attempt at tapering, teasing myself, only kept my desire for that "poison" alive in my mind, VERY much alive! Artifical sweetners kept my "sweet craving" desires alive but after reading so much negative about ingesting those chemicals, I stopped that and now am not even tempted to eat sweet things. In fact, I really don't even enjoy them any more (I ate a bite of a cookie the other day, yuk).

You can do this my friend but it does take mental discipline. When you get the urge to fall back into the mental trap, the addiction, get up and do something physical and pray. I would go on a walk, even around the house. I would do push ups (and got a large chest!). I'd do anything physical. Again, control your mind. Don't let it control and even kill you.

Tony5657 in New Braunfels, TX

Fefe12 2013-02-27 05:35:44 -0600 Report

Folks may be tired of me saying it but I have to keep saying" why does your disease love your body more than you do?" Stop and think what your decisions are doing to you. Do you like that? Is it working for you? Only you have the power to stop, and believe me you DO have the power, we all do. We let the world, friends, ppl we don"t even know take that power away from us. Get it back. Change your life. Because your life depends on it, and it does matter.

Set apart
Set apart 2012-12-29 07:28:17 -0600 Report

I love sweets, but have found ways to satisfy my urge without high spike, I use sugar puddings and jello. I will top them off with sugar free whipped topping and nuts with the pudding. I keep sugar free chocolates in a bowl and hard candy and will eat one if I need something sweet. I also like sugar free jellies with natural peanut butter. This is what works for me!

Krystabela 2012-12-27 17:14:40 -0600 Report

I am really addicted to sweets to…although as I get older the urge isn't as bad. For me what helps is chewing sugar free gum anytime I get the urge. Now this doesn't always end the craving, but chewing the right gum will leave a taste in your mouth that will not taste good when combined with most sweets. The gum I chew when I have those cravings is Five … specifically "Five Rain" which is a spearmint flavored and is pretty strong.

elucero 2012-12-27 14:58:53 -0600 Report

I <3 sweets too. I think when doc said to cut them out I wanted them even more. When u find the secret to quitting sweets please share it.

manapua72 2012-12-26 18:45:30 -0600 Report

I like sweets every once in a while fortunately for me sweets aren't a weakness for me it's carbs like rice , potatoes , and bread that r my down fall … Today @ work a coworker offered me candy ( chocolate ) I didn't take any cause I didn't want my sugar to go up … Later today after lunch I was like sure could use that candy now … My blood sugar had gone down to 61 … I know a little off topic … I would go cold turkey that's what I did when I quit smoking …

GabbyPA 2012-12-24 19:10:23 -0600 Report

There are some great videos here that talk about why we crave sweet and how to overcome it.;query=sugar+addiction
They helped me a lot.

The thing that works for me is cold turkey. I am not disciplined enough to wean myself or substitute with sugar free foods (which I don't eat because I don't like the artificial sweeteners in my foods.) Everyone is different, but one thing that will help no matter what path you choose to cut back on sweets is to be accountable to someone with that goal and how you are doing.

landdez 2012-12-24 12:33:55 -0600 Report

I have been there. What do I do? I cut the chocolate bar into several pieces and share. I have just one piece. Tough? I know!

Caroltoo 2012-12-24 13:41:16 -0600 Report

Good idea to cut and share. That way the temptation is gone. I used to cut it and try to save the rest for another time. Ate it every time!

wrmjw1 2012-12-24 11:09:10 -0600 Report

I know exactly how you feel. Im a sugar feind. Im a type 1 diabetic and I still eat sweets, and I drink regular pop, I just cant get enough of them. I understand what you mean about the depression thing, having all that sugar helps lift me out of a depressive mood that Im in.

Harlen 2012-12-24 09:11:52 -0600 Report

One thing that helped me a lot was sub with nuts
I know its not the same thing but a lot better then going cold turky
Best wishes

jayabee52 2012-12-23 23:34:13 -0600 Report

Yes sweets gets one's endorphins going, but there are other pathways to get an endorphin rush.

For me it was dancing. I would have a downer day, but when I took a dance class or went out dancing, I could not stay depressed for very long.

For others it is exercising. There may be other ways too, but you have to find those pleasurable things you enjoy as a substitute for eating sweets.

If you continue with the sweets your T2 will get worse faster. If you can cut back (note I didn't say give them up entirely) you'll be able to keep your Diabetes at bay longer.

James Baker

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