Bad Sugar Cravings

By TexasDiabeto Latest Reply 2013-09-04 08:34:18 -0500
Started 2013-08-27 20:45:45 -0500

Okay, so I have a really bad sugar-craving problem! I just HAVE to have something sweet in my mouth 24/7! I have been getting a little better at not consuming anything too-too sweet but I still have those cravings that just take over my will-power! I need help!! I've tried using substitute sugars, such as Splenda & Sweet-n-Low, but that doesn't help much. I've also tried the sugar free drinks and the sparkling sodas. The drinking part is not my problem though, my REAL problem is the food! Please, if anyone knows a few tips/tricks to help trick my mind into not caring or wanting those sugary items, let me know! Thanks guys!

14 replies

Damage 2013-09-04 08:34:18 -0500 Report

I agree with the dark chocolate~ also sugar-free pudding, grapes, or no sugar-added Breyer's ice cream with a sugar-free topping! Our grocery store also sells sugar-free desserts but they're very expensive. You could bake some cookies using the Splenda and brown sugar Splenda…

pinman 2013-09-02 12:23:23 -0500 Report

Hey sweet lovers, the sugar free jello is the best, I try to keep it on hand always.
Sometimes I make it with plain fat free yogurt then uses FF whip cream on top. I also try to keep frozen grapes and blueberries on hand, for me a couple curb my sweet tooth.

Tender Tips
Tender Tips 2013-08-31 20:58:27 -0500 Report

I feel your pain! I think I could live on cookies and cake quite happily. What works for me is planning and eating 3 solid meals each day and making sure I get enough protein. For whatever reason, when I include enough protein, my sweets cravings go way down. Good luck, you have many companions in this battle! Oh, I also tell myself that if I eat something sweet, I also then have to test my glucose…and those are numbers I don't want to see!

Triskit 2013-08-31 10:20:01 -0500 Report

You should try a sugar detox (just google it, you'll get tons of info). Avoid sugar substitutes like he plague they are so bad for your health and can actually make your cravings worse.

Stick to whole, fresh, unprocessed foods as much as possible. (I.e. if it has a label and more then 3 ingredients you should probably skip it).
Eat plenty of fresh vegetables, and Grass fed beef, free range chicken and eggs, nut butters like (peanut, almond, hazelnut or sun butter if you have but allergies).

After detoxing from the sugar add back in healthy clean carbs such as fresh fruit, & berries. Use raw local honey in place of sugar and sugar substitutes. (A little goes a long way).

If you bake or want to indulge in baked goods try using recipes that call for almond or coconut flours. Look up Paleo baking for ideas.

Tony5657 2013-08-30 13:44:53 -0500 Report

Hey TXDiabeto,

The only way I conquered the sugar craving is like I conquered smoking, … cold turkey. Tapering off or using substitutes didn't work for me, besides sugar substitutes can be harmful to you. As a Christian, I added constant, fervent prayer for self control to the equation & now I actually don't even like sweet foods/drinks. (Can't even stand the smell of cigarettes anymore)

Tony5657 in New Braunfels, TX

GabbyPA 2013-08-31 12:42:27 -0500 Report

I am the same way. I can't control the sugar beast, so I try to cut as much of it out as i can. Once I partake, the slope is quick. Cold turkey is what works best for me too. Now if I could just go cold turkey on food. LOL

mmoreno91 2013-08-28 22:51:04 -0500 Report

Wow! 5 years?? That's a true inspiration! Thank you for your helpful information! I will try your tips! :)

Novemberrose19 2013-08-28 09:59:51 -0500 Report

I have the same problem. I could eat cookies like there going out of style but recently I have to follow my diet, my lo carb diet because im type one and my sugars have been everywhere. try chewing gum that has a sweet taste or find a hobby that will distract you or try sugar free chocolate popsicle or the fruit ones they help me. try going for a walk anything that might get your mind off of the cravings its hard but don't give up trying

Bun10 2013-08-28 08:01:52 -0500 Report

I was addicted to Boston Cream Donuts! I love comfort food that is gooey like creamed chip beef, biscuits and gravy and aforementioned donuts. I was a chocoholic. My a1c was 5.9. I decided if I had a craving, I'd resist it for 3 weeks. If after 3 weeks I still wanted it, I'd eat it. I'd buy JUST ONE! Eventually, time stretched out and I craved it less often. It's been 2 + years now. I know longer crave them. Last week I was in the bakery. I've always asked myself, "Do you absolutely have to have that?" The answer was no but I'd had a loooong satisfying day and I thought a cup of coffee and ONE doughnut would be the perfect end to my day. I was actually disappointed!!! I thought, "Hmmmm, I could get that same gooeyness simply eating yogurt. I don't need all that fried dough. Haven't "outgrown" carrot cake though. But I can appease my craving with just a small slice on special occasions. If you NEED cake, but just a slice, never a whole cake. At bday parties, have a sliver, not 1/4 of the cake. Buy sugar free hard candies you can suck on alllllllll day. Try a daily dose of an oz of DARK chocolate. No more than an ounce!!! DO NOT buy things to have sit around your house and tempt you. Be your own friend. Eliminate anything in your house that you should not indulge in. My last AIC was 5.! Woohoo!!! Make jello jugglers (finger jello) using 3 sugar free pkgs of jello and 4 pkgs of Knox gelatin. Cut it up and leave it in fridge for snacking on. Good
Luck, stick to your guns, do it for YOURSELF!!!!

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