Help I'm Addicted To Bread

By RSRaz Latest Reply 2013-12-19 13:34:02 -0600
Started 2013-12-18 08:59:55 -0600

Even after 14 years of being a diabetic fresh bread is my nemesis. I can see that it spikes my blood sugar levels yet I still can’t resist, the instant gratification is just too great. And then add to the list other fresh baked goods, and you know my weakness. I can quit for a while but without constant feedback I soon forget the consequences of eating these wonderfully tasting highly addicted foods. Any suggestions for my craving?

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Nick1962 2013-12-18 18:49:49 -0600 Report

Well, if willpower is lacking, there’s behavior modification. It’s something you do all your life anyway – get married, change your habits, get fat, change your habits, get a new job, change your habits, blah, blah, blah. Give in to the craving, but just one portion – freeze the rest and tell yourself you can still have it (one portion), but only if you’ve earned it through discipline or exercise. Before too long, you’ll realize just what that piece of bread costs you health wise and it won’t look as temping. Kind of like my ex-wife.

Glucerna 2013-12-18 17:43:46 -0600 Report

You bring up a really going point about instant gratification. What makes us feel good in that moment often trumps what we know will be more beneficial for us in the future. There's interesting research on delayed gratification, or what we can do to help us learn to control our impulses. Check out this article: Their conclusion: "one of the most effective ways to distract ourselves from a tempting pleasure we don't want to indulge is by focusing on another pleasure". Interesting ideas in this article - has anyone tried them? ~Lynn @Glucerna

RSRaz 2013-12-19 07:28:44 -0600 Report

Interesting article it gives me an idea:
As I keep sliced sprouted multi-grain bread in the freezer it's not I problem I have at home unless I bring it home with me. The danger time is when I'm out food shopping or at the cafe. I'm going to try to carry around healthy snacks so I can reward myself with one instead of buying the pastry or bread.

kimfing 2013-12-18 17:33:29 -0600 Report

Ok so i am new t D. So i can still remember what a high blood sugar makes me feel and how utterly grouchy i was to my poor husband. My willpower is strong as i do NOT want to be like that again. Good luck! You can do it

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-12-18 14:03:08 -0600 Report

I agree with dagger. You have to have will power. No one here can give you that. You know you have the problem and only you can fix it. I love bread and fresh baked goods. I do not eat them everyday. You say you forget the consequences. I don't believe that because you know what the consequences are, you choose to ignore them. In other words you can't burn the candle at both ends. At the end of the day, you are the one suffering for your actions which means that if you aren't willing to not eat them then you can't depend on others to stop you.

RSRaz 2013-12-18 14:25:40 -0600 Report

When I say I forget the consequences, I mean I forget the consequences while I am eating the bread. People are only logical some of the time. For most people will power is a bit of a simplification to change a lifetime of conditioning otherwise diets and the like would always work.

So many people start out with good intentions but over the years they slip out of control. You just have to look around us to see people that give up.

I respectably disagree I think willpower can be learned. But at the end of the day I do agree with you that you can't depend others to stop you. What you can do is seek out others to help and support you to find that willpower.

dagger1234 2013-12-18 12:32:43 -0600 Report

If I can do without rice, trust me, you can deal without breads etc. It's called will power. You can do it! I'm Asian and I love my rice and was raised to have rice as a main dish at all times. Now I am just eating sandwiches, fish and green beans. It's necessary to cut out the carbs, if u can't, start slowly

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-12-18 14:07:14 -0600 Report

Good points dagger. Will power is the key. You can't say you forget the consequences when you know what they are. He is choosing to forget them. No one can give you will power that is something you learn on your own just like knowing what is going to happen to you if you eat an entire pack of oreo's yet you eat them anyway. After you eat them, you can ask people to help you to stop doing that. He knows what is going to happen if he eats the bread or the fresh baked goods. All he has to do is not buy it, therefore he won't eat it.

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