Sugar Addiction

By MaryJ4889 Latest Reply 2009-04-01 20:36:07 -0500
Started 2009-03-31 17:59:30 -0500

I was just wondering if anyone else out there is addicted to sugar. I am doing better since I was prayed for at church but still have a slight problem if I eat too much sugar. It makes me crave more and more.

6 replies

alwaystryin 2009-04-01 20:36:07 -0500 Report

As someone stated on a Discussion area, sometimes the Craving, of whatever, is a little more rooted in some kind of 'need', that may appear to be hungry, but it is not always an actual hunger for food per se, but a need that calls to us for some kind of attraction to some thing. The problem can be looked at at the Root Cause level of problem solving.

That hunger, does not always mean food…

Debi Ann
Debi Ann 2009-04-01 19:57:37 -0500 Report

I too have a hard time with sugar. I am having a hard time giving up reg soda. It is my downfall. Everytime I stop drinking it I get very sick to my stomach,shaky and then the low blood sugars. I have cut back alot but still have work to do. I do not have to much trouble with anything else, except when I need to make a desert for special occasions, as I cannot use artificial sweetners due to an allergy to them. I'd appreciate any input from anyone else on this matter.
Debi Ann

MaryJ4889 2009-04-01 18:27:05 -0500 Report

I appreciate all the imput here. What I have found out about drinks is that while I do like Diet Rite sodas which are made with Splenda as is Diet Pepsi One, I favor Walmarts Brand of Crystal Lite. It comes out much less expensive than pop and I think it tastes better. I also keep the sugar free Jolly Ranchers and candies on hand to wet my mouth in church and things like that. As of last September I have been pretty much sugar free except that right now while I am on chemo I have to drink ensure as a meal supplement. I also will eat an occasional Reese Cup. Mostly because while it has sugar, it also has protien because of the Peanut

GabbyPA 2009-04-01 18:36:57 -0500 Report

I know not everyone will agree with me here, but even when you drink the sugar free stuff, it fools your body into thinking that you ate something sweet, but the calories are not there. So your body craves even more. It is an ugly cycle that I was trapped in for years and didn't even realize it.

I went cold turkey on all sugar free foods. I knew I had to be strict on myself or I was going to just pussy foot around and not do it. Once I did, and stuck to my guns for about a month, I realized that the cravings were gone. You may have to ease into it by getting off sugar and into sugar free, but I would not linger in the sugar free world too long. There are a lot of very nasty things in sugar free sweeteners that are not kind to our bodies.

I still get times when I crave something sweet or want something "carbful" and I will eat it, get it over with and move on. If that craving lasts more than a couple of days (mine are usually emotionally based) I know I have to kick my self back in line and just be disciplined. I am not always successful, but I can't afford to let it go, so I do my best to keep my eyes on it.

Sally 2009-04-01 08:06:25 -0500 Report

You sound just like me when I first tried giving up sugar. The switch to diet soda was the hardest for me. I just couldn't adapt to the taste, but now sometimes when my husband and I order out, and I get a diet, I can't tell. I have to ask him to taste it to be sure it is diet soda! They have come a long way with sugar free cookies and candies, but again, moderation. They tend to upset your stomache if you eat too many. I don't buy them because they taste so sweet, it sends me into cravings and the whole cycle starts all over. But if you really need something to satisfy a sweet tooth, try them out. IT is better than eating too many "real" cookies or candies. I just remind myself of the damage that sugar is doing to every organ in my body and that helps me to stay away from temptations. It keeps me motivated. Keep praying, God knows what you are going thru!

rbergman 2009-03-31 18:29:59 -0500 Report

When I was diagnosed years ago, I was told NO SUGAR. I wasn't taught to count carbs or such and it really sucked and maybe it was part of the reason I just gave up, who knows for sure. However, when our daughter was diagnosed we couldn't get in to see a dietitian right away and after what I had gone through with NO sugar I wasn't sure how I was going to deal with a 7yr old who was now in the same boat. I actually learned most of the carb counting from others on this site and I also learned I didn't have to take sugar completely away from her to make it work.
One of the best things I learned here from others was, if your a chocoholic, try dark chocolate, but, of course only in moderation. Also, if you don't buy the junk food you're less likely to crave it if it isn't around. This worked well for me, because like you, I craved sugary foods so avoided them at the grocery store. It takes time to adjust, and willpower but, if you put your mind to it you can at the very least cut back, then get it to a manageable level.
I wish I had a better answer but, if you buy it your going to eat it, so cutting it out was my only option to begin with then adding it back in gradually. Also, fresh fruits help because they are sweet but naturally but again some of them in moderation. I also find raw carrots can curb the sugar craving as they have a sweet taste as well. If you like sugar in your coffee or tea, switch to Truvia or Stevia, natural sweeteners made from a plant and not an artificial chemical sweetener. If you drink soda, switch to the diet version…still not the greatest drink out there but still better than regular soda.

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