Sugar Cravings

By achildsworld Latest Reply 2013-04-12 23:00:37 -0500
Started 2010-04-16 01:13:41 -0500

I am just learning more. Diabetes is in my family. One thing I am struggling with is wanting sugar. Do others crave it like a drug or something? I cant stand it. I used to think I craved chocolate but now I think its just sugar. Anyone relate or have suggestions to beat it?

26 replies

MrsCDogg 2013-04-12 19:23:44 -0500 Report

This is just me, but I seem to have less sugar cravings the older I get. When I was still a CNA I worked mainly the day shift. I would get to work about 20 to 30 minutes early and I could feel the frustrations and stress building the moment I pulled in the parking lot. I would hit the snack machine and have something sweet before I even went on duty. Having said that, I got PLENTY of exercise while I was working. I would go non stop until my lunch break. Then I would go non stop until 3pm.
Since I'm no longer in that line of work my cravings seem to run more along the lines of salt, fat and protein. But, yea I can relate to that sugar cravng. I truly believe it is as adictive as any illegal drug.

Tony5657 2012-12-05 05:45:22 -0600 Report

Hi Achildsworld,

As you know, there are many types of cravings, certain foods like sugar, pasta, ice cream & things like alcohol, smoking, etc., etc.. My cravings were for ice cream, smoking and alcohol (vodka). I tried tapering off gradually but I'd always have a relapse where I'd consume more than I had been before. I found my solution to both addictions, in 2 words, Cold Turkey (quit altogether, totally). It was NOT easy but it worked for me. It took lots of will power and lots of prayer, but I did it and as a result I'm a much happier & healthier person.

Tapering off just kept the addictions fresh on my mind, "calling to me", and I'd often listen & relapse. As some Baptists say, I backslipped. :o) The cold turkey approach was difficult to say the least, BUT (and this is a huge BUT) :o) I survived & overcame the physical & mental cravings gradually one day at a time. The cravings slowly got less and were easier and easier to conquer & now I'm 99% free of them. They do return every now and then BUT (yet another huge BUT) :o) I've learned to get off my A$$ when the cravings come calling and do something physical, like go on a walk, pray intensely, exercise on my stationary bike, so some push ups, do yard work, call a friend, throw rocks at some cans, etc..

You can control your mind like this and not let your mind control you but (guess what, here's another huge but) :o) it takes mental discipline, mental exercises. If you have negative physical reactions, like the "shakes" (like I had while getting off alcohol), can't sleep, nausea or some other manifestation, with time these will gradually subside and finally "go away."

Two books that have helped me get through this type of "life's crapola" are:
"The Tools" by Phil Stutz & Barry Michels AND
"You Can Heal Your Life" by Louise L. Hay.
I highly recommend them. These books have supplied me with many valuable nuggets of information that I constantly "cash in" & use, and I'm winning! Both books are available at new or used. (I have no financial interest in either.)

My friend, you CAN do this. I am praying for you.

Tony in New Braunfels, TX (now winning one day at a time)

leogirl 2010-04-24 14:12:56 -0500 Report

Oh yes! Im a sugar d=addict,the only thing that helped me was cutting all sugar out of my diet (except some fruit) it also cotrlled my appetite.Good luck!

Robbibird3 2010-04-21 19:26:27 -0500 Report

When I was first told I had type two diabetes. I did everything I was suppose to do except exercising when you have degenerating spinal arthritis and arthritis in knees and ankles moving is painful. I'm already taking 60 mg. of MS Contin everyday and I still have pain.

I lost alot of weight because of a vommitting problem 2 years ago then I maintained that weight at 250 lbs. Then this vommitting problem involving my medicines it brought me down under 180 lbs. But once I discovered those 8 medicines I could take I am back up at 218 lbs.

Sugar cravings is a big problem especially because I seem to crave licorice of any flavor. Which I believe is why my last A1C was up 20 points.

mtngal 2010-04-21 17:16:33 -0500 Report

Boy oh boy can I relate…I LOVE chocolate. I was diagnosed in June 09 and I can say that it has become easier to ignore the sweet stuff. I still have my cravings; so when I do I will try to eat fruit like some of the other people suggested. That usually gets me through the craving. There are days that I can't resist and I will eat a small piece just to satisfy the craving. I wish you the best!!!

hammersdr 2010-04-21 09:45:11 -0500 Report

Hello, I'm new to this site in fact this is my first post…

I've now been a diabetic for about 4 years now but have only been managing it for a few weeks now. I can say I do understand because of poor diet habits I grow up with…

It's hard because it's not just the naughty stuff you can't have but the natural sugars that are found in all foods. Your body gets use to it and does craves it. I guess the point I'm trying to get at is you need to look at it as a reward system because if you try to cut everything out, your just setting yourself up to fail… This is a lesson that I learn from my father. He was a hardcore diabetic and he would deny himself the pleasures for weeks at a time… then the next thing you know he would be sitting with a 1/2 of cake washing it down with a 2 litter of pepsi yelling get me my insulin…

So what I'm trying to say is test and set goals both daily and weekly and if and when you meet those goals allow yourself that piece of chocolate or can of soda ect… You'll find that this system will help you stay on track and work harder to get those treats…

Miminv 2010-04-21 10:44:31 -0500 Report

Glad to see you here. From what I have read on this site, a lot of us were in denial for a few years and then something started the fire and we start to figure out what to do with the diabeties. Hopefuly you can find a balance and catch yourself if you start eating like your father did. The thing with diabetics is that at some point you will not be able to eat that candy or drink that soda as a treat. Treats need to become low carb, sugar free because the sugar is doing things to your body that you cannot see but can catch up with you later.
Keep up the good work and remember that it is a fight with highs and lows and we are all on the same train. Working for a healthier life.

uwish 2010-04-21 07:58:16 -0500 Report

I found out I was a diabetic in November and ever since that day I have craved everything that contains sugar. I always loved them but now it's like it is always calling my name. I think it's because it is always on my mind that I need to control my diabetes. It is certainly a struggle. If you find a way to beat it please let me know.

ston3xc 2010-04-21 08:13:12 -0500 Report

When I was first diagnosed, I slowed my sugar cravings by taking 1 bite of something I really loved- but had to give up - and let it dissolve slowly in my mouth. Sometimes it feels like eating a whole { sugar cream } pie, cake, candy bar,etc. 1 bite only!

BORACHO 2010-04-20 16:33:16 -0500 Report


ston3xc 2010-04-18 17:08:10 -0500 Report

Craving sugar is an addiction just like drugs and alcohol. But it's harder to stay away from be cause it,s in everything. Manufacturers use other words for sugar, like fructose, dextrose, corn syrup, and others, even if you read labels it's hard to know what is ok to eat. Staying away from sugar is about the only thing that works. Even a small hersheys kiss can set off some people. If you have access to a health food store, check out agave nectar, it's a natural sweetener that,s easier on blood sugars.

Miminv 2010-04-18 02:53:56 -0500 Report

I haven't had real candy in two years. If I do it goes straight to my feet, so I don't. The pain in my feet from eating sugar is more than enough to stop me. It can take up to three hours for the pain to stop. I have sugar free candy for that once in a while craving. To all of you who are still cheating, stop and think about what part of the body you are destroying. You are cheating your life and how much time you have on this earth.
I just found out that my father (lives in another state) has diabetes now and is not takeing care of it. He is still drinking and it looks like he could lose his feet.
The more you cut out carbs and sugar the better you will feel and the more you will lean towards the good foods that are real and healthy for you.
Remember you only have one life.

Hinboyz3 2010-04-16 19:48:13 -0500 Report

Boy my favorite was all my little candies, but I had to give them up and I have sugar free every now and then. I had to give it up to get better and maintain a better diet too. So I traded it in for plenty of fruits and veggies that really helps.

GabbyPA 2010-04-17 07:51:36 -0500 Report

It is amazing how we trade feeling full from an apple for a little piece of candy that does nothing for us. When I learned to substitute fruits and veggies for my sugar cravings it helped a lot like you said. Great tip

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2010-04-17 11:55:10 -0500 Report

Sadly, some of the fruits mess with my numbers too (i.e. grapes, oranges, etc.). Makes me angry, 'cause I love fruit.

GabbyPA 2010-04-17 19:30:00 -0500 Report

Yep, bananas do that to me and grapes too.I love grapefruit, but my lisinopril will not allow me to eat it anymore. That really was crummy. I mostly eat apples, semi ripe pears, melons, strawberries, blueberries and things along those lines. Coconut is a no, no for me, mostly because finding unsweetened is really hard. Sometimes I just need a crunch and so we try to always have celery and carrots on hand.

Though, I have found that dehydrated zucchini and yellow squash have a nice "chip" feel to them and they have a natural level or sodium that gets concentrated in the dehydration process. I like to munch on them sometimes.

ONeil 2010-04-16 13:51:58 -0500 Report

I use to crave for suger all the time but know that I know that it will raise my BS I know I can not eat it so I fine something that will cut my sweet tooth. Like a furit, or veggie some times that helps.
well I wish you the best

Harlen 2010-04-16 13:30:59 -0500 Report

I love my treats but I just cant eat them anymore or not as much lol I still have them from time to time I just dont eat the box-bag.I have one or two now not the hole thing lol
Best wishes

GabbyPA 2010-04-16 08:08:59 -0500 Report

Oh, is a hard addiction to crack. Our society has grown up on sugar and it is started when we are young. Those cravings are a life time of addiction. Did you know that back when we were hunters and gatherers we only had about 4 pounds of honey (sugar) a YEAR? Now, the average American consumes 150 pounds of refined sugar a year. Yikes!

But there is hope!!

Don't doctor it with artificial sweeteners. Those just keep the craving going. I took a rather drastic approach. I went cold turkey and it made me nuts in the start. But it was the best for me, because my discipline with "just a little" is never very good. However, once I got it out I could add back only the sweet that would not kill my levels. I was able to add back ice cream and bitter sweet chocolate. I add stevia to my coffee and lemonade.

Here is a neat video on sugar addiction that might help also.

Now, if I can find some help on salt addiction that would be great! LOL

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2010-04-16 14:05:20 -0500 Report

You and me, Gabby. The salty, starchy things are what get me. I like the sweets, but find avoiding the chips, etc., harder.

GabbyPA 2010-04-16 14:09:48 -0500 Report

I tell you, when I met with the nutritionist and she gave me a goal of 1500mg of salt a day, it is HARD to do. Just in everyday foods the sodium it thru the roof. I did learn a trick though. Get salt free foods and you will find that even when you add salt, you are adding it to the "outside" of the food and your tastebuds are happy because they get the salt, but you eat much less of it that way.

irisrose25 2010-04-16 16:02:06 -0500 Report

Thank you, Gabby, for posting the link for the sugar addiction videos, I am having a very hard time with this and the tips are great!

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