F*CKING SUGAR!

posted 2 months ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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4412 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

So consider it an addiction and instead of going cold turkey (almost guaranteed failure), wean yourself off of it.  I’ll admit I have very little willpower when it comes to sugar, but my strategies when they are working are – don’t buy it in the first place, limit to one treat a week (if I make cookies, that’s all I get), put it in containers of a specific size (make a batch of brownies, slice and bag instead of leaving the tray on the counter for every time you walk by), store it somewhere awkward so it’s not worth the effort, and try alternatives – honey, fruits, etc.  Drink a smoothie over the course of the day and you may not be hungry for much else, stuff like that.  Might try Stevia or something, too.  It’s supposedly a lot better for you than sugar and still very sweet in smaller doses.

Alternatively my husband’s rule, which he is currently ignoring is if you want a treat, eat a carrot first.  Don’t want a carrot? Then you don’t want your treat either, you’re just tricking yourself.

Post # 4
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4307 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

There is a crap-load of hidden sugar everywhere.  Look at labels, especially on sauces, soups, condiments, everything.  I have the biggest sweet tooth ever and I hate it, but I’ve been working on cutting sugars out of my diet.  For example I now use milk and a small amount of sugar (less than a teaspoon) in my coffee as opposed to pouring creamer into my coffee.  I also started checking yogurts to find ones with less added sugar.  A Yoplait has 35 GRAMS of sugar.  So ridiculous.

Cut out sugary drinks.  Pop, juice, whatever.  Choose water instead, or unsweetened iced tea.  I personally haven’t drank pop in over 15 years but sweet iced tea and lemonade is my weakness!  I love water too though, and have been trying to drink as much water as possible.

Cold turkey won’t help long term, you likely will relapse.  I strongly recommend finding one thing per week to cut down on.  Maybe start with sugary beverages.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

The biggest thing that helped me with my sugar addiction is cutting out soda, and that includes diet soda! I only drank diet soda previously and had for several years, but then I did some research and found that studies support that fake sugar causes the same effect as real sugar does on your body: wanting MORE sugar. So, although you don’t get any real sugar in diet soda, it makes you want real sugar, and then you eat the sugary thing you’re craving (or “earned” by drinking diet soda) and the whole cycle starts again.

I’ve been drinking 100+ ozs/day of only water for the past 2 weeks and I’ve never felt so good, and my cravings for sweets have almost disappeared. If I do have something sweet it’ll be natural sugars like in a piece of fruit (which takes way longer to eat and has less calories than anything I would have binged on before) or a flavored greek yogurt (again, takes way longer to eat and less calories).

Post # 8
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Helper bee

If I want to quit sugar, I have to do it cold turkey. It sucks for about 3-4 days but then my cravings are gone. 

Post # 11
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372 posts
Helper bee

ana2017 :  that’s awful. I don’t know that I could do 7-10 days. I don’t have the will power. It’s typically when I’m sick & not eating anything that I can quit with the sweets. I do eat sweets every single day though so the pp that said one time per week is tidally unrealistic for me on a regular basis. 

Post # 12
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408 posts
Helper bee

ana2017 :  Hi! Here is what helped me lose a ton of weight and keep it off for good! … There are three macro nutrients. Carbs (aka sugar), protein and fat. Fat and carbs act as fuel. You cannot reduce one of these without increasing the other. So if you get rid of all your carbs you CANNOT go on a low-fat diet too. Your brain will literally starve and before you know it you’ll be half way through a bag of cookies.

Luckily the human body can function as a fat-burning machine if you eliminate your carbs (not completely but reduce significantly) and increase your fat intake substantially. Do some research on the Ketogenic diet and find out for yourself. While balance is the key to a healthy body most of us do not realise that we are creating an unbalance with low-fat eating.

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2017

ana2017 :  So if you don’t quit sugar completely you eat it nonstop? I agree with some PPs cutting it out cold turkey is definitely hard. Do you think you have such a hard time with it because you’re telling yourself you can’t have it? Humans are naturally rebellious by nature so if you’re telling yourself you can’t have something you’ll usually want it more. I usually just don’t buy junk food and if I want something I have it. I have had a bad relationship with food in the past so I have to remind myself I can have all these foods, I’m just choosing not to. The only time I didn’t crave sugar though is when I went gluten-free.

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2017

emmabird :  I totally agree with what you said. This is kind of what I’m heading towards, but just starting out. Intermittent fasting has helped me a lot too. And drinking my water with lemon. And getting enough sleep.

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