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Offline Jazi

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Cutting out the sugar..
« on: September 13, 2013, 02:41:06 AM »
I know every bad thing there is to know about sugar.  I feel like a smoker when it comes to sweets.  I know it's bad for my health but I still do it.  I quit, then I go back, I quit again and go back again.  Sugar is my drug.

How do I get off this roller coaster?  I lose 10lbs the month I quit, gain it right back.  This has been such a viscous cycle in my life.  I've already had breast cancer, now I have lymphocytic colitis... what will it take?? 

Do any of you have this horrific addiction?

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Re: Cutting out the sugar..
« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2013, 05:59:20 AM »
Sugar is everywhere.  So sad.

Anything in a package almost always has it.  That's why i just stick to real food :)


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Re: Cutting out the sugar..
« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2013, 08:51:57 AM »
I know every bad thing there is to know about sugar.  I feel like a smoker when it comes to sweets.  I know it's bad for my health but I still do it.  I quit, then I go back, I quit again and go back again.  Sugar is my drug.

How do I get off this roller coaster?  I lose 10lbs the month I quit, gain it right back.  This has been such a viscous cycle in my life.  I've already had breast cancer, now I have lymphocytic colitis... what will it take?? 

Do any of you have this horrific addiction?

I found that once I cut out all foods with added sugar, as well as starchy foods, I gradually lost my taste for sweets - or rather, that my tongue became so sensitive to the sweet taste that even carrots tasted sweet and actual candy would give a burning sensation.  I don't ever want anything sweeter than fruit any more.

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Re: Cutting out the sugar..
« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2013, 09:12:10 AM »
Don't have it anywhere near you! Remove it from your house/apartment. Buy healthy foods for the whole week all at once and eat only those foods. Prepare lunch at home and take it with you to work. If you're not going out (of your house or work) to buy anything, then leave the wallet, that way you can't buy anything if you suddenly crave it!

I've battled this for many years. I don't drink or smoke but I love food! I've found that this is a gradual process for me. I started removing the worst foods out of my diet and replaced them with something else a bit healthier. First I removed sodas for one month, replaced with water and sometimes fruit juices or milk. After that I haven't craved sodas (10 years ago). Then I removed all candy for about one month except for chocolates. After that I haven't desired any of the packaged crap they try to sell you next to the exit of almost every store I come into. I don't even look at it. Then I remove fruit juices for about one month and etc. You get the point. This takes a rather long time though. It's much quicker to just throw all the crappy foods out of the house and replace them with Paleo foods only.

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Re: Cutting out the sugar..
« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2013, 05:21:43 AM »
Thank you for your responses.

I never have sweets at home other than banana's, berries, etc...  It's what's at work which is the hardest.  The crap that gets brought to the office on a daily basis.  Some days I'm strong, most days I'm not. 

There there are the days that I will stop on my way home from work for reeses cups or ice cream.  I'm not even hungry.

I don't drink soda's or sweetened juices.

I try to have dark chocolate available at work for the days that I really feel the need but then I end up eating them all. 

The cravings are usually at work.  At home, I'm much better, most likely because there is nothing around me.


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Re: Cutting out the sugar..
« Reply #5 on: September 21, 2013, 04:49:50 AM »
Do you have an emotional relationship to sugar?   Do you reward yourself with food?

Regardless, you are technically going through withdrawal to an addictive drug.  This requires willpower, which you are lacking.   You need to make a very conscious decision about it.  Self-talk can be helpful here to retrain your thinking

Some phrases to say to yourself
"I have chosen not to eat sugar"
"I feel like a reeses cup but I have decided to not eat sugar"
"There are cookies in the office but I don't want one"

Don't use things like "I can't have" as then it feels like a punishment.  "I chose", "I decided" is a lot more empowered and also forces you to take responsibility for your actions.
Say "I don't eat cake" rather than "I can't eat cake" - say it to yourself, and to others.  You made a choice, own it.  You aren't forbidden from eating anything - you have chosen not to for your health.  "I can't" and "I'm not allowed" is a cop-out

Set a week-long challenge and then reward yourself with something (NON FOOD) if you succeed. (You could reward yourself with a special steak but I think it's dangerous to use any food as a reward.  It can be an activity or it can be a thing.  Then set a month-long challenge.  Make sure the challenges are not too hard for you otherwise you won't be motivate to finish them.  You can trick yourself that "it's only for a month", by the end of the month you should be over the worst of your sugar craving

In the office, go public.  Don't say "I'm on a diet" - so are a lot of people, no one gives a shit.  Tell everyone that you are not eating sugar and give a good reason for it that people cannot argue with (pre-diabetes, weight, cancer is the best one).  Don't continuously talk about your diet (it's boring).  Once you've gone public with it then you have more motivation not to eat crap in the office (so long as you avoid the diet saboteurs)

Sugar feeds cancer cells, too.