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I'm a serious sugar addict. Need help to kick the habit please!

(7 Posts)
BeachedWhale Thu 04-Aug-05 20:11:49

Please can you lovely MNers help?
I've developed a serious problem with the amount of sugar I consume.Since DD was born 7 mths ago I have developed a serious sugar habit. I feel it is all linked in with breastfeeding her. It started in the early weeks after she was born. I just craved cakes, sweets, chocolate etc and I indulged. I felt like needed the extra calories to just keep going with the feeding and looking after my other two children.
Now I'm really addicted. I'm can't pass a shop without going in to buy chocolate bars.I send DH out to buy chocolate at night to satisfy my cravings.(Even though I've told him to be strict with me and just refuse!) My blood sugar levels are yoyoing all over the place and making me feel really weird. It has got so bad it is making me feel ill.
I'm not overweight. In fact I am losing weight even though I'm consuming such large amount of sugary stuff.
I'm not stupid. I keep telling myself to wise up and I know the havoc I'm causing in my body but I just can't seem to stop dispite my best intentions.
Has anyone been through this? Will it calm down when I stop breastfeeding? (Am I just using breastfeeding as an excuse!)
I would really appreciate some top tips to get me back on the straight and narrow.

dabihp Thu 04-Aug-05 20:26:17

Try to eat more protein, this should curb cravings...

Have to say, if u r not putting weight on, why not just keep eating it...

Nightynight Thu 04-Aug-05 20:34:19

It can encourage the yeast in your tummy... need I say more...

I guess it will be like most addictions - the first few days off it would be the worst.

Feffi Thu 04-Aug-05 20:43:18

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

peaceandlight Thu 04-Aug-05 20:52:10

there is a book and i think it's called the sugar addicts recovery plan, it's very interesting and made me realise that my anxiety and low moods were made a lot worse by sugar.
only trouble is sticking to it.

jamiesam Thu 04-Aug-05 20:59:25

Have you mentioned to hv or dr? Sorry to be party-pooper, I'm dead that you can eat so much chocolate and lose weight, but just wonder if there's a hormone amiss somewhere?

Otherwise, it's just going to have to be one day at a time. It's down to you whether you can go cold turkey, or need to wean yourself off it. Try buying in one go the amount of chocolate you reckon you eat in a week (then get dh to lock 6 days worth in garage/loft) - a bit 'you are what you eat' but might shock you into submission?

(I have 14 tin cans, each about a lb in weight, in carriers next to my bedroom mirror so I have an idea of where I'm at in my aim to lose a stone - just an eg of how a visual and 'physical' prompt can help, know that weight loss not your issue)

BeachedWhale Fri 05-Aug-05 14:44:02

Thanks everyone! I'm going to have to go cold turkey aren't I? I will try the dark chocolate tip if I get desperate as I know I can't eat it in volume! Jamiesam, I have just tried to visualise the amounnt of bad stuff I've eaten in the last few days and to be honest it was quite frightening. I need that "you are what you eat" woman here right now!
Got up this morning and had a proper breakfast and have started to cut out sugar in tea/coffee etc.
Going on hols next week so maybe some time away from easy access to Dairy Milk will help me break the cycle.
Appreciate all of your thoughts.

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