Sugar Addict Needs Help(169 Posts)
I'm with you TeaCup, really struggling. I did follow the low GI principles for a while, using the Montignac book. I really did feel better for it, and lost weight, but struggled to keep going.
A lot of what other posters have said here makes sense (particularly the big English breakfast bit), and I liked that idea of if you've made it to 4pm with no sugar hit then the home straight is in sight.
Shall we go for it together TeaCup?
Can I join you Zola and Teacup? On my first no choccy day and finding it hard.
I did a very strict candida diet for 10 years in my early twenties and was slender, healthy and full of energy. Fast forward to my late thirties and a dh and ds later and I'm up to my highest weight ever, chronic thrush, feeling low and no energy.
This is it. Gotta start now!
You're certainly welcome to join me! (Come on TeaCup!)
I can't start til tomorrow though, as I've already munched a Crunchie and two coconut macaroons today...
I like a lot of healthy food, and I'm convinced if I could kick the refined sugar I'd feel much better and lose weight. Do you smoke/drink as well? Bad food is my only vice, but the addiction is really strong!
I'm partial to a glass of wine on the wknd but don't drink excessively although I REALLY look forward to Friday and my glass of wine. The hangovers have gotten worse over the years and it's just not worth it to get trollied. I quit smoking about 8 yrs ago after many tries. This feels the same. My stop smoking technique was to tell myself "I'm ok now, I'll have one later" which seemed to trick my brain into getting over that craving.
There is a box of dark chocolate gingers in my office that is whispering my name. I'm going to tell it "later" too and see if it works.
Anyone else get the 3pm slump? I'm powering through but just want to crawl under desk and have a nap (or just keep MNing ).
Great that you already have a good diet Zola, that will help with kicking sugar surely. My diet used to be crazy healthy (sprouts, gluten-free whole grains, no flour products, veg coming out the wazoo and filtered water by the gallon. I was very crunchy) but I've reverted to alot of ready meals, pasta, sauces, meat/potatoes and tonnes of carbs since falling pregnant in 2010. I blame motherhood!
WOOHOO! Let's go!
It's the start of Spring so very fitting that we're starting this now.
I'm done work for the week so it will be easier to avoid sugar consumption due to boredom but will defo try the 5 min walk next week when the 3pm slump hits.
Bless you for thinking my diet might be all beans and pulses. What I meant is that I like healthy food, so I won't be at sea if I can't have a KFC, but the healthy things I'm eating are more than wiped out by the sweet shite.
TeaCupCrazy can you increase your carbs a little bit as that may be the reason why you're binging on the sugar? So bring back into your diet a bit of bread, potato, pasta etc... Your body might be feeling too deprived. You can still log it for calories.
I can inhale chocolate etc too but what I've found is helping is to tell myself, whenever I get the urge to munch, to reach for healthy things first. I don't keep chocolate etc (except for 70-80% black chocolate) in the house anymore but am well stocked on red peppers and carrots that I dip into hummous or tzatiki. It really helps reduce the sugar binging. Also loads of blueberries and raspberries.
Found a great link to Kathleen DesMaison's steps to overcoming sugar addiction:
Thanks Xenia for the heads up.
Thanks for the link Bssh.
That all looks fine but the thought of eating a potato at night makes me want to hurl. The shake in the morning sounds nice. Might give that a try.
Yeah, the potato idea makes me <boak> but the protein and complex carb advice looks good.
By the way, I don't eat breakfast (and don't plan on doing it) plus I do 5:2 fasting, but I want to reduce my sugar intake on non-fasting days. So will pick and choose from DesMaison's ideas to suit me.
I had a chocolate addiction which was getting out of hand, so I followed the Low Carb Bootcamp thread. No sugar, no carbs for 2 weeks and that was enough to get it out of my system.
I still eat low carb and have no interest in sweet things now. I was out with dd at the weekend and had a slice of cake, but I couldn't finish it as it tasted disgustingly sweet! It really doesn't take long to re-tune your pallate.
Try the bootcamp thread, it was brilliant for me. The first few days are hard though, so you need to be determined. Don't try it if life's a bit stressful, or the week before your period.
I was also in the habit of 'treating' myself with food. I stopped that, instead of chocolate I'd buy a magazine, or have a bath or something.
If I can do it, you can!
Morning all. Reporting for duty! Breakfast has been the usual, Weetabix with semi skimmed, I don't put sugar on that anyway so no challenges so far.
I don't drink tea, coffee or herbal teas, so tend to have diet coke and squash. Obviously they need to stop, any ideas for replacements?
Breaky was porridge with almond milk (I'm lactose intolerant) apple, almonds and pumpkin seeds. Planning on making pear and banana muffins with Stevia if children can be entertained by themselves long enough.
Have 2 toddlers in the house today so avoiding sugar will be easier than normal. I'll be too busy to eat!
The best thing to replace diet drinks and squashes is water but that might be hard. what about a wee bit of fresh fruit juice diluted in it, or just fizzy water?
Why did you not have toast and banana? <panics that I've misunderstood what this is about and I can't eat bananas>
Had a look at the link, and for me I think eating protein at breakfast time is going to be tough!
Try sweet potato instead of white potato, it has a lower GI and satisfies sweet cravings. I am the biggest ever sugar junkie, and have lost almost 1/2 stone in 2 weeks by going cold turkey (having red wine at the weekends)
It certainly was the traditional English breakfast - lots of eggs, kippers even and a lot of people find it fairly easy as that was what they were brought up to eat at breakfast time. Sugar, even fruit, was a rare things for 2 millions years of our ancestors (fruit only in season) so I suppose were evolved to go wild the few occasions once a year we found honey or fruits.
Try substituting fruit or as much nuts and raisins as you like no matter what the calories as you move to not eating the junk food products.
I would never have thought I would cease to be tempted by chocolate or biscuits in the house or at a work meeting but I totally lost the desire. There were biscuits in a work meeting yesterday (mind you pretty low grade Midlands company type biscuits - not South East meeting room biscuits... but either way I was not tempted).
It's the hot food angle that puts me off. Maybe I should try cold hardboiled eggs.
At the moment I'd sell my leg for a biscuit, no matter what the provenance.
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