100 lb. Club - Sugar, sugar... I'm addicted to sugar




julzchiki
03-04-2007, 12:09 AM
Yeeeeee... Help! I'm addicted to sugar. There, I admitted it. I'm addicted. There are moments (that have become a daily thing) when I feel like I just need a "fix". I've gotten stuck in some very bad habits and I need help refocusing and turn toward better habits without feeling the angst of change. So, I'm also linking this to emotional eating as I'm finding I tend to move to the sugar when I'm down about myself or my life situation (single, alone, and feeling ugly is the big one these days).

Can you relate? Anyone ever overcome a similar issue? What did you do to get to success?


MaWhit
03-04-2007, 02:15 AM
I have to cut out sugar comletely when I get into the frenzied addictive mode. If I cut it out completely, it's difficult at first, but by adding in just a few sugar-free treats (popsicles, jello, etc) it gets me over the hump. I find that after even just a week sugar-free, I can add fruits back in, and then sweet refined treats once a week or so without becming addicted again.

rockinrobin
03-04-2007, 08:35 AM
I can surely relate. For me, I decided the best way for me to get a grip on this situation was to completely and totally elminate sugar from my diet. I would say that within a couple of weeks I had no more cravings for the stuff. I know that sounds impossible, but it is the truth. The first couple of weeks were a bit difficult, but I chose to get through them no matter what. Lots of will power involved. But I knew if I stuck to it, it would be worth it, and boy oh boy has it been. I was really shocked to find that elminiating the stuff would really make me not want the stuff. Totally amazing to me. I gave up most fruits as well and now only eat them on rare occasions. You can do this, not easy at first, but extremely doable. Good luck.


jrenzul
03-04-2007, 11:06 AM
Being addicted to sugar is what got me into this mess in the first place. I've had issues with it all of my life, but I was only 20-30 pounds overweight 16years ago. I went cold turkey on sugar (I went somewhere for a week that didn't serve it at all, and I cried the entire week) and didn't eat it, or want it for 6 years. Then, when my daughter was 2-she was awful. I was so afraid that I'd hurt her, that I stuffed a dozen Hershey kisses in my mouth. And that started my downward spiral. Now I'm 110 pounds overweight with no end in sight. I'm so sick of it all. The worst thing for me is that my husband and I can't sleep in the same room because my snoring is so bad. He's really been great about everything, but I know that wears on him. One of us always has to sleep on the couch.

rockinrobin
03-04-2007, 11:11 AM
I hear you and I understand. This seems insurmountable, but it most definitely is NOT. You've gotten off the sugar before and stayed off for 6 years, so you KNOW it is possible to do without it. And it IS tough the first couple of weeks. You just have to be real strong and look AHEAD and not even that far ahead. One difficult, okay very difficult week is surely worth a happier, healthier more active life. You can do this. Post here often if you need to be held accountable. Get all the junk out of your house. Journal, read, sew, knit, walk - do whatever it takes. It's worth it. AND you deserve it. You deserve to be happier and healthier. You will start to see huge benefits so very quickly. Come on, you can do this. We're here for you.

CyberGypsy
03-04-2007, 11:12 AM
i use to lovesuger my thing was coke,,,,,
On thanksgiving I gave it up cold turkey.....and never looked back, funny...I dont want sweets at all.....I could sit down and eat a whole pepperage Farms cake in two day....now all the cravings are gone.....if i could bottle this feeling i would be a millionaire.. :)

deedledee
03-04-2007, 11:15 AM
i use to lovesuger my thing was coke,,,,,
On thanksgiving I gave it up cold turkey.....and never looked back, funny...I dont want sweets at all.....I could sit down and eat a whole pepperage Farms cake in two day....now all the cravings are gone.....if i could bottle this feeling i would be a millionaire.. :)

Same here - I love coke and could easily drink a 1-liter bottle a day. That's a TON of calories, so I have stopped drinking it cold turkey, and let me tell ya' it's no easy feat, but I've replaced it with Crystal Light orange drink if I get the craving. Good luck to those kicking the sugar habit.

GirlyGirlSebas
03-04-2007, 12:06 PM
I For me, I decided the best way for me to get a grip on this situation was to completely and totally elminate sugar from my diet. I would say that within a couple of weeks I had no more cravings for the stuff.

I also completely eliminated sugar with the help of the Southbeach diet. I'm not going to lie to you, that first week was rough. I had headaches and just felt so very fatigued! Now, I no longer have the cravings for sugar. The biggest thing......my depression and mood swings stopped completely! And, my energy level increased with no mid-morning or mid-afternoon "sleepy" times.

I encourage you to let go of the sugars despite the withdrawal process. You will feel so much better.

sharonrr
03-04-2007, 12:17 PM
I am also addicted to sugar. I say AM because even though I don't eat anything with real or artificial sweetners if I would it would start it all over again. I do not eat FF stuff or anything with artificial sweetners, they give me a headache and I feel sluggish after I eat them. It is not easy to give up but once you do you feel so much better.

Come here and post if you feel you may take a bite of something that triggers your addiction. Just yell help and we will come running.
I do eat whole fruits now but I only have about 3 a day. Usually kiwi, apple and an orange. YOU CAN DO IT. IF I DID ANYONE CAN.
Good luck.

CyberGypsy
03-04-2007, 01:02 PM
Same here - I love coke and could easily drink a 1-liter bottle a day. That's a TON of calories, so I have stopped drinking it cold turkey, and let me tell ya' it's no easy feat, but I've replaced it with Crystal Light orange drink if I get the craving. Good luck to those kicking the sugar habit.

Sprite Zero here.......maybe 1 a day...seems a 12 pack last me weeks :)

CyberGypsy
03-04-2007, 01:03 PM
Took me 3 months cold turkey.....and no cravings :)

jrenzul
03-04-2007, 04:28 PM
Rockinrobin,
I really appreciate your words of encouragement, so sorely needed now. Tough living in a house with 2 people who can eat whatever, whenever they want and don't gain weight. Worst part of it is, my husband sells candy at a flea market, so we always have 10-12 banana boxes full of the stuff here. Chocolate and potato chips are 2 of my biggest weaknesses. Good thing is I don't like soda and I drink around a gallon of water a day and have for the last 20 years. That's probably kept me from being over 300 pounds.

SwimGirl
03-04-2007, 05:33 PM
Sugar is totally my vice! I consistantly give it up, and then fall back to it. I did quit it again in January, the first week is horrible, the headaches make you want to cry. But it's totally worth it, drink tea, it always has helped me. I am still off sugar, or I would say I am, I sometimes have a little sugar in stuff here and there, but it doesn't have that HOLD on me anymore. You can totally do it, once you make it past that first week you are set :)

-Aimee

CyberGypsy
03-04-2007, 06:28 PM
The funny thing is if you just quit...and no sneeking....you will find your cravings gone.....my downfall was snapple summer peach, nothing in my pantry last long.....I have 2 unopened bottlesin ref. and 5 in the pantry......I use to go shopping buy all my snack food....wait till the evening watch TV and bring them out one at a time....2 days all gone......

Please try to stop all sugers, I feel so much better....i also dont use sweetners... just in the sprite zero...I could easy go thru a 12pack of coke in 2 day.s...Give it a try....

royalsfan1
03-04-2007, 10:57 PM
I have found I've had the same experience as the others, here. The first week or so was horrible. Absolutely NO energy...to the point of feeling physically ill. Then, I just started feeling better. Now I feel better than I did when I was "on" sugar! I, unlike some others, have not completely eliminated it from my diet. I just SEVERELY restrict it. And when I do have it...it's very tiny quantities (tonight at a church event pie was served and I took a sliver about a 1/2 inch wide). Find what works for you...but trust us....it does get better!

julzchiki
03-05-2007, 02:17 AM
Wow! I am overwhelmed with all the support and helpful responses I've received from all of you. It's so nice to know that I'm not alone in this struggle and that many of you have dealt with it successfully. It gives me hope. I will most certainly be posting on this site during those moments when I'm in my deepest struggles. Truly, after having joined for only a few days, I am amazed with this site. I've been through a lot of diet groups and a couple of online groups and your responses have embraced me. I see a road of success ahead. Fantastic!

As for eliminating sugar cravings, I have heard that once you get over the hump, your craving for sweets goes away. Of course, I'm hoping I can get to a point where sugar and I are respectful of each other and I can once in awhile indulge in that slice of cheesecake for special occasions rather than it indulging me. ;)

So, I need to be kept accountable. One of my struggles right now with this sugar deal (may I emphasize ONE) is snacking on chocolate in the mid afternoon at work. It is when I am probably most stressed out and with candy on other people's desks (mine included), I am prone to reach out and grab something sweet. In fact, as I think about this, I have a container of sugar free chocolate covered almonds in my cubicle as my "rescue stash" for those "I need it now" moments. And, as I type this I'm finding myself struggling to give them up. What a strange thought. I'm holding on to the chocolate as if it's something to be treasured and rare when really it adds pain to my life. So, I'm asking for help to keep me accountable. I am removing them (AND the snicker's bar that one of our suppliers gave us last week as a 'thank you') from my hold. I plan to give the almonds to our admin so she can put it out on her desk for all to share. And as for the snicker's bar, I'm trying to figure out who to give it to. One thought is to find one coworker who has been most helpful to me at work and give it to them anonymously as a "nice job" token. Please hold me to this...

One more question - Has anyone read "Sugar Solution" by Prevention magazine. I found it at Costco though I'm sure they have them at bookstores. It's been a fantastic read thus far. Wondering what others thought of it.

Mrs Quadcrew
03-05-2007, 11:10 AM
Yep - I am on that band wagon too. I gave up ALL sugars (no artificial ones either - can't do those) I too, like Robin, only have limited fruits too - because of the natural sugars in them. The cravings disappear - it was like a miracle to me! You can do it, and it is sooo worth it when you are finally "detoxed"!