Time to get off the sweet stuff

Thursday, January 20, 2011

After starting on Spark, and sticking with the program for a little over two weeks, it has become clear to me that I have a serious problem with my sweet tooth. I crave sweets...ALL the time.

Sure, most of the time I manage to keep my calories in check, but I cannot seem to get through one meal without something sugary. I have stocked up on "diet" desserts, and I am pretty good about having one little piece and stopping. But why oh why can't I make it through even half a day without getting some sugar (or sugar substitute)?!?

Every day when I run my nutrition report it is clear that my protein and fat are at the low end of the range and my carbs are always at the high end of my range. Sometimes I tell myself "well, tomorrow, you are not having any sweets at all!" and then around lunch the next day I am REALLY struggling and dessert is all I can think about.

How do I break this addiction? I seem to have tackled portion control very well, and reducing fat and calories wasn't a problem, but I hate that I cannot seem to get through a day with out dessert.

Somebody tie me down and put the 100 calorie cupcake packs out of my reach!!!
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  • no profile photo DEVILISHDEE4269
    Been there and done that!! It isn't easy but can be done. First you have to remember that sugar addiction works basically the same as any other addiction. The first two weeks are really tough and the worst to get through. I recently diagnosed with hypoglycemia. (Basically one rung down the ladder from diabetes type II). After being diagnosed, I became obsessed with getting healthy. I cut out all sodas, chips, sweets (cakes, pies, etc). I replaced all of it with healthy foods and started drinking only water with the exception of my morning coffee. I use to take sugar in my coffee. Now I've subsituted that with International Delight Sugar Free French Vanilla creamer. It tastes very sweet and creamy. That helped with the pains of wanting something sweet. But my real problem lies in the evening after dinner. I use to snack on sweets (ex. cake, pie, ice cream). Now I have sugar free non fat yogurt. After doing these things for about a week I realize that my cravings have dramatically decreased. Your body and mind will soon be done with it. Just don't give into temptation.
    To avoid temptation, clean out the kitchen. Replace the sweets with healthy foods. If it isn't in the house you are less apt to eat them. If you work, then take snacks with you to work. Fruits, nutrigrain bars, etc. It takes time to retrain the body and mind. Don't get disappointed or frustrated with it. You can do this!!
    And it's great that you turn to your support teams and fellow sparkers for support and help!!

    Good Luck to you on your journey!!

    3490 days ago
  • SCCAT2003
    I did a low-carb diet last year which required me to 'purge' from sugars and carbs on the first days. I was able to do that over a long weekend and it was good to have the time away from work to do it, because it was just like what I can imagine a withdrawal from any addiction to be. I had headaches, cravings, and was miserable. After the 3 days, everything leveled out and I have discovered (for me) that I have to stay away from anything sweet (sugar or diet). I believe the artificial sweeteners make my sugar/carb cravings worse. Oh, I can also say that my energy level is much better, I don't feel sluggish, and I don't crave sweets. Best wishes for your success! emoticon
    3490 days ago
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