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Old 02-29-2012, 09:19 AM
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I think moderation is the key. Many studies have shown that all or nothing scenarios are more likely to fail long term. The best diets are those on which the participant does not feel deprived. If you're eating too much sugar, I agree with PP's about slowly decreasing it and making healthy substitutions like fruit etc. I just wouldn't try to cut it out completely.
Here's some food for thought, though: If sugar is truly an addiction, then how does one eat it in moderation? Is the alcoholic told to drink in moderation? Drug addict told to take drugs in moderation? Just being devil's advocate here.

In the youtube video I posted a few posts back the Dr. talks about sugar having the same addictive effects on the body as other drugs(You all should watch it! It would make for some very interesting discussion).

I think everyone knows moderation is best, but what if that doesn't work? What if you can't stop? With alcoholism and other drug addictions treatment is avoidance. Pornography? Avoidance. Sugar? How do you avoid it completely? Very difficult because it is bombarding us. How about kids at school? Treats everywhere! Halloween... Valentines... Easter... every holiday, really. Sad? Soothe yourself w/sweets. Happy? Celebrate with sweets. Big accomplishment? Celebrate w/sweets. Etc.

I'm a health educator. I teach people to eat in moderation & exercise. I have always stayed away from fad diets. But for the past 10 years I've been overweight & struggled with feeling out of control. It's taken a toll on me emotionally to feel like a failure not being able to practice what I preach. It's only been in the last 6 months that I've felt some control return, and IT'S AMAZING. What's changed? I cut out sugar (& went gluten free). It's been hard, especially at first. But it's WORTH IT. I'm at a healthy BMI now, I feel better than I have in years, and I FEEL IN CONTROL. You know when you experience something so great, and you want to shout it out to the world? That's how I feel right now.

P.S. I found out one of the reasons I was craving sugar so much was that I had major candida (yeast) overgrowth. Yeast feeds on sugar, thus the cravings! So you may want to check into that as a cause, too.
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Old 02-29-2012, 10:14 AM
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Here's some food for thought, though: If sugar is truly an addiction, then how does one eat it in moderation? Is the alcoholic told to drink in moderation? Drug addict told to take drugs in moderation? Just being devil's advocate here.

In the youtube video I posted a few posts back the Dr. talks about sugar having the same addictive effects on the body as other drugs(You all should watch it! It would make for some very interesting discussion).

I think everyone knows moderation is best, but what if that doesn't work? What if you can't stop? With alcoholism and other drug addictions treatment is avoidance. Pornography? Avoidance. Sugar? How do you avoid it completely? Very difficult because it is bombarding us. How about kids at school? Treats everywhere! Halloween... Valentines... Easter... every holiday, really. Sad? Soothe yourself w/sweets. Happy? Celebrate with sweets. Big accomplishment? Celebrate w/sweets. Etc.
I have to say that I completely agree with this! At one point in time I was able to break my sugar addiction. I felt great, I looked great and I was the healthiest that I have ever been in my life. I started slipping with my sugar intake after a miscarriage (I was too emotional to care what I was eating) and now, unfortunately I am addicted again. I think I am finally at a place emotionally that I can start to work on getting rid of that addiction again, but I know that it will be a challenge. Sugar addiction is real and it is hard because it is really hard to avoid it. For some people, like me, eating just a few cookies and putting the box away for later is not an option. Once the sugar is in your system is feels like not eating more is completely beyond your control.

How I broke free from sugar the first time was doing a few things. I had to stop eating things with sugar in them. Everything! I looked at labels to see where the hidden sugar was. It is in everything BTW. ( I truly believe that anybody that thinks they are eating sugar moderately really is not at all if they are eating anything processed including ketchup, spaghetti sauce, bread etc). I had to make everything from scratch. Now, I didn't totally deprive myself of sweet things. I made cookies and candy and other treats occasionally for myself which helped me to feel like I wasn't totally deprived. I used alternative sweeteners like agave, coconut sugar, honey and succanot (not splenda or any other chemical alternatives they are SO not good for your body and also very addicting, and I would never use those) . A PP, I cannot remember who, said something like they don't really work because they are just as addictive. That is not true. The reason they are not as addictive is because they are not as refined. They still have some nutrients in them for your body to pull good stuff out of. When we eat refined white sugar or HFCS it pulls nutrients from our bodies just so that it can digest it. Other kids of sweetners still need to be used sparingly, but I believe it is ok to use them and it really helped me to be able to get un-addicted to sugar.

I also always use all whole grain flours rather than processed white flour that acts like sugar in your body. You cannot stop a sugar addiction just by not eating sugar, you need to rid anything that acts like sugar. Another thing that really helped me was focusing on putting high nutrient foods in my body. That helped me to feel great and then I was more aware of what bad stuff I was putting into my body.
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Old 03-22-2012, 08:43 PM
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Ok, I've heard all this before and thought, what the heck, I'll try a one-week no-sugar diet. Now, I've never dieted before, but have been committed to exercising, and eating healthy. I found trying to do no sugar really messed with my psyche. I was obsessing over food constantly trying to figure out what I could/could not eat where I previously didn't even think about it until breakfast or lunch. That was not healthy.
Do I believe sugar is bad? No. Do I believe excessive sugar is bad? Yes! I have my handful of chocolate chips every day, put a teaspoon of brown sugar on my oatmeal every morning and usually call it good. And, yes, once in a while I eat a doughnut and don't think twice about it!
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Old 05-22-2012, 02:51 PM
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I needed to read this thread right now. I wonder if some people have a harder time with sugar addiction than others. I have completely cut out white sugar 2 times in the last few years, for a few months each time. I lost more weight than anything else I've ever done both times. The belly fat disappeared! Both times I started thinking "OK I can handle it now" and I gradually let myself have the occasional dessert or treat every now and then. Both times it got out of control again. I know myself enough now to know that I need to just say no to sugar. I am a sugarholic, I can't just have a little. There's a psychological benefit for me in saying NO MORE, its like the decision is made, having a little bit of those tempting lemon bars is not even an option, and somehow that makes it easier for me. Halloween this year was awesome, not hard at all to control myself because there was not an option. NO was the only option. When I have a little sugar, I have a problem of telling myself "Oh well, you've already had some and a little more won't be any different", so I finish it off. I think this is called binging, though I never thought of myself as a binger.
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Old 05-22-2012, 03:19 PM
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Have you heard of candida? It's a yeast infection! Some people will get them in their bodies and it creates the " I must have sugar feeling in you."

There are differnt ways to treat this. A couple ways that I know of are probiotics and essential oils (not a remedy, but a help).

This is an essential oil link: http://www.butterflyexpressions.org/Blends/Candila.html

Here is a link to the article that will help you start w/ your reasearch on if this may be what you have.

http://getridofcandida.org/candida-d...diate-help.php

I know that there is someone out there that knows way more about this then I do. I just learned briefly about this subject 2 weeks ago.

Good Luck!
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Old 05-22-2012, 04:31 PM
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I found that grapes and melons really helped me avoid sugar

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Strawberries~! mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

And ripe mangos!
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Old 05-22-2012, 06:42 PM
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And ripe mangos!
and kiwi with fresh pineapple
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