I have cut down massively on sugar, I could go to a restaurant and have dessert for all three course(never had the balls tho). I'm doing slimming world since 3/4 weeks pp, and rely heavily on fruit to curb my cravings plus I do use most/all my syns (syns = 300 calories of chocolate) on chocolate! Cutting just sugar has never worked for me, I used to wake up everyday and think 'today is the day' but until I changed my diet it didn't work. I find eating the crap diet I used to made me want to eat more crap so that's why slimming world works for me cause it focuses on healthier eating rather than restricting or cutting things out!
Thank you for the tips everyone
I know I need to stop making excuses and really stick at it. I don't drink enough water so hopefully upping that will help cut some of the cravings. I don't like fruit, nuts or anything really that could be a sweet but healthy alternative to chocolate/cake but I am going to try to make myself eat a piece of fruit before I can have a sweet treat; it might not help but I figure it might give time for the craving to pass and fill me up a bit so I can fight the sugar urge, and if it doesn't at least I'll be eating more fruit
Yes, actually it was really easy, but I don't like sugary things anyway and you do have to do more cooking from scratch and pass on processed food. I found that eating sugar started to make me feel really ill after I had my daughter so I just gradually started to eat less of it (no idea why, healthy pregnancy, no GD or anything, probably I just ate healthier for 9 months and wasn't used to eating too much sugar anymore). Personally, I'm not someone who sees sweets or chocolate or cake and actually wants any. Mostly, I just eat it when it's unavoidable (like we are at someone's house and they offer and it seems rude to say no) or on special occasions like birthdays or a date night out or something. I think that probably makes me a bit of an oddity!
But basically, we just don't have table sugar in the house (though I think there is some brown sugar somewhere for baking), and when we need to sweeten something I use honey or maple syrup. Those are still sugar, but they are more expensive, so I tend to be a bit more careful with how I use them and only when I need them. I really just tried to add less sweet stuff to anything. So baking, I'd just halve the sugar and turns out it was fine (though I rarely bake, but anyway), or I would just stop adding honey or maple syrup to things and try them first. Turns out they still tasted good, and I didn't miss it. The key though really is to cook from scratch as processed foods have loads of added sugar, so instead of buying dolmio, use a passata that doesn't have sugar or tinned tomatoes and make your own sauce, avoid ready meals, don't get the frappuccino at Starbucks, etc. It's just little daily choices that add up. I pack all my meals for work and snacks, so I don't just eat the cake in the office. Fruit, nuts, hummus and celery are good snacks, or find something you do like. Definitely once I really intentionally tried to do it after a couple weeks it was pretty easy and I don't ever crave it now (though I do have some occasionally). I did that with upping my protein intake and cutting out many white carbs (white potatoes, bread, white rice, etc.). I felt so much better and though I wasn't trying to 'diet' I did actually lose about a stone without even trying! I don't miss it now, though I do have some on occasion. I think give it a go. You'll be surprised probably how much it's not a big deal once you get the hang of it.
I'm on day three and it doesn't feel so bad at the moment.
When I feel the urge to binge on sweet stuff I am having a huge glass of water or some nuts/raisens.
I am allowing myself one snack size chocolate bar a day (kids have some left over from Christmas)....I know it's not cutting it out completely but I was eating sooo much more before including cakes, biscuits etc.
I did notice I was getting headaches but have read it's normal so will hopefully subside. I've also cut out cola so caffeine and sugar at once.
I haven't read all the replies, just skimmed through, so sorry if someone has already said this. I find the best way to cut down on sugar is just to remove all the sugary foods from your house! Purge the pantry, get rid of it all and replace with healthy, filling snacks like unsalted nuts, dried fruit, fresh fruit (don't let anyone tell you the sugar in fruit is bad, actually eating whole fruit with all the fibre in it is very good for you!), vegetable sticks cut up and ready to go (dip in hummus). I also love drinking a herbal tea instead of having a sugary snack - sometimes you just need a drink to stop the cravings.
Also, if you do want to keep some chocolate to have a daily treat of a couple of squares (which I do), only buy good quality DARK chocolate as it has less sugar and will satisfy cravings after only a couple of squares. Don't take the whole block and sit down with it, snap a couple of squares and then PUT AWAY the rest, walk away, sit down and eat it slowly really tasting it. That will take care of the cravings without going overboard.
I am working on reducing sugar intake. I've done it before but fell off the wagon. I'm on day 3 and the cravings are getting less and less. I've found in the past after 3-5 days I feel much better and done crave the sugar/carbs.
I do keep some chocolate and nuts around to help with cravings. I find a few pieces each and I'm satisfied.
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