Has any one cut out (or significantly cut back) sugar?
I'm a total sugar addict. I really want and need to lose weight and I swear every day I start with good intentions but by lunchtime I've eaten a large bar of Galaxy, 3 packs of milky buttons and a few biscuits . I have no self control, I can't open a packet of biscuits and eat just 1, or have just a couple of squares of chocolate, its all or nothing. So I think I reaaaaally need to go on an added sugar ban. But I'm wondering how long I can expect the cravings to last for and whether it gets worse before it gets better? Will I hit day 5 and start hallucinating that my children are sugar lumps and eat them? Am I going to go to jail for sugar withdrawl induced violence?
If anyone has experience cutting back/cutting out sugar I'd love to hear it! Or if anyone else wants to cut back I'd love a buddy
ahhh I think you can do it!!!! My mom recently bought grapefruit essential oil - and dabs just a bit under her nose. She swears it kills the cravings! Not sure as I haven't tried it myself but perhaps it's true?!
Last January I cut sugar out for 90 days. It does take about a week to get past cravings, and there are withdrawal symptoms. I ended up going right back to sugar after the 90 days, but it was nice to know I could at least do it
I need to do this too but cutting it out completely doesn't work, I need to learn to have it in moderation.
I can cut out either fizzy drinks or chocolate but not both. Worse time is when kids are in bed (as they aren't allowed it). So I need to do something then to take my mind off attacking the cupboard.
I eat chocolate daily but I have cut down sugar in all the unnecessary places. There is so much sugar in some cereals, sauces, beans, breads, and lots more.
We have weetabix, porridge or museli for breakfast and avoid ketchup like the plague. I figure if I cut added sugar out of all the 'savory' stuff then I'm allowed my daily chocolate.
I've had to learn moderation rather than just cutting things out of my diet. For years I wouldn't allow myself any sugar or junk 6 days of the week, and then gave myself a free day one day of the week. On that free day I could easily consume an entire chocolate cake, a package of cookies, countless chocolate bars, etc. Basically whenever I wanted to eat I would eat the most sugar filled, unhealthy thing I could get my hands on, then I would go back to eating healthy for 6 days and then another free day. I ate waaaaay more junk that way than if I had just allowed myself the occasional treat whenever I had a craving. And I would spend all week thinking about the treats I was going to have on my free day, sometimes I would buy and hoard junk throughout the week so I had it readily available from the moment I woke up on my free day. I've always done a lot of exercise so my weight was never an issue, but it was still such an unhealthy way to live. I learned to cut out sugar in certain areas where it's just unnecessary, like I started buying natural nut butters that are sugar free, using either honey or stevia to sweeten my coffee, cutting out ketchup and other savoury things that have tons of sugar added, cutting out breakfast cereal and eating eggs in the morning instead, etc. I found that by eliminating this unnecessary sugar in my life my sugar cravings naturally decreased, and I would then allow myself a treat if I felt like having one and didn't feel bad about it because I had eliminated sugar in other areas of my life. I also stopped keeping any sugary snacks in the house, so if I want a treat I would have to go out and get it. I also have a rule that I only buy a single serving treat, so if I have a craving for ice cream I will go out and buy a single scoop ice cream cone instead of buying a tub of ice cream which I would then chow down on for days. If I crave chocolate I always buy chocolate that is at least 70% cocoa, never milk chocolate. I can't eat nearly as much dark chocolate as I can milk chocolate. I feel like this is a much more balanced way to live, I allow myself a treat if I feel like having one but I make sure I don't go overboard. I would say cut out sugar completely for at least a few weeks so you can get passed the withdrawal period, but then focus on figuring out strategies to help you have a more balanced relationship with sugar rather than eliminating it completely from your diet long term as that rarely lasts.
Jess - this is the right way to control sugar craving.
I keep soaked raw nuts on the kitchen counter, when I crave sugar I eat few pieces & they control the craving. A banana can also do the trick. I don't keep junk at home or any type of sweets. A treat is a proper piece of sweet for me like a cheese cake or ice cream & only when we go out or when we have guests. Drinking a good amount of water during the day stabilizes the sugar in blood. A high protein breakfast also control sugar cravings throughout the day. We don't do deserts after meals not even fruits, a piece of fruit is a snack between meals.
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