Sugar Addiction – Yes, It’s Real


The theories surrounding the issue of sugar addiction are still being debated by scientists, but there is a growing pile of evidence convincing nutritionists and doctors that sugar addiction is real. The most famous researcher in this field is probably Kathleen DesMaisons, Ph.D., author of a number of bestselling books on the subject, including Potatoes Not Prozac, Little Sugar Addicts: End the Mood Swings, Meltdowns, Tantrums, and Low Self-Esteem in Your Child Today, and Your Last Diet!: The Sugar Addict’s Weight-Loss Plan.

Simply by reading the titles of her books, you can see that over-consumption of sugar can affect both your weight and your state of mind. It was this last symptom of sugar addiction – it’s connection to chronic depression – that first alerted me to the dangers of sugar and other highly-refined carbohydrates.

I think the first book I ever read on the subject was called Sugar Blues, by William Dufty. Research continues to be done, and sugar has now been found to contribute to tooth decay, gum disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, heart disease, and some auto-immune diseases. How can something as innocent-looking as sugar, something we’ve eaten since we were toddlers, do so much damage to the human body? And how can a common food substance become addictive?


Edit 3/29/2011 - I just watched an 89 minute video that explains some vitally important things about sugar and the American diet. I think this video is so important that I’m fitting it into the middle of this post – even though I know you may watch the video and never read the rest of my article.

But that’s OK, because what Dr. Lustig has to say if far more important – if you feel you’re addicted to sugar, if you have kids, if you’re worried about being overweight or getting diabetes, or if anyone in the family has heart disease, you need to watch this video. I admit that it isn’t a short YouTube entertainment flick, but it’s worth every minute of your attention, I promise. He explains, among other things:

  • Why sugar is the primary cause of obesity in both children and adults, and where we get most of the sugar in our diets.
  • The connection between sugar and high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, liver disease, insulin resistance, and more.
  • Why some calories make us fat, while other calories don’t – which also means that everything we’ve been told about dieting and losing weight is wrong.

The video is by Robert H. Lustig, MD, Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology and Director of the Weight Assessment for Teen and Child Health (WATCH) Program at UCSF.

Sugar: The Bitter Truth

And now, to the rest of my article. Be sure to chime in with your comments down below, and join the conversation.


A Short History of Sugar

Sugar has been around for a very long time, but it remained a luxury of the very rich for most of human history. Extracting the simple sugars from beets or other plants was a painstaking task, so only the nobility could afford it.

Then, several events happened at around the same time – the Industrialization of Europe began, which required lots of cheap labor; explorers discovered islands in the Caribbean that were ideally suited for growing sugar cane, a form of tropical grass; and the slave trade made the growing of sugar cane cheap.

In addition, machinery was invented that could take the syrup and refine it into the white powder we now all know as cane sugar. This new substance packed a powerful punch of calories in a very small package, and it was soon discovered that men, women and children working in factories could be kept working at their machines if they were occasionally given bread and jam and heavily sweetened tea, which they could eat right at their work stations.

The beginning of sugar addiction, and its accompanying health problems, began with the need for cheap labor in European factories. Almost as soon as sugar became a cheap commodity in the eighteenth century, doctors started to notice its ill effects on the human body. Current research is simply reinforcing the opinions of doctors who warned against sugar 200 years ago.

Why Sugar is Addictive

Sugar is a highly refined substance that does not appear alone in nature. It looks a lot like cocaine, and sugar acts a lot like heroin when it hits the brain. Although the idea that sugar was addictive was controversial among scientists for years, they began to take note when the paper titled Sugar and Fat Bingeing Have Notable Differences in Addictive-Like Behavior was published in the Journal of Nutrition in 2009.

The study showed that sugar affects the brain chemistry and thus might be expected to cause addictive behavior. In the study, written by Nicole Avena and others, it was shown that sugar bingeing can cause withdrawal symptoms and cravings.

The behavioral effects are similar to the  neurochemical changes in the brain that also occur with addictive drugs. One finding of that study is seldom discussed — both sugar and the taste of sweet activate beta endorphin receptor sites in the brain, the same receptor sites that are activated by heroin and morphine.

The implications of this finding are that sugar substitutes, which have become a major industry in the United States and other nations, may not be the answer for people who want to lick their sugar addiction. Children who are given sweet candies and drinks made with sugar substitutes may still become sugar addicts when they grow up, and will find it just as difficult as the rest of us when it comes to giving up the sugar and other refined carbohydrates in their diet.

The bottom line – sugar is addictive, and it’s dangerous to one’s health. Because of its addictive qualities, it is very difficult to give up sugar, but the benefits in improved physical and emotional health make it worth the work.

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Carey Johnson October 6, 2010 at 6:13 pm

Fantastic and well thought out article. I believe that refined sugar is addictive because I’m a recovering addict of sugar myself. Thank you for the history and background information.

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fran October 23, 2010 at 5:27 pm

Carey, how did you kick the sugar habit.

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Bri October 31, 2010 at 5:17 am

Yeah how did u kick the habit? I’m a addict trying to stop and need help

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Jonni October 31, 2010 at 3:57 pm

I used a simple meditation technique to improve my awareness of the choices I made. I know other people have used the same basic idea, and it does seem to help. When sugar is an immediate threat to one’s health, as it is for diabetics, it’s best to get some advice from a doctor. I’ve heard that a clinical hypnotherapist can do wonders.

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Leora March 3, 2012 at 1:04 am

I second the meditation and hypnotherapy method. Mindfulness works for quitting sugar, which can be helped using hypnosis.

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mar November 14, 2010 at 5:18 pm

I attended an OA meeting Sat, full of recovering sugar ad dicts!

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The Baronessa February 22, 2012 at 8:27 pm

When you attend a 12 step meeting, you should not mention what you hear and see there. Anonymity is the foundation of the program’s success. Don’t jepoardize that!

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MARIE February 16, 2011 at 1:06 pm

Yes, I want to know also…how do you kick the habit…. have you had any luck

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Ringvara July 26, 2011 at 4:36 pm

I have been eating a lot of chocolate and have tried many times to quit it. My most successful attempt was when I wanted a new cameralens to my Nikon. I had to sell the idea to my wife and did it by saying that I could buy the lens and afterwards save my chocolate money. Needless to say, she didn´t buy it. Instead she had the nerve to suggest to me that if I first saved my chocolate money, I could get me the lens. Well, I got a challenge and I took it. The sugarcraving was gone, just like that. Next day I had no need for chocolate, I was counting money, and after about three months I could buy me the lens. Unfortunately when the goal was achieved I didn´t manage to stay away from the goodies.

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Melanie December 8, 2011 at 12:59 pm

I was having the same problem but then I found the Grapefruit diet. All it is is a 12 day body cleanse from carbs and sugar. I have found it wonderful, I used to think the only way I could lose weight was from eating fat free and sugar free foods. I found out I was not giving my body enough healthy fats. The grapefruit diet has helped me cut the craving for Sugars by having me eat a piece of citrus fruit with every meal, so now I am eating the healthy sugar rather than the refined sugars. I have to have me grapefruit, orange or pineapple with every meal now, or I feel like I need sugar.

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Juwei Nam (@MengChiao) February 20, 2012 at 6:18 pm

Chocolate has far less sugar than anything of equivalent foods that is vanilla flavored or strawberry or any other flavor. In fact chocolate is high in anti-oxidants. Have you ever had 100% chocolate? No. I thought so.
It is bitter and dry as hell. You might as well use 100% chocolate for coffee. People blame chocolate far too much for their own over indulgence when fruit juices and other flavors like strawberry/vanilla have far more sugar than the ones ADDED to chocolate. In fact chocolate itself is good for your teeth. It’s the sugar they pour into chocolate desserts that’s not. I’ve had mint flavored ice creams. Does that make mint the enemy now? NO. It is the sugar added to it.
Eat everything in moderation.
In fact a good diet is one you don’t think-is also one where you eat FATS. Fat curbs hunger and is essential to ABSORBING nutrients in vegetables (because really our bodies can’t do it themselves). If you can’t absorb essential nutrients your body is going to call out for more food WITH those essential nutrients because it still hasn’t gotten them even though you ate more than enough calories.
In fact they did a study on people who drank whole milk as opposed to 2% and no fat. The no fat were the least healthy and the majority were overweight. same goes with 2%. But the whole milk were healthy, vital, and good weight.
There’s types of fats too. Saturated and Unsaturated (poly and mono). Saturated fats are the bad kind of fats and Unsaturated are the good kinds of fats.
You need fat. You need sugar. You need everything in moderation.
My mother eats quite a lot of meat, but she’s anemic STILL. Did you know that in order to absorb a certain mineral you need a certain amount of a type of vitamin to absorb it (and vice versa). Just because the box says blah blah grams of iron and vitamin D doesn’t mean if you eat that much you get that much. If you don’t eat the other necessary fat and vitamin/mineral to absorb it, your body will still hunger for more and this is where the overconsumption comes in.
By the way ALL carbohydrates are sugar. Complex or simple: in the end it is still broken down to sugar in your body. You need carbs-loads of it. You cannot avoid eating sugar because just about everything has carbs and if it doesn’t then it’s probably an unhealthy food/drink.
By the way energy drinks that say it has 0 calories are lies. Calories=Energy.
Even people who mostly consume salads (crazy anal retards) there’s a big difference in who is healthier. The ones who ate the fatty dressings were the healthier of the bunch.
Blaming chocolate when in fact real 100% is as sugarless as coffee beans is a terrible way to think. Having chocolate once in a while is FINE. Having chocolate candies laden with heavy sugar everyday four times a day IS NOT.
I drink a ton of milk-and I mean a lot, but I barely get any calcium from it.
Hahaha-yes I know. It’s mostly because of the tea I drink a lot. Both tea and chocolate have oxalic acid which decreases the absorption of calcium. Makes you think twice about chocolate milk.
Here’s something to surprise you:
Phytic acid, found in whole grains, nuts, and legumes, can bind to calcium to form and insoluble complex, thereby decreasing the absorption of calcium.
Oxalic acid, found in spinach, beets, celery, pecans, peanuts, tea and cocoa, can bind to calcium and form an insoluble complex that is excreted in the feces also decreasing the absorption.
So even those REALLY HEALTHY foods can hinder you. Everything in moderation. If you eat little of this, then you’re fine. If you eat a lot of any one of these or a lot of many of them. You’re in trouble.

Sugar is not the enemy. It’s how much you eat of one food that is. If you have varying and MANY foods throughout the day, then you will be much better for it.
I did take Nutrition Science so there’s a lot more about this article that it’s keeping from you.

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Jonni February 20, 2012 at 8:02 pm

I’m just curious – did you watch Dr. Lustig’s video? He seems to disagree with you about the sugar issue. He’s done a lot of recent research, and I try to talk everyone I know into watching that lecture.

vulcan girl February 28, 2012 at 5:48 am

Juwei,
You’re missing the whole point. You might know a lot about nutrition (since you took nutrition science and all), but that’s not what this thread is about. It’s about ADDICTION, which is something you obviously know nothing about. The absence of “moderation” is the very nature of what is being discussed here, so, don’t be preaching about “moderation” on a thread about “addiction.”

dobema01 April 16, 2012 at 6:24 pm

On your comment,
“By the way ALL carbohydrates are sugar. Complex or simple: in the end it is still broken down to sugar in your body. You need carbs-loads of it. You cannot avoid eating sugar because just about everything has carbs and if it doesn’t then it’s probably an unhealthy food/drink.”

Yes. If you are referring to “sugar” as glucose, yes. With everything we eat, our body likes glucose and attempts to break down everything else as glucose,

except FRUCTOSE. Fructose is the problem with table sugar, honey, maple syrup, agave nectar etc. A portion of fructose cannot be broken down and becomes triglycerides in the body, along the insides of blood vessels- i.e. the cause of heart attacks. Fruit also contains fructose, but it can be considered a dessert in moderation when it is eaten whole, since there are other nutrients you can have from it. Beyond fruit, all fructose can be avoided.

mlank64 April 16, 2013 at 3:37 pm

Saturated and Unsaturated (poly and mono). Saturated fats are the bad kind of fats and Unsaturated are the good kinds of fats.
You need fat. You need sugar. You need everything in moderation

I don’t know when you took your nutrition classes, but, your information is very outdated. Saturated fat is not bad unless you hydrogenate the fat and turn it into a transfat. This is the problem with the current state of our health in this country. It has been basterized by erroneous information from so called experts. Trans fats or hydrogenated fats are the worse kind as the body does not know how to process it. Coconut oil is a saturated fat and is very good for you as long as it’s not manipulated and a hydrogen bond is not added to the molecule. Canola oil is not good, as most of the time a hydrogen bond has been attached to extend the shelf life of the oil. Olive oil is not all that great either as it goes rancid fairly quickly and does not do well in the body especially when heated as it’s too unstable.
We need carbs….but we don’t need pastries, donuts, pasta, crackers, chips, white rice, or sugary drinks to survive. We can get our carbs from fruits, veggies, and complex carbs like quino, steel oatmeal, and full kernal oats. But, it shouldn’t be at the bottom of the food pyramid as suggested by our illustrious Food Pyramid. The bulk of our diet should come from vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds, protein. In otherwords, natural, organic foods that our bodies recognize as foods. Unprocessed carbs are not real foods, and shouldn’t be thrown in the mix as essential to our food consumption.

Your drinking of copious amounts of milk hinders calcium absorbtion because milk is an acidic substance and causes the body to become acidic which forces a defense mechanism in our bodies to take the calcium out of our bones to restore PH balance back to it’s natural alkaline state. Another problem with milk is that it is garbage food. It has been pasturized, homogenized to a substance that is not milk any longer. The full wholesome saturated fat where all the good vitamins and enzymes reside in milk has been heated and killed off. So, now the processing has to “enrich” the inferior vitamens back into the milk. I could go on, but, it will take to long to discuss. There’s alot wrong with our food, as the American Standard Diet is no longer real food, but frankenfoods that are full of transfats, pasturized to kill off enzymes and vitamins and striped of its natural vitamins, enzymes, and minerals. Whole kernal removed along with all the good enzymes vitamins and minerals only to be bleached and then enriched with inferior copies of vitimens and minerals. This is why we have an epidemic of obesity.

There’s no such then as moderation of poisen which is essentially what the food aisles consist of in any typical grocery store in America. You wouldn’t suggest a little bit of arsenic in moderation would you? So, why push moderation of a bad substances when we all know sugar is the enemy. The kind I’m referring to in which most people consume is the kind that is processed from cane sugar and all it’s derivatives that is highly addictive and essentially a foreign substance the body does not recognize. It is irresponsible to suggest to a person who is addicted to sugar be encouraged to consume in moderation. It’s an addiction for a reason.

bianca July 28, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Kathleen DeMaison’s website http://www.radiantrecovery.com has a wonderful step by step solution to sugar addiction. Her research and online community has personally helped me a lot in finding recovery and hope that sugar addiction can be recovered from. Hope you find some help there too : )

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Jonni July 28, 2011 at 3:11 pm

What a great resource, Bianca. Thanks for telling us about it.

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Rita November 6, 2010 at 8:41 pm

Hi Carey, can you share how you kicked your sugar craving? Mine is chocolate, although any sugar will do.

Thank you

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sandy owney August 29, 2011 at 9:46 pm

Carey, you said that you were a recovering addict. Can you give me some helpful hints that got you through the time you were trying to cut out sugar. Thanks

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Cathryn March 2, 2012 at 3:41 am

Carey, how did you do it? My dad says I’m like a drug addict but with sugar. I love sugar. I feel that I can’t stop my cravings and I don’t know how to not give in. One trick that has helped me cut down a bit though, is sometimes when I have a craving, I pour myself a glass of milk and the craving usually goes away. Or I chew or eat something minty. Although annoying, I have heard brushing your teeth or rinsin your mouth with mouthwash helps defer the craving, if not completely evaporate it for a few hours. Any other suggestions?? Please help I’m sort of young and I need to stop soon. I don’t need to completely stop having sugar, but its bad for my health and face because doesn’t excessive sugar cause more pimples than normal?

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Jonni March 2, 2012 at 2:47 pm

If I can add my own two-cent’s worth here, I think that “cutting down” on sugar is almost impossible. The only way I know of to give up any addictive substance is to give it up entirely. Sugar causes all sorts of havoc with the body. Cravings don’t go away automatically, but it really helps if you eat something else that’s healthy whenever you get the urge to eat sugar. Some sugar cravings are caused by low blood sugar, and people who eat a lot of sugar have wide swings in blood sugar. To help your body get back in balance, eat something healthy, like a bowl of oatmeal (no sugar, of course), a piece of whole wheat bread or a whole grain cracker, a potato – anything that has healthy carbs but no sugar. Some people also have success by eating something with protein in it, or drinking a glass of milk.

You’ll go through withdrawal symptoms, but they’re temporary. In a few weeks you’ll feel better. I can’t guarantee the acne will go away, but I wouldn’t be surprised. Good luck!

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dobema01 April 16, 2012 at 6:50 pm

I agree with Jonni. In my experience, addiction to sugar is addiction. There is no inbetween. I hate when I hear people talk about moderation in eating sugar, because for me, one M&M will send me into a state of craving. When I was in highschool, it was easier to say no to a second cookie. I had enough rational wisdom to even ask my mother that we cut out all sugar BEFORE it became a problem. Now that I’m in college and I have control over my immediate food environment in an apartment, it is much harder. As a college student, I also have many more chances that I will run into sugar-supporting situations. I consider myself “straight-edge” in drinking- that is zero alcohol- so perhaps I will have to apply the same attitude towards sugar. My attitude and reasons towards not drinking is included in the following:

-Avoid drinking situations- they only encourage you to act stupidly and base your fun off of a chemically-induced state, rather than your own self. What kind of fun is it when it is not actually you?

-In general, be aware of friends who drink a lot and decide not to hang out with them when they drink.
(You may lose those friends,.. I didn’t care because ultimately I felt a better sense of self worth once I stopped hanging out with them! People who treat themselves badly probably treat you badly as well..)

-Be aware that drinking makes you look stupid, and probably puts you in dangerous situations.
(i.e., rape, going in cars with other drunk people, walking out alone in the night, etc.)

-Be aware of how you change when you drink, and imagine what could potentially happen if you kept losing control in that way. Realize you don’t want this to happen.
(For me, I become overly flirtacious and passive, i.e. sexually vulnerable to be raped or have sex with anyone that I probably wouldn’t want to have sex with if I was sober.>> PROBLEM. Every person has a different “drinking” personality, so we all could have different negative end results to think about.)

So, applying this to sugar addiction…:

-Avoid “sugaring” situations
( Notice how I made it into a connotated activity, rather than something you can eat; it is not food; also, the verb allows an understanding that something happens TO YOU when you eat sugar, you do not remain your same self. This attitude is what ultimately made me realize I didn’t like drinking… the idea of not knowing who I was anymore.)

- Sugaring situations only encourage you to act stupidly and base your fun off of a chemically-induced state, rather than your own self. What kind of fun is it when it is not actually you?

-In general, be aware of friends who “sugar” a lot and decide not to hang out with them when they “sugar”.
(This could include so many people… however.. if someone is not willing to respect your need to cut out all sugar, they don’t understand enough to properly care, and you need to do what’s best for you. Beyond the fact that they may not pressure you (“..It’s just ONE cookie,.. c’mon??…” “Hey, they’re going to go to waste..” “Grandma MADE those for you. Don’t you appreciate what she does for you?”), being around sugar is like an alcoholic in a bar. It is unlikely that he/she will avoid drinking, and it is unlikely that he/she will just have ONE drink without going downhill.

-Be aware that sugaring makes you look stupid, and probably puts you in dangerous situations.
(Even though people can typically see that sugar will mess you up in academic or work situations, people do not realize that sugar can make you look and feel overly gittery, unsure of yourself, insecure, overly-excited, or depressed in social situations. Aka- sugar makes you look stupid around your friends.)

-Be aware of how you change when you sugar, and imagine what could potentially happen if you kept losing control in that way. Realize you don’t want this to happen.
(For me, I get overly gittery, secretive, and impulsive. Honestly, I think my sugar addiction has contributed to other dopamine addictions in my life. I think I have even had risky sex under the influence of sugar. This is nuts how accepted sugar addiction and sugar in general is accepted in our society*.)

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mlank64 April 16, 2013 at 3:45 pm

Cutting down on sugar will prove to be a frustrating effort. It’s too addictive to titrate down. The only way I see is cold turkey as I have done myself. It is not hard but, you have to come to terms with some of the unpleasant side effects. If you know that upfront, it will help you get through the withdrawal symptoms which should disappear in 1 to 2 weeks. Surprisingly for me cravings were not an issue, it was fatigue and lethargy. But, I pushed through and it was so worth it.

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KarenSue October 24, 2010 at 12:49 am

I am in the middle of a detox diet and sugar is the main element I am reducing plus looking at reducing high GI foods with low GI foods.
I am having somewhat of an education in how food really is fuel, something I have always known but as weird as this may sound my sugar intake which had really got way out of control I think was blurring my thinking processes.
I am half way through my detox and already can feel the difference with less sugar and low GI foods as the replacement.

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MARIE February 14, 2011 at 4:23 pm

I am wondering how things are going with you….i woke up today wondering if I will have the courage to break up with my sugar baby….actually, perhaps , it is not appropriate as it is Valentine’s Day….My husband bought me a very large box toffee….what to do? I am afraid to stop as it usually causes me to have a 3 day banger of a headache…HELP

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vic February 14, 2011 at 11:44 pm

tell him you appreciate the thought, but would really like it if he supported you in your new healthy outlook on life. share a bite with him, then toss it and go on a romantic evening walk.

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deephree July 23, 2011 at 1:01 am

that’s a really good idea, vic

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Shantel August 8, 2011 at 5:38 am

What kind of detox are you doing? I am very curious of how to do one myself.

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sandy owney August 29, 2011 at 9:47 pm

KarenSue, what are you using to detox?

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Donny deManigold November 6, 2010 at 10:24 pm

Yes, I cut sugar out a week ago, I can feel the difference. But it is challenging when there’s sugar in almost every thing. Now I am going thru the caving stage. I see &feel i was an sugar addict,

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Ali November 14, 2010 at 10:36 pm

I have been off sugar for 4 days now, and still feel really tired. What are some of the negative symptoms I might feel before I get to the good feeling?? And how long will it take!!??

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Jonni November 15, 2010 at 2:09 pm

Ali, are you eating super-nutritious food to help your body get back to health? That can help reduce the symptoms. I also suggest that everyone check with their doctor if they think the withdrawal symptoms are too severe or last too long.

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Sarah November 17, 2010 at 12:37 pm

I am glad that people start talking about this problem – sugar addiction. I am a sugar addict. Three years ago I managed to escape this addiction for a while, but then I just went on low-calorie, high-protein diet plan and I had to let the sugar go. It was hard, but after I lost all weight I wanted, I was back to sugar. What I have noticed about myself – I can not eat refined carbs in moderation. I can eat a little bit, but then I will need more in a little bit and it is a vicious cycle. So I am back now to combat this addiction. So far: two days in. I already feel the difference. Yes, withdrawal, tiredness, but I know from the experience that one has to stand one week and these symptoms will go away. I do eat carbs in a shape of rye-bread toast with my unsweetened coffee in the morning. I do not eat bread after that until the next morning. Lunch: steamed fish, poultry, beef, tomato, cucumber, lettuce, dill, broccoli. Dinner: the same or steamed vegetables, or cooked in olive oil. Out of all drinks available: water. Coffee (only natural from beans) only in the morning. No alcohol. No salt. Yes, I do feel tired and sometimes cold in the evenings now, but at the same time I already notice that my mood is more stable and I have a very positive outlook. This worth the battle!

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Jonni November 17, 2010 at 4:24 pm

Sarah, I’m glad you mentioned how easy it is to fall back into eating sugar, even after giving it up for several years. This is something that all addicts have to watch out for – and it pretty much proves that sugar is truly addictive.

Good luck – you have an excellent plan, and we all wish you the best.

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sandy owney August 29, 2011 at 9:50 pm

Sarah, can you give me the amounts of the food you spoke about in your eating plan to overcome sugar addiction?

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Glenis March 1, 2012 at 12:03 am

Sarah I was searching these comments to find out if there is actually such a thing as sugar withdrawal. I am not a huge consumer of sugar in chocolate, sweets and such things, but I am alarmed at how many times I have to fill up my sugar jar holding 500grams. My use of it is mainly in my tea, which I drink a lot of using one full teaspoon for each mug.

Wanting to cut out sugar, but needing some tea sweetener, I tried Xylitol which is a natural product from corn. After avoiding all sweeteners for years because of the nasty taste most of them have, I am delighted with this product. There is no strange taste and if I taste it off my finger, I find no difference to sugar.

I know this is not a cure for removing the need for sweeteners, but after using a natural substitute for around one week now, I find I am feeling drained and also look tired and drawn. I have only just made the connection and am wondering if I am actually going through some kind of withdrawal symptoms and whether it will gradually improve. Or, perhaps, these symptoms are just a coincidence? You mention a feeling of tiredness Sarah and wonder if this medically acknowledged to be part of the effects of suddenly giving up sugar. If anyone else knows that this is medically documented, I’d really appreciate hearing about it.

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Carla November 18, 2010 at 9:22 pm

I am definitely a sugar addict! I’m am sitting here in my cubicle having eaten at McDonald’s. Now eating dessert, not one but two hot apple pies. It’s cheaper that way! I am not sure where to begin. I have been a WW member off and on for years and the thing I always notice is I feel better after when I’m eating healthy. It happens very quick for me, usually 24 to 48 and I can think straight again. My biggest problem is sticking with it for more than a couple of weeks. I love the idea of some sort of meditation that was mentioned earlier. Where can I find info for that? Any other encouragement/tips would be greatly appreciated! ;)

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Jonni November 18, 2010 at 10:12 pm

Hi Carla. I wrote an excerpt from my book on this post, outlining the basic ideas about the meditation technique I use. And you can read my entire story in my book, which is available on amazon.com.

Good luck!

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dobema01 April 16, 2012 at 6:55 pm

Meditation has been helpful for me too! Thaht Nich Hahn is a contemporary Buddhist with many books. I have his book, Walking Meditation, and it helps.

Being outside really helps when it’s sunny out- serotonin boost makes you forget about what else you were craving!

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Sarah November 19, 2010 at 4:08 am

Johnny, thank you very much for the encouragement! It is the end of my forth day and I already feel great. Though the fact that I slowed down on sugar seriously the week before, I think, helped. Also, what I find helps: elimination of inner debate. I set my mind pretty firm – “No Sugar” and I do not debate with that. Yes, the stores are full of sugar in all shapes and forms and all I can eat is the steamed fish/meat and fresh vegetables. This is my reality and it is my own choice and not a punishment. I am not going to be seduced by the choices of others anymore.

Immediate benefits: clear head, no unpredictable moods, immediately a nice body started emerging, MUCH better flexibility at my Bikram yoga class (it feels as if I spent a month of intensive stretching workouts, when the only thing I did – I removed sugar from my diet), for women – I did not notice my PMS this time, though I used to be bloated, gain 5-10 pounds of water weight, my skin would break-out, my moods were all over the place and I would lose my flexibility completely so the yoga class would become a sheer torture. Now I DID NOT NOTICE PMS. It is fantastic for me! I sleep much better. On sugar I used to wake up 2-5 times at night to go to the fridge and get something to eat (I needed carbs). I used to think that I have some weird disorder and was very sensitive about it. Now I decided to hang on and not to eat at nights. I was able to do it, because for the first time I considered that it was not a disorder but another side of a sugar addiction. The first night was difficult, then it was easier and easier. I wake up an hour earlier and I wake up energized! I am glowing through the day.

It is scary to think how we medicate ourselves into sickness and misery with this sugar!

I wish everyone the best on this journey.

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Susan January 30, 2011 at 8:52 pm

Dear Sarah,

I just read your comments about getting off sugar. I really like the part about ending the inner debate and just saying NO SUGAR. I used to be able to do just that with myself. I was sugarfree for many years but with great life/job stress and needing antidepressants (they cause overwhelming cravings), I have become addicted to sugar again. My weight is a problem and I can think of nothing else it seems. I would very much like to share a dialogue with you and perhaps glean some coaching or encouragement from you. If you are interested, my email is sebennis@yahoo.com. Thank you sincerely. I look forward to hearing from you. Susan

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Angel cake November 19, 2010 at 9:25 pm

Hi all,
my name is Rebecka and I am a sugar addict….Help!
I have such a hard time. I do well for a while but, the minute I get a taste of sugar then I go on a binge. I can’t stop. it is making me miserable. I copied the diet Sarah is on it sounds good. I need to lose weight. thanks! pray for me everyone….

signed,
Hopeful.

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Marilyn July 5, 2011 at 5:22 pm

Hi,
I am exactly the same way as Angel. I thought there was something wrong with me but now I know I AM A SUGAR ADDICT. I thought sugar must be addicting. I am a recovering alcoholic and I have the same cravings with sugar as I had with alcohol. I couldn’t stop at only one.

I hope to recover this addiction and respond with everyone.

Thanks.

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sandy owney August 29, 2011 at 9:54 pm

Dear Angel cake, I can relate to where you are coming from. I feel the same way and sugar and carbs have their hold of me also. I look in the mirror and do not like what I see. My will power is “0″. Let me know if you find the thing that works for you.

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Susie November 23, 2010 at 9:52 pm

Thousands of people have kicked their sugar addiction in Overeaters Anonymous. It’s free, and a wonderful organization. I lost 15 pounds in two months just by recognizing and treating the sugar addiction. Highly recommended!

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Angel cake November 30, 2010 at 2:24 am

suzie,
i joined OA HOW friday and my husband came with me. I have abstand from sugar for 3 days!!! it is amazing how much better i am starting to feel!

anyone out there suffering? OA HOW!!! it is really the answer
:o)

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Bmore4now December 3, 2010 at 7:11 pm

Wonderful article. I’m currently on day 4 of no sugars. I did 40 days prior to that, but caved on Thanksgiving and boy did I feel horrible. I know I’m addicted, I can feel the bloating, sleepiness, restlessness, unable to sleep because my stomach is full of “nothing”. When I start to eat salty foods, I can’t stop. It’s terrible.

I just want to be cured of this. I feel so good when I’m off sugar, but I don’t know why I fall short and cave. Just like drugs I guess.

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Angel cake December 9, 2010 at 8:38 pm

hi all,
I have been off of sugar for 14days!!! I am so excited to have control of my eating for the first time in a long while. I feel good, sleep better, and have more energy. I have decided that sugar is stupid! and I am going to try to never eat it again. I know that sounds like a tall order but, with God all things are possible.!
Merry Christmas everyone and happy New year
signed
victorious!

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Jonni December 9, 2010 at 9:00 pm

Congratulations!

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Valena May 22, 2011 at 12:04 am

Yes, Angel cake all things are possible with God he is the only one that can see us through any addictions we may be stuggling with. I myself struggle with the sugar cravings. My Doctor told me to give up the sugar and caffiene habbit I do feel better, but it is a struggle the worst part is that it is in so many things even in the “Health Food Stores” items. All I can say is “keep going don’t turn back”, your body and mind will appreciate it. It will save you lots of money in Doctor and Dentist bills.

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Robyn February 21, 2012 at 4:06 pm

Ive been off sugar and refined foods for almost 2 weeks and it’s much easier than I thought it would be. I have no desire for it because it’s not in my system. I agree…sugar is stupid. There is no reason for it.

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michelle November 3, 2012 at 3:40 am

“i have decided that sugar is stupid” oh my gosh you are so funny!!!i wish i could friend you here or on FB or SOMETHING!!

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Nikki December 15, 2010 at 4:11 pm

My name is Nikki and Ive been off sugar and carbs for 3 days. I still have cravings and have a hard time getting through till the end of the day. I ‘ve heard that after a period of time I will stop these cravings and start to feel wonderful… How long does this take ? Anyone know? . In 2 weeks I will start to add good carbs back into my diet such as brown rice wheat bread whole grains etc.. I like to read all of your comments. I have been on a sugar binge for months and have gained 20 lbs! FAST! HELP

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Jonni December 15, 2010 at 7:24 pm

Hi Nikki. I think one of the best ways to overcome the cravings is to pack in as much nutrition as you can. Lots of veggies, grass-fed beef if you can find it, etc. It will also help you feel better.

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mary January 29, 2012 at 6:03 pm

Hi! I don’t know for sure, but I am guessing it’s best to have a complex carb, at least in the morning. Maybe giving everything up cold turkey is a big shock to the system, not to mention Dr. Atkins died of heart disease. From what I’ve read, it’s good to have some whole wheat bread or good carbs in moderation for colon,liver and heart health, just maybe stop the refined grains. I recently found out I have insulin resistance with normal sugar levels, and my Dr. suggested eating only three meals a day, breakfast with muesli, oatmeal, and egg, some fruit. Lunch with a protein, veggies, potatoes and a fruit for dessert, and dinner with no carbs at all- just protein and veggies. Today, I am REALLY feeling the withdrawal, but I am happy to have the slight stomach growl feeling again- fat is burning! Anyway, good luck to you! I am no expert- just a thought! :)

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claire February 14, 2012 at 9:26 pm

Hi, just really re-assuring to find other than me having these awful symptons- I really want to give up and now will try to follow you’re comments. i never used to have a sweet tooth- the exact opposite and it has crept into my diet like an invisible wrathe!
Not really into meat- prefere fish and also have a wheat intolerance-so have to get round that one. since coming off bread , I no longer have the feeling of that “brick” sitting in my stomach!!! any more tips gratefully received!!!!

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Angel Cake December 15, 2010 at 6:11 pm

hi,
again it is day 19! and I am still abstent from sugar!! I will be weighing for the first time at the end of the month. I know that I have lost weight I can see it in my clothes. I am very happy.

later
feeling fabulous!

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Clara Stevens December 19, 2010 at 12:30 am

I gave up refined sugar almost completely for about 6 weeks and feel MUCH better in every way, although it was extremely hard for the first 2 or 3 weeks.. The best motivation is not wanting to go back to feeling awful (I have Lyme disease), so that is enough to keep me on this healthy (lots of vegetables, no coffee / alcohol, no refined sugar) diet! What I would like to ask is, is it OK to eat raisins..? I mean, I know fruit in moderation is fine as it is natural sugar, and obviously raisins are very high in sugar but at least are natural, but I have been eating slightly too many of them in the last week or so, and wonder if I should try to stop that as well, which would be hard.. Any advice would be appreciated!!

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Jonni December 19, 2010 at 1:36 am

Congratulations, Clara. It sounds like you’re doing great with your new, healthier diet.

About those raisins – if you really believe that it would be hard to give them up, that isn’t a good sign. I would try very hard to replace them with a fruit or veggie with less concentrated sugars – something you enjoy, but which won’t give you that mini-sugar rush. Then enjoy your raisins in moderation after you’ve had time to really get your body back in balance.

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Glenis March 1, 2012 at 12:15 am

I read about raisins with interest as I LOVE flame red grapes and eat quite a lot every day when avaible. They are full of antioxidents as well as delicious!

I hope this isn’t too dumb a question, but do you know if fresh grapes have the same level of sugar as dried grapes (raisins)? Common sense is telling me that the quantity of sugar doesn’t increase or lower, but as stranger things happen, I’m asking the question anyway:)

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Brittany December 21, 2010 at 2:15 am

Honestly, how do you get the mindset to stop the sugar addiction? The thing is I feel like I can stop one moment then the next I’m eating icecream. I really would like to get sugar out of my diet permanently. Can you give me some good advice to how you got yourself to stop because this is effecting me in the following ways; I can’t sleep, I’m not having very many bowel movements, I’m angry, I feel sick majority of the time I’m awake, It’s just making my life a living hell. So I would appreciate some advice from people who’ve overcome this sucessfully.

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Jonni December 21, 2010 at 2:32 am

Hi Brittany. I found that the meditation technique on this post helped me a lot. There were other things I had to learn to control, as well, which I mention in my book. Addictions are not easy to break, but it can be done. Good luck!

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Robyn February 21, 2012 at 4:11 pm

The thing that did it for me was knowing the glycemic index of foods. I eat low glycemic foods and try to combine with protein most of the time. It’s a miracle. I don’t crave sweets or refined crap anymore and I’m always full and satisfied.

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Susannah December 21, 2010 at 9:05 pm

Jonni, I stumbled across your book just before Thanksgiving. Thank God! Thank YOU for writing it! What a gem. It’s small but packed with wonderful advice. So far, everything and everyone you’ve recommended has proven for me to be right on the money. I am having a blast with your reading list and feel so much better now that I’m on Dr. Fuhrman’s diet. Your book is on MY Top 10 of all time!

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Jonni December 21, 2010 at 10:11 pm

Gosh, thanks, Susannah. I’m so happy you think my book is useful to you. What a treat to hear from you!

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Angel cake December 21, 2010 at 10:13 pm

Brittany,

I join OA HOW.(overeaters anynimous) they help you deal with why you overeat.
you have a sponsor that you call everyday and let them know what you are eating. it helps me to have accoutablility. I have made a good friend there to. she and I help each other. I know the first few days are hard but, the long term effects are worth it!. I don’t have cravings anymore. I am not saying that I don’t think of the bad stuff but, I feel like I have control and can say NO! to my cravings. I love the benefits to. I feel great, I am not tired all the time and my legs aren’t swollen anymore, my clothes fit better and I feel free!

signed
hope at the end of the tunnel

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Robin December 23, 2010 at 3:49 pm

Hi all! I’ve stumbled across this website after recently realizing that I am a full blown sugar addict. So depressing. I don’t have the energy at the moment to go into specific details of my addiction, and I have not stopped eating sugars (yet), but I am so happy to have found a place where I can come for motivation and support.
Thanks to everyone who has shared their stories I know I am not alone in this – and I know I am not the only one who will struggle to overcome it. I WILL be back…

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Rose December 24, 2010 at 12:09 am

I just discovered this site after admitting to myself and a friend – out loud, today, for the first time – that I am a sugar addict. I really hesitated to admit this because, just like any addict, I HATE the idea of a life without my drug of choice. Sugar is definitely my way of numbing/stuffing uncomfortable feelings. But I am so tired of feeling slightly sick and “hung over” on the mornings after my sugar binges, which lately is most of the time. Today is my first day without sugar. I’m sure the cravings will hit, and some might say that the Christmas holiday is no time to start this, but I honestly feel like now is the time. Tonight, instead of binging while waiting for my husband to arrive home, I am going to spend my time in prayer and with my long-neglected journal, spewing my emotions instead of sedating them. I’ll keep you posted on how I’m doing, and I hope all of you will continue to do the same. It really helps to share the struggle. God bless, and Merry Christmas.

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Meihua December 24, 2010 at 8:01 pm

Good for you Rose,

Now is the time! Stick with it… I’m going sugar free too.

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Angel cake December 27, 2010 at 2:47 am

Hi all,

today is 30 days without sugar and white flour. I feel good and I have lost the cravings for the bad stuff. I went to my daughter’s house for Christmas and the bad stuff was everywhere and I am proud to say I didn’t touch it! it was such an adrenaline rush to be strong and abstain from it! I am weighing for the first time tomorrow. wish me luck! let you know the results later.

signed hoping for big results.

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Angel cake December 27, 2010 at 10:28 pm

Hi all,
I weighed today after 30 days without sugar and white flour. I am proud to say I lost 22lbs.! I feel great and am looking forward to a new future.

see you all soon,
signed,
new life around the corner.

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Noni January 3, 2011 at 10:37 pm

Wow!! What an inspiration! Here’s to a Sugar-Free future! I’m on day 2. Your post certainly gives me hope!!

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margaret May 8, 2011 at 3:43 pm

what diet did you follow

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Jenniferzwize December 28, 2010 at 3:09 am

I truly am amazed that there are so many people like me! I really thought I was the only one with a sugar addiction. I was supposed to start my sugar free diet today, but I just whipped up cookies. Yes, I have been eating them while reading these posts. I hate this! Usually once I get past the 4th day with no sugar, my cravings are almost gone. It’s getting there that’s so difficult though. Congrats to Angel Cake! You are an inspiration! Congrats to all who have kicked the habit. To those who have not, lets fight together!

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cg December 28, 2010 at 5:38 am

I’ve just started reading a book The Four Hour Body and he has some interesting information. I’ve started on his diet and am feeling much better but I have to admit, I have incredible sugar, bread and chocolate cravings. I’ve fallen prey to this addiction since starting the diet. From his book I’ve learned this is the major cause of the gout I suffer from and I’m willing to take the chance that this will help me. I’m struggling but since losing about 5 lbs in about two weeks, I see the light. I had a dream this morning that I was slim and that I was in command of my life. This I take as a sign that it is possible to get through this and I’ll see it through in stages. All I know is that anytime I fall for sugar I immediately crave it again. Tonight I swear off sugar. I owe this to myself and my future.

Good luck with your battle!

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Jonni December 28, 2010 at 4:13 pm

Hi CG. I had never heard of that book before, so I checked it out at amazon.com. What a title: The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman

Whew! That’s a lot of promises. Can you tell us what makes this book different than others? (I also just now did a really fast Google search for “gout,” to see what the medicos say is the cause. It looks like they don’t really know, although rapid weight loss can cause it. I had no idea. )

Good luck with your new healthy diet. It sounds like you’re on the right track, and we wish you all the best.

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Angel cake December 28, 2010 at 4:01 pm

to Jenniferzwize and cg,

you can do it! do it for your future. do it for your family and children. I personally want to be there for my little grandson. he loves for me to play with him. it is so much easier for me to keep up with him when I am thinner. So hang in there. the first few days are hard because your body is detoxing. but, around the 4th to 5th day you start to feel like a million bucks! so much more energy! it is worth the pain to gain your life back. I am praying for you all!

signed life in the thin lane :0)

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LG December 28, 2010 at 8:57 pm

I am a sugar addict.. after reading some of these posts I am going to kick the sugar! I have suffered from depression on and off for the past 10 years, and sugar/carbs were always my comfort. I’ve been on anti depressants for about a year, and I want to get off them, and I think the best way is to get my diet under control and cut sugar out of my life! I never realized how many ppl were sugar addicts and I’ve been inspired to tough out the withdrawal symptoms of no sugar and get better! Thanks everyone!

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Angel cake December 28, 2010 at 10:22 pm

dear LG

you can do it! it is such a free feeling. to have control of you own mind and body. you will feel great and your weight will be under control. really it isn’t about weight it is about getting healthy and feeling good. a lot of us who crave sugar are probably allergic to it. you may be also. I am proud of you that you made the decision to take back your life!

signed,
life is great when it is sugar free!

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Ivory Girl December 29, 2010 at 10:08 pm

I’ve just found this website for the first time as I was googling “addiction to sugar”. I’ve always known I was addicted to sugar, but felt it was more emotional than physical. However, after decades of binging, endless diets, and now realizing that my many physical problems could very well be associated with inflammation caused by too much sugar, I’m finally willing to admit that things have to change. But I AM SCARED. I have always aimed for “moderation in all things”, but haven’t been able to accomplish this with sugar. I’m willing to admit that I need to give up refined sugar and white flour foods. But I’d really like to know what the rest of you think of other sugars, such as AGAVE syrup, etc. Is it possible to enjoy a treat made with something like that once in awhile? Or does it need to be ALL sugars, cold turkey? I’d really appreciate as much feedback as possible. I personally don’t know anyone who has given up sugar successfully. I need some hope. Thanks.

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Jonni December 30, 2010 at 12:31 am

I would suggest going “cold turkey” for now. The natural sugars have more nutrition, but they might trigger the same old cravings. I’ve read that artificial sweeteners can cause the same kinds of physical problems that real sugar does, and can even be more dangerous than real sugar. So, I would suggest just forget about desserts and breads for a while, and try to concentrate on eating good, natural foods.

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Malola February 3, 2012 at 7:14 pm

Honestly I won’t don’t it all at once.
I am a vegetarian and I know that if quitting the habit quickly, cravings come and later the “sin” (just in case, I’m not a Christian).
I cheated a couple of times. I just couldn’t help myself.
Would have I done it any differently? No.
Since, I change my eating habits for ethics I had to do it as fast as possible; but still it took me like five months to not break my vegetarianism even if I was drooling at the sight of roasted chicken.

I’m lowering my in-takes of sugar.
I put half a glass with water (and lots of ice) and the other half with juice (or whatever I’m drinking) that way I don’t drink as much… :D
Have you watched Super Size me? Though, it’s a documentary mainly about McDonald’s it makes some good points about Coke and sugar in it.
I see this is a year old. How is it going?

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Angel cake December 30, 2010 at 2:51 am

ivory girl,

I have been without sugar for 30 days. it was hard at first but, when I stepped on the scale after that 30 days it was well worth it. I lost 22lbs! my swelling in my legs went down and my joints don’t hurt as bad. it also makes you feel good and gives you more energy. I agree with Jonnie that you need to give up all sugars but, I do use Splenda it doesn’t both me. I need it in my coffee.

good luck
signed life is good

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Ivory Girl December 30, 2010 at 7:08 am

Thanks for your responses. I’ve decided to go off of all sugar for two weeks, and see how I feel. Then I may try making something with agave and see if it makes a difference or not. I am nervous, but today was day one and I’m alive. :) Thanks for your support!

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Kat December 30, 2010 at 9:39 pm

Another wake-up call for me…intervention by my oldest daughter, who was the target of one of my mood swings from all the sugar-laden holiday foods of late (as well as years of seeing me react unreasonably to her, her brother and sister as they grew up throught the years).

I’ve been diagnosed with fibromyalgia/chronic myofacial pain. The two books I’ve been reading address this same thing. I just didn’t want to admit I was a sugar addict, b/c I thought I can have it in moderation. I did give up sodas years, ago though, but share many of the weaknesses of “falling off the wagon” as many of you.

Inspiring posts — I’m on board! Hi — I’m Kat — I’m a sugar addict. I look forward to sharing my success with my fellow recovering addicts! God’s Blessings to all!

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Angel cake December 30, 2010 at 10:17 pm

Hi,

just a note to let you all know that I am praying for you guys! we can do it. we have each other for support. this website is great. hope to hear from you soon!

signed,
a brighter future

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Ivory Girl December 30, 2010 at 11:00 pm

Welcome, Kat. I’m only on Day 2, so not much of an inspiration, but I definitely relate. I guess we’re all in this together. I’m just taking in one day at a time. Glad to have you aboard!

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kristen December 31, 2010 at 9:57 pm

Hi, I’ve been a sugar addict now for as long as i can remember. I am 27 years old and sugar runs my life! Emotions have always been the trigger, but because I’ve been doing it now for so long the physical cravings overtake me and it’s a vicious cycle. I want to change this and am slowly building my strength by dealing with my emotions but think it might be the biggest challenge I’ve had to face. This is a big call after having two kids in the last 2 years but this condition is just such a big one and also not often recognised as being important. I have the yeast condition Candida also and know I have to overcome my sugar cravings to beat this. It’s great to hear other peoples storys and know your not the only person out battling this condition.

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Angie April 5, 2011 at 2:01 am

Hi–I just read your post and hopefully you still get on this site? I can totally relate to what you are saying. I am 36 and have been a sugar addict probably my whole life or at least since age 10. I also have yeast problems that started while trying to nurse my 3rd child and then I stuggled with my 4th child. Last year I started breaking out in red, itchy patches on my face and my scalp and ears itch. My husband lovingly says I look like a meth addict! He can tell when I’m on a sugar binge. So anyway, not sure if you will read this but wondering how you were doing and sure could use the support. Thanks

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heidi Wixom January 1, 2011 at 6:33 am

Being New Years Evem I have been trying to look at a different picture of myself, and the rutt that I seem to be in. I started thinking about the 3 years that I lived without sugar and the effects that it had on my mind, body and enthusiasm for life. I was so much happier. In reading some of the comments, I now realize that it doesn’t work for me to have moderation with sugar. I seem to be “all or nothing” with this drug! I have to leave it and have resolved to do that right now. I have confidence that I can do it because I have in the past and yet I am a little concerned because I have been eating it off and on for 20 years now and am wondering how hard it will be to lick the habit.

Any advice that some of the bloggers have would be most helpful. Happy New Years to you all! I am impressed that so many feel the desire to get the white-stuff out of your life.. I think it is the ticket to longivity and a balanced life. Heres to Sugar-Free Living!!!

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Angel cake January 1, 2011 at 2:12 pm

welcome Kristen,

you can do this. everyday gets better and you feel like conquering the world. I feel so much better I have more stamina and energy is off the charts! everyday that you abstene from sugar and white flour will be a small victory for you and your children. the reason I say this is because they will benefit from it. they will have the best of you. aren’t they worth it? I know you want them to have the best and it is you! so go for it give yourself a chance to really live!

signed,
life is worth living sugar free

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Ivory Girl January 1, 2011 at 4:55 pm

Thanks for all of your encouragement. I am now starting Day 4 of eating sugar free-white flour free. It was terrifying to start. It’s getting less-so with each day. Last night was New Year’s Eve and I was afraid it would be very hard, but we went to the movies and I packed for myself an individual packet of dried fruit and nuts in case I got hungry. I didn’t end up needing it, but it was nice to have something around that I could rely on if I needed it. I haven’t been on this long enough yet to feel comfortable that I can find “something” wherever I am.
I am also discovering that one of the keys to eating sugar free is to make it yourself whenever possible. Fresh is best.
I would be lying if I said that I’m not afraid I’ll fail at this. But I am focusing on only one day at a time. Here’s to day 4 and the beginning of a truly New Year.
Ivory girl

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Angel cake January 1, 2011 at 9:26 pm

congradulations Ivory girl! I knew you could do it. you will be glad that you switch to a health life style.

signed,
victory from sugar!

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Callie January 3, 2011 at 7:16 pm

Hi Jonni:

I just learned of your book on FB and purchased it today through Amazon..one question: do you still continue using caffeine?..and if not, how did you quit?

Thanks,
Callie

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Jonni January 3, 2011 at 9:16 pm

Hi Callie. I did give up caffeine, but for some reason it didn’t stick. I now drink coffee in moderation, but I did “fall off the wagon.” However, I religiously avoid any caffeinated soft drinks, partly because of the corn sweeteners, but mostly because they have such a huge caffeine punch.

I hope you enjoy the book.

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Belinda January 6, 2011 at 5:11 pm

I found your site while looking into some strange symptoms I was experiencing after a day without sugar.
I am dairy, gluten, and caffeine free and just entered a weight loss competition with a girlfriend of mine. At a loss for what else I could do to lose weight I thought, “hey, I’ll go off sugar. I don’t eat that much (little did I realize) but we’ll give it a try.”
Then I became really tire, THIRSTY, and had a headache for 3 days.
I started searching for some answers for my symptoms and found this site. I did not realize how I was addicted even with the little I do consume.
Just wanted to say thanks for making this site.
Here’s to feeling better!
Belinda 35

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Jesse Stoddard January 12, 2011 at 10:32 pm

How I cured my sugar addiction was to listen to a WANG LOADS of AMM records. I would play several at once. At one point I happened to be listening to their record, “The Crypt”, in tandem with this crazy-assed bootleg of an LSD-addled Cecil Taylor performing live in some remote area of Morocco that my great grandmother bequeathed to be on her deathbed. I landed myself in the psych ward for a couple of weeks as a result, but have never so much as LOOKED at a SINGLE GRANULE of sugar since. Good luck, folks!

Cheers,

Jesse

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Jesse Stoddard January 15, 2011 at 4:29 pm

Edit: WANG LOAD*

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Karen W January 15, 2011 at 10:04 am

Now five days off white sugar and using brown sugar in my coffee and tea. O and my family already do not use white flour and we cook what we eat. We use specifically, brown restraunt Sam’s Club sugar, not the store bought stuff with the funky taste at the supermarket. I am finally feeling better. My family has been a real help because they dumped white sugar and flour 7 years ago. Went through the wall slamming headache with alieve and had odd palpitations for a day or so. But took MSM for the first time yesterday and that might be it. The palpitations are going away with a hit of melitonine. Just wondered if the strange continuous palpitations for a day were a normal thing with the withdrawl of sugar? No heart desease in family line. Anyone been through that part?

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MARIE February 23, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Sorry, girlfriend, brown sugar is just white sugar with molasses in it…

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chris January 21, 2011 at 2:04 pm

I gave up sugar a week ago and the cravings are really bad just now. How long before the cravings stop (or at least reduce)?

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Jonni January 21, 2011 at 4:59 pm

To be honest, I’m not sure the cravings ever go away entirely. You can reduce the impact of the cravings by eating super-nutritious food. For some reason, that reduces the body’s need for the sugar high. Keep working at it, though – kicking an addiction isn’t ever easy. If it was, it wouldn’t be an addiction.

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Molly March 25, 2011 at 8:19 pm

Jonni, I believe you are correct. 84 days without sugar and I am still crawling the walls for sugar. I’m eating a ton of fruits and vegetables, but the sugar cravings are with me every waking moment.

Eliminating sweets has put me back in clothes that had become a little snug. My skin now heals incredibly fast. My teeth stay cleaner.

I set short term goals. “Just til the end of the month.” then “Just through lent.” If I told myself “no sugar forever” I’d never keep that goal. Oddly, I get no support from friends or family. My freezer is full of Valentine’s Day chocolates…

Not easy at all!

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Belinda January 21, 2011 at 8:12 pm

This is the end of week 3 with no sugar for me and I feel fantastic. I eat fruit and lots of veggies but I simply do NOT have that foggy, moody, PMS feeling all the time. I don’t want to forget how good I feel now and cave later. I cannot believe how thirsty I was the first few days off sugar. It was really strange. I had no idea it was making me so sick.

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Marissa June 1, 2011 at 1:03 am

I am so glad to have found this web site I’m going sugar free starting tomorrow. I have the pms like symptoms a lot too! Hope your still doing well!!

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Kathy January 24, 2011 at 12:26 am

Hello everyone,
I have come to the realization that I am a sugar addict. I have been sober for 12 years and have switched my drug of choice from alcohol to sugar. I was a binge drinker , now i am a binge sugar eater. So, it is time to give up sugar! Any suggestions? I saw several references to OA, which I will try. But, how do you eliminate sugar? The obvious foods to eliminate are easy, the binge foods, ice cream, cookies, etc. Any other suggestions?

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Lara May 18, 2011 at 11:06 pm

For me, I have to not even eat fruit for a while….like 3-4 weeks….just meat, veggies, brown rice, ezekial bread, brown rice pasta etc….no potatoes or corn either, they’re just sugar once inside!

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Sophie January 24, 2011 at 1:37 pm

Hi.

My partner suffers from a serious sugar condition. I was wondering what would be the best method to help him cope and get him to quit it all together. I was also wondering what I could do to help. He has serious bad cravings, and was wondering what would be the best methods to get him through this.

Thanks,
Sophie.

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Jonni January 24, 2011 at 4:16 pm

Hi Sophie. It isn’t easy to get someone else to change – I’m not sure I’ve ever seen that work in real life. I just checked amazon.com and found several books that claim to help you change someone you love, but I’m not sure how effective their methods are. It might be easier to forget about changing him, and simply make great efforts to improve your own health and energy levels with a healthy diet. If he sees you feeling better, he might get curious about how you’re doing it, and might be inclined to give it a try. But there’s no guarantee – we all have to make our own decisions and follow our own path.

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Annie January 26, 2011 at 10:01 pm

Hi,

Wow, so glad to have found this site!! I was thinking about joining FAA (food addicts anonymous) because I believe I have a sugar/white flour addiction. Are there any other 12 steppers out there?

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IceKat February 1, 2011 at 3:36 am

I believe it….I know it. I wake up tasting sugar even before I eat and think about Chocolate ALL the time! Working on it though.

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Andrea February 1, 2011 at 4:51 pm

Hi im also addicted to sugar. I have put on about a stone in the last year by eating chocolate constantly. It starts as soon as I get out of bed in the morning. I dont have breakfast but buy a chocolate bar on way to work. Its now two or three bars on the way to work to much through the morning and by lunchtime Im craving more. Its out of control, my head aches constantly, Im dizzy, thirsty and constantly tired and withdrawn. I cant sleep properly at night and seem to float about in a daze most of the day feeling really ill. I know its sugar thats doing this to me as when I manage to have a break from it I feel so much better with energy then the vicious cycle starts again. I have really dark lines under my eyes and they too get a lot better after a few days of not eating sugar. I feel totally helpless to change. I have decided to once again try tomorrow to go without sugar but dont know if I will be able to accomplish this. Help.

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Jonni February 2, 2011 at 12:40 am

Hi Andrea. I was just mentioning to another reader that switching to whole-food carbohydrates might help your blood sugar levels to even out. The swings from too much sugar to to little sugar, which always happens when we go on any sugar binge, may be causing most of your current symptoms. You might find yourself feeling a lot better if you pay attention to the way you feel, and as soon as you get any of the symptoms you mention, eat a piece of whole wheat bread, a small potato with butter, some oatmeal – anything with carbohydrates that the body will slowly absorb. (Potatoes are absorbed quickly when eaten without butter, so don’t eat them plain).

Since all these foods are good for you, it sure wouldn’t hurt anything to give it a try. Good luck..

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Keljam February 3, 2011 at 8:15 pm

I have been snowed in at home for 3 days in OK. I have found myself eating nothing but cards and sugar. I’m not even hungry and I find mitslef in the pantry. I am a stress eater and my “destresser” is sugar ands carbs. Problem is, it doesn’t really destress me. I am 39 and am 5’5”’ and weigh 140. I was a skinny, skinny person my whole life, eating whatever I wanted. A few years a go I gained 20 punds when I went back to work and sat at a desk all day. I lose 10 pounds then put it back on. I cannot NOT eat suagr and carbs. I sneka them all the time, feel guilty about eating it and then hate myself for having no control. I know I am addicted but the thought of trying to not eat them while working full time, caring for my family and cooking meals, I am completely overwelmed. My family likes carbs and sugar but i have no self control. I think about Mt Dew and Heath bars etc constantly. Any tips out there?

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Jonni February 3, 2011 at 8:46 pm

For some really good info on foods that will help reduce or eliminate the cravings, check out the Weston A Price foundation. I’m convinced that we crave food because our body needs a nutrient that it “thinks” should be in something sweet. We eat the food, the nutrient isn’t in there so the body is still starving, and it craves more food. The trick, I believe, is to pay attention to what the body is saying, and stop beating ourselves up about it. Try one healthy food after another until you find the one your body really wants.

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Keljam February 3, 2011 at 8:56 pm

Thanks Jonnie for the tips. I have to agree, my body is defeinately trying to tell me something. I just have to figure out what is is! I will check out the website you suggested. Just thinking about trying to figue out what to cook for dinner tonight is giving me a headache!! Thanks again for the info.

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MARIE February 23, 2011 at 12:59 pm

OMG, I love heath bars…my husband bought me a huge box of heathbar type toffee for Valentine’s day…I had a little binge then knew I had to throw it away…my skinny daughter was dissapointed but she would eat one square for a month and I would eat the entire 2 pound box in a day…marie

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Amelia February 5, 2011 at 1:41 am

I have been a sugar adict for over 20 years. I am now finishing day 3 of no sugar. I am craving a cookie so bad my mouth is salavating and I am tired and grumpy. Getting through the next couple of days is going to be hard but I can make it through. The toughest part is that I work for a bakery manufacturer and am always making cookies, cakes, brownies etc to show customers and for foodshows. I am around it everyday. After almost 10 years in the business I make a good paycheck and since my husband has been out of work for 1 1/2 years so I can’t quit my job. Sometimes durning really long days when I don’t have time to stop for lunch I just grab whatever I bake. I am applying for different jobs but in the meantime I need some suggestions to keep my cravings at bay.

Thanks in advance!

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Jonni February 5, 2011 at 4:43 pm

Amelia, I suggest that you eat some high-quality protein, and make sure you have some healthy carbohydrates with you at all times so you can nibble on slow-acting carbs throughout the day. I’m suggesting this because after reading so many comments on this blog, I’m starting to think that many of our withdrawal symptoms are caused by low blood sugar. If we keep our blood sugar levels in a constant roller coaster by eating sugar and white flour products every day, we may have a period of adjustment after the sugar stops. A lot of foods have good carbs – beans, squash, fruit, and oatmeal are all candidates. I think your cravings are telling you that you need something that a human body expects to find in sweet food – but that is no longer present in the factory-produced sweet products that we tend to eat. If you concentrate on finding what it is that your body is so desperate for, instead of kicking yourself for having the cravings, I think you’ll have a much easier time. You might also consult with a nutritionist or naturopathic physician to see if there are any obvious vitamins or minerals that you aren’t getting enough of.

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Beth February 7, 2011 at 9:06 pm

Hey everyone! Wow…I’m 26 and am beginning to realize/accept that I have a problem with sugar. My husband is gone half the month and I have a 17 month old son to care for and so I find myself turning to caffeine and sugar to keep myself going. I am, however, a healthy eater outside of the sugar and workout 4 – 5 times a week. I go on 6 – 12 mile runs twice a week and am in descent shape. The reason I want to give up sugar is because of the way it makes me feel. I feel trapped and out of control when I am eating it. Afterwards I beat myself up for hours and even days. I am a usually happy and “sunny” person but this sugar addiction is beginning to wear on my confidence and it has also caused me to gain 10 pounds since August of last year. I am SICK of it but wonder if I really can accomplish this goal. Any tips would be appreciated!

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mag March 14, 2011 at 3:31 pm

Beth….

I totally feel with you. I go through EXACTLY what you describe. I work out, run love to eat healthy but also have a secret love affair with sweets. I feel GROSS, grummy and fat when I eat it but I keep going back for more. I stopped having sugar for almost 30 days (lost 8 pounds ) only to get back into it and gain 10.

We need to cut sugar cold turkey!

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Gayle February 10, 2011 at 1:06 am

I had gastric bypass 3 yrs ago & about 8 months ago developed an intense sugar addiction. It is bad because it can actually make me feel really sick. Prior to surgery had just general over eating & really did not eat a ton of sugar but did like some carbs like bread. This is intense need for candy 1000-1200 calories a day sometimes. Anyone heard of this? I am so upset as I lost 130lbs but have gained back 30 lbs. I really need to stop- I’ve been trying to find a treatment plan of some kind but not sure where to go?

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Jonni February 10, 2011 at 3:20 pm

I recently read a book in which the author suggested that sugar cravings might sometimes come from a vitamin C deficiency. We normally reach for fruit when we need some vitamin C, and fruit is sweet. I have no idea if this is true or not. You might want to ask your doctor or nutritionist for a blood test to see if you’re deficient in any of the vitamins and minerals – there must be something causing your cravings. If I were you, I’d treat this as a medical issue before considering some sort of addictions treatment – with gastric bypass, the body’s ability to absorb nutrients is reduced (sort of the point, really) and if you aren’t careful with your diet you can get into real trouble. I think you should talk to your doctor and see if you can get a referral to a specialist who understands the nutritional needs of someone who has gone through gastric bypass.

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Trish February 12, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Hi all
I am so grateful to have found this site! I have not perused it all, but was happy to find people talking about sugar addiction and how to get off sugar. I have been sugar/white flour/white rice/potatoes/any sweeteners but fruit for 3 1/2 weeks now.
I was in quite a cycle of bingeing–>crashing–>more sugar to make me feel better–>horrible self-hatred–>bingeing since I’m so horrible anyway–>crashing, etc. And always lots of fast simple carbs for when I needed something “right now”. I also ate very fast, and rewarded myself with food that I probably didn’t even taste! I’m very sure there was quite a blood sugar problem in all this…
I am vegetarian and have to be very mindful of preparing meals ahead of time and always having some nuts around as a quick fix. I am trying to eat more slowly, and avoid processed foods (especially those that contain a lot of ingredients I can’t even comprehend). I am going to the health food store almost exclusively for the produce and bulk rice/beans etc. This costs more, but is better quality. Plus I eat out a lot less, so I guess it evens itself out…
[Why are the foods that are worst for us the cheapest?!!! That makes no sense, but it is true! Very frustrating!]
My cravings have not decreased very much, and that is so frustrating! Also, I’ve been kind of a hermit because it seems everywhere I go is a temptation! I can no longer eat out, which I used to do several times a week, so that is a big hole for me.
I have a question Jonni: Is it better blood sugar wise to eat protein or complex carbs when I feel myself crashing (like from low blood sugar)? Or maybe some of both?
Thanks so much everyone for being there. I hope to be back often to share/read experiences:)

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Jonni February 12, 2011 at 4:57 pm

Hi Trish – I agree that it isn’t reasonable for the unhealthy foods to be so cheap – but they’re subsidized by the government. That’s why there’s so much sugar, corn syrup, and other non-healthy products in all processed foods. So we just have to stay away from processed foods.

I’m not an expert on vegetarian diets by any means. I recommend a really good, well-balanced diet – I think the best resource for vegetarians is the books by Joel Fuhrman. He’s getting a bit commercial lately, but his book Eat to Live is one of the best I’ve seen.

For that blood sugar issue, you might want to find some good whole wheat crackers to munch on throughout the day – the slow acting carbs in the crackers should help. Just make sure they aren’t loaded with sugar :)

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Lara May 19, 2011 at 5:13 pm

As a nurse in the hospital when a patient has a low blood sugar we give BOTH a carb AND a protein…eg a cracker WITH peanut butter and a milk, both complex and simple carbs and protein. The simple carbs help with the immediate need and the protein sustains the blood sugar for 2-3 hours.

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Jonni May 19, 2011 at 5:47 pm

Thanks, Lara. Good advice.

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Patricia February 14, 2011 at 9:53 am

Ok, this is my first post. I just got out of bed (3:46 a.m.) (woke up, trouble sleeping) and know sugar has to go. It’s Valentine’s Day and I went out for a Valentine’s dinner last night and ended up with a massive dessert—and I am supposedly on Weight Watchers! Weight Watchers is never going to work for me if I don’t give up sugar. I eat bags of M&M’s in the movies (that’s a month of WW points) (I need to forget WW for now) and really love the M&M’s MORE than the movie. The only reason I am fat is that I eat/overeat/binge on candy. Ain’t nothing going to work for me if I keep it up. I am joining you good people and am going to stop this madness. I can have a heck of a life and a heck of a body and a heck of a good time of it and feel awesomely good if I give up sugar. Some fabulous person here suggested I think that you deal with just the sugar for now (and eating healthy and whole carbs not refined) and I am going to do just that. Weight Watchers is going for now. I am going to get the sugar out, feed my body WELL, and see how it goes after a month. I need you guys to blab to and be inspired by and I am really inspired by so many of your stories. Tomorrow is the Real Valentine’s and tomorrow is the first day of my new life.

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Trish February 14, 2011 at 3:33 pm

Good for you, Patricia! I always think awareness is the first step, and there you are!
I have just started posting here and am also hoping to get strength from the others here:) Hopefully we can all encourage each other!

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Patricia February 15, 2011 at 12:24 am

Hi all, How’s your day going? Mine is sure better than yesterday. THANK YOU.

I am heading off to the movies and am taking my healthy home popped popcorn with me and am having zero candy at the movies tonight. Made a super healthy salmon dinner and even went to the grocery and hauled into the house a good load of good things. I want to make it until Friday with no sugar and then go on from there.

You all have my encouragement and support. I am parking myself on this website so please ask for support and you will get it. x

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Angie February 15, 2011 at 6:58 pm

Wow–I can relate to everything everyone is going through. I have always been a sugar addict. It is a joke in my family. I managed to lose 20 lbs last year by sticking to high protein/low carb diet but I still struggle with bingeing. I always think I can handle a bite and I can’t. I feel like a drug addict. I start looking for more and more and then it takes over–like one person said, they like the candy better than the movie–I’m the same way–or I will be at a social function and can’t really socialize b/c I’m constantly looking for some cookies or cake. One cookie ends up being several and that’s all I care about-my next sugar fix. My face breaks out in weird rashes that itch and peel. My ears itch and bleed which have caused several outer-ear infections. I take probiotics which helps with that. I can go for several days and I feel great and my belly isn’t bloated but then one bite and it’s all out the window. I know most is emotional eating but also a cycle physically too. I am unrealistic and think I can eat in moderation sweets. Never works. How long do you have to give up sugar and then really truly be able to eat in moderation? I am thinking at least a few months. I have only gone 8 days. I am totally amazed I haven’t gained the weight back because I only eat “good” for a few days then binge for a few days. I do workout but not hardcore. But my face starts to break out–my husband can tell and asks if I’ve been eating sugar again:) Does anyone have problems with diet pop? I know the aspartame isn’t good for you but sometimes if I get that instead of candy it keeps me from eating junk. I feel like it’s a guilt-free treat but then again, maybe I’m doing more harm than good. I don’t drink it everyday. But if I drink a regular pop I usually end up bingeing. I’m sure it’s a mental thing. Anyway, so nice to find a site that I can relate too

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Jonni February 16, 2011 at 1:59 am

Hi Angie. I would suggest that you cultivate a liking for plain water, perhaps flavored with a squirt of lemon juice. Research has shown that people who drink diet pop don’t lose weight, and often gain weight instead. And they also have found a correlation between artificial sweeteners and an increase in insulin resistance – one of the causes of adult-onset diabetes. Plus, artificial sweeteners are chemicals – and we really don’t know what the long-term effect of ingesting them might be.

You might want to check your library to see if they have a copy of Dr. Weston A. Price’s book – perhaps the first scientific study of the physical effects of sugar. And for ideas about what you can eat that will reduce or eliminate the cravings, check out Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon. You will have fewer cravings when your body is getting the nutrients it really needs.

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Angie February 16, 2011 at 2:42 am

Thank you–I refrained from buying diet pop today and instead got that La Croix selzter water instead–gives me that carbonated taste without any sugar or artificial sweeteners. Deep down I knew it was wrong to drink diet but just hanging on to yet another bad habit. I will check out those books, thanks!

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Trish February 15, 2011 at 8:23 pm

Hi all
As of today, I am 4 weeks sugar/sweetener/white flour/white rice abstinent. I am still so frustrated with these cravings! Especially chocolate, ice cream, and bagels! I always try to have something to munch on near by, but it’s not what I really want! There’s definately a “mouth feel” component to what I am craving…
I like to think of what I’m doing as a life plan, or something like that. I don’t like the word “diet” personally. I have been trying to think of wording that encompasses what I am doing–I’m not just sugar-free. And I’m not just sugar-addicted. When I have spoken to others about my eating, I refer to it as “my eating is going well” or “I’m still doing well with my eating”. I don’t know if any of that makes sense or is an issue for anyone else…Any suggestions? How do you refer to what you eat/don’t eat? I also would like to possibly frame it more by what I “can” (choose to) eat than by what I “can’t”/don’t eat…
I suffer from severe depression. I am on several medications which all have weight gain as a side effect. I expect that they play a role in what I crave and/or how I process food. And of course the depression itself is fed by self-hatred/shame/seeking comfort in food. I have gained 20lbs in 6 months, but I’m trying in my head to be clear that my primary goal is not weight loss, but a healthier lifestyle. Weight loss–if it occurs–is a fringe benefit:)
Anyway, just my ramblings…
Keep up the good work, everyone:)

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Jonni February 16, 2011 at 1:51 am

Trish, have you asked your doctor to do a complete workup to see if you have any possible endocrine problems, such as low thyroid? That’s just one common condition that causes weight gain, depression, and possible cravings for food, and there are others, as well. If there is some underlying problem that hasn’t yet been diagnosed, just cutting back or eliminating sugar won’t fix it.

We often feel bad about ourselves when we overeat, without considering the possibility that both the overeating and the depression are symptoms of an underlying medical condition – which might be easily cured if we can just find a doctor who will take the time to find out what’s wrong.

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Trish February 17, 2011 at 8:19 pm

Hi Jonni. Yes, I’ve had a complete work-up. Admittedly, it was a medical work-up and not by a naturopath or someone more holistic like that. I thought my fasting blood sugar was high at 105ish, but was told it was in the normal range. My thyroid tests were all normal, etc.
I have a life-long history of depression, and there is definately a connection between that and my food issues. It’s sometimes hard to tell which came first–the chicken or the egg, you know? Whatever the connection, it’s so frustrating:(

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Bev July 7, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Because of all the reading I’ve done lately, people like us seem to do better with the cravings if we eat more FAT. Here is what helps me – Breakfast HAS to be ground beef with cheese melted on it. It even beats eggs for keeping me fuller longer and less cravings. Snacks have to be home made beef jerky. Stay away from ANY breads etc. Sounds like a lot of protein and fat, but it keeps you sane, and actually healthy as well. Cook all meats, veggies in coconut oil or butter. So, in a nutshell, try to eat only meat, eggs, veggies, cheese and the above mentioned fats. Eat them whenever you are hungry. It works.

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Patricia February 16, 2011 at 3:44 pm

Good morning you all. I am on Day 3 of my No Sugar Quest. No cravings really so far but then I am coming off the most horrible binge/freakout/total mess up so anything seems better than that. Trish: I hear you, sweetheart. I am so much like you. I did decide that if I am going to give up sugar, then I may as well be on Weight Watchers since sugar is basically the only problem I am having with Weight Watchers in the first place. I also gained about 16 pounds over the last year or year and a half — and it really sucks. Boyfriend is Italian and he changed my diet–lots of cheese, trip to Italy, risotto cooking at home, wine every night etc. Of course he is tall and lanky and I only porked up. He would taste and nibble and I would shove the whole thing in my mouth and ask for more. Oh well. That’s behind me now. (brokeup) Also one other thing–I am gluten insensitive and have inflammation and am also going to divorce myself from gluten–but am thinking I will only work on the sugar for now and leave that for next. So today is day 3 and I am just saying that I will not eat any sugar today. Have a good one everybody.

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Patricia February 17, 2011 at 4:13 pm

so far so good. however, I just had the thought that I would like to go and eat a bunch of cupcakes. so it begins.. but I am so inspired by the rest of you.

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Lindsey February 17, 2011 at 5:48 pm

I have been addicted to sugar for years. I don’t drink sodas any more but I love candy. I can eat a whole bag of Life Savour Sours (my favourite) in a few hours. I can stop for a long time but if I have just one thing like candy, or some thing with sugar in it then I have to have it again. I just have to stop cold turkey and get any sort of candy out of the house to avoid temptation, have more protine and take some aspirin when I start to get with draw head aches.

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Trish February 17, 2011 at 8:26 pm

Hey everyone…I have a (stupid?) question to ask…Looking for your opinions.
Tomorrow is my birthday, and I am strongly considering going out to eat some of my “forbidden” foods–just for tomorrow. I’m worried that it could send me in a tail spin, or if I can just do that for one day. All week, I have been thinking about what I’d eat…I am embarassed to want this…I can definitely see a comfort component…I was thinking if I really promise myself, I could do it for just one day. I think of the alcoholic who just drinks on New Years…Are they able to leave it alone the rest of the year? I’m thinking of food as reward, I know…
Anyway, I’d love your feedback…
Thanks
(p.s. Have been sugar/sweetener/white flour/white rice free for just over 4 weeks)

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Patricia February 17, 2011 at 9:09 pm

This is a tough one, and one I will for sure face–in fact TOMORROW since we are going out for a prix fixe dinner and for sure dessert will be a part of that—but my 2 cents is that you would feel really wonderful to just leave it alone and get your treat some other way–new dress? big bunch of gorgeous flowers and some perfume? fantastic dinner w champagne? gorgeous fruit for dessert with cappocino? My two cents is..you are doing great, you know where sugar leads you, and just don’t go there.

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Trish February 17, 2011 at 10:50 pm

Thanks, Patricia. I like the idea of treating myself some other way. I’ve scheduled a manicure for a treat. Some flowers might be nice. I don’t know…
What are you going to do about your dinner tomorrow night? I know sometimes restaurants might be able to fix you up something not on the regular menu…Look who’s talking?! I should listen to myself, right?! lol
I have to get myself out of this “celebrate with food” mindset. Grrrrr…..

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Patricia February 18, 2011 at 1:19 am

You know, tomorrow I am going to skip the dessert, whatever it is. (And wish you a happy birthday!) I am so burned out by what I went through last weekend w the M&M’s and everything else that right now it’s pretty easy to say No. Last weekend I was trying to moderate my sugar intake (a la instructions from a shrink) and see if I could have a little treat every day—oh! that didn’t work out, at all. I cannot moderate worth anything. I know the cravings will likely come and I will be negotiating with myself and trying to change my “plan”, but if I do, it will be a mistake. For me. Sugar to me is like heroin to a junkie.

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Rich D April 25, 2011 at 2:50 am

I know how elusive moderation can be. I often say that “just having a little” is like just putting a little hole in a balloon. Can’t be done. POP!

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Trish February 19, 2011 at 12:10 am

Hello everyone!
Well, it’s my birthday and I made the difficult choice NOT to venture outside of my current eating plan and indulge today. I stayed out most of the day and was distracted, which helped:) I am going to buy a single-serve blender for myself as a special treat, as I make a smoothie every morning, and my old Hamilton Beach is not up to the challenge!
Sending good wishes all around…

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Patricia February 19, 2011 at 4:48 am

Trish, I am so proud of you. Happy Birthday too. You are my role model.

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Patricia February 20, 2011 at 4:08 am

Hello all,
I have scraped through the weekend with only a few hours of sugar craving. I even made it through the movies tonight where I usually eat 2 huge bags of M&M’s which I like better than the movie. I feel proud of myself, and hopeful. I feel like a member of the human race!

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Dennis February 19, 2011 at 2:41 am

Hi,

I just realized I am maybe not a sugar, but a glucose addict and I need help! I feel hungry all the time and no matter how much high protein, good food I eat, I am still hungry if I don’t eat something that contains a large amount of sugar (to raise my blood glucose level). The reason why I know it is not just eating sugar is that when I smoke (rarely) I notice that nicotine reduces my insulin levels and therefore increases blood glucose which eliminates my craving. I don’t eat a lot, I am very fit and sports are my second nature. I haven’t found a way to deal with this… are you saying that your body adapts to lower levels if you stay away from sugar long enough?

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Jonni February 19, 2011 at 3:32 am

Dennis, every body is different. If someone is just overloaded with sugar and other processed foods, but healthy in every other way, the body will go back into balance if given a good, healthy sugar-free diet. But remember that cravings for any kind of food may be a signal that something isn’t working properly – for that reason, it’s always a good idea to discuss these things with your doctor. It should be possible for your body to control the blood sugar level without the large amounts of sugar – assuming that you eat healthy carbohydrates that your body needs. Your doctor should be able to find out why that doesn’t seem to be happening. For many of us, the sugar we eat at breakfast causes a blood glucose crash around time for the first coffee break of the morning, and the only way to make ourselves feel better is more sugar – in cases like that, it’s the sugar itself that’s causing the problem with blood sugar levels. Is that what’s happening with you? The best way to safely find out is to talk to your doctor.

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chantal February 19, 2011 at 4:32 pm

Hello everyone,

Lastnight I went to bed feeling as I do most nights that I never want to give up my uncontrolable sugar addicton because I love my addiction too much. Today however I woke up feeling defeated and hopeless. I hate the control sugar has over my life. This addiction is like a stranglehold. Once I’ve allowed the grip of sugars tenticals to wrap around me that’s it. I don’t control what I eat, it controls me. Once I’ve finished devouring a box of chocolates my mind is preocupied with the next sweet thing that pops into my mind until I give into that temptation and then the cycle continues. So actually I have a love-hate relationship with my addiction.
I’m a type 1 insulin dependent diabetic since the age of 4. I’m now44 years old. Oops! I gave my age away, but that’s o.k. So you can guess what I’m doing to my body? I really was selfaware of my addiction from an early age of about 8. My friends would invite me over to their homes after school and they would offer me a snack to eat. I’d always request the maple sugar bottle in the fridge. I’d eat a nice big bowl of it and my freinds would stare wide eyed in amazement at me then comment how weird I was. I new I had a problem when after halloween I’d finished my huge sack of candy in three days because everynight I’d wake up to eat it. During the nights as long as candy was in the house I was unable to control my thoughts or behavior until it was done . I learned at a very young age how to hide my eating issues. That time it was by sneeking around at night so that I would’nt be caught. As I aged I became the master of hidding my secret from people who would try to stop me from my drug of choice. After all these years of eating like this, it truely is a miracle that I still have my sight and kidneys and my weight is very good. I am however suffering from other problems related to poor diabetic control. I also have depression which I’m learning sugar is probably a big source of the cause. My hope is that these medical problems will be reversed as my health improves with better eating and lifestlye changes.
Feeling upset this morning drew me to my computer in search for help. I was suprised to discovered this sight. Just knowing that there are people who have issues like myself and are discussing and motivating each other for change gave me great encouragement. This morning I made a decision to pull myself up by the bootstraps and climbed back on the wagon. I made this dicision after reading what you all wrote and shared about yourselves. Your journeys towards better health and your battles towards freedom from sugar addiction. I’m really proud of all of you guys. I’ll be happy to ride this one out with you to an empowered and emproved life. May the Lord sweeten all your lives in new ways. Thanks.
To all you prayer warriors out there, I could use some to keep me going strong. It’s 7:30 pm. I have’nt touched anything yet today but the nights still young and I’m feeling like I’m going to crack.

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Jonni February 19, 2011 at 5:19 pm

Hi Chantal. I hope you’ll read Dr. Bernstein’s book Diabetes Solution. In fact, I recommend it to just about anyone who still isn’t convinced that sugar and white flour can damage one’s health. Most popular diabetes books are for people with Type 2, adult onset diabetes, but this book includes information about Type 1 diabetes, too. In fact, the author has had this illness all his life, and he’s controlled it by diet.

The other thing the book includes, and which I have never seen discussed anywhere else, is a medication that he prescribes to his sugar-addicted patients who simply can’t give up the sweet stuff on their own. That’s the chapter you might be most interested in – it could even save your life. If your own doctor is unfamiliar with the medication, you might lend her the book.

We wish you all the best – keep us posted.

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Rachel November 21, 2011 at 4:56 am

Hi Jonni,

Just stumbled upon this site, and I am aware that I’m a little late to the party as your post is almost a year old, but I had to respond to this because I am a Type 1 diabetic.

Thank you for distinguishing between type 1 and type 2 diabetes, because many people think that diabetes is all type 2. However you say that Dr. Bernstein “controlled it by diet.” That’s impossible. Type 1 diabetes is not 100% controlled by diet. Dr. Bernstein still has to take insulin to survive. Type 2 can be controlled by diet alone, but not type 1. Just want to set the record straight!

I’ve been type 1 for 10 years now and I am still struggling with sugar. I wish I could try Dr. Bernstein’s diet but it’s too restrictive. Only meat, cheese and veggies? I need more variety than that!

In any case, I am glad I am not alone in this struggle. Best to all!

Rachel

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re February 27, 2011 at 4:57 pm

Chantel, how do you feel about lentils….They are so very simple and quick to make….Get yourself some already made chicken broth put about 1 cup of lentils boil for about 10-15 minutes….you can add whatever is leftover in your fridge….and have a healthy lunch in 15 minutes….It is healthy, filling and makes you feel good about yourself. RE

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Bev April 12, 2011 at 8:14 pm

Hi Chantal – You should check out The Livin La Vida Low Carb Show (online) and all the links that Jimmy Moore supplies. I am a lot like you, and low carb, high fat, med protein seems to be the answer for me. Use coconut oil as much as possible. There is no way that even eating brown rice, oats etc will stop my hunger and cravings. I have to eat meat and cheese for breakfast, or eggs and meat. My other meals have to be similar. This also keeps my blood sugar in the proper range. But as soon as I eat carbs, up go my numbers. Just a thought.

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Chantal February 20, 2011 at 8:13 pm

Hello Jonni, and everyone,

Thanks so much Jonnie for replying back to me so soon. I’m really glad I have you to turn to and I’m thankful for your suggestions. I’m really interested in the book that you recommended for me to read. I will be planning to purchase it. I’ll be informing my sister or my friend to buy this book for me in Canada and will ask them to mail it to me, since I’m no longer living in North America at the momment. Both my sister and my friend are very aware of my sugar issues and are willing to help me in anyway they can with this problem.

I’m a Canadian citizen from Toronto living in Tehran Iran right now. Unfortunatly, I don’t think the endocronolagists here have or are aware of this medication that you have mentioned to me to take for curbing my cravings. On my next visit to Toronto, however I will be shure to inquire about this with my doctors.

I’m amazed I got on this site today. With the currant situation going on in Iran and The Middle East, it’s been hard to use the internet and use my e-mail. The government has blocked this form of communication all day today. I’m not shure if it will be as easy for me to contact you guys on a regular basis these next coming days or weeks. It will depend on the political situation. I’ll try e-mailing whenever I can. Hopefully I’ll get through.

I wanted to share with you all, that I made it through last night and most of today without sugar. I have a box of European chocolates in my home that I was dying to eat all day yesterday but I’m aware that I must get these out of my house soon. Today I had a coffee with sugar but that’s it. At that time I was starting to have a low bloodsugar. Instead of making a better desicion to drink juice, I had a coffee. I did’nt let my mistake upset me. I just kept going on through the day with the mindset that I won’t give up. Actually I ate very healthy foods today and I’m trying to eat at regular times everyday. I’m feeling very positive and I’m optomistic that this is a problem behind me. I’m very greatful for this site to come to and discuss my daily walk. Now I’m flying high on positivity and when the time comes that I’m struggling I know there will be a place that I can come to without judgement. I can also come and read some of the entries and know it will lift me up.

I’ve been down the path 3 times in my life where I really fought to stay sugar clean. Once when I was pregnant for my son who by the way was born very healthy. The second time was before I moved to Iran. I did very well, but once I came here I screwed up. Last year I tried again and for three months I did excellent. I did’nt eat white refined breads or refined foods or anything boxed or canned. I ate plenty of veggies and fruit that I really loved. I love eating international vegetarian dishes eg. Italian,Greek, Middle Eastern, Chinese, other Asian dishes plus my North American and European foods too. All low in fat and GI ‘s . I Love all different kinds of salads as well. When you think about it, that’s a lot of choices. It’s funny, once I’m on a healthy roll I don’t think much about what I can’t eat but I’m aware of all the tasty things I can eat. I crave the other stuff less and love eating healthty more. Once I’m on a sugar roll, I eat only my sweet things and tend to eat less and less healthy food until all I’m eating from morning till night is crap. I don’t feel to even eat fruit anylonger, which I really love, especially here because it’s so organic and sweet. I find when I eat terribly, I become more afraid to eat real food too, thinking I’m going to get fat if I eat ontop of all the junk I just ate. So this is also apart of my problem. I’m aware of my trigger foods too. Big Juicy Iranian dates is what made me fall of the wagon last year, until yesterday when I made my desicion to try again to be sugar free. If I eat just one date, thats it. I’ll end up buying a box of dates a day and I’ll eat the whole box in one day. My brain then starts thinking of icecream and everything else bad for my health. I know to stay away from diet pop too. It gives me a taste of that sugar rush and then I want other things as well. If I drink tea I end up eating biscuts or pastries so tea is a no no. Coffee is also a no no because I’ll want to eat chocolate , cake or put sugar in my coffee for a fix. I have lots of triggers which makes it really hard. I’m on day two of staying sugar clean but I’m determinded this time to not back down. Here in Iran the culture is very social and the people eat alot all the time. I’m safer in my own home once I’ve gotten better control, but once I venture out the door to someone elses home it gets more dangerous. like Italians, people encourage you to eat constantly here. I have more control in my environment when I get on the good eating roll and don’t keep anything in my fridge or on my shelves that could be dangerous. There are social gatherings that I go too at least twice a week, at least! That’s alot of temptation to deal with on a regular basis.

Thanks for listening today. Hope to hear from you soon.

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Trish February 22, 2011 at 1:42 pm

You know, it really helps me a lot to hear other peoples’ stories. I am so inspired by you all! And I recognize your struggles as so similar to mine…I wish none of us struggled, but since we do, I’m glad we have a place to share…
I have been able to continue to eat “clean”, and for that I am grateful. Right now, I am frustrated because we had a snowstorm and it is hard for me to get out and get groceries (I do not drive), so what I have is not very much fresh stuff. I feel healthier when I am eating carrots than nuts, for example. Eating this way takes a lot of planning, that’s for sure!
Wishing you all a wonderful day, and thanks for all the support!

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Pam February 22, 2011 at 4:24 pm

I’m at a loss. I never knew there REALLY was such a thing as Sugar Addiction. It’s time I throw the towel in and admit defeat. I’m a sugar addict. To be honest I’ve known this but I never really thought it was a REAL ADDICTION like cigarettes or other narcotic drugs such as cocaine & HEROIN!?!?! After reading that it all made sense to me. My sugar addiction goes back to my childhood – I’m 37yrs now and mother of 3. I feel my life slipping away because I can’t control my sugar intake. I have really spun out of control with it. Normally through morning & afternoon I’m fine. It’s when evening hits everything changes. It’s like I turn into the Sugar Werewolf or something! I have no control over myself And on rare days when I seem to hold the beast back, it surfaces during my soundest of sleep. I wake up dead of night in almost a sleepwalking form and raid the cupboards and fridge for anything sweet. It’s mainly peanut butter & strawberry preserves by the spoonful. If there’s candy, forget it. I’m downing whatever I can get and wash it down with a nice cup of ice cold milk! Then I head up to bed and in a couple hours I’m back at it again. Not every night is like that. Most of the time it only happens once but there’s been a number of times that I do this 3 or more. I haven’t had a good night’s sleep in about 16yrs because of this! I’m tired. I’m scared. I’m gaining weight rapidly. I’m 5′ 3″ and weigh about 265lbs. I’m HUGE!!!! I have NO energy. I’m depressed. I’m embarrassed by the way I look. I just feel TERRIBLE. All my life I’ve been a yo-yo. Always had a weight problem since I was about 6yrs old. I know what foods cause me to gain weight. I know how big a role drinking lots of water and exercising is. But the one thing that’s so darn obvious I can’t stop… SUGAR!!!!! I HATE the fact that I’m so addicted to it I can’t make it through the night without it. And I HATE the fact of knowing that my children are missing out on things because I’m too tired to do anything. I don’t know what to do anymore… H E L P M E P L E A S E! ! ! !

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Jonni February 22, 2011 at 5:27 pm

Pam, I used to feel exactly the way you do. I managed to find a way to control the problem in a way that not only allowed me to eat a healthier diet, but it also allowed me to feel better about myself. I wrote down my experiences in a book several years ago, and some people have found it helpful. For me, the two keys were a simple meditation technique that allowed me to notice my cravings without acting on them, and understanding that our cravings are perfectly natural – it’s the food we eat that isn’t natural, but our bodies weren’t designed for a world full of industrially-processed food. Letting go of the guilt and taking charge of eating choices really does make a difference.

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Bev April 12, 2011 at 8:17 pm

Hi Pam – you need to read Jimmy Moore’s Livinlavidalowcarb . It’s what saved me. High fat, medium protein….

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Trishann Couvillion February 22, 2011 at 5:06 pm

I have been addicted to sugar almost my entire life. Growing up with a single mom, she found it much easier to keep us quiet with cheap sugary foods so we basically grew up on just that. Because of it I have always battled being overweight as well. I am now a healthy weight, but it took me into my 30′s to get it there. And yet I still have sugar issues. I’m an Event Photographer and LOVE photographing people and as I watch them I always wonder what vices everyone else may have. I know that sugar is mine and I really need and want to get to a point where I don’t feel like it obsesses my thoughts! Also, since I attend to many functions around Seattle I always come across the dessert tables and just can’t say no. I use sugar as a source of security and comfort. It’s frustrating really, but I love it too! After 35 years, I have no idea how to do this for the long term. I can give it up for weeks at a time, but that’s about it!

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Bev April 12, 2011 at 8:19 pm

Trishann you probably should carry your own snacks with you at all times to these events – beef jerkey, hard boiled eggs, nuts, cheese sticks…..

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Nicola February 23, 2011 at 2:19 am

Hi everyone

Iam onto day 2 of no sugar, and i feel dreadful!!! The cravings are there, but i seem to have this incredible anger, i feel like a caged tiger that wants to rip someone to shreds. The smallest thing (someone borrowed my pen and didnt return it) sets me off like its world war 3!!
i literally am sitting at my desk clenching and unclenching my fists and wanting to cry for no reason. Has anyone else experienced this at all? im worried that there is something else other than just sugar addiction.

thanks guys, you are all huge inspirations!!

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Jonni February 23, 2011 at 3:44 pm

It’s interesting that Chantal mentioned her crabby moods today, too. I think this is particularly interesting because we only notice how sugar affects our moods when we give it up for a day or two. How often do we even notice milder mood swings during the day when we’re still eating those donuts and afternoon chocolate? I always used to rationalize any negative emotion or my feelings of irritation as being caused by something on the outside – like that person who didn’t bring the pen back. Now I look first to see if there’s anything going on inside – a change in diet, too much stress, a change in schedule that has me at odds with the world. I never even considered anything like that when I still ate sugar regularly. It just didn’t occur to me, because there wasn’t anything obvious, like a deliberate switch to a no-sugar diet, that would make me think about it.

One of the first books I read that got me thinking a bit more about this issue was Sugar Blues by William Duffy, written back in 1975. Unfortunately, I didn’t really take it to heart until I needed to lose weight, too. I can’t help but wonder how much easier my life might have been if I’d paid a bit more attention to his book a whole lot sooner.

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MARIE February 23, 2011 at 12:44 pm

I am not an expert but I would like to make some suggestions that I have gleaned over the years. I am a sugar addict and have been for decades. Perhaps, it started when on Sundays our mother purchased 3 1/2 dozen doughnuts for us to consume. We were each allowed 5….FIVE DOUGHNUTS A PIECE….Maybe, our reward for going to 6 AM mass!. Presently, every one of my siblings have issues with sugar. I have some health issues which I believe are related to sugar consumption but I am not overweight. But I am over-carbed and over-sugared. I believe that the reasons that I am able to keep the sugar from causing obesity in me include several things….
I agree that it is best to go “cold turkey” but I am not sure that that is realistic. i follow some simple rules….such as: writing down , not everything I eat but just the sugar stuff. Sometimes, i tell myself that I will only have my treats on the weekends and if I find something I want during the week, I put it in the freezer to save for the weekend. Tony Robbins says that it is our Reptilian brain that says “hey you better hurry up and eat this because someone else might get it first” He believes that if you know that it is there for you whenever you want it, you can avoid the binge. Of course, everyone knows that you should not eat after 6 …I am not a night eater but a mid day binger. Another suggestion, is to choose what snack you must have and just eat that whenever you cave( it’s better than eating everything.) i think that you must be kind to yourself and patient. The more you beat yourself up , the more you will eat to make yourself feel better. I think it is very important to set up some rules for yourself such as those above. Rules that you can live with….I continue to work on my sugar issues….i have started to have whole wheat toast with honey in the morning instead of a doughnut, I avoid the stores (and there are many) which trigger me to buy my drug of choice. I make up my oatmeal the night before so it is ready and waiting and when the scale hits that “oh, my God number” I take notice. I am fortunate that I like to exercise so I will be vigilant in doing that. I have not cracked the case but I see improvement…i hope that this is not considered heresy ….but cold turkey is just too cold…marie

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Chantal February 23, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Hi jonnie,

It’s day 5 for me now. I’m feeling o.k. but the last two days I was feeling so crabby. I woke up this morning in the same miserable mood but now I’m fine.

I was at a large social gathering the other day. Tea was served with pasteries, chocolates and later on a fuit flan. I actually served the pasteries and the choclates around, but was’nt tempted to my amazing suprise. I think it was more because I did’nt like the particular treats. Fruit flan is’nt that desirable to me either, however when I was sitting right in front of it after it was sliced I wanted it. I had to move from were I was sitting. Shortly afterwards I started getting bitchy. I was like that for 2 days.

I was so proud of myself that I told my husband That I’m going to treat myself to some flowers. ” Not once but 3 times goodies passed me by, and I refused them all”. I told my husband . “So I’m going to treat myself to some flowers.” I said. He just laughed. I told him about this site and explained that someone recommended treating ourselves to other things instead of always relying on sweets as a way of pampering ourselves. I love the idea.

I’m trying to eat three meals a day plus 2 snacks on regular sceduled times, but it’s a bit challenging. I’m up to breakfast and a semi evening meal. This is so tough for me. I’m afraid to eat. When I was in Canada I actually did it. It took forever for me to do it. The results were amazing. I never was hungry. Even I could hardly finish my meals. The snacking fills you up so much. So I’m on this path again. I’ve got good news. I’ve given up my triggers of tea and coffee. I’m now drinking hot water with fress lemon juice. It’s not the same as my coffee at night or after any meal but it’s better for me. Drinking water has always been a challenge so drinking it this way helps too. I love lemons.

Tonight I have guests over at my home. I did’nt buy any sweet things to serve my guests. In the past when I was trying to go sugar free. I always felt guilty that I did’nt have something in the house to serve my guests and I’d buy something. Later when I was alone, I’d eat whatever was left over in a night or two. Tonight I’m thinking about myself. If my guests bring something over my husband said he’ll bring it into work tomorrow. I prefer the guests take it home immediatly. That’s a whole evening that sweets will be sitting in my kitchen. I think I need to talk to my husband about this again when he comes home. I know I’m being extreem, but I know myself.

Calling all prayer warriors out there keep praying for me. Thanks all, bye for now.

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Patricia February 23, 2011 at 3:47 pm

good for you, Chantel. just good for you. did you get yourself some amazing flowers? I hope so.

I am sugar free today (and yesterday). had a few bites over the weekend–no binge or anything which is improvement and am back on the path again.

hugs to you all.

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Trish February 23, 2011 at 4:08 pm

Wow everyone! Lots of people here today! I like that!
I can totally relate to the anger and frustration–especially in the beginning. I have a friend who suggests hitting a pillow and screaming! I haven’t tried that. It feels so violent!
When I have cravings, I often change my environment (like go to another room); if I’m really thinking and motivated, then I make myself go outside. Maybe light a candle, put on some soothing music, etc. Someone even said to dance! Hey, if it works for you, great!
I learned a breathing exercise that always helps me (if I can remember to do it!): Breathe in for 4(or however many seconds works for you) seconds, then hold your breath for 4 seconds, then breathe out for 4 seconds, then hold your breath for 4 seconds. It’s called “4-square breathing”. I usually imagine a square and myself moving around the edges as I do it, if that makes sense.
I’ve heard that engaging as many of your senses as possible is also helpful.
My hardest challenge is wanting the textures in my mouth that I can’t get with other foods (like ice cream and bagels). And getting too hungry and wanting the “quick fix” of sugar. So I always try to have some kind of nuts around to pop into my mouth, which really helps me.
Also, not having any “offending foods” in my house helps. And avoiding going places where temptations abound.
I can get so frustrated and then I come here and know there are more people like me who “get it”. That is invaluable to me:)
So, thank you all for reminding me I am not alone!

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BeeBee February 23, 2011 at 9:14 pm

It’s really interesting to read all your comments. I feel really terrible at the moment. I’ve been crazy about sugar my whole life (I’m 36 now), and even though I’ve tried a zillion times, I seem never to be able to kick this habit. The thing is that other wise I’m really healthy, I love to exercice and I love healthy food, but the minute I indulge and start “doing sugar” I just can’t stop.And I eat sugar every day. I’m so tired of this now. For the time being I have this injury and can’t work out, so my cravings are worse than ever. I just finished my kids sweets and the left overs from yesterday’s birthday party (chocolate cake), and I just want more and more. I tolerate a lot of sugar, I never get sick from it, I won’t even throw up if I eat a lot, I really wish I did, maybe like that I could stop! I want to end this sugar over-eating now! My mood swings are terrible, and I know they are related to my sugar intake. Anybody interested in communication and maybe some coaching on this? Good luck to all:)!

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Angie April 5, 2011 at 2:24 am

I have been reading all of these posts and can relate to so many of them. I am also 36 and feel just like you do. I love exercise and eating healthy but cannot tolerate sugar especially cake and cookies. People think I’m gross because I would rather eat the icing than the cake! I have tried moderation, always fooling myself, feeling sorry for myself because I can’t have sugar but it doesn’t work. I always binge–if not the first day than the second after my moderation experiment. It’s a drug for me and no different than cigarettes. I also never get sick from eating too much sugar. Anyway, email if you would like some support.

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Bev April 12, 2011 at 8:28 pm

Hi Bee Bee – if you could try a low carb way of eating, especially high fat, you wouldn’t feel so hungry for food or sweets. I had to do just that (found Jimmy Moore’s site ) and now I can get through my days with no sugar – still takes some doing though – I am nearly a diabetic so figured this out to control my blood sugars. The nice thing about eating this way is, you don’t have to go hungry – as long as you don’t eat carbs, you can eat meat, eggs, cheese, nuts, jerkey, vegetables , limited or no fruit any time you like. Wish you would give it a try. There are lots of links to this way of eating online.

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Chantal February 26, 2011 at 4:24 pm

Hi Patricia,

Awww, thanks so much for your awsome encouragement to me. It meant alot. I really needed it. Unfortunatly I did’nt buy my flowers yet, boo hoo, because I’ve just been sooooo busy, but yes for shure I’m going to get them. There is a specific place I want to go to buy them, and I’ve made plans with someone to go there next week. I’m excited to go.
I’m very proud of you too. The first few days are rough and your hanging in there. You deserve a bouquet of your favourite flowers too, don’t you think? I’m celebrating your success today with you. Keep in touch, Hugs Chantal.

Hi Marie,

I’m really exited to hear your making a change for the good, and we are walking together down this path. I read your entry and hope your plans are working for you. I personally can’t do this, absolutly not. It’s all or nothing for me. I know myself too well. I’ve tried what you suggested a million times before, but I always end up binging eventually. I end up going around and around in circles until I feel defeated, fed up and just quit all together. Sometimes for years! I kept telling myself I can do this, for example trying moderation or the other things you suggested. I know now, if I get into that mindset I know I’m lying to myself. If I ignore the mind games I play then the eating eventually becomes a battle again. For me if I do this, I’m sitting on the fence and trying to live on both sides. It never works for me because I’m never completly committed to quitting. Lots of anger came from me wrestling with the idea of letting go cold turkey. When I wanted to quit, I kept saying to myself, oh let me just eat some chocolate caramel bars first, and then. It kept being and then. For me to go cold turkey is the only way and it’s tough. I notice on days that I’m mentally committed, 100% I’m at peace through the day and I’m glad about my decision. When I’m struggling with the choice to be sugar free, It’s because I want my addiction. On these days I’m restless, pissed off, and depressed. I love my peaceful days and the excitment I see in myself to continue on.
I’d like to hear from you to see how your method is working out for you. I’m really curious. I’d like to know if these suggestions you’ve made work for some sugar addicts and not others. All the best.

Hi Bee Bee,

I can totally relate to what you described. When I’m eating sugary things I’m really not human. The amout of sweet stuff that I can wolf down would make a normal person throw up all night, and they would’nt be able to touch sugary things again for a very long time. I also love my healthy food. I really, really love it. There is nothing like eating a fuffilling, tasty meal guilt free. I always feel proud of myself for making the right choice afterwards. Don’t you? Unfortunatly, I eat so badly if I start on the cycle of sugar. As I’ve mentioned before I start eating more and more sugar, replacing healthy food with junk. I end up eating nothing at all. This is usually at my worst times. I get it when you say this is destroying yor life. It’s been destroying my life for years and destroying the people around me too. Especially my husband and son.

You metioned that you started thinking about the textures of icecream in your mouth and other creamy sweets. This for shure will send you into a binge. You absolutely must get your mind focused on good thoughts and onto other things. Even if you have to do this 100 times a day at first. It eventually will go away. If I think of the smell of chocolate, I’ve got to have it. If your focusing on creamy textures and other sensations, Your doomed! This is how advertising and commercials work. They play on your senses. I even have to change the channe on t. v. l when chocolate ads pop up. When something sweet comes on t.v. for example like a dessert being made on a cooking program, I have to change the channel.
You mentioned also that you would like to communicate. I’m up for that too.
Keep in touch. All the best.

Hello everyone,

It’s day 8 for me now.

I had my gathering the other night. I was so happy nobody brought over desserts. Later on that evening someone mentioned eating chocolates with the red that I served. My husband went and got my favourite chocolates. No I did’nt get rid of the chocolates like I said I needed to. My husband decided they were to expensive to get rid of so he hid them instead. It was hard, very hard for me not to indulge, but I did’nt. ( Hey, my bouquet of flowers are getting larger.) That night they sat out on the table, all night. In the morning I asked My husband to hide the box before I attacked it. Then I left the house.
It really amazes me to see people have such control and eat only one chocolate or even a half! In my mind that’s too strange. If I allowed myself, that night, to eat chocolate in front of my guests. It shure would’nt have been half a chocolate! and the remainder of the night would have been on planning to sneek a lot more without looking too greedy. The rest of the night would have been after everybody left and I was completly alone. I would have eaten the remaining chocolates. All of them. Thankfully, that’s not what happened. That night was’nt the typical sinario of my everyday life. I made the right move and the picture changed.

I’m aware there is choclate still in my home. I could tear this place apart looking for it or yet, I could go out and buy another full box, but I don’t want too. TODAY and I mean today, I don’t want to. For the first time in my life I’ve choosen change for the right reasons. Before it was for someone else eg. doctors, my son or my husband. Even I did it at times to loose weight, but it never lasted. It was better than not doing anything at all mind you, at that time. This time I want to do it because I don’t want to be controlled anymore by bombarding sugary thoughts and behaviours because of my thoughts.. I want peace. I want to be healthy and experience that, and be around to live. This is what I want now after 40 years in bondage.

Bye for now.

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Trish February 26, 2011 at 5:35 pm

Good morning, everyone!

I just got back from one of my favorite places: the health food store. It is also a very difficult place for me. I love the variety of fresh/organic produce and other things I can’t get at the regular grocery store, but I used to spend most of my money there on baked goods and frozen desserts, telling myself that because they were “natural” they were healthy. It is so hard to be in the same store with all that yummy stuff! I want to feel the same way about th produce. Yes, I love it…I try to revel in the bright colors. But I don’t love it like I love frozen/baked goods.

I try to remind myself that I just need to abstain from those foods today. Tomorrow and the rest of my life don’t matter. Just today.

BTW, do any of you have addiction in your families? Not only food addictions, but alcoholism and such? Both my parents are alcoholics (in recovery now), and I believe at least part of my food addiction has to do with an addictive tendency that I either inherited or learned. What do you think?

I got a book at the library that is so helpful to me right now. It is called “The End of Overeating” by David Kessler. I’ve only read the first 5 chapters or so, but am getting a lot of info already on what makes us addicted to sugars, fats, and salt. The chapter topics sound interesting, and it is an easy read. You may want to check it out!

We are expecting snow today, so I’m going to make a big pot of soup. Maybe the smell of the soup permeating the house will help a bit.

Hope you all have a good day!

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Jonni February 26, 2011 at 5:52 pm

Thanks for mentioning that book, Trish. I checked the book’s page on Amazon, and the video on that page really makes sense – I’ll see if the book is available at my local library. It looks like a good resource.

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Chantal February 27, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Hi everyone,

I made a mistake yesterday. I posted that it was day 8 for me. Today is day 8 for me. It’s been a week now but I’m not feeling any physical changes yet except for my dizzyness has disappeared. Mentally I feel better. My mind is more clear and at peace. I’m not struggling with sugar thoughts like before. I am having problems when I go shopping. I attempt to stay away from things that tempt me, but sometimes it’s unavoidable. I’m struggling with this and still with visiting people. Some people don’t understand my situation and think if I just eat in moderation and take one, I’ll be fine. I’m tired of repeating myself to people. Especially to people who don’t want to listen or respect my disicion. I’m also really upset when people bring deserts to my home especially when they know I’m a diabetic who loves sweets. Don’t they get it? Any suggestions? I need a bit of help here.
I’m still trying to eat 3 meals a day plus snacks but I’m moving very slowly in this department. Last night my Husband commented on it and said I have to eat. I ate an orange and a small banana for breakfast today. That’s alot for me since I don’t like eating breakfast. I wasn’t hungry at lunch today either but I forced myself to eat. Usually I don’t like eating lunch. I ate a small amount of basmati rice with a small chicken leg that I cooked with red peppers, onions garlic and corn nibblets. I also drank a glass of water with my lunch which I don’t usually do. It was hard to eat but once I did I loved muy lunch. I’m worried about eating a snack. I know today I can’t do that. Dinner, I’m not shure about either. I’ll try to eat a salad or something. I know I have to eat. I bought these humungous pomegrants today from a street vender selling a mountain full of them in a huge wheelbarrel. Beautiful pomegrants such richly coloured seeds. They taste amazing. This is my dessert later on. I can’t wait to eat them tonight for my evening snack. I had to fight today to eat. I think getting around to 3 meals a day will take me some time, though I’m up for the challenge.
bye for today, Hope all the best to you all.

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Jonni February 27, 2011 at 3:49 pm

Hi Chantal. It’s interesting that you bring up the problem of people bringing sweets to your house, even though they know you have a medical problem that makes sugar dangerous to you. This is something that happens to almost everyone who wants to give up sugar. Unfortunately, the people bringing or offering the sweets really are trying to be nice. They mean well – but they aren’t very well informed.

I think that there are occasions when more explanations don’t really help much. We might need to practice a one-sentence rule, perhaps to the effect that the doctor has ordered you to keep all sugar out of the house. When someone shows up at the door with a pie or cookies, that would be the time to bring out the rule and gently request, for the sake of your continued health, that they take the items home for their own family. We don’t usually feel guilty asking someone to not smoke in our house, but asking them to not bring something they offer out of love is a totally different feeling. Therefore, the “blame” must be laid on the doctor, who won’t allow you to act as graciously as you would like. Even if your doctor hasn’t told you to give it up, she should have – so go ahead and use the “my doctor said” statement if it seems to help.

I also suggest to everyone that you don’t explain your no-sugar rule by saying that you have a “problem” with sugar addiction. The problem is with the sugar, not with you. Once you say that you personally have a weakness, people will bend over backwards to prove to you that you really can handle just one cookie, or just one piece of pie. It’s human nature.

If your guests just can’t get off the subject and keep trying to talk you out of eating healthier, you might grab a copy of Weston A. Price’s book Nutrition and Physical Degeneration and leave it out on the coffee table. Then, any time someone starts talking about how “silly” it is to give up sugar you could show them the pictures in the book and discuss some particularly disturbing fact that Price discovered about the effects of sugar on health (about 80 years ago!). As soon as they try to change the subject, “reward” them by putting down the book and talking about something that they find more appealing. I think they’ll get the point soon enough, as long as you don’t get preachy and drive them away completely. :)

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alyssa February 28, 2011 at 8:10 pm

Hey! i am alyssa i am 23 years old i have been a sugar adict sence i went to college i have just been craving sugar ever sence i began college well wish me luck with my sugar addictions and i will see how it goes :)

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Patricia March 1, 2011 at 2:34 am

Hi everybody, I haven’t been posting for a couple of days because i have been headfirst into eating candy and cake, and I am not sure how it started. But it did, I guess, Friday night at the movies w 2 boxes of pretzel M&M’s and one peanut. Acting out. Anyway that started it and then I didn’t know what to eat and freaked out about being/getting fat and I don’t remember Saturday, oh yeah, grocery shopping, schlepping stuff upstairs, chopping veggies–and feeling wayyyy overworked about food—and Sunday, Cheesecake Factory and choc cake and ice cream and sick sick sick–and more bad stuff today—still no idea what I am supposed to be eating, freaked out about fat and know I need to post today. Well, here I am.

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Jonni March 1, 2011 at 3:06 pm

Hi Patricia. Not to worry – a relapse is perfectly normal. Since you’re stressed out, you may be self-medicating on sugar to reduce the stress (which only works temporarily, as you obviously know.) So now it’s time to take a deep breath, relax, and remind yourself that you’re going to be just fine.

If you haven’t found a good book on nutrition yet, I recommend Eat to Live by Joel Furhman for vegetarians or people who want to cut way back on animal products, and Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon if you prefer to include eat meat and dairy in your diet. Both books are excellent resources and interesting reads – although Dr. Fuhrman’s book is perhaps more academic, while Ms. Fallon’s book is more of a cookbook (and includes a few political rants against the food industry). Trish also recently recommended The End of Overeating, which I haven’t read yet, but it looks very inspiring. I particularly like the fact that he doesn’t beat people up for eating sugar – it’s the sugar that’s the problem, not you. If you need to feel better about yourself (and I think that would be good for just about any of us), Dr. Kessler’s book would be a good choice. Your local library might have one of these books. Choose the one that looks like it would be most instructive and inspiring, curl up in your favorite chair with a cup of tea and let go of the stress while absorbing some good thoughts about food.

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Patricia March 2, 2011 at 2:39 pm

Jonni! That Kessler book is fantastic. I see a big part of my whole issue is not the whole issue. I downloaded it to my iPad and skimmed it last night and went WOW in my head and am going to read every word today. Making out my food plan for the day–but am amazed at the info he gives and the slant on things. I am soooooo excited!! Thank you so much for the recommendation. Ah, it’s a new day.

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Chantal March 4, 2011 at 10:12 am

Hi Patricia,

I’m glad to hear that you dusted off your knees and got right back up after falling down. I think slipping up is not the problem. Getting down on yourself so badly and quitting is the problem. I’m glad you did’nt quit. I’m really proud of you! Getting back up is the difficult part but you did it so quickly and with such grace. keep it going.

Today is two weeks for me. My husband said to me ” Why are you counting the days. It’s your lifestyle now you don’t have to count the days anymore. ” I never thought of it like that. I found what he said to me something to ponder about.

Jonnie, thanks for your suggestions. I know people mean well when they bring things over but sometimes some people don’t care either. These are the people I have a problem with. Thanks for your imput. It’s the Dr.s orders.

Take care all.

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alie March 8, 2011 at 5:05 pm

Hi Jonni, What do you think of stevia? I started using it as a substitute for sugar in my coffee in the mornings and I’m not sure if it even is a healthier way of going about it.

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Jonni March 9, 2011 at 2:22 am

Alie, I’m not a chemist or biologist, so I can’t comment on the safety of stevia. Some countries ban it, but I’m not sure why. This article on Wikipedia might help us figure it out.

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Lara May 20, 2011 at 1:12 am

WOW! Jonni, I have read a lot of books on preventing cancer etc and they all recommend using stevia as it is a natural sweetener and doesn’t affect the blood glucose (agave nectar is also low on the glycemic index). I can GUARANTEE the reason it was banned in the USA is because of the big business of the sugar industry. They blocked it’s approval to be used as a sweetener because it would be cutting into their profits….then that keeps us from getting sick and cancer and then that keeps the drs from being needed….ok, ok, ok, I’ll get off my soap box! LOL I’m so amazed at that statement in the wikipedia article! WOW

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Trish March 11, 2011 at 8:15 pm

Hello all

I haven’t written for awhile because I experienced identity fraud a few weeks ago and am just now starting to get my computer up and running.

This has been a very stressful time for me. I have found it VERY difficult to follow my clean eating plan, but have made it through so far! I have been doing this since 1-20-11. I don’t really count days, but I must say I’m proud of myself!

I have found when my cravings are the worst it helps to change environments (going outside especially helps), and to notice old patterns (any uncomfortable situation used to lead to overeating).

I am glad to be back again, and send all of you support:-)

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Linda March 14, 2011 at 12:28 am

Wow! What a wonderful site! I was searching on “How to kick my sugar addition’ and here you are.
All of the posts above are very helpful and insightful. I am a 60 year old diabetic who craves sugar. Even when I try to set my mind against it, I can’t. It is not helpful that the snack table is at the end of my row of cubicles at work. I must walk past it to go ANYWHERE! I find myself taking just one bite of whatever as I pass. The problem is that I pass several times a day (printer, bathroom, meetings, lunch, water fountain etc). Rarely is there a day when someone doesn’t bring in something.
Jonnie, I’ve written down the books you have recommended. Maybe this site is just what I need.

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Engel March 15, 2011 at 9:56 am

I have read somewhere on the net about one girl who also battled the sugar addiction and here’s what she wrote:

“I thought my body was rebelling against me with sugar cravings. But what if my body was doing its best to keep me in health? What if my body was right in wanting some nutrients but my mind was misinterpreting the signals?

I thought about this possibility. At first, it felt like a crazy proposition. What’s right about craving ice cream and cheesecakes? They are loaded with sugar and . . . fat.

Huh? Is it possible that my body was craving fat rather than sugar, but I kept feeding it with these sweets? I thought about this. I knew that, even though cookies and pastries can trigger my cravings, what I really craved for were these highly fatty foods.”

This was so true for me. I have been eating high fatty foods for the last few days and no sugar cravings…at all!

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Bev April 12, 2011 at 8:34 pm

Hi Engel – I’m like you in that I need to eat lots of fat in order to stay off sugar and junk food. So I eat very low carb, high fat, med protein. It works

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Quita March 18, 2011 at 12:53 am

I have really enjoyed reading all of you guys comments. I have been staying away from my worst enemy for the past week. I love cake,pies, cookies and fruity candy!! I have noticed that the past few days I have become very jittery and nervous, are these signs of withdrawl? I have not cut flour out my diet, and I must admit I have had a diet coke here and there. Should I be letting go of the flour and artificial sweetners also? I want this to be realistic, im not sure if I can go sugar-free for the rest of my life, but I want to make some changes! Please someone give me some feedback, I am going crazy!!!!!

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Jonni March 18, 2011 at 6:08 pm

Yes, the jitters are normal when coming off sugar. As for all the other things you might also give up, it’s totally up to you.

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ernie March 19, 2011 at 3:02 pm

Hello,

I have been eating large amounts of sugar for quite a while. I have been eating a whole package of Hershey’s chunks of chocolates followed by 10 ice cream cone every night. And sometimes 1 to 3 sugar frosted doughnuts also on these days. I just fisished my second week after stopping cold turkey. I still have the jitters and chills. I have 4 mental illnesses and my medications are only working ½ as well as they did before. I get pains in all my bones. Will this massive amount that I was taking make my symptoms last longer? My doctor said that if I am not better by April 1st she will have t do something about it.

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Jonni March 19, 2011 at 5:05 pm

Ernie, there really are no “typical” symptoms, since we all react so differently when we give up sugar. However, it’s good that your doctor is monitoring your progress. If you stay jittery for too much longer, you might want to ask for a blood test to make sure your glucose levels are within a normal range. We do sometimes self-medicate with sugar when some other system in the body is out of balance, and a blood test will help your doctor find out if everything is still OK.

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Sandy March 20, 2011 at 2:06 am

Hello everyone! I just found your site as I was looking to see if sugar was addictive. I have cut out sugar for the past 5 days and it wasn’t too bad at first but today was an eyeopener for me. I began adding extra milk to my coffee to make it a little more palatable and it was okay. Then by bedtime I wanted something but didn’t know what really and felt restless so I had a few crackers with peanut butter night before last and again last night had a few crackers with cream cheese and rasberry jam. All day today I was fine until dinner time and my coffee just wasn’t getting it and I had a partial container of Coffee House Hazelnut creamer left and decided just a little bit might make it taste better and when I began drinking it the strangest feeling came over me. It startled me and I decided to see if sugar was addictive and find it is. That explains a lot about how I have been feeling and reading your blogs. I know good nutrition will help with the withdrawal from my best friend who began this ahead of me. She takes one of the nutrient packs from Dr.Wallach. I am going to try the Healthy Blood Sugar starter pack next week and will come back and let you know how its working. I eat fairly healthy but am focused on getting rid of the junk in my diet because I know I will feel better. I have fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome that comes with it and I fight the fatigue all the time and started asking for advice from my friend and thats what she gave me so will let you know…hang in there all of you, we can beat this!

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Trish March 20, 2011 at 10:35 pm

Hi all! I haven’t written in awhile. I hope everyone is hanging in there…I am sugar/simple carb free since 1/20/11. Every day seems to have it’s own challenges, and I’ve had more than my share lately. And what does stress/sadness/anxiety etc make me want? Precisely what I’ve chosen not to eat! Some days I can’t stand it, and today is one of those days! I am SO GLAD I don’t have anything in my house to binge on!
I have a question for you guys. I seem to be craving salt a lot–namely, salted nuts. I’m trying to be aware of when I eat them and how many. It kinda scares me that I have the nuts here and reach for them a lot. I’m wondering if I should eliminate them, too. Has anyone else experienced this salt craving? I am not usually a salt person–I am much more a sweet person. Although when I binged on lots of sweets, I would want something salty sometimes to cut the sweet.
The other thing I have found myself doing is drinking more coffee when I want something sweet. Doesn’t matter if it’s decaf or regular. I have always been a black coffee person, so it’s not that I want the sweetness, but maybe to distract me from eating something sweet?
I am so tired of all of this and think seriously several times a day that I can’t do this anymore. I don’t have many friends and the ones I do have think I’m doing something that is not “natural” and that sugar addiction is all in my head, or the latest fad.
Is anyone out there? Can anyone relate?

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Patricia March 21, 2011 at 3:26 pm

Hi Trish,
The coffee helps I think so I wouldn’t worry about that. The nuts–here’s my guess with that–the nuts are sort of sweet, and they are taking the place of sugar. I would watch how much you eat of them, but again, your big challenge is to cut the sugar–and nuts are not sugar, so eat some of them. I go for nuts for the sweetness frankly and that they totally cut my appetite and are satisfying. So is decaf in the afternoon. That’s my 2 cents worth. Just cut the sugar like you are doing. You are doing great.

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Jonni March 21, 2011 at 3:28 pm

Trish, your friends may need to reject your ideas about diet simply because they feel threatened or judged – even though you aren’t trying to convert them to your way of thinking. If they did agree that a sugar-free diet is healthier, they would need to look at their own diets and think about making changes that they aren’t ready for. I don’t know the answer to this, other than to avoid discussing it with people who aren’t supportive. Try to talk about something else that they find less threatening.

Also, try to focus on something more positive than simply giving up sugar – like cooking fabulous meals, for instance. Take a trip to the library and pick up some cookbooks that have tantalizing pictures (no desert cookbooks, of course) and plan your day around the shopping, cooking and eating of those meals. We need to have something to move towards, and not just things that we’re running away from. Italian, Middle Eastern and Asian cookbooks will have lots of ideas for healthy, exciting meals.

I wonder if you’re drinking more coffee to make up for the loss of your regular sugar highs. It will be interesting to see if anyone else has encountered this, or the salt cravings.

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linda March 21, 2011 at 3:42 pm

Trish, the cravings for nuts may be as much for fat as for salt. When we give up sugar, we are also avoiding a lot of the high fat foods we once ate. So your body may be craving the fat in the nuts.

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linda March 21, 2011 at 4:11 pm

Trish – You are probably craving the fat in the nuts. When we give up sugar, we also avoid much of the fat we preveiously ate. Nuts are high in fat- albeit good fat – it is still fat. Eat and enjoy them in moderation.
Decaf Black coffee never hurt anyone.

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Trish March 22, 2011 at 1:16 pm

Hi all
Thanks so much for the ideas and support. I am going through a hard time right now, and am very overwhelmed. As with any other addicition, I will take this all one day at a time–or one hour, or one minute! lol
And I will be more mindful of my food choices and my feelings before I make them.
BTW, I have been experimenting with different foods and combinations. My favorite cuisine these days is Indian! Yum!
Take care everyone!

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Beaulah March 24, 2011 at 6:45 pm

Hi all,

What a wonderful forum. I decided to stop sugar AGAIN on saturday gone after having ice cream and chocalte cake for breakfast !!!

I have done it in the past and always feel so much better and then start eating it again. I find it very hard if im at someones house and they have any kind of homemade cake etc. Im determined to stick with it this time though.

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Kelly Blakey March 29, 2011 at 7:26 pm

Hi, I need help for my 11 year old daughter. She is 100% addicted to sugar and the pain this addiction causes her is difficult to watch. This started as young as 1.5 years old, the other kids were playing on the play ground and her mission was to dig in the sand for candy! I have taken her to many doctors to find out if she had a deficiency, asked her psychiatrist if this is related to her ADHD, and no one has an answer for her. If anyone has any ideas how I can help her and of course being on Aderall leads to a decreased appetite. Sometimes sweets is the only way to get her to eat any calories even though I have tried every positive and consequence method I know of.

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Jonni March 29, 2011 at 7:59 pm

Kelly, it does sound like you could use some help, and fast. For what it’s worth, I suggest that you grab a copy of Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution. He’s a diabetic himself, and works with diabetic patients, so he takes the sugar issue very seriously. He also offers some suggestions for adults who find it almost impossible to give up sugar, even though they know the stuff is killing them. Since your daughter is not an adult, you might want to read the book and then try to find a way to contact him for advice. He does recommend a medication that takes away cravings, even for full-blown sugar addicts, but I don’t know if it would be safe for someone your child’s age.

It looks like you’re already considering the possibility that she could be self-medicating, in response to an underlying medical condition that has not yet been diagnosed. Even though no medical problem has yet been found, that doesn’t necessarily mean it isn’t there. Finding the doctor who knows where to look will continue to be a challenge.

Another expert on the metabolism of sugar is Robert H. Lustig, M.D., of the Department of Pediatrics and Weight Assessment at University of California, San Francisco. You can find a video of one of his lectures here. The lecture is about the connection between fructose and obesity, which may not be of concern to you, but since he has much knowledge about sugar and metabolism, he might at least be able to point you in the right direction. If you go to that page and click on his name in the right-hand column, you can find his contact information.

Good luck – I hope you find the help you need soon.

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Kate March 29, 2011 at 7:33 pm

Hi, I decided on Sunday to stop eating sugar and flour. I have always been thin, so weight wasn’t necessarily an issue, however, I can tell as I’m getting older that I am no longer able to eat whatever I want without it effecting the way I look and feel. I didn’t think it would be too hard to give them up, but today (Tuesday) I was at the grocery store, and when I walked past the bakery I wanted to cry. I suddenly feel like a drug addict who wants to have “just one more hit” before I start eating healthy. My family is great, but I have almost no support from friends. Can someone please give me a general time frame for the withdrawl period? I know removing sugar from your diet is supposed to stabilize your mood, but right now all I feel is angry and sad.

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Jonni March 29, 2011 at 8:06 pm

The mood swings are perfectly normal at this stage, so you can confident that they will soon go away. In fact, within a few weeks you’ll feel better than ever. Right now, however, you deserve to pamper yourself. Take nice long, warm baths, curl up with a good book if you can, and remove all stress from your life that you possibly can. And don’t make any life-altering decisions right now. You’ll feel much better soon.

The only way I know of to get support from friends when giving up sugar (and alcohol, too, for that matter) is to frame your explanation in a way that makes sense to them without making them feel defensive. And the best way to do that is to simply say that your “doctor” ordered you to give up sugar. That might be a little fib, but you are your own best doctor, right? Mention the word “diabetes” casually, in passing. Then try not to talk about your new diet at all unless someone else brings it up. Perhaps that will help your friends will be a bit more supportive.

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Kate March 29, 2011 at 8:28 pm

Thanks Jonni! It’s a huge relief to know these mood swings are normal, especially after reading so much about how cutting sugar is supposed to stabilize you. My MIL was just diagnosed with diabetes and watching her deal with that has definitely put the disease on my radar in a way it never has been before. Thanks for your advice and encouragement!

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Kate March 29, 2011 at 7:48 pm

Kelly– I was researching this very thing for myself (I was diagnosed with ADD 2 years ago–suddenly, much of my childhood makes a lot more sense!lol) I ran across this article http://www.adders.org/info74.htm

this is probably stuff you’ve read before, I just wanted you to know you’re not alone!

Best of Luck!

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Jonni March 30, 2011 at 12:16 am

I just added a video to this post. It’s a lecture by Robert H. Lustig, MD, UCSF Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology, and Director of the Weight Assessment for Teen and Child Health (WATCH) Program at UCSF. It’s called Sugar: The Bitter Truth.

If you haven’t seen it, I strongly urge you to set aside some time and watch it all the way through. You’ll find it here, or just scroll up almost to the top of this page.

Just a few of the things Dr. Lustig explains:
Why sugar is the primary cause of obesity in both children and adults, and where we get most of the sugar in our diets.
The connection between sugar and high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, liver disease, insulin resistance, and more.
Why many babies as young as 6 months old are now obese.
And why some calories make us fat, while other calories don’t – which also means that everything we’ve been told about dieting and losing weight is wrong.

After watching it, come back to our comments section and let us know what you think.

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linda March 30, 2011 at 3:48 am

Just finished the video. 1.5 hrs long, but well worth the watch. the only issue was that it did not finish the last 10 minutes. I could not see what the FDA would possibly do about it. I now understand why fructose produces fat. Should we write our congressmen, the FDA or who?? to get fructose banned? If corn were no longer subsidized would that make fructose expensive enough to make it less appealing to food processors?

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Jonni March 30, 2011 at 6:03 am

Linda, Dr. Lustig said, in the part of the video that you missed, that the FDA won’t regulate sugar because that would have a bad effect on American food exports, and that would affect our economy. I agree that the government shouldn’t be subsidizing the huge corporations that benefit from the sale of high fructose corn syrup and other forms of sugar, but that change probably won’t happen very soon. However, we can change their own diets by throwing the sugar, corn syrup and processed foods out of the house, and going back to a diet based on real, whole foods that actually keep us healthy. That’s something that doesn’t require legislation or government oversight, but it does give us power, just the same.

One website I often recommend is the Weston A Price Foundation. They carry on research and public education that was started almost 100 years ago by Dr. Price, one of the first strong voices against the health risks of sugar. His book Nutrition and Physical Degeneration contains photographic proof and plenty of scientific evidence that sugar is bad for us, and describes the kind of whole-food diets that keep people healthy. He also found, as Dr. Lustig pointed out in the video, that each generation has more problems, as mothers are weakened by sugar before and during pregnancy. Yet we still use tax money to subsidize the corporations that sell the products that make Americans sick, and then spend more tax money on health care for chronically ill patients with heart disease and diabetes. There really is something very wrong with that, isn’t there?

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claire March 30, 2011 at 12:56 pm

Hi all

I have been following this site for a while now as struggle with my obsession with sugar. I just wanted to know when you say you have been ‘sugar free’ do you mean just the obvious ones like sweets chocolates etc or is it advised to cut out carb packed potatoes and pasta. Don’t know if this is a silly question but I am so confused!

Thankyou

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Jonni March 30, 2011 at 5:16 pm

I think that depends on the individual, but when I say I don’t eat sugar, that’s exactly what I mean. Carbohydrates are not bad for us, as a general rule. If you have time to watch Dr. Lustig’s video, he has an excellent explanation of the difference between “normal” carbs (glucose) and the deadly carbs (containing fructose, like table sugar and high fructose corn syrup). The way I see it is this: for millions of years, humans ate high-carbohydrate foods, along with their veggies and meats. What they didn’t eat is refined sugar, whether it’s made from cane, beets or corn. Once you give them up, it’s amazing how much better you feel, and how much better food tastes.

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claire March 30, 2011 at 5:53 pm

Thanks for your reply! That clears things up nicely. :)

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Emily April 1, 2011 at 3:49 am

Hi everyone,

Well, like everyone else, I’m feeling encouraged just to know there are others out there who also struggle with sugar addiction! I’m 26 and have always had a love for sugar, but have felt out of control with it for the past 2 years. I’ve gained a bit of weight, and it’s definitely affected my self esteem. I just don’t like the feeling of something controlling me.
I’ve also found it hard to gain support from friends, as I know to most people it doesn’t seem as serious as a drug or alcohol addiction for example. But I think anything that controls you and negatively affects your life is pretty serious! So it was lovely to find this page and feel supported even just by reading everyone elses’ comments and advice to each other.
My personal experience – I’m a Christian and have sensed God bring up this area of my life lately, as He knows it holds me back and is just determinental on all fronts really. I know we all have our own beliefs, but I honestly find help in Him, and so I have to give Him credit in helping me kick sugar these past 3 weeks (no lapses). I just CANNOT do it on my own – I’ve proved that to myself time and time again. It’s been a vicious cycle for the last couple of years! I’ve also told myself that perhaps I just can’t eat sugar again – it may be for life (and let’s face it, there aren’t really any health benefits of sugar so my body would probably thank me!). In the past, if I’ve let the sugar back into my life a tiny bit, it’s come flooding back in and I’ve felt horrible :( Recovering alcoholics usually can’t go near alcohol again, so perhaps it’s not that dissimilar with sugar…
I’m feeling good now after 3 weeks without it. I know it’s a journey and it’s one step at a time (and there will be failures along the way). But the cravings have well and truly subsided (I’ve been able to say no to chocolate and cake that’s beeen right in front of my face), my clothes are starting to fit better and my emotions are MUCH more stable. One of my friends also made a good point – we have to separate sugar from our identity – i.e. I’ve been known for my love of chocolate, and people have bought it for me as a present knowing I’d love it. But chocolate is not part of who I am in any way. It does not shape me or control me!

No matter what, there’s always hope! :)
Just thought I’d share my own little journey and help to let others know they’re not alone.
All the best everyone! :)

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Jonni April 1, 2011 at 2:55 pm

Good thoughts, Emily. Thanks for sharing.

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Cath April 1, 2011 at 7:18 am

I have a question for everyone who has been off sugar for longer than two weeks. I am in my second week of no sugar, not even fruit and I am lactose intolerant as well. The first week I felt so terrible I couldnt even drive by day 4 I was so shaky. That was my worst day and I am feeling less shaky now – day 12- but still tired, lightheaded, depressed and weepy. I am not trying to lose weight so I am eating well and regularly. How long did people take to start feeling well? I thought a week would do it but honestly there hasn’t been much improvement. It makes you want to give up. Did anyone have withdrawal symptoms that lasted a long time and when did it finally get better?

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Jonni April 1, 2011 at 2:59 pm

Cath, are you eating enough carbohydrates to give you the glucose you need? You might be able to get over the symptoms more quickly if you add fruit back in to your diet, and build your meals around winter squash, sweet potatoes, whole wheat bread and other healthy carbs. If that doesn’t improve things in a few days, it might be time to talk to your doctor.

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Julia April 3, 2011 at 1:30 am

I have been sugar-free for two weeks. I’ve never felt better in my life. I eat whole grains and fruits in addition to vegetables, low-fat dairy, and lean meats. I have also cut out white flour. I feel like I’ve been given my life back. I am 44 and have been addicted to sugar for a long time. All the male members of my family are/were alcoholics. The women were all overeaters and heavy. Both of my parents were diabetic, and I’m pre-diabetic. I’m hoping for weight loss (I’ve lost 12 lbs), but that’s only a bonus. I want to live to enjoy my large family (I have six children) and, one day, play with my grandchildren. I’m walking daily also. Before I went off sugar, I hated any kind of exercise. I felt too lousy to do it. Now I look forward to walking and looking at the flowers and trees. My mind is no longer on when and what I will eat next. My husband is very supportive and has cut down on the amount of sugar he eats and has lost weight. The food I eat tastes so good. I never thought I’d enjoy the taste of a fresh grape tomato so much. After a few days, I didn’t miss the sugar most of the time. I still have some tough moments, but all I have to do is remember how bad I felt before. I hope I will never forget. I am a true believer in sugar addiction because I am a sugar addict.

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Jonni April 3, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Very inspiring, Julia. Thanks for sharing.

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tina April 6, 2011 at 11:11 pm

This is what I know…
When I was young I remember my grandpa sleeping under a buffet in his dining room, he was always sleepy. I also remember my father sleeping all the time, he died from diabetes.
Now I see my 60 year old diabetic sister sleeping all the time even during the day and my youngest brother has this disease also he is 42 years old.
I have tested in the past for diabetes but my numbers were below 100.
It has been about a year and I am feeling so bad. So sleepy after I eat, and my vision gets
blurry, and my brain goes into freeze mode.
I am consuming more sugar, it seems I am craving it like an alcoholic would crave a
drink. After I eat the sweet, I feel so bad and guilty, but I can’t stop the next day I just eat more, after I say I won’t. I exercise on my treadmill regularly and am of normal weight for my height, but I am starting to feel my clothes getting tighter. Everyone in
my family have big bellies. I am so scared. Where do I start? Tomorrow I know I will
just find myself back in the kitchen whipping up another batch of cookies. eeeeks!
Please help me I don’t want to end up like my family.

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Jonni April 7, 2011 at 3:54 am

Hi Tina. I highly recommend that you read Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution: The Complete Guide to Achieving Normal Blood Sugars, and pay special attention to his chapters on methods that help patients give up sugar. Even if you aren’t diabetic, the information in those chapters will be invaluable. He gives instructions on self-hypnosis, and suggests clinical hypnosis if self-help doesn’t work. And if that doesn’t work either, he recommends some low-risk medications that will help curb the cravings. Highly recommended.

You might also want to pick up a book on nutrition by Sally Fallon called Nourishing Traditions. I found personally that the whole foods in the cookbook helped to eliminate my food cravings. I think one big reason why so many of us crave sugar now is that we’ve accepted the low-fat diet advice that’s been handed out for so many years. It isn’t working, so it’s time to find something else that does.

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Tina April 8, 2011 at 9:22 pm

What kind of low risk meds help with cravings?? I have never heard of anything like this before? Thanks for the advice.

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Jonni April 8, 2011 at 9:50 pm

The only place I’ve ever seen them mentioned is in Dr. Bernstein’s book. I gave my copy to a friend so I can’t look up the name of the medication, but I remember that it’s something that has been proven to work for heroin addicts, and that there are very few risks. His patients all have diabetes, so he sees uncontrolled sugar cravings as a life-threatening condition.

Of course, your own doctor probably hasn’t read the book either, so she might not be willing to consider prescribing it. The book would be a nice gift for a doctor, and it might be one way for patients to get their doctors to take sugar addiction a little more seriously.

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Jonni April 9, 2011 at 9:22 pm

I just found it – the medication is called naltrexone. As with all drugs, there are some side effects, especially if the dose is excessive. I seem to recall that Dr Bernstein recommended a very low dose, much lower than the dose used for heroin addicts.

It looks like a new weight loss pill is coming out soon that includes both naltrexone and an anti-depressant, Wellbutrin. The combination appears to have rather serious side effects, including high blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes. Half of the participants in the study dropped out before the study was half finished, and the amount of weight lost was an unremarkable 5% of body weight (10 pounds lost in a year for someone who weighs 200 pounds.) . The FDA approved it anyway. Naltrexone alone, as prescribed by Dr Bernstein, does not appear to have the heart-related side effects.

Kathy April 8, 2011 at 6:22 am

Your post sounds so scary. I am very sleepy every day and have a big belly but not overweight. Igave up sugar four days ago and feel I am learning a lot of good reasons to stay off the stuff but it seems impossible. I use to drink and stopped thirteen years ago but definitely switched to sugar. You must stop. Learn all you can, be aware of social situations and pressures do it as a gift to yourself and break the cycle. Embrace the uncomfortableness and just say I may be super miserable for a few weeks but all will be so much better for it. Good luck

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James April 7, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Wow — this is a really great and inspiring thread. I quit drinking 15 years ago, and I think the first night I did I had three bowls of ice cream. There were several Jameses at the meeting I went to, so they called me James Sugar! I’ve tried to lick the cane juice over and over, over the years, and have never been able to do it, but I don’t keep it in the house, and try to avoid it whenever possible, because otherwise — get out of the way. You could lose a finger.

One thing I’ve always noticed is how little will power I have over eating sugar and carbs when I am out at dinner….I am so quick to give in when someone presses bread or dessert or french fries on me, and part of the reason — or part of the addiction — happens in my thinking that I have to say yes to be a good guest. The concept of choice goes out the window. That’s probably a rationalization, though — since I am also very quick to filch french fries off of someone else’s plate (with no thought of “propriety” there.)

Anyway, what I’ve been trying this week that has been really fascinating is not eating in public. I’ve always noticed how helpless I get around carbs in general when I am out with people at dinner or lunch, how my level head just goes out the window and next thing you know the bread basket is GONE. So on Monday I started this weird thing — tactic, strategy, what have you — of simply eating nothing in public and only eating Monday night I went to a very fancy gala dinner, and was seated at the host’s table and was very, very nervous that I was going to get shamed/guilted into eating….but not one person commented. At all.

I am on Day 4 of this — and as I am sure we all know this is the honeymoon period, where the novelty of a new plan keeps your spirits afloat and your mind engaged. We will see how it goes, but so far so good. AND I have noticed that I even want healthier choices for myself at home, which has always been an enormous struggle. Anyway, I highly recommend trying this out. I’ve known for a long time that with alcohol, the important thing is NOT attempting moderation, and I’ve known in my gut — no pun intended — that sugar (and for that matter, white flour) was the same thing.

Thank you everyone for contributing to this forum. It’s really inspiring!

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Angie April 7, 2011 at 1:47 pm

I agree that the low-fat diet only made my sugar addiction worse back in the 1990′s when I was a teenager. I consumed huge amounts of white rice, white bread, and of course a lot of low-fat desserts that only contain even more sugar than the regular. Last spring I managed to lose 20 lbs by eating high protein, low carb diet. I ate eggs, turkey bacon, butter, turkey, beef, chicken, broccoli, cucumbers, carrots, potatoes, peanut butter in moderation, cream cheese on celery in moderation, full-fat plain yogurt, and I would limit bread to a serving or 2 of whole wheat, etc–I didn’t eat desserts and I felt great–now it’s just trying to stick with that–once I eat sugar ie cookies or cake, I fall off the wagon. I definitely have a sugar addiction–I am just now truly coming to terms with that and it’s a feeling of freedom which is strange, but I can’t eat it even in moderation at least not now or maybe never but that’s okay. It’s easier to abstain from all of it. New symtoms for me are a red itchy rash on my face. That’s what scares me. What other symptoms could I develop if I don’t get this under control? Anyway, I also was known for my love of candy and that’s what people would buy me. It was part of my identity. I grew up with a diabetic father and ate a lot of sugar-free desserts that only made me crave the real stuff even more. I agree with Jonni that eating whole foods will diminish those cravings greatly. Thank you for this site–it truly is encouraging as I’ve been praying for this for years and feel God helped me find this site. I have always prayed He would heal me from this but that is not His will right now. He wants me to learn how to treat my “temple” with respect and learn self-control. It could always be worse. I am not an alcoholic or illegal drug addict but a sugar addict. My health is very good considering and I don’t want to ever take advantage of that. I have 4 children that depend on me greatly.
Angie

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Bev April 12, 2011 at 9:00 pm

Yes, thanks so much for this site. I also can only eat any kind of meat, eggs, cheese, jerky, limited nuts, vegetables, preferably no fruit ( increases my appetite), lots of coconut oil and butter (fats are filling and also GOOD for the heart, cholesterol etc), almond butter, homemade “bread” made from eggs and coconut flour (very low carb) etc. The reason I have to eat this way is like most of you folks I can’t stop eating sweets. I keep track of my numbers, and this is the ONLY way I can keep them normal. I have to cook meat ahead to have in the fridge at all times, or jerky or pickled eggs etc. Otherwise I would get in to real bread and jam and all the other tasty things in life- ha. If you put 8 or 9 hard boiled eggs in a jar of dill pickle juice and let them sit for a week, they are tasty and apparantly eggs are one of the only “complete” healthy foods. I take one to town when I go shopping so I don’t buy a sweet snack. The book Sugar Blues many years ago clued me in to my problem with the “white stuff” but I didn’t get real serious about it until a few years ago unfortunately. I’m 62, 5ft3 and 133 pounds. If I eat this way I can get a good sleep and wake up feeling fine. I do “fall off the wagon” once in a while but only for a short time as I get too sick with headache, feel awful, dry throat, fuzzy thinking, blurry vision etc. All the best to everyone….

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Jonni April 12, 2011 at 9:58 pm

Another good source for recipes that fit Bev’s diet is Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon.

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Bev April 12, 2011 at 11:27 pm

Another great easy healthy meal is home made soup with meat, tomatoes, veggies like kale, cabbage etc. When you get hungry, just go have a bowl of soup instead of the sweets. Keep it frozen ahead in the freezer. Yummy

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Cath April 11, 2011 at 10:38 am

Hi

I posted a week ago about how bad mt withdrawal was and how long it was taking. Take heart I felt TERRIBLE for over two weeks and started gradually feeling better. I’m still very tired but at least the shakiness has stopped. Other people have been asking about cravings. I take glycemic balance which has really helped me. There is also a really good book by Patrick Holford called How to give up without feeling sh*t. I can highly recommend it. It’s for all addictions drug alcohol food anti depressants etc. He recommends taking amino acids to help with the withdrawal and cravings. I havnt tried them myself yet as I havnt had too many cravings yet but I will if things start getting bad.
Keep going guys – it’s terrible that we have no support and information from doctors and other authorities re the state of our modern diets. Thank heavens for the Internet.
Cath

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Jonni April 11, 2011 at 2:46 pm

It’s good to know you’re feeling better. And thanks for recommending that book. It looks like the author has a number of books on the subject of diet and emotions – good to know.

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Renee April 11, 2011 at 7:34 pm

Hi All – I am definitely a sugar addict. I have been facing this for about 8 years now, however, I am hitting an all-time low. I need to get off it, and I start off each day well. But as the day goes on, I give in to any temptation that presents itself. I think I just need to go cold-turkey from white sugar and white flour. Looking for support through all this…It’s starting now. I want my life back and I don’t want to be a prisoner to food anymore. My plan is to hop on here anytime I have a craving to help get through it. Thanks for the inspiration to those above. Here’s to a long, tough trip ahead!

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Patricia April 11, 2011 at 8:35 pm

Hello sugar friends,
I am in a mess. I have been relatively clean of sugar for a while now but last weekend I ended up with some candy at the movies and then the next day, or the day after, not sure, I felt so awful, so depressed, such a mess—and only now (day 2) am wondering if it was the sugar?? Could something I chugged down, er, ate enthusiastically, er, binged on much/most of my life really make me now feel JUST AWFUL? I am going to stay away and see how I feel over the next day or two but this is just unbelievable. I am useless and numb and flatout depressed. Actually I hope sugar is the prob because I can do something about that and this is bad enough that I doubt if I will touch the stuff much in the future.

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Jonni April 11, 2011 at 10:33 pm

Yes Patricia, it’s entirely possible that your sugar binge caused the symptoms you’re feeling. When we eat sugar all the time, our bodies change to accommodate it. When we stop eating sugar, the body gets a chance to get back into balance. Some people do experience your symptoms when they go back to it, especially if they eat way too much all at once. As for the depression, the book Sugar Blues was one of the first books I ever read explaining the connection between sugar and depression. It was one of the reasons that I moved to a sugar-free diet.

However, there’s always the chance that something else is causing the symptoms. The way to know for sure is to give it a few more days and see if you feel better. If not, it might be time to see the doctor.

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Renee April 13, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Hello everyone – thanks again for the inspiration. Day one with no processed food: Went well. Still had the cravings for all of those foods, but opted not to eat them. Clearly I wasn’t hungry, just used to giving into my desires. Last night was difficult for about an hour, then the cravings passed and I was less anxious. I woke up this morning feeling really good. I know it’s going to be difficult, but with the help of this site, it will help to make it managable. Anyone else give up processed foods? If so, how far are you into it?

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Trish April 13, 2011 at 7:00 pm

Hi all. I haven’t been here for awhile, but still plugging away:)

Yes, Renee, I too have given up almost all processed foods. Takes a lot more planning for me! That’s the biggest thing for me. Having a variety of quick foods on hand, especially leftovers that I put in the freezer when I make a big stir fry, or chili, or soup. And I notice that I actually USE the veggies I buy, instead of throwing all of them away when they rot in my fridge!

Unfortunately, I still experience a lot of cravings for my high sugar friends:( What helps most is not having anything in my house that is tempting, and not eating out or ordering in. Which I used to do a lot.

I occassionally buy a prepared “simmer sauce” that I add veggies and beans to, or a can of soup. But these always have very few ingredients, and they are “real” and I know what they are. Reading labels has been very enlightening for me…

When I look at the ingredients of the processed foods I used to eat, they have a whole paragraph of ingredients–most of which I don’t recognize. I do that occassioanlly for a reality check. And someone pointed out that when a processed food says “vitamin fortified”, the vitamins had to be added, because the “food” lacked them in the first place! And who knows how much of these added “nutrients” are even absorbed or used by our bodies?

Thanks for the support, everyone, and I’m sending good vibes your way to keep on keepin on!

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Janice April 14, 2011 at 12:40 pm

I have had a few health problems and have finally come to the conclusion with the help of my doctor that sugar addiction may be my problem. I was eating so many sweets and actually not eating meals. It got really bad. The more I ate the more I wanted. I have atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter, I’ve had pancreatitis, I’ve had digestive problems and now I have a leaky heart valve. The doctor says I have to give up the sugar and I have to eat a sensible diet and lose 30 lbs to put less stress on the heart valve. I have been without sugar for 9 days now. Everyone here says they feel better after just a few days. Well, I don’t. I feel crabby, shaky, headachy and just plain awful. Called the doctor and he says its withdrawal. Has anyone else had a longer period of withdrawal like this. My anxiety level is very high too because I am craving sugar so bad and having to fight it. I go for short walks or find something to do or just pace (haha). So far I am staying off it and will continue to do so. I want to lose that 30 lbs, get the blood pressure down and save my life. Thanks for this site.
Janice.

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Jonni April 14, 2011 at 3:23 pm

Hi Janice. Congratulations for being so determined to get your health back. Unfortunately, some people do experience the symptoms you describe for several weeks. It helps to eat lots of very healthy carbohydrates so your blood sugar can become more stable. Eat things like sweet potatoes, apples, even potatoes. Also, make sure you’re getting enough fat in your diet – good fats, like butter and olive oil. And don’t try to go on a very low calorie diet to lose weight just as you’re also experiencing the symptoms of sugar withdrawal, because that can make the mood swings even worse. It will get better soon, I promise.

An excellent article was printed in the New York Times this morning on this very subject – the connection between sugar and heart disease and other illnesses. You can read it here.

Here’s a short quote from the article that makes me feel much more positive about the healing effect of a diet without sugar:

Feed animals enough pure fructose or enough sugar, and their livers convert the fructose into fat — the saturated fatty acid, palmitate, to be precise, that supposedly gives us heart disease when we eat it, by raising LDL cholesterol. The fat accumulates in the liver, and insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome follow. …

Stop feeding them the sugar … and the fatty liver promptly goes away, and with it the insulin resistance.

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Karl April 19, 2011 at 10:10 pm

I am the in the same boat as everyone else trying this no sugar in my food and drinks. Does anyone have a good solution to what to eat or drink? I am used to drinking G2 gatorade & sweet tea. I am also used to snacking on bad food. Any suggestions of what works for you would be great. I would love to hear what you are drinking and snacking on. Thanks

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Vikki April 20, 2011 at 7:36 pm

For about two years now I have been seriously researching the effect of carbohydrates and sugars on the body. Before I saw the video on this site I was convinced sugar and carbohydrates (in the vast quantities the north American diet purports to be healthy) were unhealthy. I knew sugar was a drug, I knew it acted much like heroine and cocaine, I knew about sugar withdrawal and the effect on insulin and some of the other things in the video. What makes it that bad? I still eat sugar like it’s going out of style! and I’m 26 weeks pregnant! O_o. About 2/3 through the video I looked at the pop I had beside me and decided I was going to throw out much of (if not all) the products in my kitchen and pantry that had sugar in ANY form. If my husband isn’t happy with this, well honestly, too bad. I love him to pieces, but this (sugar) isn’t love.
I am a Paleo diet girl at heart, so all the things I read about people eating high fat diets to counteract the sugar cravings is EXACTLY what I should (and everyone else who want to seriously kick the habit) do to stay off sugar forever. The one stipulation? Eat natural fats like olive oil, butter, skin on chicken, nuts, prime rib, skin on fish. They taste fabulous AND take away the craving for sweets! It’s an amazing switch, fat tastes so good, it seems unnatural to not eat it once you know how good it tastes. The other thing about eating lots of fat, is that you WILL stop eating once you’ve had enough fat and you will NOT want to eat anything until it’s time for the next meal. This has been my experience with unlimited fats and limited sugars anyway…
What to eat or drink some people ask?
Drink water. You can flavour it with lemon, cucumber, orange or fruit you like (citrus works best I think) by slicing some fresh fruit and dropping it in your glass/water bottle. It really is good.
What to snack on?
Eat nuts. It has lots of fat. Fat is good.
Eat fresh veggies. More prep than opening a bag doritos, but then again…no sugar. :)
Make your own snack crackers with low carb/sugar ingredients like almond meal or oat flour, eggs and milk.
Have nut butters available for dipping
Have some fresh fruit available…like grapes, cherries, watermelon. Eat whatever fruit you like, just don’t go overboard with this one, or you’re not doing your body a service.

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Jonni April 20, 2011 at 8:53 pm

Thanks, Vikki. Good advice.

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Michael April 24, 2011 at 6:22 pm

Kicking the sugar habit isn’t easy. There’s sugar and high fructose corn syrup in many things we eat. Just look at the ingredients label on the box or bottle. I had two heart attacks which I blame sugar (donuts, pies, donuts, cakes, donuts, cookies, donuts, candy, donuts, ice cream and donuts) for. Even though I exercised (walking, jogging, doing push ups, weight lifting, doing physical therapy exerices) every day, I went to the hospital for chest pains one day in 2008. The doctors didn’t know what was killing me. I had to be resusitated. I was in the hospital for a month. My second heart attack was in 2010. I had two blocked arteries for which I underwent bypass surgery. I had been eating chocolate ice cream and potato chips. So I gave those up. From what I’ve read, refined sugar feeds the parasitic worms that infest 90% of Americans. That and the two heart attacks are incentive enough for me to kick the surgar habit.

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Jonni April 24, 2011 at 8:20 pm

I don’t know about the parasites, but I know that sugar is implicated in heart disease and all other illnesses associated with the metabolic syndrome. According to the sugar- the bitter truth video that was recently posted, fructose is almost immediately metabolized and stored as fat in the liver, among other icky things. But the good news is that diet can make us healthier.

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Trish April 24, 2011 at 10:12 pm

I have a family history of heart disease, and was diagnosed a few years ago with sleep apnea and elevated triglycerides. The carbohydrate/heart disease connection was never even explained by my cardiologist. I was not even “tried” on diet before starting on a statin, and I figured it was the easy way to “cure” myself. Sure, he said I should lose weight, and recommended at least an hour of exercise a day–which to me was a pretty drastic mandate. I mean, how to talk someone out of even exercising at all is by setting a seemingly overwhelming goal (in my opinion)! When I asked for a pamphlet or brochure on weight loss, he looked at me like I was an idiot then said they didn’t have one, and told me to eat lots of different colors at every meal. I mean, that’s all!

At follow up appts, they always liked my “numbers” and would shame me for not losing weight or exercising an hour a day! And wrote me more prescriptions for statins.

In my quest about sugar addicition/sensitivity, I listened to an interview with Connie Bennett (who wrote Sugar Shock) and a Dr Sinatra re: the connection between sugars/simple carbs and heart disease. Luckily, I had learned this several months before, and had already eliminated these foods from my diet with great results! To this day I can’t figure out why my cardiologist didn’t tell me this. I see him in July, and I plan to ask him to emphasize this with his other patients as well. Currently I am off the statin to determine if my dietary changes have improved my triclyceride level.

I am so glad to have found this site and especially appreciate this forum. Thanks and praise to Jonni!

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Jonni April 24, 2011 at 11:27 pm

Thanks, Trish. I think that diet isn’t studied much in medical school, and the research on sugar isn’t getting the attention it deserves because of the prevalence of the low-fat idea. When it was deemed “common knowledge” that fat is the cause of all our problems, any researcher who said it was really a sugar problem was ostracized. It may take a long time for the medical profession to get up to speed – but it will happen faster if consumers (patients) start insisting.

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Engel April 25, 2011 at 7:44 pm

Noone and I mean NOONE can convince me sugar is good anymore because of a little test I did. Every spring I go through all the joys of hayfever….and this year I was off sugar, dairy and fruit….and my hayfever didn’t come! So I wanted to see if it was really because of sugar and dairy stuff and wouldn’t you know it the day I ate one chocolate I couldn’t sleep all night due to all the sneezing, itching and all. As soon as I went back to no sugar again, it was gone!

So it seems hayfever cure has been discovered afterall!

Mind you, I do stay off of all sugar…including fruit, organic honey, non refined sugar etc. Those kill my immunity as well and my hayfever reappears.

I hope the pharmaceutical mafia isn’t reading this cuz theyll have me tracked and killed XD

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Mariah April 26, 2011 at 3:02 pm

Oh my gosh I totally agree – I have such a bad sugar addiction that I can go through family-sized bags of candy in one go…! I always have to add sugar to everything, and I literally get withdrawal symptoms like cravings, irritation and headache, if I don’t get it…How am I going to kick the habit?????

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Jonni April 26, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Mariah, I’ve read a lot of studies about addictions and how people overcome them. What they almost always say is that there’s really only one way for someone to give up a dangerous habit – it happens when the individual decides that something else in life is more important. For an alcoholic, the more important thing might be their family’s love, keeping a job, or their own self-respect. For someone addicted to sugar it could be the possibility of living a healthy life and gaining the possibility of avoiding heart disease, diabetes, yeast infections or obesity. It all depends on what you want more – that bag of candy, or your health. And, unfortunately, we often choose based on short-term pleasure instead of long-term health.

I suggest that you read as much as you can about the way sugar affects your health, make sure you watch the video above if you haven’t already, and then decide that your willing to pay with a few weeks of feeling lousy for a lifetime of health.

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Sandy in NY April 26, 2011 at 4:00 pm

Hello Everyone! Its been a few weeks since my post and wanted to let you know what is working for me. I find that my sugar addiction is such that I cannot handle zero sugar. It is in fruits and vegetables but we can’t leave out entire food groups for our healths sake. One snack that I have found really satisfying is a fresh apple with a bit of peanut butter. I was totally amazed in how it was that “pick me up” that I expected from coffee. I felt more like taking a nap when I chose the apple with a bit of peanut butter and was amazed at how refreshed I felt in a short time. Never did take that nap but was able to get more housework done that day! If I focus on organic fresh foods I feel better. I found for myself that weaning myself off a little at a time seems to bring success rather than cold turkey. I do find that I crave sweets less and less. Much of the processed foods on grocery store shelves have chemicals in them that cause us to crave them more. Its to sell a product I guess but deceitfully so because we tend to crave the food itself when its the “excitotoxins” they add to shelves. When the expiration date is years from now is a good indication there is substantial preservatives in them. I find I no longer crave that big mac or whopper burger. I think for some of us in order to have any success it has to be a weaning process. I don’t buy candy at the store anymore and buy fresh so I know what I am eating. Some have mentioned protein and protein is good. It satisfies hunger for longer periods of time. I used to eat a lot of Special K red berry cereal. I found that seemed to be a good choice and then looked at the label on the breakfast bars? Partially hydrogenated fat there! That is not for weight loss for sure! Be a label reader! Be careful what you put in your mouth. Fruit and vegetables are good for us and we know too much of anything is not good. Eat all these things in moderation. I learned lately that there are a few good vegetables for weight loss and some are: avocados, broccoli and cauleflower. Natural occuring sugars are a good way to cut some of those cravings and help you get over the mountain. Don’t beat yourself up if you fall into a cookie now and then. Many of us do, just get back on track and you will find those times will become less and less. We can beat this thing! Don’t give up! Some progress is better than none!

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Trish April 26, 2011 at 8:00 pm

Hi all!

Jonni, I wanted to say thank you for posting that link to Dr Lustig’s talk! Lots of good information, and this guy knows his stuff! In his children’s obesity clinic he encourages his clients to make four changes :

1. Drink only water and milk–no other fluids (I’m not sure I agree with the milk thing, but I’m sure he has a scientific reason)

2. Always eat fiber with any carbohydrates (This makes you feel fuller longer)

3. Eat “seconds” only after 30 minutes (I think this is to make sure you’re really still hungry or if eating more is more of an emotional complusion)

4. Ration exercise with screen time (ie, a half hour of exercise gets you a half hour of “screen time”) He said this one is difficult for most people. (Screen time is time in front of the TV, computer, video games, etc)

Lots of other stuff, too, including that basically once you get into a cycle of excess carbohydrates, the body signals you that you are STARVING and will do anything to get you to eat more to survive! It’s not will power. It’s not our fault:-)

Again, Jonni, thanks for that link.

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Jonni April 27, 2011 at 2:42 pm

Thanks, Trish. This is a great summary of his recommendations.

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linda April 27, 2011 at 4:29 pm

I’m a ‘Keep it Simple, Simon’ (KISS) kind of person. If the food isn’t a good protein source or high in fiber, it’s probably not natural and therefore useless to my body. Don’t eat it. But as with all things – easier said than done.

Easter Sunday was the usual family gathering. Everyone brings their latest dessert creation and insists that ‘one piece of cake’ won’t hurt you as they push a fork full toward your mouth. I noticed that no one pushes the green beans at you. Once I get sugar in my mouth, I want more. And no one seems to understand that.

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Mary April 28, 2011 at 4:21 am

For me, my sugar addiction is eating powdered sugar. I will crave this stuff bad. I am so ashamed of this addiction that I eat it in private. Why do I do this?

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Jonni April 28, 2011 at 4:31 am

Being sneaky is one of the symptoms of addiction. The good news is that you don’t have to analyze it and figure out what’s wrong with yourself. There isn’t anything wrong with you at all! The problem is the substance that you’re craving. It isn’t fair to beat yourself up over something that really isn’t your fault, and it doesn’t help in any way.

Since sugar is making you feel bad about yourself (and you deserve better!) I suggest that you go through your cupboards and throw away all the powdered sugar – and anything else that contains any type of sugar or corn syrup. It might be hard in the beginning, but in a few weeks you’ll be very glad you did.

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Patricia May 10, 2011 at 12:21 am

Hello fellow sugar addicts,
I have stopped sugar (again) (after hellish time w sugar), and am eating similar to the South Beach diet–in other words high protein, lots of veggies, soups– and after a few days I felt HORRIBLE and the worst was that I couldn’t sleep well or deeply. Getting 4 or 5 hours of “slumber” a night. Is there any connection between stopping a sugar addiction and insomnia? Also depressed and blah and unmotivated too. But the insomnia will drive me back to my bad ways faster than anything. Although if this is my body adjusting and getting better and healing, than..sure thing, I will carry on as they say.

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Trish May 10, 2011 at 12:55 pm

I’m no expert, but I would think insomnia is common when coming off sugar, and I can totally relate to that making you want to go back to it! And depression, and feeling blah, and having no motivation, etc all sound very “normal”. From what I understand, there are biochemical reasons that you are wanting sugar. Your body thinks you need it. And of course your mind thinks you need it too. I think the worst part is the first 3-4 days.

Sometimes when I have that seemingly irresistable urge to eat something that I don’t want to eat I s start doing a gratitude list. Almost in desperation! lol I’ll think of as many things as I can that I am thankful for: people, the sun in the sky, the color of nail polish I have on, the comfy sweats I’m wearing, that flower I saw the other day, the smile of a baby–anything! Even the littlest things. And I may say them out loud, or write them down (occupies my hands too!). This list can go on and on and on, and often if I’m in bed, I fall alseep thinking up new things to be thankful for:)

I think Jonni has a meditation on her site that you may find helpful, too. Sometimes focussing on my breathing and just slowing it down can help me a lot. Also, getting out of bed when I can’t sleep is often helpful. So is going outside–even if just for a minute or two. And not having any foods that I don’t want to eat in my house helps.

I have heard that the South Beach Diet is very strict, and hard to stick to long term. I don’t know what others think of it…

Anyway, perhaps one of the things I mentioned here might be of help to you. You are going through a very tough time right now. Think of ways, if you can, to nurture yourself without food: a bath, lighting some candles, listening to soothing music, curling up with a soft blanket, sending yourself a card telling yourself how proud you are of you (I know that might sound weird, but I’ve done this before, and it’s actually very gratifying). And come here and write and ask for support.

Good luck to you:-)

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Patricia May 10, 2011 at 8:10 pm

Thank you Trish. That is really helpful. What a wonderful reply. It helps just hearing your voice. I have eased up a bit on the South Beach and am adding a few, select carbs into my diet–and it helps I think. More later. The sun is out and I am taking my dog to the dog park for a romp.

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nicole May 15, 2011 at 4:27 am

Hi,

I am begining to believe I am addicted to sugar as well. I know I need to stop and I am going to start trying to get off this sugar thing as of this monday. I have a few questions…are there any pills that you can take to reduce the craving associated with sugar? I did take a pill like this when I was in my teens and trying to diet..it worked but not sure now that I’m older if it would have the same effect. Also what do you do about birthdays, christmas, easter, halloween, and all the other holidays coated in candy if you know what i mean. I have two kids and an unsuportive husband. One that will eat and eat and not even gain an ounce. He is constantly buying soda’s with sugar not diet soda and bringing it into the house. How do you change this behavior if the people around you are not willing to help the situation??? Please help any comments or suggestions are greatly appreciated.

Thank you,

Nicole

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Jonni May 15, 2011 at 2:11 pm

Hi Nicole. How can you change the behavior of other people? If they’re over the age of 12, that’s a pretty impossible task. However, you can take total control of your own life. I haven’t heard of anyone physically forcing another person to eat sugar, although they may use a lot of psychological tricks to get you to eat “just one, it won’t hurt you.” If you spend your energy trying to change other people, you won’t have any energy left to change yourself.

Watch that video in the post above, if you haven’t already, and then remember each moment that you don’t have to poison yourself, even if your friends and family insist on poisoning themselves.

There is a pill that will, supposedly, reduce the craving for sugar. It was originally developed for heroin addicts, and most doctors have probably not heard of this use for the medication. You might borrow the book Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution: The Complete Guide to Achieving Normal Blood Sugars from the library, and take it with you when you see your doctor. However, I don’t know how well it works. There are also books at the library that deal with sugar addiction issues, and the more you learn the easier it is to change your diet.

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shauna May 15, 2011 at 10:45 am

I am getting to this thread a little late, but better late than never! :) I am 31 years old and a very severe sugar addict. I am also a recovering heroin addict. So i know exactly what an addiction feels like, and this definitely is one. It started out 6 yrs ago…i began methadone maintenance treatment and i was warned about the intense sugar cravings i would experience. But i could have never been prepared. I would get off of work at 6am, go to the clinic, and on the way home stop and buy 1/2 gallon ice cream and a 3 liter of root beer and then i would go home and have root beer floats until either the ice cream or root beer was gone. Then i would walk over to the corner store and buy 2 or 3 cheese danishes. Eventually i would pass out on the couch for awhile only to wake up and have a dinner of at least 4 bowls of cereal. On the way to work a box of hot tamales and or some twizzlers, and on my break at work chocolate chip waffles. I did gain a significant amount of weight, but i was still not fat and i felt fine. So, i thought i was fine. 6 yrs have gone by and i am just as bad if not worse, i eat candy until i am nauseous…. so i have some pep-to, and i am back on the candy. Yesterday i ate 1 whole box of cinnamon toast crunch, 1 box of hot tamales,1 box of sour dots, 1box gobstoppers…1 carton of caramel praline crunch ice cream 6 reeses peanut butter eggs, and oh yeah, a plate of spaghetti. Is there anyone who has it as bad as me, or am i a disgustingly severe case? It really was put into perspective when i found myself hiding boxes of candy in my underwear drawer. Not because i didn’t want them stolen, but because i am embarrassed and i didn’t want my fiancée to see it.
The point is, as long as i wasn’t fat i thought i had some kind of immunity to it. well i still am not fat, but lately i just feel ill all of the time. I get horrible debilitating migraines, i have nights when i feel so sick, weak and nauseous , that i don’t know how i manage to finis h work. Please hel[p, does this sound like a result of all of the sugar? What will happen if i quit cold turkey given the amount that i consume. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I would go to the doctor but i do not have insurance and i am broke :( Thank you for listening :) -Shauna

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Bev May 15, 2011 at 2:15 pm

Hi Shauna- myself, I would have to stop cold turkey or I’d never do it. If you do that, have things like beef jerkey, raw cut up veggies, cheese sticks, appples ( peel and cut into pieces as you might not eat it otherwise). I put this cut up apple into a container and sprinkle cinnamon on them – keeps them from going brown and also healthy.
You would likely have to go through awful withdrawal but you need to persist through it. No sugar stopped all my headaches, also can’t take any caffeine because of that.
Mainly, you will need alternate foods handy at ALL times or you will reach for the sweet stuff. Hope this helps…

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Jonni May 15, 2011 at 2:23 pm

Wow – yes, you do consume more sugar than the garden-variety sugar addict. This might be caused by the connection between sugar and the brain chemicals that make people feel good – very similar to heroin, in fact. Or it could be caused by a hormone imbalance in your body or some other physical problem that needs to be dealt with. If you haven’t watched the video up above in this post yet, you’ll want to do so now – it will explain why you aren’t feeling very well. Among the other problems that sugar can cause, diabetes is a very real risk. All of the symptoms you describe can be caused by changes in blood sugar levels or high blood pressure, and that means you must find the means to get to a doctor. Perhaps you can borrow the money, or find a local clinic that charges on a sliding scale. Whatever it takes, I recommend you get that appointment, and do it as soon as you can.

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Cath May 16, 2011 at 9:36 am

Hi shaun a

I too am similarly addicted I can eat a HUGE amount of sugar yet am not overweight but the sugar led to hormone imbablance with mood swings depression and just feeling tired and awful. I gave up sugar and fruit and almosr all carbs cold turkey and I thought I would die. Terrible withdrawal for three weeks. It’s been about five weeks now and I am gradually starting to feel good again.

Please if you can read a book called potatoes not Prozac it has made me realize so much about my life ( all addictions come from the same low seretonin/ low beta endorphins which is why recovering alcoholics often become sugar addicts) this book really explains what’s happening and gives you a fab way to help. I was crying when I read it, it really spoke to me. If you can’t read it then just don’t go cold turkey. Try this at least 1 Make sure you have protein with every meal 2 cut out all drink with sugar in it 3 if you have food with sugar make sure you eat it with protein eg a desert after a protein meal 4 try and fit in some a bit of walking yoga or meditation every day. Once you can do that start cutting down gradually on all the sugars in your food. Watch out for all that sugar hidden in all processed food.

Another good book, I’ve been reading heaps of them, is one by patirck holford called how to quit without feeling sh*t. If you are going to read any book though read the potatoes not Prozac one I forgot to say it’s by Kathleen desmaisons.

Good luck
Cath

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Laurel February 29, 2012 at 5:08 pm

Shauna, You aren’t alone!! Not a disgustingly severe case, either – I’ve been there – sometimes I wonder how it all fits, but it does – I was reading something – I think it might be in Dr. Kessler’s book “The End of Overeating” about the tolerance level being heightened as the dose is increased. I believe that’s what’s happened to you and I, and why we can handle obscene amounts of sugar and get out of control so quickly. I think cold turkey is the way to go…..

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Danielle May 21, 2011 at 1:17 am

I am now Day 5 sugar free. I actually woke up early this morning without feeling sluggish and needing to sleep in. I felt motivated to get my day started. Believe me this is a FIRST! This is not ‘me’. I am in shock, thus needing to write this!
I havent had any chronic side effects, apart from feeling moody and teary.
I am worried this is the calm before the storm though!!!

Cheers,
Danielle

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Jonni May 21, 2011 at 1:39 am

Don’t question it – enjoy it!

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Amy May 26, 2011 at 12:22 pm

Hey,

this is a brilliant website, really interesting how sugar can cause so much in our bodies! I am currently trying to give up sugar and carbohydrates, i’m on day 3 (slipped up yesterday with a glass of wine as I’ve just handed my dissertation in!) The craving for a chocolate bar hasn’t set in…yet! I am however getting quite bad headaches in the evening and finding it pretty hard to get up in the morning. How long does this generally last? I am also having a freshly made smoothie every morning containing mango, banana, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and some natural yoghurt. Is this too much sugar?…it’s just I never feel hungry for anything more substantial than a smoothie in the morning, but if this is counter productive to my trying to give up sugar then I will try and have something else.

Thanks for the website! Really interesting!
Amy

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Jonni May 26, 2011 at 2:35 pm

Hi Amy. Your symptoms should go away in a week or so. As for the smoothie, that’s totally up to you. According to the video up towards the top of this page, the fructose in fruit is counterbalanced by the fiber and other elements in the fruit — plus, you’re getting the protein from the yogurt. If it was just fruit juice there would be a problem, but your headache is indicating that your body is getting far less sugar than it’s used to. I wouldn’t worry about the smoothies.

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Laurel February 29, 2012 at 5:10 pm

The fruit won’t be too much sugar, but the yogurt may be, because of the milk sugars (i.e., lactose) and added sweeteners… unless it’s greek yogurt, which has a lot more protein. I’d stick with the same fruit, but instead of yogurt, sub in flax seeds, protein powder, or full fat greek yogurt.

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Bev May 26, 2011 at 3:00 pm

For what it’s worth, I can’t even have the fruit, especially that much, and I’m not even diabetic. I’m trying to eat just meat, veggies, eggs and some cheese.

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Marissa June 1, 2011 at 1:57 am

I am a 31 year old who for sure after reading all the posts has a sugar addiction. I have been feeling tired, moody, sluggish all day . Are these side effects for sugar? I plan to start tomorrow to eliminate sugar from my diet. I love healthy foods, lean mets and veggies … It’s just once I get started I can’t seem to stop. I truly want to be rid of sugar forever and look so forward to ridding myself of the strong uncontrollable cravings. I feel sugar is responsible for my exhastrabated pms symptoms, mood swings and just not feeling good. I find this site so encouraging and look forward to reading more as I start on this adventure!

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Jonni June 1, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Marissa, one of the reasons that I first got interested in this whole issue was the book Sugar Blues, which was published many years ago. The mood problems you described are very typical of people who eat too much sugar. There are other things that can cause the same problems, of course, and the first week or two after giving up sugar the mood swings actually get worse. After that, though, it’s like being a whole new person. If the symptoms don’t go away after a few weeks, then you would know that something else is causing the problems, and you would go see a doctor.

Giving up sugar is much cheaper than any medical prescription for mood swings or tiredness. And, after the first few weeks, there are no side effects. I think it makes sense to always do the easiest thing first and see if it works, so I think you’re on the right track.

Good luck!

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Athena June 1, 2011 at 6:58 pm

Thank you for this site… I’m 40 and have been down the sugar free road a few times.
I can go up to 6 months then I let my guard down and eat a slice of pizza and bam…the cravings are back ..Another thing that trips me is when family and friends look at me like I’m a leper when they notice I’m not eating most of the food they are. Then the questions and the judgments. I get tiered of having to explain myself most people I know don’t understand. I know I need to thicken my skin in order to be healthy..Besides my sister I don’t know anyone who admits they are an addict..Now I’m at the hight of another uncontrollable sugar consuming insanity fest and looking for that spark to get me back on track. I think I have found what I was looking 4…
Thank u Thank u . All who have commented I know for sure I’m not alone in this fight.

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Lyrra June 1, 2011 at 11:07 pm

Athena,
I can relate to how you feel. Social situations frustrate me sometimes because I know I want to eat what everyone else is eating. I feel like I will hurt my friends’ feelings if I don’t eat their cooking or share their food. I don’t know if my method will work for you, but I’m trying to focus on the end goal– which for me is to end the addiction and to lose some weight. I bet if your friends see your results, they will become jealous or start asking “how did you do it?”
~Lyrra

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Lyrra June 1, 2011 at 10:58 pm

Greetings everyone,
For most of my life, I have been addicted to sugar and have been overweight. In my senior year of high school, my best friend and I stopped drinking soda in a way to help reduce sugar intake and lose some weight. We both managed to do this for a year, and I lost 15 pounds. Then, somehow I started drinking it again– as well as craving more and more sugary foods afterwards. About two months ago, I started trying to cut out soda again. So far so good on the soda part, but I still crave chocolates and cookies or anything sweet to eat. After finding this website, I am going to attempt to cut out sugar. I have to say, this site (and the link to the video) have motivated me to try this. The hard part is is the motivation to keep it up. I have been reading your posts, and hope that I can follow everything that you all have done!

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mac cogdill June 2, 2011 at 1:24 pm

I have trouble with ice cream and chocalate candy, I was dignoised with diabeties back in dec 2010 i started out elimanated the sodas but couldnt stop the other the issue is also the amount of intake to over indulge make your sugars spike and feel bad i say these things from my expereince also ive noticed the longer you do with out sugar and high carbs, your body changes and you do eventually feel better this is not a easy thing to stop but one sure way if you dont have it at home then your forced to do with out

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Ann June 6, 2011 at 3:26 pm

Just wanted to throw in another unpleasant side affect of a high sugar diet – premature aging of skin.

For anyone looking to kick their sugar habit, one trick that worked well for me was keeping a jar of peanut butter on hand during the transition. You’re body will quite literally go through a withdrawal process while it readjusts itself away from burning sugar as it’s primary source of fuel and the symptoms felt are indeed very real. If weight loss is your ultimate goal for cutting sugar out of your diet, don’t let the high calorie/high fat content of peanut butter scare you away – it’s just meant to be used temporarily in moderate amounts for the first few days where symptoms are the worst and the few days of excessive calories are negligible considering the long term benefits you’ll gain of kicking the habit for good. After adjusting your diet to eliminate simple carbs and well, sugar in general, eat ONE measured tablespoon of peanut butter as soon as you feel a sugar craving or unwanted symptoms (dizziness, shakes, headaches) coming on. Don’t scarf it down, eat that tablespoon slowly, lol. Drink a glass of water afterwards and try and give yourself at least twenty minutes to see if the cravings or withdrawal symptoms have resided. If they haven’t or you simply can’t wait the full twenty minutes because the symptoms are so bad, take another tablespoon. Eventually you’ll find that the peanut butter will curb your sweet craving or make your symptoms tolerable. For me, the hardest day was day 2 and it took me a total of 6 tablespoons spread out over 3 hours. Day 3 took about 4 tablespoons in the afternoon, about 2 tablespoons on day 4 and now I don’t get ravishing sugar cravings or headaches/shakes at all. It won’t take away all of your symptoms, all at once, but it certainly takes the ‘edge’ off making it easier and far more tolerable to quit sugar. Try and find a peanut butter that isn’t hydrogenated and uses (yes, I’m gonna say it) sugar as it’s sweetener, lol. The brand I use has 6 carbs per serving (2 tablespoons). Think of it as the nicotine patch, but for sugar. The fats, protien, calories – don’t worry about it. The goal isn’t to get you sucking down a jar of peanut butter a day to ‘substitute’ your sugar habit – just to eat enough to take the edge off of things until your body no longer relies on dietary sugar as your sole source of energy. I personally used a chunky peanut butter during my self experiment because I felt the little crunchy bits made it feel more satisfying to me.

On a side note, some unexpected benefits Ive personally experienced from cutting sugars and simple carbs from my diet were clear skin (first time in my life I’ve been acne free), no more chronic fatigue symptoms (normal energy level all day long – I used to require a two to three hour nap daily, not any more!) and a feeling of control over my eating habits. I never had weight issues before or after my sugar experiment but I used to have uncontrollable cravings for snickers bars, cakes, pastries, etc and eating those items only made me crave more of those foods immediately afterwards. I do allow myself some dessert now on special occasions and find that it’s easy for me to eat them in smaller portions (for instance, if I get ice-cream with friends I always get the kiddie size serving) and I find it satisfying without the need to have more immediately afterwards.

Great article! Wish everyone lots of luck with cutting sugar out of their diets :)

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Maria June 12, 2011 at 6:37 pm

I’m so glad to have found this website today. I think I’ve always been a sugar addict. I managed to control my sugar intake for about a year when I was 23 but I found the pressure to eat sugar socially too great around the holidays and fell off the wagon. I’m about to turn 30 and I’ve been unable to control my sugar addiction for the past 7 years. I find that times of emotional upheaval really challenge my will power. I’ve had one huge change after another for the past 7 years. Things are finally starting to settle down in my life though and I’m ready to conquer my addiction. I’ve been cutting back on sugar for about two weeks and have lost 4 lbs, but last night I ate too many chocolates and today I had white rice as part of an otherwise winner of a lunch and then I got a serious craving for sugar! I found this site and read and read but still wanted to go to the store and buy something sweet. Instead I made a Jiffy natural peanut butter sandwich on whole wheat with jam sweetened with juice and drank some skim milk. I feel much better. I’m disappointed in myself that I couldn’t talk myself out of eating all together, but I’m so glad I didn’t drive to the store and buy donuts or Nutella.

I’m committing right now to not eat any bad treats tomorrow and to plan a sugar/white flour free alternative to cake for my 30th birthday party on Saturday. Everyone in my family is addicted to sugar. My dad has type II diabetes and gout. He is my hero though. He’s been eating whole grains and no sugar for 2 or 3 weeks now and has begun losing weight. He made a chart that looks like a thermometer that he dates and colors in red when he reaches his next goal. It has funny/inspirational sayings on it from the bottom to the top like “Look in the mirror, fatty!”, “Don’t think that way!”, “Join a gym!”, “Doing great!”, “You look marvelous!”, etc. He also said that when he gets a feeling that he NEEDS sugar he really beats the thought back in his mind. He tells himself that he absolutely can’t think that way because it’s killing him. I know how difficult it is when other people try to sabotage me when I’m working hard on my addiction so I’m trying to be really supportive of him. That’s another reason I don’t want sugar at my party, so that I can support him and myself. My husband offers to go buy me sugar when I tell him I’m having a craving. I was strong enough to say “no way!” today but some days I’m not. He sounded disappointed yesterday when I said I didn’t want a cake at my party. I think he tries to love me with food. He’s really thin and doesn’t like sugar too much so I don’t think he understands what it’s like to have a sugar monster living in his soul. That’s me. Maria with the sugar monster in her soul.

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Crystal June 13, 2011 at 2:15 pm

Hi ladies! I just came across this page and read some of your comments. I am currently on a journey to kick the sugar habit myself. Last year I successfully stopped eating or drinking anything with sugar for a few months. I felt better in those few months (healthier, more energized) than I ever have in my whole life. Then the holidays happened and I caved to my cravings little by little until by January I was totally hooked again. I just finished reading this book “The Sugar Fix” by Richard Johnson M.D. and I highly recommend it. He talks alot about how sugar is bad for your body but also provides some tools to kick the habit and start a new way of eating.

The first week is definately the worst. I noticed, for myself, that artificial sweeteners (splenda, nutrisweet) and coffee made the cravings and moodiness come back. I haven’t been able to find any research that supports these causing the symptoms that sugar addiction does, but I seem to be very sensitive. I plan on keeping away from these most of the time.

I’ve been trying to find a message board or something for people like us who are trying to stop consuming sugar or who already have. Does any one know of any good ones?

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Jonni June 13, 2011 at 2:45 pm

Hi Crystal. You’re certainly welcome to use this page as a message board. We have a large number of readers who are very supportive.

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David Larson June 14, 2011 at 5:38 pm

I have had great success following the FAA (food addicts anonymous) food plan. I still have my occasional setbacks and temporary relapses but this has taught me a whole new way to eat.

http://www.foodaddictsanonymous.org/faa-food-plan

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mg June 16, 2011 at 8:13 pm

I lost significant weight more than a year ago by changing my lifestyle. But, this summer semester in college, I lost it. I regained all of my weight in less than two weeks.
I hate eating sugar, but I’m addicted to it. I used to just not buy any sugar, but my roommates have a lot of sugary foods, so I ate all of their food. Yes, it’s that bad.

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Amina June 20, 2011 at 7:22 pm

Thank you so much for posting the video. I ended up finding this on accident after being confused as to why my “100% Pure Squeezed Orange Juice” that had “no sweeteners” still had 56g of sugar in a 16oz bottle.

Through this website I’ve become more aware and I am now going to purchase “Pure White & Deadly” to read more about it, while slowly reducing my daily sugar intake.

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Claudia June 27, 2011 at 9:10 pm

Sometimes I think I might have more of a problem than a sugar addict. I used to sneak little sugar packets when I was about 6 yrs old and just dump them down

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Claudia June 27, 2011 at 9:17 pm

Sorry, I’ll continue! Then it progressed to if I couldn’t get to any other sugar, I’d wet my finger and put it in dry jello and keep licking it off until the whole box was gone. Then when I could ride my bike, I’d steal money from my Mom and go to the drug store and buy as much candy as I possibly could, then hide the wrappers. I would eat it all at one time and still feel like it wasn’t enough sugar. I am 55 now and to this day, have no desire for any “meals”. Just sugar. I usually eat a bag of candy for dinner. Of course, always hiding. At work, I tell everyone I ate while they were out and eat candy. Something is wrong more than just an addict. Don’t you think? I’m overweight, but not obese. My body is starting to break down with all the lack of nutrition, but I can’t even describe how I NEED the sugar. HELP

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Jonni June 27, 2011 at 10:08 pm

Claudia, I do believe there are metabolic reasons why some children (and adults) crave sugar to the extreme. Some doctors believe this can be caused by a variety of reasons, including under- or overactive adrenal glands; digestive problems or enzyme deficiencies that reduce the amount of nutrients absorbed by the body; some vitamin deficiencies; and insulin resistance. There may be many more. Since most MDs will not consider any of these problems (it’s all in your head, you don’t have enough will-power, etc.), you might want to make an appointment with a local naturopath. Even better, if you have a naturopathic college nearby, check in with them. Tell them just what you told us, and that the problem started at a very early age. Then ask them to run some tests. (If they find anything, and you don’t mind sharing your medical info, please let us know. It could help a lot of people in the same circumstances).

Also, consider reading Dr. Bernstein’s book about diabetes. He has advice for people who absolutely can’t give up sugar, which runs from clinical hypnosis to a medication first developed for heroin addicts. Even if you don’t think you have diabetes, that one chapter is worth reading. Your local library might have a copy.

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Claudia June 28, 2011 at 1:29 pm

Jonni, You just about made me cry. For someone to realize that this may not be
“IN MY HEAD”, “YOU HAVE NO WILL POWER”, is so powerful to me. I have said all along that there is something in my body that craves this so badly that it’s just not normal. I used to smoke and it didn’t even compare to what the sugar is.

I will definatley check out the naturopathic lead. I have never heard of that. I certainly hope there is one in the area. I live in Northwest Indiana. I will also get Dr. Bernstein’s book right away. I will do ANYTHING to get this even under control if I can’t stop it all together.

And I certainly will let everyone know everything I have found out. Has anyone else had this as severe as this? I feel like I’m the only one that eats bags of candy for dinner!! And can still crave more sugar after that!

Jonni you have made my day! I love you already!!!!! Claudia

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Jonni June 28, 2011 at 3:04 pm

Claudia, I’m so glad my comments were helpful to you. I have a very strong belief that we should respect our bodies, especially when our bodies keeps telling us that something is wrong. Good luck – and if you learn anything that might be helpful to others, be sure to let us know.

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Suzette July 6, 2011 at 9:16 am

Hi there, i am also a sugar addict, i will eat sugartreats in secret. . Today is my 2nd day without sugar, its tough. But my friend bought me some hoodia, a d it seems like it helps me not to think about the sugar stuff as much. I eat a lot of natural food now and drink alot of water and green tea. What book would you recommend for me to read and motivate me? I think this is anmamazing site and feel better that im noy alone in this. Good luck to all of you. ! Will keep you posted on how im coping.

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Bev July 6, 2011 at 1:53 pm

Hi- Sugar Blues , read the first few chapters – the rest is a bit hard reading – but this book got me thinking about how bad sugar is. Author William Dufty. I’m 62 and have been off sugar for a while, although the cravings never really leave. For me, complex carbs just make me more hungry, so I need to eat fat and protein instead. Lots of research out there now that high carb low fat is not the way to go. Also, check out Livinlavidalowcarb with Jimmy Moore. Good luck. You can do it.

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suzi July 6, 2011 at 10:29 am

Hi there,

A truly amazing site. Im a sugar addict, sometimes i will eat peanut clusters in private, hiding it or a box a cookies and then feel so terrible and guilty afterwards. But it seems like it is all i am thinking of. I am on my 2nd day of being sugar free. Its tough, but a friend of mine bought me some hoodia and it feels like it helps me not to think about the sugar as much. I drink a lot of water and greentea and eat veggies and fruit and complex carbs. When i was 24 yrs old, i managed to focus on my intake and never looked better, but then i went through a hard time in my life and everything came crashing down. I am 32years old now, I am doing some excercise , to keep my mind
focused. To everyone out there, good luck. I will keep you posted. Its great to know that i am not alone in this.

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Alicia Reece July 9, 2011 at 10:26 pm

Hi Suze,

My name is Alicia Reece and I’m a producer with Primo Multimedia. Primo Multimedia is an ambitious full-service production house and digital network, employing modern technologies to build communities, bridge communication gaps and help our viewers navigate life. I’m currently producing a piece on sugar addiction. Would you be interested in being interviewed to share your personal struggle and/or success with sugar addiction?

Primo is currently located in the Southeast; however, a Skype interview will be sufficient if you are in a different part of the country. I really appreciate your help. We at Primo believe that sugar addiction is a very serious issue and needs to be addressed. We would like to get the word out there to help our viewers enjoy healthier lives. Please email me at areece@primomultimedia.com if you would like to be a part of this endeavor.

Thanks!

Alicia Reece
areece@primomultimedia.com

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Laurel February 29, 2012 at 5:38 pm

Where can I find this sugar piece?

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suzette July 7, 2011 at 7:53 am

Thanks for your reply, I will see if I can find the book around here in SA, otherwise i
will look on the internet.
Its day 3 now, and i must say, reading all the above, give me motivation. I used to get depressed, because it felt like no one understood me. And then my emotions will take over, and i will think of what to eat. This site feels like a support group. Thankyou..

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Bev July 7, 2011 at 2:20 pm

Because of all the reading I’ve done lately, people like us seem to do better with the cravings if we eat more FAT. Here is what helps me – Breakfast HAS to be ground beef with cheese melted on it. It even beats eggs for keeping me fuller longer and less cravings. Snacks have to be home made beef jerky. Stay away from ANY breads etc. Sounds like a lot of protein and fat, but it keeps you sane, and actually healthy as well. Cook all meats, veggies in coconut oil or butter. So, in a nutshell, try to eat only meat, eggs, veggies, cheese and the above mentioned fats. Eat them whenever you are hungry. It works.

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Alicia Reece July 9, 2011 at 10:23 pm

Hi Everyone (and Jonni),

My name is Alicia Reece and I’m a producer with Primo Multimedia. Primo Multimedia is an ambitious full-service production house and digital network, employing modern technologies to build communities, bridge communication gaps and help our viewers navigate life. I’m currently producing a piece on sugar addiction. I appreciate anyone who is interested in being interviewed on air to share your own personal struggle and success. Primo is currently located in the Southeast; however, a Skype interview will be sufficient if you are in a different part of the country. I really appreciate your help. We at Primo believe thatsugar addiction is a very serious issue and needs to be addressed. We would like to get the word out there to help our viewers enjoy healthier lives. Please email me at areece@primomultimedia.com if you would like to be a part of this endeavor.

Thanks!

Alicia Reece
areece@primomultimedia.com

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Onionskin July 11, 2011 at 11:23 pm

I trained as a Patissier. I completed my main kitchen apprenticeship under the auspices of Mark Best in both of his 1990 something Sydney restaurants – before he became the darling of Sydney. I’ve gone on to worked in some of France and England’s most elite restaurants. I know intimately the misery and the pleasure of sugar, of its differing grades and food qualities, and most of all its hypnotic effect on people. I don’t care whether you love McDonald’s Apple pies, or whether you love feasting on my handmade petit four – the fact is you have a sugar addiction. I’m overcoming a long struggle in my sugar addiction – I still occasionally splurge. I have had expensive dentistry in my mouth because I used to eat my creations so that I could maintain the quality control of my cuisine. I don’t anymore. I don’t believe in my profession, so I recently gave it up. I don’t believe that it’s just the problem of eating refined carbohydrate sucrose, I believe any refined sugar is evil i.e. fructose, glucose, lactose, maltose, raw sugar, corn syrup, inverted sugar blah, blah. If sugar and its less refined variants are listed on any product in the top 5 ingredients mentioned on a packet, then don’t buy it. I don’t eat any refined carbohydrate products made with wheat flour i.e. pastry, bread, cake ’cause it’s all the same. Complex starchy carbohydrate is broken down by human spit into simple sugars or sacharides as the first stage of digestion. Why is the world becoming fat? Well for a start the so called Health food Pyramid preached for more than two decades has the broadest food group carbohydrate as its culprit. Basically anything not protein is carbohydrate or fat. Humans evolved for hundreds of thousand years on a low carbon footprint diet of protein, animal fat from lean beasts, seasonal berries, raw vegetables, insects, and very occasional grains. Very recently in our evolution we discovered sugar, manufactured fats, dairy products, wheat flour and the refridgerator, and chemical food preservatives – then we started the mass decent into obesity. Starch and sugar represent the mainstay of modern disease.

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Bev July 12, 2011 at 12:05 pm

Onionskin, would you mind giving us a sample menu of what you eat now? That is amazing that you are trying to quit eating sugar after being a pastry chef.

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Kass July 14, 2011 at 9:42 pm

Hi Everybody!
My name is Kassie and I am twenty years old. I will be starting my junior year of college in August. I love college, but the college environment is so full of easily-accessible foods that are high in fats and sugars and chock-full of empty carbs and calories; processed food is around every turn. Unfortunately, it is not just the college campus environment in which I am vulnerable, it is everywhere. Whether I am home at one of my parents’ houses over a school holiday, or if I am on vacation with the family or friends, or if I am at my apartment at college-I am a full blown sugar addict and despite hundreds of “I am going to stop eating sugar” attempts (all of which are genuine and honestly well-intentioned, I must add) I am still eating ridiculous amounts of sugar. I found this website last night, or rather around 2:00 a.m. this morning. I had gotten out of bed for the second time (I don’t sleep well and have a problem with eating late at night) and gotten a handful of Starbursts, as I was on my way back to my room I stopped and turned around and headed back to kitchen where my laptop was. I sat down and Googled “Sugar addict” and this was the first thing I found, and I cannot tell you how glad I am to find it. I read the article and then slowly but surely started to scroll down and read everyones comments and own personal stories until my body finally allowed me to go to sleep. This morning I woke up knowing that today is the day I cut out all sugar. I’ve always loved sweets, but especially candy. I’ve known that I am a full blown sugar addict, but I don’t think people take me seriously when I try to confide in them, hell, sometimes I start to think that I am sounding crazy, and “maybe I should just believe what other people are telling me, it shouldn’t be that hard for me to quit.” Well it is hard for me to quit, and it is definitely not a joking matter. Today I told my mom and my friend, and the first thing they said was that I didn’t have to quit sugar, it is all about moderation. While I do believe that in many respects, I told them I know I can’t do that. Sure, “moderation is key” but if you are physically unable to control how much sugar you eat, than trying to live by that adage is useless. I think that someday eventually I will allow myself a treat here and there, but right now it is all or nothing, and I absolutely have to quit sugar once and for all, cold turkey. I have earnestly tried to be healthier so many times, and sometimes I get really down on myself and feel pathetic that I am having this hard or a time controlling the sugar that I consume. I have been on medication since the 8th grade for anxiety, which I have gotten so much better at controlling, but I know that sugar sure as heck cannot help my anxiety or the focus issues that I have with a learning disability. The reason I chose to tell you guys about the medication is because even though I am trying to start to ween myself off of medications, one at a time (and yes, under my doctors supervision and with her guidance), one of my medications does have some “possible” long term affects that are no good, one of them is being at a higher risk for diabetes. I have to get my blood tested every year to make sure the levels are normal and the medications are not putting me at risk, but even with the peace of mind that those tests give me, I have realized I am doing nothing to help those odds out by eating the amount of sugar that I do. My mom is healthy and raised me with healthy eating. I eat relatively healthy meals (actually really healthy meals) but in addition to that, I eat lots of sugar-and most of the time I sneak it, no matter how old I get, because I guess if I really analyze it I don’t want to be the way I am, and in trying to hide it from others, I guess sometimes it makes me think that maybe it isn’t as bad as it really is (sorry, that sentence made absolutely no sense). Anyways, I want to live a long, happy, and healthy life. If something like a sugar addiction is going to end up being the reason for future health problems, well that is just silly. Because even though it is going to be hard to change, it is something I do know that I can change. In August of 2010, my grandma, my little brother (who is just a kid), and one of my best friends (who was older than me) were diagnosed with cancer. It was around this time I realized just how fragile life can be. I watched people who lived relatively healthy lifestyles (and I watched my younger teenage brother who is just a kid) become very sick. In February 2011 my friend passed on. In May 2011, my little brothers’ dad had a massive heart attack and died, and with my dad and step mom out of the country celebrating their anniversary, I had to rush to the hospital as they tried to revive my brothers’ dad.. in the space of an hour I watched a little bit of their innocence be taken forever, a 9 year old and a 16 year old grew up in an instant. The doctor telling them they did everything they could, and the look on their faces-that was one of the most devastating moments of my life. In the last week I learned my step dad will have to have heart surgery due to a heart defect he didn’t know he’d since birth.
I’m sorry for the long and somewhat “sob story”, I promise I’m not trying to make it that way. The reason I have chose to tell all this is that they are my reasons for changing. I know that life is precious, and even those who lead healthy lives can have everything changed in an instant. It has been a difficult last year and a half, and I have realized that it is so wrong for me to be treating my body the way I am. I sometimes get mad at myself for how bad I nourish my body because so many loved ones would give anything to have the healthy body that I have. I have this healthy body and instead of treating it as the absolute blessing and gift that it is, I have to chosen to trash it. Life has been hard, but I absolutely love my life, and I plan on being here on this earth for a long time. This website is awesome and I am going to need everybody’s help to make this entire lifestyle change that I really need. I already do a bit of exercise, and I have started back up with one of my biggest passions, dance, again. Thank you to all who have contributed here, you have inspired me to stop giving in to my weakness. I am going to need your success stories, your advice, and your support-and I would more than love to give support and help to anybody else who needs it, anytime. This life is a blessing, and I am so grateful for all that I have-it is about time that I start taking care of my body in a way that reflects the appreciation that I really do have. Thank you for taking the time to read this-just now realized I practically wrote a novel.
Here is to taking care of our bodies and showing appreciation for the health we’ve been given-so many others would give anything for that health but are not as lucky.
-Kassie

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Valena July 15, 2011 at 7:47 pm

Hello Kassie,
I feel for you, you gave a wonderful testimony. I wish I had learned my lesson when I was your age I pray you will have the strenghth to continue on this journey, you will reap great health benefits by not eating sugar of any kind(sugar comes in many diferrent word forms). Do not get discouraged. I know there has been times when I would take a few bites of a cookie then put it down and think “wow that is enough” and throw it away or a candy bar, it has taken a while but have weaned myself off of sugar. For me I have had two Doctors now that have told me to stop eating sugar(and a few other food items such as coffee, white flour,and dairy products) that has also helped, they have explained what sugar is doing to my body such as inflamation in my system which in turn will bloom into some kind of cronic disease. For me I have Osteoporosis, trying to avoid cancer and diebetes which runs in my family. Kassie you are a lovely young woman stay strong and sweet:)
Valena

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Laurel February 29, 2012 at 5:41 pm

Kassie, I’d love to hear from you and hear how you’re doing now – check out my website http://www.laurelgossen.com – there may be some things on there that would be helpful or interesting to you. Email me laurelgossen@hotmail.com :) I hope you’re doing well.

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Kicking Habits July 23, 2011 at 10:20 am

I just found this site/article. I’ve been struggling with weight loss for decades. Once I approached it as a drug addiction, everything began falling in place. Nutrisystem’s diet had worked for me, shedding 180 lbs. in under 2 years and going down to normal BMI, but I put back half of it when I let go. So 180lbs. off, 90lbs. back. Finally realized I was only addicted to ONE thing in life: sugars. Used prayer to God after many failed attempts on my own will power, and the diet started again with a greater ease 1/10th of the struggle previous. Today is 14 weeks without sugars, 60 lbs. off. Yes, it goes that quick when you eat normal portions without sugars or processed foods. I have had 5 or 6 “bad days” where I baked my own break with processed flours (sans sugar, tho!) and stuffed myself with bread and butter. What I found works to sate appetite is dairy: FATS. Butters, milk, cheese, sausages, meats ,yogurts (homemade without sugars or addatives) are all great to eat when trying to kick sugars and lose weight. I make my own goudas and yogurts in my house, save money, keep out the weird additives and preservatives, and then use those as meals in morning and afternoon. Great stuff.

Anyway, the sugar was a beast. 14 weeks ago I was unable to budge a pound, had been trying for 5 weeks at a 1600 cal/day diet. The problem was sugar: sugars in processed oatmeals and other items I ate. Almost directly after halting the sugar, the weight tore off at 1 lb/day for 5 weeks, then slowed. There were strong addictive tendencies through the first 8 weeks–crazy pains, irrational fears or death, digestive irregularity–but I stayed the course and it is out of my system now. Or so I hope, but it has been over 4 weeks since I had any addiction symptoms.

Should sugar be illegal or regulated? NO. It should be understood and used in great moderation. Our society now uses sugars in all our breads and drinks and sauces and … it seems like everything has loads of processed sugars. Once people understand how to control themselves and their diets and how they relate to these industrialized foods, we can kick obesity and overeating. Sugar is, I believe, the nexus of the dietary problem in America and the West.

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Kass July 23, 2011 at 8:18 pm

Thank you Valena! (: I just got back from a vacation out of the country with my family, and I was constantly surrounded by sweets. One night I had one scoop of ice cream with everybody else and immediately felt guilty about it, but I know I cannot dwell on that. Other than that it has been nine or ten days without any sweets or desserts, although I am still working on cutting out the processed food that has sugar in it!

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Lee July 24, 2011 at 1:30 am

I did not read all of the replies because there are so many! However, I kicked processed sugars and carbs a couple of years ago and I was SICK for two weeks! It was horrible! I swore I would never touch the stuff again. But here I am again, eating it like crazy. And I’m afraid to go through that again, but I’m going to. I am extremely addicted. Mine started when I started eating my meals in restaurants in the 90s. I immediately gained weight and lost energy. Bingeing, overeating. It’s horrible. But I am glad that science is finally backing up what many of us know – that it is addictive! Not everyone gets addicted, but it is an all or nothing thing for me. I cannot do processed sugars and carbs in moderation. The cravings are overwhelming. Thanks for putting up the video – loved it! By the way, I went cold-turkey last time, because that works for me. Good luck to everyone! We should all petition and educate so that the medical world catches up and helps us get off this stuff safely.

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darlene July 25, 2011 at 7:13 pm

I came to this site out of desperation. At the risk of sounding melodramitic…sugar addiction has had a profound negative affect on my whole life, so, young addicts,stop it before it damages your life, too. I have been depressed for over 50 years and spend way too much time in bed. I’m overwight although not severely. I hide my addiction from everyone. I routinely turn down social engagements because I’d rather be home with my “drug.” I have delusionally prided myself on taking care of my health by shopping at wholefoods and not smoking or drinking. I now believe sugar addiction can be almost as destructive as alcohol addiction. It is much easier to hide.

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Jonni July 25, 2011 at 10:27 pm

You’re not being melodramatic – you’re just telling it like it is. With an addiction this intense, you might want to start with a clinical hypnotist. We all wish you the best!

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darlene July 26, 2011 at 3:46 am

Thank you, Jonni. Your kind words are appreciated. No, I have not thought of hypnosis. When I am especially affected my ability to think rationally seems to disappear. This habit has the potential to harm an important relationship. It is getting harder to fake being normal.

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Jonni July 26, 2011 at 2:48 pm

You don’t have to struggle alone, Darlene. Try to get some help. You’ll be happier, and you’ll be healthier. It won’t be easy to find help, but it will be worth it.

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Lee July 26, 2011 at 11:55 pm

Great post. I feel your pain. When I see someone else eat the way I eat, I think they are totally addicted. Then I think, “Oh yea, that must be how I look to others.” Sad moment.

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Valena July 30, 2011 at 10:48 pm

I agree Darlene. I try and be a good example for my Son (he is 22 years old) I keep trying to explain to him about the negative effects of sugar he understsands and trys to cut back but has the same attributes as I have toward sugar it is very addictive, For me I have had two Doctors tell me to stop eating sugar. About 32 years ago I started suffering from a reacurring sore on both my legs (Simlar to a boil) went to a few Medical Doctors but they were unable to help me and didn’t know what it was. I suffered for about 5 years with these painful sores until I went to a Natrophathic Doctor and he advised me to get off of all sugar and caffeine. I did what he told me and they went away. It has been an up hill climb through out the years. I have slipped for a few years for short period of times the sores would start to return then I would quit for a while again. Now I am seeing another Natrophathic Doctor and he has me on a similar diet only more strict than before, he also has me taking high doses of vitamins and minerals to help rebuild the damage done by all the wrong eating habits. I am feeling better it has taken a while but is worth it. Darlene take courage. With the example you are leading you can help others through their addiction. God Bless you as you carry on.

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Bookchic August 2, 2011 at 9:20 am

Hi, everyone! I’m 33 years old and the daughter of a diabetic who did the gastric bypass thing and is now slowly gaining it back. Scares me to death to think that if it ever gets that bad for me, the surgery probably won’t help me, either. :(

I picked up a copy of The Carbohydrate Addict’s Diet at Goodwill the other day and was pretty much convinced this was me…. I stumbled upon this forum while searching for help with a low-carb mostly veggie diet, and after reading everyone’s stories I am wondering if just plain sugar isn’t my problem…?

I was vegetarian for two years (well, almost vegan, as hubby and I both have unpleasant reactions to ALL dairy products and he can’t do eggs or corn, either), and the thought of not eating even brown rice, quinoa, garbanzo beans, or fruit for breakfast or lunch (as recommended in The Carb Addict’s Diet book) made me want to cry! But now I am wondering if maybe I will eventually be able to eat these foods again once my body has purged all unnatural refined sugars…?

I used to eat so healthily… I dropped about 20 lbs in two months when I first went veggie and cut out all the dairy that was bloating me up… I was a size 12 for the first time in YEARS! But somehow, I have returned to an unhealthy lifestyle of eating snack foods that are pretty much pure carbs and/or sugar and don’t even get me started on the bags of candy… I justify it to myself because I buy them for Tuesday night gaming and plan to share with everyone. Never mind that I eat half the bag myself and then feel like I need to hide my pile of wrappers.

I went and checked out my pantry after reading that book and realized that virtually EVERYTHING on my shelves is a carb! I considered things like pita chips, rice cakes, beans, and whole grain cereals to be healthy… but to look at my shelves, one would think all I am eating is carbs! I have even started craving sodas lately, which is totally crazy because it has been YEARS since hubby and I have had sodas in the house! Well, lately friends have started leaving them in our fridge, which may be part of the problem. :(

I definitely have a “sweet tooth” and it makes total sense to me that I am a sugar addict. Baking “vegan” cookies is a terrible habit hubby and I have gotten into because I will eat so much dough while they are baking that I feel just gross, but then I also have to have one or two right out of the oven because they smell so darn good. All justified because they are “vegan,” so they must be ok, right?!

I am just wondering if giving up sugar in general will be enough for me or if I am going to have to cut all carbs, good and bad, so drastically that I will be gagging down meat just to have something to eat? I do eat chicken and pork on a pretty regular basis now, as it does not always gross me out the way it did two years ago when I stopped eating it altogether. But still. I definitely cannot live on it!

I just feel like there has to be a way to get rid of this extra weight (about 35-40lbs), the odd dizzy spells I have been having lately, and the feelings of lethargy that pretty much consume my life nowadays. Is cutting the sugar the answer? If so, should it be a total ban – no more cereal, slightly sweetened almond milk, or fruit of any kind? Or is it enough to cut the candy and added sugar? Help! I am tired of being overweight and feeling like crap and you gals are an inspiration to figure out what I need to do and just DO IT!

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Jonni August 2, 2011 at 1:59 pm

There may be only one way to find out if cutting out sugar will give you the health benefits you’re looking for, but I say go for it and find out! There’s certainly nothing to lose. I think that the doctor in the video at the top of this post mentions that the primary source of body fat is fructose. He says the exception to this is the fructose found in fruit, because the high fiber and other natural ingredients help to soften the effects of the sugar. To eliminate fructose, you’d need to get away from all sucrose (table sugar) and high fructose corn syrup, which is in almost all processed foods. Other carbs, like the ones you find in whole wheat, squash, potatoes, etc., do not contain fructose.

Please let us know if you do go on a no-sugar diet, and tell us how you’re doing.

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Bev August 3, 2011 at 7:34 pm

hi -I would say you will have to bite the bullet and stop ALL forms of sugar for sure. I’m the same as you, was getting very dizzy spells but I don’t get them if I stay off the sweets. Hard to do but I keep working at it. And to lose the weight, you’ll probably have to cut all carbs. I ideally eat veggies, eggs, meat and that’s about it.

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sweet16 August 3, 2011 at 4:53 pm

Hi everyone!

I am sixteen and have always had a problem with sugar. I have big, close family, most of whom are amazing cooks. It never made sense to me how I could easily turn down chips, or pastas but its almost impossible for me to say no to sweets. I also love to bake, which has tripped me up several times. I came upon this website a couple days ago, after researching info about sugar addiction. This is day 4 with no sugar for me. The first three days I had no sugar or sweeteners, today I’m adding back fruit and complex carbs, like wheat breads and pastas. It has been a battle to be certain but my cravings have already subsided considerably. My first day, I had a pounding headache, but after some coffee and prayer, I felt fine; I haven’t had any kind of headaches or nausea since then. I’m going to keep up sugar-free eating for the month of August and then see how I feel! I am not overweight by much, but I do hope to lose around 15 pounds from this. Thanks to everyone on here for the inspiration and wish me luck!

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Bookchic August 3, 2011 at 8:12 pm

Thanks for the clarification! Hubby and I do really eat pretty healthily most of the time – we cut out all the HFCS when we found out he had a sensitivity to corn, so that wiped out a large portion of the crappy “food” we used to eat and drink… It makes sense to me that fruit is better for me than candy, but it seems a lot of low carb diets want you to stay away from fruit, which feels so wrong to me ! :)

I think my real problem happened in the past year or so – I started consuming more cookies, candy, snack foods, and soda (especially when hubby lost his job and took up baking as a pastime!) because not only did I have a super stressful job (which I finally quit in Nov.), but I rationalized that I ate so healthy the rest of the time and worked so hard that I “deserved” a treat. And it seemed like one day I woke up and was kind of fat from all those treats. LOL. I know it didn’t help that I started being able to find some favorite old snack foods that used “real sugar” instead of HFCS… like somehow that made it healthier. :-P

I agree with the above poster who said moderation does not work. I am so much better off if I just stay away from sweets altogether than if I try to only eat small portions! I talked to hubby about cutting out the starchy carbs and sugar (no boxes of snack crackers or baking cookies anymore!) and eating a lot more salads and veggies again, and he agreed. The only problem I foresee is the fact that I do the grocery shopping and therefore, I have to have the willpower to stop bringing sugar into the house! Here’s hoping I can be strong enough to NOT bake cookies and buy snack foods anymore! :) I’ll keep y’all posted… maybe being accountable here will help me out a bit.

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Phlebowie August 20, 2011 at 12:53 am

Correction, McDonald’s fries actually do contain sugar. Not sure when the lecture was filmed, but as of today, they do contain sugar, salt, and fat.

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Carol August 29, 2011 at 12:38 pm

I took the “kick the sugar habit” challenge from a friend of mine who is a vascular surgeon. It has been one year since I got rid of not only sugar, but dairy and wheat, too. (dairy for my sinus problems, wheat for my digestive issues). I lost 45 lbs in one year. Everyone says “what DO you eat then?” Fruit, Veggies, fish, chicken, gluten-free cereal, organic soy milk, sushi, salads, brown rice, quinoa. I make soups from scratch in the winter time, salads in the summer. We grill either fish or chicken for dinner each night with at least 2-3 servings of veggies. I reversed my periodontal (gum disease) issue – dentist said it was due to getting rid of sugar and eating a lot of antioxidant fruits (blackberries, blueberries every day). I used to be a huge sugar addict and had to have candy, chocolate cake/muffins, ice cream, etc in the afternoon and after dinner. No more. You can do it…just takes one day to wake up and realize that you don’t need refined sugar in your daily food intake! I am a big cook and baker. I still bake cakes and pies for friends or dinners we have. I use organic agave nectar in place of sugar – can’t tell the difference.

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Bev August 29, 2011 at 3:08 pm

If you eat gluten free cereal, what kind is it? Do you also eat gluten free bread?
Good for you to keep eating like that for such a long time.

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Carol August 29, 2011 at 5:18 pm

Bev, we chose to stay away from Gluten-Free bread, muffins, bagels, etc. Two reasons: 1) we both love bread and can eat a lot of it if it is around and the gluten-free varieties don’t taste that good anyway, and 2) The muffins and even some of the breads are loaded w/sugar to make up for the lack of taste and they are very high in calories – just not worth it. The only one brand I found that is tolerable is Udi’s brand of bread and I can only eat it if I toast it! So we just don’t even bother with bread anymore. I found that the Glutino brand of gluten-free crackers are very tasty and I snack on them with a little peanut butter in the late afternoon. The brands of cereal we found that are really good are Nature’s Path brand, Mesa Sunrise and Cornflakes. They have a few grams of sugar but it is only evaporated cane juice and not nearly like refined sugar at all. I get all of them at Whole Foods and despite what people say at Whole Foods, they have the best prices on these brands of gluten-free products.

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Bev August 29, 2011 at 6:08 pm

Hi Carol – thanks for all the info. We live in Canada so don’t seem to have any Whole Foods around, but do have a good Health Food store in the area. I get a gluten free wheat free bread, no sugar etc, made with rice flour there. I have it frozen for the odd time I really want a piece of toast with coconut oil and almond butter.
I even found a place that sells grass fed beef, so just buy the hamburger and it goes a long way. I find that I need to eat meat and egg for breakfast in order to go until noon or later.
Now sugar is another thing! I pretty well don’t eat any, as it gives me hot flashes, as well as feel terrible, especially in the night. I have substituted a bit of Stevia at times, and the odd time Splenda, but not too happy about using them either. Ideally, I feel best on meat, eggs, cheese, vegetables and that ‘s about it!
Anyway – all the best, Bev

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Jane August 30, 2011 at 12:15 am

Well, this has been great to read these posts. ONCE AGAIN, I find myself in the slump of sugar addiction – almost makes me cry to actually write it. I’m 58 and have been a sugar junkie all my life. I have been able to have moments of time away from it when I’ve decided that enough is enough. I’m around 85 kilos which is about …lots of pounds – 187 apparantly. Last year was 75 kilos. I walk with a group twice a week, play golf twice a week and the rest of the time sit at work on my computer. I can’t tell you how depressing it is to be in the cycle of sweets and potatoe chip longing again. It’s such a reward to me to have something after dinner in the evenings. Daytime isn’t as bad as the evenings – I’ve switched from chocolate to jelly things like snakes and bears, thinking they’re not as bad, but they are really just straight sugar. The tiniest bit and then all of a sudden 20 are gone. I bought four huge bags of them yesterday and even lied as I went through the checkout, saying they were for a birthday party – that’s how embarresed I am by this addiction.
I know that going off sugar completely means headaches and I always try to look at those headaches as a good thing, that something is obviously happening – but, it rarely lasts….before long I feel I have to treat myself to my favourite – any excuse will do. My whole life with partner is work, golf, tennis, eating out, glass of wine – he smokes – I used to have one or two – Now I feel I have to give everything up except the sport. When I write it down it sounds so feeble….what’s wrong with just having sport!!
I know how well I feel without sugar – but it’s like giving up an old friend and that’s why I keep allowing it back in my life – I always think it’s going to be just lovely, settling down with a box of smarties or a packet of crisps. Trouble is the mood swings and saddness that comes later and especially the feelings of guilt are hardly worth it. (along with the extra weight).
Anyway, here I go again…..today will be my first day and hopefully the last time I ever have to do this again. This will be it!!
It’s great to hear so many of you are doing so well and that gives me inspiration. I’ll get David Kessler’s book too. By the way I don’t eat meat, eggs, dairy – my only non vegan food is fish occasionally. Meals are lots of veg and salads, whole grains, Beans etc. Followed Dr McDougall for ages but with the sugar too!!

Again, thanks for the inspiration – it gives me hope.
Jane

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savannah August 30, 2011 at 6:06 pm

im 17 and i have a serious addiction to candy, this sounds really pathatic but its really hard to stop eating candy. please help. i eat veggies and fruits all the time i was raised like they were candy but i need help to stop eating sugar at all, but see im hypoglicemic so i have to eat sugar but not like i do! im really scared please help!

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Jonni August 30, 2011 at 6:22 pm

I would strongly advise you to talk to your doctor – the one that diagnosed your hypoglicemia. She should give you a diet that will make you feel good and healthy, and without the extra sugar. The only way to stop eating sugar entirely is to just stop. It isn’t easy, since it’s all around us. But as you can see from all the posts on this page, it can be done,

Good luck.

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savannah September 1, 2011 at 5:57 pm

thanks so much :)

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Valena September 4, 2011 at 1:25 am

Hello Savannah,

I am glad you found this website, it is your first step in getting your sugar addiction under control. It is nice to have a place to pour your heart out and receive encouragement. Yes, your Doctor should give you some advise on how to eat proper.
But, in the mean time eating good carbs will help you maintain your low blood sugar such as: a good breakfast of oatmeal, fresh fruit, and whole grain bread/toast, a good start to your day makes a big difference.Try experiencing with other whole grain items for lunch and dinner with a good supply of vegtables. Take care.

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Kass September 1, 2011 at 1:18 am

Hi everyone. So I am having a rough time. I did the whole “no sugar” thing I guess back in July I think, I even went on a vacation to the beach and did awesome there the whole time! I did it for I guess like two weeks, the only time I had sugar was one small scoop of ice cream. But I screwed up somewhere along the line, now I am back to just as bad if not temporarily worse than when I started and I am really bummed and upset with myself.

The hardest thing for me during those two weeks of no sugar wasn’t the cravings, although those could sometimes be bad.. and it wasn’t the gross feelings either, it was the scrutiny from others. Why the scrutiny? Excellent question. I thought that people would be supportive of me adopting a healthy lifestyle. I was wrong. Instead people judged me. I am twenty and even though I have things about my body I need to work on , I am in relatively good shape and at a healthy weight. People around me acted like I was extreme dieting. Instead of being supportive of my lifestyle change, I felt that people were reacting as if I had just told them I had an eating disorder. I had no clue it would be that way-maybe it isn’t for most people, I don’t know what the deal is. Don’t get me wrong, I had support from my mom and dad, but that is about it. Most people just parroted the dumb “moderation is key” phrase, and didn’t take me seriously if I opened up to them and said I had a legitimate sugar addiction. I was frustrated that people were acting negatively rather than positively about this. As if it was offending them that I wouldn’t eat sugar and tried to stay away from processed food-as if by me not eating it I was making them feel bad? I don’t know. Does anybody have any suggestions? Am I the only one who has had this kind of negative response? It is upsetting because support is crucial, yet I found myself not supported by many I thought would back me up.

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Jonni September 1, 2011 at 3:48 pm

Kass, the response you received is not unusual, unfortunately. I think that people feel somewhat judged if we tell them we’re sugar addicts, because they know they eat just as much sugar themselves. And “addict” has such a negative connotation. I always suggest that we don’t try to convert anyone to the new way of thinking, since it may be a bit too early for that. Science is catching up, but the news outlets haven’t really picked up on this issue yet. You can simply tell people that “your doctor” or some other figure of authority (make one up if needed) told you that, for health reasons, you need to stay away from sugar. Vaguely mention diabetes if you have to.

Or, just eat the way you want, and don’t bother to try explaining it to anyone. After all, it really isn’t anyone else’s business, is it?

And by all means, stop beating up on yourself. That’s actually a sign of “stinking thinking,” a term from the AA movement. You are not personally responsible for the way certain chemicals react with your brain cells, or for the cravings that come with a lifelong addiction to a commonly-available and highly advertised substance. Give yourself a break, and honor your own body’s wisdom. Almost all of us make many tries before we’re able to become sugar-free – and we still give in occasionally after that. Just pick yourself up and give it another try. Maybe even do something non-food related to celebrate the very fact that you’re trying.

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Valena September 4, 2011 at 2:06 am

Kass,

It is hard out there. People can be rude, even our own friends. Especially when you try to make improvments on yourself. They look at themselves and feel alittle guilty at what they are doing and so lash out on you to make them selves feel better. Don’t take it personally it is a natural response from some people.

I have been through the same thing from those at my work and from my church they don’t really understand. When you have been raised eating a certain way for so many years it is hard to comprehend what negative side effects sugar has upon our bodies.

Kass, you can be a great inspiration to those around you. Don’t give up and don’t let people upset you. Stay focus on the good choices you make, even tho you may fall you can pick your self up again and start over, try eating some(raw) nuts when you get the urge to eat sweets and make sure you drink your 8 glasses of water a day. You’re going to make it!:)

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Carol September 1, 2011 at 4:08 pm

Hi Kass,

I know exactly what is going on with you. When I stared my no-sugar-no-dairy(for asthma) and no wheat” thing a year ago I had so many friends and co-workers saying I was crazy and that there is nothing wrong with sugar. Then when I lost all the weight, they still said I was crazy and that eliminating sugar was not the reason I lost 45 lbs. Really? Then what was the reason? I was a total sugar and dairy addict – candy, cakes, sweets, pastries, desserts, lots of cheese…. every single day – those are very high calorie foods with a ton of sugar and sodium in the cheese.

For one whole year I have eaten only veggies, fruit, some meat, chicken, fish, sushi, brown rice, lentils, quinoa, potatoes, gluten-free cereal, soy milk, peanut butter (no sugar brand) on gluten free crackers- that is it. No bread, no pastries, no candy, sweets, cheese, nothing with refined sugar. So my daily food intake has allowed me to lose the weight because not only did I reduce my caloric intake but I am eating food that is not laden in sugar which wrecks havoc on your system.

But back to friends and co-workers. They are your worst enemy in this no-sugar thing. I believe they are all very envious of the fact that we are losing weight and looking and feeling more healthy and they would like to do the same but I get comments like this: “Wow you look great but I could never do what you are doing – completely depriving yourself and really not eating any yummy foods.” Really? Quite the contrary. Or I will get comments like this when out to eat w/friends as we peruse the menu. They will call out things like:”Mmmm….pasta with cheese and tomato sauce and garlice bread…oh wait though…you can’t eat that stuff, right?” My reply is always: “Yes I can eat that if I want to but I choose not to, thank you.” It is like they want to make you feel guilty for what you are doing. I even had a friend get a little upset with me because she said sugar isn’t bad and even Weight Watchers meals have sugar in them!!! Well that’s fine but WW, in my opinion, does not talk about the evils of sugar and they should but that is a whole other story.

In the meantime, do not listen to people – it is hard and I have almost lost a couple of friends over this whole thing – it is your choice and you are making an excellent one. Just wish I had done the same when I was your age but good for you – keep it up. Load up on good food and you won’t crave sugar anymore. Then the more healthy you become and look, the more people will notice. Believe me, this no-sugar thing is going to take over soon and we will be the ones at the forefront of it all! :)

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Valena September 4, 2011 at 1:38 am

Carol,

Yes, I like your last sentance “the no-sugar thing will take over and we will be at the forefront.” I am greatful that I am not eating sugar, even, tho my Natropath has allowed me to have stevia it is a hard taste to aquire.

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rtist September 1, 2011 at 7:09 pm

What a great article + video, and its great to see so many comments! I’m not sure I would have believed that sugar could be addictive, or cause so many health problems, unless I had become extremely ill several years ago. At the age of 20, I was diagnosed with a chronic illness called Interstitial Cystitis which is extremely painful and debilitating. I also had symptoms of chronic fatigue, PMS, skin rashes, depression and anxiety and hypoglycemia.

Looking back its clear why: As a young college student I used to drink sodas & coffee (with cream and sugar) like water, and eat muffins (basically cupcakes) regularly for breakfast. Although I was a vegetarian, my diet was very low in nutrition since most of my calories came from sugar and carbs, which we now know have fructose in abundance. In addition to being in extreme pain I also gained weight despite severely restricting my calories.

I was very lucky to find a doctor who attributed my health problems to my sugar intake and saved me from my downward spiral by completely changing my diet. I now only drink water (sometimes black coffee that I make at home), eat 75% raw veggies, some fresh cooked meats, natural fats like olive oil, and very very very limited carbs in the form of brown rice or other complex carbs like quinoa.

It took some time, but the amazing thing is that I used to be in so much constant pain that I could barely walk, and now I hardly ever experience pain or discomfort. My skin has cleared, my PMS symptoms are barely noticeable, and I’ve lost the weight and bloating. It certainly hasn’t been easy, and I know that I still have the potential to be a sugar addict. I still fight cravings, and if I give in then I notice immediate discomfort and rashes. I honestly don’t know if I would have had the willpower to stop eating sugar if not for the pain I experienced.

I completely understand people struggling with a sugar addiction, and I also completely understand people doubting it even exists. I was young, thin and seemingly healthy. I wouldn’t have believed sugar to be the cause of so many types of disease unless I had become so ill that even strong pain meds couldn’t mask the pain I was experiencing. Changing my diet, and specifically cutting out sugar and processed foods, changed everything :)

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Kass September 2, 2011 at 5:49 am

Thank you Carol, Jonni, and Rtist!
It was genuinely surprising to me to discover just how little support I would get. The thing is, support is too strong a word. I didn’t want cheerleaders and supporters and people saying “good job, you’re awesome”. I didn’t want that at all-all I wanted was acceptance, or at the very least, respect for my personal choices, even if the person decided to respectfully disagree. Additionally, I was in no way trying to talk to them about my decision, convince them to do what I was doing, or be preachy or overbearing. Instead I felt like people decided to make my choice their business. I know that’s how life goes-people poke around in your life where they don’t have a right to, and they judge you regardless of who you truly are, but this just kind of bummed me out. What bummed me out the most was that I received a lot of disapproval and negativity from people who were close to me, just like Carol had mentioned. The other thing that really bothered me was that people who heard what I was doing treated me like a complete idiot, like I was making up a problem or trying to get attention. I want to get back on track and lead a much healthier lifestyle, but it can be hard! And I feel like it can be even harder when you don’t have much support from those closest to you!

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Sandra September 2, 2011 at 10:49 am

Hi! I have one major question how do you kick the habit? Just cold turkey? Sandra

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Carol September 2, 2011 at 3:05 pm

Sandra,

Yes, pretty much cold turkey. But again, I did not only sugar-free but dairy and gluten free because of sinus and digestive issues I as having. My doctor/surgeon friend suggested that I do this (actually he gave me a challenge – he did it 10 yrs ago and lost a ton of weight and kept it off for 10 yrs doing just that and I decided to take on the challenge!) I started August 1, 2010 – went from eating tons of sugary stuff daily (candy, cookies, cake, ice cream, pastries, lots of pasta and other starchy foods, lots of cheese and bread) to nothing but fruits, veggies, chicken, fish (mostly salmon), salads, brown rice, quinoa, eggs (eggs are not diary). If you get enough of a balance of proteins and good carbs (fruits and veggies for the good carbs) then you will feel fine but everyone is different. May take a week or two for your system to get settled into eating good stuff. Everyone always asks “Well what DO you eat since you don’t eat all those yummy things (like sweets, etc)” Here is my typical daily food intake:

Breakfast: decaf coffee w/soy milk, Fruit Smoothie (1 cup blackberries/blueberries combined, 1 banana, a few raspberries, 1/2 cup water, packet of Emergen-C Vitamin fizz in a blender).
Mid-Morning Snack: a little peanut butter on gluten free crackers OR an Atkins Day Break protein bar (really good…10 gms protein and gives you a big lift).
Lunch: Salad (any kind, with chicken or just veggies) or sushi w/brown rice; Thai food is great because it is mostly rice-based noodles and lots of veggies.
Mid-Afternoon Snack: an orange or banana or whatever fruit is in the bowl; maybe some peanut or almond butter on crackers.
Dinner: chicken or salmon or other fish; 2-3 servings of veggies; side of brown rice or Quinoa.

Let me know if you have more questions! Good luck starting – it is not that difficult once you get going!

Note that there isn’t any bread or potatoes in this food plan. That is because I know I have a total weakness for those two items so I have decided to keep them out of the food plan until I get to my goal weight (lost 45 lbs in one year, 10 more to go). Then I will introduce gluten-free pasta and some potatoes at that point. I have tried all the gluten-free breads and they just don’t taste that good so didn’t bother with them – don’t miss bread or cheese at all.

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Lisa Nash September 11, 2011 at 8:24 am

Hi
I stopped eating all obvious sugar 2 weeks ago but don’t feel as fantastic as I thought I would. I am eating brown/ seeded bread, mayonaise, potato chips (as well as veg, fruit, nuts,brown pasta, basmati rice, cheese, humous, peanut butter, eggs, nat yogurt, fish ) which contain small amounts sugar. I don’t like meat so get protein from dairy, Quorn etc.
No weight loss, think I am eating more savoury food to combat sugar cravings. Period due today so hoping will feel better after this week???

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Sylvia Leo September 14, 2011 at 7:00 am

I refer you all to a book, well 2 really, but I only got the 2nd one. Sweet Poison:The Quit Plan, by David Gillespie. You should be able to get it through Amazon.
I’ve been fructose free for just over 12 months now, it was easy. You mainly just have to read the Nutritional Panels on all packaged foods, & reject all that say they have more than 3 grams of sugars per 100 grams. Go through your cupboards & chuck it all out. If it still tastes sweet, then you must check out the ingredients, to make sure you’re not being conned with sugar substitutes that are just as bad for you. Some things to Google, 50 different names for sugar. The Worst additives. and look at the Aust & NZ Food Standards link for how much fructose is in the different foods we eat. It’s the fructose that makes you fat. Another one to Google, Fat doesn’t make you fat.
I’ve lost 17 kilos, not without some ‘tweaking’ on the way. I am very low carb, eat lots of protein & steamed veg, you can snack on almonds, use Greek style yoghurt add your own crushed berries. Try the Sweet Poison forum after you’ve read the book. Lots of help & Info there.
I’m just wanting to spread the Word (and Spread the Love)!!!

Sylvia x

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Jonni September 14, 2011 at 3:16 pm

Sylvia, I checked Amazon, and could only find the first book by that author available here in the States: this is the only book listed under David Gillespie. It looks like it would be well worth reading, and I’ll definitely check it out. The print version of Sweet Poison: The Quit Plan doesn’t appear to be available here, and buying it from his website to be shipped would cost almost $50! There is an eBook available, though, through Borders. It’s a bit more expensive than most eBooks, but it would be worth it if it it’s as good as you say. Thanks for letting us know about it.

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Sylvia Leo September 14, 2011 at 7:04 am

Just one more thing, After reading Carol’s post, I now eat full fat dairy, use butter & oil to cook my protein in, watch that peanut butter, most of it’s got heaps of sugar in it, buy the sugar/salt free Sanitarium one.

Sylvia
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Carol September 14, 2011 at 3:30 pm

Sylvia, that book sounds fantastic. As you have read, I am doing pretty much what you did the last year and I lost a total now of 48 lbs. in one year. My peanut butter is low sodium/no sugar added organic from Kirkland (Costco). I eat about a tablespoon a day on gluten free crackers. It is the only organic one without sugar that I found that doesn’t get all caked up and hard in the refrigerator, too! I am completly off dairy (no milk, cheese, etc) for my asthma which has improved dramatically in one year. I use only Smart Balance butter spread and Mayo. Basically I only eat veggies, fruit, fish, chicken, brown rice, quinoa and that’s about it. Also just got my blood test results back from my annual exam: Total Cholesterol reduced by 60% to below 100, LDL reduced 39%, Triglicerides reduced 66% to a fantastic low number of 43 and Glucose of a new low of 87. Best is the CRP reading which is the C-Reactive Protein number that shows if you have internal inflammation going on in your body (caused by overeating of refined sugar for one) – mine was high last year before I started on this new food plan – it was hovering around 10 and now it is 1.9. I eat a lot of the anti-inflammatory foods: dark leaf veggies, cherries, blueberries, salmon (4 times weekly), ginger, green tea. In addition to all of the above, I was on the verge of having to have those horrible dental treatments for periodontal disease (i.e. they scrape way below your gum line – yucko!). In one year, I reversed the disease and my dentist said my gums are so firm and perfect now – he attributes it to the elimination of sugar and the amount of antioxidant fruits and veggies that I am eating (blackberries, blueberries, raspberries are the best). I think I need to write a book about this or at least start a blog of my own to spread the word!

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Jonni September 14, 2011 at 4:26 pm

Carol, I think that both the book and the blog are great ideas. I just happen to have put together some free info on other blogs to help people do both things, if you’re interested. You can find videos showing the cheap software I used to self-publish my paper mache book and my endangered animals coloring book here, here and here (three videos). The free build a website easy tutorials are here. If you do write a book or create that blog, please let us know so we can check it out. The natural cures for gum disease are particularly interested, and I’d love to read more.

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Sylvia Leo September 14, 2011 at 10:00 pm

Jonni, your readings are great. Good on You. Glad you’re showing the Dr Lustig vid, if that doesn’t convince people I don’t know what will, except to try it. I didn’t any ‘before’ readings taken, but did have blood & urine samples taken & tested and as they always have been, are all in the ‘normal’ range, whatever that is, my cholesterol has always been good. My only problem was an elevated blood pressure, that was deemed to be caused by an infection, and came down 60 points after it was fixed up. So I’m very happy and my candida has almost disappeared. I was a mushroom addict, but recently gave them up. After reading an excellent Canadian site on the problem, have now cut back on a number of the things recommended. At the moment, I am doing Dr Jack Kruse’s Leptin re-set. I urge anyone who is still having weight problems to check this out. He is a neuro surgeon, and has done extensive patient related (his own) research on the subject. I am much the same as you, eating at the moment, eggs/chicken/avocado/a little cheese (not supposed to behaving any dairy except full fat cream in my coffee !!) But I was determined to give up coffee, too, as a possible cause of my hot flushes, and have gone the green tea route. I also am having heaps of veg, except potatoes, and a little rice/lamb chops/ things are cooked in real butter, but Jack recommends coconut oil as it’s so good for us. But it’s expensive! I just mainly eat protein, veg, a little rice & a little cheese.

I’ve never had a problem with limiting what I eat, as long as I’m not hungry, and this does it for me. I do miss my nuts (almonds) after dinner though, as I always had some kind of dessert after dinner, in my old life. But that’s only for a few short weeks, then I can add back the nuts & full fat dairy again. The Jack Kruse leptin reset regime is only for 6 – 8 weeks, so I needed to kick start my weight loss, as I was stuck at 14 kilos down, now I’m 17 kilos down & very happy. You have to shop in advance for it though, I find, make sure there’s lots of protein in the house. I still have another 15 kilos to get back to the weight I was before I started any sort of dieting, then anything after that is a bonus. In saying that, I just want to be comfortable in my skin, not stick thin, I’m getting on, now & will be happy at that weight, I’m thinking. Anyone having a problem losing that belly fat, (if you have a way to go) remember walking is one of the best ways to lose it & tighten up that skin. Here’s a link to the Jack Kruse site:-

http://jackkruse.com/why-is-oprah-still-obese-leptin-part-3/

Read that one first, then this one, here:-
http://jackkruse.com/my-leptin-prescription/

Loved your site, Jonni, keep up the good work. I think it’s worth getting the Sweet Poison Quit Plan e-book, as it teaches you how to manage the day to day stuff & how to read labels, etc…and much more.
There are 2 forums associated with the book, too, so lots of support for newbies and others that have been trying other things to get their ‘light bulb’ moment.

I urge all of you to keep up the new fructose free life, and try to get your children on to it as well. You will find that if you involve them in the cooking/baking process, they will become ‘sugar Nazis’ (!) eventually and that can only be a good thing in the long run, as you will no longer be poisoning yourself & your children with fructose. Just sit the family down & if possible get them to read the book, the younger they are, the better, (this is if they can read, of course) lol….explain how it will stop them being fat & miserable. But slow & steady is the way, so even though you may be feeling low now, in around 20 weeks you will be feeling fantastic. You can thank me later, she said modestly….lol….hehe!!

Good luck to you all, listen to Jonni, and read David Gillespie. Sweet Poison the Quit Plan ASAP. as well as Jonni’s excellent book. If you need any more motivation, go to SparkPeople.com & join one of their many Spark Teams. They are not fructose free informed yet, but the motivation is very highly recommended, some very inspirational stories on there.
Bye for now from Australia….waves…..

Love
Silver Angel

Spread the Love

PS. Jonni where are the emoticons? So we can express ourselves.

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Sylvia Leo September 14, 2011 at 10:06 pm

Sorry, girls, got the names mixed up. Just went back & read your posts!! I’m embarrassed, but plead being in a bit of a hurry, as must go now & get ready to go & get my eyes re-tested for new glasses. (eye roll & lol)
Jonni where are the emoticons, so I can show just how embarrasses I was & how happy I am etc etc. lol
I commend you for being ‘green’ it’s not that easy, is it?
Silver Angel
Spread the Love
Don’t forget to laugh, and smile a lot!!

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Rebecca September 21, 2011 at 11:12 am

I agree with Sylvia Leo – David Gillespie’s books have completely changed the way I look at sugar and our digestive system. Gillespie has done all the hard work – looked at all those impenetrable research studies and re-written them for people like me who prefer to read things in plain English. His blog is worth checking out too – Sweet Poison Free Forum and raisin-hell.com.
What helped me just as much was Mindless Eating by Brian Wansink – just a revelation, very witty, easy to read. His research forms the basis of many current media articles. mindlesseating.org

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Alex September 24, 2011 at 2:46 am

thank you for this information. my desire to quit sugar lead me here. this information will make my future food choices much easier. thank you again.

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Steven Ballard September 24, 2011 at 5:25 pm

My 13 yo son sneaks a couple teaspoons of sugar in the evening and he can’s sleep afterward because of the sugar rush and also gets gastric gas and discomfort.

I also have a “sweet tooth”, but can control it to a degree.

Unfortunately the substitutes are as bad as the sugar itself, look at aspartame…

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Clay September 29, 2011 at 11:54 pm

I’ve known sugar to be my problem for oh so many years, but the addiction has been so great. Sugar have devastated my life on what could have been achieved. How many of us are underachievers because of the ill effects of sugar. Its unbelievable . And now I have come across this wonderful site with all of the stories and knowing that there are so many more people out there that have stories. I am in my 5th day sugar free and I intend to continue. I also intend to read each and every entry thats posted on this site. God Bless.

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Sarai October 2, 2011 at 7:47 pm

sarahhh you said that you dont eat sugar now just meat and vegetables. Only carb in morning, what kind of carb or food you eat in the morning? are you cut fruit too?
thanks for the help other can give to me

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Sam October 4, 2011 at 7:08 am

I gave up sugar on 1st June 2011, which means I have been sugar free for 4 months now. I have to say the first 4-5 weeks were hell. I gave up smoking a few years ago and that was easy compared to giving up sugar. The first few weeks I ate all day and was constantly hungry and tired. Then I got really grumpy. After about 4 – 5 weeks the cravings went down and my diet settled back down. I still have cravings now, especially when I’m stressed or really tired, but I know I can’t go through that again so just try to see anything sweet as “not food”. I eat a tonne of bananas and other fruit which tastes really sweet. The 2 things that kept me going were my stubborness, I thought you’re not going to beat me you b***h, it became a competition, and the thought that if my body was going so crazy when I gave sugar up, then it must be really bad for me. Anyway, I feel so much better. I have energy now, I eat less and have a better diet. I haven’t felt depressed since I gave it up. My mood is stable. My skin is better, I sleep better. It is hard, but worth the few weeks of cravings and feeling yukky to come out the other side. As I said, I still have cravings, but they pass quickly and I know I am much better without sugar in my life.

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Sylvia Liney October 4, 2011 at 7:32 am

Sarai, I’m like Sarah, & can’t eat too much carbs. They just make me very hungry for more. I am not just sugar free, but also I am fructose free. It’s the fructose that makes you fat, not the sugar per se. (Not really fructose-free, but as low as I can be). I have a high protein breakfast, 3 or 4 eggs in an omelette, with a little ham, avocado, cheese & mushrooms. This keeps me satisfied for 5 – 7 hours. I often just have a little snack for lunch, usually a cuppa soup. I will just have meat/chicken with steamed veggies for dinner, or make a big one-pot meal with heaps of veg in and dried barley, lentils & split peas to thicken it, then a handful of nuts after dinner, if I run out of nuts, I will maybe have a lo-cal jelly with cream. I eat full fat dairy, and have cut right back on potatoes, pasta & bread, I still have brown rice, but only half of what I used to have. I’ve never been a big fruit eater, and so if I can’t have my bananas, (still too expensive for me) I’m not interested. The only other fruit I eat are pears, and they’re high in fructose, but they tell me that Greek style plain yoghurt with crushed berries through it is very nice, and yoghurt is good for you.

Just add more of the protein of your choice to your regime, and cut back on bread, potatoes and white pasta, use brown. & use brown rice. Also, remember to soak your brown rice for about 2 hours, also dried legumes & lentils. This makes them easier to digest. I read that on Sarah Wilson’s blog. She’s got heaps of recipes, you should check it out.

Or, check out the Sweet Poison and How much Sugar forums for more help with cutting out fructose.

Another thing to Google, ‘fat doesn’t make you fat’.

Good luck Sarai. I hope that helps.

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Sylvia Liney October 4, 2011 at 11:11 pm

Sam, read my reply above. The reason that you still have cravings is all the fructose in that sweet sweet fruit you are eating, and any simple carbs you are eating. It’s the fructose that’s addictive & makes you fat. Do you own research, look at this link here:-

http://au.search.yahoo.com/search?fr=yhs-avg&type=yahoo_avg_hs2-tb-web_au&p=YouTube+Sugar+%3a+The+Bitter+Truth

Google Gary Taubs Sugar and read some of the stuff that comes up. Don’t take my word about it. I have been fructose reduced (I can’t say, free, apparently some people have a problem with this!) for 13 months now, have lost 17 kilos in weight, and never feel hungry any more like I did for most of my adult life. This is because it’s the fructose that deadens your appetite control, that little receptor in your brain that tells your body it’s had enough to eat.

Sam, if it tastes sweet, that’s usually because it has some sort of sweet things in it. Some Fruit is better than others, the worst ones are apples, bananas & pears, the best ones are all the berries. Look at this link to the Food Standards of Australia & NZ, I brought up ‘F” for fruit for you. Just scroll down to whatever fruit you like, & see how much fructose is actually in it. If it’s got more that 3 grams per 100 grams then it’s too much, and above all, DON’T DRINK FRUIT JUICE OR EAT DRIED FRUIT, as these 2 things are concentrated fructose (& sugar), rather, make a smoothie using the whole fruit, or eat the whole fruit, limit your fruit to 2 pieces per day. the link is here:-

http://www.foodstandards.gov.au/consumerinformation/nuttab2010/nuttab2010onlinesearchabledatabase/onlineversion.cfm?&action=alphabeticalList&letter=F

So, take that next step & you too will lose your cravings, like me. I also found I had to cut right back on bread, pasta & potatoes, and I now only eat half the rice I used to, I also changed to brown rice & pasta. I eat more protein to keep me full for longer, as the simple carbs make me more hungry. I’m not saying cut out all the bananas, just be aware. I still have half a banana on my low sugar no fruit Muesli…..Oh I forgot, I also eat full fat dairy, I no longer buy low-fat everything like I used to. Try eating a handful of nuts, the best are raw almonds, you can freeze them, too, as I read on Sarah Wilson’s blog, so you can buy a big packet & they can even be eaten frozen (?) not sure about that.

Good Luck Sam, I hope all this helps and congrats for being sugar reduced for so long, it just shows that if you make that decision in your head, and are determined, you will succeed.

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ce'ce October 9, 2011 at 6:30 pm

u did not help me at alll

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Sylvia October 10, 2011 at 5:12 am

ce’ce, If you give us a bit more info about what your intake of food is daily, just a rough guide, maybe we can. But you have to want to do it, I mean make that decision in your head that you are going to change your life.
You know the saying, ‘if you want your life to change, you have to change your life’……cutting our fructose is not a diet, it’s a way of life, your new life, if you want it to be. Maybe you are not quite ready to change , no shame in that, it took me years to find this info & change mine. But in saying this, it is fairly new info, just around 10 years the research has been going on, with new trials etc going on all the time. Just remember, when you are researching this info, that the people who are publishing their findings are not on the board of some Multi National food company, just wanting us to buy their poison. Another thing to avoid, is the western world’s way of extracting soy. It’s bad for us. Eat brown rice too, as when they polish it, all the Thiamine is stripped off it. Get used to reading Nutritional labels, read the column that says ‘per 100 grams’. Look at the sugar, and if it says it’s more than 3 grams, then don’t buy it. Also look at the ingredients for those ’50 other names for sugar’, some of the sugars may be from lactose, which is ok.

Good Luck
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Drue October 10, 2011 at 1:26 am

Hi everyone! Reading all of these comments is so inspiring!
Well, I’ve been a sugar addict almost all my life and have been overweight almost all my life. I think I always knew it was sugar, but I didn’t feel like I had the resources or the willpower to stop eating it.
Finally I did stop though, and have been completely sugar/white flour/and white rice free for a month and a half! I’ve lost 23 lbs, and I feel so much healthier. My sleeping schedule is normal, my skin is healthier and more elastic (I think my pores have even shrunk!)
I kind of hate that it took me so long to finally try and kick the sugar, but I’m so proud of myself that I have. The first week was really tough, I almost caved several times. It’s still tough for me too, especially because I work at a coffee shop that specializes in sweets and pastries. Almost every day I eye a blueberry muffin and think oh, maybe just one….
I just try and take it one day at a time, and when I crave sugar I reach for fruit or drink some water. It’s so awesome on this side of the sugar addiction, bravo to all you other ladies and guys who are fighting your battle and slaying that dragon!

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Sylvia October 10, 2011 at 5:00 am

Oh, and yes, Drue, I forgot to say, just watch which fruit you are eating. Apples, pears & bananas are high fructose fruit. Plus you should only have 2 pieces of fruit a day, never eat dried fruit or drink fruit juice, have the whole orange, as it has the fibre, and all the berries are goo, low fructose fruits.
Good luck…..

Sylvia

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Drue October 10, 2011 at 1:33 am

Oh and I agree with Sylvia above. If you want to cut out sugar, you also have to cut out fructose. They work the same way in a person’s body! You really have to commit to reading packaging labels, companies put fructose and sucrose in everything from bread to lunch meat, and consistently call it things like “evaporated cane syrup” or “sucrose”. So far I’ve only found one brand of bread that is sugar and fructose free: Natures Own Sugar Free Whole Wheat. Anyone else have any bread suggestions?

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Sylvia October 10, 2011 at 4:54 am

Drue, hi, do you know where I can buy this bread? I’m in Sydney, Southern suburbs.
You are right about the other names for sugar, people who are interested should just put ’50 other names for sugar’ in their search engine & hit go!!

Fructose is highly addictive, and just dampens down your appetite control, which in turn keeps you addicted to sugar. You don’t have to give up sugar, just the fructose half of the sugar molecule. Use dextrose powder (Big W, home brew section) and Rice Malt Syrup, (Coles, Health food Aisle) in place of all things sweet. Use Stevia or Natvia or Xylitol for your sweetener for hot drinks. Using dextrose powder you just use 1 for 1 ie 1 cup of powder for 1 cup of sugar in your recipe. And use the Rice Malt syrup the same. I make terrific Anzac Biscuits using these substitutes, and the ladies who bake out there, well, you can make all sorts of treats for the children, freeze them in individual portions, great for the lunch-box, make very small biscuits for them, I wouldn’t give them every day maybe 3 times a week, & try not to have too many of those dextrose treats while you are going through the sugar withdrawals, as they may, in some people, give you diarrhoea.
I’m never hungry now, was always hungry for the last 40 0dd years of my life, not now, I started 13 months a go, & have lost 17 kilos in weight, and, if you find it, I really don’t want it back, thanks all the same….lol……..

Good luck to all of you in your quest to give it up, you can do it. If I can do it, anyone can. Just make the decision in your head, shop for it, pick a day and then just go for it. If you have children and maybe a hubby who could lose a few kilos, have a family meeting, and discuss, tell them the truth, that it’s bad for us, and that they will thank you later on, after they are all free of the poisonous stuff. Get the smaller children involved in cooking, they will become your little sugar nazis. hehe, to keep you on the straight & narrow.
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Clay October 13, 2011 at 11:09 pm

Detox of sugar is so hard but it will be worth. Who in this community can tell me from their own experience how they now feel compared to their sugar days. I could use this knowledge for support. Thanks

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Carol October 14, 2011 at 3:41 pm

Hello Clay:

I have been posting here for awhile now. I feel like another person. On August 1, 2010 I gave up sugar, dairy and wheat – as a challenge from a friend of mine who did the same and lost a ton of weight – he is a vascular surgeon here in town and was close to being diabetic because of his carb and sugar intake. I never thought I could do it and kept telling him every excuse in the book as to why I could not give up bread, cheese, chocolate, crackers, cupcakes, candy, ice cream – all my favorite things to eat. I am 5″10″ and very active physically – was on the rowing team in college and play tennis, walk a lot and lift weights on a regular basis (4 times weekly, at least) but since 1995 have been carrying around about 50 extra pounds and it is sort of easy to hide that when you are tall and very muscular but I never felt good inside – clothes too tight, bloated, etc. Within one month of going off sugar, dairy and wheat I lost 10 lbs and for the first time in 15 years, not bloated or gross feeling. I kept going and one year and 3 mos. later, I am still doing it and don’t plan to change. I have lost 48 lbs and on my way to lose another 15 which is my goal. I eat only fish, chicken, some meat (love BBQ’d ribs and steak!), veggies, fruit, brown rice, quinoa, sushi, some Thai food, gluten free crackers w/peanut butter (for snacks), eggs, big salads, tuna salad, …that’s about it. Basically gave up all processed food + sugar, dairy and wheat. When people see me they say that I look 10 yrs younger and that my skin is glowing. I am off my asthma medication finally and I have reversed all my blood test readings to incredible low numbers. And the best part is that I don’t miss any of the sugar things I used to eat and it was not that hard at all. I am on a mission to get everyone to try this now! Hope this helps.

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Clay October 15, 2011 at 1:39 am

Thanks Carol for your post, your story is so inspiring. All the best.

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Grace October 16, 2011 at 1:23 am

I have loved sweets for as long as I can remember, from 4 years old I would eat cornmeal porridge with gobs of condensed milk for breakfast. I think from then I not only enjoyed the taste of sweets but how they make me feel. I’m 37 years old now and a pastry chef for the last 15 years. I recently had a baby and so I am not working right now which is helping a bit that I’m not preparing desserts on a daily basis. I am frustrated as I love healthy food but often feel like I’m on autopilot when eating. Even though I plan meals and buy healthy food I will find myself headed in a different direction than I set out. For the last few years I have gone to bed each night thinking I will do better tomorrow. I enjoy eating pastries, cakes or cookies that are buttery and often eat a box a day which is about 1200 calories. I have come to enjoy the richness of high quality baked goods and find that I actually do only enjoy sweet things that are both sweet and buttery or laden with cream. I find myself not wanting to believe this is an addiction because it means I need to stop and I find myself more compelled the more I do try to stop. My greatest challenge right now in quitting sugar is sticking to the plan. Sometimes like now my head is clear and I’m motivated but other times its like my head is in the clouds, I’m tired and I’m doing the same old thing. I have increased my protein but seem to end up subconsciously craving and cooking heavy meals which also make me tired. The people says its because I’m tired with a new baby but I know this is a problem. Any tips on how you stay focused and clear headed and not let the rise and fall in your blood sugar and moods dictate those first days sugar free?

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Carol October 16, 2011 at 5:06 pm

Grace, just read your post. First, do NOT listen to what other people are saying. I know you probably don’t have time to read some of the previous posts here but there are a couple (including me) of people who find that it is their friends and family who sometimes sabotage the efforts to get rid of sugar. Yes, you are probably tired w/new baby but you are most tired because of what refined sugar is doing to your body, your, metabolism and how you feel! After losing 48 lbs in one year, my friends still say “Oh that is NOT from eliminating sugar!” They don’t want to believe how good I feel, how I fit into nice clothes, how I can still cook and bake for gatherings and not eat any sweets. Like you, I am a huge baker (not professional like you, but I love it and do it all the time). But if you read my latest post just above yours, I hit a brick wall on August 1, 2010 and looked at myself in the mirror as I squeezed into my size 20 capri pants and thought to myself – this is enough. You just have to believe that you can do it and if you just try it for 30 days, you won’t believe how just 30 days will change your life. If you can manage to get rid of dairy and wheat, you will feel even better and it will give you a big jump start plus you will have boundless energy – guaranteed. And you can still bake – just don’t eat it! That is what I do – I made pies, cookies, cupcakes, beautiful birthday cakes for friends…I just don’t eat them and I do not miss them at all. Good luck and go for it starting today!

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Grace October 17, 2011 at 3:50 am

Carol,

Thanks for the encouragement. Had a successful first day and feeling cautious but optimistic. I have decided to stop eating things with sugar, wheat, refined carbs and to reduce my intake of whole grains, fruit and root vegetables. I have dairy marked for a future goal and am not ready just yet but excited at the possibilities. Baking is both a profession and a hobby but I’m also developing my interest in gardening and I hope that will become a more healthy preoccupation but it would be great to bake and yet resist the temptation. I’ve got 29 days to go and counting, I’m planning my meals and snacks and trying to be mentally preparedf for any unforeseen emotional potholes that may derail my efforts. Thanks again!

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JS December 11, 2011 at 5:24 pm

Carol,
Just a quick note for now, but today is Day 3 sugar-free/white flour free/ etc. And I’m feeling great! I just have one question for now, why are you dairy free? Cottage cheese and other cheeses are low carb and high fat which is what my body needs. No whole, organic milk either? I love these foods and eliminating them will decrease variety. Just curious about your experiences.
I LOVE THIS GROUP! THANK YOU

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Sylvia October 17, 2011 at 4:35 am

Hi Grace, I agree with Carol, up to a point. If you really want to do this, it’s the decision you make in your head that counts, you must realise it’s not a diet, it’s a new way of life, & it’s not that scary, when you think of how you won’t be poisoning your child with fructose, (the nasty, addictive half of the sugar molecule).
I’ve been on the low fructose regime for 13 months now & have lost 17 kilos.
I would like to refer both of you to two sites, one is Jack Kruse, a neuro-surgeon, and his leptin reset regime, and Mark’s Daily apple, a sort of eating similar to Paleo.
read this first:-
http://jackkruse.com/why-is-oprah-still-obese-leptin-part-3/
then this:-
http://jackkruse.com/my-leptin-prescription/

and Mark’s Daily apple here:-

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread17722.html

Carol, this should continue on for you, as I have done, and Grace, this way of eating should make you feel great, and the leptin re-set is only for 6 – 8 weeks, in which time you should be feeling fantastic and very virtuous, all in time to maybe go back to work? There is a lot of anecdotal evidence on the site that different peoples have regained their health, after being sick with all sorts of ailments.
Just remember you do need to do the reading, and make the whole thing work for you. We are all different, and what worked for me, may not work for you.
But you must not get into the way of substituting one thing for another. Try Stevia for a sweetener, but if you like coffee, try Natvia, which is Stevia developed with coffee in mind. Also you could maybe try Xylitol, which is also very good for your teeth.. The leptin re-set regime needs you to only cook with butter, ghee or coconut oil. And you must use it, as you will get constipated if you do high protein & lo-carb……I hope this helps someone out there, I do miss sugar occasionally, your appetite will return after a few weeks of maybe having withdrawal symptoms, but the bloating will go, and the high protein will keep you full for longer and longer the more you go along. I never ever thought I’d be able to give up sugar. My fave thing as a small child was meringues. My Nanna always would buy me one when we went shopping! 2 little ones sandwiched with whipped cream, & dusted in icing sugar!! Who Knew? lol….when I came to Australia, Loved the Pav!! Just be careful which fruits you do eat, apples, pears & bananas are all high in fructose, so limit these, berries are really good & the best fruits as far as fructose goes.
Please educate yourself about the 50 different names for sugar on ingredient lists, just Google it. Also Google ‘fat doesn’t make you fat”, it’s the simple carbs that turn into sugar that see to that. Plus, give honey and fruit juice the flick, also dried fruit. There are some really nice muesli’s out there with low sugar, fruit free, yummy & crunchy with nuts, Macro has only 1.4 % sugar, While Carmans is ok to have now & then, is 8.5 % sugar.

I’d better stop now, on my soap box again. I just want to let everybody know about it all & urge you to do your reading. Jonni’s books are terrific, you should read them.

Grace, you should read while Baby is asleep, and Carol, I have another 20 kilos to go!!! So I’m a little stuck at the moment. Ladies, think of it as not being on a diet, but as ‘I release the weight, for my higher good’, do the self love exercises, etc etc….to feel good about yourself, like you did, Carol, you feel great now, don’t you?

Good luck to everyone out there….you can do it. Start Today….
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Carol October 17, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Hi Sylvia,

I should have made my posts a little more clear. I never have called my food plan a “diet” and that is the first thing I tell people – it is a food plan for life. The side benefit is losing weight since refined sugar is empty calories. I don’t limit my fruit intake either and don’t necessarily choose low glycemic fruits. I eat lots of fruits, veggies, fish, chicken, quinoa, cooked sushi, salads, tuna, eggs, soy milk (organic and calcium fortified), brown rice. I don’t use artificial sweeteners since I lost the urge for sweetness in everything I eat. I was never one to put gobs of sugar in iced tea, for instance. I do moderate exercise – walk 20 -30 minutes and lift weights for my upper body at least 4 times weekly. I attribute my weight loss to this new lifestyle of eating less, eating better and moderate exercise. When I get rid of the last 10 lbs, I will introduce other foods back into the food plan. I purposely eliminated pasta and potatoes because those are two things that both me and my hubby can go crazy on so it wasn’t worth it. Also we loved bread! Bread and cheese, cinnamon toast, sandwiches – but most of the gluten-free breads taste horrible so we just tossed bread out the window, too. I have 5 friends following my food plan and losing weight and feeling good about eating only foods that are not processed.

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Sylvia October 18, 2011 at 12:09 am

Hi, Carol, sorry, I didn’t mean to imply anything, that was more for other people reading, for a basic tip. I can identify with the bread & pasta & potatoes.
My partner isn’t doing this with me, but has cut back a bit, but I’m working on him, slowly & (I hope) subtly!)….as if there’s bread in the house, I’m tempted.
I find as long as I’ve got something to snack on after dinner, in front of the TV, usually almonds, I get hungry and am looking around for things to eat, even though I’m not really hungry, then I feel really bloated…. So I’ve just bought a big stash of them, so that should help a bit. Plus he’s found a place where he can get them really fresh & at a good price, so I think I should be back on track now, I was a bit ‘up & down’ there for about 6 weeks….I started in Sept 2010, and have lost 17 kilos, but do need to lose that much again, wasn’t exercising at first, so still have that belly fat to get rid of. I am walking now, so that should drop off, I hope, it usually does when I am walking regularly.

Good luck with your last 10 lbs….

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Carol October 17, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Hi Grace,

Congrats on the first day being sugar-free! Like I said before, just try it for 30 days, just like my doctor friend gave me the 30-day challenge last year. He said after 30 days I would feel so good that I would want to continue and it worked for both me and my hubby. Also don’t limit your intake of fruits and veggies. They are good for you and are the “good” calories that your body wants. I posted before that I reversed my periodontal disease and my dentist attributes it to two things 1) no sugar and 2) getting lots of antioxidants in the fruits and veggies. Good luck and keep it going!

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trish October 19, 2011 at 1:45 am

I have been reading these comments on a regular basis but not writing anything. Now I have something to say. I have struggled with sugar for years and now am overweight as well. I started seeing a nutricianist who worked for years at an eating disorders clinic at a major hospital here in chicago. Anyway now she is my nutricianist. She wants me to factor sugar into my diet/food. I have to learn to live with and eat sugar, and lose weight. I did pretty good for about 2 weeks (honeymoon) but now it is a crash and burn for the past month or two. I cannot moderate it for long before it turns into a total binge and then bulimia etc. I think this is insanity…or is it?….trying to get me to eat “like a normal person”?? I am really confused and so disheartened at the moment. I think it is too late for me to eat like a normal person, but this nutricianist is not someone who doesn’t know about eating disorders, sugar, etc. I really think anytime I am eating sugar that I am asking for a complete crash and burn and if it doesn’t happen right away, it will happen the next day or the day after that. I am so bummed. Any comments or support would greatly be appreciated. I am sad and hurting and confused and feel like a failure.

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Jonni October 19, 2011 at 5:33 pm

Perhaps your nutritionist feels that most of her clients wouldn’t be willing to drastically change their diets, so she recommends moderation instead. There is no nutritional content in sugar, so her recommendations seem a bit odd to me. Ask her why she thinks you need sugar in your diet, and what health problems she thinks you’ll have if you give it up. I would love to hear her answer.

Getting good emotional support for a dietary change isn’t easy. If you’re also anxious or depressed, that might be making the change more difficult than it needs to be. If so, you might want to talk to your doctor about a very short-term prescription to help you relax a bit. You are definitely not a failure (most people don’t even have the courage to try altering their diet and taking control of their eating problems, so you’re a winner right from the start.) However, the fact that you feel like a failure may be an indication that you need a bit more help than your nutritionist is able to give you.

I’m currently reading Dr. Esselstyn’s book about diet and heart disease, and he mentions several times that “normal” doesn’t come close to describing the way Americans eat. Our diet is a cultural aberration, and it’s making us all sick. I’ve also noticed from most of the comments that are left on this blog that very few people can successfully moderate their sugar intake if they’re really addicted, which almost everyone is if they find this page. All these people can’t be wrong. I suggest that you have another talk with your nutritionist and request a diet that will work better for you.

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Trish October 21, 2011 at 1:23 am

Thanks Jonni,
I think she is trying to get me to see that I live in a world w sugar—which is true. And that there is no way around that. I think she knows that I really love it AND have a problem with it. I guess by accepting that reality and that there is no easy solution, nothing outside of myself, to deal with the facts–that I have to go deep inside and decide what I want for myself. I am someone who always looks for the expert, the diet, the book, the mantra, the 12 steps–and tho there are many really good ones out there, at some point I blow it off and hit the sugar. At first I thought she was nuts, and now after a night of little sleep and being really upset, whether i am interpreting her correctly or not, there is a point to be made here w my situation. Should I be eating sugar? Absolutely not. Does she want me to eat sugar as a good group? Of course not. She is just saying that this is the reality of your life—as you have explained it to me–which I have. She came to this after I sent her my food journal, which was pretty truthful and raw stuff. What I want is to let go of the sugar, to feed myself really well w healthy stuff, cut gluten (I was told from bloodwork that I should prob never eat it again) and that’s it. That is what I am going for–but I am going to have to be going for it in the midst of a raging storm of desire at times for candy, cake, etc, and in the midst of that availability of those things on every street corner. Everywhere. So, can I have it? Of course. We all can, and some do. That’s the reality of us in this group. My job is to make the choice NOT TO.
And Jonni, thanks so much for your reply.

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Victor October 19, 2011 at 9:59 am

I used to eat tons of sugar, like 8 teaspoons in tea and 4 teaspoons in coffee and tons of chocolate and biscuits. But after a few years of this I started to feel bad sometimes after eating a chocolate. So I thought it could be related to sugar and I decided to eliminate almost all sugar. I know only eat 2 teaspoons every two days.

But the problem is I started to loose too much weight. I don’t wanna be a skinny guy. I am already under the normal male weight for my age and it seems I loose some more pounds every week. Any solutions ?

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Jonni October 19, 2011 at 5:22 pm

Victor, you might want to pick up a good book on nutrition – one with lots of really interesting recipes. Sometimes we get so much of our calories from sugar that giving up sugar puts us into a very low calorie diet, which isn’t really very healthy. Also, check with your doctor – you may actually be at an ideal healthy weight, even though you weigh less than most other guys you know. It’s always a good idea to talk to your doctor anyway whenever you seem to be losing weight without intending to.

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Carol October 19, 2011 at 5:29 pm

Trish, just my opinion but you need a new nutritionist!! No one should be telling you to “factor sugar into your diet” and to “learn to live with sugar”….that is just insane. Eating sugar should not be characterized as “eating like a normal person”. Get rid of the refined sugar in your diet and go on a food plan that includes only fruit, veggies, fish, chicken, some meat, brown rice, quinoa, cereal and anything that does not include sugar and avoid all processed foods that include things like High Fructose Corn Syrup, Partially Hydrogenated Oils, and of couse, sugar. That is why I only eat what a listed above. Most everything in the grocery store is either loaded with refined sugar or tons of sodium that can sabotage weight lose and your path to a healthier body. I struggled with an extra 50 lbs for over 15 years but being tall, 5’10″ I was able to “hide” the excess but I felt horrible. I lost 48 lbs in one year. I did “no sugar, no dairy, no wheat”. I stopped my constant addiction to candy, cupcakes, ice cream, bread and cheese, loads of pasta, etc. It worked for me.

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Trish October 21, 2011 at 1:28 am

You are so inspiring Carol. I love what you have to say!! I know what you are eating is what I need to do, and I am going to get back on track and re-work myself, make new habits, lose the sugar habit, go gluten free and quit being El Fatt-o who can’t get into her clothes. x

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Sylvia October 20, 2011 at 1:54 am

Trish, I agree with Carol, & before I had read her post, was just thinking, ‘why doesn’t Trish change her nutritionist?’
I agree with Jonni, too. But, don’t forget that sugar is made up of 2 molecules, sucrose & fructose. I have given up fructose, as I am fructose intolerant. There is something called fructose malabsorbtion, you can get tested for it, but here in Australia it’s expensive. So I just followed the research, and found that giving it up was easier than I thought, as once you give up fructose, you give up the highly addictive part of sugar, and after some withdrawal symptoms, you will slowly feel your ‘appetite control’ kicking back in. You have a computer, be your own researcher. Here’s a couple of sites to check out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBnniua6-oM
http://www.nofructose.org/?p=97#more-97
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/11/101122172002.htm

I started by hearing an interview with David Gillespie, who has written a book (2) called Sweet Poison, I got the 2nd book, Sweet Poison:The Quit Plan, and have now lost 17 kilos in weight. My next goal is to give up coffee! (Because I like it sweet)….
I now think of ‘releasing’ my weight, as loosing it implies that I still want to find it & welcome it back!! Not!!
In regard to nuts, I find that nuts are the things that keep me from eating after dinner, as a handful , say12 raw almonds, take a long time to eat, if you just ‘nibble’ on them. I can make 8 nuts last an hour. Otherwise I find I get hungry ‘cos I’m bored during the ad breaks!! lol….Worth a try. Try just getting unsalted nuts.
I see you have been trying the ‘do something else’ technique. It’s a great way of deflecting your mind off food. But if you’re not addicted to fructose anymore, then you won’t need to do it so often. Limit your fruit to two pieces of low fructose fruits, or eat berries, they are very good for you and low in fructose. Also try plain yoghurt with the smashes berries mixed in. Use rice malt syrup as a sweetener, you won’t need much, just a level teaspoon in it. Try it without first, or have it & gradually lessen the amount. Don’t have honey, dried fruit, fruit juice, and watch those sugary breakfast cereals. Porridge is good & lovely with the rice malt syrup.
Trish, the research into fructose is in it’s infancy, around 10 years old, so a lot of people have a vested interest in keeping you addicted to sugar. Even nutritionists. I saw one on Aussie TV just recently, advocating a brand of yoghurt that is full of sugar, she went down in my estimation very quickly, as now she has a vested interest for getting us to eat something loaded with sugar, and getting paid for it. So you must be aware of the people & company’s that are trying to keep us addicted. Also, as Jonni said, the friends/relatives who are giving you negative feedback may not be ready, so just be nice to them, as one day, they may come to you & say, “what was the name of that book/website you read & recommended?” And won’t you feel great!
You are very courageous, Trish, never forget that. You know it’s a way of life, not a diet, so you are being very sensible and determined. You can do it, I know it. One tip, get out and walk in Nature. Even if it’s cold, rainy or warm, dress for the weather, ignore everybody and just experience Mother Nature in all her glory. Birds, trees, flowers. Rain, snow, whatever, it’s all beautiful. You just need to pay attention to it. Get out and walk in it as much as possible. You will feel soooo much better.

I wish you well and success, don’t be sad, look in the mirror & say to your reflection, “I love you Trish”, and after a few ‘feeling silly’ moments, it will begin to work, it does take practise, practise this every day, as much as you can, love yourself first, everything else will follow…..
I send you Love, dear Trish….

Sylvia
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Trish October 21, 2011 at 1:34 am

Sylvia! Lustig is amazing and it makes so much sense. I love hearing all of you guys stories. My father owned an ice cream factory and invented all sorts of stuff that people who are into sugar binge on. (Like me.) I grew up basically on ice cream and cake and fried chicken. I thought fruit was sour, and veggies were yuck.

I could sort of get by as my weight wasn’t too bad, but now it’s crept up so now I am 30 pounds overweight. By the way, do you worry about quantities and do you measure? or do you just keep to a clean diet and follow your appetite?

Now my doctor is on me to lose weight, cut high blood pressure and lower cholesterol. Also I am becoming a candidate for diabetes as well. So this is not joke and it’s not just to get guys!

I live by Lake Michigan in Chicago and am out all the time, Sylvia. You are so sweet and I so appreciate your comments and your support. xo

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Jonni October 21, 2011 at 3:44 pm

Trish, if you’re worried about high blood pressure and cholesterol, I highly recommend I’m currently reading Dr. Esselstyn’s book about diet and heart disease. Not only does it give you the scientific reasons why a diet can reverse the problems, but it also has a lot of really good recipes to get you started. There’s even a movie about the diet – called Forks over Knives, that you can watch on Netflix if you’re a member, which follows a guy with both heart disease and diabetes who reverses his illness in just a few weeks. Very impressive.

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Sylvia October 23, 2011 at 3:31 am

Trish, thanks for your lovely words, and girl, you’re most welcome.
Glad to see that you can get out and about. I am about to start taking my own advice on a more serious level….

I don’t measure things, I just am currently taking Jack Kruse’s advice & eating high protein, low carbs, with lots of veg, enough each meal to keep me full for 5 -6 hours and no snacking in between, except at night when I do snack on almonds, and sometimes have a cocoa made on hot milk and a small piece of hard cheese, as I have to take arthritis pills before bed, and not on an empty stomach (!)…..
I would definitely refer you to the Jack Kruse site with your health problems.
You have to read it from the top down, as he gives his info away like that. (In answer to people’s questions), and there is an eating regime that is only for 6 – 8 weeks. I think it’s worth 6 – 8 weeks out of the rest of one’s life to just give it a go. There is a lot of anecdotal evidence to suggest you too can help yourself this way.

I wish you well on the rest of your Journey, Trish, you seem to be determined, and that’s always a bonus.

Sylvia xx

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Kelly Williams October 28, 2011 at 2:04 am

Its true I believe that sugar is truly an addiction. I feel like a hard core drug addict even though I have never done any thing such as that it my life. I can’t explain the effect sweets make on my life. I don’t go with out them. I don’t go without thinking about them and truth be know I don’t believe I can make it with out them. Sweet things don’t last don’t go sparingly. I will go through a whole thing of cookies. I tell my self to stop but I just can’t. I’m not obese yet but I see it come as I put more and more weight on each year. I’m only 22 and I have 2 year old. I was like 120 a few years ago now sitting at 150 but I’m not to short so I can hide the weight well right now but it not easy. I’m super insecure about my weigh how I look. And being a small person was the only thing that made me feel good about myself. It like I eat chocolate to hide away and as a streess reliever. With out it I feel so down and depressed when I have to tried to not have it. It super over whelming and becoming embarrassing

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Jonni October 28, 2011 at 3:14 am

I know exactly how you feel. We all do – we’ve been there. But it’s possible to kick the habit. Grab a good book on nutrition, maybe one of the great books out there about sugar addiction, and give it a try. The biggest obstacle is the way we allow ourselves to keep putting ourselves down, which makes us feel too powerless to actually take control of the problem. But you’re not powerless – just read through all the great comments on this site. We all started out feeling exactly the same way, but then we found the courage to work through it. You can too.

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bonnie October 28, 2011 at 10:19 pm

OMG! I never realized it before, but I am a sugar junkie. I am 49 and was recently diagnosed with insulin resistance. I know I can change it with exercise, which I do every day. And getting off the carbs. I’ve been practically carb free for 4 days. My mind has been clearer, I’ve been in a more stable mood. Lucky for my husband, cuz did I mention Im also post menopausal? LOL and yes, post menopausal women still have mood issues. In fact it can be a reason for insulin resistance. I am a nursing student and have had all the classes on nutrition and for some reason I ignored it when it came to me. My compounding pharmacist suggested to me that I not eat carbs for 4 days and I did it. I like the way I feel, but I must be honest and say I miss the taste of sugar. I dont eat much bread anynore and I cant drink milk anymore cuz it makes me sick to my stomach and thats fine cuz I’ve lost the taste for it. Ive been sleeing better and waking with a smile.:) But I know I am a sugar junkie and could fall back into the sugar shack. Wish me luck

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Jonni October 28, 2011 at 11:45 pm

Good luck. And if you’re a Netflix member, I strongly suggest that you watch the movie “Forks over Knives.” There’s a segment in there about a lady who totally turned her diabetes around with the diet recommended in the film. Well worth a watch for anyone who’s concerned about heart disease or diabetes.

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Jenny October 29, 2011 at 10:23 pm

After gaining over 50 pounds in the past 5 years, I am ready to fight back. I am 43 years old and realize if I don’t do something drastic now, it won’t be long before I experience serious health consequences. So I have been researching diet and nutrition along with weight-loss resources and was hoping someone could recommend 1 or 2 of their favorite books on sugar addiction. I would like to start with a safe detox plan and proceed with a solid weight-loss plan that will help me permanently change my eating habits so I can kick this sugar addiction for good! Any suggestions for reading material would be greatly appreciated!

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Jonni October 29, 2011 at 11:08 pm

I’m currently following Dr. Esselstyn’s book about diet and heart disease. Weight loss is a side benefit of the diet, which has been proven to reverse several common chronic illnesses. I know a lot of other people have made recommendations about their favorites in the comment section. Does anyone else have a favorite book that hasn’t been mentioned yet?

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40misty40 October 30, 2011 at 12:52 am

Trying to kick the sugar habit still? I, too, am a sugar addict. I also have bipolar disorder. Latest episodes seem to have been encouraged by sugar. I began taking 5,000 mg/day of Barlean’s Triple Potency EPA Fish Oil, and 5,000 mg/day of the triple potency DHA. 3,000 mg/ day Flax Oil. The combination has assisted my efforts to quit sugar. No to mention my health depends on sugar being absent. It was difficult at first and I cheated here and there, but it had been 3 weeks and I am proud to say I am sugar-free, happy and 7 lbs. lighter. Yes, 7 lbs in 3 weeks just from cutting sugar out of my diet. You can do this! Try. If you stumble, try again. Your mind needs to understand how unhealthy this substance is.

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Trish November 1, 2011 at 11:02 pm

Hi everyone, This is going to be an update. I haven’t had any sugary stuff for over a week, or more, and I am eating really healthy stuff. I find that eating three solid meals a day plus an afternoon snack really reduces the cravings—but I really haven’t had any to tell you the truth. But I would if I were trying to cut back or diet or give up 10 other things at the same time. I am sort of aggressively feeding myself with good meat, fruits, nuts, lots and lots of veggies–just good food! I scared myself with my last sugar forays–IT WAS JUST SO AWFUL, and the memory sticks with me in vivid color. There is nothing there for me except misery and throwing up in the toilet and throwing my whole body into a several day mess. However, you must know that I am gaining weight. I can’t believe that I am eating more calories than before (I mean a whole huge bag of Almond M and M’s has a monster amount of calories), but my body is really holding onto the weight and even packing more on. I have to believe that this will even itself out and I will begin losing. All you guys seems to really shed the weight when you give up sugar, no? Am I doing anything wrong, or should I just chill and be patient? I don’t want the sugar again, that’s for sure.

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Bev November 1, 2011 at 11:27 pm

I quit sugar also and don’t lose weight – possibly because I’m 62, and just looking at carbs puts the weight on. To lose, I also have to watch my portions. Nuts are fattening also, so you could try cutting those out.

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Carol November 1, 2011 at 11:32 pm

Hi Trish…not knowing what you might have going on from a medical perspective but if you cut out sugar and only eat “good”food, you should lose weight EXCEPT…that one little rule of thumb…”Calories in, Calories out”. Even if you are eating all good food (i.e. no processed foods, no refined sugar) but you are eating a ton of it, you will gain weight. Like it or not, 3,500 calories = 1 pound. If you create a deficit of 3,500 calories, you lose one pound. However, it is a total pain to count calories and no fun at all. Your body may not need 3 meals a day and a snack. That is what I ate in my old days. For the last year, I have two small meals a day and a snack. In the summer when I exercise/walk more, I can eat more but once the sun goes down in Fall/Winter, I have to cut back unless I keep up the same level of activity. I aim for 1,500 calories a day. Since I used to go to Weight Watchers, I know how many “points” most things are – each point = 60 calories, roughly. So hate to say it, but just eliminating sugar isn’t enough. You do have to cut back on the quantity of food you are ingesting. If I were you and you wished to also lose weight (besides being wonderfully sugar free!) then cut out the meat and stick to fish and chicken for awhile until you start losing weight. Also increase your exercise. We don’t need to be marathon runners like the world thinks we need to in order to be healthy. Walking 20 minutes a day, 5 days a week will work wonders for your body, your legs, your mind and you will see the weight disappear.

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trish November 2, 2011 at 3:36 am

Oh bummer! Now I have to rachet down on the good food too. Okay. I get it. Here goes. Cutting back now. xx

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shannon nelson November 3, 2011 at 4:35 am

my 3 month old baby to my baby daddys ex girlfriends brother addicted to sugar ever since he stopped eatin those fetanyl lollies

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Sylvia November 3, 2011 at 7:22 am

Hey, Trish & Bev. Carol is giving good advice, but have you tried the leptin reset regime? You will definitely lose weight on this. Just google Jack Kruse.
Bev, some nuts are better than others, almonds are the best, I love them as a snack after dinner. I’ve been fructose free for 14 months now, have lost 17 kilos. I eat high protein low carb, as I just have to look at bread & I put on weight. Eggs and chicken are mostly my choice of protein, as I’m very poor at the moment. 3 – 4 egg omelette for breakfast, with anything protein in it, ham, chicken any left over meat from dinner, cooked in real butter, or coconut oil ghee or lard. As I’m retired, (I’m 69, Bev!) I usually have my first meal around 10am, then a snack about 4pm, cuppa soup with some crackers & cheese, then a normal dinner, at 6.30 – 7pm, usually a one pot meal, with chicken or beef and heaps of veg, and brown rice of sometimes pasta, though not much. Or just steamed veg with pan fried chicken, or a pork chop……
I was a major sugar-holic, but not any more. My problem though is I have to have my 1 cup of latte every day, with sweeteners, having great difficulty giving this up.
So, ladies, up your protein and eat simpler, cut out the bread/pasta, swap white rice for brown, and you should be ok.

Good Luck……..let us know how you go….

Sylvia

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Andre November 4, 2011 at 1:03 pm

I am on day 5 with no sugar and am so sick I think I am dying. Extreme nausea, anxiety, agitation and more. Yesterday the same with my face burning and severe headaches all day. My sleep is worse.

We have eaten a whole food almost totally organic for over 30 years. My only sugar was home made cookies a few times a day with an occasional ice cream and corn chips. This past month a few Halloween candies at work did find their way into my pocket. Oh and I love bread – especially artisan bread!!

Is it possible to be this sick with so little sugar – I had no idea. Does this mean it really was poison to my system

Andre

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Jonni November 4, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Andre, have you greatly reduced your total carbs, as well as going off sugar? Or have you reduced your calories to a dangerous level? Your symptoms do seem a bit excessive, but there’s no way to know from this distance if you’re having sugar withdrawals or if something else is going on. Try eating a sweet potato or some other healthy, high-carb food, get plenty of protein, snack on whole-wheat crackers, and drink lots of water – it should help you feel better. If you don’t, I suggest a visit with your doctor.

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Adam November 10, 2011 at 5:44 pm

I eat about 6 pounds of candy per week. Reese’s cups, Skittles, Starburst, Pretzel M&M’s and Whoppers. I go to Target once a week for groceries and buy $10-15 worth of candy (the big bags) and go through it within 3 or 4 days.

I’ve been this way for years. I don’t think anyone eats more junkfood than I do. It’s 12:41pm and so far today I’ve eaten 6 Reese’s Cups, 5 funsize Skittles, 10 funsize Starburst packs (2 in each pack so 20 Starbursts.)

Does anyone eat candy like I do? I keep finding these articles and people are freaking out about eating like half a bag of candy over the course of 3 days and it’s their first time. That’s NOTHING.

I do not have diabetes that I know of. I am 6’0 185lbs and I go to the gym 4 or 5 days per week and work out HARD. I’m talking sweat from head to toe, drink 5 bottles of water per day, no soda anymore but I used to drink a 2 liter of Mt. Dew every single day.

Every.

Day. For like two years straight.

How am I not dead yet?

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Jonni November 10, 2011 at 6:26 pm

Adam, I’m not sure if you’ve achieved a record or not, but I do hope you’ll consider giving up the sugar. As with chronic alcoholism, the effects are cumulative. Did you watch the video by Dr Lustig, at the top of this page?

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i_love_vinegar February 27, 2012 at 8:15 am

That is how I feel. I am 4’10″ 95 pounds, supposedly in great health. I also do not drink soda anymore (only tea).

Up until one week ago, I was eating around $5 in candy per day (although granted, $2 would go to mochi — which is smaller in size than the bags of candies from Target). I agree that a lot of the posters seem to be eating hardly anything in comparison to us. Did you start eating a lot of candy from a young age? One of my theories is that maybe our bodies acclimated to eating large amounts of sugar/calories, which in turn allows us to not gain weight so easily from it/have as many health problems. Do you eat healthy meals otherwise? I also wonder if it has something to do with balancing out with good food. Besides candies, I eat extremely healthily. I come from Northern California and even there am considered a healthy eater (aside the candies which most ppl don’t know about as i eat them at home)!
Anyway, you are not alone. I have been one week almost without sugar so far…I think its extremely difficult to shop when used to half my grocery cart being candies. Obviously there is a reason we are on this site. We know that although there may be no consequences showing up now, we are risking them everyday. I would like to share something I read that has helped me to go cold turkey: If sugar can decay teeth — the strongest part of the human body — imagine what it is doing to the rest of your body such as your organs.

Good luck!!! xo

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Kerrymacca November 11, 2011 at 9:59 am

I too am a recovering alcoholic and cannot believe that my craving for sugar and processed foods like crisps and chocolate late at night and in secret – just like my drinking was – I even hid the wrappers in the bin so that my chilcren did not know what I had done! This is crazy behaviour. My email addy is: kerrymcivor1@hotmail.com if any of you successful recovering sugar addicts can offer me support I would be so grateful. I am determined to overcome this addiction.
I am not obese – yet – but I am not comfortable with my weight and hate the fact that I am unable to eat just one biscuit or one paket of crisps… Abstinance seems crazy but maybe like alcohol it is the only way…
HELP!!! I have tried all kinds of dieting and as I am obsessive I do well but then I go back to eating ‘normally’ and put on the weight plus a bit more…
Many, many thanks.

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Jonni November 11, 2011 at 3:32 pm

The only thing I know of that works is to make a commitment to give up sugar and white flour. Throw all the tempting non-foods in the garbage. Live through the initial withdrawal symptoms, and then focus on eating good, healthy food. A good book on nutrition, like the one by Joel Fuhrman, would be a good read while you’re coming off the sugar.

Sugar affects the body in much the same way as alcohol, so it actually makes sense that total abstinence is the only thing that works. For the medical reasons why this is true, watch the video at the top of this page.

When will-power isn’t enough, the next step is meditation. If that isn’t enough, ask your doctor to recommend a clinical hypnotist. And if you go without sugar for a week or so and then give in to temptation, don’t beat yourself up about it. Just remember your commitment, and try again.

It isn’t easy, but it’s worth it.

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Sylvia November 14, 2011 at 6:32 am

Hi, Kerry, great advice from Jonni, but, as with everything, it’s that decision you make in your head. If you’ve made that decision, and are determined enough, it will happen…..use this affirmation, write it out & pin onto your computer, or where you will see it & say out loud as many times as possible..
I love change. I embrace the new….

I know I can create whatever I set my mind to, and I do…..

Once I make a decision, all the forces in the Universe are mobilised to bring about my highest good……

I ask for what I want. I am open to receiving it in whatever way or form it appears that is for my highest good.

Read Jonni’s book, also Sweet Poison, by David Gillespie, and do watch that video….this is not a diet, it’s a new way of life, and you do want that, don’t you?

Be good to yourself for a change, do this for you…..look at yourself in the mirror each morning & night & say, ‘I Love you Kerry’ and mean it….
I wish you well, and am sending loving thoughts to you……I know you can do it, Kerry, just don’t obsess about it all, be calm and it will happen. Remember, slow is best….
Love
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Jonni November 14, 2011 at 4:49 pm

Excellent advice, Silvia.

I’ve been thinking that the word “addiction,” or “addict,” may be appropriately descriptive of the problem we face – but it contains such negative connotations that we may need to invent a new word. When the world is awash in sugar, and kids become addicted to it almost as soon as they’re weaned, it seems unfair to brand as an “addict” the person who recognizes the danger and decides to do something about it. It’s not like we’re meeting in an opium den, after all… ;)

Weston A. Price may have been one of the first to point out the damaging health effects of sugar (and who was mostly ignored by the medical establishment, of course). I wish his book (and especially the photos inside) was mandatory reading in high school health classes. Until then, though, we need to keep celebrating the courage of people who are willing to put their own health ahead of the expectations of our culture. It isn’t easy – but if you give it a try, you’re on the right side of the issue.

What word could we use that would celebrate that courage, and remove all the negative connotations that are implied by “addiction?”

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Sylvia November 15, 2011 at 1:52 am

Thanks Jonni, you are right as far as I’m concerned in what you say. The only word I could come up with is ‘dependency’, as in ‘I’m determined to reduce my dependency on this insidious thing that less informed people put into my food.’
It really is as easy as making that decision in your head/mind, and as hard, a paradox, if you will.. ….I well remember giving up smoking cigarettes. I made the decision to stop in my head, thought of a date, and stopped then. After 5 days my spouse & I had a fight, and I retired to the laundry for a good cry, and a cigarette. But as soon as I lit it, it tasted awful and I spat it out, and never had another one. I did make sure I was going to be busy, to keep my hands from being idle, and every time I would reach for one, I would say, in my head, “Oh, that’s right, I don’t smoke anymore’ ….that was reinforcing the message, but I didn’t actually realise it at the time, only when I looked back & de constructed it all, did I realise, I was programming my mind to think positive, not negative.
So when I want to stop doing something now, I often think back to how I gave up smoking cigarettes, all those years ago, around 25 now!!
I hope this may be of some help to someone who is currently struggling.
My tips, keep busy, don’t obsess about food, only eat when you are hungry. Be kind to yourself, self love is very important, if you slip up, don’t get so down on yourself, just accept that this time it didn’t work, but that you will get right back on that sugar-less train and keep on trying. Never give up….Courage indeed….eat more protein & cut back on whatever carbs you can. Have a high protein brekky, you will feel fuller longer, and it makes you feel fantastic, when you realise you haven’t eaten for 5 or 7 hours!! Know when your ‘weak’ points are, mine is after dinner, I need my almonds otherwise I just want to pick at things.
Above all, never give up!! Tell yourself often, ‘I can do it, I know I can’….
I wish you all well. If you like to eat healthy and would like some good recipes, see Sarah Wilson’s Blog, her Tuesday Eats link will have you drooling. And, remember, if you want your life to change, you have to change your life.

Love to all
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jen b November 14, 2011 at 11:23 pm

Any other medical references besides the jourrnal of nutrition?

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Melani November 16, 2011 at 1:10 pm

I think that I’m addicted to sugar. I eat more candy than an average person probably should throughout the day. It makes it hard to lose weight because when I try to stop i have even worst sugar cravings.

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Carol November 16, 2011 at 11:12 pm

Melani,

Sugar is the big culprit to not being able to lose weight but check your other eating habits too for things that have excess sodium levels (fast foods, packaged foods, frozen meals (even the so-called “diet ones” are loaded w/sodium). But back to sugar…I was like you – very much into a LOT of candy each day plus cupcakes, sweet rolls for breakfast, cake, pie, cookies – every single day. You might not be a “numbers” person like me but if you look at these numbers, they should shock you and everyone else:

The average person in the U.S. consumes 22 teaspoons of added refined sugar a day and most comes from sweets, soft drinks and even a lot of packaged goods (breads, cookies, crackers). 1 teaspoon of sugar = approx. 16 calories so 22 teaspoons x 16 calories = 352 added empty calories per day. By “empty” I mean EMPTY. Refined sugar does not have any nutritional value whatsoever. Multiply 352 calories of sugar consumed per day x 365 days in one year and you have racked up 128,480 empty calories. 1 pound = 3,500 calories. Divide 128,480 calories by 3,500 = 36.7 lbs gained per year. Note this is AVERAGE amount consumed per person; yours could be much less (or more). It is recommended that we consume no more than 6 teaspoons (close to 100 calories) of refined sugar daily. Since most nutritional info on food products is expressed in terms of “g”or grams then you need to know that 1 teaspoon = 4.2 g. So as your read your labels, you need to keep your refined sugar at 6 teaspoons x 4.2g or 25 grams per day. Example: One Snickers bar has 30 grams of sugar! You do not count the naturally occurring sugar in fruits, veggies, or milk in this calculation – only added refined sugar. When you start reading labels on processed food items you will be shocked at how much added refined sugar is in almost everything that is pre-packaged in the grocery store.

Now that I have probably bored everyone to tears with my little numbers game, let me tell you that I probably rivaled Melani (and a lot of other folks!) in candy/cake/cupcake/frosting/sweet rolls/pie consumption for most of my life and while not overweight until the last 15 yrs. even the extra 50 lbs I gained didn’t stop me from continuing down the evil sugar path. But when I stopped all refined sugar consumption on Aug 1, 2010 and saw the weight drop and the cravings gone, I knew I was onto something. I do not eat any refined sugar now except at special occasions (I am a big baker/cook) I will have a small slice of something sweet but not like I used to do in the old days (3-4 slices and more the next AM w/my coffee!).

One day at a time Melani. You can do it. Just put the candy and sweets away, chuck the sodas (if you are a soda drinker) and start moving (walking is good!). You can do it!

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Carol December 12, 2011 at 7:54 pm

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Carol,
Just a quick note for now, but today is Day 3 sugar-free/white flour free/ etc.
And I’m feeling great! I just have one question for now, why are you dairy free?
Cottage cheese and other cheeses are low carb and high fat which is what my body
needs. No whole, organic milk either? I love these foods and eliminating them
will decrease variety. Just curious about your experiences.
I LOVE THIS GROUP! THANK YOU

I am replying to my own post in hopes that the author of this reply to mine “J” gets my reply to her post since I can’t seem to find her post anywhere here but I got an email that said the above. So to J…if you find this post – here is the reply to your question: I got rid of dairy because of my asthma problem. Dairy causes a big build up of mucous in the system, especially lungs, that can make asthma worse. I do not drink milk and don’t eat cheese, yogurt or any other milk based product. I drink a calcium fortified soy milk instead. I thought I would miss cheese and yogurt but don’t at all. I am off my asthma meds after 20 years.

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Kerrymacca November 19, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Hi Y’all

Thank you for the amazing support you have shown me and great tips. I have discovered a healthy sweetener – natural – called Agave Nectar – Low GI etc. I have also joined Slimming World – well, I have enrolled and have my first meeting on Tuesday this week – so I will keep you posted. As my AA Meetings 3 times per week on average keep me focused I guess that meeting people who understand my food cravings and obsessions may help.

I have been listening ot a Louise L Hay CD which has helped me to love myself and also with some affirmations…

BIG LOVE to you all….

Kerry xxx

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Silver Angel November 22, 2011 at 5:42 am

Hi, Kerry, sorry t0 disappoint you, but there is heaps of fructose in Agave Nectar, and that is what we’re trying to avoid here, not so much just the sugar, but the fructose half of it. (The other half being glucose).
Here is an extract from Wikipedia,

Composition

Agave nectar consists primarily of fructose and glucose. One source gives 92% fructose and 8% glucose; another gives 56% fructose and 20% glucose. These differences, it is presumed, reflect variation from one vendor of agave nectar to another.[6][7]

Agave nectar’s glycemic index and glycemic load are comparable to fructose,[8][9] which in turn has a much lower glycemic index and glycemic load than table sugar (sucrose).[10][11] However, consumption of large amounts of fructose can be deleterious and can trigger fructose malabsorption, metabolic syndrome,[12] hypertriglyceridemia, decreased glucose tolerance, hyperinsulinemia, and accelerated uric acid formation.[13][14][15]

If you need any more proof, about fructose, watch the little video posted by Jonni at the head of this page, by Dr Lustig….also there are haps of links to other diseases, one is gout……
Try Rice Malt Syrup instead, it’s made from Organic Brown rice, and it’s only the rice boiled down with enzymes, maltose and glucose, no fructose….you can use it instead of honey, molasses, golden syrup, treacle, and Maple syrup, all of which have heaps of fructose in them….it can be used in heaps of ways, in baking, on porridge, in tea/coffee/cocoa it’s yummy and I have to stop myself from eating it straight from the jar. Buy it at Coles, Health Food aisle…..around the $3.- $4 mark. I buy Pure Harvest brand, you can put that into Google & check it out, under products.

Good luck with your weight loss, now you have made that decision, and are determined to stick with it, the rest should fall into place. Don’t obsess about it all, and keep busy. If I’m busy, I don’t eat, simple as that, I’ve lost 18 kilos now, just by giving up fructose.

Silver Angel

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Erinn November 20, 2011 at 4:24 pm

Hi guys, I was so happy to find this site with comments from real people that reflect exactly how I feel. I’m only 22 but growing up we never had much money so treats were cheap biscuits and chocolate etc. My friend is bringing over a slice of homemade cheesecake tonight so as someone else said, it’s my one last hit! Looking forward to a new lifestyle now, I really am.

For lent this year, I gave up chocolate (but replaced it with every other form of sugar I could get my grubby little hands on), and I found that when 00:01 came round on Easter Sunday, and I took that first bite into my Easter egg – it actually didn’t taste very nice. I could’ve easily thrown in away, but something made me keep on devouring it. Very strange.

To be honest, I’m looking forward to Yorkshire puddings and stuffing at Christmas, but I’ll stay away from the desserts, and KNOW that they actually don’t taste that great!

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Sylvia November 22, 2011 at 6:00 am

Hey, Erinn, if you’ve read all the info, along with the video from Dr Lustig, you’ll now know why you ate that choc egg. It’s because the fructose is keeping you addicted to it. If you now up your protein, it will fill you up. I was ravenous for the first few weeks because no-one told me about that little fact. so I was eating all the bread in the house, pasta, rice, and I was losing weight, but then I got to a certain point and stopped, so I had to lower the carbs a bit & up the protein. then I was ok & started losing again. I love Yorkshire puddings, being an Englishwoman from way back, (I emigrated to Australia in 1968), so I’m old. lol….Have nuts as a snack after dinner, they will keep your hands busy……other advice is, don’t obsess about it all, just go with the flow, keep your mind and hands busy, and make sure you shop for your new way of life, as this isn’t a diet, it’s a way of life.
I wish you well on your journey, Erinn….good luck

Silver Angel

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Rita November 20, 2011 at 11:21 pm

see how they are tricking us to overeat, watch Sugar the Bitter Truth children’s version http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PMQvamaAcc

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Silver Angel November 22, 2011 at 6:10 am

Thanks for that, Rita, what a hoot!! Well, it would be if the message weren’t so serious………Hmmmm

Silver Angel aka Sylvia

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Cassie December 3, 2011 at 8:58 pm

i found when im excercising at least once a day, i dont crave sugar as much. the first couple of days getting started are really tough but after a couple of days i get it out of my system and the excercise becomes a habit instead.
u get a high from endorphines instead of the sugar and you dont have the tiredness or bad moods afterwards.

when im really struggling i try to think of sugar as though it is sabotage; its poisoning my mind and my body and i try to think i deserve better than to harm my body (if i slip once, im off the wagon for a few days!)

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JS December 12, 2011 at 1:47 am

Carol,
I posted the below comment after reading your Oct 16, 2011 post, but it was placed underneath yours so I’m posting again in case it may be missed.

Just a quick note for now, but today is Day 3 sugar-free/white flour free/ low carb/ high fat, etc. and I’m feeling great! I just have one question for now, why are you also dairy free? Cottage cheese and other cheeses are low carb and high fat which is what my body needs. No whole, organic milk either? I love these foods and eliminating them will
decrease variety. Just curious about your experiences.

For others readers of this post (including Carol please), our new eating plan sounds very similar to Atkins/South Beach/Zone etc. I have yet to read LivingLaVidaLowCarb, but I’m guessing the ideas are similar. Read all of them, then modify as needed to meet individual goals?
I LOVE THIS GROUP! THANK YOU

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Carol December 12, 2011 at 8:16 pm

Hi JS,

Yes I could not find your post to reply so thanks for re-posting. I am dairy free for my asthma. All dairy products create mucous in the lungs which can make asthma symptoms worse. After 25 yrs on a steriod inhaler, I am off all asthma meds. I don’t drink milk or eat cheese products or any milk products at all. I use a calcium fortified soy milk instead. I don’t eat those horrible tasting cheese subsitutes made from soy or tofu either. I just don’t miss the cheese at all or the yogurt or cottage cheese either. My food plan consists mostly of just fruits, veggies, fish, chicken, occasionally red meat, Quinoa, brown rice, potatoes, gluten free pasta, peanut butter (organic, no salt, no sugar variety) and that is about it.

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Carol December 12, 2011 at 8:34 pm

JS:
Thought I would also show you this list that I just gave to a friend who could not believe what I was doing and had a difficult time understanding what exactly I do eat.

This is prior to August 1, 2010 – Typical Day for Me (I work in an office)
AM: Almond Croissant, Large Muffin or Scone & decaf latte
Mid-AM: Banana or bakery-type of leftovers in work kitchen
Lunch: Big sandwich, potato chips/pretzels, cookies, candy
PM snack: Peanut M&M’s or dessert item from local coffee shop (banana bread or chocolate chip cookies).
Dinner: Big dish of pasta or ravioli; hardly any veggies to speak of.
Dessert: Cupcakes, cookies, candy. Sometimes cinnamon toast and a glass of milk later on in the evening.
Calories: Approx 2800-3000

This is as of August 1, 2010 going forward and presently:
AM: Fruit Smoothie w/small orange, banana, 1 cup combo of blueberries/blackberries/raspberries and 1 cup water. Later on, a decaf soy latte.
Mid AM: 1 Tbsp. peanut butter (organic, no salt, no sugar) on gluten free crackers.
Lunch: Sushi or a big salad or chicken salad on gluten free crackers. Sometimes Thai food since most of it is rice-based (no wheat).
Mid PM: Pear or orange or banana.
Dinner: Fish or chicken; 2-3 servings of grilled or steamed veggies. Sometimes brown rice or red quinoa on the side.
Daily Calories: Approx 1200-1800
No dessert. Walk for 30 minutes after dinner. Lift free weights 4 times weekly. I have totally transformed my upper body and when I see people for the first time in a while, that is the first thing they notice.

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JS December 14, 2011 at 2:25 am

Carol,
Thank you so much for your post :-). Today is Day 5 of following the Paleo eating plan and I FEEL FANTASTIC! I have so much emery, cravings are gone, m
No withdrawal symptoms (yet), and today is the first day I havent walked/hiked/jogged 5-7 mi because I’ve had a super long day. I’m fit, maybe 15 lbs over what I look best at, but very much an addict whonsimply exercises to shed the unwanted excess calories from a 1-2day/week binge.
I purchased DesMaison’s “The Sugar Addict’s Total Recovery Plan” book and I’m 10 pages in. The book describes me to a T.
I cannot explain how thrilled I am to have finally found a diagnosis and a cure! I’ve been sugar addicted since 1994 (I’m now 42 years old). I’ve explained my symptoms FOR YEARS to anyone who would listen, only to discover no one could relate (obviously, I
never spoke with another sugar addict who heard of the sugar’s addictive properties).
Anyway, I am thrilled to have found this Group and I’m especially thankful to everyone to continues to share their honest stories. I certainly can describe mine, but in a nutshell, they all sound similar to the ones already posted. There is much comfort to be derived from now knowing I am not alone and there is a cure. I feel fantastic. THANK YOU to everyone. I cannot wait to finish reading my book :-)
JS

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JS December 14, 2011 at 2:35 am

I apologize for the typos/grammatical errors. I’m typing on my iPad and haven’t quite figured out how to scroll and re-read without fear of losing content. My original response to Carol I typed using my iPhone while at Barnes and Noble yesterday (yes, I was skimming through one of Wolf’s books), but the content erased as soon as I sent it. There was an error with the bookstore’s WiFi. Darn!

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JS December 15, 2011 at 4:47 pm

To All Dieters on this eating plan,
Today is Day 7 on thi new eating plan and I’m still feeling fantastic. Im curious to know for those of you who are tryin to shed a few lbs, are you also counting calories along with counting carbs? To lose 1 lb, we need to create a deficit of 3500 calories, so eventhough this forum doesnt mention calorie counting, it is critical to weight loss, correct?

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Jonni December 16, 2011 at 1:11 am

If you watch the video near the top of this post, the doctor seems to be saying that fructose turns to fat. No mention of counting calories.

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Carol December 16, 2011 at 1:19 am

Hi JS again!

I know what you mean…calories in-calories out and the deficit for one pound is indeed, 3500 calories. But I do NOT count calories. I used to do Weight Watchers about 10 yrs ago and know the “point value” of most foods that I choose to eat (approx. 60 calories in one point). But if you stick to fruits, veggies, chicken, fish, lean meats and things like brown rice, Quinoa and totally avoid pre-packaged-processed-and-frozen foods, you should be fine. If you start to count calories you might drive yourself nuts (like I did at first!). Now that I am only 5 lbs away from my goal weight, I just have found that I only eat when I am hungry and I make sure that what I eat is GOOD food. You will find that you don’t need to count and the weight will come off. Key though…moderate exercise. You don’t need to run freaking marathons! Brisk walks for 15-20 minutes a day are great to keep your metabolism going and stretch the muscles. If you decide to try lifting free weights, I can give you some good tips. Seriously, you don’t have to join a gym – I can show you how to completely tone your upper body with two simple 7-lb dumbells. I did it myself – took a year but the results are incredible. 10 minutes every other day – no big deal and easy to do. Let me know and I will tell you how to do it. I understand this stuff, too. I was a rower in college and for 10 yrs after college so I understand how exercise and resistance training (weights) can help you lose weight and re-shape your body. It is very exciting! After 20 yrs, I am back into tank tops, shorts and a bathing suit!

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LaRonda December 19, 2011 at 2:10 pm

I recently saw an article on the “Ice Man”. He was a frozen, 5,000 year old man that was studied. He had all the diseases that we have today, right down to Lyme Disease. He had heart disease, arthritis, etc., and this is a person that ate an all organic diet. No fast food, sugar and had an active life. No TV to watch. I think a person should eat whatever makes them feel the good. The stress of worrying about what to eat is worse than just eating it and moving on with your day.

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Janice P December 26, 2011 at 3:06 am

Never read so much rubbish and fake science on the one web site:
FACT: the body sees ANY kind of carbohydrate as sugar. So substituting one kind of sugar with another is just plain stupid
FACT: sugar (carbohydrate) is in virtually ALL foods. Barring eggs, beef, chicken, fish etc everything has carbohydrate. If you OD on any of these foods (breads, pasta, fruit, etc) you will gain weight from excess carbohydrate just as surely as if you were eating neat sugar by the spoonful.
FACT: by limiting your diet to natural foods – lean meats, fish, vegetables, moderate amounts of fruit, nuts – and EXERCISE! you will lose weight, but ONLY provided you create a calorie deficit. If you stuff your face full of the best, healthiest foods in the world but do not create a calorie deficit, YOU WILL GAIN WEIGHT.

Period.

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Jonni December 26, 2011 at 1:59 pm

Janice, you might want to watch the video at the top of this page.

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John January 7, 2012 at 6:56 pm

Janice,

I wish I was 15 again and knew everything and cared nothing about how others think or feel…and that I did not have to think of any possibilities other than what I believed to be true…being 15 was a much simpler time . You probably would do well to study the concept of empathy and somehow open your mind to the possibilities that others might know some things that you have not yet been exposed to in a way that you understand…we all learn in a different way. If I have learned anything in life, it is that there is more than one way to skin a cat, and almost whenever I speak in terms of anything being an absolute fact, I invariably learn that there is some shade of gray to the issue and the issue is not as black and white as it formally seemed to be.

My view is that people who speak in terms of absolutes lose a lot of their credibility and are polarizing to most other people…is this the way you prefer to be viewed by others? Do you really want to reduce your impact on others?

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Sophiewantstobesugarfree December 27, 2011 at 11:49 pm

Today, I just realized that I’m a sugar addict.

For the past 10 months, I’ve been trying to live a healthy life for my upcoming wedding-well, I thought I was living healthy. I exercise, do portion control , read and follow (as best as I could) Peer trainers’ tip of the day but I binge on cakes, chocolates and cookies. I thought that it’s just fine for me to have sweets treats on a daily basis as a reward to myself since I only drink water and I don’t eat bread, rice, pasta and potatoes.But now, I’ve noticed that I uncontrollably think about chocolates and everything sweet all the time and that I could ( if I let myself) eat a 9 inch cake all by myself in less than 48 hours!

This scares me a lot because this isn’t the usual me. It seems like I am now possessed by a sweet-toothed very aggressive devil. I have now acknowledged that I have a very bad sugar habit and that I’m willing to totally kick it out before it totally ruins my life but I’m not sure if I could! I need help and most importantly, motivation. Tomorrow is my first day as a recovering sugar addict and I’m so glad I’ve found this site. Thank you guys! Wish me luck. :C

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Kamil January 4, 2012 at 8:53 am

Hello! I’m Polish writing from Poland so firstly I would like to apologize if you find any mistakes in my writing as English is not my native language and I don’t use it everyday. I will try my best :)

For a few days I am on a low-carbohydrate diet and I found myself acting little odd. The main thing is my aggression levels gone way up. Some silly thing really made me nervous this morning. Up to the point that I wanted to hit someone. That’s very unusual behavior for me. I think it is withdrawal syndrome of sugar. Did anyone else get this?

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Jonni January 4, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Kamil, people do get mood swings with sugar withdrawals. However, a low-carbohydrate diet is different from a no-sugar diet, so the symptoms may be different. Has anyone else had this issue when eating healthy carbs but no sugar?

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Jack January 4, 2012 at 11:21 pm

I know I am addicted to sugar and other refined carbohydrates. As a 22 year sober person, I know how addictions can creep up on you, sometimes disguised as something innocent like sugar. However, it feels just like any other addiction and lately I feel completely out of control. My wife and I are both addressing this. Knowing the process to deal with an addiction is comforting, but boy, sugar or some variant of it is in practically everything out there.
Tried an Atkins diet some years ago and felt really good.
Like any other addiction, giving up sugar is more like a life-style choice rather than some short term adjustment to my diet.
This will be interesting.

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JS January 5, 2012 at 10:24 pm

Congratulations Jack on your sobriety! Good for you. In fact, it was my dear friend who is 6 years sober who told me I was a sugar addict! I’ve been sugar free for 4 weeks now with 2 ‘slip’ days (I had ice cream and a few diet cokes). I immediately get back on the plan after a slip, and Ive felt fantastic since I quit breads, pasta, sugar (including substitutes), etc.
I’m trying to lose 10 lbs and just realized I have to quit eating nuts. I eat way to many (1 cup+ last night in front of the TV.. :-). I just have to quit cold turkey since moderation isn’t in my vocabulary when it comes to nuts. Darn!!

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SMJ January 6, 2012 at 2:42 pm

I had to kick sugar for an addiction class in grad school since I’d never been addicted to caffeine, alcohol, or other stuff. I was concerned that I wouldn’t have enough to write about in my paper because I wasn’t sure sugar was addictive. When I saw flour my taste buds tasted confectioners sugar, when I saw brown paint being poured I saw chocolate pudding, tile grout looked like sugary icing, etc. The cravings were intense but in 2 weeks I could adjust my brassiere inward one hook and I ended up losing 13 pounds in I think a month. I had to be honest about what foods contained sugar. I never did drink more than maybe 2 sodas per week so that was not a problem to kick all soda. But breads had to go as well as many foods with sauces in certain buffets, etc had to go. I had to completely eliminate all cereals–learn all the names for sugar and sugar alcohols! Finding breakfast alternatives has been an interesting quest. The benefit I was most satisfied with was the complete elimination of the chronic gas bloat I’d had since I was an adolescent and lift of a mental fog that I didn’t know was there. I tried various mental imagery such as picturing my brownies in a garbage pit where they really belong but the biggest motivators for me were the weight loss and no longer being chronically painfully bloated. As far as sugar substitutes, do you want to be addicted to heroin or methadone? Doesn’t make sense so just let them all go. Of course I fell off the wagon so I find myself trolling the web for help getting back on. Good luck to you all, I promise you (we) will all physically feel so much better after we get this poison out of our diets!

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Jonni January 7, 2012 at 7:41 pm

Quick question – has anyone read the Wheat Belly book by Dr. Davis? He’s saying that even whole wheat can cause overweight and diabetes, among other illnesses. Any opinions?

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Adam January 8, 2012 at 2:28 pm

I ate a 12oz bag of white chocolate Reese’s miniatures last night in one sitting. That’s 230 calories multiplied by 8 servings, and an astronomical amount of fat. I do this once or twice a week and have been doing it for years. I don’t know how to stop. I’m somehow not obese at 6’0″ 185lbs. I would love to stop being addicted to sugar, but every time I go food shopping I end up buying about $10 worth of candy junk along with frozen dinners. I’ll never be healthy, I can’t afford to eat healthy, and it seems I’m just not interested in switching from delicious sugar to expensive organic/natural foods. I hate this.

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Jonni January 8, 2012 at 7:41 pm

Adam, in my experience the best way to give up the sugar is to switch to a diet that is totally different from the way you’re eating now. Not just “less sugar” or even “no sugar,” but switch to a vegan diet, or all Asian, or whatever it takes to really make you think about every single thing you buy at the store. Stay out of the inside aisles, which don’t have anything except processed foods and junk, and if you do buy a bag of Reese’s, throw them into a dumpster on the way home. Of course, none of that is easy, (but the vegan diet is incredibly cheap).

There was a very interesting article a few days ago on the NPR site that talks about how environment can make it difficult to change behavior:

“For a smoker the view of the entrance to their office building — which is a place that they go to smoke all the time — becomes a powerful mental cue to go and perform that behavior,” Neal says.

And over time those cues become so deeply ingrained that they are very hard to resist. And so we smoke at the entrance to work when we don’t want to. We sit on the couch and eat ice cream when we don’t need to, despite our best intentions, despite our resolutions.

Be sure to read that article – it’s well worth the time. Since your issue is with a particular treat, you might want to try changing something about what you do when you buy the candy (shop at a different store) and what you do when you normally eat it (if it’s while watching TV, read a book instead, or go out for a walk, or learn a new hobby). This isn’t easy stuff – but people do break their addictions. We’ll be rooting for you.

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i_love_vinegar February 27, 2012 at 8:05 am

I’ve been eating around the same amount, but on a daily basis. You CAN afford to eat healthy. I used to feel the same way, but I soon realized that the healthy food lasts more than one night (unlike candies). I was in denial, because I always assumed healthy foods were more expensive. When I finally decided to quit sugar after reading a post online, “If sugar can rot your teeth — the strongest part of your body — what is it doing to weaker parts such as your organs?” I calculated the amount of money I spent on candies/sweets every day. It was around $5. For the same amount of money, I get a dozen eggs, 5 bananas, a piece of chicken, and a couple potatoes — nutritious food that lasts more than one sitting. Eggs, apples, bananas, rice, breads etc. are all great and affordable.
I also wonder how so many of us are still thin, despite the constant sugar intake. I am 4’10″ and weigh ~95 pounds. It’s very interesting. Good luck!

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Beth January 11, 2012 at 1:23 am

I am a self proclaimed sugar addict. I am a chronic relapser, too. I can go a few days, even a week without it, but then I cave to a horrible HORRIBLE sugar binge. Cookies. LOVE cookies. And it’s not just the sugar, it’s the actual texture of it, too. I’m not overweight, and I normally follow a healthy lifestyle (I’m an exercise physiologist), but I succomb to these acts and it kills me. I need something to help. I’m going to try the 7 day detox miracle come Saturday to see if that can’t rid some of the want. Anyone feel the way I do? Work out like a maniac just to eat junk?

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Lynne January 11, 2012 at 4:17 am

It is so nice to know that I am not the only sugar addict out there. My worst sugar addiction is sodas. I have been drinking Pepsi’s as far back as I can remember and I just turned 60. I think it is very odd that someone my age is still a sugar addict. I gave up Pepsi’s about 2 1/2 years ago (which was very difficult) and replaced them with Ginger Ale and Sprite –of course, the same amount of sugar just no caffeine. When I started working, I was 5’10″ and 113 pounds and had been skinny all of my life; in fact, I had to drink “nourishing” drinks to put on weight. I didn’t put on any weight. I always had the teenage diet of sodas,chips, pizza, etc., and, of course, my best friend, Hershey’s anything! I had gorgeous teeth, a beautiful smile (both are now gone). When I got pregnant at age 29, I was 127 pounds. I gained 50 pounds during pregnancy and continued gaining after the baby was delivered. Yes, I had much more ice cream when I was pregnant to add to my already disgusting diet. I hit McDonald’s at least once a day. When I was 45 I walked out of the Doctor’s office with diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesteral. I took no pills prior to that visit (except for thyroid) and walked out that day taking three additional pills every day. I am now retired from the Government and should be having a wonderful time. I am now 265 pounds, 5’8″, have had gout since the age of 30, have a lot of pain in my feet (not necessarily from diabetes but from the weight), have NO energy, don’t want to buy FAT clothes so I barely have any clothes at all; don’t want to socialize and I am a very friendly, chatty person. Everyone says I am always so happy. I am happy – I have the most wonderful, thoughtful, considerate husband anyone could ask for since 1977 . He married the Barbie doll and ended up with a disgusting fat slob. The only thing I seem to have enough energy for is drinking my sodas and eating candy/cakes/pies. A person has to be crazy to do this to themselves but I feel like I couldn’t live without at least the sodas. It is so sick. Having diabetes and having a strict diet of sugary drinks, candy, etc., is a death wish. Of course, I also love my warm bread/rolls. I don’t have them at home; however, that is how I rate a restaurant — not by the entrees, but the warm bread/rolls!! I don’t feel like I shoudl join a weight loss group because “normal, real food” is not my problem. I wouldn’t care if I ever had breakfast, lunch or dinner. I don’t even like pasta, noodles, potatoes, etc. My issue is the sweets – pure and simple. I have been encouraged by reading these blogs and, within the next seven days, I am going cold turkey — not sure which day yet but it will be within the week. Maybe if I can track my progress on here with others it will be encouraging and rewarding. I can’t say that I am not petrified at the idea but I am going to try. I know God is always there to help anyone who tries to help themselves and I am so thankful to know there are other people out there ALMOST as addicted as I am! Thank you all for sharing your experiences.

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Sylvia January 12, 2012 at 4:40 am

Lynne, your story resonates with me. I started doing low fructose in Sept 2010.
I am 70 next birthday. If I can do it, anyone can. It’s worth going cold turkey and suffering for a few days, maybe a week or so, just to get it out of your system. I have lost 19 kilos in weight, and am so healthy now, but I still need to lose another 20 kilos. (2.2 pounds per kilo, you work it out). I’ll give you a few tips. Write out a little note to yourself, saying, “I AM going to give up sugar on ………(insert date). anything you put down on paper will happen, try it and see.
I think you’re ready to make that decision in your head. The best step!!
Shop for your new lifestyle. Fill your pantry/fridge full of things you CAN eat, and throw out all the stuff you can’t. Make sure you have lots of protein, beef, chicken, lamb, fish, seafood. And go for a walk every day to shop for fresh veg. Also get some frozen veg, not just peas & corn & carrots, but broccoli and cauliflower as well, and green beans. Buy spinach when it’s in season, chop off the hard stems, rinse, and tear the leaves up, blanch in about 2 tablespoons of water with a pinch of salt pushing it all down into the water. Strain off the water really well, and keep to add to your next one pot meal, or freeze into an ice cube tray, full of good things. Freeze spinach in single size portions, to add to your next meal. If you do a big heap, you’ll always have some in there. You can do that with any veg, but spinach is the easiest, plus easier & more convenient to buy the others. Make sure you have a high protein breakfast. No cereals, except no fruit muesli, with no added sugar. Then only once a week. Make the snacks all savoury at first, and drink heaps of water, and tea, white tea & green tea are the best, (I don’t mean tea with milk). Instead of coffee, try cocoa, made on all whole milk, with maybe a little cream on top. Use Stevia or Xylitol (or after you get un-addicted), dextrose powder as sweeteners. You can have 2 pieces of fruit per day, but avoid apples, and bananas. Berries are the best, plus, Kiwi fruit, and pears.
Mash up your fruit into some Greek style yoghurt, with a little sweetener, it’s yummy, have nuts as a snack after dinner, almonds are nice, but watch the teeth!! Or have crisps, or popped corn, go easy on the simple carbs, like potatoes and white bread, I would cut them out & substitute grain bread, and sweet potato, and brown rice for white, and brown pasta for white, too.

Try to make yourself up one pot meals, that can be frozen into single serves, and served with brown rice or pasta on the side. Add into the one pot meals, every veg you can get your hands on, except potatoes.!!
If you do this before you start, you will be giving yourself a good chance of getting through withdrawals reasonably easily. You may get headaches, though, but they do go. All of a sudden, you will realise your appetite control has kicked in, (due to the low fructose), and you can walk down the sweetie/candy aisle without it bothering you too much. Shop the perimeter of the supermarket, then you won’t have to look at all the nasty things the big manufacturers want to get us all addicted to. All the additives, soy, sugar, etc etc….You can use Rice Bran syrup as a substitute for, Maple syrup, molasses, honey, treacle, and golden syrup, even in baking. If you do start baking, buy some fructose free dextrose powder. if you have trouble finding it, you can usually buy it at your local home beer brewing shop. Not usually too expensive. Use as a sugar substitute.
I’m telling you, all my annoying lady problems have disappeared, my arthritis is heaps better, Also, did you know there is now a direct link between fructose and gout? Google it. Also Google 50 Different Names for Sugar. and The Worst Additives……
I wish you well on your new journey, don’t obsess about it all, keep busy, and make yourself go out for walks, wrap up if it’s cold, enjoy the beauty in Mother Nature & give thanks for it daily. Also, Google affirmations for self love, and abundance, pin them up where you can read them out aloud several times a day.

Good luck, let us know how you get on, so we can encourage you.
Love
Silver Angel x

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Jack January 11, 2012 at 4:28 am

Today is day 10 of no sugar, no processed foods/carbs. Eating 3 balanced meals and two protein snacks. I also gave up coffee, or more specifically, caffeine. I feel really good, on the beam with no hint of emotional mood swings.
Tomorrow I go back to the gym. In my earlier post, I mentioned my long-term sobriety. All those years of Twelve Step work are coming in handy. Have considered FA or OA to obtain a sponsor. This isn’t a short term diet, but a real lifestyle change, exactly like getting sober, but in so many ways harder as food is everywhere.
I could definitely stand to lose about 45 pounds.

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Sylvia January 12, 2012 at 4:48 am

Well done, Jack, you have done really well. You are right about it being a lifestyle change. I started low fructose in Sept 2010, and by Sept/Oct 2011 had lost 19 kilos. I’m a bit stuck at the moment, but then I’m not exercising, either. The biggest regret in my journey so far. All my horrible lady problems have mostly gone away, I still get a little stress related acne now & then, but not as bad as it once was. I have pretty much given up coffee, too, which I was addicted to, even though it was only 1 cup per day. Now if I want something yummy, I have cocoa, made on all whole milk, with a little cream on top. I only have 1 stevia tab in it now. I sometimes get bored with just black tea, no milk….95% of my liquid intake is now water, I gave up soft drinks (sodas) about 5 years ago, if I have a glass now, it makes me feel ill, and leaves a nasty after-taste in my mouth.

Keep it up, and good luck at the gym. Let us know how you get on, so we can keep on encouraging you!!

Silver Angel xx

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tracy January 11, 2012 at 5:18 am

OMG Im so glad that I started looking into this and its real. I thought that I must be crazyfor thinking that I was addictd to sugar. Its helpful to know that Im not the only one. The thing that has helped me the most- i send my fiance into all the stores, pharmacies, gas stations, grocery store… I litterally cant walk in with out buying sugar. Its been almost a week and Im no longer obsessing over it.. still thinking about it of course but with out the excuse to go into a store, I cant bring my self to fold into my craving and manipulating brain.

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Candy January 11, 2012 at 3:49 pm

I have been a sugar addict all of my life. I remember being 6 yrs old and going in my kitchen, standing on a chair to reach the brown sugar box and eating it with a spoon. I know…gross. To this day, I do not eat fruit or vegetables and i think it is because i grew up and got accustomed to refined sugar at an early age. So when I decide to go on a diet…….im kinda screwed. I am not fat (5’4″ – 145lbs) but i feel better at 10 pounds lighter. So …….here goes the sugar diet. The first day was a nightmare. i craved sugar like people crave air…….it was so bad. On day 2 it got a little better but still very hard. I am going on Day 6 and feel much better and I think I might have even dropped a pound or two. (Funny…..I thought I would have dropped 30 lbs by now) Right now……I would kill for a cherry airhead. But to keep me on track, I say, “this sugar is not going to run my life” and i put it down. That’s it. I wish luck to all of those who are taking this same path. It’s a lot harder than one would ever think.

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Beth January 12, 2012 at 4:19 pm

I just have to say, first off… kinda ironic that your name is Candy? lol…
And I commend you on your week of no sugar. I have a question though… did you start eating fruits/veggies?

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Candy January 13, 2012 at 12:17 am

Hi Beth. And Candy is my stage name. Lol. As far as the fruit and veggies go……let me be clear…..I do eat some…..I like apples, corn, potatoes and well….that’s it. I know, impressive, right? My Dad said I would die at the age of 37 because of the way I eat. Well I proved HIM wrong, didn’t I? So I figure if I started to eat them now, my body would go into some sort of shock, so I ain’t messing with it.

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Beth January 13, 2012 at 4:38 pm

Hi Candy.
I figured that was your stage name, but I had to comment. haha…
That’s hilarious about your fruit/vegg selection. Hey, some is better than none :)
As for the no sugar, I would imagine that you would see a bigger decrease in weight loss if you cut out the starches. I know potatoes and corn are kind of a worthless veggie (NOT being cinical off your diet choices… just trying to be helpful) I know that corn, especially, is loaded in sugar. It’s the vegg to watch out for and eat minimally… though I know for myself when the holidays come around I LOVE my mashed potatoes and corn mixed together with gravy. mmm!
I think your body would definitley be mad at you if you started eating too much fiber. haha. Especially your intestines!
Keep me posted on your sugar battle. I’m on day 3 and I feel great… lost 2 lbs already and the cravings aren’t TOO bad, but I know pretty soon I’m going to be eyeballing the Dairy Queen sign like no other :)

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Beth January 12, 2012 at 4:16 pm

It’s so encouraging reading all these posts and knowing that you aren’t the only one in the world that suffers from this crippling (yes, it’s CRIPPLING!) obssession. I am on day two of no sugar. I haven’t even had fruit because I feel the second something sweet touches my taste buds, I’m done. Now, I’ve done this before. I can go about a week or so w/o sugar… but then I cave. All my hard work and such goes kaput. I think this time is going to be my most challenging and successful, however. I found this site to help support me, I have put note-cards up all over my apartment to help keep my spirits up. My daughter, who will be 7, says to me “What the heck are all these cards everyewhere?” haha. But it’s for me.
One thing I am asking help for is when you have those cravings, and you just NEED something sweet (I’m HORRIBLE around the time of the “crimson curse”) what is a good, clean substitue? I am trying to even rid my diet of artifical sweetners, so what exactly can you have that’s sweet, but safe? I am very up to par with nutrition and fat-loss lifestyles, but when it comes to sweets tha satisfy, I’m at a loss. Help?
I’ve read through so many of these stories on here and it helps to know that it’s doable. Every day is a battle, so easier than others. I don’t have junk in my house (except for a few things for my daughter, which I don’t care for anyways). I do work at a place that has oodles and oodles of candy (for their g’kids). When I get there, I put anything containing sugar in the cupboard because out of sight out of mind.

Another issue I am having, and this can be for you parents, is that my daughter has my sweet tooth and literally will shove handfuls of candy into her mouth w/o taking a breath. She hoards it and it scares the crap out of me. She’s got my sweet tooth. If I keep it from her, she wants it more. If I give her free reign, she abuses it. She’s a little “fluffy”, but not overweight. I’m scared it will come to that. I work in a profession that is fitness/wellness based, and childhood obesity is one of my bigger passions… but I seem to not be able to manage my own childs love for sugar. Any thoughts? I recently took it away permenently to see if it helps with her behavior.

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Emily January 13, 2012 at 4:42 pm

I’ve bee inspired by reading y’alls posts. I am now 3 days sugar, alcohol, and white flour free. I’ve lost 2 pounds and I feel like I have much more energy. I cook, a lot, and I cook healthy – all fresh veggies, fish, and chicken. My downfall is I like to bake – cookies, pies, fudge, cake, and breads. So after a meal, I HAVE to have my something sweet. We don’t eat out much except for sushi, so my real goal is to eliminate the processed sugar. My other guilty pleasure is I like to have a couple drinks when I come home from work. I like Southern Comfort with Grenadine and diet 7up over crushed ice. I also like Bubble gum Vodka and diet 7up over crushed ice. Living in New Orleans, I have grown up drinking everyday. As much of an addiction as alcohol is claimed to be, it has been no problem skipping the drinks, but the chocolate and sugar seems mentally impossible which is shy I concur it is truly an addiction. I need to lose 30 pounds, but 40 pounds would really make me happy.
I hope to continue visiting and reading this site everyday for encouragement. If someone could please share a recipe or idea for a good dessert that wouldn’t sabotage my new lifestyle, I would appreciate it. I also am NOT doing alternative sweeteners because I don’t like the idea of chemically processed in my body. So dessert has left me searching.

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Carol January 13, 2012 at 9:15 pm

Hi Emily:

I have started a blog to chronicle my journey of “no sugar/dairy/wheat” – in a year I lost 48 lbs and the transformation is incredible. I am also a big baker/cook like you but only do it for special occasions and only a little bite of something. Used to eat something sweet after meals all the time, not anymore. Check out my blog for some inspiration! http://healthyhappygirl94901.blogspot.com/

Carol

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Beth January 13, 2012 at 11:05 pm

hi Emily! I am having the same trouble you are having… trying to find something to satisfy a sweets craving that isn’t loaded in artifical sweetner or aspartame. And if I do find something that doesn’t have that, it has lots of honey. I have googled a ton of different sites to try to find something, but there isn’t much. I love chocolate, as most women do, and just miss the texture and creamy taste and would like something that is similar. But alas, nothing. If YOU find anything, please share. I am caving tonight and makeing fudge with unsweetened chocolate and adding stevia…. I need a little something. If I cheat and have one piece, I’m screwed. I am an A type personality and it’s either all or none… haha. Thanks for sharing. I read this daily to help me along. It’s definitley a great source to have.

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Sylvia January 14, 2012 at 2:57 am

Hey, there, Emily, I hear you. Have you heard of Dextrose? Dextrose is powdered glucose, and you use this for baking. You can usually buy it where you buy your home brew supplies, make sure the ingredients don’t show any sugar or artificial sweeteners, though. Pretty much it’s 1cup of sugar = 1 cup of dextrose. It’s definitely not chemically processed. Also, another substitute to use in place of the sticky things in baking, such as molasses, Maple syrup, honey, golden syrup or treacle, use Rice Malt Syrup. It’s also good on top of porridge, and can be used as a substitute sweetener in drinks, if you so wish. Get an organic one & hey presto, no chemicals, but still sweet. It’s not so much just the sugar that’s the problem, it’s the fructose half of the sugar molecule that keeps you addicted to sugar per se. So, 2 pieces of fruit a day only, and start monitoring the labels on anything processed you buy, if it shows that there is more than 3 grams of sugars per 100 grams, (or mls) of product, then don’t buy it. Also check out the ingredients to see what sugar substitutes are in your processed foods, but sugars from dairy (lactose) are ok. Make your own lo cal jelly, I think you call it jell-o in the US? !! Using dextrose and mashed fruit with some powdered gelatine. Pineapple and mango I think are the fruits that don’t set well , but as all the berries are low fructose, if you like them, there’s a lot you can do with them. Mashed, (or to use the chef-y word, macerated!), mix them into Greek Style yoghurt, if it’s not sweet enough, us a little Rice Malt syrup, or dextrose to sweeten, or Stevia which is ok. Xylitol is also ok as a sweetener and is also good for your teeth. Did you know they just published a finding that the best food in the world is yoghurt? (unsweetened, of course), and the worst? Potatoes!!
A little tweaking will have you slim in no time, use brown rice and pasta instead of white, cut right back on apples, bananas, processed deli meats like ham & salami etc, and potatoes, and eat a little more protein, it keeps you fuller longer, for brekky I have a 3 egg omelette with chicken, avocado & shredded cheese, plus any leftover veg mashed up in it as well. Yummy….black tea, 1 Stevia tab & I’m full for about 5 – 6 hours. For snacks at night eat nuts, very slowly!! Watch your teeth!!
Or popped corn is ok, as long as you make it yourself. Lastly, if you haven’t done so, watch the video at the beginning of this site, Dr, Lustig will tell you why fructose is the bad guy here……
I lost 19 kilos over 12 months doing this, and I’m 70 this year, so if I can do it, anyone can. Worst things you can ingest? Dried fruit, fruit juice, soft drinks (soda) and all breakfast cereals except fruit free, low sugar Muesli’s and porridge oats. You are allowed full fat cheese, cream, milk and butter, but use real butter, coconut oil or ghee to cook with, these are clean things to eat.
One myth that has been debunked in all the new research, is that fat makes you fat. It may give you heart disease, if you eat the wrong sorts of fats, but it won’t make you fat. Do the research on-line for yourself, don’t believe me. Google, ‘Fat doesn’t make you fat’, ’59 different names for sugar’ and ‘The Worst Additives’, just for starters….and I wish you good luck on your low fructose journey.

Love
Sylvia x aka Silver Angel

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Adam January 14, 2012 at 3:21 pm

I have cut down my sugar consumption by a lot recently. What I did was stop buying candy at the store, and buy brownie/cupcake mix. This way I’m not sitting in my room scooping handful after handful of bagged candy into my mouth for hours on end. Now if I want something sweet, #1 I have to BAKE it first, and #2 I have to get up and go into the kitchen and eat 1 serving of brownie/cupcake. Yes I’m still eating sugar, but the point is now I’m eating less. 2-4 servings of brownie/cupcake per day as opposed to an entire 12oz bag of Reese’s or 16oz Starbursts. My next job is to ween myself off of baked goods entirely and move on to something else.

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Sylvia January 16, 2012 at 8:03 pm

Adam, I refer to my reply to Emily above about using dextrose in baking. Then you can make treats for yourself, freeze them in individual serves ……but I like your strategy, makes you stop and think. I have a great recipe for Anzac biscuits, which uses dextrose, and Rice Malt syrup. Very yummy, but they are to treated as treats, not devoured in one sitting…..lol…..sigh….I wish!
I can post this if you’d like it. It’s made with rolled oats, coconut and dextrose.

Sylvia aka Silver Angel

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Emily January 14, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Dear Carol and Sylvia,
Thank you for the wonderful suggestions. I am on the hunt today to find dextrose.
I am 51 and was SKINNY all my life – at 5’8″ I weighed 110 pounds until I got married at 25. By 30 I was 125 and pregnant and gained 72 pounds for my first child. I couldn’t separate the nausea from hunger so I ate to feel better. Entire flats of strawberries dipped in marshmallow cream and cream cheese, a king cake a day from a different bakery every day. Long story short, when I delivered my baby girl she only weighed 9 pounds not the 72 I had gained and now I had my first weight issue. I joined one of those buy the food plans to lose weight programs and got 10 pounds from my goal weight and wound up pregnant again! I was careful not to gain as much and after delivering my second child and I balanced out at 135. I still felt overweight and not satisfied with my figure (if only I could have that weight and figure back I swear I wouldn’t complain!) but I couldn’t lose it. I didn’t want to do the packaged food stuff because I am an accomplished cook and would rather eat fresh. But every 5 years came with 5 pounds (and the last 2 months just dumped 10 more pounds on me) so now at 51 years old I am 170. I don’t like the way I feel or look and I want to stop this spiral upward.
Now at day 4 with no sugar, white, flour or alcohol, I am feeling better. I am holding at the 2 pounds lost but am sleeping better with more energy. When I was 35 I tried Sugar Busters and lost 20 pounds and kept it off for 3 years. And then someone offered me a Marguerita. My weight had been stable for so long so I figured it couldn’t hurt. Well, it didn’t so I had another one the following week and still no bad effects so I slowly put my white bread and chocolate back into my life and slowly walked up the weight scale again. I know dumping the sugar is the only answer and I remember some of the things about the glycemic index and fructose. I just want to make it an understanding with myself that this is not a diet but a necessary way of life. Instead of having to read labels, just buying natural real unadulterated food like fish and chicken and eating veggies and fruits that came from the ground! But I will try finding the dextrose to give me that little sweet treat that my brain has not divorced yet.
Beth, I do like to bake a lot and I have some recipes from other sites for breads and crackers using flax seed instead of flour. Some readers have added artificial sweetener and fruit and turned the bread into muffins and the crackers like cookies. But I don’t want to use the chemical sweeteners so I am going to shop for dextrose today and play with these recipes. I’ll let you know if I have any success!
Thanks everyone.

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Bev January 14, 2012 at 4:53 pm

Thanks for telling your struggles with sugar everyone. I’ve gone through similar – have managed to stop eating it for some time now as I felt so awful in the night after eating anything with sugar , honey etc. I have made a cookie recipe that I kind of invented – with coconut flour, and stevia/small amt of splenda, peanut butter etc. It fills the bill when I want something sweet. Maybe I’ll try rice syrup instead, although that might give me problems also. Still experimenting.

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Sylvia January 22, 2012 at 9:31 pm

Bev, if you visit the Sweet Poison forum, there lots of reader recipes there, using both dextrose and Rice Malt syrup, Try the thread, Fructose free foods, or I think there’s a one for just recipes. You can then get the ratio of ingredients, plus if you join the How much Sugar forum, there are lots of fructose free recipes and help there.
Good luck with it, you are obviously committed, and that hel;ps a lot, I wish you well on your journey.

Love

Silver Angel

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c.atkins January 14, 2012 at 11:51 pm

I can’t believe when i stopped eating sugar i stopped leaking urine!!! I was completely dry the next day. Which inturn gave me vulvodynia!! and extreme (labor-like) pain during papsmears etc.

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Sylvia January 22, 2012 at 9:42 pm

Hi, c.atkins, ouch! I also found my leakage stopped, but not quite like you, thank goodness, you poor thing, mine stopped gradually, as I lost weight, doing fructose free way of life, (19 kilos down, another 19 to go!) I found a site that may help you, (I hope so). Link here :-

http://www.medicinenet.com/vaginal_pain_vulvodynia/article.htm

I also had a 95% reduction in my 20-odd relationship with candida, when I stopped eating mushrooms, (sad) I love mushrooms, and used to eat them raw and cooked every week. Thank goodness I found out what was causing my problem, no more itching!! Woo Hoo….I do have little recurrences when I eat too many simple carbs, so have to be vigilant…..

I wish you well, hope this site helps a bit.

Bye, Love
Sylvia x aka Silver Angel

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JS January 15, 2012 at 4:40 am

To All Subscribers,
Today is Week 6? of more or less eating a Paleo Diet and I continue to feel fantastic. I quit sugar, diet soda, grains, flour, bread, etc. cold turkey. I have had 2-3 ‘slip’ days (ate ice cream, diet soda, small piece of bread, over consumed on nuts and nut butters), but I immediately get back on track without much of a hangover.
The real reason Im posting tonight is because since discovering this website (and realizing I’m a sugar addict), I’ve been doing a lot of reading and Internet research. He website I’m THRILLED about is primalblueprint.com and especially the Blog/ Forum (marksdailyapple). There is A LOT of information and further support from sugar addicts daily. It is easy to search for a particular subject of interest and, like this wonderful forum, the sharing is honest, vulnerable and supportive. No subscription necessary.
Anyway, I spent 2 full days tis past week reading one particular thread that lasted 47 pages. As I continued to read, I learned about people getting FABULOUS results on controlling sugar cravings with 5HTP OR L Trytophan. Also, there was success with L Glutamine (500mg) taken under the tongue as soon as you feel the onset of a craving. CRAVING WAS GONE instantly (at least for this one particular poster). There is much to be learned (and hopefully gained) from supplements. One lady recently posted her 1 year binge free email as a result of eating more Paleo-like and taking 5HTP.
Yesterday I bought $60 worth of DHEA, 5HTP, L Gluttamine, and a Amino Acid complex. Today was Day 1 of 5HTP and aminos, and I have so much energy! I don’t know if it’s a placebo effect (so time will tell), but I want to at least share or remind everyone of the benefits of eating sugarless/low carb and READING! I have ordered The Diet Cure and The Mood Cure by Julia Ross at the library. I rad about these books from MarksDailyApple Forum.
5HTP cannot be combined with LTryptophan nor SSRIs and there’s in an entire book called 5HTP for anyone’s education.
I just wanted to share my information because, like one lady from the other forum said, when you discover what works for you, you just “want to tell everyone using a megaphone”. :-)

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jhailstone January 16, 2012 at 8:14 pm

I’ve read in the book you mentioned above – Potatoes not Prozac. I’d never considered that sugar was an actual narcotic according to studies done on it. I was wondering what you think about raw organic sugar. It seems like this might be a safe alternative.

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Jonni January 16, 2012 at 10:57 pm

The problem seems to be the fructose in sugar. And organic sugar would have just as much as chemically-grown sugar. Did you have a chance to watch the Dr’s video near the top of the post?

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Emily January 17, 2012 at 1:19 am

Jonni,
I guess I was lucky that I didn’t find the dextrose this weekend, and without cheating at all, the sugar cravings are diminishing. I’ve decided to do similar to the sugarbusters method and not even introduce the dextrose. Six days into it, I have lost 3 pounds but feel so much better than even measurable! I was at a football party Saturday where we shucked a sack of oysters and I ate my raw ones without crackers and still enjoyed them. The next course was chargrilled oysters on the half shell and I passed up the bread for dipping the sauce. The final course was fried oyster poboys of which I passed up the French bread and threw mine into spinach leaves with spiced roasted pecans, strawberries, blue cheese and drizzles with balsamic vinegar reduction. The next day was beignets for my moms birthday and I only had a cup of coffee and went home and scrambled 2 eggs with ham and cheese. If I can survive this temptation, I should be fine. I walked 20 minutes today after work. I feel much more alert! Thanks for the guidance and support.

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Adrienne January 17, 2012 at 7:31 pm

This is a REALLY GREAT post. Thank you! And for all of you wondering how to really kick the habit I can share my story with you. I struggled for years and tried every detox and whatnot that was on the market. I felt like I was on a rollercoaster all the time and hated feeling out of control every time someone put some sweets in front of me. I started eating more and more whole foods, but it wasn’t until I started eating cultured foods that I kicked the habit once and for all. I didn’t even notice what was happening actually until one day my husband asked me if I wanted a Blizzard. I just looked at him like he was crazy and just realized I HAD FINALLY CRACKED THE SUGAR ADDICTION CODE. You have to rebalance your gut flora. All disease (and healing- begins in the gut). With sugar, we have been feeding the nasty microflora and the good guys need a boost. That’s what cultured food does for you. You can read more on my website – domesticdiva.ca. There are videos and plenty of resources about sugar and we are offering a one-of-a-kind sugar detox program because we know people don’t have to suffer! I feel great and almost never crave sugar. My energy no longer crashes repeatedly throughout the day which allows me to go full tilt boogey with the kids and my business. I feel great (and in control) for the first time in my life (not to mention my skin looks 100 times better!)

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Sylvia January 22, 2012 at 9:52 pm

Adrienne, I joined up, loved the article on the waning moon! Looking forward to reading more. Especially since I read recently that the powers that be said the best food for us is, yes, you guessed it, yoghurt, (the worst is my old foe, the potato.

Thanks for the tip……

Sylvia x aka Silver Angel

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Jack January 18, 2012 at 11:36 pm

I am officially 18 days into no sugar, flour, and wheat products. How do I feel?
Fantastic!!!! In an intial post, I mentioned my long-term sobriety and how a new addiction, i.e., sugar and flour felt like a back door into a return to alcoholism. 18 days later, this appears to be true. This is just like giving up drinking. A 12-Step recovery program appears to be exactly what I need. Have investigated FA and FAA and will choose between the two. As for diet, I’ve followed their program to the letter. It’s time consuming and requires planning. At my intial meeting I groused about how I get older and find there is yet “one more thing to give up”. A very nice women offered a suggestion of how 3-4 times a day I get to put really good things into my body as opposed to what I’ve been doing. Made sense to me. So much of this is about persepective.
Started back at the gym. Signed up for Sparkpeople.com and designed a good workout program. As a former jock and gym rat, back to exercise is not so tough. In fact, it is easier when you stop putting garbage in your body and your energy level and motivation returns.
Lastly, I’ve really enjoyed this site and will continue to participate but would like to add something. As a person in recovery for decades, I’ve had the opportunity to work with others seeking the same. Almost all of us attempt to negotiate with our substance of choice, limit the intake, or pace ourselves as if we can somehow sneak-up on our addiction without it seeing us. It’s really tough to let go. But ask yourself, what are you really giving up? A habit that makes you unhappy, unhealthy, isolates you, and in the end may kill you.
Normal people don’t ask themselves these kinds of questions. They don’t wonder if they have a problem with sugar and flour, or food in general. They stop. They leave a plate with food still uneaten or worse, half of a really great dessert! They don’t sneak around to eat.
Look, in the end the only person you are fooling is you, and deep inside, even you know that.
Jump into whatever recovery you find. Avoid political correctness recovery that allows you do whatever it is you want to do; you will end up taking the easy route and avoid the hard work necessary to recover. Hell, if that worked, we could cure ourselves with our own cousel. While we love to believe we are unique individuals, our circumstances may differ, but in the end, we are mostly the same. Don’t argue for your limitations.

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Beth January 23, 2012 at 3:52 pm

So, I have been “candy/cookie” free for a few weeks if you minus the cookie I had yesterday on my “cheat” day. My problem that I am having is just because I am not allowing myself refined sugars, I am finding myself eating more and more of other foods to substitute for the sugar I am missing. Like I am never going to eat again or something! I need a stop button… does anyone have any suggestions that I could use for my “stop button?” The foods I’m over indulging in to make up for the lost sugar are healthy, but even the healthiest food is bad if eaten excessively. Trail mix, granola, rice cakes, PEANUT BUTTER! big one. I would sure love some insight from those who kick their cravings with a better option :) THANKS!

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Carol January 23, 2012 at 4:23 pm

Beth,
There really isn’t an effective “stop button”. You have to re-focus and just walk away from food. I have successfully lost 48 lbs in one year, been completely off refined sugars (I was a big candy-cookie eater, too), all dairy products and all wheat products and I managed to eat peanut butter every day – limited to 1 Tbsp. on a gluten free cracker or two. I eat mostly fish/chicken/fruits/veggies/quinoa/brown rice – that’s about it and feel totally satisfied. Check out my blog for some inspiration and some ideas:

http://healthyhappygirl94901.blogspot.com/
Hope this helps!

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Bev January 23, 2012 at 4:30 pm

Try higher fat foods that will fill you up- believe it or not, I snack on pre-cooked bacon which I have frozen, hard boiled eggs, cheese, good sausage sliced and pre-cooked – also, raw veggies dipped in humous to name a few

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Jack January 23, 2012 at 6:12 pm

Day 23 of no sugar and flour. The last sugar I ate was 8 Hershey’s kisses on New Year’s Eve; I wanted to remember what I ate on my last binge.
How has it been? Wonderful. In so many ways, perhaps better than giving up drinking.
My mood and thinking are extremley clear. Emotional swings are gone. I’ve also lost 14 lbs and have returned to the gym thanks to the increased energy.
Like other’s, I simply stopped with no gradual weaning. I believe it is easier that way.
I weigh everything that goes into my mouth. Meals are comprised of chicken, fish, beef, though not as much beef as I’m used to. Tons of vegetables and fruit.
Looking at support groups like FA or FAA. I believe this is a lifestyle choice for a lifetime. Kind of an all or nothing deal. Essetially, if it’s a manmade food, comes in a package, I can’t eat it.
I’m soon to be 54, weigh 240, but should weigh about 190. With an atheletic build I carry the weight better than most, but it has begun to catch up to my joints and stamina, libido too.
Why the change? It’s more about the way I feel, the addiction involved. The weightloss is just a great bonus.

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Adam January 23, 2012 at 7:48 pm

I have G6PD, a glucose-deficiency disorder, kind of like the opposite of diabetes. I have to drink lots of water. I seem to get headaches when I go a day or two without eating ANY sugar. Very bad headaches. Then I eat some sugar, like 1 Tbsp, and I feel a lot better. It’s like I need sugar to survive. Is this unheard of? I’m very skinny despite eating pounds of candy every week. I was just wondering if my G6PD has anything to do with my reliance on sugar and inability to put on a lot of weight.

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Trish January 26, 2012 at 5:01 pm

Hello Everybody,
I am off of sugar. For about 2-3 weeks now. I have a history of binging on sugar and then throwing up to get rid of it. I have stopped that. I am just eating healthy and normal. Oh. Also I have a gluten sensitivity so I am off gluten too. Good things are happening—some I didn’t suspect. Such has, I have been an insomniac most of my life and now I am sleeping like I haven’t in forever. My whole body is letting down it feels like. I never knew it had anything to do with the sugar I was eating!

But on the horrible side—I feel like my body is exploding with fat. I thought I was supposed to lose weight if I gave up sugar and started eating lots of veggies, grains, protein and fruits in normal amounts. And keeping my food down.

Joni, is this a short re-set metabolism faze? What in the world is going on? Is my metabolism now wrecked? I have been bulimic about once a day maybe 4 x’s a week over many many years. I need some help. MANY THANKS IN ADVANCE.

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Jonni January 26, 2012 at 5:19 pm

Trish, I haven’t heard of this issue before – are you sure it isn’t perhaps water, rather than fat? Have you increased your salt intake by any chance? Does anyone have any clues about why this would happen?

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Emily January 26, 2012 at 5:55 pm

Dear Trish,
I’m not an expert, but without knowing your current weight, could your body be holding on to any calories not knowing when it will be depleted again? Could you be under weight, even though you are not happy with your body image? (This is just an assumption based on what little I know of bulimia) Please don’t take any of my questions as an attack on your situation – I’m just trying to throw out some areas to investigate.
I’m really glad you are starting to feel the positive effects of the sugar elimination. Isn’t sleeping all night a great perk?
Good luck with the rest of your venture.
This is a great place to talk and get some positive feedback!
Em~

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Trish January 26, 2012 at 11:09 pm

Hi Emily,
It could be that being bulimic gave me a sort of get out of jail free card, and I got used to eating more than my body needs. It could be that I need a reality check of sorts and to operate now from a good food plan. And yes, the good things about giving up sugar are WONDERFUL. So I will just take on the next challenge now. Thank you so much.
Trish

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Trish January 26, 2012 at 11:11 pm

Horrible day. I emailed a nutricianist with the same thing I posted here earlier today and here was her reply. She is pretty well known and is in magazines and on tv. This boggles my mind. Here it is:

Hey Trish. Thanks for the email update.
There’s very clear binge eating protocols that I use & I am very effective with my patients when they come in regularly:

First, when it comes to binging… remember it’s a restriction-binge cycle. Soooo, we have to consider where & when you are restricting. Also we need to make sure you aren’t thinking about weight control…but binge control first & foremost.

There are three places we have to focus: 1) physical, 2) mental/thoughts and 3) habit/reset routine.

PHYSICAL: Eat 3 enjoyable meals that you WANT to eat each day. Add 1-2 snacks of produce & protein to prevent from getting overly hungry. Eat sweets only outside of the home but whenever you want them…remember I use “social sweets only” as the guiding principle. It’s 100% NOT deprivation/restriction AND it’s super effective at bridging your BINGE/PRIVATE self with your PUBLIC self. We need the person you are in public & private to be the same eater.

MENTAL/THOUGHTS: Every action is preceded by a thought. Document the exact self-talk you have before binges. Then we have to reprogram you.

HABIT/RESET ROUTINE: Part of binging is the habit of it. Make sure to reset the routine of it…use table-plate-chair while trying to binge without TV/magazines/radio/etc. Try to spend time doing different things, in different rooms…gotta do different to get different.

We can talk more about each of these points when I see you.

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Trish January 26, 2012 at 11:14 pm

……soooo in response to making sure I am not restricting…I went out and got my favorite overeating/binge food (almond m&m’s) and ate the whole thing. First time I have had sugar in 3 weeks, and I feel like hell and am so disappointed in everything….myself, the lame nutricianist, all of it. I loathe my sugar habit. I am getting such conflicting messages…this sucks.

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Jack January 27, 2012 at 12:42 am

Trish- I think you are awesome for going for it cold turkey on the sugar. No you know how good you can feel without it. Keep pushing in that direction. I quit at the beginning of the year. Using the same principles I used when I quite drinking 22 years ago. I know you can totally pull this off. My last binge was Hershey’s kisses on New Year’s Eve. Lost 14 lbs already as a byproduct. Really, I’m out her rooting for you. Yes it’s hard, but playing around with all the sugar substitutes or foods that are just like the real ones you are trying to avoid will eventually lead you back to zero. Some things are just worth quitting. Killing yourself with food is one of them. I’m rooting for you.
Jack

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Trish January 27, 2012 at 3:26 pm

It’s a new day. After a really horrible night, I am back on track with my no sugar/no gluten/hi-protein and really healthy food diet. I actually have for the most part kicked the binging and bulimia so I don’t think opening myself up to going along with whatever desire for sugar that might come up (!!) is where I need or want to go. I think the weight gain is a by-product of a healing metabolism (see Dr. Diana Schwarzbein–The Schwarzbein Principle). I have done a lot to my body over my lifetime and I need to eat well and give myself time. I have a solid and good body and I am grateful for that. BTW, after I ate the whole huge bag of M&M’s yesterday afternoon, I got a huge blister on my tongue, felt horrible and had a hard time sleeping last night. Who needs that? I am really reacting to gluten too (my belly puffs up like you wouldn’t believe and my stomach gets sick/acidy. Who needs that? I have been diagnosed with gluten sensitivity from blood tests, and now I am going to finally believe it. I am on a whole new road in my life these days and have never had so much hope. Thanks, guys.

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trish January 27, 2012 at 3:58 pm

Jack!!!!! Thanks so much. THANK YOU.

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chisssy January 29, 2012 at 6:26 am

Today was day 3 no Sug flour wheat man its been ruff. Dizzy and nausia along with angry fit I had with my sewing machine. I ended up haveing a tablespoon of sugar on my gluten free cereal. I don’t feel dizzy anymore but am ashamed I did it. I need someone to talk to about this email me or something. Thanks

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Jonni January 29, 2012 at 5:58 pm

Chissy, the mood swings (and that shame) are all symptoms of sugar withdrawal. Think of it like you would if you had the flu – would you get angry at yourself for having aching muscles or nausea if it was caused by a virus? Of course not. Try to remember that it’s all temporary, that we’ve all gone through it, and in a week or so you’ll feel much better. And be sure you’re getting plenty of healthy carbs to replace the sugar, and that you aren’t accidentally eating so little that it puts you into a very-low-calorie diet, which would make all your symptoms worse.

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Jonni January 29, 2012 at 6:00 pm

Oh, and by the way – if you feel that depression is holding you down, please see a doctor right away. Giving up sugar doesn’t cure everything, so be sure to get professional help if you need it.

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Sylvia January 30, 2012 at 2:22 am

Hi, Chissy, I hope you can get some encouragement on the advice from those lovely people. I always advise newbies to shop first before you start. That means filling your fridge/freezer/pantry with stuff you can eat. Try to up the amount of protein you eat, lean beef, and lamb, chicken, eggs etc. Don’t buy processed deli meats, ham etc, unless you make them yourself (unlikely) you have no idea what goes in them. Fresh veggies, bought when cheap, can be blanched in hot water then drained & frozen for later. If you bake, try Mark’s Daily Apple for a great flax seed bread, (no wheat) whole grains are better for you, buy almonds for a snack, also yoghurt has been found to be the best food for humans, (the worst? the potato) buy Greek style and add mashed berries and a little Rice Malt syrup, yummy. Buy Dextrose powder to use in baking as well, (buy in home brew shops). Bake and freeze, in individual portions for those times when a little sweet snack can help. Also try to buy a no-fruit Muesli, or buy the makings for your own, there are heaps of good recipes around, try the sites I’ve told you about. With half a banana & some rice malt syrup and a little cream, it’s yummy, I warm in the micro, and have whilst watching TV, late at night, with my cup of cocoa.
Focus on what you can eat, not what you can’t. Keep your water in the fridge, tastes better, plus we have fluoride in our water here, I boil it all, good for the teeth, not so good for the body. Buy some organic cocoa, or cacao to make a sweet milky treat. For other healthy things to eat & drink, visit Sarah Wilson’s Blog. She’s gluten free, as well as low fructose, and has done lots of experiments in what’s good to eat.
I wish you well, as Jonni says, it’s only for a few short weeks, you have to expect that something you are addicted to will be a bit painful to give up. Just set your mind to be positive with it all, be like Thomas the Tank engine!! lol

I wish you well, please don’t go mad on yourself, forgive yourself, you are only human, most of us fail before we succeed. We all want you to succeed, so keep on trying, dear girl, we love you…..

Love

Sylvia xx aka Silver Angel

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Nan January 30, 2012 at 2:35 am

I can’t believe I found this site! I am a serious sugar addict. My friends and family looked shocked when they watch me consume the amounts I eat. I’m not overweight but sugar makes my body hurt. Does that make sense? If I eat any sugar, within an hour my shoulders and neck feel like I have been beat up. Then the headache comes and no amount of pain killers knock it out. I went cold turkey January 2nd and went three weeks, no sugar. I’ve never gone more than two days, I felt amazing! But yesterday I fell off the wagon and I’m eating bowels of frosting with graham crackers. I can’t stop and my body hurts. How long does it take to get out of our systems? I’ve heard 20 days and I went that long but I craved it every day. I’m so glad there are other people out there like me. I know it’s a real sickness.

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tony January 30, 2012 at 12:08 pm

i always knew sugar was addictive..but my parants thought i was crazy and kept reinfocing this habit of mine by buying sweetes cos they saw that i liked them and wanted to please me..i begged them to stop but they wouldnt even thogh niether of them liked sugar..i was the primary consumptionist fo sweets in the house…it’s like when i have a bite of something sweet it triggeres something in my brain and i cant stop i cant control myself i will eat evrything thats sweet in the house and i wont be sstisfied…i crave sweets allt he time even when i’m overfed and my stomach hurts…it is a drug i always knew it..you dont need science to tell you that

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Sylvia January 31, 2012 at 2:46 am

Tony, I hear you. My partner is the same. I have been low fructose for 17 months now and have dropped 19 kilos so far (heaps more to go), but do you think that makes any difference to him? Guess what I got for Xmas from Him? Yeah, you guessed it, a huge box of Roses chocolates. Now a big bar of 85% dark choc, I could have forgiven, but, wow, I didn’t know he could be so ……words fail me. He’s such a nice person, too!! But he’s a feeder, and just wants to give me what he knows I like/love. People told me to chuck them in the bin, and boy how I wish I had. That may have done the trick for him. So I ate some, and now my weight loss has stalled, and I have been eating stuff I normally wouldn’t eat. The whole thing is so depressing.
So, I think the next time they bring sweets home, take a stand, throw them outside in the garbage bin. (Trash can, whatever!)
They will be shocked, and you may feel mean, but that will only be temporary, you will feel so elated that you resisted them, you will feel 10 feet tall, and it just might reinforce the mental stamina you need to stay sugar/fructose free.
Let us know how you go. My tip, eat more protein and cut back on simple carbs, you will feel fuller longer, and find something you like to snack on at your ‘hungriest’ time, ie, mine is whilst watching TV at night! I nibble slowly on almonds. Plus I make myself a small cup of cocoa, on whole milk, with 1 stevia tab, and a little cream on top just before bed, as I can’t sleep hungry, so this is ok to have, and satisfies me, also makes me sleep like a baby. I sometimes have a small piece of hard cheese with it, too.

Sooner or later Tony, you, like me are gonna have to make a stand!! It’s empowering…..I’m in it, are You?

I wish you well on your sugar free/low fructose journey.

Sylvia x aka Silver Angel

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Emily January 30, 2012 at 2:16 pm

Tomorrow will be 3 weeks that I am sugar, flour, and alcohol free! I feel much better, I am sleeping better and I am more alert at work. I have dropped 5 pounds and now I bought a bike. I rode 10 miles yesterday and felt wonderful. I am walking for a 1/2 hour after work most days and I now have all the LEGAL foods in the house.
Big thanks to Joni and this site because it was reading everyone’s posts that finally made me realize I had a REAL problem and if I didn’t stop it now, it would only get worse.
I really did it initially for the weight loss only, but that has been slow, but the other benefits are just amazing. I need to realize that the weight came on slowly and I guess it will have to come off slowly to be a permanent change. It just seems with such radical food intake changes – all for the better- the weight would just fall off. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining, I want the new people to realize that this is a wonderful healthy way of life and the weight loss is a bonus.
Good Luck on your new ventures – I’m really enjoying mine!

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cascadekathy January 31, 2012 at 6:45 pm

well im so glad i found this sight i am on day 2 of no suger. I feel bad .yesterday i thought death would be better then this. That really scared me. I actually hit my dog! I never hit i have the worlds greatest patiences iam a positive thinker i have been a suger addict all my life but until real recently i had not relized it . I have been complaining that if an alcoholic/drug addict can check into serenity lanes and public health will pay why is there no help for suger addits. My medical ins which is state paid has no problem paying for my expensive meds.insulin several types and all the other meds they give me to deal with the side effects of diabetes when ive asked to please just lock me away and control my enviroment untill i can control it for myself does that seem so unrealistic. in general i am not an addictive type i started smoking after gaining 100 pounds in my first pregnancy i thought it would help me loose the weight but it didnt and after 10 years of smoking – quit it was nothing trying to quit suger seems impossible i chose to wait until my husband and daughter went on a trip so i could get through the first 2 days without anyone else or sabitoge they are due back this evening and i am in a mood! Im actually kinda afraid that i might have to leave home to get through this and the head ache refuses to go away i dont want to be alone but cant stand the noise of another voice i want to get out and walk but got dizzy and fell yesterday skinning up me knee which made me madder then all get out i hate this anger feeling i want to be happy anyways this is day 2and it seems better to know im not alone. i hope i can do this other people just dont get it do they. thanks for being there

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Jack January 31, 2012 at 7:30 pm

Today is day 31 of no sugar, flour, caffeine, sugar substitute’s, etc…
I feel great. Lost 15 lbs without too much exercise, though now my intent is work it back in. Hit the gym a few times in recent weeks to work on “baby steps”. Again, now it’s time to ramp things up.
My thinking is so much better. I fall asleep in minutes, often only waking when it’s time to get up. Energy level is great, mood and temperment are even.
The simple truth was I knew I was killing myself with my eating behavior; I also did not want to jeopardize my long-term sobriety. Some mornings after a night of eating sugar and crap, it felt like I was waking up to a hangover. That got my attention.
My intent is to maintain this the rest of my life. I’m not on a diet, but I’ve change my diet and with it my behaviors around food.
Certainly, I will encouter obstacles along the way. However, making a quality decision to stop and surrender, I needed to know what I was surrendering too.
This easily one of the best choices I’ve made for myself.
The thought of sugar substitutes, foods that mimic old foods, all sound like drinking non-alcoholic beer or wine that tast just like the original product. For me that is simply playing with fire. The real product is just a nibble away.
Food is the same way, for me.
And again, I know it is different for everyone, to a point. Please don’t argue for your limitations. It could get in the way of a wonderful and healthy lifestyle.
I turn 54 on Saturday. It’s too bad I didn’t do this years ago.

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Grace January 31, 2012 at 8:45 pm

Excellent work and Happy Birthday!!

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Jonni February 2, 2012 at 1:54 am

Dr. Lustig and his associates put out an article in the Nature magazine calling for all-out war against sugar. The Nature article costs money to view, but you can read about their findings here.

Let’s all help to get the word out. And if you haven’t yet watched Dr. Lustig’s video about sugar, you can find it here.

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Merilu February 5, 2012 at 3:56 pm

I have had a 47 year love affair with sugar. Those of you who have it also know all of the sneaky things I may have done to get sugar. It started when I was 21 and got pancratitis from having the mumps. In the next 5 months I gained 50 pounds and developed the most amazing sugar tooth. Thru the years I have tride to kick it, but like diets, it worked for a while, then failed. Then one year ago my husband and I adopted the vegan way of eating. We are 100% vegan at home and eat like the rest of the world when we go out. So I figure we are about 90% vegan. Seven months into it I realized, as did my husband, that we completely lost our sugar addiction. Not sure why this happened, but it was a complete surprise. Now, we occasionally have something sweet, but only in normal amounts and not often. Now if something sweet finds it way into my home, it does not call to me. I feel completely normal for the first time in 47 years. Has anyone else had this happen? Do you know why this would happen? Anyway, It is wonderful to not be a slave to this addiction any longer.

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Kris February 7, 2012 at 1:12 pm

Amazing. Good for you! :)

Unfortunately I do not have an explanation to your case, although I do study nutrition at the university.

Cases like yours give hope. Thank you for sharing. I’m a vegetarian myself, looking forward into adopting a more vegan diet.

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Kris February 7, 2012 at 1:07 pm

I am not sure if I agree with this or not, but I have found that making freinds with sugar is key. By that I mean not beating oneself up whenver having something sweet, no matter what it is. I cannot remember the source, there’s a phenomenon in psychology relating to this: if you force yourself not to have sweets when you’d like to have them when you are in a good mood, then when you have a bad day, you’ll jump right at the food you’ve been trying to eliminate and feel even worse for ‘not being strong enough to say no’. I have found this to be true in my case, so I’ve been working on enjoying the sweets. They’re not so bad, afterall, especially because I never had a weight problem.

But then, somehow, I lost all that and now I’ve decided to work on eliminating all sweets altogether. I expect it to be hard at first, but I’m too curious to figure out for myself whether the cravings will stop after a while, like many people say. I just don’t like the idea of ‘battling’ with something, ‘resisting’ etc. Somehwere I still hold the belief that making peace with things in life is the only way to let go of emotional attachment to things.

But like I said, I am not sure what’s really the case. Please, share your insight if you have, I’d be glad to read abother perspective… :)

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Elizabeth February 11, 2012 at 1:59 pm

Hi everyone, in January I was lloking around the internet as I am a huge tea drinker (whole milk with 2 sugars) and I thought that if I could stop drinking tea I would lose tonnes of weight. I fouund a site that was having a 30 day sugar challange and so I decided to join in. The first week was horrid, I was so tired all I wanted to do was sleep, I had this great big thumping headache that even painkillers (which probably contained sugar) wouldn’t shift and I felt sick. After 7 days the headaches were still there and I couldn’t bear it anymore. I haven’t touched tea since, the idea of going through that agony again makes me crazy but I do still have th odd bag of crisps. I am planning on giving up sugar altogether, I just hope the headaches arn’t as bad as I have never felt so ill in all my life and I think that sugar should be banned because if coming off it mad me feel so ill imagine what damage it must be doing to me??? X

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Jonni February 11, 2012 at 7:50 pm

Elizabeth, I suspect that the headaches came from caffeine withdrawal, rather than the sugar. You can even get a severe headache just by cutting back a little on caffeine – like drinking two Diet Cokes instead of three. (Not that I recommend you drink any Diet Cokes – I’m just using that as an example).

But some people do get headaches when they give up sugar, too – although it’s sometimes hard to tell what’s causing it because so much of our sugar comes from sodas and tea and coffee, which also contain caffeine.

I hope you’re feeling much better now.

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Kris February 12, 2012 at 11:26 am

Hmm. I do not quite understand how sudden elimination of simple sugars would cause withdrawals symptoms in the form of headaches. I might look into this… If anyone has a physiological explanation I’d be grateful.

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Jonni February 12, 2012 at 4:44 pm

I’d like to see that, too. Sometimes people give up caffeine at the same time, and that may be responsible for some of the headaches. But alcoholics sometimes have severe physical reactions when they stop drinking, and according to Dr Lustig (see video) sugar is metabolized in much the same way as alcohol. Maybe that would explain it.

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Jack February 12, 2012 at 6:12 pm

My opinion based on my own experience is caffeine is the cause of your headaches. Having quit both sugar and caffeine at various times, seldom together, the first 7-10 days off caffeine were cause for headaches. It was something I had to accept whenever I dumped my coffee or sodas. Knowing I was right where I was supposed to be was helpful. 6 weeks no sugar, flour, caffeine, I feel great. Just returned from the gym. Lost 17 lbs, thus far, with about 30 to go, whatever the number turns out to be.
Taking family on European vacation, cruise of Mediterranean for 2 weeks in May. Should have strong food plan in place, habits too by then.

Erinn February 13, 2012 at 3:06 pm

I’m a massive tea drinker myself and have tried switching to decaf before, with migraine type headaches as well.
The past week I’ve upped my protein and severely restricted my carb intake. No wheat – although I had spelt on a few of the days. Reason being that at 23 I still have bad acne and I wanted to see if going without highly refined wheat would help. On day 2 I was crippled with a migraine, so I do think sugar / refined carbs do cause withdrawal… Bearing in mind my diet up to this point was biscuits for breakfast, sandwich for lunch and pasta for dinner followed by more biscuits, cake, chocolate etc. But I took it as a sign that if I felt withdrawal, that it’s best if I avoid those empty calories anyway.

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ann February 15, 2012 at 1:53 pm

I have spent hours on your site and have gained some helpful information, but have not came across an addiction quite like mine. I eat extremely healthy all day. My diet consists of lean meat, protein shakes, fruits, vegetables and nuts. I workout out, a combination of cardio and strength over an hour a day and practice bikram yoga. After supper I have a treat- anywhere from a skinny cow to an entire half gallon of ice cream, a dozen oreos and candy, depending on my cravings and how “bad” I feel. I wake up in the night 4-5 times and have 2-3 more snacks (regardless of what I have eaten previously or how full I may feel). If I don’t have any “good” sweets or carbs, I will improvise and eat snack thats that during the day I would never even consider. For example, a flour tortilla with butter and jelly. It is discouraging. If I don’t keep treats at home, I will hop in my car and go buy them without hesitation.
I wake up the next day unrested and feeling miserable and the cycle starts over. I exercise for an hour, feel great, eat very healthy, go to yoga, have a healthy dinner. I will read, go for a walk, clean, attempt to distract myself in any way but am only putting off the inevitable. Whether it is 8pm or midnight I find my treat or treats and put myself to bed, only to wake up throughout the night and eat more.
I feel like I “waste” a lot of time, energy and effort working out and going to yoga just to “cancel” out all of the hard work. I’ve tried eating more during the day, cutting back on exercise, and have kept a food journal for months and nothing seems to help.
Any ideas for me? I am getting married in a few months and would love to feel good about myself.
If it helps, the only time I do not eat in the night is when I am on vacation in a hotel room and have no car or source of food. I still wake up in the night, but obviously do not eat. I’ve tried to convince my family to lock me in my bedroom overnight (in all seriousness) but they refuse.
Thank you in advance for any help!

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Jonni February 15, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Hi Ann. I know you think your situation is unusual, but I can personally attest that it is not. A lot of us have been there. You wake up in the night, by the way, because your blood sugar levels drop so low. And that may be why you feel compelled to eat more sugar when you wake up in the middle of the night.

If you’ve already tried meditation and it didn’t help, you might want to ask your doctor to refer you to a clinical hypnotist. I’ve heard they can really help. Something happens to your internal chemistry sometime between 8 and midnight, when the sugar compulsion gets too difficult to ignore. A hypnotist might be able to help you redirect your thoughts just long enough so you can get your life back.

Also, you should ask your doctor to give you some tests to see if there’s anything physical going on, perhaps a pre-diabetic condition, that is messing up your blood sugar. I’m not a doctor myself, but I don’t think it would hurt to consider every possibility.

Good luck – I hope you’ll visit again and keep us updated.

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ann February 15, 2012 at 4:53 pm

Jonni,
Thank you so much for your response. I’ve had extensive blood work done, have slightly high cholesterol (genetic) and my fasting blood-glucose was just under the pre-diabetic range, resulting in normal results.
I have tried hypnosis in the past without any effect and am very skeptical of trying it again. I have undergone sleep studies and also worked with a psychiatrist to no avail. I know that the high sugar levels are negatively impacting my health. A usual day consists of just as many calories from healthy foods (complex carbs, proteins, vegetables and fruits) as from sweets and fats. I am not overweight and very physically fit. I know I could be doing SO much better but feel helpless. The thought crosses my mind that maybe I should just try to forget it, move on, and deal with the fact that I eat a lot of junk and wake up a lot. It seems the harder I try, the worse it gets. I am 25 years old and would love to be over this. Any other thoughts?

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Jonni February 15, 2012 at 7:44 pm

Yes, I have one more suggestion – find some hobby or volunteer project that keeps you intensely occupied and a long ways away from the area where you normally binge on sugar. Physical surroundings can greatly affect addictive behavior. Don’t buy any ice cream or other sugar, and throw everything you now have in the house in the nearest dumpster. Don’t bother throwing it in your kitchen garbage can, because you’ll just dig it back out again. If you end up with sugar in your grocery bag because you were momentarily weak, throw it out as soon as you get home. And switch to a diet that is so healthy, your body will be strong enough to help you stay on track. I suggest the Forks Over Knives diet, although I still can’t figure out the name. It may fix your collateral problem too.

And if all else fails, you might want to read Dr. Bernstein’s book about diabetes. I know you aren’t diabetic, but he does have some really excellent suggestions for people who need to stop eating sugar in order to save their health. It includes information about a medication that he claims will work, when all else fails. You might be able to get it through your local library.

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Bev February 15, 2012 at 7:49 pm

Hi – have you tried only eating protein/fat when you start getting the cravings at night? e.g. hard boiled egg dipped in mayo or Ranch dressing or plain preferably, bacon rinds (bought in potato chip section), beef jerkey, bacon etc. I know that’s not like dipping into the goodies, but I read that you can eat it and eat it until you think you’ve had enough. Then if you wake up hungry eat more of same. Each night you will eventually get less hungry.
Could be that most carbs are making you even hungrier. Google low carb. Also fruit can make you crave sweets….

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Kris February 16, 2012 at 7:58 am

Here are some suggestions, some of which you’ve probably tired:

- replace the sweets with something sweet yet something that you’d rather eat for health reasons, like a juicy fruit salad prepared during the day, this would probably work best if you didn’t have any oreos and what not in your house, you’d be attracted to the ‘second best thing’ – the fruit salad

- I don’t know you and what you like, but I would personally wake up, have the craving, and just sit on my bed, breathe via the belly, and observe the craving and the thoughts that go on – a sort of meditation, allow the craving to be there, see, maybe a solution or a better understanding of what’s going on could surface. This way you might start retraining your body to be without the unnecessary sweets. If it’s very hard to go without sweets, take some, but slow down when you eat, breathe, be aware, don’t beat yourself up… But this might not be your way of doing things… I’d understand that.

- If you have the financial resources, I’d visit a sports nutritionist. Studying nutrition myself, I can say that protein powders are often unnecessary if you eat meat, even if you do strength training. From your description of your diet it seems you do not consume enough of complex carbs during the day, which as you probably know are the primary source of energy during exercise, especially cardio. After you exercise it is recommended to eat a meal consisting of carbs to replenish the lost glycogen stores (carbs stored e.g. in muscles for energy) and some protein (milk, cheese) to provide the amino acids for muscle repair and growth. So I’d say, don’t shy away from potatoes and wholegrain pasta during the day, maybe your cravings will diminish…

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Merilu February 16, 2012 at 12:08 am

Hello! Didn’t any of you sugar addicts see my post dated February 5, 2012. This had nothing to do with a decision to give up sugar or will power. Read it again if you haven’t already. The vegan diet has less protein, not more.

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Jonni February 16, 2012 at 1:58 am

I’ve found that the vegan Forks over Knives diet helps with sugar cravings, too. But everyone needs to do what works for their own body.

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i_love_vinegar February 20, 2012 at 3:57 pm

The longest i have gone without candies is 4 days…Those 4 days were around 3 months ago. I really want to kick this lifelong habit. Surprisingly, I am thin and supposedly healthy, but I eat around 2 “pastries,” 1 chocolate bar, and maybe 5 ice cream cones per day :( And that’s a good day…I usually eat my ice cream cones at night time, and am already feeling the withdrawal again. :( It’s painful…I do not feel full nor hungry very easily, but enjoy eating…I would love to learn self-control!!! I even have to block my own internet :’(

Good luck to everyone!!!

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Jonni February 20, 2012 at 4:50 pm

I’m so glad you brought up the self-control problem, because I read an article yesterday about a new book about the science of willpower. It’s on my wishlist so I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, but evidently, willpower requires a certain amount of energy, and that energy comes from the brain using glucose. We all know that eating sugar causes the body to react by pumping out excess amounts of insulin, which overshoots and actually scours too much glucose out of the blood. Then we feel shaky and antsy, and head to the cupboard for more sugar.

So, if we have a sugar crash we also don’t have the fuel our brain needs to say “no.” I’m quite happy about this finding, because I’ve suggested so often that if you want to stop eating sugar, you should substitute healthy carbs to cut down on symptoms and cravings. It looks like I was right.

And maybe it’s the sugar that’s keeping you from turning off the computer, too…

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i_love_vinegar February 27, 2012 at 6:20 am

Hi Jonni,

Thank you for your response! I think that is some very interesting information. Maybe eating so much sugar is what gives us willpower. I’ve noticed that I perform better when I have food — especially sweets.

By the way, I have been *almost* off sugar for 1 week, and have been eating more healthy carbs — you are right.

I’ve been at the computer a lot recently for essays/research and watching television/movies, but I think you have a great point. I have been simply using my computer more as a learning aid (the tv/movies is for language), rather than browsing nonstop — going from website to website. I am hoping that next month I can better track whether there is true correlation between sugar and internet addiction.

I just wanted to respond that you make some great points and what you said applied to me very well! Thank you

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Tracie February 24, 2012 at 2:43 am

Hello all! I find this site to be SO inspiring and uplifting. I am a mom of three boys. I love life, love working out, and LOVE sugar. I come from a family of addicts, but because we abstain from alcohol and smoking and the like, we turn our noses to food. I maintain a thin shape after three boys, but only because I have to KILL myself doing so. I said I love working out, but I have come to hate it as of late. It seems like I am always compensating for my lack of willpower with sugar. What once was a binge 5-10 years ago, is now the new normal (ahhh, the problems of the lonely housewife:) I still workout every day, but do it in fear of becoming obese like my mother, who has been a literal slave to Coca Cola her whole life. I silently criticize her lack of willpower. but seem to ignore the fact that I am really my mother in a skinny body. But I am slowly gaining weight, and I can’t see keeping this up forever. I have been on vicious cycles of bingeing and purging for almost 2 decades, my choice of purging exercise. I am so tired of being contolled by this substance. and would do almost ANYTHING to rid myself of what I consider an emotional and physiological disease. I wish I could be one of those people who ingested sugar, and forgot about it. But I can’t seem to partake, without planning my next treat. It CONSUMES me. That in and of itself tells me that I am not living life to its fullest, when I plan my moment to moment around a substance. I feel awful, I feel like I am starting to look awful. And I need the motivation to see this through. Tomorrow is day 1. If anyone would like to buddy up with me, I would love a friend on this journey. If not here, does anyone know of any sugar abstinent support boards I could reference? I think once I get past week one, things will be much easier. I had a “Last Sugar Supper” tonight, enough to make myself sick. I am journaling about the feelings I feel, those I have felt so many times before, of guilt, of sadness, of despair, and basically of being physically ill with sugar intoxication, that I might refer to them in the future when I feel the inclination to indulge. I hope to be able to get to a point wherein I CAN indulge once a week after a Sunday dinner after a long while, but if that also puts me into a tailspin…then I will give that up too….As a side note, I was wondering if anyone experiences terrible insomnia and/or ravenous hunger when they first got off sugar? I have done this once before, and those two symptoms were almost more than I could bear. But I know they’re coming, and that’s half the battle for me. Thanks all! Good luck battling the BEAST!

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Bev February 24, 2012 at 3:52 am

Hi Tracie – well you do have it bad alright – so I would say that willpower will help but it won’t be enough . You need to replace the cravings with fat and protein. Only allow yourself beef jerkey, cheese, hard boiled eggs, sausages etc that you can grab when you want to eat sugar. Also, stop eating after 6pm no matter how hungry you get. The hunger eases up as the days go by. But at the beginning, if you just can’t resist sweets after 6, then eat any of the above. I know that some say to eat healthy carbs, but even bread, crackers, pasta etc make me hungry so I have to eat lots of what I mentioned. I even have pre cooked hamburger in a bag frozen, and will melt cheese on top of some – that helps.
I also dried very thin sausage rounds in a food dryer, freeze in baggies, and they are like yummy chips.
Just some things that have helped me….

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Nan February 24, 2012 at 4:26 am

Tracie, I think I just met my long lost twin sister! I am also the mother of 3 boys. Sugar consumes my every thought all day. I am thin, but obesity runs in my family. I have to work so hard to keep at my current weight. I have such a hard time getting motivated to exercise, but when I do I feel so good. The longest I’ve gone without sugar is 3 weeks. My body didn’t hurt and the headaches went away so why did I just binge on brachs malted milk Easter eggs??? Because I want my favorite taste instead of feeling great? It doesn’t make any sense. I would love to buddy up with you. How do we exchange emails without posting? Everything you said sounded like Me. Pigging out after a wonderful Sunday dinner, eating tons of sugar and planning my next binge. I sit in bed late at night and write down my “no sugar” plan only to eat ice cream for breakfast. Looking forward to hearing from you and others just like us!

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Tracie February 24, 2012 at 2:36 pm

Nan….So good to have a friend! Don’t you find it so much harder to control yourself, when you have children? And yet, I don’t want to deny them of sugar, and make it something they want even more. So not having it in the house completely, is not an option. So I have things that do not tempt me whatsoever, while still trying to make it “healthy sugar?” (Is that an oxymoron?lol) SO funny how you talked about planning every night what to eat the next day. I do that EVERY NIGHT. And I usually don’t make it past 11 AM on my resolve. But I am determined to make today different. I feel wonderful this morning, but I am pretty sure that is only because I still have gross amounts of sugar in my system from my Last Meal. Once that goes by by, if I know my body well, I should start to feel like SHIZ. So day one for me, isn’t going to be so hard. Day 2 will be hell. I actually have 3 half pills of Ambien I plan on taking for the first three nights. Which should help my battle during the day. But I will have to battle the blood sugar drops/severe insomnia eventually. Just maybe not at first. I would love to be your friend in this battle!

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Nan February 24, 2012 at 9:17 pm

Tracie… My boys are teenagers now., 16, 17, and 19 so it isn’t as hard as when they were younger. They are pretty independent. If they want sweets, they buy their own. I am my worst enemy. Do you know anyone who puts brown sugar on Hawaiian pizza? My husband just shakes his head. I showed him this site and I think I’ve convinced him that this is a real problem and there are others like me. I cracked up when you mentioned the ambien halves. I do too!! Otherwise I am awake all night with a sugar hangover headache. Today I’ve been really good. I’ve noticed if I have protein first thing in the morning, then I don’t crave sweets as much. Today I’ve had string cheese, cashews, 1/2 an avocado and a tomatoe. My purse is full of Easter candy (my favorite) and I haven’t touched it today. I love to read in bed all hours of the night and nibble on candy. And I wonder why I feel awful the next day?? I Think part of my problem is the weather in Utah. It’s so cold and I need to get outside and walk but I just stay inside waiting for the sun to come out. Way to go on your no sugar day. How is it going so far? It’s 2:15 p.m here and I’m doing great…..so far!

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Tracie February 24, 2012 at 11:21 pm

Nan….your comment about Hawaiian pizza made me laugh out loud. That is SO something I would do. As long as you get it in your system, ya know?:) I am also from Utah:) We have more in common! I have not given in to the cravings here at 4:16 PM, which I think at this point are more mental that physical, but only because I still have so much in my system from yesterday. That said, the mental cravings are pretty overwhelming. Which is PATHETIC, and all the more reason to succeed. I am tired of allowing a substance to control my life, and yet compassionate towards myself, because I have very addictive tendencies which I think are in my DNA. Whatever I do, I tend to do it 150%, which can be very good, and of course, very bad. That said, this is precisely WHY I think sugar is the most difficult of all drugs to give up. Society deems it proper and right to consume it regularly, and puts it in our faces all the time, whether that be in grocery stores, or on plates lovingly left on our doorsteps from our neighbors. Either way, we eventually tell ourselves, well a “little won’t hurt.” WRONG. That lie has done me in so many times, I can’t even count anymore. I know there are blessed people out there, wherien “a little won’t hurt.” I ain’t one of them. Perhaps I should consider this a gift, rather than a weakness. Because if I choose to use my oversensitivity to a substance that has no need to be in my body, I can only be that much more healthy! But if I am in the same dreaded enchained state in ten years, writing the same email, I would absolutely DREAD the next ten years. I do not want to endure life, as I am in my present state, going from one high to a low to a high to a low. I want to savor its flavor! And sugar is taking all the flavor out of life. I want to enjoy the goodness to whole foods, as did our ancestors, who I am pretty sure did not fixate on where they would get their next “fix,” but ate to live, and live WELL. Good luck Nan! This is day 1 of 30 for me. My wheelbarrow is heavy….but every day another boulder drops out. I commend everyone who had the bravery and ambition to even come to this wonderful site. And to Jonni, you are an inspiration! Nan, keep in touch my fellow sugar-free Utahan!

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JS February 25, 2012 at 12:03 am

THE DIET CURE, by Julia Ross is an exceptional book and educates about supplementation (l-Glutamine and chromium picolinate for sugar cravings, amino acids etc). It’s been VERY helpful for me, but ironically, I’ve fallen off my eating plan (protein and fat) lately. I need more carbs because I’m active and work a crazy schedule.
I just want everyone to know how very helpful this Forum is for me… I want and need to hear all the success stories and the ‘slip’ days. These challenges and ‘failures’ validate us as HUMAN BEINGS. We are not perfect and fnding the type and amount of food that works for EACH of us as individuals is a process. We will have good days and bad days, but I do know eating high protein and fat works beat for me.
Everyday is a new day for making better choices and it can start now. I am so very thankful to everyone’s post. I am not alone and nor are You!
Hugs,
JS

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Tracie February 26, 2012 at 4:59 am

Day 2…kablamo. Felt so weak today. Ate tons…but NO sugar. So proud of myself, and real food is already tasting so much better. Don’t really need to lose a lot of weight, but lost 4 pounds in two days. Feels like my body is flushing out toxins. Incredibly tired and weak, with a bit of a headache….but I will never go back to where I was but a week ago. Sure, I will have slipups here and there down the road, but nothing that will be stronger than my desire to be whole both physically and mentally. I am letting go of the sugar, letting go of the guilt, and finding life. Good luck to all you heroes!

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Tracie February 26, 2012 at 6:58 pm

Day 3…11:42 AM, and still going strong. When I feel weak, I exercise. It seems to help tremendously. For a few hours. That said, I wonder if the exercise may in fact be contributing to the low blood sugar at night? I have terrible insomnia on most nights, last night no exception. It seems to be much worse when I go off of sugar. I have had this problem for YEARS, and think that it is one of the reasons I use sugar as a drug. A lot of people say that if they eat too much sugar, they are up for hours at night. That completely befuddles me. Certainly not me. If I eat a ton of sugar, I actually look forward to bedtime, because it KNOCKS ME OUT. I wake up feeling awful mentally, and AMAZING physically, like a man who just got water in the desert. Anyways, I have been on this awful cycle for YEARS. I think it is the biggest reason I have not been able to beat this for good. I will go a few days eating great nutritious food without hardly any sugar, nights not excluded, and my sleep will be HELL. I actually fear going to bed. That said, after 2 or 3 days of ridiculous and insufficient ZZZZZZ’s, I will give in, and eat TONS of sugar, also noting the fact that my appetite is redonkulous when I sleep poorly (we’re talking like a 300 pound sumo wrestler.) After my sugar binge, I look forward to zonking out. Please tell me there is someone out there like me?????? I used to be obsessed with my weight, as my mom is very unhappy and obese. She has been my primary role model in so many ways. But I am not fat by any means. 5’5,a nd 128 pounds. But you do not need to be fat to be miserable. And I AM miserable. I have realized that I have an immense amount of willpower, and that beating myself up all these years has been for naught. Not very many people could endure the nights I have endured, and not do anything in their power to get more sleep. My question is: 1) how do I do this? If I sleep better, sugar would pretty much cease to exist in my mind. It is the key to my success. I refuse to take drugs like Ambien on a regular basis, only because it masks the problem, doesn’t work half the time, and I plan on getting pregnant again, and don’t want that affecting the fetus.

The good news is, my physiological appetite is probably half what is was three days ago. My mental appetite is still HUGE, but I am confident that will change in time. I need to be in a place for a while, wherein I do not feel denied of the foods that bring flavor and zest to life, and place wherein I feel full when I eat and not wanting for more. And then I believe I will kiss those mental sugar urges bye bye. Day 3, and I am already feeling a modicum of success. This will be the best decision I ever make. If mama’s happy everyone’s happy. I am not eating things like agave nectar and the like, but I still want sugar to be “normalized” to my children. Not denied, but not given without hesitation at every whim. I was denied as a child, and it screwed. me. up. Anyways, I made whole wheat, natural peanut butter cookies, with agave nectar last night for my boys, and they loved it. When mama’s happy, everyone’s happy. When mama’s healthy, everyone’s healthy. How’s that for motivation. Hope my thoughts aren’t bombarding everyone:) THANKS for letting me ramble! I plan continuing, unless someone tells me off:)

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Tracie February 26, 2012 at 7:06 pm

PS…..I do not want to be one of those people who exercises to much and eats too little. At one time, I had dreams of becoming an endurance athlete. But those dreams went out the window with my poor sleep. The days I described, wherein I was eating well, exercising for an hour, but sleeping poorly….I was pulling in at least 2000 calories. I am wondering if there is a light at the end of the tunnel? Meaning, if I get off sugar for a while, so I have a chance of breaking this vicious cycle? Also, is there food that someone recommends before bedtime, in order to eat better? And lastly, I absolutely LOATHE eating in the middle of the night. But if I have to do it to maintain good sleep, are there any snacks that someone recommends? IE: last night I was up for 3 hours, and finally gave in and went to the fridge and grabbed two pieces of whole wheat bread and some water, gobbled them down, and then went back to bed and fell asleep in like 5 minutes. Any other suggestions on 1) how to avoid this and 2) if not avoid it, what kind of foods to eat? Any advice would be so welcomed, I am at my wits end, but DETERMINED to find a solution.

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ann February 27, 2012 at 1:08 am

Tracie,
The night thing happens to me! It is awful! I eat too much sugar close to bedtime, blood-glucose spikes, fall asleep AMAZINGLY fast, and awake in an hour or so when the blood levels plummet. I eat another sugary or carb snack and fall right back to sleep. This cycle happens twice on a good night, four or five times on a bad night. If I try to resist, I just lay awake and cannot fall back to sleep. Oddly, obstaining from sugar prior to bedtime or throughout the entire day does NOT help. If anything, depriving myself during the day makes me eat much more during the night.
Help!

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JS February 27, 2012 at 1:14 am

Tracie,
Yes I’m like you too! Many people can’t sleep well on a fu stomach, but I’m just the opposite. Its the ‘crash’ after eating a lot of calories that allows me to sleep like a baby. As a result of often times needing to eat before bed, my routine for the past many years is “wake up, brush my teeth, go for a jog”. I’m not hungry (obviously) when I wake and the exercise maintains my weight. Problem is, I would like ro LOSE 10 lbs+ so I’m experiencing a similar dilemma. I, too, will not take ambien, but I’ve considered it as a means to troubleshoot my problem.
I badly want to lose those ‘vanity pounds’, but when I polish odd 1000 cal of Chex Mix tight before bed, I justify it simply because “I can”. Ugh.
Today I’ve been good, as I ALWAYS am during the day. It’s 9pm onward that’s the killer…. Help for me and Tracie? Lol

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i_love_vinegar February 27, 2012 at 6:31 am

I just wanted to update that I have been 1 week almost sugar free (I went out to a few parties and ate a bit — but not nearly as much as I would have at home!).

One thing that has helped is eating large amounts of fruits, breads, rice, and healthy foods (for instance, last night I made chicken soup with LOTS of chicken chunks and large chunks of carrots and onions). I have been eating to the point of stomach aches at times, but my cravings for sugar are lessening.

A few days ago I went to a BBQ and someone brought these large eclair-like desserts for everyone. Only one month ago we had another BBQ and someone had brought the same exact dessert. I loved it last time, but this time I didn’t like it — actually, I ended up throwing out half of it — something I would never have done before!

I am saving money and my skin is clearing up incredibly (despite an extreme amount of sugar-unrelated stress right now). Instead of spending 4 dollars on sweets yesterday, I bought 16 oranges — and they are going to last more than one day unlike the sweets! I did a lot of grocery shopping yesterday, and avoiding sweets, I was forced to eat healthily. For the first time in my life, I felt really proud of my choices — the food in my cart looked so healthy…and surprisingly more delicious than the usual 50-50 sweets to real food ratio.

It is still a struggle, because I am so used to snacking on candies throughout the day, but I feel really proud and happy. If I can do it, you can too!

Good luck again everyone!

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Jack February 27, 2012 at 4:04 pm

Hi Everyone- Its been nearly 9 weeks since I dropped sugar, flour, processed carbs, and caffeine from my diet. I feel absolutely great!
It took some time getting used to planning my meals with all the measuring and timing. By timing I mean eating at proscribed times throughout the day to avoid binge opportunities. That is really important.
The sweet cravings have not come back. My mood is great. Sleep is wonderful. I exercise 5-6 days a week. Aerobic exercise which I’ve never really enjoyed is now enjoyable. I can a heart rate well with in or even above my target for my age, 54. Let’s just say my wife is happy…….
Today I’m wearing clothes I have not worn in quite some time. While weight lost has plateaued at around 20lbs, my body feels very different. First, my muscles are coming back. Next my skin and hair look better. Needless to say, my self-confidence and attitude has improved. Any signs of depression have vanished as well. This is not a fad diet, but a change in diet that I anticipate will require life-long vigilance. My goal is to get my weight under 200lbs, a mark I have not hit in 25 years.
What was the trigger? I guess I was just tired of feeling like crap, or in AA we say,” when you are sick and tired of feeling sick and tired”, you will do something.
Apparently I was not ready until New Year’s Eve, 2011. Last sweets, 8 Hersheys Kisses. I try not to forget.

Purchased a few new suits for a cruise we are taking in May. While there is very little in life we can control, what you put in your mouth and corresponding attitudes are about it. I’m really glad I made the choice to stop slowly killing myself with food, sugar and starches in particular.

Jack
San Francisco Bay Area

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Rebecca February 29, 2012 at 6:04 pm

Hi Jack,

Thanks for your post — good to see one success story amongst all of these self-loathing and desperation-filled comments!

I see you are from the San francisco bay area and would love to meet up and talk about how you got over this . Either in person or over email.

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Jack March 1, 2012 at 2:34 am

Hi Rebecca- My email is jcooper@custom-exteriors.com. I travel all over the Bay Area. Was in SF today. Live in Clayton at the base of Mount Diablo.
Drop me a line.

Jack

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Emily February 27, 2012 at 5:44 pm

Jack, Congrats on such an accomplishment!
I am right behind you with 7 weeks sugar, white flour, diet soda, processed foods free! I feel wonderful with so much more energy. I have only lost 6 pounds but my weight feels different – for the better. I have dropped a pants size and have a better out look on life. My husband has been following with me since I prepare all the meals, but he has also joined me for 2 mile brisk walks every evening. He lost 10 pounds. I have looked into the different rates of weight loss, and apparently if I don’t want excess skin or flab I need to be careful not to lose muscle and lean body fat by not limiting my food intake below the natural calorie burning of my body at rest but also BURN some calories with cardio exercise. So where we lose fat, it should be replaced with muscle therefore a healthy loss might be a little slow, but in the end very fulfilling. I have had only 2 slip ups with my no sugar, and they really didn’t taste as good as I expected.
To Tracie and Nan, buddy system is great support. I have been posting what I eat in a food diary over at dietdiaries.com. Some of the women are on a weight loss venture while others are just trying to maintain a healthy weight – all doing different methods, but it is great when you journal what you eat on a daily basis so you can see and track your progress. If it’s not about weight loss, just about healthy eating you can share recipes or get ideas about what to eat from reading each others diaries and it is totally anonymous.
To i love vinegar: I ate TONS of sugar and candy and white flour all of my life with no weight issues. At 18 I weighed 108 pounds at 5’8″ but as I got older, my metabolism began to change and I couldn’t understand why I was gaining a little weight other than I was getting older, having kids etc… I never realized it was the sugar messing with my system. Long story short, at 50 and now 164 pounds, I feel the best I ever did and I don’t even crave the candy and ice cream like I used to. I still miss my breads and are trying multi grain options.
Good Luck to all and this site was the beginning of my inspiration!

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Lindsey February 27, 2012 at 10:49 pm

Although I don’t drink sugary beverages and I don’t eat sugar all day, I love desserts and have tremendous difficulty stopping at one dessert – Routinely I’ll have two helpings, sometimes three. This wouldn’t be so much of a problem except that I have an autoimmune disease that is exacerabated by sugar consumption. I’m trying to figure out how to consume sugar in moderation but after reading this article and these comments I’m dubious of that being possible. Anyone had any luck with a diet involving moderate sugar consumption? Like an occasional dessert? I can’t just seem to stop at one.

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Jonni February 27, 2012 at 11:02 pm

That moderation idea sure didn’t work for me. I don’t know of anyone who recommends it, except for people who really don’t have any problem with sugar and can’t imagine why anybody would. Since sugar has no nutritional benefits, there’s no reason to keep eating it at all, and going cold turkey is so much easier in the long run. That’s my opinion, any way.

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Nan February 28, 2012 at 5:17 pm

Ahhhh… I had a hard weekend but I’m back on track. I KNOW what do do but my cravings are controlling me. I have found if I start my day with protein then I don’t crave sugar in the a.m. I just made a protein drink: dash of milk, dash of low sugar orange juice, low sugar Greek yogurt, a whole bananna, handful of frozen berries and a scoop of no sugar protein powder. It’s yummy and nutritious. It snowed all last night and that depresses me. Tracie, hopefully you live in Southern Utah where the sun is shining? :).
Reading back through the recent posts…. I can’t have even a little piece of candy or I blow my whole day. And I want more. I wish I was one of the fortunate ones who could have a little chocolate and be satisfied. I just can’t. I have two trips coming up and I’m worried. I’m taking two of my boys on a three day cruise and Im dreading the 24 hour food, everywhere! I have to focuse on the fresh fruit and all the fish I want right?? Has anyone gone on a cruise and not gained weight? It’s impossible for me!
To Emily: way to go!!! Seven weeks is quite an accomplishment. How did you get through your first week? That is always the hardest week for me. We truly are detoxing.
Jack: 9 weeks, congrats!! You people are my inspiration!

Tracie, how is my buddy doing? Are you sleeping? Do you watch your husband conk out the second his head hits the pillow? I would give anything to go to bed, close my eyes and sleep! I lay there and it’s like there is a movie playing in my head. My brain just won’t shut off. It helps if I wear an eye mask and ear plugs ( to drown out hubby snoring)
As moms, we tend to take the problems of the world and our families on our shoulders. It’s just our nature. I dread night time. I know I will read my book all night and wonder where the sand man is.
Day two here and doing good. I’ll grab protein all day to keep the devil away. I love this site. Tracie, how are you doing today?

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Tracie February 28, 2012 at 7:17 pm

Nan, way to get back on the HORSE! That is the true meaning of success. Getting back on after a slight fall is SO MUCH better than letting the horse drag you along on the ground, hanging on the reigns for a few miles:) Heaven knows that I have done that a few times. That said, I am on day 5, and still going strong. I slept about 2 hours total last night, so that struggle is getting worse, not better. But I expected as much. I am at my wits end, and this sleeping issue has to stop. I am 33, and I feel twice that in age. If my sugar has anything to do with it, I will gladly end that obsession to quench that pain. My poor sleep came before my sugar bingeing, as far back as I can remember. But I think the chronic sleeplessness has caused my diet to go to crap. My resolution to stay firm and fixed is almost nil on no sleep. But. Not. This. TIME! I am going to the doc today, to once again describe all my symptoms, and hope and pray I can find a solution. My faith in getting better is still there, and that’s all that counts. But I will stay firm in the sugar, because it can only help to rid my body of a substance it has absolutely no need of. I have gone from thinking of my sugar sensitivities as a strength rather than a weakness, because in the end, I can only feel that much healthier. That said, I have a weird question for everyone. Dried fruit, apples mainly(Bare Fruit)….no added sugar. It’s yummers. Do we think this to affect out blood sugar? If so, I will silently weap. What about pieces of coconut, with 1 gram of sugar per 4o grams from Costco? And dried prunes…These are my treats, and I don’t want to give them up. But will do anything to feel better. Keep on keepin on. you guys inspire me!

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Nan April 29, 2012 at 8:34 pm

Tracie, are you still around? I wanted to check up on you. Havent read this site for a while. I thought I had everything under control. How wrong I am! Every day I start over. How are doing Tracie? I hope you’re feeling stronger !! ~Nan~

Also, I found the dried coconut at Costco. My new treat!! 1 gram of sugar in 12 pieced. Has lots,of fiber too. Our Costco in Lehi don’t have anymore. So I went to the Sandy store. Didn’t have it. They said the Costco in west valley had some so I drove out and bought 50 bags!!! Well, they were discontinuing my favorite low cal snack, what’s a girl to do!! Keep going on this journey !! Nan

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Carol February 28, 2012 at 7:28 pm

Jonni,
I 100% agree with you on the whole opinion of nutritionists. They always recommend a balanced approach to a food plan but you are right…they do NOT understand the sugar addiction and the havoc it raises in your body. I am speaking from the perspective and advice of my doctor friend, too. He is a well-known local vascular surgeon and he has been completely 100% off all refined sugar, wheat and dairy for 10 yrs now. He was the one who challenged me to try the same thing on 8/1/10. I am excited to now report that I am down 50 lbs and everyone says I look 10 yrs younger and can’t believe that I just look so different. And I feel completely different. We only eat veggies, fruit, chicken, fish, brown rice, quinoa and gluten free pasta. Sometimes meat (I love BBQing ribs in the summer!) but mostly just those things I mentioned. I am blogging about my experience with this. My husband is on board, too. He has lost 30 lbs. but the main thing is not only the weight loss but the difference we have made by not eating refined sugar. My blood tests prove it, the reversal of my periodontal disease proves it. It is all about what you eat. Thank you! http://healthyhappygirl94901.blogspot.com/ My Blog for those who want to check it out.

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Tracie February 29, 2012 at 6:58 pm

Day 6, sleep is getting a little better. Went from 2 hours two nights ago, to 4-5 last night. That is huge for me.

GREAT NEWS: I feel 180% better during the day. Seriously, life changing. I am having so much fun researching about the body and what we ingest, and learn that my mind has become a SPONGE in the last week! My ability to retain information has increased 100 fold from but 5 days ago! I was in SUCH a FOG!

I think the degree to which I was ill, will make it somewhat easy to not turn back this time. When I look at a fiber one bar or healthy choice bar or hershey kisses or werther’s originals (some of my usual treats), and I attribute feelings of hopelessness, fatigue, lethargy, and downright meanness to them, they become so toxic to me.

During the day, I believe I am through most of my withdrawals. The night continues to be a struggle, but I have to believe this could only help my struggle with chronic insomnia.

I am so proud of myself. So funny, since getting off of sugar, my weight is no longer a priority, but only a natural biproduct.

LOVE THIS SITE!

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Valena March 3, 2012 at 6:16 am

That is such a great testimony Tracie. Keep going!!! It is good you are sleeping better that will help you with mending your body of all the toxins.

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Tracie March 1, 2012 at 7:05 pm

Day 7.

I’m not gonna lie. This day has been hard. I knew it would be. Detox+PMS symptoms (sorry for TMI, fellas, but I know you ladies will understand!)=awful awful. I thought I was through the worst of it, but then today happened. I am actually hoping that my”womanlies” ease up after awhile of no sugar. I have heard this is so? But I expect I am still in the throws of withdrawal from fake sugar and sugar. I was consuming anywhere from 15-20 pieces of sugarfree gum a day! Addict anyone? not to mention those healthy choice bars, which also have aspartame. Once or twice a day. Fiber One Bars? ALL KINDS OF CRAP. Once-Four times a FRIGGEN DAY! not to mention everything else on top of that I won’t even mention. That said, my body is probably going to take longer than most to get over these addictions. Amazingly, mentally, I am pretty homeostatic. I am fine, because I attribute those foods to feeling like death. If there were any day I was going to give in, it would be today. but I will not. These daily check ins empower me! Ahh, the joys of hormones and being a woman! No offense fellas, but I think we might have a few more obstacles in our diet to becoming sugar-free and health-full:) Happy success everyone!

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Dairy free Daisy March 4, 2012 at 11:05 am

Hi everyone
I am new to this site, having discovered it while researching how long the withdrawal symptoms might last after eliminating sugar from my diet. You all make fascinating, and helpful reading. I gave up sugar over two weeks ago and although my tummy has stopped swelling up, I am still suffering headaches and insomnia. I guess this is from a long-term dependence (60 years) and I am not surprised. I do not eat dairy, wheat, gluten, eggs, nuts, or s