I was addicted to sugar - to the point of being unable to get through a night without getting up and drinking a can of soda. it was BAD, and I developed some serious health issues. Then a wise doctor figured out what was the basis for all my ills - the sugar - and told me I could have none. Not even fruit! So I went without, cold turkey - talk about detox! swollen glands, headaches, and the tears! completely sugar free for over a year.
I can only go by my experience, but for me the only way to kick an addiction - to stop ingesting or doing something you have no control over - is not to limit it, but to comepletely remove it. None. Nothing. Nada.
20 years later I can eat some sweet - I never do white sugar though, and will only occasionally have something like a little bit of the coconut ice cream sweetened with agave once in a while. I am still cautious of too much - read every label and if its got cane juice or other sweetner, not for me. Once an addict.......
I am very addicted to sugar too, in fact I am in such a viscious cycle with sugar, I mentally think I need it to get through the day. I cleane out the entire house if sugar and now I am going to focus and go cold turkey this week. I just know it is going to be hard but in order for me to get heathy I know I am going to have to stop eating it. I am always open toideas on kicking the habit but the only thing I can think to do right now to stop is stop eating it all together.
Another sugar addict here! And by addict, I mean I could open a bag of brown sugar and eat it with a spoon! I've managed to cut out soda all right, although I might have one once in a while, but snacking and grazing on sugary stuff is soooo easy!! Argh!
Getting the house rid of it isn't an option for me since I live with others and we all share the kitchen. Watching Food, Inc. today helped.
I'm slowly adding more green foods and subtracting foodlike substances, as Michael Pollan puts it. My digestion is starting to act weird, like a seesaw, but I expected that and it will probably continue for a while until I stabilize.
I allowed myself to eat fruit as much as I wanted until I actually started getting a bit sick of the fruit because I could tell that I was craving it a lot more than was probably necessary PLUS I think it was messing with my blood sugar??? Then, I scaled back on the fruit some (although I am a total fruit lover and will probably always keep it as a significant part of my diet.) Some say that you have to retrain your tastebuds but if I feel too "deprived," I give in. So..... I tried dates the other night ...yum, yum ... date sugar, homemade, is awesome, too. It has been several years since I had any but I believe that we just pureed dates in a little food processor and I think it comes out looking and even tasting like brown sugar. I tried researching the glycemic index and glycemic load and couldn't get real clear answers although to me, date sugar would be considered a whole food so I'd say go for it in moderation. It doesn't seem to affect me negatively and it might help to ward off those sugar cravings in a natural way. Stevia/Truvia/SunnyDew by Sundrider is great, too.
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