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I quit drinking alcohol and now I am addicted to sugar. How do I heal this? It’s taking over my life! Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
A TDL Reader
I can totally relate to the sugar addiction, it took me years to admit I needed a change. First I would say take it slow and I mean TURTLE slow…I would start with 1 day a week without sugar, then 2 days, 3 days until you reach the point where you’re no longer craving it. I cleaned my cupboards of all refined sugars (yes even brown sugar) and stocked up on raw honey and coconut sugar instead. I also have snacks like almonds, beetroot, grapes(high in sugar so not too often), cashew nuts, green apples and banana’s for times when my blood sugar is low. By no means am I health guru still so I tend to read ALOT of awesome food blogs like My New Roots and Sprouted Kitchen for recipes and snacking tips. And finally juicing and drinking hot water with lemon on a regular basis will cleanse/reset your insides like nothing else. I could probably wax lyrically for hours so I’ll stop there. Hope some of these tips will help. Good luck!
I agree! Start slow, and PLAN ahead for snacks. Make sure you’re eating enough calories, protein, and fat in general to keep your blood sugar stable and prevent cravings as much as possible. Craving sugar is likely an emotional craving to some extent, so try to figure out why you’re craving it, and if there’s something you can do instead. For example, if you’re craving it because you’re stressed, can you take a walk or a quick meditation/deep breathing exercise for 1 minute?
Hey, I am really feeling for you, because I have the same problem, but I started using Sarah Wilson’s I Quit Sugar 8 week plan (you can purchase it online for about $15) and truthfully I haven’t been 100% successful with it, but what she lays out in the plan is an excellent starting point to eliminate this horrid little toxin! I think I got to about week 5 or 6 before I fell off, but due to numerous things going on, its not all surprising, however I plan to pick it up again and go all the way! You can do it, I highly recommend checking out her plan, even as just a starting point and just see what happens! Best of luck to you!
Hello TDL reader,
I certainly understand where you are. I too have a sugar addiction. I have not been able to totally get off sugar, however I do go for long periods of time in between. It seems I last for about a year and then I end up eating some junk food that spins me out of control. For me personally, I have to quit cold turkey. There is no inching my way into it. I have to just make a decision and count on my will power. I stayed away from sugary junk food for a year and then at my granddaughter’s birthday, Oct. 2nd 2012 I ate ONE cupcake and that was all it took for me. I was hooked again to the sugary junk food and a couple of weeks ago I had to go cold turkey again. The birthday party is coming up this week end, but I am remaining strong. I use Truvia as my sweetner. Even honey is sugar so I try to stay away from that.
My advice is once you make up your mind to kick it, just do it. Stay strong and ride through the cravings. For me it takes about 10 days for the cravings to go away and then all is better. The actual body cravings go away, however the thoughts never do, so I just have to remain strong find something to do during those times to keep my mind off of it. When I am in the grocery store I literally have to steer clear of certain isles.
It is difficult as all addictions are, but I know you can do it! Remain positive, take your thoughts someplace else when you need to, and keep your home free and clear of anything sugary. Good luck and stay positive, even if you have a set back. Just pick yourself up, and move through it.
Slowly add in healthier foods to crowd out the unhealthy, sugary ones. Eventually replace sugar with fruit (which does contain sugar, but it’s fine because fruit still has a lot of other benefits as long as you aren’t eating 10 pieces a day) and other foods. Your body will slowly start to crave healthier options. It’s true that sugar is addicting, but once you stop eating it (especially high fructose corn syrup and aspartame), you’ll stop craving it!
Hi TDL Reader,
Try substituting stevia for sugar. It’s a natural sweetener that doesn’t increase your blood sugar levels and works well as a replacement. It comes in different forms. Here’s a link for more info–
David H. Breaux
I’m addicted to sugar as well! I will eat candy piece after piece until the package is done. I especially want something sweet to eat after a meal. One time I was hanging out with two girlfriends and after lunch we went to a bar to sit outside and enjoy the fresh air. I started craving candy so badly that I left them at the table and walked several blocks away to the nearest pharmacy for candy. They thought I had flipped my lid.
Personally speaking, I can get my candy cravings under control two ways: #1 By not bringing it into my apartment. If I’m craving something sweet I have to either eat the fruit sitting in my fridge or walk several blocks to the nearest pharmacy. Most of the time I’m so lazy to leave my apartment that I don’t want to be bothered. That is an INCREDIBLE help. #2 I don’t crave sugar as much when I’m diligent about my workout routine. When I get in the gym and am in beast mode I shun putting sugar in my body.
If I deviate from my plan by buying candy and keeping a stock in my apartment or I haven’t been to the gym in a while, it’s almost guaranteed that I will binge on sugar.
Hi! If you are addicted to sugar you are probably addicted to wheat as well. Read the book Wheat Belly or at least about the book. I could never successfully quit sugar until I also stopped eating wheat because it is actually more addictive. After I found what kinds of wheat-free pastas and breads I like – my diet is not boring at all and my body and mind has changed completely. I wish you the best health and lots of love – You can do it!