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7/12/12 9:32 A

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Funny...I don't remember posting anything here! ALICIAJOANNE your post could be mine
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I'm such a failure at this challenge emoticon My hubby bought 3 containers of ice cream at our local Valley Dairy and naturally, he won't eat any UNLESS I eat some, too. So, gotta make hubby happy...don't I? I was doing fairly well on the challenge until he did this. Oh, well, not gonna let this stop me. I guess I can still eat some of the ice cream by putting LESS in a small dessert bowl....and when this ice cream is gone, I'm back to my Sweet Freedom or WW bars.

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7/12/12 7:36 A

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Day 3 for me and I noticed yesterday that sweets were not an issue because I was so busy. So big insight (probably a duh and slap on the head too) but when I am at loose ends and have nothing really to do except watch t.v. or play on the computer the urge for snacks especially sweets is HUGE. Morning computer time isn't a problem because I sip my coffee while catching up but once that is done and I am just passing time playing a game or something then I want to stuff my mouth too. I really must look at doing more of my crafts. I put them aside because sometimes I thought it was too much of a bother just bringing all the stuff out but really the bother is worth it because it keeps my hands and mind busy and my mouth shut.

Funny I was really unsure if this challenge was going to really do anything for me but it is making a difference a small insight at a time.


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7/11/12 10:50 P

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Well...I have to start my ticker over again :( went to lunch with a friend today and split a piece of carrot cake and drank a large vanille cafe breve. I've already screwed up and it's only the first day!

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7/11/12 6:11 P

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It's day 4 for me. I think I'm doing pretty good. The only thing I can't stay away from is my javalanche with espresso. I need (want) it to keep me going at work. Other than that, I'm good! Y'ay!! The kids had banana chocolate crepes...oh it looked good, but I stayed away.

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7/11/12 4:02 P

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Needed this inspiration today! Hugs!~

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7/11/12 3:06 P

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GSEATON and others... emoticon

emoticon away the Cravings,Desires and Temptation--
emoticon emoticon I Can DO It!!


Let's try our best everyday to avoid the C.D.T.
Don't Give In.Don't Give up.

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7/11/12 8:41 A

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Day 2 for me. Day 1 was a bit shaky but I tracked and noticed and tried not to judge. I am glad that the ice cream is now gone emoticon although it almost made me throw in the towel before even getting started until I reminded myself that I am not suppose to be perfect right out the gate but really notice the when, where and why.



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7/10/12 8:15 P

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day 5. I am really finding that when I drink lots and lots of water, I don't have such bad cravings. There is now no tempting sweet stuff at home (well the ice cream is gone anyway). So I should be able to survive tonight pretty well. I have not tried to go cold turkey this week, just keeping track of when and why I eat sweets.

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7/10/12 7:54 P

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Love this, Michelle. I am Gina and I am a sugar-a-holic too. I will take white sugar over anything and everything. It's sick, but it is a disease and through God and the support of you all, I think anything is possible. I may never be perfect, but I can be LOTS better, healthier one day at a time. Thanks for sharing!

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7/10/12 7:45 P

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Today I started this challenge at 6:00 pm EST 7/10/12

I made sure I got all my Junk for the day. I have alrready have cut back. i haven't
craved liKe i used to, I really want to avoid breads/chocolate/ I want
to take control..I'm going cold turkey. I want to kick it to the curb and
never look back for at least for this 4 week challenge and then aim
for just approved healthier carbs, but I will Not partake any bad carbs
I would have to look for substitutes that will not spike the blood sugar.
I know I am not perfect but and I know it's okay for a treat now and then but I
will think ways on how not start the bad habits again.
I will try harder to reach these goals. if i fail I won't give up.
I won't give up, I won't give up, I won't give In , I will fight this battle.

i will feel better, I will feel in control and free and most of all
Sugar - Free.

My name is Michelle
and I am addicted to bad carbs=SUGAR

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7/10/12 7:01 P

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3 days into week one. Glad my Oreo's are all gone emoticon Do have Chocolate cover Pomegrante which are delicious but don't crave these like I do Oreos. Plus they are rich so I only need about 4 or five which is not even close to a serving 1/4 cup is a serving for these. But so for so good. And I have been under my fat gram for these three days. emoticon . Now just have to finish the week.

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7/10/12 5:38 P

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My today is day 5 of listing my sugars. I am surprised at the hidden sugars, like mayo. But I'm not eating as much sugars as I thought. I'm finding that a carrot or celery helps with the munchies.

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Ya'll sound like you are off to a great start cutting out sugar all ready in the first week. I am just trying to read labels of what I eat and it is rather scary how much sugar is in everything. No wonder I crave it all the time. Not, just in the evening. Though I do find it is also worse for me at the end of the day than at the beginning too. I was looking for "healthy" dry cereal today and was amazed at the sugar in the ones that looked like they would be healthy. They had dried fruit in them. How does one use fruit sugars in a daily meal plan? I went to pick up a 5 lb. bag of sugar and then put it back because I thought about how a cup would go in cookies or quick bread. I am going to have to totally rethink how I cook and plan meals. It seems like just cutting out the obvious sweets isn't enough. How much sugar a day is considered healthy? I won't use artificial sweetners. I do use stevia a bit though.

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7/10/12 11:54 A

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Just finished week 1 and I realized I eat more sweets than I thought I did!!!! emoticon It just looks so yummy!!!!!

Today I am fortunate to be alive. I have a precious human life. I am not going to waste it.

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7/10/12 11:47 A

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Almost finished with week 1. I too love ice cream especially when it's so hot. I've been craving Drumsticks, but I bought "no sugar added" ice cream (Bunny Tracks, very good) and am strictly sticking to the ONLY 1/2 cup serving, once a day. I'm proud of that.

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7/10/12 8:07 A

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First day with the challenge as I woke this morning with another sugar headache from over doing yesterday and I am just fed up completely with giving in to a stupid little thing like a bunch of white grains of sweetness. I know I am so much better than that and deserve so much better than sticky sweet crap that honestly doesn't taste all that great really. A perfect raspberry tastes better, so does a peach. Okay a little grumpy but that also happens when I have had too much sugar the day before - good thing I will be alone for most of today.

Going to head out to the market and get some fresh veggies.


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7/9/12 11:16 P

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giving this whole cutting back on sugar thing yet ANOTHER try. i feel like every morning i wake up and say i wont have sugar today, then that is when i completely binge on it. like my body knows i am going to deny it sugar so it fights me..? does anyone else experience this? i also do not know if i can even have it in moderation anymore--simply because i am well aware that when i eat one bite of brownie, the whole tray will be in my mouth in a matter of minutes.

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7/9/12 10:29 P

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I am having withdrawls...need CHOCOLATE emoticon

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7/9/12 9:43 P

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This is day 2 for me and I think I'm doing pretty good staying away from sweets. Keeping in mind that I'm on this challenge makes me more aware of what I eat. That helps a lot. Seeing everyone's comment really makes me feel like I am NOT alone. Thanks.

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7/9/12 9:39 P

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As I close in on my first week of this challenge, I find that I can go all day without the normal sugary sweets. But come nightfall,the little demon in my head starts telling me "you have to have something sweet, like ice cream." For the past three nights I've given in to the voices in my head. (Boo) I'm giving in too easily, I know. Time to take stock of how badly I want to reach the goals I set.

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7/9/12 8:29 P

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Great goals! I have the same ones, and have come to realize that getting rid of sugar is not going to be easy, but ooohhh so necessary. This is day 4 for me, and I'm already seeing the cravings lessen a bit. Temptation is just around the corner tho, so thinking positive and believing in myself to do "right" by my body is helping me turn my nose up at them. Good luck to you and look forward to seeing your comments in future!

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7/9/12 8:09 P

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What brings you to this challenge?
I want to be able to control my sugar cravings and learn healthier ways to deal with my sweet tooth when I feel the cravings coming on.
How is your week going?
I have only been doing this challenge for a day but I have really noticed just today how much actual sugar I am regularly putting into my body and it is a real eye opener.
What have you learned about your sugar cravings so far?
I have learned that I really get them late at night and just after lunch
What do you hope to accomplish at the end of 4 weeks?
I hope that I can control my cravings and substitute unnecessary sugar with other things like veggies, etc.


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7/9/12 7:21 P

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My goal is to not crave sweets every night, to figure out what started these cravings, and to hopefully be able to lose some weight/inches with this challenge and keep it off.

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7/9/12 7:17 P

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Hello I just joined this challenge this morning. I don't have any problems with sweets during I wouldn't even say I have a major sweet tooth it's just been weird that I have been craving more sweets in the evenings after I've worked out and eaten my dinner I can't explain it; hopefully someone can give me some insight. Good luck to everyone on this challenge - I already see it's going to be slightly difficult for this first week as I type I am wanting to go into the kitchen get my a 1/2 cup of my gluten free frozen yogurt and a mini peppermint patty to go with it - UGH!!!

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7/9/12 3:45 P

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I just found out about the challenge today(after I ate a lot of sugar lol).
So I plan to restart tomorrow.
I had tried two days last week to go without but then I gave in.
I hate annoucing things to my friends/aka non sparkers, so I am going to stay quiet.
Good luck!

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7/9/12 3:23 P

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day one of letting go of sugar. I need to read plenty of positive ideas . I love the comments everone hang in there!!!!!

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7/9/12 11:04 A

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Yeah, I received the same fabulous info from my physical this past March. Pre diabetic, JOY! So, needless to say I am in the same boat as you with HUGE sugar cravings and trying to lose weight and excersize, which is not my favorite thing. But, gotta do it! I have found that waiting out the sugar craving makes it less of a beast than giving into it and losing your self over it. I try to hold out til after I put the kids to bed and have a 25 cal cup of cocoa with a couple of marshmellows on top and sip S L O W L Y. My reward for hanging in that day. This is hard, but we can do it!

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7/9/12 7:13 A

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I joined the challenge yesterday in the midst of a day of big sugar cravings. I received my yearly physical results a couple weeks ago and the blood sugar numbers were prediabetic. I eat a lot of sugar when I have an emotional hole to fill not because I'm not aware of nutrition and how much sugar is in so many products out there. Several small meals a day seem to turn into one huge meal, all day long. I am going to keep track more of my feelings and cravings this week more than what I eat. Good support out there for this type of eating?

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Advice from a Registered Dietitian/Certified Diabetes Educator--
It is the total carbohydrate (which includes sugars--natural or added) consumed in one meal that determines your blood glucose (BG) level to follow. It seems that you would benefit from three smaller meals with snacks between to stabilize BG levels. Whole foods and minimally processed foods are best.
I recommend that you find a diabetes self-management education program. Contact your local hospital and/or your health insurance plan to learn more. A comprehensive education program, usually ten hours in total, will teach you the skills you need to manage diabetes. The programs I have taught include a three-hour class on food, nutrition, and meal planning. Check it out and good luck to you:)

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7/8/12 11:09 P

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Advice from a Registered Dietitian/Certified Diabetes Educator--
It is the total carbohydrate (which includes sugars--natural or added) consumed in one meal that determines your blood glucose (BG) level to follow. It seems that you would benefit from three smaller meals with snacks between to stabilize BG levels. Whole foods and minimally processed foods are best.
I recommend that you find a diabetes self-management education program. Contact your local hospital and/or your health insurance plan to learn more. A comprehensive education program, usually ten hours in total, will teach you the skills you need to manage diabetes. The programs I have taught include a three-hour class on food, nutrition, and meal planning. Check it out and good luck to you:)

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7/8/12 11:06 P

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Advice from a Registered Dietitian/Certified Diabetes Educator--
It is the total carbohydrate (which includes sugars--natural or added) consumed in one meal that determines your blood glucose (BG) level to follow. It seems that you would benefit from three smaller meals with snacks between to stabilize BG levels. Whole foods and minimally processed foods are best.
I recommend that you find a diabetes self-management education program. Contact your local hospital and/or your health insurance plan to learn more. A comprehensive education program, usually ten hours in total, will teach you the skills you need to manage diabetes. The programs I have taught include a three-hour class on food, nutrition, and meal planning. Check it out and good luck to you:)

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7/8/12 10:16 P

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I signed up a couple days ago. However, my official start day will be tomorrow - Monday. I have learnt from past experiences that starting pretty much anything on a weekend is doomed from the start. Life is more structured Mon-Fri and once those 5 days have passed successfully ( I hope), then the weekend goes better. In preparation, I have been keeping track of my sugar intake. It is really amazing how much sugar is in some of the items that I thought were healthy. I have decided to make my own yogurt and no longer drink my SunRype Fruit/Veggie juice. Reading labels can give one quite the reality check.

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7/8/12 9:27 P

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Well, this didn't go as planned. I a am non-insulin, no medication diabetic. I control my sugar with diet and exercise, but cutting out sweets and sugar - well I had some pretty severe lows this week. Probably compounded by the heat wave and temps over 100 degrees for a week. I kept exercising, but the lows were scary. Fruit juice saved me a few times. Maybe cutting out sugar isn't the best way for me to go. Or maybe cold turkey wasn't a good idea. Anyone else experience this problem?

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7/8/12 8:19 P

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I have always loved sweets--maybe because, as a kid, sweets were pretty much denied to us or doled out in very strict, slim moderation. We were the house that gave out raisins at Halloween. I try to limit sweets in the house because if they are there, I will eat them. But, I've actually learned that buying "pre-portioned" sweets (like single serve ice cream sandwiches or popsicles) are the way to go even though they might be more expensive than buying a gallon of ice cream. At first, I thought "If I buy this, I'll simply eat all 12 Drumsticks in the box" but what I've actually found is that I can satisfy a sweet craving only eating one Drumstick. And then I'm content and don't feel like I'm denying myself. I've learned what is important to me is that totally denying myself treats is a bad idea, but giving myself permission to have a treat is a good one. I just can't have all 12 in the box.

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I am on day 4 of my first week. I started out with lots of fresh fruit (I love this time of year, when there is so much good produce out there.)
My challenge right now is that my husband is out of town for a week, and it is so difficult for me to cook for 1, so I tend to just snack. With no dinner to really fill me up, I had a big bowl of ice cream last night. Usually I can stop with just one scoop...but I ate a lot this time.
I need to focus on filling my fridge and pantry with healthy foods, and eliminating the junk and sugar.

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I started the challenge today. As a child, I always ate very well, but in the past year or so became extremely ill. I literally developed type 1 diabetes (from no diabetic indicators) in a matter of weeks as a result of other untreated conditions putting too much stress on my pancrease, and while we were trying to get that under control developed a sugar addiciton due to my body being completely unable to digest the food I was eating. It basically told me I would die without sugar, and now I'm left with the feeling even though my body is functioning far better. I am ashamed, being a "health nut", and really want to kick this. My big problem is stopping after one serving. I will go weeks without a sweet snack, but find that if I give in once it gets really hard to say no for the following days. And that, of course, makes me feel awful and spikes my blood sugar for long after I ate the item.
As an added obstacle, I am a vegetarian (for 15 years now) and just started a gluten-free diet. The wheat-freeness is giving me fantastic results, but also increasing my cravings for things like bread and scones and things which wouldn't really be that bad if I didn't have a wheat allergy. Which, in turn, increases the sweets cravings. Any advice would be welcome. The overall support is sooooooo deeply appreciated. I am so glad Spark started this challenge; it was perfect timing for me.

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Almost done with my first week, and I feel like belonging to a group I did much better then I would have own my own… I Am looking forward to week two…. I can do this...

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I signed up for this challenge a few weeks ago, but never really got started. Life was just too crazy. Now, I really want to get going with this. I want to kick it into high gear. One main thing I used to do way back when I was young, fit and very active w/ no health problems, was any time I ate anything sugary or w/ carbs I would brush my teeth, gargle w/mouth wash and rinse very well. I also drank plenty of water and very little soda. I really try to avoid sugar substitutes. I think it just makes you crave more. Just my thoughts. Anyway, this is my beginning. I am jumping on the wagon. If I fall off, I can hope on again, and again, and again...

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7/8/12 1:43 P

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This first week was good for me because I have a jaw problem which makes it hard to eat. I haven't craved anything sweet this week. When I do want something I usually want frozen soft serve yogurt or a nice piece of pie. So far so good, made it through.

If you are given lemons make a great lemonade or sprinkle it over your calamari. yum.... "DON'T WORRY BE HAPPY".


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You sound so much like me, SOPHIEHOLIDAY! I do mostly good during the week and then the weekend.........I feel almost like I "deserve" treats on the weekends or something! I have been trying to hold off all day and then after I put kids to bed, I make myself a 25 cal cup of hot cocoa, add vanilla extract and throw on a few little marshmallows. That usually curbs my cravings, but it's so HARD! And you're right, traveling and visiting ups the game as well. Hang in! Better days ahead!

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During the work week, I usually do good when it comes to avoiding sweets. My mornings start with fruit and it's usually my snack. I tend to eat 5 or 6 small meals a day, with one meal as a fruit smoothie with mangoes, pineapples, strawberries and a half banana. This weeked however, was a different story. Once I got started fulfilling my sweet tooth on Friday, it trended into a downward spiral. I have a cupcake on Friday morning. Later that evening, I had one third of a vanilla bean cheesecake slice. Yesterday I had half of a candy apple AND a like it size cup of ice cream from Cold Stone. So this week(end) was like a crash and burn. BUT this weekend was so out of the norm because I went out of town to visit my sister-in-law. Oh well. I hope to do better this week.

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7/8/12 8:57 A

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I was able to prepare for the week by buying tons of fruit to help me face the hot week ahead. I find that this helped a lot. When I craved sugar, I grabbed a handful of berries or some watermelon.

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This week was okay. I too when it's hot crave ice cream. I have found that fruit and sugar free pudding with whipped cream satisfy a sweet tooth nicely. I did slip and ate a pint of gelato and felt bad! This is the first week I hope next week is better

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For me when it is hot out, like this past week makes me want ice cream. Yes I have the no sugar half the fat but still after I eat some I feel bad so I am going to try and eat more cold fruit to see if that helps and some sugar free cherry jello.

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7/8/12 1:41 A

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I have found for me, if I start my day off with fresh fruits (sliced tomatoes, watermelon, oranges, etc) and eat as much as I want with NO processed foods or sugars, my whole day goes smoother. As soon as I have any processed food or anything with any sugar added it starts my cravings off for the rest of the day. I did have a "bad" desert this week, but did pretty good overall.

But for me, cereal or grains are going to have to be my evening snack so that I don't have sugar cravings all day! :)

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7/7/12 10:22 P

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My week will actually start on monday so this is my day before psych up. I'm hoping to find a better outlet for the sugar cravings that will be more functional for my daily life and also help me maintain a better weight once i get where i want to be.

Operation "Weight Loss" has begun


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7/7/12 9:27 P

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Okay week one of sweet addiction. I hoping to learn to control the amount, not stop eating sweets. Even just subsitute fruit or something instead of grabbing those stupid OREOS!!!!!! Pack is almost gone emoticon These will not be put in my cart when I go shopping again, if so, my son will grab them an take them to his house. Good bye Oreos I love you so, but I love my health more.

One day at a time.


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7/7/12 9:26 P

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To those who are struggling, while I'm planning to see the steps of this 4 week process through, the most successful way I found of detoxing from sugar and getting a grip on the genuine addiction is with South Beach. The initial 14 day detox is brutal, especially the first week, because you are actually going through physical and mental withdraws but it is WORTH IT. I'm not trying to steer anyone away from the support and knowledge that Sparkpeople provides but in many cases a complete detox is necessary...and that may very well be in our future here.

And while I'm sure it was in the spirit of support, to many a little sugar does not make life fun. It's no different than telling a junkie that a little heroin is ok, or a alcoholic that an occasional glass of wine is ok. Diabetes and heart disease kill just the same, actually more, than overdosing.

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7/7/12 7:54 P

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I think you are doing very well. All the experts say not to deprive yourself completely of any food as you are setting yourself up for failure. Moderation is the key I believe we are looking for. Besides, life without sugar would be soooo boring.

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7/7/12 7:20 P

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Hi. This is hard for me...to share my thoughts and struggles. I am really hoping and praying that I break myself from my sweet addiction. I have gained over 20 pounds giving into them. My energy just hit rock bottom when I eat sweets. Then I end up being really tired and sleepy. I skip workout because 'I'm tired', which then makes me too down and depressed. It's like a cycle.

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