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I think I have a serious sugar addiction. I say this, because I know I'm prone to food addictions, and I see it happening with sugar, if I see something sugary, I eat it. I add sugar to things that don't need it, and I've been eating about 120g of sugar a day (thanks myfitnesspal for that annoying statistic).<br><br>
Has anyone given up processed/not-directly-naturally-in-the-food sugar successfully, how did you do it, and can you help meeeeeeeeeee?
 

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I have a sweet tooth, which was hardly even affected when I decided to be a vegetarian, but fortunately I also decided to mainly eat organic, so that has severely restricted what I allow myself to eat. I am quite frankly shocked at my control, but obviously when you're driven, you can manage nearly anything. It's a lot harder than giving up meat, so I do buy organic sweets, but they're a lot healthier and easier for me to control, since I can only eat what I buy and what I have with me. The main thing for me is I more easily avoid temptation. E.g. I can't get a donut or cookie when someone offers and I no longer order dessert.
 

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Maybe try an artificial sweetener, though I don't think they're much better for you. I used to buy penny candies daily, I was so hooked on sugar. Now I just get my kick in the morning and that usually curves temptation for the rest of the day. Oatmeal with a touch of sugar and usually a soy mocha from Starbucks (I just looked it up, says it has about 30g of sugar)<br><br>
What is the main thing in your diet that is so sugary?
 

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Oh how I wish I had some advice, but I suffer from my own sugar addiction... and soda. I don't understand how I can give up meat for 17 years, but sugary treats and soda somehow beat me. I kid you not, I ate a piece of pie and a Mountain Dew for <i>breakfast</i>. Perhaps we need to start a Sugarholics Anonymous?
 

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Sugar is bad for me anyway, because I have diabetes. (But I also have problems with carbs, which turn to sugar.) And it is so tempting to grab a cookie or piece of cake at work. My grandma was a serious baker, so that only made it worse.<br><br>
For me, with my disease, I simply try to be conscience of the sugar I intake daily. If I know I'm having a pasta dish for dinner, I try to have a salad and NO sweets during the day, to make up for the carbs I'm eating later. And as for artificial sweeteners.. sometimes they are almost worse. Some of those things are carcinogens.. which you do NOT want in your body. (I used to be a huge fan of diet soda, but had to stop, because I was drinking way too many and my husband was worried about me.)<br><br>
Good luck on your mission, honey. Whatever happens, don't feel like you've failed yourself. You can always start over. Don't give up! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I have a sweet tooth, which was hardly even affected when I decided to be a vegetarian, but fortunately I also decided to mainly eat organic, so that has severely restricted what I allow myself to eat. I am quite frankly shocked at my control, but obviously when you're driven, you can manage nearly anything. It's a lot harder than giving up meat, so I do buy organic sweets, but they're a lot healthier and easier for me to control, since I can only eat what I buy and what I have with me. The main thing for me is I more easily avoid temptation. E.g. I can't get a donut or cookie when someone offers and I no longer order dessert.</div>
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I eat mostly organic as well, but unfortunately (and fortunately, alternatively) my grocery store is a local food co-op, where all the sweets (and let me tell you, there are tons of them) or organic, and mostly vegan. I didn't have this problem when I lived in Alaska, because organic veg*n sweets are difficult to come by, down here though, they're every where. Don't get me started on the peanut butter chocolate bars.<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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Maybe try an artificial sweetener, though I don't think they're much better for you. I used to buy penny candies daily, I was so hooked on sugar. Now I just get my kick in the morning and that usually curves temptation for the rest of the day. Oatmeal with a touch of sugar and usually a soy mocha from Starbucks (I just looked it up, says it has about 30g of sugar)<br><br>
What is the main thing in your diet that is so sugary?</div>
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Morning: Grande Soy Coconut iced mocha<br>
Lunch: Peanut butter chocolate bar<br>
Dinner: If I have a pizza, I put brown sugar on top the daiya because it's just about the tastiest thing on the planet. What you do is, put the daiya/bbq sauce/whatever else you want on your pizza, sprinkle chipotle spice, then garlic powder, then onion powder, bac'n bits if you they sound tasty, and then brown sugar on the top. It caramelizes over the pizza, and its just amazing.<br><br>
Granted, that's NOT what i eat every day, and I only included the biggest 'problems'. What happened was, I limited my peanut butter chocolate bars to Thursdays, but then I ended up eating something else sugary in place of it, hardly curing the problem. I can't get starbucks in the morning anymore thank goodness because I'm going back to working at 4am, and they aren't open when I ride past them.<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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Oh how I wish I had some advice, but I suffer from my own sugar addiction... and soda. I don't understand how I can give up meat for 17 years, but sugary treats and soda somehow beat me. I kid you not, I ate a piece of pie and a Mountain Dew for <i>breakfast</i>. Perhaps we need to start a Sugarholics Anonymous?</div>
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Maybe we should <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> I'm guessing there are lots of Sugary VBers!<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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Sugar is bad for me anyway, because I have diabetes. (But I also have problems with carbs, which turn to sugar.) And it is so tempting to grab a cookie or piece of cake at work. My grandma was a serious baker, so that only made it worse.<br><br>
For me, with my disease, I simply try to be conscience of the sugar I intake daily. If I know I'm having a pasta dish for dinner, I try to have a salad and NO sweets during the day, to make up for the carbs I'm eating later. And as for artificial sweeteners.. sometimes they are almost worse. Some of those things are carcinogens.. which you do NOT want in your body. (I used to be a huge fan of diet soda, but had to stop, because I was drinking way too many and my husband was worried about me.)<br><br>
Good luck on your mission, honey. Whatever happens, don't feel like you've failed yourself. You can always start over. Don't give up! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"></div>
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I was never a soda person, thank goodness. The only beverage we ever had in my house growing up was Water, and that was it. Sometimes we would get orange or grapefruit juice in the winter, but my dad despised soda.<br><br>
I always have a spinach salad for lunch, I just need to figure out how to stop grabbing them when I see them (sweets, that is), because I end up cutting down on my other calories which are good, healthy calories. I end up thinking "Well, I had that pumpkin cookie, not I can't have 1/4 of what I was planning for dinner"
 

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I so wish I could do this! Unfortunately I live with a partner who doesn't have the same emotional eating problems or need for a diet as I do. I have asked her to keep the sweets locked up and usually she does. It's kind of sad that we need to lock up the cookies and donuts lest I eat them, but that's my addiction.
 

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Since going veggie, I buy groceries weekly, and I only allow myself 2 snacks, not including cereal. I can stretch these packages to about 2 snacks a day, which equals 240 calories total....I haven't checked the sugar or fat, but I will now. The Cascadian Farm chocolate chip granola bar that I brought to work today as my snack (to keep me away from the vending machines and the donuts, cookies, and brownies my co-workers like to share) has 140 calories, 3.5g fat, and 12g sugar. I also eat a lot of fruit to satisfy my cravings. I realize it's still sugar, but I'm not currently able to give up sweets entirely. I honestly don't think it's necessary. I think the problem is with GM and processed foods and especially corn syrup. Of course I'm still aiming for moderation. I've decided to limit my calories from sweets to 300 daily. I will gradually reduce it to 100-150.
 

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Since going veggie, I buy groceries weekly, and I only allow myself 2 snacks, not including cereal. I can stretch these packages to about 2 snacks a day, which equals 240 calories total....I haven't checked the sugar or fat, but I will now. The Cascadian Farm chocolate chip granola bar that I brought to work today as my snack (to keep me away from the vending machines and the donuts, cookies, and brownies my co-workers like to share) has 140 calories, 3.5g fat, and 12g sugar. I also eat a lot of fruit to satisfy my cravings. I realize it's still sugar, but I'm not currently able to give up sweets entirely. I honestly don't think it's necessary. I think the problem is with GM and processed foods and especially corn syrup. Of course I'm still aiming for moderation. I've decided to limit my calories from sweets to 300 daily. I will gradually reduce it to 100-150.</div>
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While I agree Corn Syrup is bad, but not for the same reasons. You're body reacts to sugar the same way no matter the form it's in, the problem with corn is the process behind it. You can almost directly link subsidized Corn to the advent of Factory Farming, so I try to stay away from corn products (not to be confused with whole corn) as much as possible for that reason.
 

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The foods with corn syrup usually have more calories, and calories equal fat. I've gained nearly 15 lbs since going veggie in January because I filled the meat void with sweets. Now I'm trying to reign myself in, and just trying to be more health conscious overall because I simply do not want non-organic food in my body.<br><br>
I usually go to Kroger's or Whole Foods, so I could still overdo it because there is no shortage of organic, vegetarian sweets, but my problem was mainly due to too much access. Now that I've restricted the sweets I eat, there isn't any impulse eating, so I will hopefully lose the excess weight soon.
 

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While I agree Corn Syrup is bad, but not for the same reasons. You're body reacts to sugar the same way no matter the form it's in, the problem with corn is the process behind it. You can almost directly link subsidized Corn to the advent of Factory Farming, so I try to stay away from corn products (not to be confused with whole corn) as much as possible for that reason.</div>
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This is an important concept to understand for anyone trying to improve his or her health, lose weight, etc. Corn Syrup is bad because of some serious ethical issues behind it. But nutritionally speaking, sugar, corn syrup, honey, agave nectar, maple syrup, whatever... it's all the same. Large amounts these types of sweeteners make it nearly impossible to lose weight regardless of what the rest of your diet is like and/or how much exercise you're doing and, in addition, wreak havoc on your insulin levels and insulin resistance.<br><br>
I see so many people talking about giving up corn syrup in favor of sugar, or agave nectar, or some other random supposedly "healthy" sweetener. If your only interest is to find something more ethical, great. But if you're trying to get healthier, it's all the same stuff.
 

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I eat dried fruits like dates, prunes, and raisins whenever I am having a sugar craving. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> I'm also trying to reduce my sugar intake and so far I think I've been successful except for the occasional honey. I think honey (raw) is healthier than other sweeteners anyway.
 

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Be aware:<br><br>
Some brands use cattle bone char filters to bleach their refine their sugar. Domino is one.<br><br>
If you are going to eat refined sugar, be sure to do your homework.
 

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Oh how I wish I had some advice, but I suffer from my own sugar addiction... and soda. I don't understand how I can give up meat for 17 years, but sugary treats and soda somehow beat me. I kid you not, I ate a piece of pie and a Mountain Dew for <i>breakfast</i>. Perhaps we need to start a Sugarholics Anonymous?</div>
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me too....change the 17 to 22 years and thats me....I am a junk food/candy junkie and have a diet coke addiction...been working on it though....<br><br>
peace<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Cold Turkey. and don't expect it to be easy.<br><br>
I've removed pretty much ALL sugar and refined carbs from my diet. No agave, no syrups, no flour, no bread, no corn, no fruits (dried fruits especially). The occasional berry is about it. For sweetening, I generally use Stevia, Xylitol, or Erythritol. It's pretty rare that I add sweeteners to anything tho. I just don't eat desserts and sweets at all.<br><br>
On rare occasions I'll "splurge" on something with artificial sweeteners.
 

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no fruits (dried fruits especially)</div>
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Apparently eating 3 fruits a day can reduce your risk of macular degeneration. Source: <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15197064" target="_blank">Prospective study of intake of fruits, vegetables, vitamins, and carotenoids and risk of age-related maculopathy.</a>
 

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Sugar addiction can also lead you toward Diabetes.So be careful and keep your self save from this problem.This disease makes a man gradually older.<br><a href="http://containapet.com/Dog_Fence_And_Dog_Training/dog-training/is-your-jumping-dog-a-pest-to-others/" target="_blank">stop dog jumping</a>
 

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Sugar addiction can also lead you toward Diabetes.So be careful and keep your self save from this problem.This disease makes a man gradually older.</div>
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or in the case of the OP (me) a woman.<br><br><br>
And I'm not anywhere near at risk for that, other than a treat once a day, now not at all, I'm an extremely active person.
 

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I sometimes have sugar on cereal, but now I'm trying to avoid using sugar on it as it's blatently not healthy when we get plenty of sugar in our diet from the food we eat. That said I can't stand tea without sugar most of the time. Although I have bought some brown unrefined sugar which has no bone char in and as far as I'm aware is better than white sugar.
 
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