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    Hi, I'm new to MDA after lurking a while; read the book, got the cookbook, after reading Good Calories, Bad Calories. I'm a sugar addict, have been my whole life. My mom, like lots of mom, even gave me sugar water in a bottle as a baby, so that set me off for a life of sugar and carb cravings. Now I eat very low carbs, grass fed meat when I can, and sugar is Enemy #1. I follow a pretty high fat diet, on the lines of the Kasniewski Optimal Diet, but not using any grain-based foods. Even after nearly a year on low carb, I still struggle with carb cravings if I eat even a little too much fruit or starchy vegetables. I knew this junkie at college who said if he had the veins for it, he would shoot H all day long; I feel the same way about carbs. He died shooting up (a med-student no less!), but I don't want to die from modern diseases of SAD like lots of my family have the last 2-3 generations.
    So, can you share with me if you found it took a long time to get past sugar/carb-cravings, too?
    WWW.SUGARAHOLICS.COM

    I was a sugarbaby; meaning since I was born I was given lots of sugar, and ate lots of processed foods, especially sweets until I was into my thirties. Most people in the west were/are sugarbabies.

    “How does today’s youngster educate his sense of taste? By submerging it in a sea of sugar from the time he gets up to the time he goes to bed.” W. Root and Richard DeRochemont, Eating in America (1976)

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    Hi and welcome! I have to watch carbs of all kinds, and don't know if it will ever be the case I don't; but, regardless, it is a better way to go as you have acknowledged. I know that things that used to not taste sweet, like lettuce, do to me now. Practice no doubt does make it get easier.
    This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it. Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Any given day you are surrounded by 10,000 idiots.
    Lao Tsu, founder of Taoism

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    • #3
      I heard on one of Sean Croxton's shows that getting over sugar cravings can take up to about 5 years.

      One thing you can try is pressing on acupressure points on each arm, located midway lengthwise and widthwise, when you hit the spot it will hurt. Press the point on each arm and the immediate craving should go away.

      here's a different point to use -
      Getting Rid Of Sugar Cravings With Acupressure

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Wenona1975 View Post
        I heard on one of Sean Croxton's shows that getting over sugar cravings can take up to about 5 years.

        One thing you can try is pressing on acupressure points on each arm, located midway lengthwise and widthwise, when you hit the spot it will hurt. Press the point on each arm and the immediate craving should go away.

        here's a different point to use -
        Getting Rid Of Sugar Cravings With Acupressure
        I don't know anything about acupressure. Is it the top or underside of the arm?
        WWW.SUGARAHOLICS.COM

        I was a sugarbaby; meaning since I was born I was given lots of sugar, and ate lots of processed foods, especially sweets until I was into my thirties. Most people in the west were/are sugarbabies.

        “How does today’s youngster educate his sense of taste? By submerging it in a sea of sugar from the time he gets up to the time he goes to bed.” W. Root and Richard DeRochemont, Eating in America (1976)

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        • #5
          the top/outside of the arm

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          • #6
            I'm feeling a kind of calm acceptance that's new for me. I'm convinced that longings, acknowledged or not, for comfort foods, or whatever may be the positive feelings, kept me thinking I could "have a little" but clearly I can't. It must be nice for those who can have fruit and veggies without concern, but it's not me, so no use fighting it. So I finally just told myself: There it is, suck it up, live with it. It could be a lot worse.
            WWW.SUGARAHOLICS.COM

            I was a sugarbaby; meaning since I was born I was given lots of sugar, and ate lots of processed foods, especially sweets until I was into my thirties. Most people in the west were/are sugarbabies.

            “How does today’s youngster educate his sense of taste? By submerging it in a sea of sugar from the time he gets up to the time he goes to bed.” W. Root and Richard DeRochemont, Eating in America (1976)

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            • #7
              Welcome SugarBaby! It great to hear that you're starting to feel an acceptance of the way things are for you. That's half the battle right there. I also have noticed that things that weren't sweet before now are (eggplant for example). Getting rid of all that junk food really does start to change your taste buds!

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              • #8
                Hi Sugar Baby (love that name!) - I am a total sugar addict, and have to watch myself 24/7, even after 2 months of PB. If i see a really sugary cake or pastry on TV or in a movie I go crazy inside, like I want to just grab it and wolf it down. The movie Bridesmaids had a cupcake scene that just about did me in. i wanted that cupcake SO BAD, I would have killed for it. I'm sure that I will have this addiction my whole life, much like an alcoholic can not even have one drink. I am noticing that I'm starting to treat fruit the way i used to treat sugary sweets, so I have to watch that now too, and only have it once a day, if that. Sugar is a powerful drug, probably like heroin.

                Anyway, just wanted you to know you are not alone!

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                • #9
                  Does it help at all to be conscious of how crappy you feel afterwards (if you feel crappy at all)? I know that helps me. A local cafe recently started reserving gluten-free cookies and muffins. One day I almost grabbed one, but after a couple of minutes the carving passed and I decided on the pear I had with me instead.

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                  • #10
                    SB: I have really struggled with sugar cravings. In the past I would be good for a couple weeks and "forget" (like surgery pain, etc), but since I started graphically journaling how I feel each day along with writing what I eat in my Livestrong account, it became much clearer. I think the hardest part has been accepting that "good" carbs like many fruits and veg can cause the cravings, though I don't get that horrible sick feeling I do when I've indulged in wedding cake.
                    This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it. Ralph Waldo Emerson

                    Any given day you are surrounded by 10,000 idiots.
                    Lao Tsu, founder of Taoism

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                    • #11
                      Decided to start writing a blog about this issue of not just sugar addiction, but sweet taste (aka artificial sweetners) issues. I found lots of people on MDA and other places who really struggle with being extremely sensitive to all sweet, carbs, and even sweet tastes. I am now frustrated not just by trying to keep an eye out for sugars, but all sweeteners; between them they are just about everywhere. All the more reason for being in control of one's food. It's good I like to cook.
                      WWW.SUGARAHOLICS.COM

                      I was a sugarbaby; meaning since I was born I was given lots of sugar, and ate lots of processed foods, especially sweets until I was into my thirties. Most people in the west were/are sugarbabies.

                      “How does today’s youngster educate his sense of taste? By submerging it in a sea of sugar from the time he gets up to the time he goes to bed.” W. Root and Richard DeRochemont, Eating in America (1976)

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                      • #12
                        Been searching this site and finding loads of good posts on sugar problems, carbs, and artificial sweeteners. I've cut out everything that doesn't come in a natural package, like a berry or peach.
                        WWW.SUGARAHOLICS.COM

                        I was a sugarbaby; meaning since I was born I was given lots of sugar, and ate lots of processed foods, especially sweets until I was into my thirties. Most people in the west were/are sugarbabies.

                        “How does today’s youngster educate his sense of taste? By submerging it in a sea of sugar from the time he gets up to the time he goes to bed.” W. Root and Richard DeRochemont, Eating in America (1976)

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                        • #13
                          Yet another study on the negative effects of artificial sweeteners: Diet drink consumers 'put on more weight' - Telegraph

                          After getting off all sugar and a-sweeteners, I really am not missing them. It's like I was driving down one road, and took a turn onto a much better one.
                          WWW.SUGARAHOLICS.COM

                          I was a sugarbaby; meaning since I was born I was given lots of sugar, and ate lots of processed foods, especially sweets until I was into my thirties. Most people in the west were/are sugarbabies.

                          “How does today’s youngster educate his sense of taste? By submerging it in a sea of sugar from the time he gets up to the time he goes to bed.” W. Root and Richard DeRochemont, Eating in America (1976)

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                          • #14
                            Yep - I hear ya!

                            Hi Sugar Baby - I just joined the forum - although my wife of 29 years has educated me to Paleo over the last 6 months or so. I am 58 and was 226 lbs - 6ft, 1/2 in. We observed somewhat paleo during this past Lent and I lost 10 pounds in 6 weeks! Very little to no carbs and no alcohol at all!!!! The alcohol - wine mostly - really makes a difference!!!
                            I've finally got myself to drinking coffee without any sugar or sweetener of any kind - although I like milk in it!
                            Little by little - working on it - I want to reach 210 before the end of the year at least!! Ultimately, by next Easter (we'll have Lent again for more motivation) I will be at 200!!!

                            Maintaining is the hardest!!!

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by yablokovich View Post
                              Hi Sugar Baby - I just joined the forum - although my wife of 29 years has educated me to Paleo over the last 6 months or so. I am 58 and was 226 lbs - 6ft, 1/2 in. We observed somewhat paleo during this past Lent and I lost 10 pounds in 6 weeks! Very little to no carbs and no alcohol at all!!!! The alcohol - wine mostly - really makes a difference!!!
                              I've finally got myself to drinking coffee without any sugar or sweetener of any kind - although I like milk in it!
                              Little by little - working on it - I want to reach 210 before the end of the year at least!! Ultimately, by next Easter (we'll have Lent again for more motivation) I will be at 200!!!

                              Maintaining is the hardest!!!
                              You can do it! My spouse found stopping his evening 2-3 glasses of wine helped a lot; he dropped 35lbs in four months, no grains/bread, mostly meat, eggs, greens, one serving fruit a day.
                              This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it. Ralph Waldo Emerson

                              Any given day you are surrounded by 10,000 idiots.
                              Lao Tsu, founder of Taoism

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