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    I'm having trouble giving up sugar. I decided I could eat whatever primal thing I wanted as long as it didn't have sugar in it but every few days I break and eat sugar in some form.

    It's in the house because I live at home while I'm in college. That does make it harder but it's something I can't change right now.

    Do you guys have any suggestions? I might mention it's that time of the month which makes it, at least for a day or two, much more difficult.

    And I should be extra clear by saying a little bit of sugar doesn't satisfy the craving. It's gotta go. I'd like to hear some things that helped other people.

  • #2
    Drinking coffee with cream helped my sugar addiction. I used to put 3 teaspoons of sugar in each cup of coffee, now I have no sugar in my coffee, and it tastes even better that way. So if I get a sugar craving, I'll just have a cup of coffee, and that tends to kill it. It works with tea, too.

    Something else that helps is that when I'm getting a sugar craving, I'll fry up some bacon (sometimes with an egg or two) and eat that. For some reason the salty taste of the bacon helps the craving to go away. And it also helps to fill me up so I'm not hungry and don't care about eating something sugary anymore. And we have a whole bag of white sugar in my house because my husband hasn't gone Paleo/Primal. But I'm never tempted to touch it.

    If those things don't work for you, maybe you could ask your mom to hide the sugar or put it in a lock box so you can't access it?

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    • #3
      are you adding sugar to something or eating sugary foods?

      what about a sugar substitute like xylitol, i hear good things and have just bought some to try

      for sugary foods, just make sure you have nice tasty treats around the place for these times. Like dark choc or cheese.
      I have a mixture of nuts, dark choc and dried fruit that i keep with me all the time.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Chanda View Post
        Drinking coffee with cream helped my sugar addiction. I used to put 3 teaspoons of sugar in each cup of coffee, now I have no sugar in my coffee, and it tastes even better that way. So if I get a sugar craving, I'll just have a cup of coffee, and that tends to kill it.
        i never thought i could drop my 2-3 sugars in coffee, but 4 weeks into primal with double cream in coffee cured that one

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        • #5
          Hmm, I have found bacon and eggs helps but I can't afford to use that much bacon, lol. I will try to eat eggs or drink coffee.

          I made it through the first two weeks no sugar and then I got hit with a horrible craving that broke me, and now with my TOM going on I feel like every other day I'm caving. I'm pretty sure if I can get through 30 days the cravings will start to wane but within the first two weeks I seem to get hit with some pretty bad cravings. If I can just push past I think I'll be alright.

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          • #6
            what exactly are you eating that you're concerned about?

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            • #7
              It's crazy how strong those cravings can be at this time of the month. In some ways I have learned to roll with it by only succumbing to primal sweets eg dates, fruit, maybe some chocolate.

              Staying strictly primal during the rest of the month seems to have helped the cravings diminish over time.
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              • #8
                I'm going through the same thing right now. Sorry but the only way I've beaten it is sheer willpower and not keeping any junk in the house.
                F 28/5'4/100 lbs

                "I'm not a psychopath, I'm a high-functioning sociopath; do your research."

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                • #9
                  When I first decided to drop the grains & sugar (had no idea I was being primal then) I decided the only way to do it was go cold turkey. I checked every packet for even the smallest amount of sugar or sugar substitute (its amazing - everything seems to have sugar in it!) & learnt to say no if people tried to feed me something that I didn't know the ingredients of. After 3 weeks I felt so much better & had no carb or sugar cravings. The hardest part for me was dropping the fruit & diet coke as I used to eat/drink an awful lot of it. On March 13 I shall be 1 year sugar free (- a couple of bars of 90% chocolate & a few in season raspberries). Now I can't imagine why anyone would want to eat the stuff.

                  Not sure this helps, but just wanted to show you it is possible.

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                  • #10
                    Try a small teaspoon of honey or a bowl full of berries. It works for me! That was a hard one for me as well, not that I really gorged on sugary foods all the time before I went all out Primal, but sometimes the urge was insane so I just opted for those two choices. Good Luck!

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                    • #11
                      A few ideas:
                      Try the Whole 30 program and sign up for the daily email where you are accountable. When I gaveup sugar for 30 days, sometimes my motivation was clicking that silly link that said "I DID IT!". Is it kind of lame? Yes, but on like Day 14 when a piece of wedding cake was a huge temptation and I knew eating it was going to lead to more AND a restart of Whole 30 it worked. Without the accountability I would have been like no big deal.

                      Don't have sugar around. I am good about not eating sugar now, but I bought a chocolate bar for my husband that somehow made it in my tummy.

                      People are kind of split on eating fruit. Eating fruit helps keep me from eating non-healthy sugar. Like if I want ice cream, a banana will do. For others if they eat fruit, they want ice cream.

                      When do you want sugar? My sugar was very habitual. After dinner. When bored at work. It was a habit, a break. So I found new habits. I walk at work and after dinner, some days I will have fruit if I still want something.

                      You are on track with eating whatever else you want though.

                      http://maggiesfeast.wordpress.com/
                      Check out my blog. Hope to share lots of great recipes and ideas!

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                      • #12
                        Just try to keep everything that tempts you out of the house. Also, try to get your family in on it too. Giving up sugar is very difficult, so you could use some help from the people around you.
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                        • #13
                          Never try to follow a diet that is unsustainable. You are just adding major stress to your life.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Zach View Post
                            Never try to follow a diet that is unsustainable. You are just adding major stress to your life.

                            couldn't you say similar to a crack addict

                            "don't give it up, it's too stressfull"

                            it's only until you've kicked the habit that it's a stress

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                            • #15
                              Never try to follow a diet that is unsustainable. You are just adding major stress to your life.
                              Sugar addiction can be more stressful. The weight is stressful. The energy swings. The way you can derail healthy eating really quickly.

                              I broke the addiction last fall and feel so much better. It was worth the two angry weeks.

                              OP, I highly suggest you check this out:
                              The Timeline: A Day-by-Day Guide to Your Whole30 | Whole9 | Let us change your life.

                              When I did Whole 30, I was mainly quitting sugar and giving up dairy. The dairy was easy, but the sugar was the beast (I had eliminated grains and processed foods a while back). This timeline is about how I felt, and helps explain what is going on so you can be pre-emptive. The second week was hardest for me because I wanted novelty. So I had to get creative and get creative I did.

                              http://maggiesfeast.wordpress.com/
                              Check out my blog. Hope to share lots of great recipes and ideas!

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