I have found a way of limiting sugar(!!) Works for me, hopefully....
Maybe others will benefit from this too. (sorry if you think it's rambly).
A friend of mine who doesn't particularly like sugary foods or candy (bi**ch! - lol) told me that in addition to just not really having a "sweet tooth," she pictures the amount of sugar that's in the food in her mind, and it grosses her out to think of eating straight sugar. Hmmm, thought I... perhaps an experiment is in order ...
The thought of eating straight sugar kind of grosses me out as well, so what if I try that visualization every time I eat something with added sugar? For my purposes, I am not including fruit or veggies, nor am I including honey, molasses or maple syrup (because I hardly ever eat honey molasses or maple syrup) and for me, the natural sugar inherent in fruits/veggies, honey, etc. don't seem to be triggers. Oh, and I drink alcohol moderately for the most part... but not always (that'll probably be my next experiment....but one thing at a time!) I feel that my biggest problem is with candy and other foods with added sugar - definitely triggers that make me crave and eat way too much.
I eat very clean most of the time, but I have not ever been able to get the sugar thing under control for very long. I work in the typical office where there's candy, donuts, cookies - you know all that crap - around EVERY DAY.
So about a week ago, I started to visualize the grams of sugar in the form of sugar cubes, and how gross it would be to eat plain sugar cubes. I found this website (Sugar Stacks - How Much Sugar Is in That?) that shows the amounts of sugar in food/drinks to help me figure out what a number of grams looks like in sugar cubes.
An average sugar cube has 4 grams of sugar, so just divide the amount of sugar grams in your candy/soda by 4, and that'll be how many sugar cubes you'd need to snarf down to equal how much sugar's in your candy. it helps me to think about really eating the sugar cubes - how icky it would feel to chew on the gritty sugar, how I'd get that horrible over-sugared taste in my mouth, how I would probably feel kind of sick and jittery after eating them.
It is TOTALLY WORKING for me!! Now, if you're the type that can eat a straight sugar cube... you might have to come up with another visualization. I guess my point is, think of something bad that you can picture in your mind, and imagine how bad you would feel if you ate it, and associate it with sugar. Make sure EVERY time you think about eating some candy or a soda or what have you, you think of the bad thing. Give it a try - it might work!
(Also, sorry if this is in the wrong place - to me, this is a success story, but I see that most of the other posts are about a different kind of topic - I'm a bit of a nube.... forgive me)
It's great that you've found something that works for you!
Unfortunately, before going primal I used to snack on sugar cubes whenever they were available, so I'll have to use something else. One thing I do hate the thought of is eating powdered sugar with a spoon...
Isn't it horrible when you're surrounded by all that junk everyday? I'm the sole primal-er in a household of eight people, and it just drives me nuts. It's so hard to stay on track when everyone around you is eating chips, biscuits, toast, muffins...
It's challenging! It does get easier the longer you are primal, but yes, I would have a lot of trouble if I was the only one in my house! At first all my guys (hubby and two teenagers) gave me a bunch of flack about it, but now they are pretty much converts. My son came home from college three weeks ago and he's been eating primal and looks and feels awesome. The younger one pretty much eats that way naturally. The hubby eats what I make, but left to his own devices, he eats carby crap... but it's a lot less now than it used to be and he's lost about 20 lbs.
I still do eat sugary stuff, but I feel like now I'm more informed about it - not just mindlessly shoving it in, but thinking about it a bit more. Now, I just need to apply this to my alcohol consumption lol... I have switched to just vodka or rum with a splash of fresh squeezed oj and some sparkling water as my go-to cocktail ... but I love beer, so that's my next project.
Alas, I could eat sugar cubes, powdered sugar from the spoon, and giant clumps of tasty dark or light brown sugar from the bag all day. Another visualization would have to be in order for me.
However, this worked for you! Congrats! I'd say this is a success story, the sugar demon is a real beast for lots of people!
I keep Demerara sugar cubes at work but to be fair I only use them in coffee or tea.
Whatever works for you is great. Sadly, I have a massive sweet tooth.
I've been tracking my macronutrients (carbs, fat, protein) on FitDay as well as my overall caloric intake. It helps a lot because you're responsible for what goes in your mouth/on your food log.
I also don't do fruit very often and when I do, the fruit is usually not very ripe. I don't like sweet fruits. I like berries and things with a little tartness and crunch to them (nectarines are my favorite).
I ate a large banana the other day (31g of Carbs according to FitDay). So yeah...I don't do bananas or apples that often. I also found I only like apples if I slice and cook them in butter and smother them in cinnamon. Medium apple = ~30g Carbs.
So yeah...when controlling carbs, just avoid the fruit and stick to your animal products and vegetables.
Hmm, that wouldn't work for me. I can (and have) eaten sugar, icing sugar, frosting etc straight from the bag.
For me, I'm paranoid about going to the dentist, so I try and tell myself that if I eat this sugary thing, then it will cause cavities and I'll have to pay for a trip to the dentist.
You gotta do whatever works for you!
I went cold turkey. Did a 21 days Sugar Detox. And to my amazement, I don't crave sugar AT ALL any more.
First 4 days were hard but I kept reminding myself that the benefits were worth it. And they are! I was truly a sugar addict and if I can do it, anyone can, and I really mean it.
I've tried the 21 Day Sugar Detox twice and have failed miserably. I don't know how to actually get through it.
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