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Default Sweet cravings!

I have type 2 diabetes and I am also addicted to sugar,I have got to stop having binges on sweets,chocolate,cakes,doughnuts and ice creme.
It is a habitual addiction that is making me really really ill.
I have no control and it is costing me my health.Has any one here had a sugar addiction that they have succeeded in ending and how did you do it?
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Try making eatables that resemble those of which you love to eat (by dying and sculpting rice different shapes and colors) Keeping my hands busy helps me fight sugar cravings. Add items like marshmallows in place of white chocolate, wafers in place of pirouettes, or switch to lighter sweets like rice crispy treats, skinny lattes, low fat cottage cheese (mmm with fruit and nuts) juices, sodas and yogurts. I can imagine that is not as easy as it seems, as I am also a sugar fiend. I call myself a regular Cookie Monster (so therefore I do my best to avoid cookies altogether except for on occasion).
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I think low fat products are the culprits as to make up for the loss of fat they load them with sugar.I am going to try stick to unprocessed foods as much as I can is the best ways to go ,the more sugar you eat the more you want, so I will try avoid and withdraw from it instead of replace it with lesser sugar products . That will end the cravings and get rid of the sugar in my system so I will stop craving it instead of wanting more!
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I do not have cravings but I know that the most promising medication for cravings is Naltrexone. There are also medications that in some patients reduce appetite in general - Topiramate and Wellbutrin and with Wellbutrin, if I remember correctly, there is also the benefit of fighting cravings. These medications can be combined.
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I would definitely see if your doc can help you with this. Have you tried working with a nutritionist? They seem to have all kinds of useful tricks up their sleeves for fighting off cravings.

I used to be a total sugar junkie. I could eat four chocolate bars no problem. Then I had weight loss surgery and now I'm a salt junkie. I can't handle the sweet, but I want a bag of chips all the time. I'm not sure which is worse!!
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Yes Marylin, to me sugar is physically addictive. The more I "use" it the more I crave it.


I can go cold turkey if I'm eating alone and "come off" the craving for sugar in about 4 days. In that time my body adapts to getting energy from more complex sources and I feel less stressed.


The problem comes back when I'm travelling or living with people who eat sugar habitually. I try to substitute slow-release sugar sources such as fruit. If I'm with someone who eats chocolate bars, I try to have some dried fruit handy because that lifts my energy more in a sustained way, rather than peaks and troughs. Also I found that grated apple and carrot with a salad dressing made with one teaspoon of honey helped a lot.


I'm just going cold turkey again myself after travelling for 10 days in a cold climate. Good luck to us both!!!
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I loved grated apple with carrot as a kid. thanks for the reminder - I will make it for myself. Salad dressing made with honey sounds lovely, too.
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I don't know whether these are ok for diabetes or not Marylin, but this thread sent me looking for sugar alternatives in social situations where friends are snacking. The social side of not-eating sugar is the hardest for me, and I want people to be jealous of my diet not sorry for me. So far I've come up with this and I'm still looking for a spicy one without chocolate flavour, perhaps check with your diabetes practitioner if it's ok for you?

1/2 cup pecans (or other nut)
15 whole dates, pitted and roughly chopped.
1/3 cup shredded unsweetened coconut (plus 1/4 cup for rolling)
1 tablespoon coconut oil.
1 1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder.
pinch of salt.
1 tablespoon water.

PS I'm on my third sugarless day so far so good, except that I put a couple of teaspoons of dark brown sugar into one and a half kilos of cooking apples.
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Here's a different mixture yummm.

1 1/2 (90 g) cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1 cup (140 g) raw cashews
2 tbsp maple syrup
3 tsp organic ground turmeric
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp organic ground ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp sea salt

Add the coconut to a high-speed blender or food processor and mix until it starts to get a bit oily. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until the cashews are broken down.
Press the mixture into balls. You won’t be able to roll it so just press it into balls gently. Once they’re in the fridge they will harden.
Let set in the fridge for a couple hours.
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I used to be very overweight and have a horrible sweet tooth. In 09' I had gastric bypass and lost all the weight. I had a roux-n-y procedure and one of the "side effects" can be intolerance or low tolerance to sugar. In the very beginning I would get horribly nauseous and throw up or need to use the bathroom when I had too much sugar and especially processed sugar. Now if I eat stuff like that I get heart palpitations, the sweats and severe nausea. Rarely do I actually throw up. But it keeps me from wanting to eat junk because I do not want to get sick. in the beginning those issues kept me from eating too much or the wrong thing but now it is second nature and I actually can have some sugar now but i am used to watching it so I do not overdue it. I have managed to keep all but 10lbs off thus far.
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