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Sunday, December 02, 2012

I have to say this morning I feel like a bit of a fraud. As much as I encourage others to have a healthy diet and cheer when they don't eat sweets, I can't seem to get through an entire a day without something sweet. Now, I always stay within my calorie range and it is usually something lower calorie like a Skinny Cow Truffle or a See's lollipop. However, it sets up a snacking mentality for me, especially at night and the sweets never really satisfy me because they always taste like more. Also, when you eat between 1200-1400 calories per day it is such a waste to spend a large proportion of those calories on something empty that doesn't fill you up. I still use Splenda in my coffee and I wonder if the artificial sweetener sets up these cravings. Has anyone had experience with lessening sweet cravings when you stop artificial sweeteners?

I really would like to just put nutritionally dense calories into my body instead of empty, junk so why can't I get a hold of this? Well, I know when I was younger we used to have these chocolates called Cadbury Roses and big tubs of ice cream. These were my so-called friends when I was feeling sad or anxious. Some people say if you don't have some sweets one day you will just go on a binge for them but I don't know. I would love to hear other's experience regarding this problem. emoticon
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  • no profile photo CD12613737
    Oh my Reffie, don't feel like a fraud, not for one second should you feel that way. We all have our things we are working on. For myself, I have not made any foods off limits, because I know from my past behavior that I will only end up binging and losing myself in food again. But that is what works for me but doesn't work for others.

    As for the artificial sweeteners causing cravings for more sweets, there are studies out there that suggest they do just that. It's because they are super sweet, and our taste buds sends the message to our brain...SUGAR! Get ready to be happy! Sugar stimulates the release of serotonin, but artificial sweeteners don't have the same effect, so then the brain says..."hey wait a minute, eat more it's not working yet," and the cycle just continues. I have found that aspartame definitely triggers "hunger" in me but sucralose less so, so I do use Splenda in my morning coffee, but it is my goal to change that to a natural product like stevia.

    No more talk of being a fraud, you are an amazing member of this community and a dear friend and leader.
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    Comment edited on: 12/3/2012 12:38:44 AM
  • 1EMMA2011
    I think you should focus on the length of a streak instead of a particular food. So the length of a streak should become the most important thing. Reward yourself with something extra special each time you can increase your streak. I have one piece of Chocolate a day. Just my suggestions for what it is worth.

    I do best with no sweeteners and no sugar.

    I'm pulling for you!!

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    Cutting sweets out completely works for me. However, it's not something I'm able to maintain "for a lifetime". I've gone a full year without eating chocolate, but there was no valor in that, since I just substituted it with other things, you know?

    Like you, I use artificial sweetener every day. I don't THINK that it stirs up my cravings at all, but I am pretty sure it's not good for me. I stopped drinking diet soda three months ago and am happy that I have cut the sweetener somewhat, but now my coffee and iced tea are loaded with sweetener. I am not ready to "get rid of everything" yet.

    Please don't feel like a fraud. You aren't saying that you don't struggle just because you encourage me, and others. emoticon
    2920 days ago
    There is no reason to feel like a fraud. We are all trying to break some habits. It takes time. It's easier to encourage others than it is ourselves.

    Cutting out things completely can be very overwhelming and to some people,
    they feel like they are punishing themselves. Even if you didn't eat sweets doesn't mean you wouldn't crave them and that would drive some people crazy. Sometimes people may say "I am going to cut out "X" and then all day all they are thinking about it "X" because it's the one thing they can't have. In my opinion, it's not a good strategy.
    It's especially not the best coping mechanism for the holiday season.

    I believe the best strategy when you want to cut something out is to do it slowly. For example, choose just one day a week where you won't eat sweets. That one day every week will be a challenge but as time goes on, it becomes easier. Soon, you will be able to add two days a week. You can even set aside one or two days a week where you do have something sweet. Maybe later on that will become once a month and so on.

    Also, if you are craving something sweet, your option isn't limited to just junk like candy. You can satisfy a sweet craving with fruit. Grapes happen to be very sweet. If you aren't fond of grapes, there are a lot of choices you can choose from. Apples, blueberries, strawberries, etc. When you eat fruit, it has nutrients our bodies need so your cravings will be satisfied instead of going wild.

    I know eating fruit isn't the same but with time, you will come to prefer the fruit over the other sweets.

    As for the artificial sweeteners, getting rid of them=a good idea. They aren't healthy for our bodies. You could try a small amount of creamer to make your coffee sweet. You could also try replacing your coffee with herbal tea. Some people hate herbal tea but there are a lot of different flavors. I suggest trying apple cinnamon. It is sweet enough to where it doesn't need anything extra.

    I understand how challenging it is. Still, you have come far and I know you can overcome this.

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    2920 days ago
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