Sugar Addict

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I am one. I have a huge sweet tooth. But it goes beyond that. Awhile ago, I wrote a post about weird cravings that I get, usually for one specific, sweet, thing. Last summer, it was Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup ice cream from Baskin Robbins.

I had a scoop every day for the entire summer and put on about 5 lbs,, which I usually lose once the craving ends. Except I didn’t lose them. Then came the holidays and I gained about another 5 lbs. In my mind, I gained 100 lbs. altogether.

After almost every meal, I need something sweet to cleanse my palate. At least that’s what my brain tells me. Sometimes I eat sweets even when I don’t want to, like if I’m bored. And if I have the entire package in front of me, I usually finish it off.

Most of my weight gain comes from eating sugar. My regular meals are mostly unprocessed, and I’m a vegetarian. By cutting out soda, sweets, and meat, I lost 50 lbs. that I needed to lose in real life, not just in my head. That was about a year ago. Oh, and from using the treadmill. (See above-linked post for a Before and After picture.) So if I was able to cut sweets from my diet then, I should be able to do it now, right?

Apparently, it’s not that easy. I’ve read articles recently, that say sugar is a hard habit to kick, almost as hard as kicking heroin. I wouldn’t know about that, because heroin is one drug I stayed away from during my partying days.

The articles also say that, like cocaine, sugar stimulates the reward center in our brains. I often reward myself with something sweet if I feel stressed, miserable, or great. Candy and desserts are my prizes! I deserve them no matter how I feel! Can anyone sympathize with this?

Two years ago, I was 70 lbs. overweight according to some medical measurement that dictates how much you should weigh based on your height — at 5’1″, I’m supposed to weigh 110 lbs. I was between 140 – 150 lbs. when I put on the extra weight, which happened after my gall bladder was removed in an emergency situation.

My primary care physician later told me that the gall bladder is what processes the fat you consume. Wonderful. It would have been nice to know that like, right after the surgery, so I could have watched what I ate.

Walking around with those extra pounds made me feel really bad about myself. It lit the fire under my a$$ to lose weight. Now I’m back up to 140 lbs. Okay, 138 lbs., but still.

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Other articles I’ve read state that quitting sugar causes withdrawal symptoms such as depression and fatigue, and that the cravings last about a week afterward. Well, I’m already depressed and fatigued right now, so I figure it’s a good time to cut sweets from my diet. As soon as I finish this bag of incredibly yummy, handcrafted, Cabernet Dark Chocolate caramels!

Do you eat sweets to make yourself feel better?

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29 thoughts on “Sugar Addict

  1. I’m not the only one!!! I literally feel addicted to sugar ! Everyday I have to have a coke and I have to have a sweet of some sort. It makes me feel like I’m rewarding myself,but I don’t think about the consequences like gaining weight,having more of a chance for a cavity.

  2. I also have a sweet tooth. In a habit of asking my mum for something sweet to eat after meals even if i don’t feel like having it 😜

  3. I love sweets too. I try to go for dark chocolate with 70% or more cacao to get the satisfaction of a treat without a lot of sugar.

    1. Okay, 70%. I keep forgetting what the minimum is when I buy them. I love dark chocolate. Thanks for the info!

  4. I know the feeling too. I was 330lbs 25 years ago and nearly all of it was sugar related. I lost 180lbs originally but I have put about 50lbs back on and it is a work in progress.. Chromium is a very important nutrient when it comes to getting the cravings under control. I have been doing posts on pre-diabetes in the last week and I have another post going out on Thursday on Chromium which regulates blood sugar.. Broccoli, Romaine Lettuce, other green leafy vegetables, onions (one a day cooked) and tomatoes are the plant based chromium sources. I also take a chromium supplement especially after high sugar occasions like Christmas… hope that helps Barb. Sally

  5. I used to be addicted to sugar (the rest of my family was drinkers, and this was how it manifested in me: I never bothered with booze, but used to eat tons of sugar). I know that when you have anything close to diabetes, there is something where you are always hungry because the [mumblemumble]–you’d have to look it up, but it’s about blood sugar. There is that place that helps people get off drugs with nutrition and nutritional supplements, and friends have used it to get off sugar (and actually serious meds). Good luck to you, since it ruins health and teeth and mood and everything to have too much of it. I somehow stopped it, but that was because the less of it you eat, the less of it you want, after your body settles down and get used to going without it. It used to make me so depressed and ill for decades, and I simply didn’t know any better. Eating well helped me a lot–making sure I got enough healthy protein every day made me feel full and not in need of the bad stuff.

  6. Did you see the half pound reeses peanut butter cup they put out at christmas time????? Come on people, reeses !!,! Anyway, I managed not to buy it. I’m 5’2” and was weighing 150. Now down to 140. The next 20 is going to be tough, but I can do it! You can too!

    1. What??? No, I didn’t see it. Probably a good thing lol! Good for you for not buying it! Congratulations on losing 10 lbs.! I’ve been drinking more water, but my body’s retaining it. Maybe it’s a perimenopause thing….

      1. I was so tempted to buy it. Lol. I can’t seem to get into drinking water. I can only get down two bottles at the most should be at least three, but it is so cooooold outside!

        1. Oh, man, if I bought that I’d probably eat it in one sitting! That’s why I don’t go into pharmacies with my husband—too many sweet temptations. I’d rather wait in the car lol!

          1. I know, me too, right? They put those temptations right at the checkout. Even Staples does it now! We are not safe from sweets anywhere! Lol!

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