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Subject:  Re: XPost -- Just One Thing Date:  9/27/2012  9:27 AM
Author:  zoningfool Number:  57313 of 58676

I think you might need to go cold-turkey to conquer the addiction. It will be extremely difficult for the first 3 days, but the cravings subside. I saw on PBS the other day one of the regular diet guys (there's Joel Fuhrman, Dr. Stenger (sp?), Daniel Amen, and Neal Barnard) and one of them said it takes 2 weeks to kick the sugar habit.

You can't do this unless you don't have easy access to the stuff that's triggering you. So get rid of it and don't buy (or make) anymore. That's just some common-sense stuff. If you have co-workers that bring it in--just try to avoid the area where it's locate and if you see it, tell yourself that someone just sneezed all over it.

You need to replace the sugar with something else, though. I mean taking something you love away and not replacing it isn't going to work either. Try to think of something else you might enjoy that's not going to make you go hog wild. For me it's my homemade protein bars, but everyone is different--you need to find whatever works for you.

It sounds like you're also stress- or emotional-eating--maybe just leave the area where the food is located just to get past the first impulse to grab it. Recognizing what you're doing is important. You need to develop different less destructive destressors. Some people use alcohol or drugs--many of us use food. It's all equally inappropriate.

One thing I would consider is that carbs increase serotonin and serotonin calms you down--so I would recommend not lowering your carb intake excessively (just focus on good carbs--unprocessed, unrefined carbs). Eating some carbs in your general diet will help with the serotonin levels so you're not overly vulnerable when you're stressed.
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