How can I actually quit Sugar?

Discussion in 'Self Improvement' started by rob13_, Jul 9, 2020.

  1. rob13_

    rob13_ Fapstronaut

    As it turns out, my addiction to sugar is worse than mine to PMO. I eat way more sugary items than I use PMO daily, and the sugar is causing actual physical harm to my body. I'm healthy rn, but I need to get on top of it now before it's too late. I need help, any anecdotes or advice is much needed. Thanks!
     
  2. Rizlax

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    I am not a medical professional.
    With that being said, I would do a cleanse by fasting.
    Abstaining from all food for a day or two and only drinking water will do wonders for clearing your system out of toxins and dependencies.
    Even intermittent fasting can help with this. Good luck!
     
  3. rob13_

    rob13_ Fapstronaut

    So just don't eat for a day?
     
  4. yupThat'sMe

    yupThat'sMe Fapstronaut

    I struggle with sugar too. I have tried quitting completely countless times, but always 'relapsed'.

    For over 1.5months now I have a new approach: One simple, easy to follow rule: No Sugar after 18:00.

    It is a very weak rule, but that made it easy to follow --> I haven't slipped up once since I started and it didn't took much effort really. It became a habit. If you crave sugar you can easily say 'I just have to hold it for a few hours, I can eat a whole bar of chocolate the first thing in the morning (in the morning the urge is often gone anyway, sometimes not but it's still an improvement)

    Now I start to increase the rule: No Sugar from 8:00 to 12:00 am and no sugar after 18:00. Works well too - I can easily say to wait for the afternoon and I can still say that I will eat stuff first thing in the morning.

    In general it decreased my sugar input tremendously.
     
  5. Indurian

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    I have the same issue. I've only just linked excessive sugar consumption with high anxiety and irritability. I can see the link very clearly now, revealed through repeated experience, so I'm going to cut right back on it.

    For six months I gave up all of the obvious sugar filled snacks, namely chocolate, ice cream, sweets (candy), cakes etc. During that time I never had any of the extreme feelings of anxiety or irritability. However, during lockdown I started to snack again, convincing myself that it was okay. Before I knew it I had eaten a medium sized Toblerone and driven to Dundee in my bare feet. I realised during my 'chocolate relapse' that I was using it to deal with /mask uncomfortable emotions, as I was with PMO.

    I've had enough of it now though and don't want it in my life any more. This time however, in addition to the obvious chocolates, sweets etc I'm looking more closely at processed foods. I've done some research now and discovered that added sugar is in virtually everything we eat. We and our children are now used to everything tasting sweet. Life has only been like this in the last 50 - 70 years approx, and never was prior to that. I definitely want6to get back to a natural way of eating to see how it impacts my life / health / mood. I watched 'that sugar film' which was really helpful. It's only on Amazon Prime and you have to rent it but that said I definitely think it was worth it. It illustrated well just how sugar has taken over our lives. For more scientific explanations I would suggest YouTube.

    Does anyone know of any other helpful resources? i.e. books, forums etc
     
  6. ScubaSteve

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    For me, the best way to avoid bad foods is to never buy them. That way, even when I’m craving something, I can’t eat it because it’s not in my house. Also I only eat twice a day, no snacks.
     
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  7. Indurian

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    Good plan. I seem to loose the major cravings when I get to around 3 weeks. Like PMO I seem to fall back into the habit after a time
     
  8. kaia

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    The real trick is to decrease your insulin tolerance. This means limiting complex carbs as well, or you will wind up compensating with starch and other crap that basically Still hikes up that insulin cycle and keeps the cravings coming in waves.
     
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  9. kaia

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    I quit bread once. It was one of the hardest things to do. I would dream about cakes made of layered bread and stuff, even a month in. It takes a while but by two months it was so easy to eat a healthy diet, I had no interest in garbage because it tasted far too fake, too sweet, and I realized that things with a moderate amount of added sugar actually made me feel like shit within 20 minutes, I could especially tell how something effected me after fasting. If you have any confusion or doubt, do a 2 or three day fast and then eat the food in question. You’ll be amazed as to how muffled our body awareness is with constant food intake.
     
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  10. domasfernandez

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    what about salad? wont that be a good idea? what you say?
     
  11. stop_it_tommy

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    Same here...fruits were good substitution in my case.
     
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  12. On the path

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    Bravo.

    Yes, someone mentioned fasting and I liked the idea. I did 72 hour fasting for about a month and I really enjoyed it. After the first 30 hours you actually STOP getting hungry. You need less sleep. Brain fog is clear thanks to ketone bodies. It's really phenomenal. Totally going to do it again next spring.

    I would not only recommend fasting but also, as @kaia mentioned, stick with Keto to limit carb intake as much as possible. The less sugar you consume, the less your body will crave it, and eventually you will forget about it. However, I recommend Keto because without carbs, your body will be burning fat for energy, and thus, you'll need to consume a LOT of saturated fats, otherwise your body fat percentage will drop RAPIDLY. Especially if you work out.

    Best combo I think would be OMAD (one meal a day) + Keto. It will be really easy to plan your meals and make sure you get the macro-nutrients. Just, when you're planning your meals, make sure you cook enough for 2 people, because you'll probably eat enough food for 2 on an OMAD diet. :p

    Seriously though, if you want to kick an addiction, you have to change your lifestyle, because it's your current lifestyle that PUT you in that situation.

    This is not good in my opinion. He's eating sucrose, which is half glucose and half fructose. And fructose is the sugar that's in fruit. Replacing sucrose with fructose is like someone addicted to porn and saying: "I'll only masturbate to clothed pictures of sexy women." I'm not going to say it would be impossible to kick the habit, but there certainly are better options.
     
  13. stop_it_tommy

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    A misconception.Fructose is only harmful in large amounts, and it’s difficult to get excessive amounts of fructose from fruit.
    "Most people will feel satisfied after eating one large apple, which contains 23 grams of sugar, 13 of which are fructose.
    Compare that to a 16-ounce bottle of Coke, which contains 52 grams of sugar, 30 of which are fructose, and has no nutritional value."
    it's like you completely cut off yourself from sexual desires and say "cool...i'm Fapstronaut" but you know you are human anyway.
     
  14. ScubaSteve

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    I would interpret your results as one apple is equivalent to half a can of coke. That does not sound very good to me. The point is to starve yourself of all sugar, so your body insulin level drops as low as possible, and eventually once you burn up all your bodies reserves, you can start burning fat. Obviously if you are on a good diet, the occasional fruit here and there is perfectly fine. But to just replace the sugar you used to get from other sources with sugar from fruit is not going to work. If you can get into a routine where you are burning more of your reserves each day than you are replenishing through food, then you are on your way to losing weight. Anything that raises insulin is bad because insulin will force your body to store energy, which is the opposite of what you want.
     
  15. On the path

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    It's the fact that it's a sugar that makes it inappropriate for him to eat any in the first place-- He's trying to stop. If he eats any sugar, even the if it's the glucose from bread or rice, his body will start to crave more. This is why I recommended keto. I'm not targeting fructose specifically, but I'm targeting ALL sugars as a danger.

    The hardest part about losing weight is the mental aspect of it. While, from the information in the first page, it sounds like he's not too unhealthy at the moment, but when addicted to foods it's only a matter of time.
     
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  16. Bethelightinmyheart

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    Yeah, sugar is for sure the last frontier for me to when it comes to addiction (even though YT is getting up there to compete as smt I am very hooked on) I am going on a 30 day detox and fasted for 30 hours Sunday night to Tuesday morning to start te cleansing and detox. No candy, no snacks, no nothing like this, no light beverages either. Yes, fructose is problematic since step from there to other sweets is a lot shorter then doing without.

    Keto for me too?
     
  17. AlphaGod

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    Fight the urges, they'll get weaker. Trust me.
    Reduce it gradually and find healthier alternatives, and even when people tell you to eat that thing, show no weakness to that and stay strong, taking refind sugar out of your life will do so much.
     
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  18. I'd say do some research and scare yourself into hating sugar. But here are some things that personally bothers me about sugar.
    Sugar:
    1. Encourages cavities
    2. Is terrible for cardiac health (hypertension)
    3. Encourages addictive/idle behavior
    4. Feeds cancer cells

    But also I'd note how sugar makes you feel, how you sleep after eating it, how your day goes and then abstain for a day and see how you sleep, feel, day, etc and that might really help you kick your sugar addiction.
     
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  19. Bethelightinmyheart

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    Valid point outlined for sure, also feeds the candida albicans: therefore a hard mode detox minimum ten days might be in the makings for me...no honey or malt or any sweetend eatables.
     
  20. AlphaGod

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    I'm full dopamine detox but there's no reason to cut natural sugar because you need it, as long as you eat fruits you wouldn't have to concern about it. Although natural sugar can get harmful too so all in moderation.
     
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