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I would love to hear from others who struggle with eating too much sugar and how you manage that. For now, I'm sticking with abstaining from eating Desserts, but I continue to hope for achieving the ability to eat sweets in moderation. I'm wondering if anyone has found it possible to do so, but in light of having been a person who has a long history of sweets being a slippery slope- have some, want more and more and more. It has every feature of alcoholism, but the substance is desserts, not alcohol.

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1 hour ago, Lyngolean said:

I would love to hear from others who struggle with eating too much sugar and how you manage that. For now, I'm sticking with abstaining from eating Desserts, but I continue to hope for achieving the ability to eat sweets in moderation. I'm wondering if anyone has found it possible to do so, but in light of having been a person who has a long history of sweets being a slippery slope- have some, want more and more and more. It has every feature of alcoholism, but the substance is desserts, not alcohol.

Reformed sugar addict here,

I subbed out the majority of my sweetners with stevia, etc. I hard core read labels for sugar content and type. chocolate must be at least 80% cacao, most desserts are diabetic friendly and I eat regular desserts only on special occasions in very small amounts.

Never going back to sugar like before...

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I eat too much sugar. I have to make a real effort to go for the Protein rather than the pastries. I did learn early on that too much sugar makes me feel bad. Some call it dumping. I don't know what it is but an overdose of sugar is no fun so I have to watch myself.

I'd rather have a donut than a Protein Bar any day. After the sleeve it wasn't that simple anymore. Lessons learned.

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I eat too much sugar. I have to make a real effort to go for the Protein rather than the pastries. I did learn early on that too much sugar makes me feel bad. Some call it dumping. I don't know what it is but an overdose of sugar is no fun so I have to watch myself.
I'd rather have a donut than a Protein Bar any day. After the sleeve it wasn't that simple anymore. Lessons learned.
I'm a sugar junkie too. It's really hard to find stuff to eat that isn't sweet that's allowed on phase 2. broth just doesn't do it for me.

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Hi guys agree wish I didn’t have a sweet tooth I can still eat everything naughty and not getting the results i want my own fault

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I see my nutritionist tomorrow. It's clear they don't really get it. One told me that eating sugar in moderation is a skill, and to practice having one bite. That worked when I was pretty fresh after surgery. More than a bite made me feel pretty sick, but that has passed. If I eat sweets, my weight loss stops. I have been around and around on this subject so many times it makes me ill! I figure one of these days I will figure it out. I keep praying the serenity prayer.

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You’re singing my song! I adore sweets, but realize I could eat them 24/7. I’m making every attempt to curb my sweet tooth. I bought a large bag of mini tootsie roll pops to satisfy the savage sugar craving. I can have one at 20 calories and beat way the sugar craving. sugar free pudding with a bit of sugar free Cool Whip helps. Sugar free hot cocoa helps. Finally, I make a cup of tea with almond milk added and a bit of sugar free caramel Syrup.

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I love hearing what others are doing to manage this issue and also from people who post that they can relate. Makes me feel less alone with this struggle. My latest approach with trying to eat sweets in moderation is that I bought 5 kinds of high quality sweets that I really like and consider worth the calories, and put them in a spot just for me (so as not to have to worry about eating them before others have eaten them). I set out the guideline for myself that I can have a portion size around 100 calories, but only in the evening. I find that if I have sweets earlier in the day, I just keep wanting more. In the evening, I am able to enjoy having the sweet, but my portion is less of a struggle to limit it to one portion. For whatever reason, of the 3 days I've been doing this new approach, 2 nights I haven't even wanted my sweet treat. Crossing my fingers that this approach works...

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6 minutes ago, Lyngolean said:

For whatever reason, of the 3 days I've been doing this new approach, 2 nights I haven't even wanted my sweet treat. Crossing my fingers that this approach works...

Not for "whatever reason". There seems to be a specific reason when you have chosen to believe into the approach that there aren't foods that are forbidden and need to be avoided at all costs: the sweets are "allowed" now. That's the reason you don't crave them as you used to.

This "they're allowed now" makes the sweets less interesting. They're just a food now you can have any single day if you want to. And since the sweets are only for you and you don't have to worry about that they won't be there anymore the minute you really want them there is also no longer the need to "eat them while you still can".

People who experimented with the "intuitive eating" approach are most likely familiar with this effect. It's a very pleasant one.

I personally think this approach takes a lot of courage. However, I also firmly believe it's the most rewarding one in the long run.

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Summerset, you are absolutely correct. That was part of my logic- feeling that part of me was fighting against myself with the proverbial cookie jar on the tippy top shelf and wanting it all the more because of that. I just hope this approach continues to work for me. Intuitive eating is my goal indeed. I used to eat that way for the first 25 years of my life (or so) and manage my weight just fine. I figure if I did it before, I can do it again.

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Hopefully you can stick with approach.

Contrary to what a lot of people seem to think "eating what you really want" doesn't mean stuffing your face with junk food until you pass out every single day of your life.

I personally think it takes a lot of willpower and stamina and faith in yourself and in the process and approach so you don't get sucked back into the I'm-a-hopeless-food-addict-and-need-to-be-abstintent-for-the-rest-of-my-life world. This is especially hard in the WLS community, at least in one where so many people are immediately or only a few months post-op.

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