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Breaking The Sugar Cravings

by Courtney on December 28, 2010

Well, so far my day has been spent sitting around doing a whole lot of nothing…and I LOVE it. :-D

I’ve been waiting for the past 5 hours for the taper to come and work in the kitchen and he finally just arrived. As soon as he’s done, I’m outta here to run some errands.

While waiting around for our taper to get here, I’ve been doing a lot of TV watching, magazine reading, and playing around with the new blog…notice anything different?? ;)

Eventually, it was time to break for lunch.

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Raw veggies + roasted red pepper hommus

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Plus the rest of my leftover Ruby Tuesday’s chicken on a whole wheat Arnold’s Sandwich Thin.

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Just as good the second time around…yummmm. :-P

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Take a look at the sunshine! It’s a bright one here today. :)

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After lunch, I was still craving something sweet. No surprise there.

Truth be told, I’ve been eating a lot more sweets than you guys see here on the blog. A piece of chocolate here, a cookie there, a handful of pretzel M&M’s…and much of this has been going undocumented.

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Granted, I’ve never claimed to document everything that enters my mouth here on STSL, but I do usually try to make a solid attempt to show a good portrayal of it.

Unfortunately, I haven’t been showing a good portrayal of this…

A few days ago, I read Tina’s post on sugar cravings and more mindful eating and it really hit home. In these last few weeks leading up to Christmas, I’ve been faced with numerous opportunities to enjoy copious amounts of delicious, sweet treats.

And I enjoyed them. Without hesitation. However, it seems as though the more sugar I consume, I crave it even more. It’s a vicious cycle, I’ll tell ya!

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Many evenings have been spent going to bed feeling pretty sluggish and lethargic. Stomach aches have not been out of the norm, and my energy levels have taken a serious drop.

It’s time to take action! :shock:

So what’s up next? Sugar detox? Diet?

Hell no! I’m not crazy!

But it is time to start holding myself accountable. The extra sugar is not worth it’s side-effects. So, one small victory at a time, I will attempt to wean myself off of this astronomical sugar-high my body is currently accustomed to.

Starting this afternoon…

I had a craving for chocolate, so I had some.

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And by some, I mean one piece. A delicious raspberry cream, to be exact.

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It was perfect, exactly what I wanted, and left me satisfied. Now I’ve got my big bottle of water next to me, since I’ve gotta work on drinking more of that, too.

YAY for small victories!! :-D

Question for the Day:

How do you handle extreme cravings?

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1 Carrie (Moves 'N Munchies) December 28, 2010 at 2:57 pm

im going through some crazy sugar cravings too and i have not been so successful today! I’m going to jump on that bandwagon with you too and try to cut back a little!
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2 vvvv December 28, 2010 at 5:28 pm

haha chicken sandwich look delious!

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3 Blog is the New Black December 28, 2010 at 5:57 pm

I’m right there with you, lady. Sugar cravings like woah!
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4 Amy B @ Second City Randomness December 28, 2010 at 6:01 pm

The sugary/buttery baked goods cravings have been rough to deal with the last couple of weeks! Over the holiday weekend, I just let go of any guilt. But I do know it’s time to become more aware of the sweets going in my mouth. And up the veggies!
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5 Alyssa Kuminski December 28, 2010 at 6:14 pm

It’s always tough to break the sugar cravings!! Good luck :)
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6 Jen December 28, 2010 at 8:23 pm

I’ve been a fan of your blog for awhile, but also read C&C. I can’t help but say I am disappointed in your recent post. It’s one thing to get inspiration from someone’s blog, but this post is like a carbon copy of Tina’s. As a suggestion, perhaps you should take inspiration rather than using someone else’s post as your own.

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7 Courtney December 28, 2010 at 8:33 pm

Thank you for your suggestion, Jen. I can see where my post is certainly similar to Tina’s, however I never intended to use hers as my own. That’s the main reason I linked to it to show the comparison. Yes, I have goals that are similar to hers, but I don’t know if I’d consider the two posts carbon copies.

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8 christina December 28, 2010 at 10:04 pm

ugh the sugar cravings have been out of control for me! i need to break that crap!!

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9 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] December 28, 2010 at 10:14 pm

I’m right there with you & Tina! Kicking the sugar habit in 2011!!

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10 Heather December 28, 2010 at 11:52 pm

i was just flipping through the august 2010 issue of Glamour (did you see my post today in which I say I have stacks upon stacks of magazines that i’m still waiting to read….ahem…)

Women take in 334 more calories a day than a few decades ago, a majority of which is said to come from sugar intake. Interesting, eh? i’m thinking I will be bringing something OTHER than candy/treats to the movies tomorrow. :)
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11 Shawna December 29, 2010 at 9:15 am

I love The Country Trunk! <3
I keep sugar-free gum handy when I feel myself overloading on sugar or going for another cookie or piece of chocolate…sometimes popping that in my mouth even for a few minutes serves as the perfect distraction.

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12 CaSaundra December 29, 2010 at 9:23 am

I love lazy days—glad you’re getting a few in on your vacation!

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13 Fit Chick in the City December 29, 2010 at 10:23 pm

I just posted about the same thing! I’ve been consuming way to much sugar. The lethargic feelings and stomach aches, must come to an end for me too!
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