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How do you stop a candy addiction?

Discussion in 'Other Substances' started by mercurigera, Jun 19, 2015.

  1. mercurigera

    mercurigera Member

    I seem to be addicted to candy--I want it all the time, and I have tried going cold turkey, but my cravings win out in the end. I really want to stop eating it because it is making me gain weight, and ruining my skin...can you please suggest some tips?
  2. Totalarmordestine

    Totalarmordestine Senior Contributor

    Your best bet is still cold turkey. When you crave candy, eat a carrot stick, or other small, healthy snack. Fruit is sweet, so it may help with the sweet tooth. Drink a small glass water when a craving hits. This is often helpful. You likely have a psychological addiction to the sweets, so it is best to fill that time with a healthier activity. The water, fruit/veggies, or sugar-free gum will help with the oral craving.

    Also, it will help with your quitting if you don't completely deprive yourself of sweets. As a reward, say for going 2 days w/o candy, allow yourself a candy bar. Just don't buy a whole bag. Best of luck.
  3. tarverten

    tarverten Senior Contributor

    I have the same issue, and found the best approach for me is a dual strategy: steering clear of temptation, while enjoying in moderation. You know supermarkets devote entire aisles to the candy of the coming holiday, so avoid them! The long walk around the store will do you good; the perimeter has the vegetables, grains and meats you should fill up on. Likewise, avoid the racks of candy in convenience stores. On the moderation bit, make sure candy is not the first item you eat when hungry; make it a treat after the meal is done. You'll crave less, eat less, and savor it more.
  4. blastguardgear

    blastguardgear Senior Contributor

    Look the only thing you could do everytime you feel like to eat candy grab a apples or orange any other things that can satisfy you and eat it. but find something that's sweet not candy and you will stop after a while. what happen was your body needs something sweet to eat. if you do that you'll see some changes soon. but it's gonna take you sometimes to stop. but if you go to hospitals they 're gonna give you all kind of medicine, because the doctors they 're all about money not wanted to help people for real.
  5. CallipygianGamine

    CallipygianGamine Community Champion

    I agree with those who suggest replacing the candy with other things. If you want to buy candy, opt for fruits, seeds and nuts instead. If you can’t resist the cravings then buy it in smaller quantities, rather than a huge bag, so it’s not as readily available.
  6. thepieeatingjay

    thepieeatingjay Senior Contributor

    Well you may just need a lot of sugar naturally, the real question you ask yourself is if you exersise, if you do then chocolate doesn't hurt at all. I exersise a lot and need the sugar so I eat it. By the way are you ready for summer, see you at the beach.
  7. JonnyMacdonald

    JonnyMacdonald Community Champion

    Yea the sugar can be a hard one.
    Thing about our body's is you train it to like certain things, if you eat a lot of candy and sugar then just stop, well your body is going to cry out "hey wheres my sugar!"
    You have two options:
    1)Cold Turk. Stop eating sugar, it will suck for at least a week. After than you will start to crave whatever you happened to be eating the last week.
    2)Wean off. Track how much junk you are eating an aim to reduce it day by day. Takes longer but is easier to handle.

    You can also try natural replacements, fruit is a really good one. Still has sugar but also other things to keep you full and still get vitamins/minerals.
  8. calicer1996

    calicer1996 Community Champion

    Never heard of this type of addiction. But my advice to you would be going cold turkey. Just hang in there. Try replacing candy with something else. This is a very effective method. And remember, it takes time to break or make a habit. So, fight hard!
  9. shadowsupernature

    shadowsupernature Senior Contributor

    chocolate/ sweets don't riun your skin or give you spots. that's just a myth. why don't you try to cut down a little. like a smoker trying to stop. gradually wean yourself off it, or eat so much at once that you feel physically sick at the sight of it. or try something else with lots of sugar in it.
  10. Tremmie

    Tremmie Community Champion

    I feel your pain, same problem here, used to be addicted to drugs and alcohol now it's candy. I'm still trying to find a way to stop my candy binge eating, to no avail. But let me tell you one thing, if you manage to avoid any kind of sugar for one week, one full week without drinking any sugary drink or eating a candy... I guarantee the cravings will stop.
  11. ReadmeByAmy

    ReadmeByAmy Community Champion

    I am not a fan of eating candy because as much as possible I try to avoid eating sweets. That is why I do not know how to feel like if I will just suddenly remove candy from my cravings. But if I were you slowly by slowly you can avoid eating candy and it is within your own desire in order for you to succeed in getting out of this cravings. Always have that positive thoughts that eating too much sweets is not good for your health and believe in yourself that you can do it!
  12. Coolkidhere

    Coolkidhere Community Champion

    In our country, we have natural fruit candies. They are fruits that are preserved and made into candy. These are definitely healthier choices than the normal candies in stores.

    You can also just reach for sweet fruits like grapes, apples or mangoes instead of candies. Being addicted to fruits is better than being addicted to sweets. They are good for your health and they are delicious so try this!
  13. Adrianna

    Adrianna Community Champion

    Yeah this one is tough. Read up on what is in that candy you are eating and what it does to you. Very unhealthy crap mostly. Find healthy snacks. Eat lots of fruit to satisfy the sugar craving. Eat tons of fruit it is good for you and you won't even think about it.
    Cleansing and detoxing the system can get rid of the chemical cravings. They linger in the body and make you want more. Once you get that out than just stick with the healthy choices. Keep the other far away from you. It is like crack.
  14. 6up

    6up Community Champion

    You should know the disadvantages of taking a lot of sugar and sugary foods. Eating sugary foods may lead to one being overweight. Eating sweets causes tooth decay. And I think that we should control our blood sugar levels by avoiding sugary foods.
  15. Lizel

    Lizel Community Champion

    I've heard that there's some sort of pills that minimalize the amount of sugar you need in your organism so you wouldn't "feel" the need to eat that much candy, maybe you should browser about it a little bit?
  16. ZXD22

    ZXD22 Senior Contributor

    Try some all natural sweet and snacks like almonds or peanuts. They should be tasty and tangy enough to get rid of those candied thoughts.
  17. Cheeky_Chick

    Cheeky_Chick Community Champion

    I have struggled with food addictions before, in replacement of other addictions. It is better than some, but of course still not great at all. I find that if I keep myself busy, the symptoms of addiction are much lower than they would be if I was sitting doing nothing all evening (which was when I always ate the most in the past). By changing your lifestyle, even just a little bit, you can help yourself an awful lot.
  18. karmaskeeper

    karmaskeeper Community Champion

    Pull your teeth lol. I wish I knew how to stop a candy addiction cause I really have one. I love candy I like cake, and cookies, but I adore candy the most. Oh and it shows I'm really putting on the weight these days.
  19. k9cb

    k9cb Active Contributor

    As many have said, cold turkey is your best bet, but you could also start eating some healthy snacks to stave off cravings. Candy is addictive really because it causes you to release dopamine, which makes you feel good. On top of that, it also causes your body to produce insulin to move the sugar from you blood to your cells. Insulin, then makes you hungry and makes you crave sugar all over again.

    As a result, I don't know if I would recommend fruit as a snack, because it still has sugar in it (not nearly as much as candy, though), and it won't help your cravings much. At the same time, it could be used as a transition to more healthy alternatives like veggies or protein-rich foods.
  20. bluedressed

    bluedressed Community Champion

    Eat gum. They have sugar-free gum that is actually good for your teeth and to have your mouth busy with something that feels like candy will stave you off nicely.