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How do you stop a candy addiction?

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

  1. rightct

    rightct Community Champion

    Look at your body now. Is it alright, physically? If so, it could be easy to imagine yourself overweight. Are you already overweight? I pretty much doubt you want to be obese... it's not very hard if you have the sufficient self-motivation and ambition within yourself.
  2. Tsky45

    Tsky45 Community Champion

    A candy addiction is nothing new. You can get addicted to candy easily, but you have to find healthy alternatives. Try fruit or those welches fruit snacks. No one really likes sugar free candy. But the best way is to find a healthier way to satisfy your sweet tooth.
  3. kassie1234

    kassie1234 Community Champion

    I used to eat a fair bit of candy - I have a sweet tooth by nature! But I realized it wasn't healthy for me, so I tried cutting back and drinking green tea when I get those sweets cravings. I read somewhere once that green tea has an enzyme or something in it that actually decreases the cravings that we have for sweet flavored things. Now I don't know if it's a placebo since I read that, or if it's true, but it seems to work!
  4. serenity

    serenity Community Champion

    I think just replacing candy with peanuts or sunflower seeds can help with your addiction. Also try to go out or be busy more often. When you're busy, you will tend to forget to engage in "bored eating".
  5. Lizel

    Lizel Community Champion

    I've heard about pills that minimize the demand for sugar, maybe you should ask your pharmacist in the local pharmacy for such pills?
  6. Damien Lee

    Damien Lee Community Champion

    It's best to replace sweets with eating fruits which are far healthier and also contain sugar. Just avoid eating too many bananas as those are high in sugar content, diabetics should avoid them. The body does need and crave sugar, but moderate amounts and the sugar intake should come strictly from fruits. After a 2-3 weeks of eating fruits regularly, one will gradually start making the adjustment.
  7. JonnyMacdonald

    JonnyMacdonald Community Champion

    I always caution people about this type of medication, it's better to just try to stop naturally then to use drugs.
    Perhaps for really bad substance abuse problems drugs might be a good option, but for things like diet simple lifestyle changes are always recommended.
  8. vegito12

    vegito12 Community Champion

    I think it is something which can be addictive and need to try and see if you can have fruits which can be better for the taste buds, and this can be something which will take time to get over as the taste may seem nice nice the mouth but for the body it is not really nice. Candy does have a lot of sugar and it can make us feel like having more which may be alright sometimes and need to be aware of when we are eating it, as at night it may give more energy and we may not get much sleep. I reckon that we need to be careful in the consumption of candies which can make the teeth which can cause the oral health, to be affected and then it can get worse for the person.
  9. misskrystal1982

    misskrystal1982 Active Contributor

    Sugar is definitely a hard one. The best thing you can do is replace it with something similar. Maybe something with less sugar at first if you have a real problem. Say Tootsie roll pops. Don't eat them, but suck on them. Allow yourself that and only that. Eventually once you have that mastered, figure out how many tootsie pops you eat in a day and reduce that amount. Once that is easy, reduce it again.

    It's not a race to see how fast you can get yourself to quit. The slow and stable approach is the one that lasts, long term.
  10. DLWright

    DLWright Member

    Do you have a preference on soft or crunchy candy? It is possible you have an oral stimulation need to crunch. Carrot sticks, ice cubes, anything crunchy will help. Find a healthier option to eat any time you are craving candy.

    You should also drink lots of water. This is going to help flush stuff out of your body a little faster. I'd be very careful about eating candy again once you break the habit. It can be easy to back peddle. I also urge you to be careful to replace candy/sweets with one alternative. While being addicted to carrots isn't as bad as candy, you don't really want to be addicted to anything. :(
  11. doatk22

    doatk22 Community Champion

    This one is hard for me. I have such a bad sweet tooth and will randomly crave sweets. I can go for a good while without them, but then want to go to the store and get them. I guess we just have to learn stronger will power!
  12. Jasmine2015

    Jasmine2015 Community Champion

    I would suggest taking it slowly since going cold turkey didn't work. I know someone who doesn't like candy and always gave away her candy goodie bags at school. Candy can contain addictives which makes it hard to give it up. As I've posted before, if you like eating your chocolate, just choose a darker chocolate since it will have less sugar than milk chocolate. Have you tried dried fruit? I recently bought some dried peach halves made from Sunmaid.
  13. zaerine

    zaerine Community Champion

    I also think that better to eat fruits instead of candy like grapes or prunes. You can also try eating various types of nuts and peanuts when craving for a candy. Those could be better and healthy alternative for you.
  14. E.Mil

    E.Mil Community Champion

    You can try going cold turkey or you can try weening yourself off it. These two are good options but it's really going to come down to what works best for you. I love candy and when I need a break from it I won't purchase it and develop my will power as best I can.
  15. SLTE

    SLTE Community Champion

    Yeah, despite what a lot of people in this thread have said I haven't found fruit to be as effective a deterrent as I might have hoped. I have a desperate sweet tooth as well, and if I'm given the option between fruit or candy I almost never go for the fruit. When I do, too, I always want candy afterwards, because sugar, amirite?

    Cold turkey's probably the best way to go. I've also found exercise to be good for repressing sugar urges, but that might not be a universal fact.