The No Sugar & Junk Food Thread, For Those That Are Serious About Quitting

roberto

Pelican
Gold Member
Cr33pin said:
except at the Christmas dinner I had the thinnest slice of cake I could cut.

Motherfucker. I did that. Then I cut another. Then another. Then another.

Before I knew it half the fucking thing was gone. As nobody else liked it I threw the rest into the log burner to rid myself of the temptation.

Let's do this fellas.
 

rottenapple

Kingfisher
Gold Member
I'm 4 days in and sugar cravings are strong already. I'm also doing no fap, so the effect is combined I guess. Makes me nervous but I'm sure I will feel better after banging this hot African chick that's on her way.
 

whatday

Ostrich
Gold Member
Cr33pin said:
Last week or maybe two weeks ago when I visited the lifestyle section to post something about a dream I recall seeing the title to this thread.... then numerous times in the past week when at the store or even at the house whenever I see some kind of sugary junk food calling my name the this thread comes to mind and I avoid the sugary temptation, except at the Christmas dinner I had the thinnest slice of cake I could cut.

What I'm trying to say is...... I'M IN

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(I'm not doing this for any kind of weight loss reasons... I''m already fooking smaller now then I have been in years)

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Welcome to the Club, Cr33pin!
 

BeefStew

Pigeon
Spaniard88 said:
Today I ate a jumbo banana split, two Crunch chocolate bars, one large tube of Pringles, one bag of M & M's, one bag of chocolate-covered raisins, one Nutrageous, one bag of banana chips, and one gatorade.

I started the day off so well with a meat and bone marrow soup...and then...

Feel a bit disgusted with myself right now.

I had been doing so well, too.

Im going to wake up tomorrow with like 3 or 4 giant zits...

On the plus side, tomorrow is a new day, a clean slate.

I haven't read the whole thread, so you might have tried this already. But have you tried eliminating specific groups of sugary foods in order to make the process easier and chance of relapse harder?

So instead of eliminating all sugar, start with liquid sugar calories (i.e. all juices and soda) for a few weeks. If you don't drink soda, then hard candy. If you're not a candy eater, then sweets (e.g. pastries, pies, ice cream, doughnuts, etc).

How it could be easier is because you can eat anything else except the restricted food.

Example of random days you might have following this:

Day A: Craves sweets; eats something else unhealthy instead, but not sweets.
Day B: Craves sweets; eats healthy fruit for sweetness craving.
Day C: Craves sweets; skips and eats nothing.

The idea here being that if you can stop eating sweets long enough you're (hopefully) going to crave it less, and eventually your body will as well.

But dropping all sugar at once might be far too restrictive too soon.
 

whatday

Ostrich
Gold Member
BeefStew said:
Spaniard88 said:
Today I ate a jumbo banana split, two Crunch chocolate bars, one large tube of Pringles, one bag of M & M's, one bag of chocolate-covered raisins, one Nutrageous, one bag of banana chips, and one gatorade.

I started the day off so well with a meat and bone marrow soup...and then...

Feel a bit disgusted with myself right now.

I had been doing so well, too.

Im going to wake up tomorrow with like 3 or 4 giant zits...

On the plus side, tomorrow is a new day, a clean slate.

I haven't read the whole thread, so you might have tried this already. But have you tried eliminating specific groups of sugary foods in order to make the process easier and chance of relapse harder?

So instead of eliminating all sugar, start with liquid sugar calories (i.e. all juices and soda) for a few weeks. If you don't drink soda, then hard candy. If you're not a candy eater, then sweets (e.g. pastries, pies, ice cream, doughnuts, etc).

How it could be easier is because you can eat anything else except the restricted food.

Example of random days you might have following this:

Day A: Craves sweets; eats something else unhealthy instead, but not sweets.
Day B: Craves sweets; eats healthy fruit for sweetness craving.
Day C: Craves sweets; skips and eats nothing.

The idea here being that if you can stop eating sweets long enough you're (hopefully) going to crave it less, and eventually your body will as well.

But dropping all sugar at once might be far too restrictive too soon.

I generally don't drink soda pop or "energy drinks," that's probably less than 2% of my liquid intake, so that's not an issue.

However, ice cream, chocolates, potato chips, and pastries are another story. The thing is I can't control myself, some people are able to have a little bit, like what you're describing, I know that because I've seen people live like that, but for me it's all or nothing. If I have one Dunkin' Donuts, then I'll keep going, if I have one chocolate, then I'll keep going, one ice cream, one bag of chips, same thing. It's disgusting. I mean I can moderate for a while, I've gone entire months being moderate/reasonable, but as long as I'm permitting myself to eat junk, inevitably I binge, it's just a matter of time.

So far so good, though, I'm on day 5.
 

BeefStew

Pigeon
Spaniard88 said:
BeefStew said:
Spaniard88 said:
Today I ate a jumbo banana split, two Crunch chocolate bars, one large tube of Pringles, one bag of M & M's, one bag of chocolate-covered raisins, one Nutrageous, one bag of banana chips, and one gatorade.

I started the day off so well with a meat and bone marrow soup...and then...

Feel a bit disgusted with myself right now.

I had been doing so well, too.

Im going to wake up tomorrow with like 3 or 4 giant zits...

On the plus side, tomorrow is a new day, a clean slate.

I haven't read the whole thread, so you might have tried this already. But have you tried eliminating specific groups of sugary foods in order to make the process easier and chance of relapse harder?

So instead of eliminating all sugar, start with liquid sugar calories (i.e. all juices and soda) for a few weeks. If you don't drink soda, then hard candy. If you're not a candy eater, then sweets (e.g. pastries, pies, ice cream, doughnuts, etc).

How it could be easier is because you can eat anything else except the restricted food.

Example of random days you might have following this:

Day A: Craves sweets; eats something else unhealthy instead, but not sweets.
Day B: Craves sweets; eats healthy fruit for sweetness craving.
Day C: Craves sweets; skips and eats nothing.

The idea here being that if you can stop eating sweets long enough you're (hopefully) going to crave it less, and eventually your body will as well.

But dropping all sugar at once might be far too restrictive too soon.

I generally don't drink soda pop or "energy drinks," that's probably less than 2% of my liquid intake, so that's not an issue.

However, ice cream, chocolates, potato chips, and pastries are another story. The thing is I can't control myself, some people are able to have a little bit, like what you're describing, I know that because I've seen people live like that, but for me it's all or nothing. If I have one Dunkin' Donuts, then I'll keep going, if I have one chocolate, then I'll keep going, one ice cream, one bag of chips, same thing. It's disgusting. I mean I can moderate for a while, I've gone entire months being moderate/reasonable, but as long as I'm permitting myself to eat junk, inevitably I binge, it's just a matter of time.

So far so good, though, I'm on day 5.

Well, what I'm getting at is that by eliminating all sugar you're essentially depriving yourself of an entire category of carbohydrate; this means you can't even eat healthier forms of sugar, such as fruit, yogurt, milk, etc.

This is much more depriving and could increase likelihood of failure or binge moments of weakness. Some people do better eliminating everything all at once, others require more gradual steps.

So in your case, you'd eliminate all sweets (ice cream, doughnuts, etc). Now when you do have moments of weakness, you can eat other foods -- perhaps with sugar -- instead to help reduce the cravings, such as fruits, yogurt, etc.

This way you at least get somewhat of a sugar fix but avoid the main culprits (sweets). As time passes, you gradually try and get better and better at which foods you substitute sweets for as cravings arise; ideally, your cravings for those specific hot button sweets will naturally dwindle over time from abstinence.

Eventually, you'll almost entirely lose the desire for sweets, and when a sweet tooth arises, your instincts now pull you to an apple.
 

whatday

Ostrich
Gold Member
BeefStew said:
Spaniard88 said:
BeefStew said:
Spaniard88 said:
Today I ate a jumbo banana split, two Crunch chocolate bars, one large tube of Pringles, one bag of M & M's, one bag of chocolate-covered raisins, one Nutrageous, one bag of banana chips, and one gatorade.

I started the day off so well with a meat and bone marrow soup...and then...

Feel a bit disgusted with myself right now.

I had been doing so well, too.

Im going to wake up tomorrow with like 3 or 4 giant zits...

On the plus side, tomorrow is a new day, a clean slate.

I haven't read the whole thread, so you might have tried this already. But have you tried eliminating specific groups of sugary foods in order to make the process easier and chance of relapse harder?

So instead of eliminating all sugar, start with liquid sugar calories (i.e. all juices and soda) for a few weeks. If you don't drink soda, then hard candy. If you're not a candy eater, then sweets (e.g. pastries, pies, ice cream, doughnuts, etc).

How it could be easier is because you can eat anything else except the restricted food.

Example of random days you might have following this:

Day A: Craves sweets; eats something else unhealthy instead, but not sweets.
Day B: Craves sweets; eats healthy fruit for sweetness craving.
Day C: Craves sweets; skips and eats nothing.

The idea here being that if you can stop eating sweets long enough you're (hopefully) going to crave it less, and eventually your body will as well.

But dropping all sugar at once might be far too restrictive too soon.

I generally don't drink soda pop or "energy drinks," that's probably less than 2% of my liquid intake, so that's not an issue.

However, ice cream, chocolates, potato chips, and pastries are another story. The thing is I can't control myself, some people are able to have a little bit, like what you're describing, I know that because I've seen people live like that, but for me it's all or nothing. If I have one Dunkin' Donuts, then I'll keep going, if I have one chocolate, then I'll keep going, one ice cream, one bag of chips, same thing. It's disgusting. I mean I can moderate for a while, I've gone entire months being moderate/reasonable, but as long as I'm permitting myself to eat junk, inevitably I binge, it's just a matter of time.

So far so good, though, I'm on day 5.

Well, what I'm getting at is that by eliminating all sugar you're essentially depriving yourself of an entire category of carbohydrate; this means you can't even eat healthier forms of sugar, such as fruit, yogurt, milk, etc.

This is much more depriving and could increase likelihood of failure or binge moments of weakness. Some people do better eliminating everything all at once, others require more gradual steps.

So in your case, you'd eliminate all sweets (ice cream, doughnuts, etc). Now when you do have moments of weakness, you can eat other foods -- perhaps with sugar -- instead to help reduce the cravings, such as fruits, yogurt, etc.

This way you at least get somewhat of a sugar fix but avoid the main culprits (sweets). As time passes, you gradually try and get better and better at which foods you substitute sweets for as cravings arise; ideally, your cravings for those specific hot button sweets will naturally dwindle over time from abstinence.

Eventually, you'll almost entirely lose the desire for sweets, and when a sweet tooth arises, your instincts now pull you to an apple.

Oh yeah man, I'm not eliminating all sugar, I'm eliminating junk food.

I eat fruits every day, that's how I'm able to stave off the cravings for junk food for months at a time.

Yeah, I've never tried eliminating all sugar...I wouldn't be on board with that, I like fruits.
 

Cr33pin

Peacock
Gold Member
I think cause I joined the cause I think more about sugary sweets then I did before. It's like the forbidden fruit... but instead of fruit its sugary snacks.

I'm still holding strong though!
 

Cr33pin

Peacock
Gold Member
Spaniard88 said:
Today I ate a jumbo banana split, two Crunch chocolate bars, one large tube of Pringles, one bag of M & M's, one bag of chocolate-covered raisins, one Nutrageous, one bag of banana chips, and one gatorade.

I started the day off so well with a meat and bone marrow soup...and then...

Feel a bit disgusted with myself right now.

I had been doing so well, too.

Im going to wake up tomorrow with like 3 or 4 giant zits...

On the plus side, tomorrow is a new day, a clean slate.

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Today marks 25 days completely refined sugar (ice cream, chocolate etc.), bread, and junk food free

As someone who has been trying to quit refined sugar almost daily for about 3 to 4 years - I can't tell you guys how worth it it is.

You spend less money, you feel better inside (mentally and physically), your skin clears up, and you obviously lose fat/look leaner.

If you guys achieve one thing in 2019 - do this.
 

BostonBMW

Kingfisher
GT777733 said:
Today marks 25 days completely refined sugar (ice cream, chocolate etc.), bread, and junk food free

As someone who has been trying to quit refined sugar almost daily for about 3 to 4 years - I can't tell you guys how worth it it is.

You spend less money, you feel better inside (mentally and physically), your skin clears up, and you obviously lose fat/look leaner.

If you guys achieve one thing in 2019 - do this.

Nice. Congrats for finishing 25 days without refined sugar. I have been steadily cutting sugar from the diet (no sugar in coffee etc.), as I suspect I may have diabeetus (runs in the family).

Starting today, I am going cold turkey on sugar, processed foods that may contain sugar.

This thread is an inspiration. Much like many others, I have no problem cutting alcohol, however sugar has been a devious opponent. I have gotten in the habit of reading ingredients for everything I buy. The unknown (downright toxic stuff) that we have been putting in our bodies is absolutely sickening.

For the readers based in the U.S., please check out this link and decide for yourselves:

https://www.foodmatters.com/article/8-additives-from-the-us-that-are-banned-in-other-countries
 
I stopped eating junk food almost 2 years ago. I've had patches (mostly a few days over the 3 years) where I've eaten crap but by and large it's been real foods only.

I went cold turkey after eating too many sweets in one sitting and that was it. Never looked back. In the last few days I've really taken my diet to new levels and have cut out all breads and peanut butters which I've been wanting to do for a while now.

I don't use any oils, butter, condiments or anything. Just plain food and fruits as a snack. I love my diet. Don't be afraid to turn your back on junk food forever. I actually get a near ecstatic feeling when I'm eating things like oranges now.

For those of you who want to get leaner without doing any extra gym work, this is for you.
 
The King said:
I stopped eating junk food almost 2 years ago. I've had patches (mostly a few days over the 3 years) where I've eaten crap but by and large it's been real foods only.

I went cold turkey after eating too many sweets in one sitting and that was it. Never looked back. In the last few days I've really taken my diet to new levels and have cut out all breads and peanut butters which I've been wanting to do for a while now.

I don't use any oils, butter, condiments or anything. Just plain food and fruits as a snack. I love my diet. Don't be afraid to turn your back on junk food forever. I actually get a near ecstatic feeling when I'm eating things like oranges now.

For those of you who want to get leaner without doing any extra gym work, this is for you.

So true.

I'm close to day 30 now, and having a banana now is a similar sensation to what having a chocolate bar used to be like.

Someone I know literally would not believe me when I told them that the other day.

Awesome to hear there are guys that have gone years without refined sugar based foods and junk foods.

I'm going to be aiming to do the same.
 

Cr33pin

Peacock
Gold Member
When you fail on your plans to quit sugar.... its easy to fail big.

Saturday night I broke down an ate 3 little bags of mini cookies that have been taunting me from a shelf for a week.... then I ended up eating 3 packets of nutella and some cracker sticks.... then I felt like absolute shit. It's like a junkie or alcoholic relapsing, its quite scary.
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Cr33pin

Peacock
Gold Member
I'll share this here as well since the story stems from my sugary confession in this thread

Cr33pin said:
I've never bought Nutella in my life... never searched for it online. However there was some in the house I'm currently staying in and I binged on it and then confessed my sins in the "No sugar and Junk food" thread 45 mins ago and I typed that nutella was one of my sins.

Then I open Amazon to order some conditioner for my beard and guess whats the first item recommended for me on the home page....... anyone.... anyone care to guess? NUTELLA

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Georges89 said:
First of all, it seems it could be more productive to either have a set goal in mind for how long we want to avoid junk food OR have a set number of cheat days each week or month for example. We could all look forward to the cheat days together, and motivate each other to stay on track.

In other words, I think its important to have some rewards and not to feel that we can't eat any bad food or sugar at all.

The concept of cheat days is something I find a bit difficult to understand. So you're setting some days aside to reward yourself for staying off a behaviour you're trying to quit, with the same behaviour you're trying to quit. As an adult do you really need that kind of positive reinforcement?
 

rottenapple

Kingfisher
Gold Member
Half a month in, so far has been tough in the beginning with cravings, now those are more occasional. I still eat a lot of fruits (mostly apples, kiwis and oranges), just no junk food or added sugar. Haven't lost any weight I think, mental clarity might be a bit better. Have been sleeping and dreaming a lot more but that might be more related to No fap. I think I will need to evaluate on a longer time frame, so far not much difference.

Btw you guys eat those 0% sugar things that might have aspartame or other sweeteners? For me I do but only for protein shakes and for these jelly things which have 10calories a cup. Aspartame doesn't spike your glycogen so I guess it works, but probably unhealthy for many other reasons. Better to limit it as well.
 

JimBobsCooters

Woodpecker
Marshall D. Teach said:
Georges89 said:
First of all, it seems it could be more productive to either have a set goal in mind for how long we want to avoid junk food OR have a set number of cheat days each week or month for example. We could all look forward to the cheat days together, and motivate each other to stay on track.

In other words, I think its important to have some rewards and not to feel that we can't eat any bad food or sugar at all.

The concept of cheat days is something I find a bit difficult to understand. So you're setting some days aside to reward yourself for staying off a behaviour you're trying to quit, with the same behaviour you're trying to quit. As an adult do you really need that kind of positive reinforcement?

To be honest for mine it's more about enjoying life. I don't eat the bad things because they're bad for me, I eat them because they taste fucking great and I enjoy eating them. I want to avoid them because they're bad for me, especially in significant quantities.

Always reminds me of this joke when people go hardcore and cut everything out:

I recently turned 65 and had to choose a new primary care physician for my Medicare program.

After two visits and exhaustive lab tests, he said I was doing "fairly well" for my age.

A little concerned about that comment, I couldn't resist asking him, "Do you think I will live to be 80?"

He asked: Do you smoke tobacco or drink alcoholic beverages?"

"Oh no," I replied. "I don't do drugs, either."

"Do you have many friends and entertain frequently?"

"I said, "No, I usually stay home and keep to myself".

"Do you eat rib-eye steaks and barbecued ribs?"

I said, "No, my other doctor said that all red meat is unhealthy!"

"Do you spend a lot of time in the sun, like playing golf, sailing, hiking, or bicycling?"

"No, I don't," I said.

"Do you gamble, drive fast cars, or have a lot of sex?"

"No," I said. "I don't do any of those things."

He looked at me and said, "Then why do you want to live to 80?




That said I'm now at 10 days and counting. Had a genuine test today as went to the nearby supermarket that stocks all my favourite things, proudly walked out with nothing but the toothpaste I went in for (well, toothpaste at least). Was also craving a pizza for dinner but successfully went down the salad path instead. Little wins.

Still finding avoiding soft drink to be relatively easy but the chocolate cravings are real.
 
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