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So, I have Crohns (which has been in remission for a long time) and have given up a lot of 'bad' things because of it: coffee, alcohol, dairy, pizza...
But the one thing I haven't been able to give up is sugar, especially chocolate. When I say sugar I mean cookies, jam, honey, cakes, juice, soda. The usual. Especially chocolate. God I love chocolate. And because eating and pooping both can hurt like hell when you have Crohns, one of my bad habits has been to have a snack instead of a real food.
I have always been overweight, except for when my Crohns was bad. But now, at 42 years old, I am the heaviest I have ever been, and I want to lose weight.
I want to give up sugar and chocolate, or at least reduce my intake drastically. But I just can't. When I gave up coffee, I got 3 weeks of headaches and feeling like crap, but then the physical addiction to caffeine was gone and I felt much better. Alcohol was harder because of the lifestyle effects, but nowadays I maybe have a drink once or twice a year, and that is fine too.
How can I give up sugar? When I stop eating chocolate I just crave it insanely and feel physically awful. I get headaches and feel grumpy. And I'm pretty grumpy to start off with, so I become more like a bear that's just woken up. I guess my blood sugar is being affected?
What I really want to know is can I give it up or reduce it and expect a point when I don't crave sugar any more? Is there any evidence that sugar is physically addictive? Have any of you been in my situation and found that after X months they don't miss sugar?
I already know that lots of hippies and food-faddists think sugar is addictive, but I'd like to know if there's scientific consensus on that.
Please remember this is not a debate thread, and that I'm looking for mainstream science rather than fringe. Thanks.
I figure I could take a bear.