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Vjsull
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I have 16 months sober, for which I am extremely grateful. But I have gained 30 pounds since I became sober. I eat ice cream with crushed cookies and chocolate syrup almost every night. I eat healthy and lightly during the day, but I really look forward to my "treat" at night. I know that I have traded my vodka for ice cream, and I need to stop! Does anyone have any advise or suggestions? Thanks in advance.

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It may sound different, but here it goes.

When I first sobered up I was told that sweets help with cravings for alcohol so this may pass when you get over the cravings. One of the promises.

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Over the years I have sobered up, stopped smoking and I have gained a lot of weight due to age and giving up those other vises. I have my dark chocolate I indulge in from time to time as a means to relax or so it is between my ears.

Last time I checked snaking on sweets doesn't get our license pulled or get us put in jail, unless we are stealing. :lol:
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I had a similar experience. The suggestion I got was to wait a while before I started working on diet, caffeine, or nicotine. I can tell you that in time, I have found a relative balance with all of them.
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Mee too! Cookies & ice cream with chocolate sauce too!

Here's what I did. I got online and found a site that allowed me to not only count my calories but become aware of portion sizes and what exercises burn how much of what. I think it was called spark, but I am not endorsing it as any miracle cure... just that they have a bank of what brands have what calories etc, type in what you are cooking and it will pop up with all kinds of nutritional information. I also bought a digital scale for the first time in my life lol... portion control was a big deal and I still have not found a way to get an adequate amount of protein, since I don't like meat much.

I lost weight by becoming a more healthy eater! I KNEW I wanted to save some fat calories for my midnight ice cream so I switched to fat free cheese and put less 2% milk on my cereal. I exercised what I could, not much with my health condition... But the real benefit was learning about how I eat and what good it was. Ice berg lettuce & tomatoes are worthless - but ranch dressing is extremely fat filled! I now use fat-free and do not find too much difference in the flavor, but salads are not in my meal plan due to a lack of necessary nutrients. Certainly not the kind of research that I did as a drunk!

So before you diet, later & with the permission of a doctor, you can get educated! I'll be thinking of you tonight when I eat Brownie Batter ice cream, w/ chocolate sauce of course! (surprisingly not a lot of fat in cho sauce!)
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Yeah, definatly I can relate!

I was told in early days that sweets can reduce a craving and I found myself much more attracted to sweets, and same as you, icecream which I topped off with chocolate syrup. Cravings for sweets began to wane around the end of year one and Ipretty much returned to normal without trying. I gave up the smokes several years later and added on approx. 15 pounds. again these naturally went off me, but this time, in about 5 years.

I tend to not eat sugary foods any more, I think I may be reactive to it. But nothing is going to effect me like alcohol did, well, except drugs, which I know if I tried them I would be a gonner probably dead by now.

I stopped drinking coffee and black tea, it just made me jittery as I got older, and a good sleep is more important to me now.

Diets cause depression, weakness of mind and energy levels fall. So beware of dieting and over excersizing.
I enjoy my life today, after all I went through hell, like we all have, so I don't even try restricting nice enjoyable things!
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Hi Vjsull and welcome.

Congratulations on 16 months of sobriety!
Vjsull wrote:.... I eat ice cream with crushed cookies and chocolate syrup almost every night...
That sounds sooooo yummy!!! So glad I read your post AFTER I did my grocery shopping for the week or I'd have brought home all those goodies home with me..... :lol:

My sweet tooth didn't come back for a long time after I got sober, but when it finally did, I found out I was just as powerless over cheese cake, pecan pie, twinkies, apple fritters, ice cream, or anything chocolate, etc, as I had been over alcohol--even used the same denials, rationalizations, justifications for my food binging as I had with my drinking. What worked for me is to switch to a high protein diet--meat & veggies only, no carbs--for about 3 days. Doing that took care of my cravings for sweets and seemed to restore me to sanity. These days I find that if I give myself permission to over indulge in some kind of 1000 calorie dessert smothered in caramel and/or chocolate sauce about once a week, my weight remains stable as long as I eat healthy and exercise the rest of the week. Good luck!
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Vjsull wrote:I eat ice cream with crushed cookies and chocolate syrup almost every night
Ben and Jerry's? I love that too. Some things are like booze for me too. I've got to avoid the 'first one' and I'm okay. At meetings when someone puts a packet of biscuits on the table, I either wilfully don't touch them, or I eat a lot of them; I get that phenomenon of craving with sweet stuff, just like I did with booze.

A lot of us get fit and do the cliche of running a marathon when we put down the booze. Ever thought of that?
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I heard ice cream so I came running.
:D When I quit drinking I weighed 120 pounds now im 185 :shock:
But I would usually drink my dinner. Pork chop in ever can right. When I quit my appetite came back. Id go to bed and be laying there @ 10:30 starving. So id go to the kitchen and chow down. But I felt good and was happy and sober. Im sure my cholesterol is up a little but I know my blood alcohol is not. I dont smoke or drink so I'm gonna enjoy eating what I shouldn't.
Until I become diabetic.
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At sixteen months of sobriety "craving" sugar probably has nothing to do with the biological or psychological aspect of sobriety. It is just another one of those things you will have to deal with or ignore. Don't look to deep for a source of your problem. You have just formed a bad habit that you will either live with or correct. Good Luck.

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You can try creativity and knowledge about eating if you feel the need.
Find something that you still enjoy and you feel is a treat
and that is healthier for you.

This is something I enjoy. Frozen strawberries, frozen blueberries.
Sometimes I pour on a bit of pure maple syrup.

Add your eating habits in your evening inventory and morning prayers.
Make little changes over time and develop new habits.

Take up an exercise you enjoy. It doesn't have to be the traditional type.
Use creativity, maybe gardening or hikes or Ti Chi, playing with kids or join an activity.

I am sure you get the picture.
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DID SOMEONE SAY ICE CREAM? :mrgreen: :lol: :) :D :shock: :o :mrgreen: =confused =biggrin :lol: :? 8) 8)
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