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DUNADEE
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8/5/12 10:31 P

ON "60 MINUTES" TONIGHT, RESEARCH HAS SHOWN SUGAR AND HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP ARE TOXIC AND ADDICTIVE. BRAIN STUDIES COMPARED IT TO COCAINE ADDICTION. I DO NOT USE REFINED SUGAR BUT YOU CAN BE SURE THAT I WILL READ LABELS FROM NOW ON.



SALONKITTY
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8/5/12 7:23 A

I was a total sugar monster and my body did not "go into shock" when I gave it up cold turkey. I was eating a high fat/low carb diet and beginning an exercise program at the same time, so I didn't experience cravings or anything of that nature. Since I have been eating low carb, whole foods, and not eating sugar or grains, my body has been much happier and not felt like it needs sugar or carby foods to keep it going. For some of us, cutting it out completely has indeed worked best. It didn't work for me to eat these things in moderation, as I just found myself craving them more and having to deal with the blood sugar rollercoaster. That is awful, and not sustainable for me. I also could not lose weight and keep it off that way. So cutting these things out of my life is what was best for me, without a doubt.



HARRY941
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7/31/12 8:50 A

I totally agree with you Maddy931, if you attempt to fully cut out a certain food type your body goes in to shock mode and gets worried, so the next time you have it, it will crave it more, its best to cut down not cut out :D



CHIHAYA
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7/30/12 11:20 P

Carb is sugar... Well, comlex chmical state but eventually it will be broken down to sugar. Just in case...



KFWOHLFORD
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7/30/12 12:15 P

When you go without sugar for awhile (even just a week or two) and then you eat something sweet, it tastes TOO sweet. Now I only have dark chocolate (85%) and one square at a time.

I just cut out all refined sugar and white flour from my diet. Now I only have fruit-sweetened stuff, maple syrup, mostly just in foods that I have prepared at home and lightly sweetened.

The main advantage of this choice is that it excludes a ton of processed foods that contain white sugar or white flour and are no good for you.




SNOOPY-ACE
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7/30/12 6:02 A

When you go without sugar for a while, when you do eat it. It made me feel sick to my stomach.



SALONKITTY
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7/30/12 1:47 A

Hehe! No, sugar is not a food group....though if you had asked me that a couple of months ago, I would have heartily agreed that it was. It was one of mine!

I agree that stopping sugar has really made most desserts unpalatable. On the other hand, it has made me really enjoy and appreciate the sweetness of fruits and berries.



PARISAPRIL1
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7/29/12 8:46 A

I don't think sugar is considered a food group...

I try not to eat sugar or use sugar in cooking whenever possible. I also avoid artificial sweeteners of all kinds. I like to use small amounts of honey or maple syrup to sweeten my foods when I bake, which isn't very often.

It's really amazing how your palate changes. Most desserts I eat (that someone else has made) don't even taste good because the sugar takes over everything.



MADDY931
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7/28/12 8:19 P

I don't think you should cut out any sort of food group but that's my opinion.



SALONKITTY
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7/28/12 5:48 P

I stopped eating sugar a little over three weeks ago and I feel fantastic! I don't have sugar or carb cravings anymore, and I don't find myself fighting hunger pangs. Like Cath63, I also eat low carb, and that has been working great for me. I have tons of energy, no mood swings, no cravings or odd hunger as I mentioned, and my skin looks great. I also sleep better! And yes, I'm losing weight and reducing my body fat, too.

Edited to add: I don't feel like I've limited my diet, really. Yes, certain foods have been cut out, but I've substituted them for healthy whole foods that taste great and are much more satisfying.

Edited by: SALONKITTY at: 7/28/2012 (17:52)


CATH63
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7/28/12 3:16 P

I started doing low-carb July 2 and therefore have been sugar-free since then. It was SUPER HARD the first week - I was addicted to sweet tea and I went through all of the withdrawl symptoms associated with going cold-turkey. However, after the first week it's been great and the best part is I don't even want anything sweet or carby. That's a major big deal for me.

I lost 5.2 pounds in 3 weeks and hope to have lost more when I weigh Monday. I had been following a low-fat / low-calorie diet since January but had stalled in early March until I started this July 2.

I am eating WAY more calories than I ever did while counting calories and I'm never hungry.

I would recommend giving up sugar to everyone. As far as going totally low-carb...that's different for everyone. It's working for me but many people feel like they'd rather find another way than give up bread, pasta, etc.



FITANDFUN7
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7/28/12 2:47 P

I stopped eating sugar about 4.5 months ago. At first it was almost imposable I didn't know if I could do it. I had to read all the labels back and forth, change my sweetener to Twins, learn how to use it and dump anything that had sugar in it out.... I worked on it. Now it is easier I no longer have the sugar cravings and don't like it if I accidentally have it. It is worth it. It changes you. Other flavours become just as important, sour, spicy things like that. It is hard to explain but I feel sugar was bringing me down.

Edited by: FITANDFUN7 at: 7/28/2012 (14:52)


LADYJEXIE_2
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1/27/12 4:48 A

... maybe some would thrive on it

not me ... I try to limit 'added sugar' but not fruit



APRECI8
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1/27/12 4:09 A

We are about to start of challenge at work called Sugar Smasher - where goal is 20 out of 29 days of 'no sugar'!! I feel so much better when I leave sugar alone - so I am going to start my sugar smasher NOW on 1/27/12. I have eliminated most artificial sweetners as well, except for pure stevia and occasionally xylitol. thanks for the thread - how did your 21 days of no sugar go?



GOGHGIRL1
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1/14/12 8:52 A

I have to say I'm against any "diet" that totally cuts ANY food or group....granted, sugar is something that a vast majority of people need to cut! However, after trying many different diets that eliminate certain foods, they just don't work for a long-term solution! I just believe that moderation is key and allowing yourself to fall off the wagon (as long as you know how to jump back on quickly) without extreme amounts of guilt is the best way to take and keep off the weight.



FFUSCO
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1/14/12 8:35 A

Whoa! No sugar whatsoever?!? I've already quit before I started.

Still, I am making a great effort to lower the sugar intake and have predictably enjoyed good results thus far: more energy, getting out of bed quicker, better outlook even, etc.

I admire anyone who can truly go sugar free for any length of time, even a day.

Thanks for the inspiration.

-Frank



REBECANOLA
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10/10/11 12:38 P

For the most part, I don't eat sugar and I don't see how it's a limited diet. All you have to do is not eat sugar and make sure there's no added sugar in your food. You can still eat all manners of vegetables and proteins and whole grains (I don't know if you're counting dairy products or fruit), which doesn't mean just salad and veggies. I made a delicious chicken curry last night - no sugar in that. This really just seems to be cutting out sweets and processed food, which is a really healthy thing to do.

I won't say I never eat a cookie, but cutting sugar is definitely doable and will help any cravings you may have for them go away. Plus, you get used to not having the sweets, last tiem I did have a cookie, I felt ill afterwards.



SONI51
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10/9/11 2:31 P

I think this is great! Refined sugar is in everything and it's not good for you, so maybe this will help them to realize the difference in their bodies and not eat so much of it...



ANARIE
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10/9/11 11:39 A

I do a "no added sugar" streak from time to time. It works for me because it keeps me away from certain foods that I tend to over-do, like breakfast cereals. It makes it easier to keep within my calorie limits. I do use artificial sweeteners, but I find that I eat less of that when I'm avoiding the added sugar, too.

As for whether it's hard to stick to... Well, maybe, but so what? If you only make it for a week, that's still a week's worth of sugar that you didn't eat.

Normally I would say "talk to your doctor," etc, but I actually don't think you need to ask permission to stop eating sweets and sugar.



RUSSELL_40
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10/9/11 11:31 A

Sugar should be avoided at all times unless its your birthday or some major event.. you get sugar in your fruit anyways.. any amount you cut out will be beneficial though.

I just hate the 21 day idea. Also the # 1 thing for getting off my diabetes meds was losing weight, not directly cutting sugar. Any food will raise your blood sugar. Just by varying degrees.

I would go get a few books on diabetes , and study them also. Form some questions, and go see the doctor for clarification of anything you don't understand. Then form a plan to lose the weight , and stay healthy.



IILAAD65
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10/9/11 10:43 A

I don't think absolute sugar free is necessary.

BUT what I do know is that Spark has an article about how much added sugar can be in our diet. For me, it's less than or equal to 30g.

Let me tell you it was tough the first couple of days.

I still have "some" .. and my blood sugar doesn't bounce all over the place. I don't have night time cravings and I have only been doing it a week. I am on Day 9. I have lost 3 lbs.. which is within guidelines of a healthy diet.

Body for Life is one that also is behind no processed foods, where our added sugars lie .. for 6 days a week cheating on the 7th day.

However, I think that once you introduce sugar back in, and you will, you will binge.

Make it a lifestyle change -

I didn't see a coach's advice so hopefully this will push the thread to the top. I would be interested to see what they advocate.



SHRINKINGSHERI
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10/9/11 7:48 A

Sugar is one of the toughest addictions to break. I like the idea of 21 days sugar free. I am going to try it as well.



GDBEAR65
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10/9/11 6:34 A

LAETU5 has given some good advice however the GI scale is misleading and not eally representative of what you should eat and what you should avoid. Better to look at Glycemic Load which says for X amount of particular food your blood sugar will increase by Y. I hope that makes sense to you.

The GI index is based on obtaining 50g of carbohydrates from a particular food. Watermelon rates 85 on the GI scale but you would have to a whole 5lb or larger melon to obtain 50g of carbs from it. Same deal for carrots - you'd have to eat approx. 2.5lbs to realize its' GI value.
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Edited by: GDBEAR65 at: 10/9/2011 (06:37)


LAETU5
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10/8/11 11:41 P

If you are borderline diabetic cutting out added sugars is a great idea and could help keep you from crossing that boarder. There shouldn't' be a reason why you'd have to eat salad every day; if the diet calls for that just ignore it in favor of other no added sugar options. Make sure not to use fruit as a replacement for sweets.....apples would be a good choice of fruit while getting over a sugar addiction because they are low GI (meaning they are not suppose to easily spike your blood sugar).



BETCAL87
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10/8/11 8:58 P

I would be using it as a jump start to losing some weight. Being pre-diabetic, I feel like I should be watching my sugar instake anyways so I don't see where this could hurt me. As for "no sugar" it means no candy, chips, sweets, granulated sugar, succrose added to stuff (I googled it and finally found some information haha....the teachers I work with use sweetners in moderation. I've heard it takes 2 weeks to form a habit, so if I could adjust to eating this way then great! I just wondered if anyone else had tried it and if it was difficult to stick to?



LOVE_LIANE
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10/8/11 10:42 A

Sparkpeople advocates lifestyle change over diet, and truly, it is a more effective method. That being said, avoiding sugar for 21 days could be a great way to train yourself for a lifestyle of only MODERATE sugar consumption. So if this is intended as a diet and all your goals and hopes for weight loss rely on these 21 days, that's not so good, and I'd say forget it. But if you use it as a period of breaking a sugar addiction and training your body to crave things other than sugar so you can carry that lesson on to the rest of your lifestyle, great.

I wonder though, about how strict "no sugar" means. Does it truly mean NO sugar - as in, no fruit? Because that's just silly. By all means, avoid processed, added, and even artificial sugars as much as you can, but don't be afraid of eating an apple or banana just because of the sugar.



LOISIA
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10/8/11 9:48 A

I would first get the ok from your doctor considering your situation. Then once you have that, go for it. I'm not sure what the diet consists of, why they are eating so many salads, maybe they want to get more veggies in? But the first week without sugar is killer, the most difficult. After that your taste buds start to change and you will taste the sweetness in foods that you never did before. It's weird, lol. If you start on salads as well, remember most bottles dressings have tons of sugar! And I would stay away from artificial sweeteners as well. Good Luck :)



BETCAL87
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10/8/11 9:34 A

I recently went to work at a school and all of the other teachers are doing this diet, has anyone on here tried it? I'm borderline diabetic, so I would like to try it, but was wondering if it would be a diet thats tough to stick to because of very limited foods. The teachers are ALWAYS eating salads and I would go crazy if I could only eat salads and veggies...I have to have variety haha.



 
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