I agree with most. Read the labels because most processed foods have sugar in them and try Truvia or stevia when baking desserts or drinking hot/cold drinks. Fruits are an excellent way to help that sweet tooth, however some fruits are heavier in natural sugar than others. Like Pineapple.
Good Luck and you will see and experience a noticeable difference in about 3 months!!!
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1,939 1/15/12 9:20 A
I find the concept that 'natural' sugar is somehow better than the refined stuff as really disturbing. Refined sugar is the same stuff, with very small amounts of minerals removed. Very small amounts. They will trigger your insulin response in the same way. They have the same calories per tsp. If you can trick your mind into thinking that half a tsp of unrefined sugar is somehow just as tasty as one tsp of refined sugar, then go for it.
I found that in order to get some sort of control over my massive sweet tooth, I needed to pretty much cut out all sugars (including milk) for a couple of weeks. I also cut most starchy foods, since they turn into sugar in you mouth/stomach/intestines and are treated like sugar in every way by your body. For me, eating mashed potatoes triggered my sweet tooth about as much as eating chocolate ice cream. Just a thought. I realize that this was an extreme method, but it sure helped me. I also currently try to satisfy my much better controlled sweet tooth with fruit and artificially-sweetened things. This has helped me, but doesn't help everybody.
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509 1/15/12 8:58 A
On the Dr. Oz show, there was a segment on giving up sugar. Go to his website, www.Dr.Oz.com and type in "sugar addiction" and I am sure you will find his segment very helpful.
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1/14/12 3:29 P
This website not only has delicious low fat recipes for meals but has a great recipe for chocolate surprise balls. The balls are naturally sweetened and are low in calories and fat. Also they taste good as a treat considering they do not contain sugar, flour or butter. Good luck with your journey!
Week one in. Did pretty good. Down almost 2#. Have to confess, I did splurge a little today after boot camp. Had an oatmeal craisin cookie. It was GOOD, but I'm determined to get back on track. Not letting my splurge stop me. THANK YOU ALL for your advice and encouragement. Now, let's see if I can keep this going...
If it's any consolation, the headache probably isn't from cutting out refined sugar per se. It might be from a sudden drop in overall carbs, so try buying some extra oranges and eating one at the times of day when you would normally have a sugary food. It will probably get rid of the headaches, and if doesn't, at least you're getting lots of vitamins.
1/10/12 3:05 P
Alright, I went with the giving up sugar and I'm going to hold off on giving up the pop. Figured it was better to tackle one vice at a time. I might have better success this way. I think I'm doing good. Reading labels differently. Surprised at how much added sugar is really out there. Trying hard to pick things, when necessary, that have 7 or less - obviously the less the better. Headache is about the only thing I'm struggling with and it could actually be from this crazy weather we are having in Michigan. Thank you for the advice and encouragement! I NEED it...
1/9/12 3:07 P
Yes, that is what I am experiencing now that I have tried to reduce my sugar intake. It's going on a week, but it explains the headaches. I know that once i retrain my taste buds that I will be fine and won't miss it at all.
I'd go with sugars OR diet pop, frankly. Cutting out either one is hard enough, and if you do have headaches, you won't know which is causing it so you won't know how to combat it. Cutting out sugar definitely will help your health and is extremely likely to help your weight; cutting out diet soda doesn't affect weight for most people.
I have cut out both at different times, and for me it was easiest to go cold turkey. I just quit buying it. If it's not there, you can't eat it. Added sugar is easy to spot on the label or ingredients list, so just don't bring it home. You might have to negotiate with yourself about things like honey and molasses. Nutritionally, sugar is sugar (honey is chemically almost identical to high fructose corn syrup), BUT honey and molasses are usually used in tiny amounts.
1/8/12 4:26 P
Wow! Thank you all for your advice and help. I knew I could count on Sparkpeople. The "bet" is on cutting out sugar, not so much carbs. I have been on a huge weight loss plateau and need to shake something up.
I added running to the mix about 8 weeks ago and started to see the pounds come off, but I haven't been able to run the last 3 weeks - because of stupid reasons - and I saw the weight loss stall again.
My S-I-L lost over 60 pounds at least 15 years ago and has kept it off. She is my inspiration.... She suggested sugars & diet pop - because that is about all I haven't changed in my diet, over the last year. Sugar and diet pop. So, this week, that's what I'm going to try and do. Wish me luck and THANKS AGAIN!!
Any other advice or comments will be VERY WELCOMED!!
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1/8/12 11:05 A
You might experience some headaches in the beginning, but other than that it is no different than changing a habit. Just replace it with some healthy food that you love as much. This should take care of psychological effects. The physical adverse effects, like headaches, should subside and disappear within a few weeks. At least that is what happened in my case. During that time you need to hang tough!
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1/8/12 10:58 A
Natural sugars will make you feel just as satisfied as refined sugars; it'll take some time to adjust, but it is possible. You can either go completely cold turkey, but if it's going to be a struggle to instantly drop everything with it, start out slow & progressive at first.
Gradually replace your refined sugar with natural sugar (for example, one morning you'll eat sugary cereal, but the next morning you'll eat a whole grain cereal with fresh fruit of your choice to add to it, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, etc.) Make sure to pay attention to your body on how you feel for the rest of the day.. you'll actually be really surprised to see how much of the good natural sugar you sneak into your breakfast will make a difference! Hope this helps!
I have done this for NY resolution: I've cut all sugary snacks, and also anything with added sugar. This means no cereals, cakes, biscuits, candy obviously, but also I switched to natural yoghurt and unsweetened soy milk etc.
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1/8/12 8:41 A
Unless it's plucked from a tree or pulled from the ground and eaten as is, there is some type of processing to it.
Read your labels. Your right that cereals, candies, cookies, cakes, most frozzen fruits have added sugar in them.
read labels. if it says sugar or one of the -oses, it has added sugar. if it doesn't have a label, you're good.
1/8/12 8:22 A
My sister in law challenged me to cut (processed) sugar out of my diet for one week. I don't even know where to start... I don't want to cut out things with natural sugars - like fruit - but other things, like in my cereal and snacks... Any suggestions?
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