Fitness Minutes: (42,313)
1,286 8/16/12 3:26 P
I was using artificial sweeteners and got cravings for sweetness. I've dropped the artificial sweeteners, take 2 tsp brown sugar in my coffee or frappe, a shot of honey (maybe 1 tbsp) in my cucumber/banana/ avocado smoothie, and use raisins instead of most of the sugar in cakes. I find most of them are now too sweet for me if I use the amount of sugar recommended. And I have a sweet tooth!! What I can't cope with is an opened bar or box of chocolate(s) in the house. I just finish it in one fell swoop. But I don't feel deprived if I don't have it.
Ok, I have a question re sugar. The only sugar I seem to be taking in is what is on my shredded wheat and in my yogurt and the occasional applesauce I supplement with. It puts me way over on my sugar every time! I am wondering if this would be enough to negate any weight loss.
Am looking into lower sugar options as well.
Fitness Minutes: (17,582)
4/5/12 9:52 A
I'm going cold turkey - no white sugar. I'm still using a little honey in my tea. I'm using rapadura (unprocessed sugar) in baking etc.
4/5/12 7:17 A
Fruit has replaced the sugar craving for me, however, when I need a sugar substitute, I turn to agave nectar or honey.
Thank you everyone! I am going to take each of these suggestions on board. I am a little restricted right now because I live in Russia where a lot of foods are strictly seasonal or don't exist e.g fudgesicles but I am going to look for dark chocolate squares and try the vingegar salad when lettuces become available (will the snow ever stop?!)
I just realised the email I used for Sparkpeople has been dead for a year! :( Did you add me and I didn't add you back? *Send me a message in my sparkmail/wall*
As for sugary foods, I just eat them less often. Whereas I used to eat an entire bag of miniature candies in one sitting, I stopped at half and did something else, etc. Over time, my body just stopped wanting sugar. Now, my coffee is more or less sugar free, which is nice. Just go slowly and cut out a little bit at a time.
I need all the support and motivation that I can get!
Eating lean protein, chicken without the skin, turkey, almonds, walnuts, cashews, brazil nuts, flaxseeds, seasame seeds, pumpkin seeds. Cutting out all simple sugars works for some people. Dont wait for long periods before eating. Try to eat something small every 2-3 hours to keep you blood gloucose steady. Have 86% Dark Cocoa (about two squares) which is good for your heart and you could have that daily. At first it tastes kinda bitter, but I think the bitterness curbs cravings. Eat Pears, peaches, plums, all kinds of berries, cherries, kiwi, and apples as they are low in sugar. Stay away from bananas because as they ripen they produce more sugar. Have a vinegar and oil salad as vinegar stablizes blood sugar in our bodies and reduces sugar cravings. But no sugar added Fudgesicles, they are low calorie and its still a treat. Think of sugar as poision, because it is toxic. It helps! Good Luck!
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