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NICKYCRANE SparkPoints: (65,263)
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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.

CMHEIN Posts: 149
5/16/12 1:49 P

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.

HEALTHYJEN11 SparkPoints: (33,931)
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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.

SANDYTOES17 Posts: 563
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.

SAMZA83 Posts: 211
4/5/12 5:55 A

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?!)

Cheers,

Samantha

NOSUGARADDED87 Posts: 420
4/4/12 10:11 A

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.

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 1,843
4/4/12 8:40 A

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!

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 56,207
4/4/12 7:15 A

Check out SP's Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge:

www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individ
ual.asp?gid=55583


You'll find a lot of helpful ideas there.

Coach Jen

SCTK519 Posts: 2,085
4/4/12 7:14 A

I've found I'm less inclined to eat sugar if it's not available in my home. At work, I have a harder time because people bring in treats, but definitely empty your house of all temptation.

SAMZA83 Posts: 211
4/4/12 7:03 A

Hello everyone,

I eat healthily and exercise six times a week but have a weakness for white sugar foods like many people.

Yesterday I calorie counted about ten small cookies! I don't add sugar to anything or drink juice but all the same it sneaks up on me.

How can I gently yet affectively wean myself off sugar?

Thank you :)

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