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11/27/12 8:23 A

Like Russell, I also got the table sugar and sugar substitutes out of my house. And like MichelleXXXX, I upped my protein, cut out white flour and added LOTS of veggies. It's doable, but you need an environment that supports your efforts and a plan for what you're going to eat when the cravings hit.

Best of success to you in this effort.

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11/27/12 7:09 A

I agree Appril; I've also read studies that indicate cinnamon keeps blood-sugar levels steady. I like pure stevia a lot as well.
I agree with Russell also. I chose to give away all the things polluting my cupboards. I'd love to see society turn towards making healthy/pure nutrients more promoted and protected.

Edited by: MICHELLEXXXX at: 11/27/2012 (14:37)
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11/26/12 11:54 A

Cinnamon is a good sweetener.

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11/26/12 8:31 A

I eat very low carb, and all I get is some sugar in my veggies, and cheese, but I will assume you are talking about sucrose ( table sugar ).

Get it out of the house. I gave up salt the same way, and if you have it around, you will use it. Have some substitute available. For me I had to have strong spices like garlic, thyme, curry, cumin, and oregano, to replace the salt. Sugar is similar. Have a fruit with your meals to give you some sugar.Foods may taste bland for a few weeks, but soon you will start actually tasting the food. Read labels. Most cereal is loaded with sugar. Anything in a package is probably full of salt, and sugar. Cooking from scratch may be the most healthy change you can do, but takes time. You will be amazed at how much better you feel though, by getting rid of a lot of sugar. Drinking water instead of sugary drinks might be a good place to start cutting.Then cut out sugary foods, and replace with fruit ( nature's dessert )

Good Luck.

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11/26/12 8:14 A

I have given up added sugar and have found that their is added sugar in a lot of processed foods. But the place that added the most sugar was coffee, tea, and other drinks.

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11/25/12 9:36 P

Have healthy snacks available at all locations for when you might get a sweet craving, or when there are multiple sugary foods put out in the break rooms around you at work!! Without healthy alternatives, you're more likely to indulge.

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11/25/12 9:35 P

"my fiance and I have decided to give up sugar "

What do you mean by that?
You eliminating fruit, etc?

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11/25/12 9:18 P

I found cutting out flour, upping my protein, and adding more fibrous veggies & fruits while eliminating sugar at the same time to be helpful in keeping my BG levels steady.

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11/25/12 8:47 P

Are you talking about ADDED sugar, or all sugar? There is natural sugar in most foods - fruit, juice, milk, etc. Even ketchup has sugar in it.
I have read that using artificial sweeteners can keep the sugar cravings alive. I eat nothing with more than 5 grams of added sugar, and I find I don't crave sugar at all.

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11/25/12 7:39 P

When you both get a sweet-tooth craving, eat fresh fruit. Make sure some variety is on hand:

Also watch out for hidden sugars in ANY processed or canned food. If you cook fresh foods yourself, that's your best bet.

Good luck!

Edited by: STEPHEN_NANNY at: 11/25/2012 (19:40)
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11/25/12 7:36 P

So my fiance and I have decided to give up sugar for a while any tips?

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