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JUSTEATREALFOOD Posts: 1,429
11/29/13 3:29 P

Alright I tried giving up the dark chocolate and honestly it's just not worth it, I started eating even worse crap like chips instead!

It's my only vice so I've decided I'm going to enjoy my yummy dark chocolate and not worry about the small amount of sugar in it.

CAPTATHLETICA SparkPoints: (3,133)
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Posts: 240
11/29/13 1:59 P

Good luck! I just wanted to tell you that it really is worth it. I went from drinking sweet tea, up to a gallon or 2 a day, to now not eating anything or drinking anything sweet. Maybe once a week I'll have an 8oz soda, but nothing after that. You will feel SO much better. You can do it!!!

HOUNDLOVER1 Posts: 8,345
11/29/13 12:25 P

I also found that it helps to give up caffeine along with sugar because caffeine leads to an sugar release into the blood stream.
Birgit

JEANNE1988 Posts: 95
11/29/13 11:36 A

Hi there,
I am in for the sugar detox group! I successfully gave up sugar for 2 years and then fell off the wagon and once I start, I find it hard to stop! I should clarify what giving up sugar means to me--it's processed treats, baked goods, candy, soda....I still have sugar in the form of alcohol and fruit. For me it is about kicking the habit of eating one oreo cookie that inevitably means eating a whole row. I envy people who can have just one brownie and are done! Anyway, I hope we can support each other in this process!

HOUNDLOVER1 Posts: 8,345
11/23/13 12:51 A

I have found that I can not have sugar in moderation. I will use small amounts of sugar alcohol occasionally.
For me even fruit is a problem, both because of high blood sugars and because it will cause cravings for more. I would not stop after one banana or one mango. The only fruits I eat are berries, small apples, lemons, rhubarb etc. and never more than one serving and mixed with protein (yogurt).
Best of luck to all who are working on this, nothing better you can do for your health. High blood sugars do damage everywhere in the body from the brain to organs, to bones to skin, to joints and autoimmune diseases.
Birgit

OUTDOORGAL1 SparkPoints: (12,256)
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11/22/13 11:23 P

I'm in, I definitely need to do this.

JUSTIMEEM Posts: 136
11/21/13 3:58 P

Well, I almost made to the third week but last night someone brought some almond macaroons into the house and they are my favorite so I took one.
Time to reset the Sugar Detox Counter and start over emoticon

JUSTIMEEM Posts: 136
11/20/13 12:10 P

emoticon Small steps are the key to a BIG success.
I really like the items on your weekly menu.
I've also noticed that your food choice is close to mine.

I wish you the best and lots of strength in your Sugar Detox endeavors!
Hopefully lots of other SP's will join this challenge emoticon

JUSTEATREALFOOD Posts: 1,429
11/20/13 7:56 A

I am very active. I'm not looking to gain weight. Just looking to stay the same :)

I eat lots of coconut and avocado, some banana maybe 1/2 of one a day, 1-2 cups berries a day, 4 large carrots every day, 2 cups leafy greens a day, 1 cup green beans or broccoli every day, cucumber, celery, sweet potatoes and white potatoes a couple times a week.

I had some of my dark chocolate again yesterday only 4 squares though not half the bar and that's an improvement.

JUSTIMEEM Posts: 136
11/20/13 7:25 A

JUSTEATREALFOOD
My pleasure.
Yes, I understand now, thank you.
Maybe you are very active and you burn the extra calories or your metabolic rate is high.
Maybe the high calorie fruits can help (avocado, coconut, mangoes, bananas, papaya, pears) to add the extra calories you need in gaining weight.

JUSTEATREALFOOD Posts: 1,429
11/19/13 3:15 P

Thanks for the recipe.

What I mean is I personally have not gained any weight even though I was eating a few 240 calories a day from the chocolate. So therefore I must not be eating too many calories overall which would result in weight gain, even though I'm consuming quite a bit of a high calorie food like dark chocolate.

Does that make sense?

JUSTIMEEM Posts: 136
11/19/13 2:55 P

JUSTEATREALFOOD - it's all clearer to me now.
You have a narrow area of sweets to choose from when trying to prevent type 2 diabetes and it gets even more difficult when you have a sweet tooth.
I totally understand why some of the mentioned foods are a "no-no" for you.

I don't understand what you mean when you say you cannot gain weight because of chocolate.

The original avocado pudding recipe is this:
(sorry if I am writing it here, I don't know how to send it to your SparkPage emoticon )

Chocolate Avocado Pudding
ingredients:
4 ripe avocados
1/4 cup (60 ml) light coconut milk
4 tablespoons unsweetened dark cocoa powder
3 tablespoons honey
2 ounces (57 gr) of dark chocolate (72% or higher), melted
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
for topping: your choice to make
directions:
Remove avocados from the skin (and pit) and place in a food processor.
Blend until combined and creamy.
Add in all remaining ingredients, blending until pureed, scraping down the sides when needed to combine.
Taste and season/sweetened additionally if desired.
Blend for a good 1-2 minutes until completely creamy, then serve with desired toppings.

Note:
You can cut the recipe in half (fro 2 persons) or in quarters (for 1 person)
You can substitute dark chocolate with peanut butter and coconut milk with any other milk
The cocoa powder and the dark chocolate are the predominant ingredients taste wise

Of course you can play with this and substitute or add flavors (cinnamon, vanilla, orange, etc).

JUSTEATREALFOOD Posts: 1,429
11/19/13 10:27 A

JUSTIMEEM - I choose to be really careful about my blood sugars as I am taking a proactive approach to preventing type 2 diabetes, which runs in my family.

Dried fruits are a big no no for me as they cause me to have high blood sugar, maybe if I could limit myself to just a tiny amount then I'd be okay but who can do that? It's easier to avoid them completely than to try and limit IMO. I think eating the whole fresh fruit would be superior to the dried form because the high water content of the fruit would be more filling than the dried resulting in less total calories consumed overall.

If I bake I try and sweeten with whole fruit first . If that would taste awful in the recipe my next option is a small amount of maple syrup or honey. I don't eat a whole lot of baked goods and my taste buds are used to minimal sweetness.

I wonder if I need more calories in my diet because the chocolate is quite high calories but I'm not gaining due to my indulgence?

I can't wait to try that avocado pudding :)

JUSTIMEEM Posts: 136
11/19/13 6:09 A

Hey JUSTEATREALFOOD,
Good luck on your re-start!

I usually count the added sugars.
The naturally occurring sugars I consider to be OK to eat and I do not count them in my Sugar Detox (like mangoes).

I consider dried fruits also OK (the organic kind and which have no added sugars/sugar substitutes) because drying is a natural process and the extra sugars I consider them to be also naturally occurring (am I wrong? what's your opinion?).

Personally, for me, naturally occurring sugars (like in fruits, dried fruits or pure organic honey) are OK.
There is this theory that says to eat less fruits or no fruits at all because they are high in sugars (fructose) but for me this theory is like the "no carbs theory": I don't adhere to it.

Personally, from the fruit category, bananas helped me a lot with my sugar cravings.
Also dried fruits were really helpful in the beginning but, at this point, I feel they are too sweet (taste wise) for me, I cannot eat the same amount as I used to before.

When I crave for sweets/sugar:
- I trick myself with cinnamon&non-fat milk&semolina
- honey (maybe you won't agree with this one)
- homemade marmalade with no added sugar (sugar is substituted with homemade apple juice which can be really sweet)
- bananas, pears, sometimes apples
- a pudding made from avocado, raw cacao powder, raw dark chocolate, organic vanilla extract & non fat milk

I noticed that you gave in because you had the sugary-source in sight.
Otherwise, I think you are strong.
Hopefully this will help you along the way. emoticon

Edited by: JUSTIMEEM at: 11/19/2013 (06:35)
JUSTEATREALFOOD Posts: 1,429
11/17/13 9:38 A

Oh and I don't eat much added sugar, in fact only the dark chocolate but I've gone from eating 2 squares of dark chocolate a day to half a 100 g bar a day over the last few months.

Thoughts?

JUSTEATREALFOOD Posts: 1,429
11/17/13 9:31 A

Day 3 - Where to begin? I spent the day running around taking the kids for lessons. I took a snack; jerkey, raw veggies, plain yogurt but I was out much longer than I thought I'd be and didn't take enough. We stopped at the grocery store to grab something quick to make for dinner when we got home; chicken breasts, green beans, broccoli, carrots and sweet potato fries. But the store had some Julie's Ice Cream Coconut Cream Vanilla Dipped Bar on sale and the hunger monster got me :( 16 g sugar

Trying again today.

JUSTIMEEM - Wondering if you think sugary fruits or really starchy vegetables should count as sugar since they are easily converted? Like if you gave up added sugar but started eating unsweetened dried mango (the sweetest fruit there is) would that really be helping those sugar cravings? I'm not doing that and I suppose from a health perspective the dried fruit is much better for you than refined sugars but it isn't really getting rid of sugar cravings is it?

RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
11/17/13 9:07 A

I already don't eat added sugar. I don't really have any desire to eat any though. Hope you get past this. It was very hard for me to go 24 hours without sugar at one time.

I get all my sugar through plums, apples, and berries.

Edited by: RUSSELL_40 at: 11/17/2013 (09:08)
FERNCREST Posts: 850
11/17/13 7:18 A

Already don't eat sugar. Only use stevia in oatmeal. Good luck as you have to remove all temptations.

JUSTIMEEM Posts: 136
11/17/13 5:08 A

Day 3 - how is it going JUSTEATREALFOOD?
emoticon

JUSTIMEEM Posts: 136
11/15/13 6:07 P

emoticon JUSTEATREALFOOD! Let's go for the third day.
Just don't keep the temptation near you (house, work or wherever) - that made it much easier for me.

JUSTEATREALFOOD Posts: 1,429
11/15/13 5:54 P

That's awesome JUSTIMEEM! Good for you.

Day two and I am happy to say I had no dark chocolate cravings today, yet I've been way too busy to even think about it!



JUSTIMEEM Posts: 136
11/14/13 5:02 P

Yep, I'm in! It's already been two proud weeks for me.
At this moment, my body doesn't crave for sugar (hopefully this will last).
My sister bought a plate full of mini fruit tarts and I was a huge fan of these.
Now they sit in the fridge and every time I open it I just look at them with indifference.
I also have a huge milk chocolate tablet in my room - it's there but I don't care about it.
So a sugar free diet is "DO-able" emoticon

JUSTEATREALFOOD Posts: 1,429
11/14/13 4:26 P

I'm cutting all added sugars and honey and coconut nectar are sugar. So those are out too.

Day 1 - I was craving chocolate after breakfast something fierce, had a carrot and it went away after a bit of distraction. After lunch I had salmon patties and salad with avocado I didn't crave any. I'm feeling like I want some now so I'm going to have another carrot and make dinner.

DIDS70 Posts: 5,079
11/14/13 2:51 P

already did that. I don't eat refined sugar. Most of my sweeteners are raw honey, raw stevia and coconut nectar

BRIANLIEBERTH Posts: 608
11/14/13 1:11 P

I am always in for sugar detoxes. I have tried to eliminate all added sugars.

JUSTEATREALFOOD Posts: 1,429
11/13/13 10:23 P

I have been eating far to much dark chocolate and I've decided I need a sugar detox. I will eat no added sugars or sweeteners for 7 days.

Anyone want to join me? Come on we can do it!

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