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Day 11 of 28 - Kicking the Sugar Habit

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Day 11 was met with unexplained urge.

I needed to drive to work today instead of walk and while turning the corner to the office the little voice in the back of my mind spoke up Real loud. She said to me, "Today would be a great day for a hot tea and a florentine cookie w/ chocolate from Peet's Coffee." I actually looked around AND I answered with, "Where the heck is that coming from and NO we won't be having a florentine cookie w/ chocolate, thank you very much. I'll allow the hot tea once we get into the office but that's it." I did enjoy a cup of hot green tea, delicious.

The little voice did not give up the fight all morning and for the life of me I tried to figure out 1) why I wanted a sweet treat and 2) why I felt like I was hungry when I had a balanced breakfast and 6 glasses of water before 8:30 a.m. SERIOUSLY!!!!

Every time I felt like I needed to patrol "the area" for something to stick in my mouth I would simply ask myself, "why do you think you're hungry?" That usually ended the search but not the nagging question of why this was happening.

Thankfully, it really does me no good to go patrolling for something sweet or otherwise. All that is left is healthy alternatives both at home and at the office. Sometimes I think a little food fairy is going to bring me a surprise . . . it has never happened! HA.

I decided after my lunch that I would do some research on the internet about sugar, sugar addiction and breaking the sugar habit. I have to report there are some interesting and conflicting facts out there on the super highway. I did get a little frustrated by the conflicting "facts" that I closed my browser. I'll try again later.

My latest quest is to find a tomato sauce that does not have sugar added to it that I can use when making my own version of pizza. And when I say my own version of pizza that means a lot. What I haven't mentioned in the last 11 days is that my system can't tolerate egg, soy, gluten, and dairy - and now, I've added sugar to that no-no list, so my pizza has really got to be creative. Anyone reading this blog that knows of a good tomato sauce that does not have sugar of any kind as an ingredient let me know.

I feel good about the rest of my day. I have step class tonight and then a brisk walk home from the gym. I will challenge myself to cook a well balanced dinner and be off to bed at a reasonable hour.

I'm really digging this no sugar thing even though it's a challenge.


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RCMAPLES 2/18/2010 5:27PM

    BIG step, good for you. Will it take an entire month to kill the sugar urge??? Man that's a long time. Sheesh.

No quick fixes, I guess. Then again 30 days isn't so long when compared to the length of your life, right???

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Day 10 of 28 - Kicking the Sugar Habit

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Day 10 leads to more education!

Here is what I found on the internet today, after seeing evaporated cane juice listed in many items, GRRRRR!:
Is "Evaporated Cane Juice" Any Better Than Sugar?
If you're an avid ingredient label reader like me, you've probably seen "evaporated cane juice" on a million different food products lately. It's everywhere! So, I wondered, what the heck is it, really, and is it any better for you than sugar? Here's what one expert had to say...

It's easy to see the absence of "sugar" on an ingredient label and think that you're scoring yourself some health points. But is evaporated cane juice really any better for you? Here's what nutrition expert Melina Jampolis, M.D. had to say:

"Evaporated cane juice is pretty much just sugar," she says. "It is less processed so it retains trace vitamins and minerals but has the same amount of calories as sugar. It is a little sweeter so you might get away with using less sugar which is always good."

So there you have it!

I was not happy to read this information but was also not surprised. So, I'm adding evaporated cane juice to my list of hidden sugars. Will the madness end?!

I've been tired today but I think is has more to do my monthly cycle then anything else. I made it to the gym to do some weight training and walked everywhere today.

YEAH, Another day without sugar!

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ELSKAS 2/18/2010 12:15AM

    I'm starting a sugar detox so that was helpful.

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Day 9 of 28 - Kicking the Sugar Habit

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Day 9 without sugar was a day I discovered, again, why it's important for me to eat regularly!

The morning and early afternoon went as planned, then I left for an appointment at 2:40 p.m. I had planned on putting a Trio bar or a bag of almonds in my purse before leaving but simply forgot. When I got home at 5:30 I was Hungry - yup, hungry with a capital H! I grabbed a Trio bar which is basically and nut and fruit bar and 16 oz. of water to take the edge off - it worked, so I thought. After that I was going to walk to the gym for my step class but when I got outside it was such a fabulous evening that I decided to stay outside and walk. I started the stop watch and off I went - it was sooooo nice to be outside in the fresh air!

When I returned home at 6:30 I started cooking and apparently I thought I was having company because an amazing amount of food was simmering, boiling and baking in my kitchen. None of witch had sugar. emoticon

I ate like it was my last meal and it consisted of 90% protein. Then I started entering things into SP and I squirmed a little bit but in the end I had stayed within my target calories but completely missed the mark on fiber. Feeling that I was still "hunger" I quickly fixed a cup of hot decaf green tea and snuggled in to watch the Olympics - that finally stopped the madness.

Things I learned:
1) No sugar helped me get through the day without cravings and "phantom" hunger
2) Eat often and eat well
3) Fiber is just as important as protein
4) Drink the hot tea while cooking the "last meal" - HA
5) Having no sweets around rids temptation


Day 8 of 28 - Kicking the Sugar Habit

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Day 8 without sugar went much better than day 7!

I had the day off today due to it being Presidents day and it was wonderful. I ate on schedule and I took a nap. I did not miss sweets today. I even tried to schedule a massage but couldn't get in, so will have it later in the week.

I'm looking forward to tomorrow! Not only because I am going back on a more structured schedule but I have a step class in the evening.

I find that water and protein are keys - fiber is also a saver too.
I also find that I have more calories to use on more healthy choices too! Who doesn't love that!?

This day is over and I am getting the hang of this one day at a time. emoticon

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COOKIEGIRL26 2/16/2010 1:42AM

  Great job! What a great goal! emoticon

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Day 7 of 28 - Kicking the Sugar Habit

Monday, February 15, 2010

Day 7 without sugar.
Today was met with anger and bitterness. emoticon
Everywhere we went I was faced with soda and candy. emoticon
I became angry and bitter many times and I was beside myself while shopping at one point.
It was like a scene in the movies where the angel is one shoulder and the devil is on the other.
Simply, it was awful!!! emoticon

With help from my husband, who would not entertain my urges, and my determination to see this to the end, I did NOT give into my own temptations.

I did make it through the day without sugar . . . and for that I am proud of myself! emoticon

I'm not sure what tomorrow will bring but after today I feel like I am strong enough to face it.

No real childhood memories haunted me today, I was too busy trying to white knuckle it past every minute on the clock and every candy isle I saw.

I shall have a cup of hot tea now and enjoy what's left of my Valentines. My husband found his romantic gene today and for that I am blessed. It was a sweet day even without sweets.


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