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Taming the Sweet Tooth


Monday, January 21, 2013

I'll be finishing up the 4 weeks of the official SparkPeople Taming Your Sweet Tooth Challenge in two more days. I am extremely glad I took on this challenge. I cut back my artificial sweetener use for a couple weeks and then I gave up all artificial and intense sweets - no Splenda/Sweet n Low/Equal/saccharine/Truvia; no syrup, diet or otherwise; no pudding; no cakes; no cookies; no desserts; no honey; no gum; no Tic Tacs/breath mints; no soda; no Crystal Light; no Lipton/Snapple tea. I'm drinking coffee, decaf, tea and herbal tea absolutely plain, instead of with the mountain of sweetener I used to use. It has now been 11 successful days. (Full disclosure: although I'd given up dried fruit, I had 23 raisins on my oatmeal the Saturday morning before I ran the 5K. I also had one Gu Chew 30 minutes before the race, just to make sure I had the energy to run. I'm not counting this race fueling as a sugar violation. I think I may have needed them.)

I've decided to complete two full weeks with no intense sweets. Then my goal will be to eat one dessert or less per month, preferably at a family birthday or holiday dinner. I will limit my artificial sweetener use to an average of 4 packets or equivalents (8 oz of artificially sweetened drink = one packet) per day. I believe I can live with these goals and be healthier and happier for it!

As I commented earlier, things I never thought of as sweet (carrots, peas, corn, tomatoes, almonds) all taste sweet to me now. My sweet threshold has decidedly been reset. Today even onions tasted sweet. I'm not kidding.

And once again I say gratefully, thanks SparkPeople!
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AQUAGIRL08 1/24/2013 7:37PM

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NATPLUMMER 1/22/2013 12:40PM

    Race fueling is definitely not a violation.

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SPTERRIV 1/22/2013 11:40AM

    Wow, I have to admit that I'm not sure what my mood would be like if I cut out all of those things!!! Good for you! I have been wanting to cut back on sweeteners anyway and you have given me the motivation to give it a shot!

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SHANTISHANTI 1/22/2013 11:03AM

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MEXGAL1 1/22/2013 9:51AM

    So glad to hear this challenge is/went so well for you. I think it is a great challenge. It is just not necessary to waste calories on sugar and sweets. Our bodies don't need them...nothing good about it. I am happy to admit that overall I don't eat sweets. Only on rare occaisions do I eat a piece of cake or cookie or something. You are so right that other foods really taste better when you aren't eating sugar.
have a terrific day.
Sallie

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KANOE10 1/22/2013 8:00AM

    Great job. It is amazing how sweet natural foods can taste. emoticon

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GOLFGMA 1/22/2013 7:01AM

    Great job. I admire your control and am happy that you are definitely making progress! emoticon

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GABY1948 1/22/2013 6:54AM

    Good for you, Marsha! I'm proud of you...not only for the sweet challenge...but LOOK at you!! emoticon

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SHRINKINGSHERI 1/22/2013 5:35AM

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NEW-CAZ 1/22/2013 2:50AM

    emoticon emoticon Marsha!!

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_LINDA 1/22/2013 12:24AM

    Fantastic accomplishment Marsha!! Its wonderful you can enjoy the natural sweetness of veggies! To me, nothing is sweeter then corn, picked right from the stock, as a kid, I would eat it raw. On a diet I was on once, they actually suggested I try something other than carrots all the time as they had a high sugar content!
I find it interesting you are going to allow the artificial sweeteners back in after working so diligently to avoid their use. Did you not feel better without them?
Here is to hoping you can enjoy more natural, and less artificial sweet things :)
Keep up the great work!

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MIRAGE727 1/21/2013 10:25PM

    As always, Marsha, stay strong and focused!
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MSLZZY 1/21/2013 8:26PM

    I may have to give this a try.

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WATERMELLEN 1/21/2013 8:23PM

    Good for you! You've definitely tamed the sweet tooth!

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MERRYMARY42 1/21/2013 8:03PM

    that is so fantastic, wishing you the most success, I have such a sweet tooth, You can be very proud of yourself, wow, way to go

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RUN4FOOD 1/21/2013 7:37PM

    I'm sure you will be healthier because of eating less sugar, real of imitation.
Congratulations!

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GLITTER60 1/21/2013 7:25PM

    you look fantastic. i like onions with bread. i had quinoa tonight, but had it with tuna and 1 tsp of low sodium chicken broth.

did some pink beans tonight. i make my own pizza dough.

really crisp and it does not stick to the pan. i am drinking more water, but i admit to one can of diet soda a day.

wish i could be like you. but i joined the Y challenge group.
so i am doing more exercise. did a walking 15 minute dvd also at home.

good luck with your journey.

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ONEKIDSMOM 1/21/2013 7:25PM

    Carrots, tomatoes, almonds and onions as sweet: I can relate. Love 'em.

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