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Sugar-free for 8 days - this is not as hard as I thought

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

My daughter and I have both been sugar-free for the last 8 days. We have also eliminated grains and beans for over a year now, but sugar was something that had to go completely as well because of blood sugar levels.
My daughter overcame her worst cravings in about 2 days since she started and is doing very well. She is in ketosis with carbs around 50 grams/day and her energy levels are as good as always. When I asked her if she wants sweet things, more, less or about the same as before she thought it was about the same. But I do notice the difference. She is snacking a lot less, in part due to eating higher fat and more vegetables. I make a point to flavor all our vegetable dishes very well, with garlic, plenty of herbs, lemon, sesame, hot sauce and many other things to make vegetables more interesting. Of course we are not restricting calories at all.
This evening my daughter had a small piece of frozen mango that we took out of the freezer to make a whey smoothie (made with fresh whey from yogurt making, delicious!) and she noted how sweet it tasted.
I have joined the "Official tame your sweet tooth challenge" on Spark and made myself a rule to not only eliminate all added sugar but also to eat no more than 20 grams of sugar per day from natural foods including fruit.
We are working on finding new fun foods that are tasty and somewhat naturally sweet. Usually our breakfast is yogurt and berries with nuts, tomorrow we will have some low-carb pancakes made with almond and coconut flour and fruit.
I am very glad my daughter is doing so well. A big part is keeping the fridge well-stocked with things she and I can eat so that there is never a reason to be hungry. I also spend more time cooking and baking then I used to. But it is so worth it knowing that this will prevent us from ever having to deal with full-blown diabetes.
Based on Steven Phinney and Jeff Volek's book "The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance" I expect both of our physical performance to improve significantly over the next couple of months. I'm sure there will be occasional struggles, but overall I'm very hopeful that as much as is within our power we are laying a very good foundation for our future health.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
HOUNDLOVER1 4/10/2013 9:14PM

    Yes, I was already pretty low sugar. I decided to cut it down even further because I learned more about the toxic effects of sugar on things other than insulin. It's almost impossible to avoid sugar completely because there is sugar in all fruit, some veggies and in dairy, but it is possible to eliminate any added sugar. I was still getting small amounts from dark chocolate that I felt I could give up without much trouble.

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-LINDA_S 4/10/2013 6:52PM

    I guess I thought you were already doing low sugar. It's so good if you can reduce your need for things to taste sweet.

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JSTETSER 4/10/2013 5:45AM

    I did not know that a person would give up beans to lower blood sugar. You must eat a very restrictive diet.
I hope that it works for you.

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    Sounds like this is working for you. Best wishes for success!

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SILVERWITCH59 4/9/2013 7:20PM


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    Very cool!

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JMO070163 4/9/2013 12:57PM

    just love it you are truly inspiration to me me and my family need to cut to cut down on our sugar intake too ,so hard to do but I think we can if we set our minds to it .all things are possible thanks for good information emoticon

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GAILRUU 4/9/2013 11:23AM

    I don't do low carb but I do try to avoid sugar since it sets me on an eating binge.

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SCENIC_ROUTE 4/9/2013 10:57AM


My sis saw on Dr. Oz about monk fruit sugar and we got the Monk fruit in the raw
and started using it. It is sweet and doesn't have a bad aftertaste (which i find in truvia or stevia) and the best part, it doesn't spike my blood sugars. I use about 2 packets a day to sweeten some of my tart herbal teas.
There is also Nectress (monk fruit sugar) but it has too many chemicals in it.

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NASFKAB 4/9/2013 5:42AM

  awesome congratulations great work

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DOVESEYES 4/9/2013 2:56AM

    Great work emoticon emoticon

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