SparkPeople Beyond Sugar Shock Freedom Team Messageboard Get encouragement, information and motivation to break free of your addiction to sugar and carbs in this SparkTeam founded by Connie Bennett, author of Sugar Shock. SparkPeople Beyond Sugar Shock Freedom Team Messageboard Not new to quitting, but hopeful for staying power It looks as if this board is pretty quiet, so I'll put this out there and see what happens. I was hoping for a way to check in weekly and get support. I've never made it beyond a month but am excited to get beyond that now! Wed, 12 Nov 2014 14:44:06 EST Hi - Hoping to get a handle on sugar. Looking for help from others who've done it. Cold turkey? Gradually? What works best for most people. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:59:26 EST Support Groups In no way do I mean to promote people to leave this forum, but I am interested in the topic of Sugar and overall healthy eating support groups. <BR> <BR> I had a thought that if lots of support groups for sugar addiction started popping up around the world, then it might help change policy and food industry strategy. <BR> <BR> Please list here, any other support groups you have found helpful. <BR> These groups can be any social media, or real life that you know of. <BR> <BR> Thank You :) Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:54:03 EST How has this group helped you? Hello All, <BR> <BR> I am taking a sustainability class that is researching sugar and health, and I would like to ask some questions for some research I am doing and interested in. <BR> <BR> How(if) has this support group helped you? <BR> <BR> Do you participate in other online support groups for this topic? <BR> <BR> Do you think a real life support group like alcoholics anonymous would work? <BR> <BR> (I am disappointed in how difficult it actually was to sign up to post in this forum,... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:50:55 EST New member Hi all, <BR> <BR> I am a new member willing to reach my goals with your help and guidance. Just purchased the Sugar Shock book, anxious to receive it and start my path on stopping my sugar addiction. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 18:04:57 EST Same battle, new path Hi everyone :) My name is Libby and Im new here. I have had diabetes for about 8 yrs now and I am trying to get on the right track with things. So far this has been super difficult for me especially in the food department but I am forcing myself to try new things and get used to different textures and tastes so that I can keep my blood sugar levels where they need to be. If anyone has any good and flavorful recipes they want to share I will be sure to check them out :) Tue, 18 Mar 2014 18:51:44 EST Hi From Florida/ Changed Mind Changed mind, sorry <BR> <BR> Sat, 22 Feb 2014 12:16:42 EST 3rd week Hi, I am 61 years old, and on my third week of clean food. I am also on week 3in the sugar shock book, I have been a complete addict and a slave to chocolate, cake, crisps, and biscuits, but I already feel a lot better. My headaches have just stopped, and in am looking forward to being not only sugar free, but diet free for the first time in my life, and this is very empowering, thank you Connie Wed, 19 Feb 2014 13:39:52 EST Hi! Hi! My name is Laurie and I'm trying to quit drinking pop and eating ice cream. I'm hoping to find ideas that really work and get me beyond that horrendous headache from sugar withdrawal. <BR> <BR> I have not read the book yet. Wed, 16 Oct 2013 23:28:16 EST New Here with Hypoglycemia. Hi everyone! My names is Carrie and I am 29 years old. I have had Hypoglycemia since I was 14. I am still stuck on sugar and can't get out of this hole. I need help. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Looking toward to meeting you all. Fri, 19 Jul 2013 23:30:15 EST Starting 2nd week today! Hi all, <BR> <BR> My name is Jane and I am a sugarholic. I am ready to release sugars hold on me but have to admit that I am afraid to fail (again) at letting it go. Does anyone have any good ideas on how to get through the initial cravings? <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> Jane Sun, 9 Jun 2013 21:10:38 EST Hello I am reading the Sugar Shock books and think that this program will work for me. I have struggled with my weight for 30 years...ever since I quit smoking. I have tried various diet plans a d have had some success, but always gain the weight back (plus a few more lbs) . I have known for some time that I have a problem with sugar, and have tried to give it up, but only for limited amounts of time. Right now, I have had no obvious sugar since Jan 2. I am still using artificial sweeteners a... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 23:18:32 EST new to this team I am at my wits end! I need help to kick the sugar habit. No matter how hard I try I mess up and start eating candy those empty calories. I have been with sparks for awhile and I am good for about a month and something happens and boom back on candy. I have 2 dogs and presently I am letting stuff get the better of me an excuse I know but I somehow let it happen. I just don't know what to do next. Sat, 23 Feb 2013 07:27:48 EST Week Two - Loving Yourself Hi all, just started week two of Beyond Sugar Shock - the first step is about being positive about yourself and your body. I didn't think I'd have much to work with at this step but surprisingly it's been great. I realise how appreciative I am of this tired old body that allows me to do so much despite over 30 years of poorly controlled diabeties, being overweight and some other 'abuses'. It allows me to play, work, love, enjoy, laugh, rest and have wonderful highs of peace and happiness. <B... Fri, 8 Feb 2013 21:21:24 EST Hello Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Pam and I am sugar-free for about 3 days now! That doesn't seem like a long time, but it sure has been different. I do find I feel a bit better so far but we'll see how it goes. <BR> My biggest issue had always been my love for all things pasta, and carbs! That has been very hard to give up. Tomorrow it's my birthday and I am especially worried as this usually involves a few nights of going to dinner with different people and I don't know if I can handle the... Wed, 6 Feb 2013 13:04:20 EST Hi all Hi all, have just started working my way through the first week of Beyond Sugar Shock. I'm a diabetic, type 1, for 31 years so dealing with my love of sugary food has multiple benefits for me. Dubious but hopeful... hope to find time & inclination to participate on Spark People most days. Best wishes to all. Wed, 6 Feb 2013 07:03:13 EST What to eat for breakfast?? What do people eat for breakfast when you don't like eggs? I've been doing great for weeks but I'm stumped when it comes to breakfast foods that me and my family will enjoy. Tue, 5 Feb 2013 14:21:34 EST New Here! Hi everyone! My name is Carrie and I am 29 years old. I have hypoglycemia and am looking to cut sugar and quick carbs out of my diet. I have read Connie Bennett's first book "Sugar Shock" and now am starting to read "Beyond Sugar Shock" . I have anxiety, depression, OCD, migraines, and numerous other problems. Hopefully cutting these foods out will help lessen my symptoms. I am looking forward to meeting you. Take care! Sun, 20 Jan 2013 20:49:52 EST Hello New to spark. Only really here for the sugar shock forum but am interested in looking around. I am on day 2 of drastically reduced sugar and toxic carbs. I am a total sugar addict. I am desperate for a list of foods that are good for me since EVERYTHING in my old diet ( and in my house) has a ton of sugar / bad carbs. I am not tempted to eat it, but when I get hungry I don't know what TO eat. Going to grocery store tomorrow and need ideas. Thanks! <BR> <BR> PS Happy New Year Mon, 31 Dec 2012 18:52:32 EST Breakfast ideas?? Any ideas for breakfast other then eggs??? <em>4</em> Tue, 13 Nov 2012 00:57:09 EST First Day!! Hi! <BR> I'm new to this group. Tomorrow is my first day on this no sugar journey. Have been addicted to sugar/carbs for fifteen years. Ready for FREEDOM! <BR> Any advice?? Tue, 13 Nov 2012 00:46:15 EST Sugar Makes Me Crazy? Hi everyone. I just finished reading Beyond Sugar Shock, and I'm starting Week 1 of the program today. I'm 27 and totally addicted to sugar. When I was little, I used to eat it with a spoon out of the bag if nothing else was available, and I don't have much more restraint now. I feel like I NEED it to keep stable a lot of the time. <BR> <BR> I don't have a weight problem, I don't smoke or drink, and I exercise regularly. I'm pretty healthy except for one thing -- I suffer from depression and... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 08:30:54 EST Huzzah! I am on Day 10 of being sugar free and browsing madly for teams on the subject. I'm not new to being sugar free (or as close as humanly possible). Did the old Sugar Buster's program for a year or so and am loosely on that now to help me stay away from the DEMON SUGAR, as much as possible, in any form. Mon, 20 Aug 2012 18:14:13 EST Hi! I'm new to the team but not new to sugar addiction. I've read Kathleen DesMaison's books and they had a huge influence on me, and I've read Connie Bennett' s book too. Now that I've joined this team I'm going to find it and read it again! Sun, 19 Aug 2012 17:25:09 EST So glad there's hope! Hi! I recently read Sugar Shock & I am now reading Beyond Sugar Shock. That's how I found my way here. I am very grateful to learn of this great support system! I am starting to make a little progress but withdrawal is no fun! I find myself irritable at times but I am working at staying focused & motivated. I am confident the encouragement & support here will help. I need it, that's for sure, lol! I am looking forward to talking to people who can relate. Hope to meet people soon! Sun, 19 Aug 2012 16:25:17 EST Happy to know I'm not the only one!! I have been trying to kick off this extra weight that I have gained over the last year or so, but I would like to be in better shape then I have ever been. I have a sugar addiction and this book has helped me a lot! I am just going into my second week and thought I would give this a try because I know it's going to get pretty tough in a couple weeks. Motivation and tips from others going through the same situation could be what I need not to fall off the wagon......again. Good luck to everyon... Mon, 13 Aug 2012 23:29:00 EST Hi I'm 26 years old almost 27 and my goal is to lose 13 more pounds. I alraedy lost 24 with the Relax Slim program. Also want to kick out my addiction to sweets because I want to maintain my goal weight of 125 pounds and I won't be using forever the supplements, so I don't want to gain weight. I need motivation in doing exercise at least 4 times a week. I'm reading Beyond Sugar Shock but I'm not not sure how to start the vision board, if anyone can help me with that I would appreciate a lot. <B... Fri, 13 Jul 2012 22:24:35 EST Hope this works! I've been reading sugar shock by Connie and have ordered her "beyond sugar shock" from this week. I really need to get the sugar out of my diet and I am hopeing that something will click. I do well not eating carbs (no bread, no chips etc.) I still eat veggies but no flour of any kind!! I have been without white carbs since February 2012, and now I want off the sugar. Hope something will work. Sun, 8 Jul 2012 13:31:10 EST So excited to be here! Hello all! I received my beyond sugar shock book last week, and I started putting its suggestions into place yesterday. I am so excited to be ridding myself of this toxic poison, and I am even more excited to have a great place like sparkpeople to find support! <BR> <BR> A little about me. I'm Rachel. I am 27 years old, an occupational therapist, and I am currently about 45 lbs overweight. I'm 5'1 and I weight158 as of this morning. I have always struggled with my weight, and I have come to ... Mon, 14 May 2012 16:00:47 EST Newbie Hi, I'm Vicki. I live in Florida. I'm 55 years old and 65 lbs over weight. I've been trying for over a year to get my weight down and all I've done is yo-yo back and forth. So I've started a low carb plan like I did back in the 80's ( I lost 105 lbs in 13 months and kept it off for 18 years), and I'm hoping to get the weight back off over the course of the next year or so. I'm not nearly as active as I used to be so I know the weight won't come off as fast as it did back then. Plus I've gone ... Mon, 9 Apr 2012 17:04:51 EST I need guidance advice.. Hi Fellow Sugar-Shockers, <BR> <BR> I fear I am treading into dangerous waters here..I recently finished a 3 month Candida-cleanse during which I wasn't allowed any sugar, of any kind, including fruit and most processed food (as there is a lot of "hidden" sugar in most processed items). And I actually did it! Which took incredible will-power...however since coming off the cleanse I have gone absolutely CRAZY with overeating and overeating sugar especially. This has me worried now because ... Sun, 19 Feb 2012 01:26:09 EST Up--down--up- -down---HELP! Hi! So very happy to find this group! I need a lot of help and support! <BR> I am walking my little dog a few times a day--5-10 mins each...and now I go to the Y once a week to walk in the pool. I moved for exactly 1 hour this week, so I am getting stronger...and I weighed myself and found out I lost 6 pounds over the last 2 weeks! <BR> So, I was really happy and encouraged...but today, I was craving chocolate and sugar, and ate a lot of Nutella! Argh! So, my happy mood is unhappy now. <... Fri, 3 Feb 2012 18:06:49 EST Hi! I'm new to spark. I'm Ru (short for Ruth). I'm new to Spark after struggling horribly with sugar over the holidays. I've always had a sweet tooth but found myself obsessing with the sweets in the house (usually I don't have have them here). I've now gotten rid of them all but am trying to decide if it's better to completely eliminate sweets from my diet, or as some recommend, allow myself a small treat regularly so as to not binge. There seems to be conflicting advice on this. So I'm wondering what has wo... Wed, 11 Jan 2012 19:30:24 EST I'm so proud! I was doing a lot of overeating of sugar but ending up with congestion and not feeling well and finally decided I didn't want that! I took all the candy canes I'd bought and put them in a tin to take with me to holiday parties and give out there (they have diabolical flavors now, Cinnabon and Sweet Tart and bubble gum. . .) and I've finally realized that it is more painful than pleasurable to eat too much milk chocolate; I am lactose sensitive and milk chocolate has lots and I'd be too asham... Sat, 24 Dec 2011 13:30:25 EST Blog and article I found this WebMD article interesting (and the cute blog post from Karen :-) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4615923 </link> Wed, 7 Dec 2011 09:11:51 EST Thinking positively!<BR>tion_articles.asp?id=448 <BR> <BR> I just saw this Spark article and thought it would be a good one to share. I think it is helpful, especially for those of us who may stumble sometimes (myself included). <em>41</em> Wed, 19 Oct 2011 13:41:57 EST Blog from Connie Bennett I haven't read it yet (I'm not even sure what I am doing up!), but I thought I would share this link to Connie Bennett's blog. She's just turned in the edited manuscript for her next book. <BR> <link><BR>xt-book-beyond-sugar-shock-.html </link> Tue, 18 Oct 2011 00:51:15 EST Apologies I am sorry I haven't been around much lately, team. My focus has been elsewhere and I have not been giving you the attention I should. I have also been having a battle with sugar. I should have been coming here for your support, but didn't realize I was in so deep. I'm recovering now and am on my second sweets-free day. I hope you are all well. <BR> <BR> Love and hugs, <BR> Lisa Sun, 16 Oct 2011 20:49:57 EST Unsweetened Tea I've been reducing the amount of sugar or artificial sweeteners I used in my tea and cereal for the past couple of weeks but didn't really quite make it. I was still using 3 teaspoons in my tea. Well it's funny because tonight I poured myself some tea and sat down at the computer to catch up on my email. I drank the entire glass before I realized I didn't use sugar or sweetener in the tea at all, and it really didn't taste too bad. I kind of enjoyed the taste of it without something added.... Thu, 13 Oct 2011 19:21:14 EST Introducing Me... Hi everyone! I've started a 30-day no white/brown sugar challenge and that also includes candy and gum and this is Day 2 of my challenge. I'm already excited about what life will be with the crave of sugar!! <BR> <em>104</em> Thu, 13 Oct 2011 13:48:20 EST I need help! Hi all! I am have watched what I eat and successfully lost a lot of weight. I gave up a lot of sugary stuff. Giving up soda and juice was easy. I exercise a lot. Lately, I've really struggled with splurges on sugar - things like apple crisp, clif bars, cheap granola bars, cereal, and other sugary items. I'm pretty good on candy. But I still feel like I could be a lot better. So I'm joining this team in an effort to get support and encouragement as I try to really detox from sugar and r... Sun, 9 Oct 2011 20:53:03 EST Free Telesummit, including author Connie Bennet There's a telesummit - FREE - that includes several sessions, including one by Sugar Shock author Connie Bennet. The summit is called Love Your Body (More) Now: 5 Days... Many Ways to Fall in Love with You. Connie's session is "How to Quit Sugar to Shed Weight, Boost Your Libido, and Embark on a Sweeter Life." <BR> <BR> Learn more or register online at <link> </link> . It is scheduled for October 10 - 14. Thu, 6 Oct 2011 17:52:00 EST Inflammation and inability to lose weight Here's the latest in a series of articles from Dr. Mark Hyman. In general, I find his articles fairly interesting. This one could be of interest to others in this group, especially the information on the studies of mice being fed the equivalent of the "normal" American diet. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>making-you-fat-40/?utm_source=Publicas<BR>ter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=drhy<BR>man%20newsletter%20issue%20#35&utm_con<BR>tent=Get+the+story </link> Mon, 3 Oct 2011 09:03:32 EST Rocktober Are you on Facebook? If so, here's your invitation to join ROCKTOBER! <link><BR>4504265392 </link> <BR> <BR> "The pledge is simple, we will either make good choices for October, or we will make bad choices for October. Even with roadblocks we can make good choices. <BR> <BR> If you want to "Rock" October by making sound food and activity choices, then please join this pledge and share with your friends. Together, we can make Rocktober 2011, an month ... Sat, 1 Oct 2011 00:07:22 EST Brains of Obese May Crave High-Calorie Foods More Brains of Obese May Crave High-Calorie Foods More <BR> Finding might explain why overweight people stay that way, researchers suggest. <BR> By Randy Dotinga, HealthDay Reporter <BR> <link><BR>rains-of-obese-may-crave-high-calorie-<BR>foods-more.aspx?xid=aol_eh-fit_2_20011<BR>0919&aolcat=DFT&icid=maing-grid7|maing<BR>9|dl16|sec1_lnk3|97330 </link> <BR> <BR> One of Connie's followers posted this link on her Facebook page. What do you think? Do you thin... Thu, 22 Sep 2011 18:34:13 EST Sugar Addict Hi I'm Sandy, and I blew healthy eating out of the water today. I had a pack of M&M's, a pack of skinny cow candy, two pieces of cake (albeit, they were small), a cupcake, and 1/4 cup ice cream. <BR> <BR> I had no idea I could eat that much sugar, but that's a normal day for me! I tired really hard, but once I got started I literally could not stop eating sugar. Tonight I feel exhausted and worn out. <BR> <BR> I have always craved sugar (something to do with my ADHD according to my doc... Wed, 21 Sep 2011 21:56:08 EST Follow Connie Follow Connie Bennett, author of Sugar Shock, on Twitter @SmartHabitsGirl. <BR> <BR> Find her on Facebook at <link><BR>Fans </link> Mon, 19 Sep 2011 00:44:39 EST PULL YOUR SWEET TOOTH EX-SUGAR LOVER Hi every one <BR> I just read an article by holly little . The idea is to eat less sugar than less your cravings. <BR> That a craving last about 2 min. To eat raisins & dried fruit . & peppermint tea for evenings. <BR> I am trying the elimation idea. I dont have sugar in my coffee or tea . no artificial sweetener. <BR> plain . I am used to it. I dont keep cartons of ice cream in my house getting use to it. Holly Little wrote her opinion . I agree sugar is uncureable. But we will b... Sun, 18 Sep 2011 17:06:22 EST HI HELLO EVERY ONE NEW <BR> FROM ARIZONA HOT AND SUNNY <em>18</em> Sun, 18 Sep 2011 13:36:43 EST Hi... Hey Everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Jen! I am totally addicted to sweets...any that are within my reach. I do not keep any at home...can't even keep peanut butter because when I have nothing else, I will eat peanut butter by the spoonfuls. The problem is that I will talk myself into driving to get something somewhere. It's like I'm an addict. Right now as we speak I'm sipping on a diet Ginger ale hoping the intense craving will pass. I know I shouldn't be drinking diets soda either but ... Sat, 17 Sep 2011 18:25:06 EST I'm New Here I'm mostly addicted to sugar in my cereals and tea. I'm not a huge sweet eater, but when I have my ice tea or my cereal I am addicted to a lot of sugar. I'm trying to wean myself from the sugar and sugary food does bother my sensitive teeth once in awhile. Fri, 16 Sep 2011 13:09:27 EST I'm new! My name is Peggy & I crave sugar!!! Sat, 10 Sep 2011 14:55:13 EST Sugar High. Sugar Low. Wow, now that I am aware of it, I am amazed at how sugar affects me. I've been falling off the wagon quite a bit lately. Someone bought me cookies today. Oh, they were so good! Until a few minutes later, I was in bed, too tired to clean, workout, or even read. Now it's 8:00 p.m. I am up, but more by sheer force of will than energy. I hope the workout regulates my blood sugar a little and gives me back my energy. Sugar. The energy thief. Tue, 6 Sep 2011 20:01:35 EST Break Your Sugar Addiction Have you seen this one from SparkPeople? What are your thoughts? <BR> <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=1663 </link> Thu, 25 Aug 2011 22:18:00 EST Functional Foods Article "Survey: Americans Aware of Functional Foods, Don't Eat Them Enough" <BR> <link><BR>common/content/webmdtopic.aspx?webmdli<BR>nk=/content/WebMDArticles/WebMD/WebMD_<BR>News_091e9c5e80882e06.html </link> <BR> <BR> Are you eating enough functional foods? Do you find that when you eat functional foods, you crave sugary, refined foods less? Thu, 25 Aug 2011 11:50:56 EST Commitment Week I was a bad example last week. I suffered the consequences of my out-of-control eating. This week, let us join together to commit to healthier living. Post here what you plan to do to be healthier this week. Let us know your successes so we can cheer with you, and also share where you struggle so we can encourage you through the tough times. <BR> <BR> I am committed to eating sweets-free this week, and completing the 10-day stair-climbing challenge from another one of my SparkTeams. The... Tue, 23 Aug 2011 00:06:08 EST Sugar: How Much is Too Much From Dr. Andrew Weil <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> The short answer is that it depends on how your body responds, but nobody NEEDS sweets. Mon, 22 Aug 2011 23:57:03 EST Cheat Week I have had candy, cookies, cake, or other sweets every day this week! I decided I will call it my cheat week and then get back at it on Sunday. Maybe I'll enjoy a sweets-free day tomorrow, but I'm not holding myself to any commitments this week. <BR> <BR> I noticed when I had cake today (with punch, not too long after sweetened coffee) that I felt lightheaded and dizzy. I never noticed this before. Last time I ate cake, it gave me a tummy ache. I'm really starting to see the negative ef... Thu, 18 Aug 2011 19:46:17 EST Headache I just started this way of eating on Friday and I have been having headaches, is this normal? I feel great otherwise. I'm a little shocked about not craving sugar or binging, it's amazing! Mon, 15 Aug 2011 22:26:49 EST Sugar Highs Explained <link><BR>explained </link> <BR> <BR> By John J. "Jack" Merendino Jr., MD, Best Life Chief Medical Advisor, endocrinologist and co-author, along with Bob Greene and Janis Jibrin, MS, RD, of The Best Life Guide to Managing Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes. Sun, 14 Aug 2011 23:30:27 EST Chocolate, dinner, and exercise I am learning (SLOWLY) the importance of listening to my body. I have recently had a regularly scheduled loss of blood, though it was too much. I have learned that it starts because of exercise and only stops with bed rest. It was a very bad week to miss a day, but miss a day I did. Normalcy resumed and I went back to work on Friday. Saturday, I did a 5K, plus a mile and a half walk home. I didn't push the 5K. As a matter of fact, I took over 57 minutes to complete it. Still, I finish... Sun, 14 Aug 2011 23:12:46 EST Hello Hi, my name is Gail and I found you all through another message board that was talking about being addicted to sugar, somebody (sorry, I don't remember who) posted this team and I feel like I need this team. <BR> <BR> I just started "no sugar" today. I cheated, but not like I normally do and I did not have a binge because of it so that was good. <BR> <BR> I plan on no sugar tomorrow, wish me luck and good luck to you all. I look forward to getting to know you all. Is this a pretty new ... Fri, 12 Aug 2011 23:00:19 EST Back at it soon! I'm sorry team, but I've been away sick and busy. I'm feeling better, but a little tired. I have a 5K tomorrow that will probably wipe me out, but I'll definitely try to catch up that afternoon or Sunday! <BR> <BR> Love to all! <em>247</em> Fri, 12 Aug 2011 21:56:37 EST General Discussion/Chat I had a sugar incident yesterday that I think caused a problem with my sleep so I'm going to make sure I don't have one today and compare how well I sleep with last night's :-) Mon, 8 Aug 2011 08:22:33 EST Interesting Nutritional Studies The Nutrition Department at the University of California at Davis is going to study the effect of drinking three sodas a day (they're just doing the call for partifipants) I plan to follow this over time if I can, see what happens: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ar/ </link> <BR> <BR> Anyone else know of any actual studies? Sometimes I feel overloaded with TV, internet, and news media reporting "about" studies or other people's suppositions or ideas and opinion... Sun, 7 Aug 2011 11:33:51 EST Fell Off The Diet Wagon? 10 Tips To Pick Yourself Here's an article by Connie Bennett, author of Sugar Shock, from the Huffington Post: <BR> <link><BR>t/fell-off-the-diet-wagon-1_b_496083.html </link> <BR> <BR> Highlights from "Fell Off The Diet Wagon? 10 Tips To Pick Yourself" <BR> 1. Be sweetly accepting. <BR> 2. Embrace your humanity. <BR> 3. Give thanks for your "failure." <BR> 4. Commit to grow. <BR> 5. Get going with gusto. <BR> 6. Watch the horrible outcome of your slip. <BR> 7. Dwell on what y... Sat, 6 Aug 2011 02:00:21 EST New to Sparkpeople and new to this Board Hi, <BR> <BR> I was excited to find this board since sugar is my main problem. I am definitely addicted to sugar and although I'm not a big eater, I love sweets and could literally live on them, although when I do, I am not healthy and have no energy. I have struggled to control my weight but have never been truly overweight until the past year, I believe it is a combination of my age (45) my sedentary lifestyle (work in office) and mostly my choices. I rarely cook and turn to fast food... Fri, 5 Aug 2011 08:25:22 EST Hi! Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm 47, mom of two young men (21 and 22), work full-time, study when I can, and have a problem with sugar. I realized I had a problem when I felt sick from eating too much of some sort of candy, put it aside and then half an hour later found myself eating it AGAIN till I started feeling sick... AND I realized that was not the first time I was in that kind of a cycle. Anyway, I am working with a naturopath to help me with several issues which include fibromyalgia and... Thu, 4 Aug 2011 13:31:00 EST Hi, everybody! Hello! My name is Suzi and I am 23 years old. I am a recent college graduate and I am currently working on my master's. <BR> <BR> I used to be a sugar addict, and I didn't even know it! One day, upon discovering I had a candida overgrowth problem, I decided to quit eating sugar (and a bunch of other things). I have not looked back since. <BR> <BR> I feel the best I have in my entire life since I quit eating sugar. I feel energized and healthy. Cutting out the sugar also helped me lo... Thu, 4 Aug 2011 10:53:57 EST What not to eat Okay, there's the obvious things; dessert pastries, candy, too many sodas, but what about the things with unexpected sugar that do you in? Where was the sugar or simple carbs that you "forgot" or didn't realize it was there until too late? <BR> <BR> This afternoon I started in on my husband's honey barbecue potato chips. Less than an hour later I was asleep (in bed :-) couldn't keep my eyes open! <BR> <BR> The names of things are for taste-selling points, not actually what's in them (I kn... Tue, 2 Aug 2011 17:18:46 EST Hi Fellow Sugar Lovers! Hi Sugar-Shockers! <BR> <BR> Thanks for the invite Miss Lisa! I just wanted to say hi and that I hope you all had a great "low-sugar" weekend! I find weekends to be the hardest for me, because I am usually visiting with family or attending parties where there are lots of sugary is oh so tempting! <BR> <BR> Anyways happy to be part of the team! Have a great day! <BR> <BR> Spunky-RDHD Tue, 2 Aug 2011 09:27:33 EST Hello! Well I think that was the best group invitation I've seen in a while... it's like saying sugar addicts anonymous, I love it! <BR> <BR> Hi, I'm Mary, born, well, a lot later, 87 as the name would help you guess. And I'm here because after four deaths over five years, food became therapy. That and working in a sitting job with 25 cent sodas and junk food downstairs.... see where this is going? So I went from 125 to, believe the peak was probably 165ish. Now we're at 161ish and trying to get b... Tue, 2 Aug 2011 08:13:05 EST Margo I'm 60 (61 in October, hard to believe) and retired. I live on the Chesapeake Bay (one of it's tributaries, the Gunpowder River, actually or, to get really precise, Taylor's Creek on the Gunpowder River which flows into the Chesapeake!) and love being retired. I live with my DH of 21 years and two 10 year old cats. We have my husband's grown sons an hour away, middle son is married and has two children and everyone (including my husband's ex-wife) are often out here for major summer holida... Tue, 2 Aug 2011 07:56:08 EST How many days on goal? What's your goal? Desserts-free? No "quickie carbs" at all? A maximum number of grams of sugar? Whatever your goal, tell us here how many days long your streak is so far. Let's go team! <BR> <BR> For example, my goal is to be sweets-free (desserts-free). I am at ZERO days! I blew it with a piece of cake today, but I gotta tell ya, I regretted it. I was feeling pretty miserable all afternoon. It's funny how much more aware I am of my body's response to food than I used to be. I'm ta... Mon, 1 Aug 2011 23:06:40 EST Free muffins! We had free muffins available to us at work today, but knowing they're a quickie carb, I said NO THANKS! <em>244</em> Fri, 8 Jul 2011 12:03:40 EST Totally loving Sugar Shock! I am totally loving the Sugar Shock book! I just started with it and am nearly done already because it is just so interesting. I can completely see myself in it, although I am glad to see I don't have the worst-case scenario. Cutting out sweets and reducing white refined carbs is drastic enough, at least I don't need to immediately cut out ALL refined carbs like those who have it the worst. This is definitely helping to open my eyes to my need to virtually eliminate sweets from the rest o... Sun, 3 Jul 2011 17:14:30 EST Lisa Salinas As you may have guessed, I was born in 1973 (January, to be precise). I have been married for about 8 1/2 years to (contrary to what the commercial says) the most interesting man in the world. He is wonderful, challenging, fun, and a little unnerving all wrapped up in one cute package. We have an old lady dog I love with all my heart, Gypsy. I just walked a 5K last weekend and will be joining a training group at the end of the month to prepare to walk a half marathon in September. I love... Sat, 14 May 2011 21:32:03 EST