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4/6/10 7:18 P

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Just FYI, replacing sugar with honey in various dishes, especially teas to get rid of any sweet craving really helps me out.

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4/6/10 12:49 P

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No your not alone. I'm sure I've had over those calories but I never really know but in the past I've been awful. I bloated myself to the max! emoticon I am getting so much better when I think back but still it's always the sugar is what get's me having these awful days.

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4/6/10 12:43 P

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Whew, I feel a little better knowing that I'm not the only one. A few weeks ago (it was the beginning of Spring Break for me), I actually had a 9,000 calorie day. But at least I know that was a one-time incident, because I really felt like I was going to explode when I was done. But 3,000-6,000 is definitely not beyond my capacity when I start the binge.

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4/6/10 11:16 A

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awe, thanks Radicahl! That's sweet! I just this week have FINALLY had my morning oatmeal w/o ANY sweetener. I went from sugar, to honey, to agave syrup to naked! I add frozen blueberries that we harvested last summer, and some chopped pecans and some plain, light soy milk and its yummy! I feel so good about this! The jelly beans are GONE, thank goodness! I LOVE jelly beans, but I limited myself to 6 a day....and those darn cadbury eggs....but I only had 2 over this whole holiday period since they've been on the store shelves... each day is a new day and a chance to do better. I am so thankful for that! I teach cake decorating in 4-H and yesterday we had a mtg, that I baked cupcakes for and the girls practiced decorating and I am very proud to say I didn't ahve one bit of cake nor frosting...I am still chanting my mantra: "sugar is poison" in my head over and over...

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4/6/10 10:07 A

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RADICALH you sound like me. I had DH get rid of all the chocolate easter candy and sugar cookies that were in the house that I love because once I start I want more and I want to snack on everything and anything. I'm just going to stay away from the naughty sweets for awhile. It's really setting me back because when I try moderation I end up having 3000-6000 calorie days so it's just not worth it. I have my alternatives like vita tops, dark chocolate, cocoa almonds, dark chocolate covered soy nuts, Chocolate protein powder/frozen fruit smoothies, and the occasional clean treats I try so I'll just stick to them. I never get out of control with these.

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4/6/10 7:30 A

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OMG I am addicted to sugar!
Recently, like 4 weeks ago, I realized I used it to manage my energy levels, and sometimes my stress levels. I didn't have to be super stressed to reach for it. I realized that sugar was controlling me and not the other way around. I thought I could manage my sweet tooth but, for me it's like an addiction, and I can't manage it! So I threw away all the things I eat that I can't control: sugary candy, potato chips. I don't feel the same way about chocolate so I keep some around. I also found out I was anemic (iron deficient - explains the low energy!) and after taking Iron supplements, my energy is so much better! Getting over sugar wasn't an overnight thing -- I kept reducing my sugar intake until I realized why I was eating it. I didn't have headaches.

Some things to ask yourself:

WHY are you eating sugar?
Can YOU control it or does it control you?
What are some sweet alternatives you can have around that don't mess with you r blood sugar the same way? (For me, choc, dates, fruit, cashews)


PS Adrienne: Damn! You go girl, 120lbs lost! Ur my heroine.

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4/5/10 9:24 P

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Nobody has mentioned the horrible headaches when you quit sugar, especially if you were eating quite a bit. Ugh, sugar is bad bad bad.

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4/3/10 9:56 P

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A piece of dark chocolate works for me too! I'm really loving my frozen banana/chocolate protein powder smoothies with a little pb & almond milk. In the morning I'll add a tsp of instant coffee. It's delicious.

I'm finding out more and more I probably just need to stick to the alternatives I've discovered because when I think I'm strong and give in I just end up binging or overeating but when I go without and have my cleaner treats I do great.

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4/3/10 8:29 P

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I agree, too. I eat a lower-carb diet and find that a banana is enough sweetness for me, and regular milk chocolate is just disappointing. But man, when I do let myself have a taste, it's like I'm a complete addict and all I can think about is my next fix. If I stay away, though, it's all good.

For a while, I was making a habit out of eating a piece of really dark, good chocolate every night and eating it s-l-o-w-l-y. That's worked for me, or tonight I had a frozen banana coated in unsweetened cocoa powder. It left me pretty satisfied.

Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent. - Victor Hugo

Music is my religion. - Jimi Hendrix

There are more love songs than anything else. If songs could make you do something we'd all love one another. - Frank Zappa
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4/3/10 2:14 P

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OMG, I am the same way too! When my protein is up and I stay on track I'm usually fine. It's when I think I'm strong enough since I can behave so well 5-6 days so I figured I would be able to handle it in moderation but I have the hardest time and it's really taking a toll on my body and I hate it!

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4/2/10 8:48 P

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I have found the same thing: That when I eat higher protein I tend to crave simple carbs a lot less.

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4/2/10 8:43 P

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cool! so there's hope!!

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4/2/10 7:34 P

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I broke myself of the sugar monster on low carb diets...maybe if you look at what you are eating and get most of your carbs from veggies it will help. Also going off sweeteners entirely so you get used to not having that taste. I find the more you have the more you want...I am to the point now that I can only eat about 1/4 serving of ice cream before I feel sick and that used to be one of my binge foods!

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4/2/10 5:23 P

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I too have notice that sugar effects my skin, my face is alot more clear without sugar in my diet!!!

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4/2/10 5:14 P

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It hits me the same way! Thus year has been really hard to overcome. I normally can make a commitment and buckle down, make it through the first week to 10 days and then be ok with it. This year I have struggled and can make it no more than 2 -3 days. UGGH! Not pnly does sugar effect your waist line it recks havoc internally. I can see its effects on my skin! I want to break this addictions so bad! I am going to keep trying!

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4/2/10 4:24 P

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I have been eating clean since Jan. 2010 and have done real well. Recently went on vacation for a week and had a few treats, boy that just started the old sugar cravings. I was determind to get right back on program come Monday, but it made me realize WOW!how sugar effects my brain chemistry. Does anyone else have this same reaction?

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