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MEANREDS92 Posts: 818
7/16/12 8:14 P

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WHERE DO YOU FIND SWEETS AND HIDDEN SUGARS IN YOUR DIET?
Sugar in my cereal, the occassional desserts and mixed drinks, diet pop (trying to cut out), . Probably hidden sugar in dorm food.

WOULD YOU CONSIDER YOURSELF "SUGAR SENSITIVE"? I don`t know what this means?

DO YOU EAT HIGH AMOUNTS OF HIDDEN ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS, LIKE DIET DRINKS? I am really bad for this, but I am trying to cut it out save for the four or five times per year I drink.

HOW CONSISTENTLY ARE YOU GETTING PROTEIN IN THROUGHOUT THE DAY? Just started, but it has been an issue in the past.

HAVE YOU TRIED UNSUCCESSFULLY IN THE PAST TO REMOVE SUGAR? No, never really tried to remove sugar completely. I limit it though.

HOW LONG DID YOU LAST BEFORE YOU HAD TO ADD IT BACK? I never really tried to eliminate it from my diet. I eat it a couple times a week.


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STACEYLBEATY Posts: 71
6/29/12 9:47 A

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I have such a hard timewith this! I've done it before and it makes you feel amazing! It truly is an addiction but worth the effort, thanks for this challenge I needed some motivation to do this!!

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GIGISINGS68 Posts: 250
6/16/12 5:30 A

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5/25/12 11:24 A

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WHERE DO YOU FIND SWEETS AND HIDDEN SUGARS IN YOUR DIET?
Not hidden, I am a baker and love sweets so it's right there in front of me...

WOULD YOU CONSIDER YOURSELF "SUGAR SENSITIVE"? I know I am addicted

DO YOU EAT HIGH AMOUNTS OF HIDDEN ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS, LIKE DIET DRINKS? Not really, I got off of sodas a while back. but there are a few things that may have some.

HOW CONSISTENTLY ARE YOU GETTING PROTEIN IN THROUGHOUT THE DAY? not too consistent. I need to get better at it...have a hard time eating breakfast in the morning. I mostly get my protein during lunch.

HAVE YOU TRIED UNSUCCESSFULLY IN THE PAST TO REMOVE SUGAR? No, never really tried to remove sugar completely. I limit it though.

HOW LONG DID YOU LAST BEFORE YOU HAD TO ADD IT BACK? I never really tried to eliminate it from my diet. I eat it a couple times a week.

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5/20/12 3:13 A

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WHERE DO YOU FIND SWEETS AND HIDDEN SUGARS IN YOUR DIET?
I eat clean and no processed foods so there should be none. Fruit and dried fruit are the areas where I can feel the same issues so I have to be careful with even those.

-WOULD YOU CONSIDER YOURSELF "SUGAR SENSITIVE"?
Yes. I used radiantrecovery which seems to have one of the best ways gradually to eat well.

-DO YOU EAT HIGH AMOUNTS OF HIDDEN ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS, LIKE DIET DRINKS?
None whatsoever. I drink only water. In fact in some ways I think aspartame is worse than sugar.

-HOW CONSISTENTLY ARE YOU GETTING PROTEIN IN THROUGHOUT THE DAY?
All 3 meals a day. I am helped by the traditional British breakfast being meat or eggs anyway.

-HAVE YOU TRIED UNSUCCESSFULLY IN THE PAST TO REMOVE SUGAR? HOW LONG DID YOU LAST BEFORE YOU HAD TO ADD IT BACK?
The change can last for life.

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5/17/12 10:58 A

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Caradawn - I am absolutely not an expert so I hope the moderator chimes in, but here's my take: I think it depends on whether you're a sugar sensitive person or not. For me, just the taste of sweets - even artificial sweeteners - makes me crave them. Even a pretzel roll from Trader Joe's which I thought wouldn't have sugar, tasted like it and set me off. For me, it's not only worth it but necessary for now anyway to cut that sort of a thing out. I also know that I feel better if I do. But I think it depends on you, and what your goals are (eg weight loss).




Sugar Free QUESTION: So I have pretty much cut out the "obvious" sugars in my life (ice cream, candy bars, chocolate) but am wondering how much of a difference it would make to cut out things like breakfast muffins (which I know are pretty much like cake), fruit leathers, dinner rolls, etc. Most of the pasta and bread I eat is whole wheat but I do have spinach ravoli and breaded fish about once a week and those are not whole wheat. I have been trying to make most of my meals about a protein and a fruit/veggie and cutting out the carbs but I am only successful about 50% of the week. I feel great after my 30 days of rarely eating sweets so is it worth it/necessary to go the extra mile and cut out sugary carbs?

Thanks in advnace for the adivce!



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5/17/12 10:55 A

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Sugar Free QUESTION: So I have pretty much cut out the "obvious" sugars in my life (ice cream, candy bars, chocolate) but am wondering how much of a difference it would make to cut out things like breakfast muffins (which I know are pretty much like cake), fruit leathers, dinner rolls, etc. Most of the pasta and bread I eat is whole wheat but I do have spinach ravoli and breaded fish about once a week and those are not whole wheat. I have been trying to make most of my meals about a protein and a fruit/veggie and cutting out the carbs but I am only successful about 50% of the week. I feel great after my 30 days of rarely eating sweets so is it worth it/necessary to go the extra mile and cut out sugary carbs?

Thanks in advnace for the adivce!

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5/17/12 10:32 A

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I'm SO glad I found this thread!! I just joined the Clean Eating team after kicking sugar on 5/10/12. I realized that, truly, I am a sugar-sensitive person with an addiction to the evil white substance...and I decided I needed a "clean break" from it before adding it back in in moderation. I joined this team for accountability and for added support. The first couple days weren't as hard as I thought they'd be - when I looked at it like an addiction, it became a purposeful action and I felt good about feeding my body right. As an added bonus, not having sugar in my body means I crave veggies and healthier foods AND I barely need to track calories - everything has been falling into line. And I've lost 2#!!! So far, going without sugar has been a God-send.

Here are my answers to the questions:

-WHERE DO YOU FIND SWEETS AND HIDDEN SUGARS IN YOUR DIET? Ha, not hidden at all - right out there! I am totally a candy/pure sugar person unfortunately. I'm not a big pasta/bread eater, all my calories come straight from the source.

-WOULD YOU CONSIDER YOURSELF "SUGAR SENSITIVE"? Absolutely. In fact, I think I have an addiction.

-DO YOU EAT HIGH AMOUNTS OF HIDDEN ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS, LIKE DIET DRINKS? Not really

-HOW CONSISTENTLY ARE YOU GETTING PROTEIN IN THROUGHOUT THE DAY? Not well at all until I cut out sugar. Since then I've found that it sort of naturally comes in.

-HAVE YOU TRIED UNSUCCESSFULLY IN THE PAST TO REMOVE SUGAR? HOW LONG DID YOU LAST BEFORE YOU HAD TO ADD IT BACK? Never tried before! Can't believe it, as this has made such a huge difference for me!!

Love this thread!!! Thanks for posting it. Liz

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5/15/12 12:34 P

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I just did a 30 day No Sugar (sweets mostly) challenge with my husband and although it was hard I loved the results! We did have sugar twice during the challenge - once when we were out for dinner one night for vacation and once on my husband's birthday. Other than those two times we were sugar free. I definitely had cravings in the beginning but by the end of the 30 days it was a lot easier for me to say NO to sweets. But since the challenge is over I had a truffle on Mother's Day and a chocolate muffin (large) for breakfast today! I am not an all or nothing type of person but I think with sweets I have to be. I love the way I look and feel when I am not having dessert every day but I don't know if I can find a balance.

*By sugar free I meant no desserts, sweets, chocoalte bars, ice cream, candy, etc. I am not going as far as saying no fruit, bread or things like that. I also don't really believe in "Sugar free" candies and desserts because I don't like all the chemicals (eating cleanish).

What has worked for you? Are you able to stay away from sweets in general and ok with having them on special occassions or is it all or nothing? My husband is doing it for health reasons (everyone except him in his family has diabetes) and I am doing it to look and feel better, and because it's healthy. I also want our daughter to grow up in a healthy household and learn that sweets are treats and not an every day occurance.

Thanks for you help and I am happy to join your challenges :)



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FEM_PHOENIX1109's Photo FEM_PHOENIX1109 Posts: 20
5/14/12 5:58 P

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I can't even keep ice cream in my house. I will eat the entire thing in less than 3 days. No question about it.

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5/14/12 12:20 P

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I know, that's a challenge to find just the right balance of sweetness so that you don't feel like you're choking down sawdust all day.
It all depends on whatever your version of "sugar free" is. I have never really gone completely low sugar, because I have difficulty working out without some kind of carb. I eat pretty clean for the most part, but frankly I still eat way too much and am always struggling with that 10-15 lbs of extra weight. In the absence of sugar, fats have become my new pals, and that doesnt always translate to weight maintenance. It's an ever challenging thing.

For sweets, I use stevia. I have a bottle of drops that I bought from a naturopath that is the brand "sweet leaf". It's very good and doesn't seem to cue me to want more sweets. I also use Stevia granules, although I question how processed these are. Agave can be like honey, so just pay attention to how it makes you feel.

Last night, I had no sugar-added ice cream from Bruesters. It had been a really really long time since I've indulged in that sort of thing, and I was glad to report I instantly forgot about it until just now. That means I'm not so triggered to eat it anymore. It used to be a serious problem for me...I love ice cream and consider it a comfort food to the hilt.

This summer, I'm doing a lot of veggie shakes with the Stevia. They are so healthy and leave me feeling very focused and good. I should have been adding Spinach to my smoothies all along. Who knew you wouldn't taste it?
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5/14/12 12:04 P

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SUGAR IS EVIL!!! I did a 30 day challenge, no sugar, and felt GREAT!! My stomach was flatter, I was happier, my skin was clearer, and I had more energy. I DEFINITELY screwed up last week (my job all of a sudden became a lot more boring and it was just SITTING there!) I'm not the kind of person that can eat the 100-calorie snack packs of chocolate somethings...it's all or nothing, and I'm back on the no sugar! After a while, sugar isn't even a temptation anymore. (And it's even better if you do it with someone you know and there's money on the table...)



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5/13/12 11:37 A

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Recently I've been trying to cut out sugar altogether, and it's really hard. I've been eating a lot more plain food, such as plain organic yogurt or oatmeal for breakfast, and I've been looking for ways to add some flavor, cause it's not very tasty! Recently I got a bottle of Organic Light Agave Nectar. It claims to be better than sugar with a lower glycemic index, but it's so hard to tell what to believe anymore when it comes to these things. Any light shed on the subject is greatly appreciated!

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5/9/12 3:37 A

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Oh my...i dont eat hidden sugars...the sugars i eat arnt hiding...soda, & sweets...mostly pastries but once in a while ill have a snickers or m&ms...today i had no soda...i actually did pretty good all day until dinner...my husband offered me a banana shake and i said yes...ugh...i got a small and only drank half...thr entire time i just kept thinking oc the caloriez & carbs...tomorrow will b better tho...so glad i found this team...i hope to eat clean from now on...

12/22/10 gonna try this again...and again 05/16/2011...and again 07/01/11...and again 08/15/2011...and again 12//04/11... and again 5/8/12...and again 6/15/12...

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5/8/12 2:36 P

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Ha ha-diet sodas used to be the bane of my existance. I needed 3 of them a day just to get through the afternoon!
Although they feel like a benign source of sweets, they can actually have an opposite effect despite having zero calories. The artificial sweeteners and other chemicals bypass the hormone leptin, and hence your appetite never shuts off to tell you that you're full. It's a brilliant marketing strategy!

When I first reduced sugars, I allowed myself to eat artificial ones liberally. That's not a bad plan for a while, but eventually, you will find you feel much better with just plain water. You lose the need for the caffeine and sweeteners once you wean off of them. But, it's tough!

I was a vegetarian too for about 6 years before returning to meat eating. I just never felt quite right. Perhaps you are better at it than I am, I hope! 60 grams of protein or less may be perfectly fine for you, provided you aren't super-active like a marathon runner or something. You have to go by how you feel. I am highly active, so I find I have to have at least that, but then the good news is that I can usually eat a few more calories too.

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5/7/12 12:28 P

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I find that in my journals, my sources of sugar (which I dont track) but looking through them mostly come in the form of diet sodas. the "least offensive" sugar I can get in. I know it's crammed with cancer but it just takes the edge off. Idk...love the PHD endorsed wuptes though. As a vegetarian I find getting 60 grams of protein in hard if I stay in my calorie range.

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4/25/12 8:37 A

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It's the big one Elizabeth!

If you've been following getting enough protein for the last week or two, then it's time to take the next step and start eliminating the processed sugars in your diet.
This can be a tough step, and there is more than one way to go about it.

"When you're addicted to sugar, saying no is not an issue of willpower. Your biochemistry has a direct effect on your behavior. Your craving and desire for it are profoundly affected by your brain chemistry, and even more significantly, by what you choose to eat.

Are you sugar sensitive? Are your meals erratic...do you find yourself eating lots of sweet things, drinking quarts of diet soad, eating pounds of pasta and bread? If so, you may find yourself depressed, moody, erratic, volatile, forgetful, and impulsive". -Katherine DesMaisons, PhD

Unfortunately, as we all know, our society literally pours sugar and high fructose corn syrup in almost anything you can think of. To remove it or even minimize it can be a serious challenge!
However, this can make a huge difference in how balanced you feel throughout the day.

So, as we approach this Clean Living step, let's think about where we are getting sugar in our foods (#1 Food Journalling) and work on taking steps to begin to minimize it (#2 getting regular low GI protein throughout the day).

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WHERE DO YOU FIND SWEETS AND HIDDEN SUGARS IN YOUR DIET?
WOULD YOU CONSIDER YOURSELF "SUGAR SENSITIVE"?
DO YOU EAT HIGH AMOUNTS OF HIDDEN ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS, LIKE DIET DRINKS?
HOW CONSISTENTLY ARE YOU GETTING PROTEIN IN THROUGHOUT THE DAY?
HAVE YOU TRIED UNSUCCESSFULLY IN THE PAST TO REMOVE SUGAR? HOW LONG DID YOU LAST BEFORE YOU HAD TO ADD IT BACK?

Remember, feel free to bounce between all three threads if you like to use each one to focus on whatever aspect you are working to change right now.

Out with the refined, overly-processes sugary foods!
TG

"Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing something, but in doing it"
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