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Posts: 782 12/21/13 11:21 A
I managed to give up added, processed sugars and artificial sweeteners for 10 months. I've been trying to get back on the bandwagon since I slipped this past Sept. This time of year with all the free goodies around work...it's definitely not easy. I tend to stress eat, so whatever's around is usually fair game if I get in one of "those moods."
In terms of sweeteners, I'll use pure honey, pure maple syrup, molassess. I've got a stevia plant in the garden so if I reallllly want some sweet tea that badly, I'll put some leaves in when I'm brewing the tea. I've been okay with 90% organic dark chocolate--it's so rich I can only eat a couple pieces at a time (1/3 of what they call a serving).
If y'all have any tricks to working through the cravings, I'm open for suggestions!
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current weight: 162.8
Posts: 7,932 12/15/13 7:43 A
Ok, I understand about added SUGAR. My question is about other natural sweetners, such as STEVIA. Does using that cause the same reactions?
(stevia is a natural sweetner that contains zero calories)
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Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 123 10/7/13 9:46 A
I'm on it! But I bet I'll notice some sneaky ways I get sugar. I am good at staying away from the obvious stuff, its where they put it inside stuff, that gets me.
In the end, the best things in life came from our own inner growth and that came from dealing with things that we wish didn't exist and making them better. So in that way, bad things are a huge blessing.
Switching up your eating habits, even for 30 days, takes major adjustment. You’ll notice that every area of your life begins to change, and some changes are easier than others. Take heart knowing that the rest of us are right there with you, no matter how many times we’ve done this.
*Admittedly, it can be hard to know where to stop in your quest to remove added sugar from your diet. Fruit juice is basically just sugar, which is why we’re including it here. Does that mean your apple juice sweetened chicken sausage is out? That’s your call. We’re just here to present the information – what you do with it is up to you.
Posts: 2,667 9/2/13 12:51 P
Good for you.
I've cut back most added sugars from my menu..
Twice I've done the 21-day sugar Detox from the Balanced Bites website. It was a wonderful experience.
Fitness Minutes: (8,655) Posts: 279 9/1/13 12:47 A
I like your post. You have motivated me. Thanks.
current weight: 142.0
Fitness Minutes: (8,081) Posts: 105 7/3/13 1:38 P
Best of luck to you! Last year, I went without added sugar in any form (no honey, no Stevia, no Splenda, no agave, no molasses), for over 6 months. The only sugars I had were in fruit, but I limited those to low-glycemic index choices. I can't wait to feel like I did last year, and I hope you feel great, too!
I'm just starting this way of eating again (long story why I stopped) and I'm currently on day two. I can't wait for post-day three because right now I feel like ... well, I just feel bad!
current weight: 199.8
Posts: 39,164 9/12/12 10:31 A
I have little to no added sugar in my diet. I do mess up! I had some healthy dark chocolate this week but it had sugar in it..
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Posts: 637 8/15/12 10:00 A
I gave up added sugar on March 1 and haven't used it since. I must confess, my definition of added sugar is any sugar added to anything I prepare - ie no sugar added to tea, coffee, desserts, cereals, spaghetti sauce, etc. Since I try not to eat processed foods, I tend not to get the sugar, fructose, etc. that would be added there. I do occasionally have a piece of chocolate or rolls, which do include sugar, but overall my intake has gone substantially. As of yesterday, I've lost 20 lbs since March 1st...slow, but steady.
Pounds lost: 17.0
Fitness Minutes: (90) Posts: 6 7/19/12 1:59 P
Being without sugar is easy for me...after the initial 3 days that it takes to stop missing it!! I just have to tell myself why I gave up sugar-remind myself It makes me feel sluggish the next day, it gives me headaches, and I feel it even messes with the circulation in my legs they hurt when I eat sweets!! I feel I can never loose weight unless I give up sugar and I feel sooo much better without it!! I have more energy no doubt!!! :) I have a cup of hot tea with honey (tupelo honey-just like Van Morrison sang about!! :) twice per day morning and evening (or noon and night). It kicks my cravings for sweets in a very natural and healthy way. Sometimes I add a quarter or a half a teaspoon of cinnamon to my tea-that can help too!! Cinnamon helps regulate your insulin. This really is a great health challenge everyone should take...and realize how you feel!!! Try Stevia when you make teas and work it into your cooking ideas!! It's great to use!!! Much support to you all here :) Sadiejgirl
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current weight: 145.0
Posts: 13 6/29/12 12:41 A
Some breads don't have added sugar like sourdough and some of the sprouted grain bread (I eat the Ezekiel brand at Trader Joe's and it doesn't have any added sugar). You just have to check the label to see if any sugar is added. I think all ketchup has added sugar, but you can get a brand at Whole Foods that has it sweetened with fruit sugar instead of cane sugar. As far as salad dressing, I found a Green Goddess dressing at Whole Foods with no added sugar. You can actually make pretty good dressing yourself with yogurt, avocado and some spices (you can find good salad dressing recipes online). Like I said earlier, I am not eliminating any fruits or vegetables because they are good for health and the fiber in them acts to slow the absorption of the sugar into the bloodstream. I gave up honey while on the two weeks without sugar diet I was on, but I starting using a very little bit on my yogurt because honey does have some beneficial nutrients. I also think molasses is good in moderation because of the nutrients, notably iron. I use it sometimes in muffins and cookies. I try to eat chocolate as dark as possible (I get a brand that is 90% coco) and this has extremely low sugar count (I usually only take a small bite of chocolate to satisfy my craving). I don't drink alcoholic beverages so I can't comment on the sugar in them. I don't touch artificial sweeteners either - I think they are terrible for your health. I just saw an article last week saying that they actually make you gain weight. I guess you can make yourself crazy trying to get rid of every gram of added sugar, and I definitely don't plan on never eating sugar again. I just think resetting my tastebuds every once and awhile helps keep me on track with my diet.
Posts: 313 6/28/12 11:36 P
soooo..... this is going to be a dumb question but if i knew the answers i wouldn't be obese. what do you consider without sugar? i tried to googlr but had no (easy) luck
bread-you need some sugar to create food for the yeast but not tons like some manufactures store bought spaghetti sauce is probably on the list ketchup? what kind of salad dressing would you use? i love cucumber salad with vinegar, salt and sugar. what about fruits and sweeter veggies. honey? molasses? dark chocolate is supposed to be good for you? alcoholic beverages?
what about artificial sweeteners? personally i wont touch them, i bought some cocoa coated almonds, ate a few and wanted to brush my tongue with a scrub brush... splenda yech!
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Fitness Minutes: (1,282) Posts: 75 6/21/12 6:07 P
I'm with you. I gave up sugar cold turkey. I cannot eat "a little bit" because then that is all I want to eat, like graham crackers. Eating sugar, low-glycemic stuff makes me feel bad mentally and physically.
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Posts: 13 6/3/12 7:51 A
I am going without sugar because I have cravings for sugar and have found that if I give it up cold turkey, I usually don't crave it as much. I am not trying to lose weight, but I find that sugar is not something that is healthy to eat (at least not added sugar) so I want to eat as little as possible. My normal diet is mostly fruits and vegetables with whole grains, beans, greek yogurt and soy products. I feel really good when I'm on this type of diet, but if I eat lots of sugar (dark chocolate, graham crackers, ice cream) I don't feel as good. I think I'm probably going to extend the 2 weeks to 4 weeks now because 2 weeks probably isn't enough time to really stop craving the sugar.
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