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2/1/15 8:17 A

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I have been following the Jorge Cruise 100 menu for the past two weeks. I find when I eat low carb foods I have less cravings and am satisfied until my next meal. I save my sweet treat for my snack after dinner which helps me to eliminate night time snacking. I usually have a serving of sugar free jello with a Tsp. of cool whip.

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Your plans sound great. You've learned much about what works for you. Best wishes on this challenge. You are determined. You can do it.
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1/29/15 8:55 P

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Week 2

This week I have learned that a York Peppermint Patti or a fun size m&m ends the chocolate craving when it is bad and is not as many calories as the other chocolate choices I was making. Grapes have been a good snack substitute. Eating out definitely is a challenge for me. The calories add up fast. My goals are drink 8 glasses of water a day and bring my lunch to work at least 3 out of 4 days a week. Have healthy snack available at work when that afternoon craving hits. Continue walking over 7000 steps a day. I will not eliminate sugar completely but drastically reduce the empty calories in my diet. I cleaned the pantry and removed many of the temptations from home. Starting fresh!
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You made a good choice to repeat the week. You know how you deviated from your meals and you want to avoid a repetition of it. I commend you for making that choice. Good luck in this challenge.

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1/26/15 5:02 A

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I am feeling deprived too LLESMEISTER, which I am sure has to do with med increase since I never experienced this before increase.

I learned I need to say out of market aisle with sugary foods. Replace sweets with fruit. Place bowl or containers of fruit and veggies on top shelf of refrig as reminder when I open appliance. I bought tangerines to take with me in car, to gym, etc. I drink water and drinks are not problem for me.

Chocolate everything is my trigger along with social gatherings. I need to stay away from junk food aisles in grocery store. I only go to two gatherings monthly where sweets are served.

It is my turn to bring snacks for knitting group. I plan to bring healthy foods instead of cookies, etc. I also intend to bring snack bags with food I can eat when I go to kiddie birthday party in two weeks.




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Great Healthy-Always. I checked out Dash Diet Younger You at library on Sat and plan to start today. I found high protein diet in the past squashed my sweet cravings.

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How has Week 2 been going?
I just started Week 2 in the challenge, but I started cutting sugar about 2 weeks ago due to OA. Right this moment, things are still hard in terms of craving, feeling resentful and deprived, and being preoccupied with sugar. But this is a decades long addiction for me, so I know it's not going to get magically easy overnight.

What did you learn about sugar this week?
Well, I already knew it was in everything and I pretty much have to make everything from scratch if I'm going to be a perfectionist about this (totally unrealistic with my schedule.) But I did learn that coffee is good with honey, and I don't have to have soda in the afternoon.

Do you have any sugar "triggers"? If so, what?
All of them. :-P But I really go nuts with "free" food--like at church, potlucks, and social gatherings. If someone else brought it, I must have a ton, even if it's just cookies from the grocery store that I've had a thousand of and will never forget the taste of.

How do you plan to avoid your triggers?
The big 3 I'm getting rid of this MONTH, honestly, are soda, sugar in my daily morning coffee, and treats at social gatherings (which happen at least once a week, with church and such.) So this has been a big change for me, but I'm learning, and I've already been able to do more than I ever thought possible.

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Isis well with exercise this week, but struggled with calories. We ate out too often which I knew would be a challenge and I drank too many calories. I am going to stay at week 2 another week and try to plan snacks and drinks better this week. Good luck everyone!

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I will have to try it. I hope they can replace chocolate,

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Sounds interesting. Never heard of it. I'll look it up.
Keep up the good work.

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1/24/15 9:29 A

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I started the D.A.S.H. program for weight loss (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) on Monday. In phase 1 there are very little carbs (no fruits, grains, potatoes, alcohol) for 2 weeks. It has helped tremendously with cravings already. And I'm down 7 pounds!

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1/23/15 5:28 P

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Definitely! I got some carob energy bars last night. Very helpful!

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1/22/15 9:34 A

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I am so sorry about the headaches. I hope the Carob helps.

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1/22/15 8:16 A

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Well, since I've been eating dark chocolate, I've been getting massive headaches. I read that chocolate contains Theobromine that causes headaches. So I'm switching to carob.
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1/21/15 8:26 P

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I am so glad that it works for you because it serve its purpose emoticon . I tried it hoping
it would work for me as well but could not take the bitterness. Maybe there's something else out there that would work.

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1/21/15 3:32 P

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Somar, not sure if the question was for me. Dark chocolate is definitely very bitter. Because it's so bitter, I can't eat a lot; which is the perfect deterrent. It's becoming a habit now. I purchased 4 bars of dark chocolate last week and haven't gone through the 1st bar yet, so; it's a plan that definitely works for me.
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I tried that,but the chocolate was so bitter that I had to spit it out and never tried it again.

Were you satisfied with the bitterness? Have you tried it again?

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1/20/15 1:30 P

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Somewhere in the last few months, I began to overcome my need (craving) for sweets. Don't know exactly how it happened, but I am sure glad it did. I used to eat Peanut Butter M&M's at bedtime every night. I finished a bag and even though I still have an unopened bag, I just quit. My Doxie liked her 2 M&M's at bedtime, but she's little fatty, so I cut them out for her too. I had cut out soft drinks for medical reasons in August and think this may have had something to do with it. But now when I get a hankering for something sweet, I look for something "legal" to overcome the craving. I find cherry tomatoes and cheese (reduced fat, of course) often do the trick. Other fruits help too. emoticon

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Weeblenomore, thank you so much for sharing the link!! Will check it out today.
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1/18/15 3:22 P

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I saw the documentary film at the library yesterday about nutrition entitled "Fed Up".
Check out the site : www.fedupmovie.com It really explains why we are addicted to food, especially sweets.....


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1/18/15 3:18 P

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I saw where one member said a 90% Lindt dark chocolate bar does not act as a trigger for her. Oh, to find that out to be true for me would be a blessing for sure!!!!

But I'm going to wait to find out :)

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I seem to be doing the take two steps forward and one step back dance. But for the most part, I am eating fruit and trying to stick to nutrition as my guide. WHY? why? can't oatmeal cookies be a requirement to good health?

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I had a breakthrough yesterday. Under an onslaught of pressure to feed the sugar desire, I found a way out. I've added dark chocolate to my toolbox. Now that may sound like an oxymoron but because chocolate is what I crave and dark chocolate is bitter; this is the perfect solution for me. I've allotted myself a square. 1 square of dark chocolate per day, when the cravings set in. That's my plan.

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You are doing a great job with your snack options and your intentions for changing some in the future, Keep up the good work.
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I am drinking my coffee with cream and NO sugar. I eat plain yoghurt with fruit & granola. I am going to cut out the granola until I can find a healthier substitute or make my own. I have 6 quality small chocolate bars left over from Xmas. I will eat one a day and then that is it for chocolate bars. I have started snacking on snap peas and grape tomatoes which I really like!

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Great information I'm getting from you all. I gave up sugar and white flour years ago, but this holiday season kicked my butt. I signed up for this challenge and have had very little trouble getting back to normal knowing that i've done it before and I can do it again. WE can do it!!! One thing that keeps me going (being an avid label reader) is not letting the food manufacturers determine what's good for me by misusing the words "Natural" "good for you", etc. If it has more than 2 ingredients in it, it's probably NOT good for you. There are many foods available now that are much healthier because people like us are refusing to spend our money on foods that are bad for us in so many ways, other than weight gain. Keep it up, you guys. We CAN do this!! We ARE doing it!! emoticon emoticon



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If you keep these foods in the house you will be tempted. The best plan is to substitute them with more nutritional foods. Best wishes on your journey.

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If something sweet like cookies, ice cream or chocolate (especially chocolate) is in the house, I crave it. My plan is to substitute fruit when I want something eat.

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I agree it is a win situation. Hopefully, the chocolate will be finished by the time you are not so busy

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Super pleased to have avoided the office chocolate basket for the past week. However, I'm not sure if it's because I've been insanely busy at work or if I'm actually just not craving chocolate as much??? Either way, it's a win for this week! emoticon

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Great way to reward yourself. It is very classy. Enjoy it.

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Ill be making a concious effort to enjoy my chocolates, only the best, no crappy ones with a tiny glass of port. Only once or twice per week when I've had a super day in the eating and axercise areas. This will help teach me control without feeling deprived. I will not have ice cream in the house yet. Tangerines will be my go to grab when I need a sweet otherwise.

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Good idea. This way others will share and hopefully there will be none for you. Good luck,

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No office candy for me, too. I took the candy out of my house & brought it to the office to avoid temptation.

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It is very difficult to give up sweets. However you are taking your time to do this and that is the best thing to do. Follow the guidelines and be strong. The challenge is to tame your sweet tooth not give it up all together.
Best wishes on your journey.

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So it took me about 3 weeks to get to week 2. ;)

However -

My biggest downfall is definitely chocolate. Chocolate icecream, cereal, cookies, bars, kisses, etc etc.

But I have decided to temporarily cut all the "sweet" dessert stuff from my diet. I swear, if I do the math, it saves me over 1000 calories a day. That is insane.

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Walnuts and almonds are a good substitute. Best wishes on this challenge,

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Chocolate is my downfall. I have Walnuts,and Almonds packaged in one serving packages. I have also giving up prepackaged foods,( Hidden sugars)

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Keep up the good job. Continue to pre plan your snacks and meals.

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Keep up the good job. Continue to pre plan your snacks and meals.

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Starting week 2, I have packed apple slices and sugar free chocolate pudding for snacks tomorrow-no sugary snacks today-hope to keep it up and it should get easier!! emoticon

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Raisins are good, but I think that they are high in sugar. Check it out before you start.

Good luck finding good substitutes.

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No office candy. I'll avoid it by getting some of those little raisin boxes. They're easy and fun.



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I commend you on all changes you are making, Keep up the great work you are doing.

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I ate one cookie this week thats huge for me. I use to eat at least 9 . there is no ice cream in the house . I almost bought some. I said to myself I will eat 1/2 cup . Then I sAID to myself I am lying to my self. so no ice cream in over 2 weeks. so I am gaining some control

telling my self the truth !!!!!
I have ate more fruit this week. some popcorn . and made home made pudding . sugar free

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Sounds Yummy. Enjoy.

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starting week 2


peach cobbler

16 ounce diet 7 up
1 box sugar free yellow cake mix
2 pounds of frozen peaches ( i use jar ones )

place the peaches spread them out in a pam sprayed pan
cover the top with , the cake mix
pour over the 7 up
bake 20 minutes covered at 350
then take the cover ( foil ) off bake 40 minutes

I just love it .

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Great! These cookies sound good. I might try them.

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emoticon I'm not off but I did read the article for tis week. I'm limiting to 12g of sugar by the label or tracker. That's how much is in 3 new Aunt Millie'sWhite Chocolate Gingerbread cookie. Good substitute. Celestial Seasonings Gingerbread tea out for the holidays also. Love you all. We can do this.

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Best wishes with the replacements you will be making,
You have a great week too.

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still off the sweet stuff

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One trigger i'll be replacing is flavored coffee creamers with regular half and half. I did not buy any box cereals this week. I have cut my fruits down to one serving. Have a great week everyone.

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We are close to the holidays and there is a lot of pressure on us. We tend to loose focus on our goals. Soon it will be over and we can return to concentrate on what is right for us. I am going though the same thing.
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I havent progressed very well , recently

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Good for you. Keep up the good work.

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keeping well clear of sweet things, lately

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I Am finishing up week 2. it is working very well for me. I do a protein bar on occasion to satisfy my sweet tooth.

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The Daniel fast is a great plan. Best wishes on your journey,

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My church bible study is going to do the Daniel plan in about a month and I am hoping to be able to stick with it.

slowly but surely I will get to where I am going.


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I am in my 2nd week and I'm not going crazy without my sweet treat! It just takes some getting used to. People snacking makes me feel to snack too - but I tell myself to be strong! emoticon

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I can definitely relate to the emotional eating

slowly but surely I will get to where I am going.


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I did better this past week. I've been able to break the chocolate habit although I have had a few pieces of candy. Just don't have the cravings anymore. My problem is emotional eating. Living with my husbands mother this winter. She is two hands full!!!!!

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My worst enemie right now is stress in life.

slowly but surely I will get to where I am going.


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Walden, I'll have to say that ice cream is my favorite dessert.

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I am going to avoid saltine crakers, french fries and ketchup.

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I need to work on donuts, cake, and candy

slowly but surely I will get to where I am going.


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My biggest problem is with ice cream

slowly but surely I will get to where I am going.


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You have made a good start. Continue your good work. Best wishes on your challenge.

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I thought week one was pretty easy. Then, week two started and after taking the test, I realized that only eliminating cookies and chocolate was not the answer...
The quiz was very informative, and I went from daily consumption of extra sweet stuff (said cookies, chocolate, ....) to once a week, and in moderation.
I put more fruits on the table for dessert, so I don't go ,look for something else, and I track everything, to discourage myself of taking in more than I need.
Ready for week 3!

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I'm so glad that you were able to survive the dessert table. Some times those situations are difficult to survive.

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Just one day back on the sugar wagon in two weeks. That was yesterday and I recognised my trigger factors and had a much better day today.

Ready to move onto Week 3.

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Yes, there are many things to learn about sugar and the foods that have large amounts of it.
You will have to give up some of those foods. Good luck.

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Hello. I was so excited when I started week two.....then I took the quiz. I was shocked to learn I didn't know as much about sugar as I thought. I only got 4/10 questions right. There's a lot to learn about those hide-and-seek sugar ploys. A lot to learn in a week, but I'm up for it.

Read the previous blogs on Week 2 Discussion and it feels good to know there are others learning as well.

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Good for you. You are doing so well.


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Sorry you have been feeling under the weather, Amy. I like your positive attitude to problem solving and wish you all the best with this coming week.

Thank you for the encouragement, Somar. I coped well with the temptation of a buffet table of desserts yesterday. I took a 'tasters' sample of a couple of dishes so I could compliment the host and padded the plate with grapes. In fact, nobody really took notice of what I was or wasn't eating (Hoped people wouldn't think I was being rude) and I didn't feel envious of the people who were eating big slices of cake etc. What I did have tasted over-sweet so I think my palate is changing. I don't know if anyone else has noticed this.

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I hope that you are feeling better. I like your decision to repeat week 2.
We all learn lessons as we continue on this challenge. Have a great week.

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I'm still hanging around week 2, because I'm not ready to move on to week 3 yet! I was traveling last week to visit a friend and between the change in diet (eating out and eating what other people have in their homes), and jet lag, I was struggling when I came back. I also had a health issue pop up and found myself eating sweets because of the fatigue + stress.

I'm slowly learning that two of the best things I can do for myself are to go to bed early, and take proactive steps to manage my health instead of stressing about it.

I'm also learning that for me, I really need to track ALL my food (no days off) and run the nutrition report to get feedback about how I'm doing.

I'm still tired today, but I'm heading to the gym shortly to get my endorphins going, and later today will start planning for the week so I won't be stressed tonight and tomorrow morning, then go to bed early!

And I'm going to keep working on week 2!
Hope everyone is having a great day!
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That is good news to know about melons, mangos and bananas. Thank you for the information.

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My hospital's recommendation is 7-10g sugars per 100g product on the label. That cuts a LOT of processed food out once you start reading labels.

A decent breakfast with some protein and fibre-rich carbs helps a lot when trying to avoid a mid-morning sugar drop and a piece of fruit fills the gap I used to fill with a cookie. I was told fruit (other than mango, melon and banana) release their sugars more slowly into the system so are acceptable.

Excellent information provided in the links for Week 2. I loved the quiz. Many thanks to your researchers!

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It is good that you know what the triggers are Best wishes in conquering them.

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Triggers to avoid:

Not eating enough calories early in the day.
Not having a satisfying and quick healthy snack in mind for when I'm hungry.
Having sugar within reach.

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SORRY YOU FELL OFF THE WAGON. TOMORROW IS A NEW DAY. GET BACK ON.

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SORRY YOU FELL OFF THE WAGON? TOMORROW IS A NEW DAY? GET BACK ON?

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Well I kind of fell off the wagon the last couple of days. Decided to have some ice cream as a treat one night, and then the rest of it was sitting around last night so I had some more, then today had some of my son's reese's peanut butter cups. Then felt terribly jittery and sweaty. So... I'm done with that now. Feedback = not worth it.

I started reading The Year of No Sugar by Eve Schaub and I am enjoying reading it, observing myself and my reactions to different foods, and learning as I go. Also am getting some good recommendations on further reading about sugar.

I'm drinking some chamomile tea now and will head to bed soon. Tomorrow is a new day!
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You had a good week. Eventhough you did have some treats, the stuff you did have wasn't so bad. Continue to do the great work you are doing.

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I've had a busy week so did not check in much. Overall this past week was pretty good. I think I only had 2 tsp of sugar in my coffee one morning, 2 small maltballs for dessert last night, and had a kiddie size ice cream cup along with my kids at our farmers market as a weekly treat. Oh I also made homemade graham crackers for my kids and had a couple - they had honey, molasses, and sugar in them. Oh boy now my week sounds worse than I thought. Well now, I guess it was good I sat down to write about it because I am realizing I did have some sugar after all! Oh yes and pancakes with a limited amount of maple syrup this morning. Darn it. Sugar is everywhere! Hmmm I think I will do some blogging about this tomorrow. I just started reading "Year of No Sugar" which is a memoir about a family who cut out sugar from their diets for a whole year. I think we do pretty good in my house not eating packaged foods with sugar in them - we make a lot of things from scratch - but I suppose we could always do better. The area I have needed to cut back on is desserts and added sugars at the table.

I am having success with drinking herbal tea after dinner and black tea in the afternoon if I'm tired.

As for triggers... I haven't really sorted that out yet. I don't see any big red flags for specific foods that make me crave sweets. I just crave sweets when I'm tired.

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

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AS YOU SAID, THE MORE YOU KNOW ABOUT THE PROBLEM THE MORE YOU CAN DEAL WITH IT. GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR CHALLENGE.

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Caseyknit,
So sorry, I just saw your post. I read those numbers on this link http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrit
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The article says that the average woman should strive for 6-8 teaspoons a day (which is ~25 g). It also says that the average American should be eating 7% of the sugar they currently eat. Isn't that crazy?

I stumbled across the Sweet Tooth Challenge Details for each week here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_
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I admit that it did take me awhile to find them haha, but the link for the article was there.

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I'm curious on how people feel about sugar substitutes. After some research, I decided to use Truvia (stevia) as a substitute in a muffin batch. So far, I've found that the aftertaste helps curb a lot of my cravings. In fact, after one week, I find that I don't even want anything sweet, including the muffins. I've been really watching my sugar intake in other items as well. It's been a very eye opening experience, but seems to be helping. Has anyone else had success with sweeteners (in moderation of course!).

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That sounds like a very good plan to follow for many people to follow.

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How did you get those numbers? I think I may be missing something from this weeks challenge. How do people know only to eat 25 grams per day? Sounds like some useful information. And don't feel bad about your percentages, feel good that now you know! That gives you all the more power to change.

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