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NEWMETODAY2012
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4/7/14 5:32 P

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Thanks for the info Indigo


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I think it really depends on what's going on with you.

Good luck on your journey! emoticon

Edited by: INDIGOBEAR at: 4/7/2014 (21:08)
"Enough is as good as a feast." Old English proverb

"Self-love is the only weight loss aid that really works in the long run."
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It is a constant struggle with sugar for me lately, any advice from my fellow Sparkers ??


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just starting my 3rd week of the challenge, very happy with the progress I've made in cutting down on sugary treats. I've been eating more fruit, loving the green grapes and bought 2 ataulfo mangoes to have when a sugar craving hits, they are creamy and delicious. I also have Elevate Me protein bars. Definitely 'a work in progress', but aim to keep prioritizing healthy eating and planning every day for success.

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"Enough is as good as a feast." Old English proverb

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NEWMETODAY2012
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Golfgma, I have had the same problem with almond milk------doesn't thicken


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Wanted something sweet last night and decided to use some sugar free, fat free pudding mix. Used almond milk to make it and found out it didn't get thick. Ate it like soup!

Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Phil 2:3-4.


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I think overall my best sugar swap has been with my coffee in them morning, I used to put 8 packets of raw sugar in my coffee, now I use just one tsp and 1 packet of stevia. I really believe that all the weight I have lost is from cutting out sugar, there are so many calories in it!

“Don't let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use.”

“The more intensely we feel about an idea or a goal, the more assuredly the idea, buried deep in our subconscious, will direct us along the path to its fulfillment.”

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So far so good.

My name is Rae and I live in S Florida. I have been member since 2008 but was away for a couple of years. I am back and on the road to better health and weight.

All our progress is an unfolding, like a vegetable bud. You have first an instinct, then an opinion, then a knowledge as the plant has root, bud, and fruit. Trust the instinct to the end, though you can render no reason.


Ralph Waldo Emerson
US essayist & poet (1803 - 1882)


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To help my sugar cravings, I have been eating plain yogurt and adding fruit. Also eating low sugar or sugar free items. Reading the lables to make sure no surprises with added ingredients that I don't want. When I want something other than what I mention, I simply try to do something to take my mind off my craving.



My name is Rae and I live in S Florida. I have been member since 2008 but was away for a couple of years. I am back and on the road to better health and weight.

All our progress is an unfolding, like a vegetable bud. You have first an instinct, then an opinion, then a knowledge as the plant has root, bud, and fruit. Trust the instinct to the end, though you can render no reason.


Ralph Waldo Emerson
US essayist & poet (1803 - 1882)


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I hope all of you are able to find what works to combat your triggers and get past the cravings. I am a sugar junky and I know how hard this is, I have been struggling for years with binging and then hating myself for it. this is not my first attempt to cut out or cut back on sugar, I have tried many times in the past and failed. dont give up, even when you slip up, it really does get easier.

So far I have found this challenge to be easy for me. part of it I believe is due to me wanting to lose weight more than I want a cookie. I still want sugary food and I am still having cravings but logging my food and keeping track of every bite has been really eye opening for me. I find that if I know how many calories I can eat every day and still lose weight I am able to have anything I want but since I am starving I have been choosing foods that are lower in calories than sugar treats. cereal is "desert" because it is like having a treat without having a lot of sugar and I have been using chocolate protein shakes for my sugar fix, I have one that is by Nature's Bounty and has a ton of vitimins with very little sugar I think about 2 grams per serving. I mix that in the blender with some unsweetened almond milk and ice for a "milk Shake" so far it is good for a chocolate fix and has less than 200 calories per serving. of all the shakes I have tried it has the best flavor. I also have switched my yogurt to one that is stevia sweetened, and use stevia and 1 teaspoon of real sugar in my coffee. some other things I have done is drink stevia sweetened hot tea, there are a couple varities that have cocoa mint or carmel flavor and are really good. I also love ice tea. The only drink I have with calories in it is my coffee and that is only because I dont like it black. It's amazing how much celery and peanut butter is like eating desert right now LOL.



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“The more intensely we feel about an idea or a goal, the more assuredly the idea, buried deep in our subconscious, will direct us along the path to its fulfillment.”

Earl Nightingale


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NEWMETODAY2012
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2/16/14 11:14 P

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good idea, will try


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FIT4HZGLORY
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80 calorie yogurt for ice cream. I put yogurt into the freezer and it is a substitute for ice cream for me.



You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it, but God wins it every time. This battle is not ours it's the Lord's.

Every day do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow.

Negative thoughts are the weak link. A shift in your awareness and thinking positive will change your day.

It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.


We are God's Masterpiece....Eph. 2:10





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FIT4HZGLORY
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Herbal teas seem to help me and my sugar cravings. I like my tea hot with a little truvia in it.

This is very soothing and helps me when I am really wanting something that I should not have.



You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it, but God wins it every time. This battle is not ours it's the Lord's.

Every day do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow.

Negative thoughts are the weak link. A shift in your awareness and thinking positive will change your day.

It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.


We are God's Masterpiece....Eph. 2:10





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Moderation is where I am... but sometimes that is like letting lion out of cage. So I have to b super careful

The rest of my life will be the best of my life.


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FIT4HZGLORY
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Use bananas in smoothies for texture and sweetness.



You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it, but God wins it every time. This battle is not ours it's the Lord's.

Every day do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow.

Negative thoughts are the weak link. A shift in your awareness and thinking positive will change your day.

It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.


We are God's Masterpiece....Eph. 2:10





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FIT4HZGLORY
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When I want something sweet, I have cooked apples in a little water on top of the stove and added cinnamon and vanilla with Splenda.

It soothed my sweet tooth.

Edited by: FIT4HZGLORY at: 2/9/2014 (22:47)


You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it, but God wins it every time. This battle is not ours it's the Lord's.

Every day do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow.

Negative thoughts are the weak link. A shift in your awareness and thinking positive will change your day.

It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.


We are God's Masterpiece....Eph. 2:10





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I no longer buy or keep junk food around: no cookies, pies, cakes, chips, pretzels etc.

I still crave sweet, but traded off for healthy sweets: no more than 2 of these in any 1 day (often I only eat 1 and skip the second:

1 tablespoon taken in 3 -1 teaspoon increments (lick slowly off the teaspoon to last longer!):

1 TBS Local raw honey (great for the immune system)
1 TBS unsulphered blackstrap molasses (high in calcium & iron, both I'm usually needing more of)
1-3 squares (3 sq=1/4) of a 1.55 oz. Hershey bar, again eaten tiny nibble by tiny nibble allowing each to slowly melt on tongue before next nibble. (Chocolate is high in antioxidants)

With the exception of the chocolate and an occasionally TV dinner, I rarely eat any pre-packaged foods, canned, frozen or otherwise.........

God help me to love others as you love me.
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www.CertifiedServiceCats.com
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I m diabetic so I try to eat fresh fruit and veggies but I do use artificial sweeteners when I want to bake a pie or make baked beans. I have also bought sugar free jello, cookies, and puddings. The Atkins bars are also a help to me when I want something that tastes like a candy bar. They still have lots of calories but I count them in my tracker anyway.


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There are no sensible sugar swaps fir me, the sweet taste, even if it's artificial makes me want sugar. It's best for me to avoid it altogether.
Claudia

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Pounds originally lost 29. Maintain weight between 73Kg (161lb) and 75Kg (167lb): ongoing.
My current goal is 75kg (167lb)

Cardio 5 times a week; Pilates once a week.
Mindfulness meditation 6 times a week at least.


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I have found that sugar substitutes are often just as addictive as sugar. The brain is conditioned to expect the sweet taste and this can even result in an insulin response. The problem is made even worse because then there is no sugar in the blood to process, leading to low blood sugar and more cravings.
Birgit

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I've been having sugar free reeses peanut butter cups. I admit, I'm addicted to them.

I think I can. I know I can. I will.

Don't let yesterday use up to much of today!

"There are two ways to live:
You can live as if nothing is a miracle OR as if EVERYTHING is a miracle." Albert Einstein
I choose the latter!


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Along with sugar free jello, the one sweet treat that is almost calorie free is Miss Meringue Fat Free Meringue Minis Cookies. 13 cookies are 110 calories. 5 is more than enough for me so for just 40 calories (about 8/cookie) my sweet tooth is satisfied.



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I have reduced my sugar intake further by reducing fruit further. I just don't feel the need for it. Maybe in the summer when there is more ripe local fruit I'll feel like having more, probaby mostly fresh berries and some tart apples in the fall.
Birgit

You can talk to God all you want and that's great, but the changes happen when you start listening to him.

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I have in my fridge fruits and veggies. In my cupboard I have sugar free jellos, puddings, and sugar free candy. As the days go on, I am preferring fruits or sugar free jello over the candy I used to want all the time. I have much healthier foods in the house now. I thought I would want the sugar free candy all the time, but I find I don't. I am ending 3 weeks in this challenge, and it has been amazing for me. I have lost weight, and I am eating so much healthier now.


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I do good bringing snacks to work - fruit, nuts, plain popcorn, etc., but nuts have so much fat in them that it makes it hard to stick to my numbers in that area...any suggestions.



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Sounding good, Marsha :)

I substituted sweet food with sultanas, dried pineapple and raw almonds this week. It was a nice, sweet and crunchy snack for the mid afternoon munchies i get.

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right now I'm probably eating too much fruit. part of it is this challenge and part of it is that we have lots of fruit in our house. We got a gift of honeybell citrus and then four bags (tangerines, grapefruits, oranges, blood oranges) and we already had cherries, strawberries, blueberries, bananas, apples, and grapes in the house. I am sticking to my calorie, carbs and fiber goals, so not doing too bad. I plan to limit to 2-4 servings of fruit soon. Today I had 8 servings. Swapping fruit for sweet foods (sugar free pudding and sugar free ice cream and diet syrup were biggies) isn't hard for me. Giving up the packets and drinking my coffee, tea, herbal tea, and decaf coffee without sweetener is tough!!

Five and a half days with no sugar, no artificial sweeteners, no dried fruit, and no juice. Didn't think I could do it, but I am.

Central Florida, Eastern Standard Time Zone

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I've discovered that Dates are great!
They are just the right sweetness.


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-No one ever-

In life, you either have results or excuses.
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High fiber
helps curb that sweet tooth

HE WILL COVER YOU WITH HIS FEATHERS ,AND UNDER HIS WINGS
YOU WILL FIND REFUGE,HIS FAITHFULNES WILL BE YOUR SHIELD AND RAMPART psalm 91:4


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I so love dates !!!!!!

I would do 1/2 cup of starch veggie & one cup of non starch

HE WILL COVER YOU WITH HIS FEATHERS ,AND UNDER HIS WINGS
YOU WILL FIND REFUGE,HIS FAITHFULNES WILL BE YOUR SHIELD AND RAMPART psalm 91:4


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I have been using Dates as they are so naturally sweet I only need 1 to calm my sweet tooth.
I love all the ideas others have posted.
I do a big salad for lunch so I try to do something different for snack but maybe more veggies would be better.
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I'm pushing more non-starchy veggies than fruit

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.

Mistakes are the portals of discovery.

Don't be afraid to give your best at what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.

It is never too late to be what you might have been.


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I have been eating peanut butter , nuts . some fruit

HE WILL COVER YOU WITH HIS FEATHERS ,AND UNDER HIS WINGS
YOU WILL FIND REFUGE,HIS FAITHFULNES WILL BE YOUR SHIELD AND RAMPART psalm 91:4


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I eat tangerines, Cuties Mandarins, and Pretzels in place of sweets

“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.”
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