My long term sugar goals: * eat no more than one dessert per holiday/occasion (Christmas, Natalie's birthday, Valentine's, Easter, my birthday, 4th of July, Labor Day, Gwen's birthday, Thanksgiving, 3 extended family dinners per year) so I'm talking about one a month - and it is not a requirement; eat only if I want it. New Year's I can have wine spritzer * average 4 packets or equivalent (8oz diet drink = one packet) daily. no more than 28 per week including Splenda, sweet n low, equal, truvia, etc. * can resume having reasonable raisins and dried fruit as long as I'm within my calorie and carb ranges
First I'm going to finish 2 weeks with no intense sweets. 3 more days to go. If I want some sweetener (diet syrup, diet cranberry juice, diet pudding, Crystal Light, etc.) on the 24th or after, I can have it, as long as equivalent to 4 packets or less average daily.
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I know that eliminating refined sugar completely is not what I can live with for the rest of my life but what I have learned is that I can control the cravings and i can control my reaction to sugar before, during and after i eat it. I think your goal is much like the one our family had adopted. You can have sugar if you want but you must walk to the location to consume it and you cannot bring any extra home to tempt others. This was prompted by my MIL being diagnosed with diabetes. i have splendid, agave nectar, maple syrup and several sugar free sweetened liquids to use in place of sugar. I have also found that green juice is the key for me. For the recipe please google green juice. Best wishes as the challenge continues
I'd love to know how that is working out for you! I wish you the best.
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When I started this challenge it was not my goal to eliminate sugar, rather it was my goal to bring it into a range considered normal by healthy individuals. I have always thought of treats and desserts as something special and therefore decided and blogged last week that I would walk/run 4.6 miles if I wanted a treat that day. The walk/ run and the dessert also have to be on the same day, I do not believe in the concept of banking extra exercise in order to use them on another day.
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