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1/29/10 11:37 A

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I love stevia and agave. They are awesome on the taste buds and easy on the blood glucose.

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8/30/09 4:20 P

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I too have this addiction. Agave is good but takes some getting used to. I really want to cut the carbs and baked goods but my kids need snacks too. Its tough in this economy when you want to save money and make things from scratch to save a dime.


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8/28/09 1:45 P

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Baking with Stevia
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6/2/09 11:59 A

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When I started my weight loss journey I decided to do something different this time and give up chocolate and to limit my sugar intake. No more than 10 grams of sugar per serving and most if not all of it being real sugar and not sugar substitutes or HFCS. I believe that this change made all the difference. We are a society of sugar lovers and our health is suffering for it!

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6/2/09 11:24 A

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I used to have a love-hate relationship with sugar. When I was younger, I could eat sugar by the spoonful (I know... gross - right?!) It took me a long time, but I've learned to eat what I want in moderation. During Lent this year, I gave up all things considered a "traditional dessert" (basically cakes, cookies, quick breads, candy). It was definitely an eye-opener. I found that I am able to resist when I have the willpower (and the little person sitting on my shoulders telling me no). I still eat foods that are made with real sugar (I try to stay away from sugar substitutes as much as possible); I just try to eat smaller portions. Try to eat fruit when you feel a craving. I promise it'll get easier!

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2/17/09 5:31 P

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This is a really interesting discussion. My great-great grandfather "raised cane" in North Carolina. Now I live in Central America and see square mile after square mile of sugar being raised. If this land were planted in diverse species of trees, global warming would be reduced, birds and animales would have more habitat. Same can be said about cattle and grains. When the sugar is ready to harvest, the fields are burned. Smoke covers miles and miles. So when you are craving sugar, think about Mother Earth.

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2/13/09 8:38 A

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You all gave such good advice and suggestions. I too struggle with sugar cravings, but I am working on it slowly but surely. Thank you all for sharing.

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2/12/09 11:05 P

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There is some very interesting thoughts being expressed here so I'll just jump right in and add my ten cents worth. I belonged to a group called Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous. I was a member for 2.5 years and lost 77 pounds in the first 7 months and kept it off for the rest of those years plus another 7 months afterwards. I highly caution you in the use of the word "addicted". This group claimed that anyone that had an eating disorder could NOT have sugar or white/brown flour as it converts to sugar quickly. Today, I am able to consume sugar and flour and am gradually losing the weight I gained. So let's deal with what is going on with sugar for you. I've learned that sugar is used by me to comfort me. Really focus on whether or not you are even hungry when you decide to eat anything? Have you heard of Paul McKenna? If you can, he has a book out called "I can make you thin". He has a wealth of information on how to properly eat. He's got techniques in this book that will help you get rid of the sugar habit. Or rather the over eating of the sugar.... Sugar gives a person a high but then it dumps you flat. Learn to understand why it is that you are always heading for it. Once you understand why, you can start to leave it alone. Find other ways to deal with what ever it is that is upsetting you. This will all take time but you'll learn to only eat when you really need to, and stop when you are full. AND enjoy the eating process too while you are eating!! Sounds pretty good eh?! Good luck!!

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2/10/09 9:57 A

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Also, don't forget to ask your brother to keep his sugary food to himself! My husband loves his sweets, but I've asked him to store them out of sight and quit offering to share them with me so that I'm not tempted to eat them when I don't intend to.

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2/10/09 9:34 A

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I agree with can't add even steven with bananas. That said, totally not a baker. Just put that point in there because a lot of people's taste buds are so deadened from an over stimulus of yang flavouring that they need a way to transition.

Totally agree with going for a whole-food alternative, but do understand that it can be tuff for people to keep with during the winter months. A dehydrator would be a better alternative if people need things slightly warm and/or crispy, which might be a better and healthier hobby to get into than baking...

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2/10/09 9:23 A

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Actually...you can't do an "even steven" with banana for sugar b/c the banana contains more moisture. Also, There are certain recipes that need the sugar for the chemical reactions to take place. I'm up for experimentation so I would try it and see how you like it. You can surely cut the sugar in half though and it shouldn't scew up your recipe. Why not try a healthier alternative...instead of having cookies...munch on some fruit...instead of ice cream...freeze pineapple and have sorbet. You could also freeze grapes and eat them that way. There are tons of "baked goods" alternatives in the healthy non-processed form.

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2/10/09 9:01 A

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I use agave nectar in place of sugar and it still gives a sweet taste without the sugar rush since it's very low on the Glycemic Index.

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2/10/09 4:27 A

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I was very much addicted to chocolates. With very hard detrmination I have come out of it.

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2/10/09 12:56 A

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I do that too with the bananas, or just skip the sugar all together. At first I thought things tasted bland without the sugar, but now I don't. I am getting my tastebuds back for other flavours now. I add lots of yummy spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves as well as vanilla (real organic--not fake processed stuff). WOW it is good!




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2/10/09 12:49 A

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I too have been trying to get rid of sugar in my recipes. So are you saying that when a recipe calls for sugar you can substitute an equal portion of bananas?

DIET IS A FOUR LETTER WORD!!!!

We are constantly creating our "karma" or destiny through our intentions, thoughts and deeds in this moment. It is achieved through countless deliberate acts of selflessness.

It's hard to be happy with others if we are not happy with ourselves.

Just keep on moving and you'll get there.


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2/10/09 12:43 A

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Sugar cravings are tuff, but totally doable. I just posted to a thread on cravings on another thread here, and getting over them by mineral loads. The same works for sugar.
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Try baking without any sugar. You really don't need it. My wife was cooking with brown sugar cane, but it was still causing issues in my body, so I asked her to stop using it. At first, she substituted half banana and half sugar; then went all banana, and now we are back to the regular recipe, minus the sugar, and we don't notice any lack of sweetness.

Most likely, you have conditioned your body to be a sugar burner. If you lower your sugar intake, and up your healthy fats, while also exercising in your fat-burning zones, you should be able to get away from these cravings. Another thing that you might consider is that, if you liked a lot of baked goods, pastas, and crave them after exercise or in the evenings, it might be a bit of candida, which can be solved the same way as mentioned above. That, and sticking to fruits with a low glycemic index. Stu Mittleman has a really interesting book on this in connection to his running program. Even if you're not a runner, the dietary info and exercise principles are really interesting and might help.

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2/10/09 12:20 A

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Hey everyone! I became a vegetarian back in September and have enjoyed it! I like the challenge. My problem is that I am addicted to suge. I do ok during the day but then at night I struggle. I also love to bake so I love to try what I am makeing. My brother is a skinny twig but practically lives off of sugar so it's always around.

Anyone have any suggestions to help my addiction? Or any alternatives to help?

Thanks! :)

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