Avoiding added sugar is great. Avoiding carbs entirely, as some users are suggesting, is not. Your body needs them to function properly, just like it needs fat. Yes, fat. It's not a dirty word, it's a dietary necessity.
Like the article says, moderation is key in all things. Just don't forget to give your body what it needs in your effort to avoid what it doesn't. As someone with insulin resistance, I have to be careful with my carbs, so rather than avoid them like the plague I just spend 'em where they count - whole grains, fresh fruit and vegetables, plenty of fiber, and the occasional indulgence.
I find it is not possible for me to suppress my sugar cravings and have to rely on natural pills by innoveat. They work well.
7/9/2013 3:07:19 PM
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Thanks for that tip @CONTRARYWISE I have tried over and over to eliminate sugar and by cravings get extreme to the point I'll go out a 12 am and buy a donut or find myself baking late at night. I try to use low fat recipes that call for stevia/truvia, sometimes I talk myself into having a double serving because I know it's low fat. Sugar cravings really make me feel like a drug addict sometimes...just pitiful.
6/9/2013 2:35:56 PM
I know the article says to avoid ANY sugar to break the habit, but sometimes my sugar craving is so bad, I would once have baked from scratch a whole batch of cookies and eaten several to satisfy it. Now I find that if I just eat a tiny spoonful of honey or put a spoonful of sugar in a couple inches of tea or coffee, it satisfies my craving. Plus it doesn't take up a whole bunch of time!
My gosh, I really prided myself in checking for hidden sugar in foods and the list in this article shocked me. I'll print out that list and keep it with me. Another thing I always check on the food label is sugar grams. My graving for sweets is far less than I can ever remember it being in my entire life and I feel and look so much better.
I discovered several years ago, that if I start out my day with a carb-laden breakfast (English muffin, bagel, cold cereal, toast, pancakes, etc.), I craved carbs ALL day, and I was hungry all day - regardless of how much I ate.
On days when I had more protein for breakfast (eggs, Greek yogurt, etc.) OR whole grains like plain oatmeal made with milk, I did not have those carb cravings.
I also discovered that when I followed a lower-carb eating plan, not only did I NOT crave carbs, but I wasn't as hungry. So, now I avoid processed carbs, sugary drinks, and focus on lean protein, healthy fat (including peanut butter), and lots of veggies & fruits.
I'm less hungry, no cravings, and a much more successful dieter.
It's a good idea to get sugar out of your diet as well as processed foods like white rice and white flour. I have experienced yeast overgrowth, also called Candida Albicans and eating sugars, processed foods and eating foods containing yeast all feed the candida, and when the candida gets out of control it can affect you in ways you never imagined - mood swings, lethargy, bloating, gas, headaches, anxiety, depression, ear pain, bad skin, jock itch, vaginal yeast infections, rashes in the belly button, armpits and anywhere moist and warm, balance issues, fluid in the ears, dizziness, watering eyes, runny nose, coughing up mucus...I could go on, but you can research it by googling "Candida Albicans."
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