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TACDGB Posts: 6,136
11/8/12 12:31 A

I get my sugar from the fruits and veggies I eat. I try the best I can to eat low sugar stuff. But once in awhile I just have to have a good chocolate a dove dark chocolate or something even better. I try to eat it in small doses or share it with a friend. Don't do it too often hypoglycemia can't handle it. makes my blood sugar drop and I am a mess.

RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
11/7/12 9:47 P

I eat low carb, so I don't have any sucrose( table sugar. I get a little sugar in my vegetables, and cheese( lactose ).

I have been eating this way for most of the last 3-4 years. I have been diabetic since 2002, but since May 2010, one year after starting low carb, I have been off all diabetes meds.

Another benefit of cutting sugar ( and also salt ), is that you can taste the food you eat. After 3 weeks I was amazed to experience how sweet an apple was, or how salty a chicken thigh tasted. We dull our taste buds with these toxic substances. Sugar is a carcinogen, and cancer has risen a lot since we introduced it into our diets. So you will be lowering your odds of getting cancer by cutting sugar from your diet.

I think that while people argue about what foods are healthy, no one doubts the benefits of cutting sugar. There is no nutritional benefit to ingesting it. Simply put, it is bad for you.

Edited by: RUSSELL_40 at: 11/7/2012 (21:54)
SALONKITTY SparkPoints: (0)
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11/7/12 6:23 P

I also quit sugar and grains at the same time, when I started SP back in July of this year. I've lost nearly 40 lbs, significantly reduced (eliminated, perhaps) inflammation throughout my body that aggravated arthritis and plantar fasciitis. My complexion improved, and so did the condition of my hair. I have tons of energy--don't need naps mid-day, don't feel grouchy and "foggy" in my head, my moods are nice and even....

I do eat lots of veggies (always did) and fruit (though less than before, and mostly berries now).

I have absolutely NO sugar cravings or hunger pangs to battle with. I love it!

DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
11/7/12 9:52 A

I don't do refined sugar nor do I eat whole grains which convert into sugar. I do eat sugar that comes in fruits and veggies. To sweeten I use coconut nectar, dates, stevia, Grade B maple syrup, and raw honey. Sometimes I use bee pollen to sweeten as well. Luckily with all the above, I don't need much.

ORODEO73 Posts: 527
11/7/12 9:44 A

since I started back with sparkpeople in August, I have given up a lot of sugar. Mostly because my diabetes got out of control and I am trying my hardest to keep it in check. I have found that I prefer most things sugar free or with sugar substitute. My family has learned to enjoy sugar sub koolaid and sweet tea. I cook with it as much as possible.

N16351D Posts: 2,349
11/7/12 7:26 A

I read an article online that said that sugar contributes to premature wrinkling in the skin in addition to all of the other things listed in previous posts!

I love sugar treats and have much difficulty with the temptation they rise, especially ice cream! I grew up having desert every day after school and after dinner. I had at least two servings of sugar every day for the first 10- 15 years of my life!

Every October I go "cold turkey" on refined, processed sugar from Oct. 1- 31. I allow myself no sweet treats. The results are that I have increased energy and lose about 4-5 pounds. It is very difficult for me to do this, and the rewards are great.

I struggle with not eating too much sugar every single day. I try to only have 2-3 servings of sweet treats a week, but it is very difficult for me to follow through.

This is a great, and necessary topic.

MPLANE37 SparkPoints: (79,152)
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11/7/12 4:58 A

I guess you mean "white (or refined) sugar" by "sugar", otherwise there are many forms of sugars that naturally exist in many vegetables and fruits, and one cannot avoid them, nor should try to avoid them if there is no medical reason.

For me, the biggest effect of dropping the white sugar from the menu was the recovery of the taste of many vegetables, fruits, teas and coffees. I think one reason people have difficulty in the consumption of vegetables and fruits is because they are used to too much white sugar in their diets. White sugar overwhelms the taste buds and creates "sugar high" in the brain. Consequently, the brain treats any food that contains less sugar as "bland".

My heart burn went away when I stopped eating all refined nicely packaged junk food along with applying the portion control to my meals, not just dropping white sugar from the menu. Before taking these measures, I was on prescription medicine for heartburn (Omeprozol). Now I get heart burn only when I am stressed too much, which is very seldom.

LUVDANRS61 SparkPoints: (0)
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11/6/12 11:41 P

I recently watched a documentary and learned that sugar is as addiciting as Crack Cocain or any of the other ilicit drugs that are addicting. The more sugar we ingest the more we crave and want. I know that happens to me...will be cruising along and avoiding sugar and one day decide oh heck its ok I can have this one piece... of whatever sweet.... and poof I am in a downward spiral. Unfortunately being human and having this information.... I still screw things up. Am currently rededicating myself to being healthy and eating healthy to hopefully achieve weight loss * yes I know it will . So I am having to detox from the sugar.... this takes up to a week before the craving go away. I also try to avoid sugar alcohols as they tend to make me crave reg. sugar. Ahhhh life is wonderful...wanna know why I wasnt born rich, blonde and thin.... jk... love myself...just want a little less of me to love

ETHELMERZ Posts: 20,207
11/6/12 10:34 P

Unfortunately, knowing all the "facts" still doesn't make it easy to give up sugar. Same thing about alcohol or smoking. There is "something" we get from eating certain foods, doesn't matter who says it's not good for us, it's like having an affair...........certain foods satisfy us more than others, and we return to those, even after months and years of not having's a struggle, and will go on forever. Fight it as best you can.

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,291
11/6/12 10:20 P

I became pe-diabetic. Almost 24 million Americans have diabetes and record numbers are now pre-diabetic, some not even knowing they are borderline diabetics. Many Americans are at risk due to genetics, others are at risk from obesity. Americans consume sugar in excessive amounts and eat very little fiber.

Sugar exacerbates diabetes! Sugar can produce a significant rise in triglycerides and causes a loss of tissue elasticity and function, the more sugar you eat, the more elasticity and function you lose. Sugar may lead to cancer of the breast, ovaries, prostate, and rectum.
Sugar interferes with absorption of calcium and magnesium, increase the size of the liver by making the liver cells divide and increase the amount of liver fat
Sugar can cause arthritis, Athasma, heart disease, hemmoroids, varicose veins and MS.Sugar can increase the systolic blood pressure and can increase drowsiness.

You mentioned constipation well Sugar is enemy #1 of the bowel movement....Sugar can increase cholesterol. Sugar can damage the pancreas, the heart, the kidney. Sugar promotes excessive food intake in obese people...these are just a few reasons why sugar is not good for you.

Carbs produce sugar, juices and chocolate milk are high in sugar. Even French Fries has hidden sugar to make them more tasty...The body changes sugar into 2 to 5 times more fat in the bloodstream than it does starch....Yep it does

KRISTEN_SAYS SparkPoints: (81,670)
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11/6/12 5:27 P

I think it's recommended to consume no more than 40 grams of sugar per day. (I wanna say this is added sugar though.) I have no idea how much I consume on any given day but it's a lot less than what I used to. I also completely cut out artificial sweeteners. Unfortunately I still love my sweets - cookies, cake, pie, chocolate, you name it - and once I start eating them, I can't stop. I need to fix this.

11/6/12 4:39 P

I have been a member of Sparkpeople for years but without really achieving my goals. However, I made a renewed commitment to being healthy rather than 'going on a diet' and one of the things I decided to do was to stop consuming sugar. I watched some stuff on YouTube (I think one of the programmes was called 'The Bitter Truth') and learned a lot, especially how digesting sugar robs your body of nutrients. Apparently the digestive process uses nutrients we already have and the payoff is we get more back from the food being digested - as long as it has some. Sugar is not giving our bodies anything healthy back.

One major benefit I have found of being sugar free is that I am getting back a feeling of being full after a meal. Before, I could eat a big plate of food and as soon as it was finished I would be looking for something more. Also, the kinds of snacks I was eating combined sugar and fats - chocolates, biscuits, cakes - and I was always suffering from heartburn. And, sorry if this is TMI, but constipation as well. Needless to say, I can't remember the last time I had heartburn and going to the loo is not the problem it used to be.

How much sugar do you eat or have you given it up and if so, what benefits have you experienced?

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