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SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (253,718)
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6/11/14 2:41 A

Getting up at 5 and nothing to eat until 9 is too long without food. All the sugar is doing is giving you a 'quick fix'. Try bringing your breakfast forward and include that fruit, or have a bit of toast with peanut butter, or a bit of mashed banana, OR you could have some hard-boiled eggs in the fridge and grab on as an early morning snack, and have with a little fruit.


MICHELLEXXXX SparkPoints: (12,272)
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6/11/14 1:09 A

I would try adding a small snack around 8 or 9 pm such as cottage cheese, a cheese stick, greek yogurt, a hardboiled egg ,or even just a cup of milk. Then I would start off with a 5am breakfast to override the need for sugar. Even just something small, like a cup of soup or a slice of cheese, if you are not a breakfast person.

NOLSAKS SparkPoints: (3,941)
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6/10/14 1:36 P

Michelle, thanks for the reply. No I haven't been eating a bedtime protein and I usually have oats with sweetner at about 9am. I get up at 5am. I have coffee with sugar and milk at 5 and that has to carry me through. Should I try fruit in the morning with the oats?

SUNSEEKER316 Posts: 33
6/10/14 11:09 A

Yes ADDED sugar is POISON, food companies have gotten us addicted to it. I am being more conscience about sugars in what i am eating. I'm trying to cut back on it a lot. Cut out soda, i love my southern sweet tea....cutting that out too.... I used to use creamer AND sugar in my coffee. Now i just use a flavored creamer...favs are baileys. I keep it to 2 tbls. and only have one cup a day. I would like to see Spark add a tracker for sugar like they do for sodium, etc. I would like to see how many grams i am consuming a day.

MICHELLEXXXX SparkPoints: (12,272)
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6/10/14 10:52 A

Nolsaks, Hypoglycemia is often seen first thing in the morning. Are you eating a bedtime snack containing protein? Are you eating as soon as you wake up?

Edited by: MICHELLEXXXX at: 6/10/2014 (12:36)
NOLSAKS SparkPoints: (3,941)
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6/10/14 10:12 A

Hi all. I recently joined Spark People and have started counting calories and tracking my food and exercise. I realized how much I was dependent on my cups of coffee with milk and 2 sugars in them and decided to give up sugar. I started using sweetners, but fount that my energy levels dropped so low I felt like I was going to fall asleep at my desk. I then tried eating some veg which helped for a short time, but in the end, I went and had a coffee with sugar and only then did I feel normal again.

This has been going on for a week or so now and I was wondering if anyone else had the same problem and if so, what to do about it.

I want to get off the sugar, but hate the energy level plunges.

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,535
6/5/14 6:53 P

I wish that food companies would list added sugar. I add sugar to my coffee and I am not giving that up. I have cut a lot of it out, though.

LISAJO2014 Posts: 114
6/5/14 1:55 P

Thank you all for the detailed answers. I understand now. I do not eat processed food and have given that up but I find 'sugar' in 'healthy' foods i.e. yogurt. However, I have changed to low fat Greek yogurt which has very little sugar. I stopped drinking soda a few months ago and I am starting to get rid of the sugar.

Edited by: LISAJO2014 at: 6/5/2014 (14:01)
EELPIE Posts: 2,700
6/5/14 9:38 A

lol...what Renata said!

For me, once I cut out processed foods, I realized that the few domino dots I used in my tea every morning were quite negligible.

I found this, if it helps:

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,314
6/5/14 9:32 A

I consider Sugar as poison......Just drinking one can of soda (about 40 grams of sugar can increase your risk of developing diabetes and heart disease. The more sugar you eat ..the more you will weigh.... but what is even worse is that you will start to accumulate viseral fat which is fat deep in the belly that surrounds your organs and is linked to diabetes, heart disease and breast cancer....

Anything with the name sugar, sugar cane, beet sugar and invert sugar or anything ending in ose and stay away from those ending in itol.

Anything with syrup like corn syrup, maple syrup, malt syrup and brown rice syrup

Nothing with the word nectar in it....Agave nectar, fruit juice concentrate, molasses

On processed food labels...if any of the above is listed as the first three is very high in sugar....pass on it.

Stevia is safer. It’s available in several forms, has no calories and doesn’t raise blood sugar levels. Clearly, a better choice to satisfy any sweet tooth!

Check out this link on why not to eat sugar.....

Edited by: SUNSHINE6442 at: 6/5/2014 (09:33)
MICHELLEXXXX SparkPoints: (12,272)
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6/5/14 5:58 A

I believe in a real foods diet, with sugars from fruits, veggies (5/day minimum), and dairy (as tolerated).
Activity levels, insulin resistance levels, stress, size, and other factors determine how much is too much per individual at that time. The goal is to maintain a blood glucose level between 70-100 at all times.

Edited by: MICHELLEXXXX at: 6/5/2014 (06:06)
RENATARUNS SparkPoints: (4,367)
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6/5/14 5:47 A

The proposed recommendation from (some agency or other, can't remember who) is something like no more than 26 g per day of *added* sugar. You can stay below that easily if you avoid most processed foods (including juices) and choose the rest carefully, even if you do use some sugar yourself -- adding honey to plain yogurt or to a cup of tea, for instance, or having a dessert occasionally. But processed foods are the big culprit.

Food labels, it should be noted, do not currently differentiate between naturally occurring sugars in the foods they are made from, and the added kind. This can be problematic with things like yogurt or tomato sauce where the base food already has some sugar. But it's safe to say that sugar totals above about 10g per serving are a huge red flag that much of it is added sugar, since short of something like dried fruit you would rarely expect to see more than about half of that occurring naturally.

You can also get familiar with the various names of "hidden sugar" on labels (google should bring up plenty of websites) and try to avoid foods that contain any of them, though in many cases (bread, salad dressing, others) it may be completely impossible in a regular supermarket to find options that have none -- that's when you go back to the first guideline and just try to find one with only 1-2 grams per serving.

Anyway, that's what I do. And eat more vegetables than fruit.

"From concentrate" in juices means that the juice has at some point been concentrated -- most of the water taken out -- and probably frozen. Think those frozen juice cylinders you can get where you have to thaw and mix them with 3-4 times as much water to make the juice. It's cheaper to ship juice that way since it doesn't weigh as much. "Not from concentrate" just means that hasn't been done; it's been kept full volume and shipped as a liquid.

LISAJO2014 Posts: 114
6/5/14 5:00 A

Hi. I realize that sugar is not good. However, how much is ok? Also, what is the difference between ' not from concentrate' and 'from concentrate'?

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