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What is a sweet? No seriously, what classifies as a sweet?

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Day 2 and I'm already panicking. No pop, or alcohol yet say yay me! But here's the thing, what are sweets. When I think of that word I think, cookie, brownie, or any other kind of treat. But half way through my bowl of Lucky Charms last night ( don't judge, I got home super late and the kiddo and hubs had already ate, it was fast lol) I realized, well hell would you look at that, there's marshmallows in that there cereal! Does that count as a sweet? Same thing this morning. Made myself some toast and put a little bit of jelly on it. Does that count. Head, desk! I know I probably thinking waaaaaaay more into this that I should be, but I don't want to cheat either. So I'm asking you, fellow sparkers, what do you qualify as a sweet?

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    You know what is also fast and convenient? Any of these things:

    A bowl of oatmeal (2 minutes in the microwave).
    A frozen turkeyburger (5 minutes to cook) served over a cup of spinach with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.
    Two pre-cooked chicken sausages (microwave for 1 minute) with a handfull of pre-prepared salad from a bag.
    A piece of cheese.
    A serving of cottage cheese topped with fresh fruit.
    A cup of yogurt.
    A bowl of granola (easy to make your own, plus these are healthy pre-made options out there)
    A pre-frozen meal that you have made yourself ahead of time. I freeze things like rice and beans with veggies, tortilla soup (no tortillas), lentil soup, etc. Microwave for a couple of minutes and there you go.


    Yes, Lucky Charms is a sweet. It is also an incredibly processed grain full of preservatives and colorings.

    I am judging that you can do better. :)
    1883 days ago
    hang in there and keep pushing, emoticon
    1884 days ago
    YOU CAN DO IT!! It only takes a week or two... promise!
    Think of it as 1 week of no sugar... sounds more manageable that way. Then when you reach that point, think of it as only 1 more week to go. Then you won't be craving it anymore.
    Hang in there!
    1884 days ago
    You could count grams of sugar, choosing an amount to stay under each day. It can be very challenging, I tried it once. There are sugar grams in so many foods.

    Personally I think you just need to do as someone else said and make a list of your off limit sweets and gradually add to your list things that you decide carry too many grams of sugar.

    1884 days ago
    I have cut out sweets for a month, not easy for me, but that was candy, cake, pies, cookies, snack bars, I did put jelly on my toast some times, and I ate cereal, not Lucky Charms, but I ate, raisin bran, shredded wheat biscuits and the old stand by, oatmeal, and not the instant kind, you can make it in your microwave in about the same time as those envelopes, anyway, like everyone said, it depends on how much you want to cut, good luck and anything you do delete from your diet will help you reach your goal. Eat lots of fruit, I love apples with peanut butter, (and yes it has sugar in it)but filling and tastes so good, and good for you.
    1884 days ago
    Personally, I wouldn't call Lucky Charms a sweet. I think you can decide for yourself. It's up to you and your body what classifies. Also, this sounds a little like sugar detox/withdrawal speak to me haha!!
    1884 days ago
    I wouldn't consider Lucky Charms to be a sweet, but it is high in sugar. If the goal of no sweets is to cut back on the sugar then I would reach for a different cereal next time.

    I consider sweets to be things you wouldn't eat as a meal (or shouldn't anyway): ice cream, cookies, candy, etc.

    If you call everything high in sugar a sweet, you will be eliminating a lot of foods from your diet.
    1884 days ago
  • LYNSEY723
    I agree with everything below!! You better make some rules for yourself. I would agree that Lucky Charms (yum! - lol!) would be considered a sweet. Jam, no. Honey, no. I probably wouldn't consider maple syrup a sweet either. But it depends on where YOU decide to draw YOUR line!!!
    1884 days ago
    I like everyone's advice, it is your journey and only you can decide what you choose to eat or avoid. I would say that Lucky Charms are a sweet, though, because of all the sugar. I actually had a sample of Lucky Charms at Costco on Sunday, haven't had it in years! I have no idea why Costco would choose to sample Lucky Charms!
    1884 days ago
    It really is a personal decision, really. If you were to cut out all sweeteners, I think it would leave you with hardly anything to eat. We'd be talking honey, maple, fruit.
    Personally, I would say Lucky Charms are a sweet. Between the cereal itself, and the marshmallows, it's a lot of sugar. For cold cereal, I would reach for something like Kashi, or Newman's Own, and feel better about it. While it still has added sweeteners, I feel better about the quality/amount.
    Make sense?
    I think you're best bet is to sit down with yourself and think, what do I think of as sugar? Maybe make a list. Then, decide what you are able and willing to cut out right now. As you progress, you can add more things from your list that you will no longer eat. Or, will only eat on occassion.
    Remember, this is your journey, and no one can say what is right or wrong, except for you.
    1884 days ago
    I guess its a matter of strictness. I would consider myself medium strict :0) No cookies, candy, chocolate, donuts. I will have sugar free fat free chocolate pudding with lite coolwhip which has like 1 g of sugar in it when I'm craving chocolate...but better than a 240 cal candybar...or 2 ! But I am eating instant oatmeal in blueberry muffin and maple and brown sugar...clearly there is sugar in this but also other things that are good for me. I don't put sugar or flavored creamer in my coffee but I do use regular half and half. I had a glass or two of red wine this weekend. My friend goes no sugar and she doesn't even use most sauces because they have some sugar in them.
    I think that if you are cutting out more than what you have been eating that is an improvement and once you adjust to that you can evaulate and make another "cut". However...if your cereal has marshmellows...its a treat, lol! emoticon
    1884 days ago
    Hmm... good question. The obvious sweets are obvious (obviously), but there are so many things right on the cusp. I'd probably count a sugar cereal myself, but not the jam - but that's more from a processing standpoint. I was thinking about this the other day when I ran out of my homemade granola (which, with the almond butter and maple syrup I use, could be a sweet itself). I bought some granola bars from the store and realized that they were basically candy bars, even though I'd gone for a 'healthier' version. They weren't terribly unhealthy or anything, but I realized that I'd be a lot better off if I filed them under 'treats' in my head instead of health food.
    1884 days ago
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