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post #101 of 198
Hey everyone! I've been skimming this thread the past few days while contemplating ways I could cut refined and added sugars from my diet. I'm very inconsistent-- I'll put agave nectar in my oatmeal at breakfast and then eat an ice cream sundae with hot fudge and marshmallow after dinner. *cough*

I have a random sort of question, and I'm hoping that since you all seem pretty knowledgeable about this stuff, maybe you could help me figure this out! It's a touch TMI (I'm also fresh from the TTC forums, so my TMI meter is way broken now, lol) but hear me out

My pee has been really, really cloudy. (I promise this is relevant, LOL .) Then, yesterday, I noticed it was clear-- after I'd avoided sugar all day long! Today I ate cereal with added sugar and Fig Newtons without noticing, and now it's cloudy again. Buh? Does sugar cause this? Or do I secretly have diabetes? *frets*
post #102 of 198
Aiti- My skin did a total freak out at first- seriously, it was painfully embarrassing! But thankgoodness that it is better now.

oh- and I'm also doing fruit, and a very small amount of sugar- in the form of honey, etc.
post #103 of 198
Thanks MamaFern for the infor

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on the chromium:i take 500 mcg 2x a day.one at waking and one around 5:00pm
i really really see a huge difference in myself. it helps a lot with sugar & carb cravings because your body isn't all starving for sugar to balance you blood sugar out. my health food store guy told me the other day that they are making it illegal to sell it in 500 mcg doses now though (no idea why) but that now they are only available in 200mcg doses, so you would have to take either 400mcg 2x or 6oomcg 2x daily.
My Dr told me to take it for the sugar cravings, but I did not ask how much. So I was taking 200 mcg daily. No wonder I did not feel any difference.

Aiti
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I should clarify that I haven't completely cut out ALL sugar, because I have learned the hard way that for me, that is a recipe for binging. I have, however, drastically reduced my sugar intake, with a little room for occasional sweets. I'm also cutting back on carbs and most processed foods. I do eat fruit. I like all the antioxidants and other good stuff in it.
ME too. I tried that yesterday and I got a bad headache and even the shakes.....so I started eating.... and eating .... and eating. And this morning I'm really mad at myself.

I'm glad everyone is posting, because I learn for all of you.
post #104 of 198
Hi all! I just wanted to say hi again, since I've been reading but not posting on this thread. I've been doing great this week! The only sugar I've had is a tiny bit of honey in my herbal tea and a tiny bit in my buckwheat cereal yesterday. (Oh, and Monday night I had a few brownies, but they're GONE now!) I really have felt better, hopefully I can keep this up. I came to the realization that I HAD to do this when I started getting a yeast infection last week. I have known for a few weeks that my candida syptoms were back, but last Thursday I could feel that familiar itchy yeast infection sneaking itself in, and I was so upset! And so I decided to go sugar free. I really really don't want to use the OTC meds to get rid of it so I'm trying to do it with yogurt, garlic, and drinking lots of kefir. Anyone else with yeast problems? Any other great ideas for me?

Anyways, just wanted to share my good report. Oh, and my SIL gave me a yogurt maker over the weekend and last night I made my first successful batch of creamy plain yogurt! Yay!
post #105 of 198
hey girls, just found this thread. I am on the no-sugar in 09 kick too. I am on day 4 and oh my god, the cravings are killing me, especially when there is junk in the house staring me in the face. DH is home today and I am going to ask him to rid the cabinets. I had to eat two lunches yesterday, I was so hungry and lightheaded, but today I feel like a new woman. I was never a big sugar absuer, but my morning Ensure, and afternoon fruitibu are not good, and now gone! This is all in addition to trying to be more paleo/TF with my eating and cooking. What are you all doing with fruit? I can't see giving up fruit as a regular part of my diet
post #106 of 198
hey all I think I haven't posted in a while. After 3 months or so of sugarfree I had a slipup=- my period came and I gave in a bit and well it took me a couple of weeks to get completely back on track- I was trying to go back to moderation, but that doesn't work for me. Anyway, so starting Sunday I am back off- I felt like total poop Sunday and Monday, but have gotten better since then and don't quite have the fatigure and headache that I did. My personal plan is this- I am best grain free as well, I do fruit, but low sugar ones- melons, grapefruit and berries maybe. I let myself have some things that have some sugar,but limited amounts- like I had some ketchup on my meatloaf- but only a small amount. Things that really get to me- are baked goods(even if homemade- all natural). I cannot do chocolate very well either as I totally binge.
post #107 of 198
beantownbaby= I try to keep mostly TF / paleo as well. When I first started the candida diet - in oct or nov I think I gave up all fruit for 2-3 months and for certain period even cut certain vegetables- ie carrots and beets- When I added them back I only did grapefruit. I have found now I can do melons and berries ok- but apples are too much sugar (even balanced w/ some protein and fat).

I cannot stand to have junk food in the house hardly myself- especially the first hard days or week.
post #108 of 198
Well here I go... day 1. I got so sick last night from eating sugar I know it's time to get off it again. I hate this part... the next few days are the worst for cravings. Wish me luck! I've done it before so I know I can do it somehow! My sugar craving literally turn me into something like a sugar-eating hulk though : - guess it's the candita. Now off to distract myself with some yummy tea...
post #109 of 198
CrunchyMama - Oh crud. I just bought beets and carrots to make dinner, thinking I was being all good and paleo with my root veggies. My breakfast is usually a hard boiled egg, banana, clementine, and apple. What should I eat?

I am hitting the wall here at work and all I have to get by on is walnuts. I have a headache and am lightheaded again. Someone fedex me a steak ASAP!
post #110 of 198
I wouldn't worry so much about the beets and carrots- I just went super strict for awhile. I eat a fair amount of carrots now as it is a reasonably cheap and easy veggie to snack on- I also eat a boatload of nuts! Do you have vending machines at work- you could get some plain potato chips the carbs might help you get through more- not necessarily healthy but on the detox period sometimes you do what you gotta do!
post #111 of 198
I was just reading that when we are hungry we crave sugar because it is the fatest way to get the energy. It was suggested that controlling hunger by eating regularly would help with sugar cravings. Given that I love to eat this might work for me.
post #112 of 198
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I was just reading that when we are hungry we crave sugar because it is the fatest way to get the energy. It was suggested that controlling hunger by eating regularly would help with sugar cravings. Given that I love to eat this might work for me.
Whoa, there are so many posts today! I did much better today. I went too long today between eating. I was in a meeting that went past my normal lunch time. By the time my co-worker and I got to lunch, I was feeling low blood sugar and got a sweet tea. And I just had a piece of 72% dark chocolate.

I do think that eating more often helps. Especially when we're first off the sugar.
post #113 of 198
Well, I'm on day one, and I think I did pretty well. I did have a roll with lunch (I try to be mostly grain-free) and a Zevia soda tonight (it's sugar-free with zero calories, sweetened with stevia), but compared to the small pan of brownies or half a batch of cookies I'd been eating before I did pretty well.

I want to wean myself off the soda eventually, because even though they say it's all-natural I have a hard time believing it. But baby steps...

Also, on the fruit, I'm still doing it in my morning smoothie (homemade coconut milk yogurt, banana and misc. frozen fruit). Again, next to baked sugary goods I don't think it's so bad. And I can't do eggs or dairy right now (in addition to being gluten-free) so I kind of feel like my options are limited. And I hope to start adding some green juice to that to make it even healthier.
post #114 of 198
New Mama, can I ask about your homemade coconut milk yogurt? That sounds awesome! I just made my first yogurt last night and it turned out really good, and I was thinking about coconut milk today and wondering how I could work more of it into my diet, this sounds perfect. Do you make it just like regular yogurt? Can I use plain yogurt as a starter? Mmmmmm, now I'm craving coconut!
post #115 of 198
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Originally Posted by akmeg View Post
New Mama, can I ask about your homemade coconut milk yogurt? That sounds awesome! I just made my first yogurt last night and it turned out really good, and I was thinking about coconut milk today and wondering how I could work more of it into my diet, this sounds perfect. Do you make it just like regular yogurt? Can I use plain yogurt as a starter? Mmmmmm, now I'm craving coconut!
I got the recipe here. It didn't work the first time I did it because I didn't mix the tapioca starch in thoroughly enough. But the last two times it turned out fabulous!
post #116 of 198
Hey New Mama, I'm on day 1 too... did pretty good. Craving are getting pretty bad though. Doing it with my sister, hoping it'll be easier that way.
post #117 of 198
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Hey New Mama, I'm on day 1 too... did pretty good. Craving are getting pretty bad though. Doing it with my sister, hoping it'll be easier that way.
post #118 of 198
I baked bread yesterday, and it has a little bit of sugar in it, but I'm ok with that. I think I'm ready to slowly let myself have a bit of sugar here and there.

I feel very proud of myself- everything I am eating for snacks is much healthier, and that was my problem. I don't even crave candy hardly at all. I'm really proud of myself for all that. This balance is really feeling nice. I've also lost a total of 4 lbs since I started this! I would like to loose about 3-5 more, and I'm going to stick with it untill I do!
post #119 of 198
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I got the recipe here. It didn't work the first time I did it because I didn't mix the tapioca starch in thoroughly enough. But the last two times it turned out fabulous!
Thanks! That looks so yummy. Does anyone know if I could use a regular dariy yogurt starter for this, or maybe even just plain yogurt, if I don't have a dairy free? Or does it need to be dairy free specifically to culture coconut milk? Thanks!

Today is going good so far. I had cornmeal mush for breakfast with a scoop of butter and a tiny spoonful of honey. And then a kefir smoothie with berries, a banana, and spinach. It really satisfies my sweet tooth, and I put a bit of 100% grape juice in it today, just because I had some. And for lunch, leftover mashed potatoes fried up into a little patty and two eggs. Yum! I'm all about butter and eggs when I'm craving sugar, seems to do the trick!
post #120 of 198
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I thawed out some frozen wild blueberries last night with some pineapple chunks. It tasted so good. Way better than most sugar treats. I still haven't gone a whole day without sugar for awhile. At least it's been minimal.
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