hiya sugar-free mamas!
im fern...i decided to go sugar free about two weeks ago. i think it may be a bit more than that now. ill have to check the exact date. i posted it in another thread two days after i started.
anyways..so far so good. really really good in fact. i have had a few sugar cravings but when i do i make a cup of hot tea for myself. i bought some yummy organic maple tea and a white honey chai. they dont contain any sweets, just the flavour and with milk its enough of a treat. im finding as days go by that what i really want when im craving something is protien and my b-vitamins! a spoonful of nut butter along with the tea generally fulfills my need.
im finding the simple carbs harder. i got into a bad habbit of eating white basmatti rice(organic though!!) and other white foods because i lived with my sister for 8 months and she isnt nearly as concerned with that sort of thing. its so easy to give in when surrounded by food like that. since she moved out im replacing things like unbleached flour with spelt and rice flour again and the white rice for short grain brown rice, which is so much yummier anyways! i do have some sugar in my home, but i use it for baking for the kids. once it runs out i plan to replace it with xylitol, which ive been using since the summer, but really only a bit since its quite expensive. im not feeling like i really need sweet things, and i dont want to get myself used to the taste of sweet, even if its not bad sweet..if that makes any sense at all.
i have always had food issues. emotional eating, craving sweets and other "bad" foods. its been an upward struggle as long as i can remember. its frustrating mostly because im very health conscious and we eat very healthy generally. i cook most of our meals from scratch and we eat local/organic as much as possible, dont eat much processed foods..but still there is sugar in so much! ive done a few different "diets" not like tryingt o get skinny diets, but healthy eating diets. in general i think that i am healthy, though ive been overweight my whole life pretty much. i think a lot of it stems from my being really sick as a young child on all sorts of medications and steroids for my blood disease. i know that there are lifelong affects to metabolism and who knows what else. im "healthy now" in terms of not having the disease anymore, but i wonder often how my body would be if i hadnt been pumped with all of that shit as a child. i guess ill never know!
so back to the no-sugar... im excited that there is a group of mamas here doing this. im feeling pretty
: that i have stuck to my guns for two weeks and dont feel at all like im struggling.
one thing that im doing that seems to really be helping is im taking a chromium suppliment. its supposed to help stabalise blood sugar levels. im not dibetic, but im hypoglycemic. it helps for both. i would suggest it to any of you who are having sugar cravings. it really seems to help with the whole underlying reason for it which is generally a drop in blood sugar.
i havnt read all of the previous posts yet, so im going to do that now..