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post #81 of 198
(((HUGS))) MamaFern. That does sound tough. I can see feeling jealous but feeling like you shouldn't be feeling jealous, which just makes it worse. Every mama should get their turn to be honored, though, and it sounds like you're not getting that. I'm so sorry.
post #82 of 198
I think I introduced myself in the beginning of this thread, but I haven't really implemented any changes. I've been awful lately, actually, making brownies & cookies constantly. Ugh. I was chatting with a friend and she said, "That's not so bad. In moderation it's fine." and "You have to have some fun." I guess because we're gluten-free and now dairy- and egg-free it seems to her like I'm really disciplined about eating, but I'm not!

I was sugar-free a long time ago, for a month or more, and it was FAB. I had clear skin, no cravings, and I felt great. But then I fell off the wagon and never climbed back on.

It's my birthday on Wednesday so I'm thinking I need to start on Thursday. I like the idea of just focusing on TODAY. I can do that, I think.
post #83 of 198
I'm just saying thanks for this thread.......this is something I really struggle with.
post #84 of 198
Thread Starter 
Fern,
That's great that you can be concious enough to know that you want to feed your need because of what you don't feel that you're getting from your mom. It's made me think of my past relationship with my mom. I was an only child and still didn't feel like my mom paid that much attention to me. She wasn't very maternal. She would say she wanted to see the kids really bad and then we'd get together for dinner and she'd be texting her friends or complaining about them. I finally talked to her about it. I told her that when she was with us, I wanted her attention to be on us. It took a lot for me to talk to her, but I was glad that I did. It was better after that.
post #85 of 198
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I think I introduced myself in the beginning of this thread, but I haven't really implemented any changes. I've been awful lately, actually, making brownies & cookies constantly. Ugh. I was chatting with a friend and she said, "That's not so bad. In moderation it's fine." and "You have to have some fun." I guess because we're gluten-free and now dairy- and egg-free it seems to her like I'm really disciplined about eating, but I'm not!

I was sugar-free a long time ago, for a month or more, and it was FAB. I had clear skin, no cravings, and I felt great. But then I fell off the wagon and never climbed back on.

It's my birthday on Wednesday so I'm thinking I need to start on Thursday. I like the idea of just focusing on TODAY. I can do that, I think.
NewMama, welcome back! I haven't been completely off sugar, but it's really helped me. My skin has been clearer. I hadn't even noticed. We had a bad weekend of binging on junk. Dh and I were so crabby and feeling terrible by last night. We both vowed to stick to no sugar and no processed foods. It feels so much better.

And definitely have a good birthday! Thursday is a good day to start.
post #86 of 198
: Well I have not done well. I did not realize how much sugar I eat until I tried to quit.

I have not read the whole thread, so forgive me if this has been answered.

MamaFern
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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.
My dr told me to take chromium also. MamaFern how much do you take?

I'm trying to do WW, and I don't know why but I seem to crave sugar more if I'm trying not to eat so much. OR maybe that's just how it is making me feel since I'm trying to cut back on food, so I look for comfort. SUGAR

And, I made brownies today for ds.........
post #87 of 198
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I'm trying to do WW, and I don't know why but I seem to crave sugar more if I'm trying not to eat so much. OR maybe that's just how it is making me feel since I'm trying to cut back on food, so I look for comfort. SUGAR
Joining you all. Thanks for this thread!

Anna, I have the same problem, and I am also doing WW. I find that I just plain crave more of everything and especially sugar when I'm trying to eat less. For me, I think it is because I start to feel normal hunger sensations again, and it kind of freaks me out a little.
post #88 of 198
I've cut out obvious sugars (cookies, ice cream, granola bars, hot cocoa, etc) and it's only been two days, but I'm dying. I have never craved sugar more than I am now. I can't even watch the food network anymore b/c it's torture. Please tell me this gets better.
post #89 of 198
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I've cut out obvious sugars (cookies, ice cream, granola bars, hot cocoa, etc) and it's only been two days, but I'm dying. I have never craved sugar more than I am now. I can't even watch the food network anymore b/c it's torture. Please tell me this gets better.
It really does. Hang in there! It does take a week or two, but you will find your cravings will go away and (to me this is the best part...) you will actually start to crave healthy food instead!

I do agree that TV makes it a lot harder and you may have to keep it off for a while. I never realized how many junk food commercials there were on TV until I started giving up junk!
post #90 of 198
Here is a thought for those of you baking for your children... If you feel so much better sugar free might they not also? To clarify, I am not taking my children sugar free but I hope to get my house most of the way there. So much sugar happens in our kids diet today that I don't feel I need to add to it. I prefer plain yogurt and they prefer vanilla and that is okay but the super refined sugar in a food w/o redeeming value (other than calories for growing bodies) is not a great idea. We can better meet their nutritional needs with more whole foods. This is meant to be motivational and food for thought, not lecturing or reprimanding.
post #91 of 198
I love this thread!!!
I went sugar free a few months ago... for 21 days. I felt great, but once I gave in on something small I was back to square one. I have tons of candita symptoms, mood swings, mental fogs, adrenal fatigue, and sugar makes my physically very sick. I need to stop again. At this point though, I quit the unnatural and processed sugars and eat as much fruit as I want. When I have a bad craving, I have herbal tea with honey, dried fruit, or molasses milk. It never occurred to me to cut out natural sugars though. When I was cutting back on sweets (went from nothing but sweets to only some natural ones), I became hypoglycemic, lost 15 lbs in 2 months, and was overall fragile and weak. My doctor told me the low sugar diet was bad esp cause I'm BFing, and to eat more sugar of any kind. Since then I've been eating lots of bad sugar, and I'm not shaky or hypoglycemic anymore, but I'm back to being sick with candita symptoms. I want cut out all unnatural sugar again, with the support of this thread. I'm scared I'm going to gain back the weight I lost, I went from the upper end of normal weight to mid range, but I used to be really thin so I wanted to keep losing till I got back to my old size. Guess I need to be ok with doing it very slowly, with eating consistently healthier and lots of exercise. Anyone else have to be careful w cutting out sugar because of BFing?
post #92 of 198
After 6 weeks being sugar free, I had a slipup yesterday, but I got right back on the horse. I am a manager and I had to lay someone off, someone who was like a friend. It really sucked. And when I came home, DH had gotten DD a chocolate chip muffin, and she wanted to share. When I had a stressful day, sugar was ALWAYS the thing I reached for, and the sight of this muffin was too much for me. I only had a little, and I haven't noticed any consequences (i.e. cravings starting back up again).

I only hope that it didn't screw up my detox. The other time I quit sugar for a long time, my extra weight melted off after I detoxed about 6 weeks. I didn't quit sugar to lose weight either time, but it's true that I would feel better if I could get rid of this extra weight. It's hard on my arthritic joints. (I have about 20 extra pounds). Anyway, the thought that I might have bought myself another 6 weeks feels both depressing and ridiculous (as in, there's no way that 3 bites of a muffin would have done that) to me.
post #93 of 198

welcome new mams..

ann06:its shocking huh!how much hidden sugar there is.
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. i bought two bottles of 500 though, so it should last me a while.im in canada, so im not sure what its like in the USA or other places.

aiti:welcome!

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mommajb Here is a thought for those of you baking for your children... If you feel so much better sugar free might they not also? To clarify, I am not taking my children sugar free but I hope to get my house most of the way there. So much sugar happens in our kids diet today that I don't feel I need to add to it. I prefer plain yogurt and they prefer vanilla and that is okay but the super refined sugar in a food w/o redeeming value (other than calories for growing bodies) is not a great idea. We can better meet their nutritional needs with more whole foods. This is meant to be motivational and food for thought, not lecturing or reprimanding.
i totally agree 100% but im still going to use sugar on occassion. since i know exactly what goes into my kids mouths on a daily basis *my kids are 6 and 3 and 1..( unless my son is swapping his healthy lunches for junk at school which is possible but unlikely because he prefers healthy) i read labels on everything because i dont like sugars, preservatives, colours or certain oils, specificlly hydrogenated ones in our food. we really buy as much fresh veggies and fruits as possible (in season), and grains and food stuffs that aren't processed. so when i bake something with sugar, i am totally concious that im doing it and i think in moderation its okay for my super healthy eating active kids. if i knew that i could eat it in moderation i would too, but because i have food issues im finding it a lot easier to just say no all together. make sunse? no offense taken BTW


Crystal_R: are you eating enough healthy food? protein and stuff? i find if im hungry my mind switches to sugar cravings but like some other posters have said a hot cup of tea and some nuts or nut butter or other protien rich meal or snack ( i need animal protein or nuts expecially) i feel much better. starving yourself because you dont eat sugar is the way to just loose it all together and binge. i know from experience. and maybe quit the tv for a while, till you feel in control of it...i find exercise, even just a short walk outside hepls me get my head out of food land.

Smylingeyz: im BF my 1 year old dd and im not having any issues. i think the sugar ups and downs were a lot worse for me than the stable no sugar that im doing. im not eating any form of sugar, even natural ones for now..still working on the simple carbs, but its getting better day by day.im hypoglycemic. maybe try the chromium i mentioned earlier?
and 21 days is great! i hope that you find your way back to sugar free happiness. having a sick body is no fun at all... it seems like it needs to be a pretty gentle balance for you to heal the yeast and also blood sugar problems. hmm.

laohaire: wow. 6 weeks is amazing! and i think a bit of a muffin on a hard say is totally reasonable. it would be nice if it didn't have to be such an issue with so many of us. i would love to be able to eat a piece of dark chocolate totally guilt and thought free. i hope to get there some day.
6 weeks detox. interesting. i was thinking more in the lines of a week, but i feel like my body is still going through a lot of change since quitting sugar.

anyone else having a lot of headaches? im having a ton since quitting sugar, but they also coincide with my fertility returning, so im not sure which it is..not sure if its a detox thing or if i should be worried.
post #94 of 198

and thank you

wendyland and newmama: thank you for the support. its hard to be open about stuff like food issues and childhood stuff.its one of those shame things that isnt an easy or comfortable thing to be honest about but i feel really supported here which is really helpful and appreciated. wendy: its pretty eye opening realising these things, isnt it? im sorry that you have stuff going on with this too. its really hard.

newmama welcome back again! happy almost birthday! and i look forward to hearing about your sygar free days to come

ETA: i started on jan 27th, so im 23 days in and 99% sugar free. ive had a few slight slipups but im doing really well.
post #95 of 198
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wendyland and newmama: thank you for the support. its hard to be open about stuff like food issues and childhood stuff.its one of those shame things that isnt an easy or comfortable thing to be honest about but i feel really supported here which is really helpful and appreciated. wendy: its pretty eye opening realising these things, isnt it? im sorry that you have stuff going on with this too. its really hard.

newmama welcome back again! happy almost birthday! and i look forward to hearing about your sygar free days to come

ETA: i started on jan 27th, so im 23 days in and 99% sugar free. ive had a few slight slipups but im doing really well.
Mom issues are hard. I actually came to the point where I was ok with my relationship with my mom. About a month after I came to the realization that I had forgiven my mom for MY issues, she died. I am glad that I didn't have any baggage with her. Of course, there are a tons of things I wish I could say to her. I've pretty much said all of those things to her in spirit. I believe that we still have a connection.

Also, that's great that you've made it this long. I've been having trouble being sugar free since the weekend. We went to the mall last night and I had half of a 7 layer bar. Then, my husband had 2 cookies. At least I abstained from those. I'm reading a Candida yeast book. I'm going to start preparing to do a yeast free diet.
post #96 of 198
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It's great to see more people on the thread!

laohaire: I'm sure the muffin won't have much effect. If it does, then you'll remember next time you want to have some sweets. I had some treats this weekend for valentines and now it's really hard to stop. I think I'm going to have a tough couple days cutting it out again.


Smylingeyz: I'm not Bfing now, but I was when I quit sugar last year. I didn't have any problems with BFing and cutting out sugar. I also think I have problems with candida. Reoccuring yeast infections, mood swings, and major brain fog. I'm reading the complete candida yeast book. (can't remember exact name) I'm going to start following the diet once I figure out what we can eat and how to plan meals around that.

mommajb: I don't take any offense, either. I rarely baked for them before, but I did buy cookies sometimes. Most of their sugar consumption comes from school and friends (birthday parties, girl scouts, etc...).
post #97 of 198
I have a question for you all... Has anyone else had a problem with skin breakouts during the "detox" phase? I am breaking out like crazy! I seem to remember this happening the last time I gave up sugar, also. What is the reason for it?
post #98 of 198
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I don't think I did breakout when I stopped sugar. Surprisingly, because I break out all the time. I can say that I've only gotten 1 pimple since I've been off sugar. (Even during the times of the month that I usually get them)

Maybe it's die off from candida not getting fed sugar?
post #99 of 198
I'm doing pretty good- and my skin is looking wonderful, so that is wonderful motivation.

I am going to a work thing this weekend, an afternoon tea, so I'm so worried! I think I'm going to bring a dish, so I won't be too tempted.
post #100 of 198
OK, I'm glad you ladies have great skin going on, why is mine a hot mess?

I think it's a detoxing thing and I'm sure it will get better.

I do feel a lot better already though. I have been waking up clear-headed and that's been wonderful!

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.

So I guess I'm "mostly" sugar-free... hope I still fit in here though!
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