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post #102 of 202
Ok, another newbie joining in. I've been trying to go sugar-free since I was a teenager, and haven't done very well. Didn't help I married a junk-food sugar fean either, sigh. Well, I really woke up this week when I went to my latest OB appointment and found out I had gained 12 pounds in 2 weeks (I'm prego). Well, I know most of it was from a 2 week sugar binge (home-made cake, cookies, etc...). I've gone mostly sugar free for two days now (except for some cheereos and some of hubby's penut butter--mine is the sugar free kind). It is hard to keep plugging on when my hubby keeps bringing home doughnuts and candy bars....grrrrr. He's not supportive at all. Anyone else have to fight unsupportive family members?

Healthy anti-sugar vibes to all!

Oh yeah, and one thing that I've found to help when I am hungry and have a sugar craving is to have a bowl of plain yogurt with wheat germ or some sort of meaty sandwich.
post #103 of 202
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Originally Posted by moma justice
talk to me about fruit juice sweetened stuff or stuff that is sweetened with malted barley adn corn
or even just honey and maple syrup

what does NO sugar really mean to you?
No sugar means eating no honey, corn syrop malted barley. Eating stuff that does not raise your insulin levels. So to me that also limits grains as well. And juice and limits fruit.

But thats me. I have serious candida issues.

ETA: I only had raisins and a bite of banana today. Yay!! I am getting ready to be totally sugar free. I have not found a replacement for my oatmeal yet.
post #104 of 202
i have serious freak out issues...
mood swings
i am trying to deal with the sugar thing
b/c i feel like it is a big source of my obvious problems (health and emotional) and will probably solve many other random issues that i have not even connected to my sugar problems
and can i just add that eating sugar
even just a little bit makes me so ill and crazy
yet i crave it
no sugar at all or white flour or fruit today
i did have some maple syrup, i guess i will ahve to give it up too
ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
and today i felt on the verge of tears and snappy quite often
this is really hard for me.
ok that was a good vent
good luck

all my family is in AA and i have tried to use some of the same steps to help with my sugar thing...mostly the one day at a time
b/c the whole thought of an entire life time without choc cake makes me feel really crazy and really sad
post #105 of 202
Well, mamas, I was not as sugar-free as I'd like to be. I had a bit of a freak out yesterday after learning that I would need a tooth pulled this AM so I had a bunch of sugar. Not the best choice considering, I most likely have the abscessed tooth due to excess sugar.

I am currently reading If the Buddah Came to Dinner, which includes a 6-21 day cleanse diet. I am thinking of doing it once the quarter ends for a short time. I need to get sugar-free and clean my liver in a big way.

It sounds like most are doing very well, hugs to us who are struggling.
post #106 of 202
Thread Starter 
Happy Sugar-Free Friday!!!

(I had some accidental sugar last night - in my potato chip dip. I'm not counting it and you can't make me!!! Yes, I binged on potato chips, too. : Hey, there was Haagen Dazs in my freezer - it could have been much worse!)
post #107 of 202

Eat to Live

Some of you had mentioned this book/diet. I have been reading about it online and though it sounds healthy....all the fruit kinda worries me personally. Not that I think fruit is bad, but for *me* it doesn't keep me full and causes even more sugar cravings. What do you all think of this diet, anyone with sugar problems try it? I just worry what a high fruit diet would do to my blood sugar.

But I can eat most berries (since they are low glycemix) and not have the craving problems at all.
post #108 of 202
Hello all
Hey Marilyn, I total understand your concern. I just wish someone would TELL ME what to eat and print off a list of the foods that are good for ME, you know? I am so confused most days I just don't know where to begin. Gosh, why does it have to be so hard? And it's not like we just have to worry about ourselves either. We have to take care of our DH's because they certainly are not going to (at least that's my case and a few others here I've seen) and we have to look out for our little ones. It's just soooo hard and I'm having a terrible week. The exact kind that sends me running for take-out and crap. And then creeps in the guilt. Sorry for the negative energy. I just really needed to rant and the 2 and 4 yo's just aren't going to cut me any slack today! ERRRGGGGHHHH!!!!!!!!
post #109 of 202
Marilyn- you could certainly substitute any veggies for fruit. you don't have to eat the fruit. i would note that the whole way of eating was originally designed for people with diabetes (i.e. people with serious sugar issues) so from what i recall, it really addresses those kinds of issues. as for cravings, i find that the thing on eat to live that most helps with all of my cravings are the nuts that i can eat. i think those are what keep me going. the fruit does not start refined sugar cravings for me, but then my cravings are really for starch and fat (refined grains and dairy), i think. like, i have never wanted to eat a piece of hard candy really. just doesn't appeal. things like donuts and cheese and ice cream appeal to me and feel good when i eat them (just not later...).

Melissa - sorry you're so frustrated. it can be tough with all of the family members. my dh and i just feed the kids and my dad mostly the entree and a few veggies and salad but make the entree only a tiny part of our meal. our meal will be mostly the veggies and salad instead. we do force dad and kid to have whole grains and lots of bean entrees. we also use some of the meat substitutes to cook, esp. quorn which is made from some kind of a fungus and is not a soy product.
post #110 of 202
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Melis
...Gosh, why does it have to be so hard? And it's not like we just have to worry about ourselves either. We have to take care of our DH's because they certainly are not going to (at least that's my case and a few others here I've seen) and we have to look out for our little ones. It's just soooo hard and I'm having a terrible week. The exact kind that sends me running for take-out and crap. And then creeps in the guilt.
That hits the nail on the head for me. Not only do I take care of DD and DH (at least in terms of nutrition), but I have always used food to take care of myself. You know - had a bad day, eat some ice cream, feel better... It seems I feel the urge to do that even more as a mom because, well, I never do anything for myself, never have any time to myself. And yet now it's even more important that I get the junk out because I am nursing and also I need to model good eating habits for DD. In some ways, this makes it easier because I am very motivated to do this. But, still, there are days when nothing goes right and all I want is ice cream (that's exactly how my last sugar-free spell ended - at the end of a bad day). Sigh. I'm right there with ya!

On a motivating note... has anyone read Sugar Blues by William Dufty? I highly recommend it. Points out the evils of sugar in general and makes you want to clean out your pantry immediately.
post #111 of 202
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Originally Posted by MamaE
On a motivating note... has anyone read Sugar Blues by William Dufty? I highly recommend it. Points out the evils of sugar in general and makes you want to clean out your pantry immediately.
I read it a few years ago, very motivating.
post #112 of 202
feel free to skip this post...
but i have to coem here and say that despite a day of some depression and a lot of iritation,
I DID NOT EAT SUAGR!!!!
none, not even maple syrup or fruit.....
i forget how many days this is for me
i think almost 2 weeks
but i have had maple syrup for one week of that
and i slipped up one day this week
and fessed up here
i HAVE TO CHECK in or i start lying to myself that i can eat sugar and it is ok.
it is not
and to celebrate
i went jogging/fast walking tonight
and i loved it
i felt really lean and strong and light

and i have a few treats that i have discovered that i can get at the grocery store (my worst place of weakness)
dulce sea weed...just trust me it is soooooooooo yummy satisfying and energizing
and
i found this awesome fudgie brownie thing it only has:
crushed almonds, tahini, carob, cocunut and agarve nectur (whihc i think is safe right?)
anyway
i ate one and it was good.
so i am feeling proud and i am going to a wedding tomorrow and i know that if i did not check in with my successful day today, i might f up tomorrow
i also have been trying on my new bikini every day
that is very inspirational!

ps i am PMSing and that is my worst craving period of the month, so if i can make it a few more days, i will be home free!
gOOd luck everyone
stay strong!
post #113 of 202

UGGH Watch out for hidden sugar!

: I am so pissed at myself ! I thought I was doing so great all sugar free and I screwed up today. I got my self one of those medderterainian salads from Wendy's , I thought o this is healthy right? WRONG! The freaking salad dressing has sugar in it. Who the hell puts sugar in salad dressing! I know I should have read the ingriedeints, but I was dumb and didn't! So now here I am jonesing for Sugar, and I can have any! I feel like I did when I quit smoking! I am going nuts! Help me guys I need a pep talk, keep me away form the sugar!!!!!!!!!
post #114 of 202
moma justice - Go out and pick up some unsweeten weigh protein and drink a shake 2x's a day with 2tbs of Flax seed (milled) it will really help you feel better! It helps me! Oh and Borrage oil for the PMS, :LOL
post #115 of 202
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post #116 of 202
MJ you're doing great! I concur with the whey protein powder suggestion with flax seed. I bought some Designer Whey yesterday and it's fab.

Stacee the amount of sugar in salad dressings is staggering! Even my beloved Annie's Naturals has sugar in them. Fast food places seem to be the worst offenders, as the ingredients are often poor so they cover the lack of taste with sugar and trans fats.

I am doing well. I had a major shopping trip yesterday and will finish up on Monday for supplements and the like. I am slowly but surely cutting all of the refined sugar out and using very little of the other types.
post #117 of 202
Good Morning Gals

I just wanted to remind everyone, with all the "salad dressing talk", that Cathe posted a bunch of great salad dressing recipes on the April thread. A few of the other gals also made some great recommendations to try balsamic vinegar and olive oil, spices, etc. If I forgot to mention or give credit to anyone, I apologize in advance. I REALLY appreciated all of the ideas as I was stumped by the salad dressing sugar content. It's a bummer because, for me, the dressing is a HUGE salad attraction for me (along with CHEESE, which I'd love to eliminate from my diet altogether). I have a ton of the Seed of Change salad dressings and I love them, but once they are gone, I hope to "move on" to a homemade, sugarless, variety!
post #118 of 202
Anyone interested in a menu or what-did-you-eat-today thread for sugar-free mamas? If so, here or another thread?
post #119 of 202
Ooooh! Having a bad craving day. Just got home from work and had yummy crock pot roast with raw veggies and now I'm just wanting that baby ruth candy bar my hubby has in the snack jar......ggrrrrrrr! I feel like I could chew the wall right now!
post #120 of 202

energy tips?

Okay, so I'm not going to actually go sugar-free until July, after I get back from a long vacation in June, but I am reading along trying to mentally prepare myself now. I am trying to be very conscious of the sugar I'm eating now, though.

I was wondering how big a difference in energy levels you all have noticed in going sugar-free. I used to have coke maybe a couple of times a week, never diet because I have read all sorts of terrible things about aspartame. But then I read about how bad sugar is for you, so I've switched to diet coke thinking that hey, if they're both bad, at least the diet stuff has no calories! Not the point, I know... I notice that when I do have a coke (diet or regular) I start craving it more and more in the following days. One problem is that I really need an energy boost in the afternoons, and I rely on the caffeine-- and in warmer weather, coffee isn't as appealing to me as a coke. But I know that it's terrible for you, with or without sugar, so I want to stop. I am kind of hoping that cutting out refined sugar and carbs will make me need that energy boost less, as I won't be so tired. Is that true for you all? Any more energy-boosting suggestions?
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