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post #121 of 202
Yes, IME, cutting out the refined sugars and grains gives me an enormous energy boost and also boosts my immune system.

Since you don't wanna go s-f until July, I think taking stock of what you're eating now and cutting back is a good plan.
post #122 of 202
I hate my NIL, shes one of those, ohh sweetie have a slice of pie people, and she brought me chocolates and pie, and well I couldn't be rude, so I ate a piece of choclate and a sliver of pie Now I am craving sugar like crazy again.

mamade2- exercise! I find that I have a lot more energy if I exercise once a day, even if its just taking amile walk.
post #123 of 202
another free day here
and everytrip to the grocery store gets easier and easier
and although i am some fruit here and there, i am not eating nothing but fruit...the last time i went sugar free i let myself eat as much fruit as i wanted
and i did not stay sugar free for long

i bought some carob powder at the store today, and i am going to try and make some kind of oat, carob, almond butter cookie thing...
since my dd has never had a real cookie SHE won't know the difference!
i'll let you ladies know how it goes.

so i have one question:
has anyone else had any weird detox symptoms?

i have a couple odd pimples (odd in that i never get pimples and these are on non oily parts of my face....)
and i don't want to gross people out so please skip if you can' handle a poop question
but,
i have been going #2 non stop for over a week
and now it is getting more and more thin.

i know i am eating way mor eveggies and not a lot of carbs (b/c i am doing th eno sugar, no dairy, no white flours combo)

or is my body just letting go off olllllllllllllllllllllllddddddddddddddd yucky stuff that sugar has kept inside me?

anyone else?

it is becoming almost funny, my dh is like, AGAIN????????

i have been getting thinner, i don't own a scale but my clothes tell me the loss.

AND
i have started craving meat for the first time in, well i guess i have never craved meat before
i have beena veggie for abotu 85% of my life,
but last night i would have killed for a good steak.
i still would happily eat one!
so i am trying to decide if i should try some meats or just up my tofu, beans and nuts?

any other veggies craving meat when sugar free?

mymidwife once told me when i was preg, that when i craved sugar, i should try and eat some protein first and see if that helped.

ok lots of questions and a little boasting!

i hope you all are doing well and avoiding the pie people!
love
s
post #124 of 202
i agree:i want to hear what you guys are eating in a day!

me
break fast: 1 glass of veggie juice (lake shore orgaini brand, it has like 12 kinds of veggies in it...pretty good) and 1/4 cup frozen blue berries (dd eats these while i make breakfast, and i eat her left overs! ps the frozen fruit is great for teeting toddlers and blueberries make a fab mess!) 2 scrambled eggs and grits (nothing else added and the eggs were cooked with olive oil)

lunch: roasted broccoli (cut into chunks and cooked in a baking dish coated with olive oil at around 400 till it is golden brown on the tips...it tastes like cady!) and a piece of spouted grain bread with almond butter

snack: coconut carob drop (that is all it is)
and a primal strip (shitaki mushroom jerky, spicey!)

dinner: salad (red lettuce, radishes, and red cabage, sunflower seeds, and dressing of seaseme oil and plum vineger YUM YUM) and pasta (white flour...kind, it was my big splurge of the day!)
with homemade sauce: tomatos, zuccini, squash, mushrooms, onion and raw garlic at the end.


i meant to have a bedtime snack of ricemilk with carob powder, but stayed here too long!

so what about a day in the life of another sugar free moma?
post #125 of 202
A high protein snack is a good energy booster in the afternoon. Try some yogurt, cottage cheese, hard boiled egg, nuts, rye crispbreads with peanut butter, hummus with carrot sticks, crackers and cheese, etc.
post #126 of 202
Hmm, so exercise and protein for energy. Sounds good-- thanks!

Eariler someone asked about the book Sugar Blues. I haven't read that one but I do have "get the sugar out: 501 simple ways to get the sugar out of any diet" by Ann Lousie Gittleman and it has a lot of great tips and ideas. Every time I read the beginning (all about how terrible sugar is for you and why) I get re-motivated, though I still am holding off for awhile on making the big jump.
post #127 of 202
Wow. This thread is really great now. So interesting. So many great questions. I can't remember when I last had any sugar (only a couple of days) but I'm beginning to feel more like it's not a problem and that being sugar-free is becoming a way of life for me.

I managed a couple of whole months starting mid-Jan and then since Easter I've been doing OK. I'm not doing very well on the white-flour, though I've found a nice wholemeal bread to buy so at least if I get cravings I can have bread and butter and it doesn't set off my highs and lows.

I think it just takes time to make all the changes and giving up sugar is a huge change (at least for me as it was such a big part of my life). Each time I cheat I just treat it as a single occasion, not a full giving up.

My dh is not exactly supportive, but he mostly keeps his sugar out of our home and he tends to like different things from me so unless he brings me home M&M's it's not too bad!

For me, as long as I plan my meals and make sure I have plenty of food for meals, I can manage to avoid the worst. A friend of mine is doing the GI diet - (glycemic index) which cuts out refined wheat, sugar and other stuff. She says she loves it because she doesn't get cravings. She's losing lots of weight and reckons she can stick to it for ages...

I definitely go with the idea of one day at a time. I think I would find it harder if I thought I could NEVER have coke again. But "for the moment" it's fine.

I would love to see a what did you eat today thread for this.

Typically I eat oatmeal for breakfast (made with just water and salt, if you have enough salt (1 tsp /cup of oatmeal) it doesn't need sweetening. I have raw milk with it, cream if I'm lucky. Sometimes I have 2 boiled eggs and buttered toast instead.

I often have sandwiches for lunch because I'm not organised enough to have anything else, but this often leads to cravings.... leftovers are better.

If I get hungry in the afternoon I have bread and honey, but I am really trying not too have honey on a regular basis. My evening meal, I just try and make sure I eat plenty (I'm not usually that big an eater, but with dd nursing a lot at 18 months I get hungry...) and not white flour...
post #128 of 202
MamaE-so glad you started the thread--I was wondering where everyone was--I was expecting an e-mail but then realized if it's a NEW thread I'm not "subscribed" duh

Anyway --we've been struggling. When we first quit we went 2 months w/ little problems but when we fell off the wagon it was soooo much harder to start again!

Our biggest challenge is ice cream! It's summer and ds LOVES ice cream and going out for a cone and to feed the resident duck is such a fun thing to do together.

I always find myself thinking "I deserve a treat" too-like someone else said---why do I think this?? ANyway my "treat" now is a smoothie and it really does satisfy my craving---for awhile

However, I find when I crave sugar and don't get it, I continue to eat and eat, trying to find something to satisfy me---ouch!
post #129 of 202
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Originally Posted by arismommy
Our biggest challenge is ice cream! It's summer and ds LOVES ice cream and going out for a cone and to feed the resident duck is such a fun thing to do together.

I always find myself thinking "I deserve a treat" too-like someone else said---why do I think this?? ANyway my "treat" now is a smoothie and it really does satisfy my craving---for awhile

However, I find when I crave sugar and don't get it, I continue to eat and eat, trying to find something to satisfy me---ouch!
what about making ice cream with maple syrup? that's what I make ice-cream with - I know it's not exactly sugar free but I think it's much better then using almost anything else. I don't know, maybe stevia will work.
post #130 of 202
IIRC Cathe has an all-fruit recipe for the FP or blender that looks incredible too.
post #131 of 202
I just bought Cathe's new cookbook-I definately need a food processor!
post #132 of 202
Today's Eats:

Pre Bfast: Kefir with stevia and alcohol free vanilla extract

Bfast: oatmeal soaked overnight in full fat coconut milk and a few tablespoons whey (a la Nourishing Traditions, makes it easy to digest, and less likely to ferment in stomach and feed yeast). Added crushed pineapple and stevia after cooking...sooooo good, like pina colada oatmeal!

Snack: (today was playgroup at our house, usually I don't AM snack) mango, cheese and tortilla chips/salsa.

Lunch: rice cake with almond butter (wasn't that hungry from all the snacking!)

Dinner: Lamb burger made with crushed garlic, jullienned zucchini/carrot/onion saute, long grain rice cooked in chicken stock.

Might have before bed: "Juice" made with a couple teaspoons sugar free cranberry juice with added stevia. More kefir.

This is not really a typical eating day. A little heavy on the grains, I think I will try not to have any tomorrow. Usually I only have one fruit.
post #133 of 202
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Originally Posted by Selu Gigage
IIRC Cathe has an all-fruit recipe for the FP or blender that looks incredible too.
If anyone wasn't sure, I tried it last night (with strawberries) and it was AMAZING. So good!!!
post #134 of 202
Thread Starter 
Hi all! Just checking in. I've got a lot going on this week, but I'm still sugar free. I've been sugar free so long now that I've lost track of what day this is. I do feel good, but I need to exercise more now. I know that would help me get off this plateau. The biggest difference for me - fewer mood swings.

Some treat ideas: unsweetened carob chips, a carob shake with banana, some kind of milk, and carob powder.

It does get easier every day, for those of you just beginning. And, this being my umpteenth time giving up sugar, it gets easier each time. :LOL If it's so easy, why do I have to keep giving it up?????? Sigh.

For me, cravings are low when I eat lots of protein and lots of fat. I also try to eat the protein first with each meal and snack.

I love the idea of a "what did you eat today" thread. If someone else starts it, I'm in. If nothing else, perusing the thread could provide us with an instant menu on a day when we're struggling.

Happy sugar-freeness!
post #135 of 202
OMGosh! (I am a NT'er) I will have to try oatmeal with coconut milk like that! It sounds incredible!

Quote:
Originally Posted by JaneS
Today's Eats:

Pre Bfast: Kefir with stevia and alcohol free vanilla extract

Bfast: oatmeal soaked overnight in full fat coconut milk and a few tablespoons whey (a la Nourishing Traditions, makes it easy to digest, and less likely to ferment in stomach and feed yeast). Added crushed pineapple and stevia after cooking...sooooo good, like pina colada oatmeal!

Snack: (today was playgroup at our house, usually I don't AM snack) mango, cheese and tortilla chips/salsa.

Lunch: rice cake with almond butter (wasn't that hungry from all the snacking!)

Dinner: Lamb burger made with crushed garlic, jullienned zucchini/carrot/onion saute, long grain rice cooked in chicken stock.

Might have before bed: "Juice" made with a couple teaspoons sugar free cranberry juice with added stevia. More kefir.

This is not really a typical eating day. A little heavy on the grains, I think I will try not to have any tomorrow. Usually I only have one fruit.
post #136 of 202

snacks

I was wondering if tahini is comparable in protein content to nut butters. Does anyone know? I love tahini on a rice cake for a snack, so I'm hoping it can also count as "protein." Though I did read that puffed rice has a glycemic index of over 100%. I'm not diabetic, so maybe I shouldn't worry, but I was surprised to see this.
post #137 of 202
Quote:
Originally Posted by mamade2
I was wondering if tahini is comparable in protein content to nut butters. Does anyone know?
Tahini has about 3 g protein per tbsp versus 4 g per tbsp for almond butter, so I'd say they're comprable in that regard. I really like mixing tahini and nut butters, especially in cookies and oatmeal.
post #138 of 202
Quote:
Originally Posted by mamade2
Though I did read that puffed rice has a glycemic index of over 100%. I'm not diabetic, so maybe I shouldn't worry, but I was surprised to see this.
Yes, I think puffed rice/rice cakes are one of the worse things to eat glycemically and that affects everyone, not just diabetics. Putting the nut butter on it that has fat and protein does help, though its still very high GI.
post #139 of 202
Thread Starter 
Hey ladies, we've almost made it through another sugar-free week together - hooray!

And, today is my 2 week anniversary!

Sorry, not trying to brag, just can't believe I made it this far! Things weren't looking this good at the beginning but by now, my cravings are mostly gone. That is a wonderful feeling. When I'm on sugar, I am totally driven by food. It's so liberating to have control back over my life and daily activites. And, my pants fit again - not all of them, but most of them.
post #140 of 202
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I told myself I wasn't allowed to post again until I made it all the way through Day 1, but I just finished reading all 7 pages and couldn't resist saying "Hi". Hopefully I'll be re-joining you all tomorrow!
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