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post #161 of 300
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Originally Posted by animus_silvae View Post
I thought if it was labelled "unpasturized" it was raw. Am I wrong?
Yes, that's probably true. All the brands here in the US label it raw. It sounds like unpasteurized and active honey are also raw stuff. It can cost more than 2x as much as the pasteurized stuff.

I've never had date honey, but I bought some date sugar. Dates are naturally something like 80% to 90% sugars.

My sugar binge story's pretty straight -- I was always crazy for the sweet/salty combo. I used to love salty potato chips with vanilla ice cream or with a milk chocolate bar in alternating bites. I could eat a chocolate bar in under 2 minutes accompanied by chips.

I have one about DH, which illustrates the need to completely cut *everything* out for the first few weeks, even the natural stuff. When we first went sugar free, I mentioned we noticed how DH's moods got really stable. Well, one day, I went home and DH is all pissy at me and at the cats. I asked him point blank what he had that day and if he had any sugar. He claims he didn't, but I guess he blanked it out, because I discovered that night that the jar of honey was over half gone and I had just opened the jar a couple of days before.

A few weeks later, we had a repeat when we discovered dates. They were on sale at our grocery store and we bought 3 pounds of it. I was going to make it into a paste and bake with it (which works well, btw). We ate some when we got it home and they were *good*. I mean, they're wholesome and natural, right? I come home a couple of days later and DH is in a pissy mood. This time he remembered what he ate and he had about 25-30 dates that day.
post #162 of 300
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[QUOTE=saratc;6585192]Well, one day, I went home and DH is all pissy at me and at the cats. QUOTE]


This is so cute and funny, sara! You have officially made me laugh for the first time this morning. Sugar is a nasty demon! I just had a vision of your cats looking at each other and wondering "hey, what's with HIM?"

I am doing fine balancing natural sweeteners now. I rarely use them and never binge on them (unlike my past).

I see people on this thread asking if they can use this or that and debating the types of xyitol...to me going sugar-free is about eliminating my addiction to sweetness; its about looking elsewhere than the tip of my tongue for that "escape". For this reason, Splenda, aspartame, stevia et al. will NOT work for me. I don't need these pseudo-methadones to prolong my attachment.

But that's just me. Like someone said, I will use a natural sweetner to enhance the taste of something but not to create something specifically as sweet, kwim?
post #163 of 300
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Originally Posted by animus_silvae View Post
sunshinestarr posted this in post#57:
Really, SSS, do you now?
TY, animus I know SSS uses it, I introduced her to it.
post #164 of 300
Hmm, funny sugar-binging/desperation....

going out to the freezer in the garage and opening the giant costco sized bag of chocolate chips, and putting them in a ziploc baggie and taking them to my bedroom and eating them late at night....

When I clear the house of sugar, I really clear it! But we still have those chocolate chips (I recently bought some grain sweetened ones to use instead).

One thing that is wonderful is that my taste buds are adjusting. There's this yogurt that I'd tried before that was only plain yogurt + fruit, and I found it nasty and tasteless. Now, I LOVE it. Ohh it's so good. I plan on freezing some and seeing how that is. And I'm reading "The Optimum Nutrition Bible" which I am just loving. It's strengthening my resolve. I'm drinking my water and we're having salad & burritos for lunch. No sugar in sight (and this morning, I ate organic rice puff cereal with just bananas, I used to pour honey on it. It was still good without the honey, so that's a victory)
post #165 of 300
Sorry crunchyconmama, no funny sugar stories here. I just love the stuff.

I don't buy chocolate syrup for dd has food allergies, so I make it. Gotta try it if I make it. My kids could stand to gain weight so I make everything with real sugar. So I put straight chocolate syrup in a bowl and add raw oatmeal. Oh my goodness, talk about good. If you have a few nuts to put in it, even better.

I do know I've cut way back on the sugar, and I feel awful if I eat more than a bite or two.....so there is progress. I'm still stuck on the Diet Rite Cola tho.
post #166 of 300
First of all, I vote that anyone who wants to be here, no matter the struggle they are going through or the times they fall, is welcome

As to my confession :
Just been an addict since I was a kid. I can remember eating jello powder straight; we used to call it rat poison. No idea how close I was to hitting that one on the head
I quit drinking alcohol 14.5 years ago and my sugar intake got ridiculous. I would regularly eat big bags of skittles (like at least a bag a week) and bought candy every week while grocery shopping. I'd get something for the kids to keep them off my candy It wa slaways all gone in a couple days anyway so I'd go into the convenience store when I bought gas and buy more... and keep it in the car to sneak. The girlfriend who was usually with me when I was sneaking has also quit the white stuff

off to climb stairs for 6 minutes...
post #167 of 300
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Originally Posted by BelovedBird View Post
Really, SSS, do you now?
TY, animus I know SSS uses it, I introduced her to it.
post #168 of 300
Oh, thought of another, a friend in high school turned me onto eating frosting. Just frosting, straight out of the can. Almost an entire can at a time. Man, the metabolism that allowed me to do that and stay a stick,lol.

Currently have bread going in the breadmaker, and I'm hunting for something sugar free to bake with the boys..

eta...I LOVE this tribe, checking in here daily is really going to help me, and I know I'm not the only one doing it.
post #169 of 300
Ok so I'm in the right frame of mind and I am starting tommorow!!! I had my last can of coke, and I know I am in for a KILLER headache and detox symptoms but I NEED to do this. I have a few reasons that I will post when I'm in a bad mood to keep myself motivated. Going to bed for now!

Angela
post #170 of 300
"First of all, I vote that anyone who wants to be here, no matter the struggle they are going through or the times they fall, is welcome " by stevie


Thanks stevie!


I've been reading the thread, and wow stevie you have really lost the weight. Congts. I'm about the same....I'm trying NOT to replace sugar with chips...but it is hard. I'll have to join the no more chips tribe next.

babygrant I'll be thinking about you. Good luck. It is very hard and the headaches got the best of me. So I'm trying to back out of sugar slowly. I wish I could have done it your way..just get it over with.

You all crack me up with all the old sugar eating ways.
post #171 of 300
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Originally Posted by HRC121799 View Post
Oh, thought of another, a friend in high school turned me onto eating frosting. Just frosting, straight out of the can. Almost an entire can at a time. Man, the metabolism that allowed me to do that and stay a stick,lol.
Oh metabolism, my sweet friend, where HAVE you gone?

You know what's neat? After all this talk about breaking the addiction, we have rarely if ever talked about weight(loss) release. We aren't sitting here whining about how fat we are blah blah blah. We are suppoting each other through recovery of an addiction and the weight is so secondary.

I've been on MDC for over 2 years and this is by far my favourite thread ever!
post #172 of 300
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Originally Posted by animus_silvae View Post
I've been on MDC for over 2 years and this is by far my favourite thread ever!


I am totally with you, animus!

And Stevie, words well said that we all deserve to be here. This is about support and we wouldn't be supportive if we were exclusionary.

So how's it going today babygrant? are you making it through the first day so far?
post #173 of 300
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Originally Posted by animus_silvae View Post
Oh metabolism, my sweet friend, where HAVE you gone?

You know what's neat? After all this talk about breaking the addiction, we have rarely if ever talked about weight(loss) release. We aren't sitting here whining about how fat we are blah blah blah. We are suppoting each other through recovery of an addiction and the weight is so secondary.

I've been on MDC for over 2 years and this is by far my favourite thread ever!

This is the first tribe (other than the SoccerMom tribe) that I've felt comfortable in/compelled to contribute. I've been on MDC for years, but never made any "connections" if that makes sense.

Anna, I haven't had chips in over 3 months! I am over my chip addiction (had to be with all the dental work, my teeth were too fragile to eat chips, so I "let them go", along with peanuts and anything else hard). I was a huge chip addict (my step-father used to call me the "chip monster", ohh the chips...)


eta...the bread I made yesterday...didn't enough, smells too yeasty. I'll keep trying, someday I want to use my breadmaker regularly.
post #174 of 300
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Originally Posted by crunchyconmomma View Post
So how's it going today babygrant? are you making it through the first day so far?
So far so good!!!
post #175 of 300
I just started Atkins and am on day 8 of induction. So right now, I'm sugar free as well. Do you use artificial sweeteners? Or are you completely avoiding anything sweet? I ask because Atkins does not even encourage artificial sweeteners like sucralose or saccharin. They say it causes the body to release insulin and further your sweet cravings.

I have been using them though!! Just wondering how you're doing yours?
post #176 of 300
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Originally Posted by Ilovum View Post
I just started Atkins and am on day 8 of induction. So right now, I'm sugar free as well. Do you use artificial sweeteners? Or are you completely avoiding anything sweet? I ask because Atkins does not even encourage artificial sweeteners like sucralose or saccharin. They say it causes the body to release insulin and further your sweet cravings.

I have been using them though!! Just wondering how you're doing yours?
I think it's easier to avoid all things sweet, especially in the first few weeks. Imitations are kind of a palate tease and make you want the real stuff. Besides the fact that a lot of the artificial sweeteners are *really* bad for your health. I used to go through 2 or 3 diet sodas daily, and it wasn't until way after I quit that I found out how bad they were for you. If you have a chance, look through Dorway.com. In hindsight, I can attribute so many of my health problems including my carpal tunnel and arthritis symptoms to artificial sweeteners. The site is specific to aspartame, but issues have come up for the other artificial sweeteners as well.
post #177 of 300
When I was first trying to go sugar free, if cravings were driving me nuts I had plain yogurt with some vanilla yogurt added. For me, it worked better to increasingly satisfy the cravings with as little sugar as possible... otherwise I just couldn't stand it.
post #178 of 300
Well i'm doing fairly well. only thing i had with sugar today is a cup of tea with sugar.

this is how big of a sugar junkie i was though. before today i would drink at least 5 cups of tea with 3 tsp of sugar in each mug (large mugs). so in my tea alone i was consuming 15 tsp+ a day. *runs and hides*
post #179 of 300
don't run and hide, babygrant You are doing an amazing job to cut it down to one sugar

I am loving this thread and want to say thank you again! I didn't get dinner tonight; too much hurrying to stop and eat even a little. I was a little bit frightened; it was the first time I have missed a meal in 25 days and I was a little scared that I would go off the deep end. So I needed something at 9:30 when my meeting was over and I thought of you all right away when I realized that a handful of nuts satisfied my hunger nicely. (I keep mixed nuts in the car) My entire outlook has changed drastically; the thought of stopping and getting a burger even sounded awful! I knew I could have an apple or a clementine when I got home.
Water tastes lovely too. I can't believe the difference in less than 30 days! My business partners commented tonight on my obvious weight re-distribution Y'all came into my life just as I was thinking I couldn't do the sugar free thing for one more day; I am delighted that the Universe gave me what I was asking for
post #180 of 300
Way to go babygrant and stevie. I totally agree with stevie, this thread is great!! Thanks animus_silvae for gettting it all together for us.

I didn't eat sugar yesterday, just my one diet rite. Plus cranberries with stevia. Tomorrow will be the big day. Pies and ice cream....(my weekness) everywhere.
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