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post #21 of 300
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uhhhh...its overcoming an addiction I guess. I don't really know. I'm pretty much an MDC amateur.

Your call, Annette!
post #22 of 300
OK, I'm going to whoosh you to health and healing. There's a healing-the-gut tribe there too, so you'll be in good company. Hold on tight!
post #23 of 300
sign me up! I just went white sugar free this week, and plan to start a candida diet next week. any tips babsbob?
post #24 of 300

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Hi everyone, I'm still working on it. Doing better than last week....I'll probable always have a sugar battle. But this is a great tribe, and I am certainly more responsiblae now. It is inspiring to know others are doing so well.

I love STEVIA...
post #25 of 300
I am definitely still working on it!!! I'm doing better than I was a few weeks ago, though, definitely. A friend of mine introduced me to this stuff called "Nesher Malt" - it's this Israeli drink - non alcoholic and decidedly pretty healthy - except for the added sugar!! : I : this drink!! I wish I had never tried it.

Stevia - I really don't like it. I wish I did. Tastes like fake sweetner to me. I have it ground in my freezer and it's been in there for months. They sell it in liquid form in my health food store - should I try it or should I just not bother?
post #26 of 300
I've never used fresh ground Stevia. I use the powder kind, in a little pkg, like sugar. I've used it awhile. It's just all what you get use to. I tried the liquid once, I liked it. But mine came out to fast, and I only use it in coffee or tea. I can control the powder better.
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post #28 of 300
i vote nutrition and good eating :
post #29 of 300
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Originally Posted by naturekate View Post
i vote nutrition and good eating :
too late! We've already moved!
post #30 of 300
Nice to find this tribe, whereever it may now be! We are a sugar-free family and have been that way for, hmm, since DS was born? To be full disclosure here, Iam the most likely offender in our house, however, and do have slightly-sugarized items now and then, mostly at the coffee shop. And after DD was born I made and drank loads of Chai with Sucanat, which technically is still sugar even though totally unrefined. In general, though, we are completely sugar-free as a matter of practice and I seriously think that white sugar (and white flour too) is a drug that should be banned. Not eating sugar has been one of the most important health decisions we as a family have made, I think.

We do occasionally use substitutes like brown rice syrup, molasses, and agave syrup if we must have something in a particular recipe....stevia powder is a staple in our house too. It is so cute to hear my son ask for soy milk (we get unsweetened) "with Steve in it". He has never had candy or refined sugar of any kind that I know of. People always comment on how sweet he is and well behaved (eh, hemm, in public, not at home I might add!) - perhaps there is an inverse relationship between sweetness of temperment and amount of sugar consumed?

I was struck, pre-babies, by the erratic behavior of a toddler who was allowed to eat indiscriminate amounts of chocolate and vowed that if I ever had children they would never eat that way. When I was pregnant with DS, though, I was blind to the whole sugar issue and ate horrid things like coke, gummy worms (!) and sweet tarts. I would never do that now! My mother is a complete sugar addict who exercises like mad and complains about her weight....

Anyway, I am so happy to see that there are others doing the no-sugar thing. Once you get used to it as a mind-set it is just a way of life and not hard at all, IMHO.
post #31 of 300
For all you veteran stevia users out there... any yummy ideas? I bought powdered stevia, but other than a few sprinkles in tea (which tastes fine to me), I find the taste bitter and all around unpleasant. Am I using it wrong, or is it just an acquired taste? Any favorite recipes?
post #32 of 300
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Originally Posted by odd-ducks View Post
I find the taste bitter and all around unpleasant. Am I using it wrong, or is it just an acquired taste?
I don't know, odd-ducks. Its kind of like carob as a substitute for chocolate. I say, "Stevia, you ain't foolin me!"

I find it easier to seek sweetness in whole foods than rely on a pseudo-sweet substance to feed my monkey.

That being said, I KNOW there are people out there who love it.

Just my 2 cents.
post #33 of 300
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I don't know, odd-ducks. Its kind of like carob as a substitute for chocolate. I say, "Stevia, you ain't foolin me!"


Yeah, that's my initial reaction as well. But, hope springs eternal, right?
post #34 of 300
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I made it through Halloween!

No treats for me! I did eat some of ds' chips. I actually forced myself to try and enjoy them but I really didn't. Its really true that a no sugar diet makes good things taste better (like sweet heaven-sent grapes) and bad things taste worse (really those chips tasted like cardboard).

Yippee!

Anyone else have a happy dance to do?
post #35 of 300
My first sugar-free Halloween ever! Woo-hoo!!!
post #36 of 300
Thread Starter 
odd-ducks, you rock!

Thanks for all your support through this transition. DO you realize we have been sugar-free for a WHOLE MONTH??????
post #37 of 300
Hi everyone! I have been following your other sugar-free threads and just wanted to join you guys now that you have a tribe. DH and I have been sugar free for over a year. We are now to the point that we know we will never go back, and have an occassional treat every couple of weeks or so made with a nutritive sweetener. At about the six month mark, I had a glazed donut at work and found it utterly disgusting. I have not had storebought sweets since. We are now to the stage that we can spot sugar in anything and wonder why things like storebought bread, salad dressings, and Chinese takeout have to be so sweet.
post #38 of 300
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Originally Posted by saratc View Post
We are now to the stage that we can spot sugar in anything and wonder why things like storebought bread, salad dressings, and Chinese takeout have to be so sweet.
me! me! me!

I'm getting here too! I can spot sugar in things as easily as I could spot aspartame before. Its so...ugh! How could I fallen for its Siren song?

Thanks for joining, sara. Its so good to feel the support when we lost so many of our tribe in the initial challenge.
post #39 of 300
Cravings are sneaking back I flew threw Halloween with nary a second glance at the bags and bowls of candy around. So, why now??? I think it might be the cold weather setting in. Makes me want to cozy up in front of the tv and munch out.

I haven't caved. Yet. But, I'm despairing of the approaching holidays. I'm afraid that if I fall off this wagon, there'll be no hoisting myself back on. Once I get going, it's hard for me to hoist anything but Krispy Kremes.
post #40 of 300

Cravings Oh No

Me too odd-ducks. I'm not nearly as strong as you, for I fell off the wagon!!
bad Halloween (bad me . )

So I'm starting all over again. You all have been very patient with me. Thanks.

I am so much better than I was a month ago. I just got home from the grocery store, and I did NOT buy any breakfast bars because they all had about 14 -18 gms sugar in them. (I usually buy a box a week.) So I told myself, I'll just do toast with real butter, or soy butter, however I feel that day. Ha I read read read everything my dc eat. But I usually buy the same old things for me and dh. It's a learning process.
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