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post #101 of 148
Is this sugar related??

So I woke up at 3AM super thirsty. Got up and got something to drink and laid back down and I have this dull ache in my hips. Right in my hip bones. Well at the time I was so tired that I fell back to sleep after probably 15min. Then DH got up at it woke me up around 7 so I got up and drank some CO trying to warm up my body. Got out my hot pad and tried to go back to sleep. It took probably 30min. Every position I tired hurt my hips worse and worse. I think I got about two hours of sleep after that.

It's not like sore muscle pain like after you work out. I know I have restless leg syndrome and during labor the pain was all in my leg (how come nobody tells you that that's a possibility, all you hear about is back labor). Anyhow this pain is worse than the RLS and a little milder than the begining of labor but it won't go away. We're talking constant ache. Plus I'm super thirsty and I drank tons of water yesterday trying to keeping myself feeling full and tons last night. Any ideas, should I be asking somewhere else??
post #102 of 148
I haven't had anything like that. That doesn't mean it's not sugar related but if it is, I haven't heard of it. If no one else has an idea then yeah, ask somewhere else. Maybe the general health forum? My first thought was that I only had problems like that when I was in the later stages of pregnancy. Oh, my only tip is try more potassium? I heard that a lot when I was pregnant, that leg aches are from lack of potassium. Eat a lot of those frozen bananas Other fruits too, I think dried fruits are high in them.
post #103 of 148
I ate a banana last night. First one in a week or so. During pregnancy my midwife had me stop eating them b/c they are a higher calorie fruit and I wasn't supposed to gain a lot of weight and as soon as I stopped eating them all my heartburn stopped. While I was in labor the assistance asked about me being allergic to them b/c I'm allergic to latex. She was allergic to both and was wondering if there was a connection. So a week or so ago I ate a banana b/c I love them and it made me itchy all over, but I had had one the night before in a smoothie and I was fine.

Anyhow last night I was fine after I ate it. I don't know what the problem is. I just went to pick up my milk and in the car they were killing me. Once I got home I had to nurse dd to sleep and it was terrible while I was laying there. I guess I'll go ask in health and healing. Thanks!!!
post #104 of 148
What do you drink?? All I have are water and milk and I'm getting tired of them (plus I'm limited to one gallon of milk all week b/c my source has a pregnant cow that just dried up, I can't wait to see the baby ).

So what do you drink??


BTW I'm not doing artificial sweetners either b/c they are TERRIBLE for you.

TIA!!!
post #105 of 148
[QUOTE=ju-cee;7060591]room for more......I've made frozen bananas w/coconut for my girls
they didn't like it......the texture, I think......I LOVED THEM
but read the label on the coconut most of the grocery brands
have sugar in them I'm sure the health food store would have some w/o sugar[QUOTE]

Isn't it funny how kids are about texture? Dh and I love to saute onions, zucchini, and mushroom, but both of the boys refuse to eat it b/c it's "slimy" and yet they'll eat all 3 ingredients prepared just about any other way!

Thanks for the warning on the coconut! I'll have to check the stuff I have.

I'm sending dh to market today and will have him get more bananas and some popsicle sticks (good idea, shannon). I've got two 6 yr old boys and they will have a blast making "bananasicles". We'll see what tastes best to us... dh is excited to try them with peanut butter.

I keep seeing "sugar-free" recipes on the nutrition board, but they're all using chocolate chips. Am I missing something? The chocolate chips I have are full of sugar. I'd love a way to have chocolate w/o sugar (and w/o artificial sweetners). I'll have to check my baking cocoa. I wonder if I could use that in cookies with honey as sweetner...? I'd love some brownies, too. *sigh* Unfortunately, instead of a "sweet tooth", I have "sweet teeth"- at least 28 of them

ETA: EyesoftheWorld, your children are beautiful!
post #106 of 148
laughup love that "28 teeth"!!!!!!!!!!! and to think I was born w/
extras they took when I was young....imagine how bad I'd be w/32 teeth

took everyone's advice on the protein this am when oatmeal just wasnt
cutting it.......it did help....I made some sausage patties for myself and
ate [4] : Then I read the ingredients....pork, blah, blah, sugar: :
WHY would they put sugar in a sausage patty:

OMG!!!!!!!!! there are days when I think we are doomed and we'll NEVER
be completely sugar free

I can't wait for PMS to be over........
post #107 of 148
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Originally Posted by roomformore View Post
I keep seeing "sugar-free" recipes on the nutrition board, but they're all using chocolate chips. Am I missing something? The chocolate chips I have are full of sugar. I'd love a way to have chocolate w/o sugar (and w/o artificial sweetners). I'll have to check my baking cocoa. I wonder if I could use that in cookies with honey as sweetner...? I'd love some brownies, too. *sigh* Unfortunately, instead of a "sweet tooth", I have "sweet teeth"- at least 28 of them

ETA: EyesoftheWorld, your children are beautiful!
Thank you!!

If you saw the sugar-free cookies thread, I just subbed raisans for the chocolate chips. You could use carob chips too. And that's a gooood recipe, I've made it twice so far!

I've heard of people using stevia with chocolate, but I never did give stevia the chance I should have! I have some sitting in my cabinet - maybe tomorrow I'll experiment (with my vast amounts of spare time! )! If I start craving chocolate I eat a chocolate coconut Larabar. Oh god, I just went to thier webpage and they have an all new "chocolate bar" line! Ahh! I must have a dozen!
post #108 of 148
If anyone here is trying to lose weight too, I started a tribe at SparkPeople. It's called Sugarfree or Trying To Be.

I bought some bananas but now I have to wait for them to ripen. While waiting though I remembered another old favorite. Frozen grapes! Red seedless grapes, just stuck in the freezer. My kids don't like them but I think they're yummy. Not as good as a good ripe, frozen banana, but still yummy.
post #109 of 148
I'm trying to lose but I don't really have a magic number. I gained weight before I got pregnant then I did really well while I was pregnant and now dd is almost seven months and I'm tens pounds lighter than before I got pregnant but still in the same size clothes b/c of how my belly changed. I would like to lose two-three pant sizes b/c that's what size the majority of my clothes are.

The sugar free thing has really empowered me!!! I've been eating more veggies in the past few days and trying to be a little more active. I'm planning on walking with my Mom's Group on Tuesday.

I guess me first goal is to not have to wear my maternity bathing suit to the beach. I have probably a month and a half until then so I guess I need to get busy!!
post #110 of 148
I've been overweight since I was a young kid, by around 7 or 8. I was reading Little Sugar Addicts where she talks about C57 mice who were bred to crave sugar and how they gained more weight than regular mice when they were eating the same diet, despite activity level. It really resonated with me. I can't change my biochemical makeup but with knowledge comes power and I can work with it!

I think, for me, cutting sugar is a key step in really getting healthy. I know when I have sugar in my diet and I'm trying to eat it in moderation and be healthy it just doesn't work. I cut the sugar and now I suddenly *can* eat a healthy diet without the cravings to run and eat crap.

And I never connected my sugar cravings to my refined food cravings but duh No wonder I craved McDonald's so much when I had PPD - all that sugar and/or refined white flour in their food. And chips and cheese puffs and other things I didn't recognize as being related to sugar. Now after a month and a half sugar free I'm eating so healthy that when I eat too many white potatoes I get a little sleepy and headachy (I only know this because of the food journal I've been keeping by the way).

Yeah, I'm inspired can you tell? I don't have a magic number either (I picked one for sparkpeople just cuz they ask). I just want to FEEL healthier. I want to be able to play with my kids more without running out of breath so quickly. I think I already feel so much healthier from cutting sugar it's making me crave MORE health, kwim?
post #111 of 148
That's very encouraging. I hope we're still eating healthy a month and a half into this and hopfully even longer.

Last night was the first night that I didn't noticed a craving, even the tiniest one, after dinner. That was the hardest part of my day and each day it's gotten better and better. I feel so good about myself.

I need to go over and join some tribe in the weight loss area but I won't go in there (I'm in denial that I need that much help). I basicly just need to get active every day. One of the Sears' even said on Dr. Phil the other night that exercise helps your immune system and a healthier immune system was why I finally decided to do the no sugar thing. If I'm not going to vax her I better be sure she's going to be tough enough to fight anything or else I'm just being irresponsible. I only wish I would have know all this before, during and right after my pregnancy. Oh well I can't go back in time but I can make up for it now right!!!

Thanks again to everyone who encouraged me the past week. I don't think I would have made it though the first couple nights without you guys especially since dh caved in right away. THANKS!!!!
post #112 of 148
Hi everyone, I'm a sugar addict!! I knew that, but I've fallen off the wagon big time. Now I'm starting over......sigh.......

I keep putting off starting over.....I'm not blaming my kids, but they were home last week for snow days. So we played board games and made cookies, and I was bad. No will power here.

So here I go again.

Shannon your post really inspired me to post - again. I was always an over weight child. I've done better with weight as an adult, but I'm very out of shape.

Way to go Thomlynn, I'm happy for you. And everyone else who even tries. Sorry I did not read all the posts.
post #113 of 148
Welcome back Anna06!

I fell of the wagon today....had to many carbs for breakfast I think
and messed me up for the WHOLE day...had low carb and protein for
lunch...still felt hungry .....went grocery shopping...wanted to buy
every box of JUNK in the place

I made a baked ravioli dish for supper after I ate 3/4 bag of chips: which, come to find out are full of sugar and yeast extracts NO WONDER I was craving them!!!!! but here's the interesting part, I had some of the
ravioli dish I made w/Ragu sauce and all I could taste was SUGAR!!!!!!!!

I have NEVER been able to taste like that before and it was SHOCKING!!
I'm never buying that brand again...YUCK!!!!!!!!!

so I'm mad at me for having such a bad day....but happy at my taste
discovery....i've read that to much sugar actually decreases your sense
of taste so maybe after 5 months it's coming back??

anyone have suggestions for what to put on pasta? I'm afraid of the jar
sauces now...I know MOST if not all have sugar to some degree...not big
on making my own ....plus tomatoes at this time of year...EWWW.....
Oh, and I'm not supposed to have dairy [cow or goat] due to allergy...
so most cheese is off my radar....any suggestions....????

I'm jumping back on the bandwagon for tommorrow....PMS resolving now
so should help w/cravings....it was a tough month...
post #114 of 148
Hi all. I'm so glad to have found this thread. I stopped eating sugar on friday, after realizing how crappy I was feeling, and how much sugar I'd been eating every day. My son Danny who is almost 3, is going sugar free also. He's having an easier time than me, I think! Anyway, subbing.
post #115 of 148
Well I've been having mild cravings but I'm doing ok. I've been eating lots of fruit but I need to be eating more veggies and less fruit. Won't be able to do anything about that until Friday b/c I've used our whole grocery budget for the week. I'm annoyed at all the things that have sugar in them. Last night I looked at my tuna (sweet and spicy) and sure enough there were a couple grams of sugar. Also I like to eat toast for breakfast since it's an easy way to get lots of butter starting off the day and all the breads out there are full of sugar. I know I'm doing good though b/c I haven't had candy since last Monday and I was a candy addict for the longest time. But like I said I need to be eating more veggies as snacks rather than fruit.

I've been making smoothies, milk, blueberries, egg yolks, and coconut oil. Today I added peanut butter and a handful of sugar snap peas. Plus I'm using them as a reward to take my cod liver oil rather than a candy reward.

I'm feeling good and been working out too. I just have to wait until all this stuff has formed into a habit.

Anyone else wanna give an encouraging update??
post #116 of 148
I don't know if this is encouraging but here goes. I've tried to go sugar free countless times this month and every day I ate something with sugar. I did ok last week. I started Monday and lasted until Friday night. My friend invited me to dinner. I did not refuse a serving of frozen yogurt. Then I had a piece of cake the next day at my parents for dessert. Last night I ate a bun that had sugar and and some ketchup. I still try and be sugar free but I see that little by little I keep cheating.
post #117 of 148
Ju-cee- I'm not positive, but I think the Classico sauces are mostly sugar-free. At least the "Napoli" one. We were Prego users here, but that stuff might as well be ketchup it has so much sugar!

Kristin
post #118 of 148
Quote:
Originally Posted by MangoMamma View Post
I don't know if this is encouraging but here goes. I've tried to go sugar free countless times this month and every day I ate something with sugar. I did ok last week. I started Monday and lasted until Friday night. My friend invited me to dinner. I did not refuse a serving of frozen yogurt. Then I had a piece of cake the next day at my parents for dessert. Last night I ate a bun that had sugar and and some ketchup. I still try and be sugar free but I see that little by little I keep cheating.
I am struggling too. It is such a habit that I do it without even thinking. I am really trying to be mindful and read labels and before I put a morsel of food in mouth, check to make sure of the sugar content. It is so challenging to avoid it but I keep working at it. Maybe one day, it will be easier !
post #119 of 148
The jarred sauces have tons of sugar, I personally don't care for them, once in a while I will use the classico when I am feeling lazy. I make a really quick sauce that takes no time at all to make. I fry up some onions/gr pepper/garlic in olive oil, add a can of crushed tomatoes (Pastene is really good), some oregano/basil/salt/pepper and bam, you have a nice homemade marinara sauce in about 20 minutes.
post #120 of 148
I caved this week. I'd been doing soo well! I ate some pudding with the boys. Have you seen how much sugar is in pudding?! I know I ate it b/c I am stressed.
My uncle died Sunday. He's the first of 8 boys to pass away (my dad is the youngest). It was very sudden. Tomorrow is the funeral. I'm even more upset b/c I can't go home! We're in Canada (home is MI) and b/c of the new passport laws I cannot take my baby over the border. There's no way I'm leaving my 5 week old, so I'll spend tomorrow sitting by the phone waiting to talk to everyone.
We were out of bananas and I can't help but wonder if I would have cheated if I'd had a frozen banana available. Had dh buy a ton of bananas at the store so I can freeze myself a "stash". Frozen bananas have become my new comfort food. Could be worse, eh?
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