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post #81 of 148
OK I called a friend and she distracted me for a little bit.

Will someone please tell me how pathetic this is, all I can think about is fudge. I feel like a crazy person!!!!

I didn't think it would be this hard and something tells me it's going to get worse before it gets better.

I'M ONLY ON DAY TWO!!!!!


Thanks for the help. We just ate dinner, bacon (yummy) and eggs and I feel like I haven't had anything for hours. The fact that I feel this way makes me want to get off sugar even more but the craving is soooooo strong. It's kind of surprising how strong.
post #82 of 148
Actually for me day two was the worst. For some it's day 1, some it's day 3, but if you actually make it sugar free, you'll be over the cravings really soon. A week at the MOST and for most people it's just days. Protein really, really, REALLY helps. Hang in there!
post #83 of 148
OK I'm going to eat some more almonds and maybe a hard boiled egg!!!

THANKS I think I'm good for now!!!!

ETA Shannon I like your blog I'm becoming addicted to those things!!!
post #84 of 148
Lori, I just read your last post. Go have more eggs and bacon. Or something else. Don't worry about the fact that you "should" be full, just eat something that isn't sugar. Really, the bad cravings are only a few days, don't worry about eating too much or whatever.
post #85 of 148
Lori- Get some avocado. Scrambled eggs with avocado on the side are fantastic for breakfast. Add some ham or bacon and I'm in heaven! Shannon is right about eating protein! It really helps me to start the day off with a good breakfast that has lots of healthy (aka happy) fats and protein. When I need to curb a craving I'll often eat half an avocado and a handful of almonds.
post #86 of 148
OK so I ate a bunch of almonds and some cheese and I'm feeling like a total idiot. Like I said before the fact that I felt like that is just proof about how addictive sugar is. I'm feeling much better (albeit stupid ) THANKS!!!
post #87 of 148
Hi everyone! I haven't checked in on this thread for awhile and just got caught up.

During the holidays, there were so many sweets at work, I thought it would be really hard. It's amazing -- everytime I gave in and I tried a bite of something, I thought it was disgusting. I really have lost my taste completely for refined sugars and refined carbs. When I make sweets at home with whole flours and whole sweeteners, I don't find them addictive. These days, dessert for us is oatmeal or cream of spelt cereal. If I remember right, DH and I will be sugar free for a whole year come the end of February.

I found lately that when I eat eggs for breakfast, I am less hungry all day. I have always had blood sugar problems and eat small meals throughout the day. I found this article online citing a study about how eating eggs made the study participants less hungry and eat less for the next 36 hours. So I've been having some form of eggs for breakfast for 2 weeks now, and it really works! Although it's scary that I've used up 3 dozen eggs in the last 2 weeks for just DH and I.

Hang in there Lori! The first week is really hard. And then it takes another couple of months before you find sweets disgusting if you eat it by accident or splurge. I would avoid all sweets even nutritive sweeteners and refined carbs for the first couple of months. It makes it so much easier. Eat lots of fats, proteins, and try to eat only nutrient dense foods. I've noticed that when I eat out for a couple of days, I start craving bad foods. I think it must mean that the food I'm eating out is nutritionally deficient.
post #88 of 148
Lori And thanks for the comment on my blog

I second avocado. Yummmmmmmmmmm. My favorite is one leftover chicken breast (no skin) chopped with one avocado. Put some salt on and it's so yummy. I've had no luck with avocados lately though. They keep going bad on me. Are they out of season right now?

Sara, wow a year! Cool!
post #89 of 148
Wow thanks for all that advice. I'm definitely going to try and eat more protein today, even when all the meals I planned for today don't have any. I'll find some way to add some. I'm on day 4 and it feels harder. I want to have a bagel and jam. I woke up thinking, "What about a huge slice of chocolate cake". But I will continue. Wish me luck through Day 4.
post #90 of 148
All I know about avacados is that a huge part of the crop was damaged in the storm so you might want to get a few b/f the price doubles.

I'm doing good this morning but I usually do good in the am, it's late afternoon that my problems start and they last until bedtime. I'll probably be back tonight whining!!!
post #91 of 148
Mangomama, most people find protein is a must when you are going off sugar. I don't understand it, but apparently eating protein helps to squash sweet cravings. So if you overload on protein for a few days you will get through the initial cravings better. Also, fiber is good because it slows digestion. A high fiber, high protein meal will last longer in your gut so you'll avoid sugar spikes and drops. Also, eat a lot. Don't worry (if you are) about dieting or weight or anything right now. Eat as often as you like and as much as you like. The really bad cravings will be lessened that way and it will be less than a week before you are feeling more normal.

I ate way too much fat and protein the first few days and then again at Christmas (to deal with all the sweets everyone else was shoveling in). Eventually I have settled on a meal plan that is, IMO, very healthy. I am eating vegetables and fruit with every meal right now. I'm eating more meat than I used to but I'm not going overboard with it like in the beginning (not that you have to use meat for protein but I do). I'm eating a ton of fish. For some reason I can't get enough fish

For breakfast this morning, a piece of grilled salmon, a large bowl of peas and corn with coconut oil and salt, two "baby" golden kiwis (I eat the peel too so that helps the fiber count).

Funny about the cake For some reason I woke up thinking about Dan Marino and have no idea why. I even had to google to see who he was The subconcious is a weird place :
post #92 of 148
Lori, me too! Night is hardest still. It's a TON easier now that I've been doing this a month though. At night I don't crave sweets, but I tend to over-eat a lot to the point where I don't feel well sometimes. I'm trying to counteract that by being dilligent about eating well at breakfast and lunch. And having my green tea fix

edited to say - hmmmmmmm. I just thought about what I ate last night and it was all fruit. So I'd say that counts as craving sweets, huh? Dur! I'll have to think about that.
post #93 of 148
One more thing I want to recommend Little Sugar Addicts to y'all. Give it a read. I haven't read her other books so maybe they are good too, but this one is very interesting. I don't agree with all she says (especially on child rearing) but overall she is suggesting you get your kids on board with what you are doing instead of steam rolling so I like that. But her information on sugar and how it affects *some* people is very interesting. It's not just good information for my dd, it's good information for and about me too. Very interesting.
post #94 of 148
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Originally Posted by ShannonCC View Post
I second avocado. Yummmmmmmmmmm. My favorite is one leftover chicken breast (no skin) chopped with one avocado. Put some salt on and it's so yummy. I've had no luck with avocados lately though. They keep going bad on me. Are they out of season right now?
We marinate and grill a bunch of chicken then put it in the fridge for a quick grab. My favorite is grilled chicken and avocado on salad with some fresh ground pepper and sunflower seeds (salted, of course!). Anyone recommed a ranch dressing w/o sugars?

I've gotten some great avocados lately. I'm not sure when they are considered in season. I think they're grown year-round in CA. Apparently, the Aztecs thought them to be a fertility fruit and would lock up their virgins when avocados were in season.

I love salmon too! My 6 yr old boys ask for it often. Never thought about eating fish for breakfast...will have to give it a try.
post #95 of 148

Frozen bananas

Oh my! I just had my first frozen banana. It was amazing! No added sugar, no dairy, just pure sweet creamy banana. This actually tasted better than any of the icecream I've eaten since we moved here a year and a half ago. Anyone do anything special with theirs? I was thinking that maybe I could try rolling bananas in nuts or coconut before freezing...
post #96 of 148
roomformore, I've heard all sorts of recipes for what to roll it in (including ones involving sugar! like a ripe banana needs that??? : ) but my favorite thing is just to take the plain banana, cut it in half, put pop sticks in both ends and freeze it that way. Eh, I'm lazy, but IMO it doesn't need anything.

The only sugar free alternative I've heard is to roll it in peanut butter (natural of course) and then roll it in nuts, coconut or just plain peanut butter if you want. Every other recipe I've read involves honey or chocolate.

I'll see if I can get some avocados this week
post #97 of 148
: : : : : : : OK get out your dancing veggies!!!! So today I went and hung out with my nanny friend while she cleaned house. Well this house is loaded with junk food. I just stood in the pantry door and drooled. Well my friend totally encouraged me and wouldn't let me have anything (THANKS MEGAN!!!!). We did have pizza for lunch and I wouldn't be surprised if there was sugar in the crust and sauce (anyone know for sure?? it was Papa John's) but I didn't eat anything that was sweet.

I even saw Double Stuffed Mint Cream Oreos!!!!!!!!! I just stared at them and whined about wanting one and my friend was like "NO, I'm treating you like you're in SA (sugar-holics anonymous) and not letting you have anything"

I'm sooooooo happy. That oreo would not have tasted as good as I feel right now about not eating it!!!! Hopfully this will give me motivation to get through the night!!
post #98 of 148
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Originally Posted by roomformore View Post
Oh my! I just had my first frozen banana. It was amazing! No added sugar, no dairy, just pure sweet creamy banana. This actually tasted better than any of the icecream I've eaten since we moved here a year and a half ago. Anyone do anything special with theirs? I was thinking that maybe I could try rolling bananas in nuts or coconut before freezing...
I ALWAYS have frozen bananas around - I think we spend more on bananas than anything else.

My favorite treat is a frozen banana, tablespoon of peanut butter, and a cup of milk (or rice or soy). Blend. Sooooo yummy!!! Like peanut butter ice cream smoothie. Got the recipe from Cathe Wilson's cookbook (she posts on MDC so you may have seen her around).
post #99 of 148
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.....I'm gonna buy more bananas and make some keep in the freezer
for when my gang is having ice cream....THANKS FOR THE GOOD IDEA!!

I'm having a hard time w/PMS this month....eating more carbs
than I should be.....not really craving sugar per say....even have
sugar free Dove choc. in fridge and usually forget they are there
I've been a little lax on looking for the hidden sugars too......it's
I don't give a @#$% time, I guess........
post #100 of 148
Lori, congrats

ju-cee, PMS is a kicker ain't it?

You guys are making me crave frozen bananas now And my son ate the last one the other day so I have none to freeze. I'll get some tomorrow when I go shopping.
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