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post #21 of 49
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Originally Posted by litlwons View Post
Fat helps me as well. Avocado, coconut oil and BUTTER! That is the TF in me!
DEFINITELY! I'm a TFer too (though a slack one lately).

I am so, so grateful for all the support we are building here. I actually bought the Willd Rose detox kit to start on the 1st too. Might as well kill 6 birds with one stone.

I also bought a monster tub of medjool dates to prepare. Another great treat are IZZE drinks! YUM YUM!

Ladies, we are going to feel so fabulous!
post #22 of 49
I love the Synergy Kambucha drinks...the ginger one (which helps my tummy) only has 2 grams of sugar in it. I know they use sugar to grow the Kambucha, but I think most of it is eaten by the time it gets in the drink. 2 grams!!! I love them....
Today the positive thoughts really helped. I am going to have a piece of baked oatmeal with maple syrup and cream, right now, but it isn't the 1st right?

Kathleen
post #23 of 49
I'm in! I was on a anti-candida diet a few months ago and after the first few days I did not crave sugar AT ALL. It was wonderful. Then we had DS's birthday party and a few other things, and it all led to a downward spiral. But I'm trying to get healthy, get my cycle on track and TTC, so I really need this. I'm getting back to TF (going to the farm tomorrow for some raw milk, eggs and butter!) and will be on board with you all.
post #24 of 49
I'm actually in the process of giving give up sugar, and I'm trying to decide what that means for me. I know I will continue to eat fruit, possibly some dried fruit (without added sugar), root vegetables like carrots and sweet potatoes. I will eat Ezekiel bread, sprouted grain tortillas and possibly corn very infrequently, which is about how I eat it now. If I add in stuff like agave nectar, I'll do that after awhile. About the only time I use agave nectar is to sweeten yogurt because the yogurt can get really sour after awhile, and adding fruit to the yogurt doesn't always quite cut it. I did try baking with it once, and what I made turned out well.

I'm not sure about the other grains. I used to do pretty well eating brown rice and bulghur wheat, but for the time being I'm not sure. The problem I am having is I don't want to start eating too much meat and cheese. I actually did buy a fair amount of meat recently: some organic beef and organic chicken, turkey breast (which I roasted tonight), seafood. I am hoping it will last me for awhile. I also bought some jarlsburg at my youngest daughter's request, and I find that is satisfying without making me want other things. Sometimes I feel like cheese can make me crave other things more, but a little bleu cheese can go a long way when I need a strong flavor, so I add it to salads sometimes.

But in general, I want to eat beans and nuts, nut butters and things like that, not *just* meat and dairy, because the latter is just not sustainable for me over the long term.

My biggest issue I have with sugar addiction is white flour combined with some of those salty, savory flavorings that make me crave more. Like if I buy crunchy snackfoods made from puffed corn or flour or potatoes--it's just not a good scene. I wasn't eating a lot of bread, and I'd actually go for weeks on one loaf, but now my children are eating more sandwiches and I have found myself eating more bread in the past year or so. White or whole wheat, it almost doesn't matter, but it has come back into my diet in a big way, and I want to get back to eating more whole foods. The Ezekiel bread is a concession, and I don't eat it in large quantities (although the ezekiel english muffins are kind of tempting, actually).

When I've done this before, I found that when I had a sugar craving, something like a cup of teecino with some creamer (soy or half & half) would stave it off nicely. Or a spoonful of Artisana raw coconut butter...very satisfying.
post #25 of 49
"The Ezekiel bread is a concession, and I don't eat it in large quantities (although the ezekiel english muffins are kind of tempting, actually)."


I soooo agree with this! I don't do well with many grains, especially refined at all. (was okay with brown rice pasta, but not anymore). I am going to stay away from them, but keep the occational Ezekiel available to me.

I have been eating a Candida diet and have been eating a lot of meat. I want to keep it balanced, so I really think adding the FATS are soooooo important!

Kathleen
post #26 of 49

I am in.

I am in. I am currently reading Sugar Busters. I am just deciding what the no sugar diet is so please excuse my lack of knowledge.

When are beginning the challenge?

Elizabeth
post #27 of 49
I'm in! I need to do this
post #28 of 49
oops, forgot to sub. Subbing now. It was a pretty good day.
post #29 of 49
Well I decided As of October 1 I will try to go completly no sugar for a while meaning I'll have to cut out fruit and agave nectar too as well as refined flour and white rice.

My husband will be trying to do the challenge with me too!

BTW There is a type of bread called Manna bread that has no sugar no flour.It is made from sprouted grains and seeds. It is slightly sweet and has a cakey texture. You can apparantly have it on an anti candida diet.
post #30 of 49
Okay, I'm in!

Cutting out white sugar and HFCS. Honey is only sweetener. Going to still eat fruit.

What turns into sugar? White flour? I'll cut that out. What else?
post #31 of 49
Ok I really want to try this...no white sugar for me or DS#2!
Can someone list sugar alternatives that are ok for DS and I and what alternatives would only be for me. Also, got any rec's on super beginner web sites that I can check out that won't boggle my simple brain?
Oh and the meal and specific snack ideas are critical to my survival during this challenge so keep them coming!
post #32 of 49
i'm in this sounds great!
post #33 of 49
Hmmm I may need to extend this to a min. of 31-days so I don't just freak out and gorge myself on Halloween....heck I've got to survive Thanksgiving (Oct.9) too:!
post #34 of 49
I know we haven't started yet but I was wondering if anyone from past experiences has gone through candida die off? I think I may be experiencing it now and was just wanting a little insight.
post #35 of 49
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I am in. I am currently reading Sugar Busters. I am just deciding what the no sugar diet is so please excuse my lack of knowledge.

When are beginning the challenge?

Elizabeth
Oct 1. I'll start a new "Week 1" thread that day for us, ok?
post #36 of 49
I have had candida die off symptoms...nausea, headaches, tummy aches... they will vary. Often it can be the same candida symptoms you suffer from, only worse.:

Kathleen
post #37 of 49
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Okay, I'm in!
Cutting out white sugar and HFCS. Honey is only sweetener. Going to still eat fruit.
What turns into sugar? White flour? I'll cut that out. What else?
white rice,potatoes,most processed grains all turn into sugar.
I think agave nectar is a better choice to sweeten than honey because it is low glycemic.
Be sure to read labels because there is a lot of hidden sugar in foods.
post #38 of 49
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Originally Posted by litlwons View Post
I love the Synergy Kambucha drinks...the ginger one (which helps my tummy) only has 2 grams of sugar in it. I know they use sugar to grow the Kambucha, but I think most of it is eaten by the time it gets in the drink. 2 grams!!! I love them...

I love them, too, but I can't find them anymore since I moved. I really want to start making my own kombucha..I just wonder if it'll taste as good as Synergy.
post #39 of 49
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Originally Posted by jalilah View Post
white rice,potatoes,most processed grains all turn into sugar.
I think agave nectar is a better choice to sweeten than honey because it is low glycemic.
Be sure to read labels because there is a lot of hidden sugar in foods.
Agave nectar is still highly refined, though.

I really think it's going to depend on your body, which sweetener(s) to use. Some people don't have a problem with honey, some do. Maybe you'd prefer using Xylitol or Stevia. I personally went with honey and maple for a couple reasons: A- they're both fairly strongly flavored and can't hide as well as sugar, B- they're both self-limiting for me, my mouth can't handle too much of either, it becomes too much, C- We're TTC and none of the other sweeteners am I comfortable with.

I also think that one of the biggest favors you can do yourself in this challenge is to not try to replace sugar/flour/whatever. Try to eliminate it. Then those few things you can't manage without (like the sweet in your coffee, or the flour in your roux), look for ways of dealing with those specifics. If you just say "I'll replace sugar with honey" (for example), you'll just be trading one problem for another. I have very few things that I sweeten anymore. Egg custards, homemade ice cream, glazed nuts/seeds or the occasional other dessert (cheesecake, apple crisp, etc.). And what I find interesting is that when I feed my guests this way, they don't even notice what's missing (although if I bring it up beforehand, I get weird looks).

Ok, someone asked about snacks... most of my ideas are both grain free and sugar free. If you want to use crackers or chips (or whatever) instead, knock yourself out.

Dips:
Hummus
Baba ghanouj
Any dip that has a cream cheese, sour cream or mayo base (for the fat). These may include spinach dip, clam dip, artichoke dip, crab dip, onion dip, ranch, etc... From scratch though, not out of a box. Most of these will have sugar in them if you use packaged.
Guacamole

Eggs (these will usually keep in the fridge 5 or 6 days):
Deviled Eggs
Scotch Eggs
Hard boiled eggs

Nuts/seeds:
Roasted
Glazed (I add about 1 Tbs honey to 1 c or so of nuts then roast)
Spiced

Veggies (either plain or for dips):
Broccoli
Cauliflower
Jicama
Bell peppers
Carrots
Celery
Belgian Endive
Snap Peas

Meat rolls (take a piece of lunchmeat, top it with a piece of cheese, a veggie, a swipe of mayo/mustard or any combo, roll it up). I will often make these for DH's lunches. Mix some cream cheese with spices, onions, pepperoncini, blue cheese, etc., pipe it onto salami, roll em up and pack a handful in his lunch. I can make 5 dozen on the weekend and they'll keep all week.

Stuffed celery - stuff with cream cheese or nut butter, can top with sprouts, raisins, nuts, let your imagination go wild.
Stuffed tomatoes - get large cherry tomatoes (sometimes called plum), stuff them with anything, tuna salad, egg salad, chopped bacon and arugula (BLT), etc. These do not keep.

Cheese:
Cubed
Sliced
String cheese sticks
Cheese "chips"

Salads (eat with a fork, as a dip or stuffed in something):
Tuna
Seafood (crab, shrimp or a combo)
Egg
Chicken, turkey
Ham

Ok, I'll stop now. That's off the top of my head, so I'm sure I missed something.
post #40 of 49
Thank you for the tips Oh Great No-Sugar Guru!
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