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post #21 of 46
You ladies are doing great! Keep it up!

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Originally Posted by GenB View Post
Can someone tell me what guidelines you are using for this challenge? What is acceptable and what types of sweeteners are the healthiest?
Everybody here has chosen their individual path. If you look in the original challenge thread on this board, you'll see where everyone checks in with what they'd like to do. Feel free to join in.

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Originally Posted by jalilah View Post
Today I had sushi. I think there might have been a little sugar in it. I tell you sugar is difficult to avoid! But at least I have been good about no sweets!
Unless the sushi was made with brown rice, the white rice can cause cravings. Also, imitation crab does contain sugar (most of it has HFCS), and that is usually what's being used in items like California Rolls.

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Originally Posted by lemongrass View Post
Then this morning I realized that I accidentally bought vanilla yogurt instead of plain (30g of sugar per serving!). : But I'm determined to make this a sugar/refined carb free day. Good luck to everyone.
Don't forget that some of those 30g of "sugars" are actually lactose, so even plain will show "sugars". My container of plain yogurt shows 7g of sugar per 1c serving. If you enjoy yogurt, I would recommend making it yourself. Fermenting yogurt for 24 hours removes most of the lactose, whereas commercial yogurts are only fermented something like 4 hours, which leaves quite a bit of lactose in there.

Something else to consider. If you regularly drink skim or low-fat milk, those both have higher sugars than whole milk. Think about switching. Whole milk has higher fat content, lower sugar content, so it can help with cravings, and not stimulate your sugar receptors like skim can. We actually drink half-and-half here. (I say drink, but neither of us is a milk drinker... it goes in coffee, yogurt or other recipes.)
post #22 of 46
Can I join this, a few days late? I have PCOS with insulin resistance, and so my challenge is to cut the sugar, gluten and dairy out of my diet. This morning I had rice cakes (made with brown rice), and almond butter, with some blueberries on the side and a cup of green tea. Lunch will be a big salad, with chicken, cucumbers, spinach, tomatoes, green onions and lots of water. I need to go grocery shopping, badly.
post #23 of 46
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Originally Posted by cristeen View Post
Don't forget that some of those 30g of "sugars" are actually lactose, so even plain will show "sugars". My container of plain yogurt shows 7g of sugar per 1c serving. If you enjoy yogurt, I would recommend making it yourself. Fermenting yogurt for 24 hours removes most of the lactose, whereas commercial yogurts are only fermented something like 4 hours, which leaves quite a bit of lactose in there.

Something else to consider. If you regularly drink skim or low-fat milk, those both have higher sugars than whole milk. Think about switching. Whole milk has higher fat content, lower sugar content, so it can help with cravings, and not stimulate your sugar receptors like skim can. We actually drink half-and-half here. (I say drink, but neither of us is a milk drinker... it goes in coffee, yogurt or other recipes.)
We use heavy cream in our coffee and we don't drink milk. We do have some whole milk for other uses, however. I'd love to make my own yogurt...been toying with the idea for a while but haven't had the nerve to try. I either need to get a thermometer or a yogurt maker first. Anyway, yeah, I'm aware that some of the sugars in yogurt are lactose - those aren't the ones I'm worried about - it's all the added sugar in the vanilla flavor that I'm avoiding. Thanks for the advice - we're on the same page.
post #24 of 46
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Originally Posted by lemongrass View Post
I'd love to make my own yogurt...been toying with the idea for a while but haven't had the nerve to try. I either need to get a thermometer or a yogurt maker first.
I don't use either a thermometer or a yogurt maker for my yogurt. Do you have a heating pad? If you do, that's all the equipment you need. If you don't, I recommend one... it's the ultimate in multi-use tools.

Heat up your milk (I usually use 1 1/2 qts of half&half and a pint of heavy cream) until it's steaming. Pour it into a heat-safe bowl. Stir occasionally until a drop on the inside of your wrist feels comfortable... Not hot, not cold. That's the temperature the culture wants. Stir in 1-2 Tbs yogurt with active cultures. Cover the bowl (mine has a lid, or use a plate or plastic wrap). Set the bowl on the heating pad set to low (I put this on the top of my fridge), wrap the whole thing in a bath towel. Leave it undisturbed 24 hours. Chill until cold. Stir well. Eat. It really isn't difficult or complicated once you know the basics.

HTH
post #25 of 46
Another good day.
post #26 of 46
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Originally Posted by cristeen View Post
I don't use either a thermometer or a yogurt maker for my yogurt. Do you have a heating pad? If you do, that's all the equipment you need. If you don't, I recommend one... it's the ultimate in multi-use tools.

Heat up your milk (I usually use 1 1/2 qts of half&half and a pint of heavy cream) until it's steaming. Pour it into a heat-safe bowl. Stir occasionally until a drop on the inside of your wrist feels comfortable... Not hot, not cold. That's the temperature the culture wants. Stir in 1-2 Tbs yogurt with active cultures. Cover the bowl (mine has a lid, or use a plate or plastic wrap). Set the bowl on the heating pad set to low (I put this on the top of my fridge), wrap the whole thing in a bath towel. Leave it undisturbed 24 hours. Chill until cold. Stir well. Eat. It really isn't difficult or complicated once you know the basics.

HTH
No heating pad, either, but that is something I should get, for sure. I like the idea of using your wrist to determine the right temperature - I think I'll try that using a small cooler filled halfway with warm water (another method I've read about). Do you get a layer of cream on top when you use 1/2 and 1/2 and heavy cream? The yogurt I buy has the cream on top, and it is so good.
post #27 of 46
No chocolate yesterday, yay! I did have raisins and a touch of honey but those are in my guidelines. I just do not want any refined sugar.

Today I have been good and have no intentions of falling off.......
post #28 of 46
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Originally Posted by lemongrass View Post
Do you get a layer of cream on top when you use 1/2 and 1/2 and heavy cream? The yogurt I buy has the cream on top, and it is so good.
Yup!
post #29 of 46
Thanks, Cristeen, I can't wait to try your recipe this weekend.
post #30 of 46
OK, I have a question. What about Ezekiel bread? Just how bad is it? I bought my first loaf last week and dd (19) and I love it! I really think she'll never eat white bread again. I notice alot of people are giving up grains. I'm trying to cut back on mine but don't want to give up a couple of weekly slices of this. I really want to curb my cravings for sugar and I know I need to go through a detox period first. Should I cut this out for awhile? Any advice is appreciated! I'm new to all of this and it is very confusing. I'm trying really hard to get rid of this fatigue and lethargy!
post #31 of 46
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Originally Posted by GenB View Post
OK, I have a question. What about Ezekiel bread? Just how bad is it? I bought my first loaf last week and dd (19) and I love it! I really think she'll never eat white bread again. I notice alot of people are giving up grains. I'm trying to cut back on mine but don't want to give up a couple of weekly slices of this. I really want to curb my cravings for sugar and I know I need to go through a detox period first. Should I cut this out for awhile? Any advice is appreciated! I'm new to all of this and it is very confusing. I'm trying really hard to get rid of this fatigue and lethargy!
It really depends on your body. Can you handle grains without getting cravings for sugar? I can't, so I don't eat grains. It doesn't hurt to detox from all of it for a few weeks and then slowly add it back in and see what happens, but ultimately it's your call.
post #32 of 46
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Originally Posted by cristeen View Post
It really depends on your body. Can you handle grains without getting cravings for sugar? I can't, so I don't eat grains. It doesn't hurt to detox from all of it for a few weeks and then slowly add it back in and see what happens, but ultimately it's your call.
I agree. I try to avoid grains now, except for a little bit of rice with meals that call for it (curries, etc.).

With that said, today I had two gluten-free buns and 1/2 of a gluten-free chocolate chip cookie. It was our weekly trip to my parents' house for lunch. My mom is so nice to try to accomodate our eating habits and I usually cave and have stuff I normally wouldn't. I wasn't even going to have the cookie, but DS ate half and then gave the rest to me, saying, "Mommy eat it." So you can see how I had no choice...

Anyway, I can't say it was a sugar-free day, but I don't feel too bad since normally I would have scarfed down multiple cookies and felt horrible afterwards.

Tomorrow could be challenging, since we're meeting friends at a coffee shop (but luckily we're just planning on meeting there and then taking a walk). Maybe I'll bring my own drink from home and finally have a no-spend day, too!
post #33 of 46
Another successful day! I'm feeling really good, except for the lack-of-sleep-due-to-a-night-nursing-toddler thing. But really, I hope I can keep this up!
post #34 of 46
[QUOTE=cristeen;933791Unless the sushi was made with brown rice, the white rice can cause cravings. Also, imitation crab does contain sugar (most of it has HFCS), and that is usually what's being used in items like California Rolls. QUOTE]

What is HFCS? Yes DS(9) Loves California Rolls. I had a feeling they are not so good. Definately a no no for a no sugar diet. I have not had any since.

Otherwise I have been good about not eating any sweets but cutting out grain completely has not been possible up to now.
Today we had Lentils with brown rice and fried onion for dinner along with a salad of Romaine,cucumbers,tomatoes,green onions,parsley,garlic,mint,lemon juice and olive oil.
post #35 of 46
yesterday i had some dried fruit in my salad and other fruit throughout the day. thursday i had 3 dumplings and 5 cookies so there's improvement! today i'm striving for no dried fruit and only 3 servings of regular fruit.

i have made the switch to plain yogurt with frozen berries though. small steps, i guess...

sarah
post #36 of 46
Anyone else still eating honey?
post #37 of 46
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Originally Posted by Wildecat View Post
Anyone else still eating honey?
honey?! ack! begone, thou foul demon temptress!

so far only .5 banana and 1 peach.

sarah
post #38 of 46
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Originally Posted by Wildecat View Post
Anyone else still eating honey?
Yep. Really Raw Honey.


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Today and Thursday were good.
Yesterday I had 3 sips of my DP's Pepsi because it looked SO GOOD.
post #39 of 46
Another good day.

I have a confession to make, though -- I get through the day by eating huge spoonfuls of cashew-macademia nut butter. Not constantly, but a few a day. It's all natural, no sugar-added, so it's technically not a problem. Sooooo yummy, though.
post #40 of 46
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Originally Posted by jalilah View Post
What is HFCS? Yes DS(9) Loves California Rolls. I had a feeling they are not so good. Definately a no no for a no sugar diet. I have not had any since.
High Fructose Corn Syrup AKA the worst form of sugar available. If they're made with real crab, it's not a problem, but very few places use the real stuff. If it's white and/or orangey-pink then it's fake... if it's beige-tan it's real.

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Originally Posted by Wildecat View Post
Anyone else still eating honey?
Yup! Honey and maple syrup both. In small quantities however. Just replacing sugar with honey doesn't solve the issue... I only use honey in those things that really *must* be sweetened (like my tea).

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Originally Posted by New Mama View Post
I have a confession to make, though -- I get through the day by eating huge spoonfuls of cashew-macademia nut butter. Not constantly, but a few a day. It's all natural, no sugar-added, so it's technically not a problem. Sooooo yummy, though.
Mmmm... love that stuff. I've known many a person to get past the cravings by munching on it, as a matter of fact. Nuts are definitely better to be snacking on than sugar!
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