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post #41 of 177
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Doodlebugsmom, WHOA @ 17 days! Congrats! And thanks for joining us!

cmoma & MovingMomma,

UnschoolnMa, please let us know how the baking goes.

MovingMomma, I've never linked to two for me but it's rare I feel rage at all. I'm sure sugar affects different people in different ways though.

I'd love to get some yummy recipes for baking with natural sweeteners.

Yesterday I had another acupuncture/herbalist appt and she told me the sugar has got to go. So, looks like my gradual plan is out the window and cold turkey here I come. Fortunately, I have been decreasing so it shouldn't be too hard. Last night I really thought about it and made a firm decision that I will no longer ingest added sugar. We're taking it 5 days at a time. I was just about sick throwing away the fresh Italian creme cake I just made the day before. But I'm finally ready to just do this. My mom has type 2, so it's always been a concern of mine also and it's time to take some actions.

I'm planning on researching some alternatives today. I'll post my findings here. Hoping to find a few recipes also.
post #42 of 177
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Natural Sweeteners

Here is a great directory of natural sweeteners. Each has a little descriptive paragraph. There is also a chart comparing the sweeteners to sugar.

I think I'm going to go with agave. My acupuncturist recommended this one. It has lower glycemic levels than even honey and just seemed to be an all around good substitute. Rice has more sugar in it than agave but it's apparently very sweet. Once I try it I'll definately give a review. Would love to hear anyone elses experiences with agave.

This site has a nice article on agave and at the bottom of the page it has tons of recipes! :
post #43 of 177
I don't know if it was just in my mind or what, but honestly I felt 100% better after one day of no sugar. I never felt any withdraw symptoms or anything. Could've been the fact that I had a yeast infection. Nothing will help you kick sugar faster than that! Another thing I gave up...let's see...it's been 21 days, is diet soda. I only drank a couple a week, but I wanted desperately to get off the artificial sweeteners. There's been no looking back. I don't even want the crap in my body.

All of this coincided with my plan of walking/jogging at least 4 miles a day, and 20-40 minutes of yoga. The yoga is awesome. I record it to DVR from FitTV, so I can usually find 20 minutes to escape to my room and do it while the kid(s) occupy themselves. I have so much more energy now. For all of January and February I felt like laying in bed constantly, which I did for the most part. I do struggle with SAD, but I think if I keep up my healthy living it will be significantly better next winter.
post #44 of 177
cristeen, I know the problems are manifesting in my elder children as well, and my toddler appears to be sugar-sensitive. My boys school recently started offering school dinners which conform to the governments nutritional guidelines (i.e. no sugar or salt, thanks to Jamie Oliver) and they've been having them every day. I've noticed that they come home from school noticeably happier and crucially, they aren't ravenously hungry and whinging about snacks which can only be a good thing.
DD is seriously into baking right now, and cooking is our time to touch base and reconnect. Also, my family do a convincing impersonation of a horde of locusts and baking remains relatively cheap.
I have some bananas and blueberries to use up, so I'm going to have a go at agave/banana bread and agave/blueberry muffins and see how they turn out. I'll report back when I know
post #45 of 177
I bake a lot and it's not something I am willing to stop doing. I make cookies, breads, cakes, cobblers, and brownies usually every day.

I'm the only one in my family reducing/kicking sugar. The kids aren't into it. They'll try whatever I come up with though LOL. My son is almost 17 so he never turns down a baked good.
post #46 of 177
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Originally Posted by UnschoolnMa View Post
Agave nectar is kind of like honey. I wonder how it'd be in coffee or cocoa? It's not supposed to affect blood sugar levels drastically if memory serves.

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It's excellent for making hot cocoa!
post #47 of 177
Well, I've made it about 36 hrs now. That's better than some previous attempts, so I'm pretty proud. I'm really already noticing the cravings dropping. I still want sugar/sweets at the same time I always ate them (after meals) but it is already seeming easier to overcome. Hope I feel the same way this time next week!
post #48 of 177
It hasn't been a good day here And its only the early afternoon. But, we'll start again.

About the baking....I've been thinking about thisfor a few weeks and personally I'm not willing to totally give up baking because I think it can be a postive things especially if we learn to do it with whole grains, lots of fruit and no refined sugars. My son love to help with adding thiings and its something we enjoy doing together. That said, I only bake 1 or 2 times a week and I tend to focus more on cooking different foods. When I bake, its a muffin or bread of some sort. If I bake cookies or brownies...they do not last a day. I have no self control so I do not have them in the house

Happy Thursday!
post #49 of 177
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Originally Posted by MovingMomma View Post
Hey, I want to join!

I'm not cutting out sugar entirely, but I've been cutting WAY back for a few weeks. I need to do some more experimenting, but I think a sugar binge one day triggers rages the next. Not fun. Has anyone else noticed anything like this?
yep. sugar can cause violent mood swings and for many personality types it's most recognizable as rage. ...and I'm one of them, also!
post #50 of 177
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oceane - I'm going to have a problem with Easter as well. My kids are too young to get a lot of candy, and right now my dh can eat whatever he wants cause I'm too busy concentrating on myself! Can you give any of it away - maybe take it to work or church or give it to people who don't care what they eat? I hate to waste things but I think in my house if I couldn't give it away I'd probably have to throw it away.

My main problem will be dinner at my mil's house. Her and I have had problems in the past and she is the type that will be very offended if I don't eat everything she makes, including the dessert. She won't understand that it's nothing personal. It would be easier to avoid her if there were a lot of other people, but it's just dh and me and kids so she'll know if I don't eat any. I think I'm just going to have to have a small small bite of whatever she has and tell her I just can't have sugar anymore due to my adrenal fatigue. Her solution will probably be to mix me up something with Splenda
exactly the same here. Not issues with MIL but a very different understanding about nutrition. since I'm vegan she already accomodates me a lot so I'm definitely feeling pressure to not cause more trouble I usually pack some extra fruit and after all it's my own decision how much I eat, I can't blame her for that!

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Today is day 17 completely sugar-free for me.(No maple syrup, agave, stevia or anything!) I've barely eaten any refined carbs either. I'm eating loads of veggies and more fruit than ever. I feel fantastic, and my skin looks so much better. (It wasn't bad before, but now it's radiant.) This is the first time that I feel that this is a total lifestyle change, and not a temporary fix. I'm so happy!
that is awesome!

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Originally Posted by BurtsGirl View Post

Yesterday I had another acupuncture/herbalist appt and she told me the sugar has got to go. So, looks like my gradual plan is out the window and cold turkey here I come. Fortunately, I have been decreasing so it shouldn't be too hard. Last night I really thought about it and made a firm decision that I will no longer ingest added sugar. We're taking it 5 days at a time. I was just about sick throwing away the fresh Italian creme cake I just made the day before. But I'm finally ready to just do this. My mom has type 2, so it's always been a concern of mine also and it's time to take some actions.
I think cold turkey can be tough but I'm sure you can do it. enjoy the process!
post #51 of 177
Hi Ladies, I'd like to join you all!

I've been an emotional eater all my life, and most of that was always refined sugar and white carbs. I am still literally able to eat a whole large bag of salt and vinegar potato chips in one sitting, or a whole bag of chocolate chip trail mix, or half a box of cookies, or two large pieces of cheesecake...etc. I have no willpower when it comes to these types of foods.

Last year, I gave up all refined and added sugar for Lent, but I still consumed honey and agave nectar. I almost made it to Easter, but caved the week before.

Sweets are a HUGE problem for me. I also find myself scavaging at night right before bed time. Another problem with this is I have acid reflux, and if I eat right before bed, I'm up in the middle of the night with chest pain, ugh!

So yeah...I'm joining you. Starting today. Enough of this craziness...I'm rapidly gaining weight that I don't need to gain, I have insane sugar-induced mood swings, and my skin is not clear. I'm gonna give up refined sugar again (will still eat agave nectar and raw honey). And majorly lessen my white carb (ie spaghetti!) intake.

But I'm starting it all on Monday because Mom is making easter baskets for us this year.

P.S. For those asking about agave, yes, it is AWESOME. Tastes wonderful...I use it in my tea, on cereal, in oatmeal, on peanut butter sandwiches...anything I'd use sugar in/on, which you can't really do with honey because honey has a honey taste. Agave nectar is just sweet.
post #52 of 177
So where do I find agave in the store? Is it in the sugar aisle? Can I even get it at a regular grocery store?
post #53 of 177
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I got agave. I made an amazing curd tart sweetened with honey at the weekend, and it tasted better than anything I've eaten all year. Given that I need baking in the house to keep my horde of locusts full, I think baking with substitutes is going to be one of my first steps- before I go cold turkey, even. They've recently dropped their sugar intake too, and we've seen a difference.
I'm working on being sugar free too. I did pretty well up until PMS symptoms hit pretty hard and I gave into some chocolate that had been in the cupboard. I am eating honey and agave but those don't seem to spike cravings or my blood sugar like actual sugar does.

I really want to thank you, Flapjack for the note about the honey lemon curd tart. I've googled a recipe that I will try. I'm making Lemon Merangue Pie for Easter (in a wheat crust - I just won't eat the crust) Oh, I'm wheat free too... which is a little bit more difficult, but completely off topic for here.
post #54 of 177
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USM, I wanna live at your house! I bet it smells so good with all those baked yummies.

Bailey, one day at a time. What's great about tomorrow is it's a fresh start!

feminine_earth, BIG Welcome to the group!

abomgardner417, I found mine at Whole Foods in the Sugar/Honey section. I don't think regular grocery store would carry it but you might luck out. I would check the where the Honey is.

Well yesterday was my first sugar free day (WOOT!) and it went so much better than I thought! I did have a few cravings but I knocked them off with tea and fruit. I am dragging a little bit and I'm hoping that will go away soon. I'm 31 hours sugar free and I'm so proud I've even made it this far! I'm also 6 days Diet Coke free! The weekend will be a big obstacle but I know I can do this and I'm pretty determined. Hope everyone has a great weekend!
post #55 of 177
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So where do I find agave in the store? Is it in the sugar aisle? Can I even get it at a regular grocery store?
I find it at Kroger, in the natural foods section.

I'm going to a friend's b-day party tonight. I know there will be all kinds of goodies/bad foods there. Not to mention lots of alcohol. (I've been off the alcohol for about a month and a half. I'm not really much of a drinker, but if I do have a drink, it weakens my resolve to eat healthy.) I'm feeling strong and fully prepared to not eat/drink anything. I'm having a nice, healthy dinner tonight so I should be good to go!
post #56 of 177
Agave is often in the health or natural foods section of your grocery.

I am reducing my carbs overall too, not just sugar. It's going well, and my skin is looking better too. Very cool.

I am craving sugar less and less as the days go by. It's the coffee that's killing me just a little bit still. LOL
post #57 of 177
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Originally Posted by Doodlebugsmom View Post

I'm going to a friend's b-day party tonight. I know there will be all kinds of goodies/bad foods there. ................ I'm feeling strong and fully prepared to not eat/drink anything. I'm having a nice, healthy dinner tonight so I should be good to go!

Good for you! I find that if I pack a snack/treat to take a long it will help me if I get tempted. Nuts, etc.
post #58 of 177
well Im at the end of day 10 and i am still going strong. Im also grain free, and tongiht I had some brown rice pilaf, and OMG I have the biggest headache now.. I guess that shows me. No sugar though, not craving it either. Its been going well I guess
post #59 of 177
I had a whole snack bar last night, but nothing today. I'm actually really looking forward to eating the first watermelon this year. I do not feel any different though. maybe I should start exercising, too?
post #60 of 177
Wow! Everybody seems like they're doing so great! Wish I could say the same for myself I've not done very well the past few days so I've decided to wait until after Easter and start fresh (again) on Monday. Thanks everybody for the info on agave. We don't have a whole foods but we have a local nf market so I'll check there. Didn't see in the regular grocery today.

oceane - i've been doing some yoga three days a week and I'm feeling really great despite having trouble with the sweets. I usually have trouble sleeping but I've been sleeping great since the very day I started it. Maybe it's worth a try for you?

Good luck tomorrow everybody and Happy Easter!
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