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#61 of 300 Old 11-07-2006, 12:40 AM
 
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I think I actually started last August by making sure I broke a sweat every day; in my case walking with the kids while they rode their bikes; we mostly had given up trans fats, HFCS, and artificials already, but the candy never really left, and I realized that they were nuts every time we went into a store. I dared to answer "no" when we were in line one day and the little one blew a gasket. I knew it was time to just quit.
BUT it was the final really nasty thing; I do think it's tougher to give up everything all at once. I kept my green tea caffeine but gave up the Mocha caffeine with it's splenda
Go slow, one thing at a time to avoid the worst of the withdrawls.

I am definitely feeling better about my mere cravings! And even more determined not to give up what I've accomplished I am so glad I found this tribe... my behavior is getting better every day; I didn't raise my voice to my 3 yr old even once today
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my behavior is getting better every day; I didn't raise my voice to my 3 yr old even once today
oh nice! yes, another thing I am enjoying is much more mood stability....

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I keep seeing this thread and looking at it with a cringe...
i don't wanna give it up!
but here I am.
I have gone off sugar for months at a time, nut always float that line of a little here or a little there and then i am HERE again.
but last night i ate almost a whole pint of ice cream and got food poisoning!
I felt sooo awlful and before i figured out what was going on i made a promise to myself to make some well needed dietary agustments....
it has been a while coming.
so today i was super careful about my food choices and took it easy on my body
with NO SUGAR, or wheat or dairy. just to focus on good foods.
i had some tofu and veggies for breakfast, eggplant/squash curry and hummus with cucumber apple salad for lunch, and radiccio chickpea carrot salad with a grilled sunshine burger (made with brown rice and sunflower seeds) for dinner.
for a snack this afternoon I had a granola bar and fresh squeezed carrot/apple juice.

wow look at all those beautiful things i put in my body instead of to many carbs and poison icecream like i did yesterday!
i am proud of me!

i just thought writing it down would give me the insperation to be concious tomorrow as well....just take it one day at a time for me...

anyway, thanks for the support here.
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were you all already on very healthy, whole food routines prior to kicking?
I shopped healthy, but I ate like crap. That is to say, while my kids ate meals of casseroles made with sprouted grain pasta, organic vegetables, and hand-massaged, chakra-balanced, Thai-chi practicing chickens; I ate packages of creme filled sandwich cookies and chocolate bridge mix.

My initial detox wasn't pretty, but it wasn't horrid. Largely due, I believe, to the other women here. Commiseration is a wonderful thing. Also, hearing from others who had already gone sugar-free. (And, apparently survived it-- which at times seemed an unlikely possibility to me).

I was headachey and ill-tempered for the first couple of weeks. My energy totally bottomed out. Cravings were thunderous at first. Then mellowed to a dull roar. Now, they're an occasional squeak. They've been squeaking pretty insistently today. But, it's nothing like the crazed need I used to feel.

Phazing into a no-sugar lifestyle wouldn't have worked for me. I've tried it before, and there are just too many 'healthy' ways to keep that sugar pumping through my system. But, I know it's worked for others.

It really is an ongoing process. If you stumble as you find what works for you, try to keep that in mind. It's easy to get discouraged when you're battling this boogeyman, so try to be compassionate with yourself. Don't let those stumbles derail you.
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Nice going, dewlady! That all sounds so yummy.

Can I eat at your house from now on???
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Iorganic vegetables, and hand-massaged, chakra-balanced, Thai-chi practicing chickens;


as always, you slay me, odd-ducks!

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Nice going, dewlady! That all sounds so yummy.

Can I eat at your house from now on???
no kidding. Have you considered catering? I wonder if you could ship to Canada...

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For you girls that seem to over come the sugar coated boggie monster.....
do you all eat much protein? TIA
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For you girls that seem to over come the sugar coated boggie monster.....
do you all eat much protein? TIA
Yes! That for me has been really important. Lots of protein and fat. Chicken and other meats (altho eating meats is a real struggle for me as a former longterm veggie), cheese, eggs, nuts, some beans. I eat protein with *every* meal and most snacks. Makes all the difference.
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Things I eat regularly:

Eggs - my big egg love right now is scrambled eggs with salsa, mushrooms/red pepper/zucchini, and cheese. I eat 'em with slices of buttered ezekiel. I was heavy into omelettes but now I'm sick of them.

Smoothies - my current fave is yogourt or kefir and coconut milk (equal parts), two bananas, 2 tbsp peanut butter, 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa - YUM!!

- I make another, was my summer fave, with raw cashews, young coconut water, mango and peaches, vanilla (gotta get it from the health food store, coz most 'pure' vanilla has more sugar than vanilla!!), cinnamon, and orange juice

Spaghetti - Classico sauce with zucchini and mushrooms over spaghetti squash or kamut pasta with cottage cheese, cheddar, and parm

Lentil tacos - I use organic corn tortillas with no flour in them (altho corn can be a trigger as it's high glycemic!), make brown lentils with salsa, guac on top, cheddar, and some sour cream. We had this last night. It's really good.
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I have a lot of healthy subs for old favourites. A friend came over yesterday and made kraft dinner. Pasta was my very favourite thing to eat, and I used to LOVE mac n' cheese. It smelled so good yesterday! So I ran to the store and bought kamut pasta, cooked it up and added cheese and veggies. I'm pretty indulgent with myself in that I will find ways to satisfy any cravings with healthy no sugar equivalents.
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For you girls that seem to over come the sugar coated boggie monster.....
do you all eat much protein? TIA
Lots of protein, fats, fiber-ful foods. Pretty much the only stuff left after cutting out sugar and cutting down carbs. I do eat whole grains, but it's got to be packaged with lots of protein and veggies when it goes down. When I cook a pot roast, DH and I could easily finish about 1.5 lbs of meat for dinner. And I don't skim or trim the fat. I follow the traditional cooking and whole foods way of eating since it's the easiest way to make sure that I am balanced nutritionally and I feel that sugar cravings and cravings in general stem from an imbalance in what you are eating. It's been the first time my weight has been managed since my teens without having to count calories or fat.
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Thanks everyone. I ended up going to bed last night at 8:00 because my head hurt so bad. #1 reason I am going sugar free is because I read that it is supposed to help with thyroid issues. I went off my synthroid a little over a week ago and I'm still gaining weight. It's very depressing. As of today 24 lb weight gain in 4 months So I'm stopping sugar and processed foods. I have almost no clothes that fit me anymore and I don't have the money to buy all new ones nor do I WANT to buy new ones, so I have no choice but to quit the crappy foods and take some supplements that hopefully will help me out.
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Thanks everyone. I ended up going to bed last night at 8:00 because my head hurt so bad. #1 reason I am going sugar free is because I read that it is supposed to help with thyroid issues. I went off my synthroid a little over a week ago and I'm still gaining weight. It's very depressing. As of today 24 lb weight gain in 4 months So I'm stopping sugar and processed foods. I have almost no clothes that fit me anymore and I don't have the money to buy all new ones nor do I WANT to buy new ones, so I have no choice but to quit the crappy foods and take some supplements that hopefully will help me out.
awe, that really SUCKS! I had a similar weight gain once too (when I was vegan of all times). I recently read a short article talking about weight loss as WEIGHT RELEASE. So often we gain weight as protection or when we are holding onto emotional issues--it is really so much more than just a caloric imbalance. So when hoping to reduce body fat, try to visualize a weight release rather than a weight loss (think of the word--nobody wants to "lose" anything! Lost things are what we go looking for...)

This has really helped me as I am waiting to get back to my pre-preg weight!

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Just wanted to add when you go sugar-free you really don't need to fear fat! It is your best protection against cravings (at least for me). uhhhh...maybe we said this like 100 times already.

just wanted to re-emphasise!

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someone will eventually DDDDC me as the "girl who speaks in exclamations", I am sure. Can I ever post without an "!" ?

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I shopped healthy, but I ate like crap. That is to say, while my kids ate meals of casseroles made with sprouted grain pasta, organic vegetables, and hand-massaged, chakra-balanced, Thai-chi practicing chickens; I ate packages of creme filled sandwich cookies and chocolate bridge mix.
OMG that is so funny and so nice to know i'm not alone!:
so it sounds like we're talking several weeks (months?: ) before you were out of the woods as far as feeling bad and low-energy and not being overwrought with cravings. as sucky as this might be, i guess knowing this sort of thing before going in will be tremendously helpful.

has this pretty much been others' experience - weeks of feeling icky/headachey/crave-y/low-energy before you started to truly feel clear and good?

bright - thanks for the food ideas, they sound great to eat even now before i'm really even quitting the white devil.

babygrant - i am so with you, i can totally commiserate. between separation from my DH when he told me he feels he is really a woman trapped in a man's body and he started taking hormones to grow breasts, the antidpressant i was on that helped me quickly gain 40 pounds (in 4 months), and all the other stress in my life surrounding this stuff, this is very much needed for me to get healthy and start my life again. i too cannot wear any of my old clothes and since the split i have NO money for groceries most of the time, let alone clothes that fit. i am so miserable looking and feeling this way. i would LOVE to have the money to go to an ND who could really help guide me through the process because i think it would mean fewer mistakes along the way, but that's out of the question.

animus - i LOVE that idea of weight RELEASE. my weight is NOT just too much processed food and sugar and so just stop eating those things and that's all. it's emotional/psychological stuff that led me to just stuff myself WITH that crap to avoid the pain.

on oprah last week, one of the women documented mentioned a diet as being so tough because it's just you and the emotions with no food or wine to pad you. how true for me. addressing the pain is key to releasing the weight and the crutch of junk food.
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So when hoping to reduce body fat, try to visualize a weight release rather than a weight loss (think of the word--nobody wants to "lose" anything! Lost things are what we go looking for...)
Wow, Animus. This really knocked me out. It's a completely different mindset, isn't it? It feels... peaceful. Like a mutual agreement with one's body of moving on, instead of a fight. Not desperate, impossible, and doomed to failure. Thank you so much for sharing it.

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Nope. You are definitely not alone! And, it was weeks not months, Crunchy. Keep heart!

I'm happy to be in your company, y'all!
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one of the women documented mentioned a diet as being so tough because it's just you and the emotions with no food or wine to pad you. how true for me. addressing the pain is key to releasing the weight and the crutch of junk food
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BTW, Crunchy, for me this was, and is, one of the hardest hurdles of this sugar-free thing. I'm sure all the mommies on this board can relate to not having the time/energy/money/resources/support to handle everything that can hit you during a day. I would deal with the most pressing issues, take care of what I could, and handle those things I couldn't by stuffing them down with sugar at the end of the day. Going sugar free has left me raw and exposed with nothing between me and life. I've had to feel everything, deal with everything, find other, more healthy ways to escape.

Which is exactly how I want to live, but it's scary and really overwhelming at times. (Those are the times I pig out on Larabars and peanut butter ). Anyway, it's good you're not underestimating how tough going without sugar can hit you emotionally. You might just sail right through, but it never hurts to be prepared, right?
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Which is exactly how I want to live, but it's scary and really overwhelming at times. (Those are the times I pig out on Larabars and peanut butter ). Anyway, it's good you're not underestimating how tough going without sugar can hit you emotionally. You might just sail right through, but it never hurts to be prepared, right?
you said it. i don't want to live an unfulfilling life. getting to and through the pain that i mask with sugary foods might be hell, but it's a hell worth going through!
and "might just sail right through?" HA! i doubt it! i don't want this to be a lifelong issue of getting on and off the wagon, but i am realistic. i quit smoking and i never look back because of all the greatness of feeling healthier. so it might be a long grueling battle to quit the white devil, but if i can feel as good about that as i do about the smoke, well...it's worth it.
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Wow, you guys have a lot of great infor going on here.

I have always just worried about puting a meal on the table. ha That's easy. I have a child that is anaphylaxis to grains and dairy, and nuts. And a child who wants to be a vegetarian. Ha Great mix.

So I am confused at the moment. And I just NEED for things to be easy right now.

I just wanted to say thanks for all the input. I'm really enjoying reading about what works and what doesn't.

I did NOT eat any sugar yesterday, but I had one headache. Maybe it was stress....
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I did NOT eat any sugar yesterday, but I had one headache. Maybe it was stress....
i bet not. if your're like me and you get it everyday, not having it one day and getting a headache was probably the addiction demons screaming in your head to give them some of that ^%$# sugar, NOW!

oh...one day i will no longer hear those voices. and thinking about that glorious freedom is just furthering me right along those stages of change steps from contemplation to preparation....then YEEHAA!! i wll move onto ACTION!
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I want to join the no-sugar tribe - I really do - but i can't - I can't let go

I am woken 4,5,6 times a night by my sons and I just can't see how I would get through the day without a biscuit and chocolate stop....

I would like to start after Christmas. I will be back then
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I have a child that is anaphylaxis to grains and dairy, and nuts. And a child who wants to be a vegetarian. Ha Great mix.
That does sound really complicated But I could imagine it working. Are you familiar with vegetarian needs?

You could center meals on legumes with veggies, and then for the anaphylaxis child have a side of meat, for the vegetarian child have a side of grains. At least grains and meat are respectively fairly easy to make... just some simple rice or bread for the grains. The vegetarian child just needs enough to provide one particular amino acid that legumes lack, otherwise you wouldn't need grains anyway. And then stuff like eggs and quinoa provide all the essential amino acids, without risk to your anaphylactic child.

I think it could work if you can trust your anaphylactic child to stay away from the grains, but yeah otherwise the vegetarian child had better like quinoa...
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Tomsmum, if you can't give it up right now, then you can't. Be at peace with that. I couldn't have done this three months ago, either. I was far too dependent on sugar to prop me up while caring for twin babies alone. Animus' original sugar-free challenge just hit at a time when I felt ready to tackle it. We all have our limits, and we all have the right to our vices and crutches.

We all have the right to physical and emotional health, too. So, start psyching yourself up for the switch to no-sugar throughout this next month. Enjoy your holiday treats, and while you're doing that start preparing yourself (and your pantry) for this wonderful gift you want to give yourself. Consider it your New Year's gift to you. I'm pretty sure we'll all still be here when you come back. Happy holidays, and see you soon!
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You all are awesome! I'm trying to be sugar free but failing pretty miserably. I am realizing I have to quit cold turkey. One little piece of dark chocolate starts my slide.

I'm really worried about the holidays. Already I'm dying to make all my holiday favorites. I love to bake and I need to find some sort of replacement for that activity. Crafts? Knitting? I totally use sweets as an emotional crutch.

Anyway, I have candida and my dd has horrible tooth decay at 27 mo. So I have to do something.
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You guys are my rock

I was invited to see a movie this evening. I love going to movies but I always always always have either milk duds in my buttered popcorn or skittles, so I have just said no for the past two weeks. But this is a movie that will be gone next week and a friend who I haven't been able to get with in way too long. Tonight works and I've checked my motives; I believe I am in a good place and that I can walk past the candy counter...

I almost spit out my water at the description of kids' meals vs, what you ate odd ducks : SOOOOOO familiar to me! I started slipping down a bad slope when I felt so guilty that I let the kids have sugar too
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Can I join your tribe?

I have been sugar free since 3-3-03. I went "low-carb" during the "craze" and have never turned back.

I never did loose all my weight (my body is just so darn thrifty!) but the health benefits I feel make it worth not even going back!

So can I join? :
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I love to bake and I need to find some sort of replacement for that activity. Crafts? Knitting? I totally use sweets as an emotional crutch.
I love baking too. Now I satisfy myself with new complicated recipes. I learned to cook Indian from scratch this year, and it's really fun to make something I once thought was so complicated. I think from scratch Thai food is next.

Another project right now is toilet training my cats...
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To flush too?

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