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#31 of 49 Old 09-29-2007, 12:54 AM
 
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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!
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i'm in this sounds great!
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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:!
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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.

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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?

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Oct 1. I'll start a new "Week 1" thread that day for us, ok?

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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.:

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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.
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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.
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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.

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Thank you for the tips Oh Great No-Sugar Guru!
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I am 35.5 weeks pregnant and keep telling myself that I am going to quit sugar and chocolate and all the nasty stuff the last month of my pg. so that I feel amazing when I give birth for the first time. This is def. what I need and this thread will give me the extra support to help curb the cravings. I get soooooo hungry but need to reach for the right stuff!
I am in and look forward to lending support and reading everyones posts

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I'm in. I'm starting (well, resuming) an exercise program starting then too so it'll work well. I'm a sort-of TF'er too... I think I'll be getting more TF-y for the winter.

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I'm in. I need to go "lower" carbs as well, but DH will be travelling until the middle of October and wants to join me, so we will start when he is back. No sugar is a good place for me to start now and work towards eating less carbs and more nutrient dense foods.
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I started today and feel great. Well, I had one square of Endangered Species chocolate but that was all. I went to a brunch this morning with really good desserts and I resisted.
I feel good about this and am excited!

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Here's our thread for week 1:

http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=761410

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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.
I actually tried making that myself once. It had a sweet taste.
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for the ideas and recipes

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How is everyone doing?
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i think. i'd love to see those 144 evils of sugar for motivation...
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