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06-14-2009 07:17 PM
lactivistmama It has been a while since anyone posted here.. so I am bumping it back up.
I have done really well at eliminating sugars etc at our house.. We are still eating "natural" sugars like fruit, honey etc .. But our other sugara are about gone!! (well my dh has a stash otherwise I would be able to say it is gone) I did buy the book Little Sugar Addicts. I have been crazy busy though so I haven't even gotten past chapter 1 How is everyone doing?? I really need some good no sugar recipes for the kids snacks. Anyone have any?
05-03-2009 10:30 PM
wendyland
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OK, i was with you guys in february for about 3 weeks, then i fell off the wagon. Tried a few times to go back, but kept having trouble. I'm set to start again tomorrow. I really want to stick with it this time!! What do you guys do when the cravings hit?? Especially at night!!
When the cravings hit, I eat sugar. At least that's what I've been doing lately. You'd think I was trying to give up drinking water or something that's needed. I didn't have any all day today, but made a blackberry cobbler tonight.

My cravings are right after I eat lunch or dinner. It helped me to have non-sugar treats in the house. I like Fage yogurt with blueberries and cinnamon. Blueberries are pretty low in sugar. Or some protein.

I'm going to start again, too and mean it this time. I'm having major issues with candida and want to cleaning my body out. Especially while I'm trying to heal from my accident.
05-03-2009 06:52 PM
Elizabeth2008 OK, i was with you guys in february for about 3 weeks, then i fell off the wagon. Tried a few times to go back, but kept having trouble. I'm set to start again tomorrow. I really want to stick with it this time!! What do you guys do when the cravings hit?? Especially at night!!
05-01-2009 01:39 PM
FillingMyQuiver Well, I've been doing pretty good. I'm keeping a food journal so I can see where the sugar/ carbs are coming from and it's helpful. I slipped a little yesterday b/c we had a stressful day and I wasn't home, but it was only a Quaker Oats granola bar, and a glass of Sprite. Other than that, I'm doing pretty well and I'm not feeling too many w/drawal symptoms.
04-28-2009 11:04 PM
barefootbabies Oh, I am so excited to find this here!! I haven't even read past the first post, and my laptop battery is yelling at me, so it will have to wait. But, I will be back, its so great to see I am not alone here. I have such sugar addiction problems, and have been wanting to quit for months, but haven't. I will be back tomorrow to read through so I can make an intelligent contribution to the discussion but I just had to post, I am so excited! :
04-28-2009 05:37 PM
wendyland lactivist mama - I haven't even heard of that book. Let us know if you like it.

FillingMyQuiver - Welcome! The group hasn't been so active in awhile. I keep thinking about quitting again and just haven't been able to make the leap yet. I need to quit. My brain has been so foggy lately. I'm sure part of it is my quality of sleep. I don't know much about rapadura or sucanant.
04-27-2009 11:24 PM
lactivistmama Has anyone read Little Sugar Addicts? I started it a few days ago, but have barely even gotten to read anything in it due to kids, my school, and work.. Any opinions on the book?
04-27-2009 09:42 PM
FillingMyQuiver Oh boy, this is the thread for me! I told DH that I'm cutting out the sugar and he got a wide eyed look I am a sugar addict and I really need to get it out of my life. I still have candy from Easter lurking about and 1.5 weeks ago was my 5yo's bday, so of course I was snacking like crazy on the leftover cake.

I recently needed to cut milk out of my diet b/c DD2 seems sensitive to it, and I've been feeling really good, to my surprise. Now I need to move on to the sugar.

What are the feelings on sucanat and rapadura? If I need "sugar" in a recipe, this is what I use, but I also cut the sugar quite a bit already. We do use honey and maple syrup, but sparingly.

I find that I have the mood swings and brain fog when my sugar intake is up, so I definitely need to fix this problem.
04-24-2009 09:37 AM
crunchy_mama Wendy- so sorry about the accident! I hope it gets resolved quickly.

I totally have anxiety and anger and brain fog w/ sugar. I am not a well woman on sugar.
04-23-2009 11:54 PM
wendyland
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Wendyland, sorry to hear about your car accident. I hope everyone is okay.
It was just my 2 year old and me in the car, thankfully. She doesn't seem to have any issues. We have a follow up at the doctor tomorrow. I have whiplash and some back and neck problem, but I think it will heal fast.

A car in oncoming traffic veered into my lane (completely veered!). I had to swerve to her lane to avoid a head on and she hit me on the side and we almost flipped. She told the police that she thought someone was to her right coming over. Now she's telling the insurance company that my story is not true. I have 4 witnesses and she got a ticket for reckless driving. I think they'll find out as soon as they get the police report that she's lying.
04-23-2009 10:56 PM
momofPL Wendyland, sorry to hear about your car accident. I hope everyone is okay.
04-23-2009 12:02 PM
wendyland
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I am so impressed that you all can do this. I have completely feel off the wagon and cannot even last one week, let alone 21 days! I have been eating so horribly lately especially when it comes to sugar. I need to start over and try this again.


Question for anyone? I have been experience tons of anxiety lately. Can my sugar habits be contributing to this? Anyone notice any differences in their mood, anxiety or anything like that?
I've not noticed that sugar causes my anxiety. It's usually the other way around for me. My anxiety makes me want sugar or food in general. I was just in a car accident and my diet has fallen way off plan. I'm still not going crazy with the sugar, but I'm having trouble getting back to the routine of keeping track of what I'm eating.
04-23-2009 08:11 AM
momofPL I am so impressed that you all can do this. I have completely feel off the wagon and cannot even last one week, let alone 21 days! I have been eating so horribly lately especially when it comes to sugar. I need to start over and try this again.


Question for anyone? I have been experience tons of anxiety lately. Can my sugar habits be contributing to this? Anyone notice any differences in their mood, anxiety or anything like that?
04-22-2009 09:21 PM
dearmama22 I am just now seeing this thread, but I would love to join. I have a sugar addition!! I am starting out with 21 days of no sugar.
04-22-2009 09:01 AM
crunchy_mama I'm back! I am 10.3 weeks prego and have let myself eat more sugar and carbs since becoming prego as the cravings were so bad. I have just been eating natural sugar for the most part, trying to do whole grains- however it still doesn't work for me. I know there are people probably think I am trying to diet while prego but it is so not the case. I wanted to let myself home some of these things- the problem is I feel so terrible. I thought it was just pregnancy tiredness but now I am wondering. So- I have to go back off because I cannot function right now and hope that gets me closer to the land of the living. The other big problem is the cravings and aversions are so heavy w/ pregnancy.
04-22-2009 04:00 AM
lactivistmama BTT:
04-09-2009 11:10 PM
avaylee Still wading through the thread, but would love to join you.
I'm reading The Sugar Blues right now and have found it pretty informative from a political, historical, and nutrional point of view. It has me convinced that what we have done with my kiddo (very little processed food in her diet to this point) was the right decision.
That said, I know she must be getting a bit of a sugar fix from mama's milk, and now that we've reached two, "do as I say not as I do" is not something I want to model for her.
Anyhow, subbing and will post more later.
04-07-2009 11:05 AM
wendyland Good luck on starting out! I'm still eating some sugar. Mostly natural. I don't feel out of control, at least. My birthday and Easter are this weekend, so I'm not going to quit again until after Easter. So, I'll be with you guys then. It's hard to start, but gets easier really fast.
04-06-2009 09:19 PM
LoveLife I'm going to join you! I'm a bit late on the bandwagon, but I NEED to do this.

My eating sugar has gotten out of control. I ate frosting from the JAR today. Like 1/2 a a jar!! Its nuts. Anyway, I probably won't start fully until next week, after Easter since we are having friends over and they are bringing the dessert. But I'm going to at least start slowly this week and then cut out all sugars except fruits and natural sweetners (honey and maple syrup, etc in small amounts, only occassionally.)

We'll see where that gets me. But I definitely need support and accountability in this.
04-05-2009 05:57 PM
nym I am starting this again tomorrow. I feel soooooooo bad. I think Im dying sometimes, with how much sugar I eat.
04-04-2009 12:45 PM
sugarmoon I'm glad to see this thread bumped today

I did great for a month, then fell off the no-sugar wagon, pretty hard. Anyway, this morning was my "start again" day.
04-04-2009 12:35 PM
lactivistmama bumping
03-29-2009 09:11 PM
EyesOfTheWorld So, I did great for a week - then my little one got sick Friday morning and set off a chain reaction - Saturday I sent my DH out for Sprite since that's been my go to for stomach problems since I was a kid. Totally not thinking of the sugar, only "What can I keep down to rehydrate since water won't?". Then this morning my DH made coffee and I couldn't resist... boo. Starting fresh tomorrow. Also having a very stressful doctor's appointment tomorrow morning, so prayers and good vibes welcome.

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Here is a question for all of you.. I am getting my kids off sugar too, so what do you do when you are at a relative or friends house. (I am ok with sugar at say a birthday party for a small treat) but what about if you are just there for dinner/playdate/etc. what do you say? I don't want my kids getting sugar there, but especially the first time after you switch to sugar free? It will of course be a big change for us, and I am clueless how to approach it
I guess to me this all depends on how old your children are and what the situation is - for the first 2 years of their lives both mine were sugar free and I just was up front about it - while not everyone loved the idea they were respectful of it. It's a lot easier when they are nursing for a lot of their nutrition though! I'd just tell people up front - PRIOR to the actual playdate/ dinner, what ever - mention it casually "By the way, we're trying to go off sugar and it would be awesome if you didn't offer any to the kids!"

I've totally given up on getting my oldest one sugar free outside of the home unless it's a decision she makes herself, because sugar is just so darn pervasive that I don't want it to become an issue she feels uneasy with or rebels against. It's at all our friends house, relatives, and even preschool. Usually in small, occasional quantities, but I haven't figured out a way to handle it without really making her feel like she's missing out on "the fun", and possibly going to the other extreme (becoming a total sugar junkie) when she's old enough. I hope you can find a way and share it with us!
03-29-2009 03:37 AM
lactivistmama Here is a question for all of you.. I am getting my kids off sugar too, so what do you do when you are at a relative or friends house. (I am ok with sugar at say a birthday party for a small treat) but what about if you are just there for dinner/playdate/etc. what do you say? I don't want my kids getting sugar there, but especially the first time after you switch to sugar free? It will of course be a big change for us, and I am clueless how to approach it
03-23-2009 04:38 PM
philosophicalmama Hey all-
I'm on day 24 of sugar free and foods that act like sugar (grains, high-glycemic fruit etc..) I have to say it has been amazing! I started it as a 30 day challenge- but I think I'm going to go for 60 days. I read a book called sugarettes and the Dr. who wrote it has a web site with the outline of the 30 day challenge- sends e-mails everyday for support.
My digestion has been really good- energy better and my moods are so much more stabilized- I was a serious sugar junkie though- like in times of stress stopping at like 3 different coffee shops for chocolate chip cookies- expensive too in one day! crazy right? much strength to any one who is walking down this path...
03-21-2009 10:07 PM
laohaire I'm a week shy of 3 months after completely changiing my views on sugar. I fell off the wagon briefly twice during that time, and got right back on the horse.

In addition to the two times I had sugar (and frankly I didn't binge either time, just had a moderate amount of a treat), I also had a few pieces of bitter (zero sugar) baking chocolate during a few days when I felt emotionally weak and when sugar was tempting me. The chocolate did its duty and totally soothed my cravings.

I've since started focusing on my overeating of simple carbs like pasta. And also started eating meat (local, pastured, hormone-free etc.) again.

Now I'm reading In Defense of Food and find it to be almost exactly what I'm looking for. I don't know how to describe it exactly, but it's like I'm looking for some ideology of food (though the author points out how ideologies of food are exactly our downfall) that is neither moderate nor cultish. Meaning, I really don't feel like I want to eat junk food "in moderation;" I don't feel like that's the answer for me. But I also don't feel like I want to, say, eat raw vegan. The moderation part was particularly hard for me in terms of sugar - after grappling with this addiction for years, I tried out thee moderation route, and began to eat way more of it than I ever did! But I also don't want to be someone who is so focused on good food and bad food - I just want to eat and be healthy, period, and not worry about it. This book is just fascinating to me, and I will have to buy it (I got it at the library) so I can reread it 20 times.

Anyway I'm probably going way off topic, but since folks were wondering if anyone out there were able to really kick the sugar thing, here I am. And now that I'm here, I'm just thinking about the whole thing from a more global perspective. What's in the future for me for sugar? I think that once I've got a handle on the food thing as a whole, I can open myself up to rare treats again. Savor them. Notice how my body responds. But I'm not ready yet.
03-21-2009 08:25 PM
sugarmoon I bombed out a week ago, had the worst day of my life (literally), and was driving home at 9:30 pm having not eaten anything since lunch time, stressed out totally, and had nothing in the car but a tin of oatmeal cookies that I had baked for a playgroup that morning...

you can imagine the rest. And then of course, I rationalized that since I'd already bombed......

but today is day 2 of being back on track. and I'm trying to really pay attention to the little things -- like I had noticed that my skin was really clear and soft, and right now it is dry/breaking out/itchy.

so I'm back on the wagon.... I was also doing south beach and last week was my first week on phase 2, and I think the wheat is a real trigger for me -- I'm doing basically phase 1 right now, today the only non-phase 1 things I've had are apples and a small glass of red wine.
03-21-2009 08:14 PM
momofPL I have completely failed giving up sugar and am back to some old bad habits. On a positive note I have managed to give up soda and caffeine. The sugar seems to be a huge hurdle for me. I also love this support thread because without the reminders, I would not try it again. So beginning today, I am trying this again. I know one of my biggest problems is that I do not eat enough for breakfast and do not bring enough food to work with me.

How is everyone else doing?
03-20-2009 03:56 PM
wendyland
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Are any of you all still sugar free? I just found this thread and I'd love a support group. I gave up sugar for almost a year several years ago and I felt awesome, looked great, was so healthy... well, that's all faded away. My little one's birthday party is tomorrow and after that I'm back on the the sugar-free train.

How's everyone doing?

I'm trying to come back down. I haven't gone cold turkey. I had some agave today in my plain yogurt. I'll probably have a little something this evening. I really do feel better and look better when I don't eat it. Everytime I feel like having something, I'm stopping myself and talking through it. I'm deciding if it's really worth it. I feel like I'm going crazy until the craving passes.
03-20-2009 10:38 AM
EyesOfTheWorld Are any of you all still sugar free? I just found this thread and I'd love a support group. I gave up sugar for almost a year several years ago and I felt awesome, looked great, was so healthy... well, that's all faded away. My little one's birthday party is tomorrow and after that I'm back on the the sugar-free train.

How's everyone doing?
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