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So it's been a whole year since we started the original challenge.

As I was out for a walk today, jonezin' for some sugar, I thought back to last winter when a bunch of us took a 21 day sugar-free challenge, beginning Oct 1. I always feel fall is a time of letting go of that which no longer serves us. Well sugar is no longer serving me! I can't believe how this nasty white stuff has found its way back into my life full-force.

I'm thinking of starting another 21 day challenge Oct 1.

Anyone else interested?
 

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Since that means I could still have cake on my son's 1st birthday, I would be interested. I've been thinking about doing this anyway, after realizing that I have absolutely NO control over myself.
 

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I really want to do this! I need to cut down on my sugar badly, because I have PCOS and insulin resistance and I'm gained about 10 pounds. One thing, though - is there any way I can sweeten my tea with SOMETHING? I hate plain tea.
 

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Stevia, a plant that is sweet. You can buy it powdered at healthfood stores and a little goes a long way...it works really well.

However, if you take the sugar-challenge chances are after a while you will not miss it.
 

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Hmm...I may be in. I'll think about it
 

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I KNOW its hard to give up sugar but I found a tremendous amount of support here last time I did it. We are all in it together! I think its really helpful to think of this as a 21 day challenge--it doesn't have to be FOREVER in our minds because FOREVER is a terrifying concept in itself.

There are a few things I learned last year when I did this:

1. Fat curbs sugar cravings like nothing else! Avocados and cheese saved me! For the first few days I ate A LOT but it did stabilize after the first hellish week.
2. I also realized that refined carbs activated sugar cravings so I really avoided them as well.
3. Medjool dates are heaven sent goodness!
4. I avoided even natural sweeteners (honey, maple syrup, barley malt) for the detox period. Once I drank a whole bottle of maple syrup in desperation so enough of that!
5. Ewwwww stevia. I found I was chasing sweetness with it instead of allow the subtle sweetness in whole foods reveal itself to me. YAY beets, carrots and sweet potatoes!
6. Tea and milk is yummy yummy!

ummm..can't think of much else right now. Someone posted 144 evils of sugar that helped keep me on track when I was feeling weak.

Has anyone else been through a detox before? Any tips to add?

Girls, we can do this! I know we can!
 

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Can you tell me what exactly the guidelines are?
I am interested about trying it myself.
I think everyone's guidelines are a little different. For me it is no refined or artifical sweeteners but fruits are fair game. I am also going off processed grains.
 

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I'd like to do it too.
I am not up for the hard core anti-candida diet where not only do you not eat sugar, but also no fruit,bread,rice potatoes,anything that turns into sugar.
I probably should do that but for the moment i'd like to totally cut out all cane sugar both refinded and raw organic. I will still eat fruit,grains,and even a few healthy "treats" every now and then as long as they are sweetened only with dates or agave nectar.
If I did that would I still be taking the challenge?
 

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Ack! I'd love to join, but I'm getting married on Oct 13- and can't see myself not eating cake!! Or all kinds of yummy food while we're out on our honey moon!

But, I'll join the next one! I always feel better when I drop the sugar out!
 

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I would be in to this. I wonder if agave counts as sugar though since it digests like a complex carb. I don't know if I could do tea without it. I might try no sugar and no salt as well. I have been putting way too much salt on my food for years.
 

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I would be in to this. I wonder if agave counts as sugar though since it digests like a complex carb. I don't know if I could do tea without it. I might try no sugar and no salt as well. I have been putting way too much salt on my food for years.
I'd caution against agave nectar for the detox period. It is still refined (as in removed from its original source and concentrated). I know it has a low glycemic index but still--I find if I chase that sweetness, the pain of the addict stays active.

Dates are fair game with me and so are LARA bars!

I don't think anyone should be turned away from the challenge but I think we should make a fair effort for the 21 days!

What do you all think?
 

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Hi animus_silvae........

I tried to do this last time. And I was really bad.


But I'll try again. Glad I have a few days to get some snacks together...nuts and cheese. Any other ideals? You know when someone says no sugar.... I really want it!! And I just got home from the grocery store with chocolate bars!!

But I know the sugar thing is bad. Last year when everyone did this I learned a lot.
 

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My tips would be:
  • Spell out exactly what this means for you. What's allowed and what's not.
  • Make a list of your favorite allowed foods and post it where you can see it.
  • Plan your menu. Expect at least 3 meals and 2 snacks a day.
  • Commit to doing it full force for 3 weeks. It takes 3 weeks to form a habit. Once the habit is formed, it gets much easier.
  • Get the sweet stuff out of the house. Especially if you have temptation problems. Nobody in the house needs it and they won't die for not having it available for 3 weeks.
  • The first few days expect to feel constantly hungry. This is normal. Eat something that has fat and protein, nuts, cheese, hardboiled egg are all good.
  • Read all your labels. Hidden HFCS can stimulate craving, and you won't even know why.
I think that's it for now. I'm here to support you all, share recipes, etc. I've been sugar free for about 3 months now, so I don't feel I need to join the challenge necessarily, but I know how hard it is. If anyone needs meal ideas or recipe help, I'm more than willing to help.
 

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I am in!...

started my own pledge yesterday (well today actually) yesterday was my birthday and you know.....
. I have been mostly sugar free all summer, so it doesn't even taste that good, but the cravings are more than I can handle at times.

I really have to get away from grains as well, not completly, but basically. I do use stevia, I try not to use tons. I do agree that tea and milk taste almost as good as with sugar.
Fat helps me as well. Avocado, coconut oil and BUTTER! That is the TF in me!
I am going to use a lot of positive speaking to myself this time "I feel great without Sugar!" "There is no space for sugar in my life anymore!" etc....

Thanks for starting this again! I lurked last year.
Love,
Kathleen
 

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This is exactly what I need right now. I'm so in.


I work in a bakery, so this will be a bit of a challenge.
My rules will allow for the occasionaly refined flour product (like a buttered roll at work) but no refined sugar at all. Fruit, potatoes, and other carbs are okay, but not honey, maple syrup or other natural (or artificial) sweeteners/sugars.

Thank you for starting this up again.
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cristeen yes please, menus and snack ideal.
My two favorite make-ahead things to make for breakfast are Egg Custards or
Egg Muffins. I can make these on the weekend and we eat them all week.

Egg Custard
For each custard you will need:
2 eggs
1/2 c dairy (whole milk, half & half, cream or a combo)
2 Tbs equivalent sweetener (I use honey because that's allowed for me)
splash of vanilla or other flavor
fruit (fresh or frozen), nut and/or spices of choice
oven-safe bowl that will hold approx 1 c

I generally make 4 or 5 at a time. Place the bowls into a roasting pan with sides. In the bottom of each bowl, put your fruit or nuts in a single layer. Scramble together the eggs, dairy, sweetener, vanilla. Distribute evenly between the bowls. Sprinkle the bowls with spice if desired. Put about an inch of cold water into the roasting pan so it comes about halfway up the sides of the bowls. Bake at 300F for 60 minutes. If you're using frozen fruit, add another 10 minutes to that. Pull the pan out of the oven, let them sit until you can handle them without burning. Wipe the bowls dry and refrigerate (I don't even cover them). One bowl = 1 breakfast.

Some combos we like:
blueberries with vanilla
raspberries with vanilla and cardamom
bananas (mashed into the eggs) with cinnamon
Slivered almonds with almond extract
Sliced peach with vanilla

Egg Muffins
You will need a muffin tin (silicone works much better, don't use paper liners)
For each cup in the muffin tin you will need:
1 egg
chopped meat and/or veggie (about 1 Tbs total)
shredded cheese, if desired
salt, pepper, tabasco, etc.

In the bottom of each cup place your chopped meat and/or veggie. You can scramble your eggs up or just crack them into each muffin cup, both are good, just offer different textures. Add salt, pepper, tabasco, whatever. Top with a sprinkling of shredded cheese. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. If you're using silicone, let them cool in the pan. If you're using metal, get them out of the pan while still warm (not hot)... if you wait until they cool, they will glue themselves to the pan.

Some combos we like:
pepperoni, olives and mozzarella
ham, green onions and cheddar
turkey, green chiles and jack

For snacks, deviled eggs are great make-aheads. Roasted nuts, cubed cheese. For a while I would take a chunk of pastrami and a chunk of cheese, cube them, toss them in a tupperware bowl and just grab a handful when I was hungry. Make yourself a bowl of dip (cream cheese, sour cream or mayo based, you need the fat), keep it in the fridge with carrots, celery, bell peppers, jicama, endive, etc. and just take a couple bites when you get hungry.

After dinner, if you feel a sugar craving, chop up some fruit and cover it with heavy cream with a sprinkling of cinnamon or cardamom. The spice helps trick your mind into thinking it's sweeter than it is, the fruit has some sugar and the fat helps kill the craving. That way you don't feel deprived.

HTH
 
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