Dropping Sugar - Need Guidance Please

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Posted: 16 Jul 2012, 09:00
* Who has done it and how?
* Cold turkey or in stages?
* Are you giving it up for a short time or forever?
* If it's forever, how do you get your head around that?
* How can I eat and enjoy meals with my friends with this restriction?

Please help.
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Posted: 16 Jul 2012, 09:16
I'm curious about this too. I'm a sugar addict and I know I can't drop it completely or I'd end up binging like crazy, but I'd like to cut at least some. I guess my main issue is how to get rid of that craving. Do you get over it eventually without eating it? Do you substitute something else for the sugar? I hope someone has some answers.
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Posted: 16 Jul 2012, 09:24
I recommend a gradual reduction and note that when you give up sweets you'll tend to grab more refined carbs (crackers, breads, cereals) which are just as bad/damaging to your body when too much is consumed and will cause you to gain weight. So pay close attention to all carbs you consume and try and keep it between 150 and 175 g a day to start.

I still indulge in sweets but not often. Now when I do eat sweets, I tend to get sick, light headed or feel bloated afterward. So I can't say I miss them terribly because of this ill effect. But as you ween yourself off of them, the next time you get the urge, go for try some non-refined sugars (honey, fruits, carob). But if you must have sweets, go for it. Nobody's diet is perfect and occassional treat won't hurt you if you jump back on the bandwagon.

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Posted: 16 Jul 2012, 09:43
I was terrible for crisps at one point. Had to have at least one pack every day. Loved pringles, loved the old phileus fogg tortillas, still love those fancy hand made crisps. Took a long time but i have now more or less lost my taste for them. Cut down to low fat crisps and worked them into my ww diet (this is when I last lost serious weight, c 7y ago now) and ate them every day. AS my points reduced I eventually dropped these and just never picked them up again. I still enjoy crisps if they're on offer, but I can honestly say it never crosses my mind to go buy a pack or have it with my lunch. A very rare treat now only!

ps I would say whatever you do it HAS to be a sustainable change. So saying "never again" for me just won't work. Cheese remains a big issue for me for that reason. No way I can give it up forever but it just SO calories laden!

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Posted: 16 Jul 2012, 09:50
I watched the video "Sugar: The Bitter Truth" on YouTube. After watching that and seeing all the awful things that sugar, high fructose corn syrup, fruit juice, etc does to you, I was horrified.

I started out cutting out high fructose corn syrup. It was the easiest thing to identify as completely unnecessary in my diet. After about a month of doing that, I cut out refined sugar. Most of my sugar cravings had died down dramatically anyway, so it was not too tough. Then I got rid of all the rest. My morning orange juice. Honey in my tea. Etcetera. I had cut out artificial sweeteners about two year prior. I think that helped as well. After eliminating the sugars, it was pretty easy to get rid of the rest of the refined carbs.
This is a for life thing for me. Will I on rare occasion have a bite of something sweet. Sure. But no more than that. I have seen that I am someone who is very sensitive to carb consumption. And these refined carbs have wreaked havoc on my body. No more, thank you. I would rather be healthy than have a cookie.
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Posted: 16 Jul 2012, 11:25
Going cold turkey did it for me. The first few days were horrible, like for any junkie, I guess. But after less than a week, the gravings went completely. I now have dried fruit instead of sweets.

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Posted: 16 Jul 2012, 13:37
I dont think its necessary to quit sugar altogether.Yes it does mess with your blood sugar but if eaten in moderation it wont add weight if you are training and eating healthy.Its a good idea to take note when you are having this craving and find a suitable replacement eg water / bubblegum or fruit.Try to gradually reduce your servings for your drinks and cereals etc from morning to no sugars after 6 pm.I usually will have a little more sugar after a hard run or workout usually in the form of a chocolate(dark) treat or coffee/tea or Juice.At all other times be aware of your sugar intake.
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Posted: 16 Jul 2012, 13:41
I quit cold turkey a week ago and my cravings are gone already. I was a carb craver and it was creating an imbalance in my whole system. I feel amazing after just one week. I hadn't planned to go off sugar forever-but I love the way I feel and am actually considering it now. My skin has gotten much healthier as well. I would reccommend atleast giving it a try. Who knows- maybe the pros will out weigh the cons for you too and you will be forever changed!
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Posted: 16 Jul 2012, 16:44
It depends on your personality I think... I will always be a sugar/carb addict. Fake sugars give me headaches and the runs, so those are OUT.

I was on atkins 6 months, maybe longer and the cravings NEVER went away. I just didn't eat them. I ate meat, cheese, eggs, bacon, whatever... the more salt I ate the worse the sugar cravings got so I stopped doing that and started eating meat with no salt... that helped but like I said, those cravings never went away.

I got to the berries stage of atkins and went wild with that...natural sugar is of course, still sugar...so I ate almonds...

After about six months I broke down because I couldn't handle it anymore. The thought of never having another carb or taste of sugar was overbearing and depressing...seriously depressing. I said, what's the point of life if you can't enjoy it? Losing 22 lbs was not enough...losing 105 as I promised myself wasn't enough...nor were the sexy clothes I was going to wear.

I was completely miserable.

So I went back to sugar and carbs, got happier...but fat. Sad

I guess we have to accept the truth I just read on another post. We can choose to be happy and fat or we can choose to be thin and miserable.

At the current moment, I guess I'm fat and happy...but I'd love to be thin... oh well. Until I can figure out how to be thin and happy, this train isn't going anywhere...

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Posted: 17 Jul 2012, 06:53
Stevia! Best sugar substitute. There are some others too, like Truvia, which is really stevia, and sugar alcohols, like Xylitol, sold in health food stores. I love stevia and I get it at my local supermarket. But look it up on Wikipedia.

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Posted: 17 Jul 2012, 07:20
I personally went cold turkey. I'm sure there is still plenty of sugar in my diet as it's pretty much hidden in all foods, but I'm not eating anywhere near as many candies, snack cakes, etc. as I was before. I found going cold turkey was easier than trying wean myself off of it gradually. I'm not going to lie or sugar coat it, cold turkey was hard. It was VERY hard! But I found when I was trying to wean myself off of it, I just couldn't do it. It was harder to reduce the amount than just stopping it all together. I would eat one piece of some sugary snack and it would taste so good I'd want another, and so on and so on.

Going cold turkey though, you'll need to be prepared to de-tox. Once I decided to eliminate sugar I went for two solid weeks of detoxing. I had severe headaches, I had zero energy. Instead of the 3:00 crash, I was literally falling asleep at my desk around noon everyday. Then after I got home and ate dinner, I found myself zonking out on the couch without even realizing it every evening around 7:00. The last symptom I remember having was EXTREME irritability, and I do mean extreme.

Towards the end though, I realized that eating lots of protein and drinking green tea really helped me stay awake during the day, and it kept me full enough to not even want any snacks.

After detoxing, I find that I don't have to have sugar like I used to, and I'm able to enjoy treats now and be able to stop at just one.

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Posted: 17 Jul 2012, 20:29
I did cold turkey for all cane and corn sugar. Drink lots of water.
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Posted: 17 Jul 2012, 22:32
I went cold turkey. I decided to give up desserts for a year. The first couple of days were awful. I kept thinking of all the "dessert-eating opportunities" I was missing out on. But it made me realize how often I indulge my sweet tooth! Afterwards I craved sugar less but switched to craving carbs. I got past that stage too. The longer I stayed off desserts the less control my sugar cravings had over me. I saw the cookies and pies at Thanksgiving and Christmas but by then I had been off desserts for several months and the idea of giving up on months of work for one store bought pie simply was not worth it. Even my birthday which was a 11 months into my dessertless year was not an exception. I substituted cake with a yummy and sweet fruit salad and champagne. No regrets there. July 4th ended my challenge and I brought desserts back in, but my relationship with food is much healthier now than it was a year ago. I still have a sweet tooth but I'm working hard to make sure that I don't let my cravings take over me like I did before. In general, it's best to avoid any store bought sweets. They're not as good and not good for you either. Plus, it's not like they're going anywhere!

To sweeten my coffee I use stevia or splenda, but I'm trying to reduce how much I put in by adding another low calorie flavor like vanilla extract.

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Posted: 14 Aug 2012, 15:34
I went Cold turkey. I now drink water and avoid Soda/POP/Colas and fruit juices. Liquid calories are the easiest to avoid. Sticking with a Protein, veggies and fruit diet. I have avoided breads, pastas, rice and carbs as a whole. While the fruits provide natural sweetness and the veggies provide the fiber, I know that I don't need those starchy processed carb foods.

As a replacement, look for STEVIA (Truvia). It is just as sweet.

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Posted: 14 Aug 2012, 15:58
cnith2 wrote:
I guess we have to accept the truth I just read on another post. We can choose to be happy and fat or we can choose to be thin and miserable.

At the current moment, I guess I'm fat and happy...but I'd love to be thin... oh well. Until I can figure out how to be thin and happy, this train isn't going anywhere...

Those 2 options are NOT the only options!! You just have to find something other than food that makes you happy! If food is the only thing in your life making you happy, then you have to take a step back and re-examine things.. Find time to do exercise/activities that you enjoy, pick up a hobby that keeps your hands and mind busy (to avoid mindless munchies), and try to find a happy medium while eating the things that you enjoy in moderation...

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Posted: 14 Aug 2012, 16:11

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Posted: 15 Aug 2012, 08:54
I've lost 70 pounds and have kept it off for two years. I think the key is eating a balanced diet from all of the food groups so that you don't feel deprived. If you love sweets make smart choices like whole fresh fruits, sorbets, one ounce of dark chocolate or chocolate skim milk. Count your calories, eat moderate portions, exercise moderately for one hour on most days of the week, get 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night and drink half your body weight in ounces of water per day. If you absolutely love dessert and you are doing all of those other things then allow yourself to order it once a week, say on Saturday nights. If you try to give up something you love for the rest of your life then yes you are going to be miserable. But you can live a healthy and balanced lifestyle, enjoy your favorite foods sometimes, and be happy.

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Posted: 15 Aug 2012, 15:55
Wow! I guess I am pretty lucky. I have not had sugar with the exception of fruit for the last two or three months. My glucose level which was becoming borderline type II diabetes dropped to about 75% of what it was putting me no longer at risk. Once I made up my mind to lose weight and eat healthy it was easy. No adverse side effects at all. Life style change is what must happen. If you cannot maintain your healthy eating habits when you are with friends you have some very deep psychological problems which only a therapist can help you with. The post above that says he/she tried to give it up but just couldnt do it and made the choice that life is too short should think about how much shorter life will be because you have no will power. Counting calories, eating a balanced diet of mostly raw vegetables and fruits will make you a much healthier person. Once you lose the weight as I have and get to the point where your clothes do not fit you anymore you will be happier but poorer and you will live much longer.

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