Eliminating Sugar - Where do you draw the line?

2 PAGES
1 | 2
previous topic · next topic
Ruhu

Joined: Sep 12
Posts: 553

      quote  
Posted: 28 Aug 2014, 10:32
I know not all agree that eliminating sugar is the way to go for us self-proclaimed sugar addicts, but it truly works best for me. I've found time & time again that for me, one bite of sugar is too much and 100 bites still not enough. I'm curious though where others draw the line -- do you eat fruit, dried fruit, artificial sweeteners, etc? Can there be any type of sugar in an item you consume, any amount? Can any form of sugar be anywhere in an ingredient list?
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
staceybessme...

Joined: Aug 14
Posts: 4

      quote  
Posted: 28 Aug 2014, 10:33
I second that. Since I've stopped drinking soda, I've not only lost weight but literally feel lighter on my feet!
Lori in...

Joined: May 14
Posts: 13

      quote  
Posted: 28 Aug 2014, 11:42
It really made a difference for me too ! But I struggled letting go of the soda. I transitioned by making slushies at home. I cut my soda intake by about a third without really trying. A glass full of shaved ice doesn't leave much room for the soda and was just as satisfying for me. I was making them in big 7-11 size cups several times a day. I lost 12 pounds that year without knowing it doing this ! It was a wonderful surprise to see at the doctor's office and made the doc happy too !
Lori In Lakewood
solatro

Joined: Aug 14
Posts: 40

      quote  
Posted: 28 Aug 2014, 14:06
There are periods in my life when avoiding sugar becomes impossible due to lifestyle but apart from that I take sugar only from fruits. I think dry fruits and other natural stuff are legit because they give your body complex sugars that need to be processed by your body. It's factory processed white sugar that harms our body because it's not part of the original human diet and was just invented during industrial revolution. I also eat honey and carob syrup.
As for soda, just forget about drinking it. It's pure evil.
activeash

Joined: Dec 13
Posts: 60

      quote  
Posted: 10 Sep 2014, 15:46
I consume natural sugars that you would get without adding (if that makes any sense lol) I don't deny myself from fruit or dried fruit (usually just craisins), and I rarely over eat fruit anyway, but if you are afraid you will, just limit yourself to a certain amount.

I don't (never have and never will) add fake sweetener, natural sweetener, or sugar to tea, coffee, iced tea etc. I would recommend doing the same. Using Stevia is just another way to kinda kick sugar, but won't help your cause. Other artificial sweeteners like in diet drinks are super bad for you because they actually cause your body to retain fat.

I try to eat or drink as little sugary products as possible but I won't kill myself if I eat a cookie at a bbq or birthday party. Just make sure you aren't over doing it when you do treat yourself and you will be fine Smile Another helpful tip, sugar is in a lot more than you think. So read carefully if you are being strict on yourself. I read a coconut water label the other day and there are 15grams of sugar in it...15! Watch even what is labeled 'healthy'
wholefoodnut

Joined: Jul 12
Posts: 5,049

      quote  
Posted: 11 Sep 2014, 05:13
I limit added sugar, it's not cut out completely. I eat fruit daily. If I have tea will add a bit of sugar(about 1/2 of what I used to, an occasional iced coffee (used to be daily) I will add splenda or Stevia, I also add 1/3 cup of brown sugar to my homemade whole grain/seed bread otherwise it doesn't rise well. I also will have an occasional cookie or yogurt with sugar. I rarely use processed foods so don't have to worry about hidden sugars. It all has to fit into my calories.
"The way we eat in America makes us sick, and if we change our diet--simply incrementally-- we will be healthier." Mark Bittman Food Matters

Jeri
Marcela_Oleg...

Joined: Aug 14
Posts: 56

      quote  
Posted: 11 Sep 2014, 09:30
I use stevia and sometimes small amount of natural honey, no processed foods, every day different kind of fruit, but never fail the sugar 100%.
Glaun

Joined: Jun 13
Posts: 832

      quote  
Posted: 11 Sep 2014, 17:32
As Activeash, I avoid the refined sugars. Only natural ones are allowed. And even if they are natural, I have to remember they are hi density calories. A lot in a little.
The Perfect Speed
"any number is a limit, and perfection doesn't have limits.
Perfect speed, my son, is being there.”
Chiang from "Jonathan Livingston
Before and After Photos:
https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resid=1BF079501E8576A9!951&authkey=!AMty30lKRxccR-4&ithint=folder%2cjpg
Ruhu

Joined: Sep 12
Posts: 553

      quote  
Posted: 11 Sep 2014, 19:14
Thanks for all the great input. I've been trying to do much of the same -- avoiding processed foods and added sugar, but eating fruit. I'm also trying to pay attention to any foods that trigger cravings. Thanks again!
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
wholefoodnut

Joined: Jul 12
Posts: 5,049

      quote  
Posted: 11 Sep 2014, 19:18
I'm going to try coconut sugar this week. Don't remember where I saw it..
"The way we eat in America makes us sick, and if we change our diet--simply incrementally-- we will be healthier." Mark Bittman Food Matters

Jeri
ED BO

Joined: Aug 14
Posts: 27

      quote  
Posted: 11 Sep 2014, 19:24
i try to just do sugar from fruits!! diff from table sugar i think!and lotsa lime in my adult beverages!!!!
JulofDenial

Joined: Jun 10
Posts: 21

      quote  
Posted: 15 Sep 2014, 05:05
Fructose (fruit sugar) is very different from sucrose (table sugar). The former is very healthy; the latter damaging to the body in large quantities (soda, candy, cereal, etc.) Fruit is the perfect sugar fix. It causes no addiction and no cellular damage. If you've got a big sweet tooth, definitely try out fresh Medjool dates, sun-dried figs, and dried currants. Once you try them, you will wonder where the heck had they been all your natural lives. Then imagine making a smoothie blending the dates with bananas, plus a little bit of coconut sugar and a drop of vanilla. That's crack-dessert right there.
nb girl

Joined: Jul 14
Posts: 136

      quote  
Posted: 15 Sep 2014, 05:31
Depends on what format you are using to lose weight. I have to be very careful around sugar, fructose or otherwise. The only sugar I have is when I make my own mayonnaise, using honey.

If a kind person were to buy me a box of chocs, I couldn't just have one, the box would worry me till they were all gone, it's the same with biscuits.

I've now exchanged sugar free soda for carbonated water, sometimes with added lemon or a few crushed berries. After a lot of effort, and I really mean a lot of effort, I'm not missing the sugar fix, even stavia tastes like a chemical now.

I think its going to be forever that I'm not to be trusted around sugar.
Focus on how far you've come - as this is Reality!

Focusing on how far you have to go is only expectation!
Ebony and...

Joined: Jun 12
Posts: 40

      quote  
Posted: 15 Sep 2014, 07:33
I'm in the SAME boat. I use NO sugars, processed or otherwise. It is scary how many things have sugar in them! I don't eat catsup, BBQ sauce etc. any more. If I have just the littlest bit of sugar it sets off terrible cravings for me. A bonus is I have NO heartburn anymore. Ever!
wholefoodnut

Joined: Jul 12
Posts: 5,049

      quote  
Posted: 15 Sep 2014, 07:39
You use honey in your mayo? I've never heard of putting sugar of any kind in plain mayo. Egg, oil, salt, lemon or vinegar or both.
"The way we eat in America makes us sick, and if we change our diet--simply incrementally-- we will be healthier." Mark Bittman Food Matters

Jeri
nb girl

Joined: Jul 14
Posts: 136

      quote  
Posted: 15 Sep 2014, 08:09
I only add a couple of teaspoons of honey, 2 egg yolks, apple cider vinegar, a couple teaspoons mustard, 1 and 3/4 cups extra virgin olive oil, seasoning. The honey makes the olive oil taste less pungent. Probably there's about 20 servings there for me, so 2 teaspoons of honey over 20 servings isn't too much OTT Smile
Focus on how far you've come - as this is Reality!

Focusing on how far you have to go is only expectation!
wholefoodnut

Joined: Jul 12
Posts: 5,049

      quote  
Posted: 15 Sep 2014, 08:17
Sounds like it would taste good.
"The way we eat in America makes us sick, and if we change our diet--simply incrementally-- we will be healthier." Mark Bittman Food Matters

Jeri
jwsplatjw

Joined: Feb 14
Posts: 18

      quote  
Posted: 15 Sep 2014, 14:32
Try and consider the evolutionary reason why sugar is so good. It makes us fat, it allows us to survive when there is no food. If we look back in time to when we only got sugar from fruits and they only came one time a year. We would eat as much as we could to store as many of the calories as possible to survive when other food sources became unavailable. But now everything is available all of the time. The discovery of sugarcane was huge to our global existence. It caused major social changes and major economic changes. It was fashionable in the 17th century to have black sugar rotted teeth because it showed you could afford the luxury. Sugar and carbohydrates are not required for life. Our livers convert about 50% of all protein we eat into glucose. So the truth is even eating fruits will result in fat gain. That said, you need to find a balance. I find I can cut sugar out entirely for five or six days before I am overwhelmed by the cravings. But then it doesn't take much to slake that hunger for something sweet, a little milk or a teaspoon full of maple syrup will kill the craving and as long as I follow that with a proper meal the wheels don't come off and my genetic programming to eat all of the sugar I can doesn't kick in.
Marcela_Oleg...

Joined: Aug 14
Posts: 56

      quote  
Posted: 15 Sep 2014, 17:40
for me no soda at all times and at night very low carbs, this includes fruit (juice), rice, cookies, pasta, potatoes etc. During the day no restrictions apart for the soda
wholefoodnut

Joined: Jul 12
Posts: 5,049

      quote  
Posted: 15 Sep 2014, 20:39
Depends on your plan.. low carb is different from others.
"The way we eat in America makes us sick, and if we change our diet--simply incrementally-- we will be healthier." Mark Bittman Food Matters

Jeri




Latest Posts

College problems
I ate very poorly during my college years due to a lack of money. It was cheaper to buy bread and anoint it with sauce than accept a diet with vegetables and meat. During college, I began to gain weight.
by Liliana Floyd on 01 Dec 20 05:39 PM
Unique New Diet Drink Weight Loss Strategy!
Direct link to method and steps for utilizing this BRAND new alternative all natural drink to maximize your weight loss results with 1/2 the workouts below! shrinke.me/BEibl
by stravitz2 on 30 Nov 20 07:42 PM
Healthy living
What is right or wrong food habits?? what do u think is healthy living??
by Emilygrey1923 on 30 Nov 20 12:25 PM
HCG Diet question
How about trying a keto diet??
by Emilygrey1923 on 30 Nov 20 12:15 PM
How y'all doing?
Yes thanks for sharing one, this is indeed a good trick to do.
by GabrielleFae on 30 Nov 20 04:28 AM

Get the app
    
© 2020 FatSecret. All rights reserved.