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16-10-2011
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I'm having a really hard time cutting sugar out.

What are some foods I can eat that I don't have to worry about sugar content?

And also, is fruit (say 10 grapes, 5 strawberries) a good substitute? There are so many pro and anti fruit people.
Sounds reasonable to me. Be careful about cutting out fruit entirely. Ten grapes and five strawberries doesn't sound anywhere near excessive, but then I'm only anti-refined sugar, not anti-carb. I know that there are people who are extremely, vehemently opposed to consumption of any carbohydrate at all but, as has already been pointed out upthread, fruits are made up of more than just carbs. They're also made up of vitamins and minerals and anti-oxidants.

If you remove the source of those vitamins and minerals and anti-oxidants from your diet, you'll have to replace it with something else like a supplement. I'm of the school that says that natural is always better than artificial (regardless of what it says on the bottle, it's almost always better to get your vitamins from a natural source if you can), so for me, I'd rather munch on fruit than swallow a pill.

ETA: I just remembered the reason I never come in this thread anymore. It makes me crave sugar like you would not believe. Like, pancakes smothered in syrup with a big glass of juice followed by a big pastry-type craving.


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Day 1 of low sugar/carb diet. I ate mostly protein today: nuts and chicken, with vegetables such as celery and corn.

I did have three pretzel rods today and 4 caramel cakes (35 calories), but I feel today was a start and I'm going to keep up with this! This thread has really inspired me to be healthier! Thanks everyone!

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I used to do a variation of a low carb/low sugar diet provided to me by a bodybuilder female friend of mine, called the anabolic diet. the elimination of sugar was rough, especially in my coffee and while I did substitute sugar to truvia natural sweetener, I found myself not craving sweet things after the first 2 weeks. It was pretty amazing. I should get back on something similar but not as extreme.

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I have has some PCOS problems, and let me tell you when it was bad, my sugar cravings were horrible! I was like a drug addict. What I did was I went cold turkey, but after a week I couldn't take it, now I take sugar in very limited amounts and it's been fine (mostly sugar in fruit). Try going slowly and your body will get used to it.

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I haven't eaten sugar in forever. I do eat lots of fruit though, and I must say, it's NOT a problem. I don't get how people could be anti-fruit. Then again, I don't eat grains at all.. Probably eating both grains and fruit is a bad idea though. Particularly refined grains!

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i havent eaten sugar in almost 5 months and by that I mean I avoid it almost entirely. I try to eat under 10g a day (yesterday I ate 2g), its hard to get 0g since most foods still have a minimal amount of sugar. l eat loads of whole grains / whole wheat.

Although I do not currently consume any fruits (except for the occasional few of blue berries / grapes when I want it) I do make sure I get other vegetables that are high in vitamins. I probably eat my weight in broccoli, arugula, baby spinach and edamame, lol.

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Yeah cutting out refined sugar was one of the best things I ever did for my skin, moods, weight, and it cured the ovarian cysts I had. Sugar acts like a drug.. with side effects.

I also just read an article where they looked at the faces of older people and those who ate a lot of sugar had much more wrinkling and aging than those that did not consume sugar.
Sugar ages you faster.

Just a thought

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How do you all cope with cravings ? Im fine for 4/5 days and then its just like I can't controll it anymore. Pretty much like a drug indeed

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I guess it helps that I don't have a sweet tooth (chocolate taste bad to me) but I genuinely just concentrate on how great my health is now and how it will be in the future IF I continue to eliminate it completely from my diet. Good health motivates me quite easily.

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Yes! Finally found this thread.
I was a dumbass and kept typing suger.

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i havent eaten sugar in almost 5 months and by that I mean I avoid it almost entirely. I try to eat under 10g a day (yesterday I ate 2g), its hard to get 0g since most foods still have a minimal amount of sugar. l eat loads of whole grains / whole wheat.

Although I do not currently consume any fruits (except for the occasional few of blue berries / grapes when I want it) I do make sure I get other vegetables that are high in vitamins. I probably eat my weight in broccoli, arugula, baby spinach and edamame, lol.
I quit eating nearly all sugar using the I quit sugar program from this website

http://iquitsugar.com/

I decided to do it as I had a baby and wanted to shed the last of my baby weight before my wedding. My Fiancé and I have been sugar free (including fructose) for at least 4 months. He has not changed anything else and has lost over 12kg. I lost 6kg and have the flattest stomach I have had since I was 21. My skin is amazing and I have also lost weight in all my stubborn areas like love handles and upper arms which I thought I would never lose. My body is way better than it was before I had my baby.

I don't think there is a problem with eliminating fruit from your diet. I eat it occasionally but there are so many vegetables with vitamins that you can eat instead.

All our friends were really sceptical when we started and now so many of them are also going sugar free just from seeing our results.

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I was raised vegetarian and without sweets so with the exception of apple pie I don't really crave sweets but over the last few years I wasn't diligent about excluding them. Lately I've gone further to elimate sweets and white food (sugar) and include more diverse foods like yams, greens, etc.

I have to get one little rant out - I think with the exception of ppl who have specific health issues eliminating fruits is excessive and unnecessary. Many fruits have healthy benefits like being high in antioxidants that are highly beneficial to the skin (berries and pomergranate) and other nutrients like potassium (bananas). Kiwis for example are a super food and super cheap.
I think there's something weird about our culture making being healthy or slim so complicated. 50-11 ppl on various special diets and having to constantly consult a rule book only to have new conflicting info come out every few years that contradicts what everyone was doing last year and to be honest not looking (to my eye) or seeming to feel all that better than the average relatively healthy person. The goal for me is to cut down on sugar particularly in processed food. Grapes and cherries are not processed last I checked so they and other fruits will remain in my diet, but in moderation. So far I've not needed more than that to maintain great skin and a size 0-2. I'm wary of any diet that associates stress or anxiety with eating especially because the mind is a big part of being healthy.


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Sugar is actually not as bad for you as polyunsaturated fats. PUFAs (omega 3 & 6) are the real problem.

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^? care to explain?

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