Jump to content

Giving up Sugar Support Thread #7


  • This topic is locked This topic is locked
119 replies to this topic

#1 Snagglepussed

Posted 12 July 2012 - 10:35 AM

New thread time!

Link to last thread here

#2 catmeow82

Posted 13 July 2012 - 12:28 PM

GOLD! The thread has been here for over 24hrs and I get gold!

#3 Pull Up A Beanbag

Posted 13 July 2012 - 06:35 PM

LOL!  It has been a bit quiet lately.

#4 millej13

Posted 15 July 2012 - 06:52 AM

Hi All!!!!

Thought I'd pop in with an update on my no-sugar journey!!

I am just gone 30 weeks pregnant with my second baby- so far I've put on 5kgs and all belly only
When pregnant with my now 2yo DS I put on 17 kg, was horribly fluidy, and I suffered HELLP syndrome which was very dangerous for he and I
This time in pregnancy the only thing I've done differently is eliminate sugar from my diet and I feel the benefits to my health this pregnancy are remarkable- have not had any colds or illness- still managed to work full time etc and energy levels are great! Plus no sign of any HELLP like symptoms which I was very fearful of!!

I don't struggle with the sugar cravings anymore- occasionally I will indulge if it is a special occasion, however I always feel a bit 'off' afterwards

I still occasionally miss fruit- or having a flavored fruity drink- but I substitute with sparkling water, and I add half a banana to my plain muesli and some nuts too if I feel like a sweeter brekky

Hope you are all traveling well on your sugar journey!!

#5 KateDV

Posted 15 July 2012 - 07:15 AM

Hi!
I'm new on here, and I was immediately caught by your post - I love it!
I am definitely into food for nutrition and think that sugar is responsible for a lot of out health issues now and later in life. I've only become aware of this in the last 5-6 months or so, eating and choosing nutritious food is becoming easier, though I still havekmfbts of weakness sad.gif I'm newly pregnant as well for the first time, so just wondering if you could tell me your general daily diet and any tips?
What I've discovered in the last 2 weeks is that being well prepared is key!!
Thanks in advance!!

quote name='millej13' date='15/07/2012, 06:52 AM' post='14744807']
Hi All!!!!

Thought I'd pop in with an update on my no-sugar journey!!

I am just gone 30 weeks pregnant with my second baby- so far I've put on 5kgs and all belly only
When pregnant with my now 2yo DS I put on 17 kg, was horribly fluidy, and I suffered HELLP syndrome which was very dangerous for he and I
This time in pregnancy the only thing I've done differently is eliminate sugar from my diet and I feel the benefits to my health this pregnancy are remarkable- have not had any colds or illness- still managed to work full time etc and energy levels are great! Plus no sign of any HELLP like symptoms which I was very fearful of!!

I don't struggle with the sugar cravings anymore- occasionally I will indulge if it is a special occasion, however I always feel a bit 'off' afterwards

I still occasionally miss fruit- or having a flavored fruity drink- but I substitute with sparkling water, and I add half a banana to my plain muesli and some nuts too if I feel like a sweeter brekky

Hope you are all traveling well on your sugar journey!!
[/quote]

#6 tara99

Posted 10 August 2012 - 09:03 PM

Hello! I'd love to join you all.

I had vaguely heard of Sweet Poison for several months, but dismissed it as yet another fad with likely little real science behind it. But I finally looked into it and am impressed by the evidence & underlying science to support it (I have a science background), and I'm nearly sold! The evidence isn't 100% solid, but I can't think what harm it could do to cut out fructose anyway even if it is wrong!

So my husband, kids & I are starting fructose free on Monday. I'm currently making a list of fructose free breakfasts, lunches & snacks we can make. Dinners will be easy I reckon. Tomorrow I'll go shopping & restock the pantry.

I had a baby a few weeks ago and have 10kg more weight to lose to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight, and I'd like to lose about 5kg on top of that. But weight loss isn't my primary goal.

I'm just hoping I'm one of the lucky ones who doesn't find withdrawal too hard!!

#7 tara99

Posted 13 August 2012 - 09:21 PM

Hello? Anyone still around? Or maybe I'm just talking to myself original.gif
Day 1 fructose free & the family survived.
I had barely any cravings or symptoms. How long did it take others to feel the withdrawals?

#8 Pull Up A Beanbag

Posted 14 August 2012 - 06:20 PM

Hi tara!  It has definitely been a little quiet in here.

I was alright for the first 2 days? And then I started getting rotten headaches.  Brain fog lifted about week 2, addiction broken by week 4.

#9 matt1972

Posted 15 August 2012 - 12:07 PM

Can I please get a brief run down on what it means to go sugar free and how people go about achieving that?

#10 tara99

Posted 15 August 2012 - 12:51 PM

QUOTE (SexyCat @ 14/08/2012, 06:20 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I was alright for the first 2 days? And then I started getting rotten headaches.  Brain fog lifted about week 2, addiction broken by week 4.

Today is day 3. No headaches or anything yet, but I'm bracing myself!! I haven't really struggled at all yet, although I'm not sure how I'd go if I were in a room full of people eating yummy cakes!!!

QUOTE (matt1972 @ 15/08/2012, 12:07 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Can I please get a brief run down on what it means to go sugar free and how people go about achieving that?

http://sweetpoison.com.au/
I assume most people are following this type of thing.

It's avoiding most sugars - fructose, sucrose are the main ones.
So limited fruit (2 pieces/day for adults), no biscuits/cakes. No tomato sauce, other sauces/condiments with sugar. No breads with sugar.
But all other carbs are allowed.
Once you've gone through withdrawal you can have small amounts of dextrose/glucose (because they contain no fructose).

The idea is that fructose is metabolised by the liver to be converted to fat, and is converted to a type of fat that very easily causes cholesterol deposits in arteries & raises triglycerides.
Fructose also bypasses our normal appetite control system, so you can eat heaps of it without your body telling you it's had enough. It messes with the whole appetite system so you actually end up eating too much of everything.

#11 tara99

Posted 17 August 2012 - 10:58 PM

5 days in & no cravings or withdrawals yet. I'm not really missing sugar much at all. Yay! Hopefully some baby weight starts to drop off soon.

#12 tara99

Posted 20 August 2012 - 11:08 AM

I'm just going to keep on talking to myself here for the fun of it original.gif
1 week down & not really missing sugar. Went to a birthday party yesterday & resisted all the sugar. I didn't even really feel tempted.
I've lost about a kg, but since I've just had a baby I may have lost that weight regardless of my diet.





#13 Pull Up A Beanbag

Posted 27 August 2012 - 10:40 AM

Back on the FF bandwagon with a determined effort!!

Have been fighting a sore throat for over a week, and it's now degenerated into (at best) a head cold and at worst, the 7 week flu that's been knocking people out around here.

As usual, my health and not feeling like death at work is the impetus needed!  I don't need to lose any more weight, and I'm not gaining, so that hasn't been impetus enough, but dying from the sinus!?!

I'm there, baby!

#14 tara99

Posted 29 August 2012 - 12:25 PM

My family has one of these viruses going around too sad.gif
I've lost 1.5 kg in 2 weeks.
We ate sugar at a birthday party on the weekend but found it easy to just eat small portions then go back to fructose-free.

#15 sleeplessmamma

Posted 02 September 2012 - 09:43 PM

I have been lurking around here for a while and thinking about trying to slowly cut sugar out of our diets. I have always had a massive sweet tooth so this will be hard going! Also was my sons b'day on the w'end so LOTS of leftover cake!
I did start a couple of weeks ago and had about a week where I cut down on sugar then had a crappy w'end w my 4 month old sleeping badly so have regressed since then. I have, however, completely cut out sugar in tea and coffee and maintained that.
Is there anyone who has managed to just massively reduce, rather than stop, sugar intake? I know that I'm the personality type to never be able to completely cut it out as I really enjoy food but would like to reduce considerably.

#16 LoveMy3Kids

Posted 02 September 2012 - 10:14 PM

Our family has now been fructose free (mostly) for just over a year now. We have occasional sugary treats but find that we can stop at just one or eat party food at a party and not feel the need to keep eating it later. The kids are only restricted at home, so they don't feel like they're missing out when they're with other kids.

I make dextrose sweetened biscuits, muffins etc and I buy lollies sweetened with dextrose. I try to limit carbs for myself but not for the kids. I've found that as more time goes by, being sugar free is easier and is now just a part of life for us.

#17 Pull Up A Beanbag

Posted 03 September 2012 - 12:03 PM

QUOTE (sleeplessmamma @ 02/09/2012, 09:43 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Is there anyone who has managed to just massively reduce, rather than stop, sugar intake? I know that I'm the personality type to never be able to completely cut it out as I really enjoy food but would like to reduce considerably.



I quit completely, but have now allowed some back into my diet.


I do find I enjoy "food" without needing sugar.  I don't NEED crap to survive.  But I'm also not going to  go out of my way to hassle waiters/chefs at restaurants to find out if my meal is fructose free, IFKWIM.

I promise you - you'll taste SO much more flavour in your foods if you cut it out completely, detox, then just allow it back in for parties and restaurant meals!

#18 sleeplessmamma

Posted 03 September 2012 - 02:13 PM

Another question! I am breast feeding so also with that am a bit reluctant to completely cut out sugar and experience withdrawals. DS2 is 4 1/2 months so will still be BF for at least another 8 months.
On the plus side I love cheese so am happy to substitute this for chocolate cake original.gif

#19 Pull Up A Beanbag

Posted 03 September 2012 - 05:20 PM

Sarah Wilson has a blog/ebook called I Quit Sugar which is an 8 week withdrawal, ending up fructose free, if you want to investigate that, rather than going cold turkey.

Honestly, the withdrawals are over pretty quickly.  for me, the first 2 weeks were horrible, the next 2 weeks I spent eating everything on the allowed list in sight, then by week 5, I was done.

#20 thebradybunch

Posted 03 September 2012 - 09:18 PM

Hi can i join please???

#21 FeralFP

Posted 03 September 2012 - 10:08 PM

Well I was going to wait till I could read the Sweet Poison Quit Plan book but there are still 4 "reserves" ahead of me at the library so I decided to start off myself from what I've read on EB.

Today was my first day giving up sugar and it's been okay. Meals aren't too tricky as I tend to have dinner leftovers for lunch most days, but snacks were harder. I work a desk job and usually have museli bars of some kind or upngos for morning and afternoon tea. So today I substituted for tuna, crackers and a handful of nuts.

I have a lot of weight to lose (23kg) and I'm *hoping* going sugar free will curb my cravings.

I've been reading lots of nutrition labels and even non sugary things still seem to have a fair bit. Eg weetbix has 3.3g per 100g, can tomatos 3.3 etc - is that low enough in sugar to eat? Is there a general guideline for how many sugar grams in a serving is okay?

Edited by JBaby, 03 September 2012 - 10:10 PM.


#22 sleeplessmamma

Posted 03 September 2012 - 10:43 PM

QUOTE (NapCat @ 03/09/2012, 06:20 PM)
14882941[/url]']
Sarah Wilson has a blog/ebook called I Quit Sugar which is an 8 week withdrawal, ending up fructose free, if you want to investigate that, rather than going cold turkey.

Honestly, the withdrawals are over pretty quickly.  for me, the first 2 weeks were horrible, the next 2 weeks I spent eating everything on the allowed list in sight, then by week 5, I was done.


I had a look at Sarah Wilson's site aaages ago when I first saw this thread but I think I was pregnant then so just put it at the back of my mind. I think slowly cutting down will probably suit me better while I have a baby hanging off my boob original.gif
Completely cutting out sugar for a while is a long term goal though.
My biggest problem now is I turn to sugar when I'm stressed and tired, I'm now 2 years not having slept through the night w DS1 being a shocking sleeper and now w a new baby too. I wanted to really have a good crack today and have already eaten all the leftover b'day cake and cupcakes in the house because I was tired, stressed and frustrated! Not a good start sad.gif



#23 Pull Up A Beanbag

Posted 03 September 2012 - 11:21 PM

QUOTE (JBaby @ 03/09/2012, 10:08 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I've been reading lots of nutrition labels and even non sugary things still seem to have a fair bit. Eg weetbix has 3.3g per 100g, can tomatos 3.3 etc - is that low enough in sugar to eat? Is there a general guideline for how many sugar grams in a serving is okay?



Step 1:   Check ingredient list for any added fructose/sucrose/fruit juice/fruit concentrate/honey/agave/sugar  

Step 2: If any of these are present, check nutritional panel.  Over 3g, put it back on the shelf.

Step 3: If no sugars present, check for dairy - 4% is the glucose content of milk.  Grains break down to glucose, so there will be a % of sugars attributable to these.  Fruits and vegetables contain fructose. My rule for these is if it's "just fruit" or "just vegetables" with no extra added sugar in the ingredient list, it's acceptable, so long as it still has the fibre (ruling out juice).  don't eat fruit in syrup, the sugar in the syrup will have soaked into the fruit.  If you must have tinned fruit, have in juice.  Fresh is better.


#24 PopperPenguin

Posted 04 September 2012 - 05:41 PM

Can I join?

My sister has been doing this for 8 or 9 months and has lost a lot of weight and seems a lot healthier.

DH has gained about 20 kg in the last 2 years, and I have never had a wonderful diet but haven't got a weight problem.

I want to do this cold turkey as I don't think I could do it by slowly cutting things out - I'd never end up becoming sugar free.

But I am a MASSIVE sugar addict. I eat chocolate every day. I have several litres of coke a day. Cakes, biscuits, juice, cordial. I don't think I eat much that doesn't contain sugar.

I don't know HOW I'm going to be able to do this. I want to be healthier, I want to lose the little bit of baby weight I gained, and I want to support DH by doing this with him too.

#25 Pull Up A Beanbag

Posted 04 September 2012 - 05:50 PM

QUOTE (BeagleBoy @ 04/09/2012, 05:41 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
But I am a MASSIVE sugar addict. I eat chocolate every day. I have several litres of coke a day. Cakes, biscuits, juice, cordial. I don't think I eat much that doesn't contain sugar.

I don't know HOW I'm going to be able to do this. I want to be healthier, I want to lose the little bit of baby weight I gained, and I want to support DH by doing this with him too.



Your first step is to identify WHEN you eat sugar, and replace it with either a non-sugary food, or an activity.

e.g. - If you snack on chocolate while watching Neighbours, either replace the chocolate with a banana, or go for a walk instead of watching the TV

coke - replace with diet/zero until you're detoxed.   If you're not into artificial sweeteners, some Bickfords diet lime in sparkling mineral water is very refreshing.  I now often just drink the sparkling, with no cordial.

The first 3 weeks or so are going to suck.  I do strongly recommend getting the Sweet Poison Quit Plan as it really steps you through your replacement foods, and how to break the habit.




2 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users


    Google (1)
 

What you need to know about ovulation tests

Most people who are trying to get pregnant know that the best time to conceive is in the few days after ovulation.

Surviving a miscarriage at sea

A cruise with your family is among the most absurd settings for a miscarriage, but it is certainly not the worst.

Mum of three denied tubal ligation because she's 'too young'

A 22-year-old woman who is pregnant with her third child has had her requests for a tubal ligation denied because doctors believe she is too young.

Slapped cheek syndrome a danger for pregnant women

When a pregnant woman is infected, the likelihood that her foetus will be infected is about 50 per cent.

The signs and symptoms of ovulation

If you're hoping to conceive, one of the most important things you need to know about is ovulation.

We all know 'mum guilt' - but what about 'dad guilt'?

I remember the first time I felt mum guilt, within days of having my first child. The feeling was so intense I rang my own mum to debrief, hoping she'd tell me I wouldn't feel this way very often.

Kristen Bell urges mums to be their own superhero

When it comes to motherhood, actress Kristen Bell is her own superhero and she thinks other mums should be too.

Pram review: GB Pockit travel stroller

In a world of ever-shrinking gadgets, it's no surprise prams are getting smaller. We put the record-holding GB Pockit through its paces.

The beautiful Bombol Bouncer is back

The gorgeous Bombol Bouncer is back - and boasts two chic new colours to boot.

Gadgets and accessories for wine lovers

Looking for a gift for the wine lover in your life - or just something for yourself?

Free ticket offer

Pinky Mckay joins us again at the Essential Baby & Toddler Show presented by Blackmores with her expert baby settling advice. Register now for your free ticket.

The adventure doesn't have to stop: here's how to travel with baby

The best part about our outdoor adventures? It makes my husband and I better parents, since we're happier while adventuring.

Woman crashes car to save mum and baby's life

A good samaritan saved a mother and baby from being seriously injured by crashing her own car into theirs.

Should you tell your boss about your postnatal depression?

Returning to work after having a baby can be daunting, and when you're experiencing postnatal depression or anxiety it can seem even more overwhelming.

TV noise can slow toddler word learning, study finds

Background noise from the radio or TV might be making it harder for your toddler to learn learn new words.

Teresa Palmer on her molar pregnancy and 'unsexy' conception

Teresa Palmer is basking in pregnancy glow as she awaits the arrival of her new baby.

 
Advertisement
 

Top 5 Articles

Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

For the festival lover in all of us

Pre-book & Save 50%. Get your tickets now for Kidtopia Festival. 7-9 October 2016 Parramatta Park, Sydney.

Why drinking water can be deadly for babies

H2O is one of the necessities of life, but for babies a seemingly harmless amount of water can be fatal.

5 ways having a baby is different when you have older children

So much parenting advice is geared towards having your first baby, but what's it like having a baby when you already have children?

You can now make your own plush Falkor

Fans of The NeverEnding Story – of which there are certainly plenty – went crazy for these plush Falkors when they first went on sale last year.

Baby steps

10 things that will actually happen after having a baby

I thought I had prepared myself for motherhood. Then my baby girl arrived and knocked everything flat.

Having a baby: expectations vs reality

People love to warn you about what to expect when having a baby, but they can be way off when it comes to the reality.

Are we having fun yet? Thinking positively as a parent

Motherhood is wonderful ... except when it sucks.

The adorable smile of a baby seeing his mum clearly for the first time

There is no doubt seeing their child smile for the first time is an unforgettable moment for parents everywhere.

When breastfeeding doesn't go with the flow

Breast is best, except when it's not. And in our case, it most definitely wasn't.

'If you don't vaccinate your kids you're a bloody idiot'

The photos are heartbreaking and almost too difficult to look at, but Kayley Burke is begging other parents to take notice.

Why pregnant women should eat chocolate

In news that will make expectant mums jump for joy - and reach for a block of Cadbury - scientists have revealed chocolate could provide health benefits during pregnancy.

The baby born with an incredible head of hair

If you're in any way challenged in the follicle department, prepare to feel a jolt of envy - at a two-month-old baby.

The push for Medicare to fund lactation consultants

While meeting with a lactation consultant can make an enormous difference to a new mother, it's not a service that is available through the public health system.

Parents, this is how to cut grapes to avoid choking

One mum has learnt a harrowing lesson about the best way to cut grapes to make it safe for toddlers and little kids to eat.

Three truths about C-section mums

Lately I've been thinking about the caesarean stories and the brave women who birth their children with strength and beauty.

Help! My baby will only sleep in my arms

It's stressful to be the one who is holding your baby most of the day, but it's even more stressful to wonder, 'am I doing something wrong? Or am I creating bad habits?'

 

Free ticket offer

Essential Baby & Toddler Show - Sydney

The Essential Baby & Toddler Show, presented by Blackmores, will be held in Sydney on 23-25 September. Register for your free ticket now to save $20!

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.