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#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 Frazzled Cat

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 Frazzled Cat

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 Frazzled Cat

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 Frazzled Cat

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 Frazzled Cat

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 PerthFembo

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)
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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 Frazzled Cat

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 Frazzled Cat

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.




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