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Changing My Mind About Sugar

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Sunday, October 08, 2017

I have gone almost a week now without eating any processed sugar. It is something I don't usually eat. I know people who eat very few sweets but once in a while they can eat a candy bar or some cookies or an ice cream cone. It is a different story for me. I can go for quite a while without eating sugar, feeling good, feeling in control, living without food being the center of my life. I then get a crave for something sweet and think to myself, "a little won't hurt." I believe the lie. I do eat a little, then a little more. I tell myself it is over, but the next day I am getting cookies out of the freezer or searching for a scrap of bread to make toast or eating cereal right out of the box. Before long I become hungry all the time. Maybe I'm not really hungry, but I want to eat all the time. It is out of control, a struggle, a feeling of helplessness. Not fun, not pretty, not the way I want to live.

The only way I can control the sugar beast within me is to stay away from it, along with starchy carbs. When I eat real food like fruits, vegetables, lean meat, a moderate amount of whole grains and some dairy I feel good. I feel clear headed. I can think and organize my time productively. The sugar fog and haze lifts and I am me again.

I like the way I feel today. I worked in my yard all afternoon, weeding the asparagus bed and rhubarb patch so they can be productive next spring. I got the iris plants ready for winter and I mowed my lawn. I racked up way more steps than I had planned today, but it felt good. My eating was just the way I planned it to be. My plan is to keep it going. I have a plan for tomorrow and that is good. I am ready! I hope you are, too, my friends.

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    A good article. I've been sugar free for 8 months now and can diffidently feel the difference. Not using sugar is now a personal decision and not "I have to."
    1277 days ago
    I am the same with sugar and processed white flour--best to stay away. When I do I really don;t have many cravings. Once either one passes my lips--even in small quantities, I get hungry and start looking for something else to eat. Just best to find another healthier food choice and avoid the hunger trap! Thanks for posting--enjoyed reading your blog.
    1299 days ago
  • MARGIEB221
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    1300 days ago
    I am the same way. I find it so much easier to completely without than to try and have a small bit since then the cravings start. emoticon
    1300 days ago
  • FITNIK2020
    Its a struggle to stay the course. But keep trying.
    1301 days ago
  • MAW_OH
    One step at a time! emoticon
    1302 days ago
  • no profile photo CD10676776
    emoticon emoticon I enjoyed reading your blog. emoticon for sharing. Stay focused on your goals and you will have continued success. Remember, YOU are worth the effort! emoticon emoticon
    1302 days ago
    1302 days ago
  • no profile photo BONDMANUS2002
    No sugar, double fiber. 2 1/2 months lost 50 lbs. Not hungary. Absolutely great.
    1303 days ago
    That is because sugar is addictive. If you eat a little your body will crave more. It is literally like a drug. So no...a little will hurt.
    1303 days ago
    What a great blog. You are a real inspiration. Keep up the good work.
    1304 days ago
    Wow, you said it all! For me the secret is to not buy sugary treats at all, but then I can still overdo in other areas. So your activity that takes us out of the kitchen for an extended period is PERFECT. Good for you that you did some important maintenance in the garden!
    1305 days ago
    I'm learning that I react to sugar the same way... 1 is too many, and 1000 isn't enough. Today, I'm feeling "hung-over" from some sugar I had on the weekend, at a wedding. I'm telling myself, it wasn't worth it!

    I'm glad that you've figured it out, and have activities like gardening that are fulfilling. Keep sparking, and continued success. emoticon
    1305 days ago
  • no profile photo CHRISTOPHER63
    1305 days ago
    Great blog .. I honestly think sugar produces a substance in some folks bodies that honestly drives them to eat more and more .. like the song says about alcohol .. one is one too many and a thousand isn't enough .. same with sugar and carbs .. great blog .. you spoke to me big time .. you are not alone .. thanks for the blog .. steady she goes .. one choice at a time ..
    1305 days ago
  • ANNIE1114
    I also do better when I avoid sugar.
    1305 days ago
    I have the same problem and do much better when avoid sugar all together.
    1305 days ago
    It sure is a beast, isn't it! Good for you! Sounds like a VERY productive day!
    1305 days ago
  • CKOUDSI617
    GREAT blog! I've been cutting way back on processed carbs, sugar and salt and find my taste buds are more sensitive so that whole, natural foods that had never tasted sweet or salty before (without additives) are now surprisingly having those flavor characteristics, while formerly sweet and salty processed foods seem overpowering now. I totally agree with you about how consuming less healthy foods tends to increase my appetite substantially! Reading about all the work you have been doing in the garden gave me a relaxing sense of peace. Thanks so much for sharing this information!
    1305 days ago
    I've been basically sugar free for 2 years
    1305 days ago
  • GMA7436
    1305 days ago
    Once in a while I like a small piece of dark chocolate or a few gummy bears, but I like real food much better and stop at one square of chocolate or 10 gummy bears.
    1305 days ago
    I have the same sugar response - gets out of control.
    1305 days ago
    Right now I am participating in my local hospital's 8-week weight loss program and eating very low carb and no sugar. In addition to feeling better, my aches and pains have practically gone away. Clear to me!
    1305 days ago
    Read this on the web:

    "Sugar fuels every cell in the brain. Your brain also sees sugar as a reward, which makes you keep wanting more of it. If you often eat a lot of sugar, you're reinforcing that reward, which can make it tough to break the habit."

    Guess it explains they whys. Glad you have a plan. Keep Sparking.
    1305 days ago
  • no profile photo CD17159191
    The articles I have read say that sugar is more addictive then cocaine. That is why it is important not to eat any processed food because most of it contains sugar in some form.
    1305 days ago
    Great plan
    1305 days ago
    Looks like you're a follower of Dr. Fung's plan. So excellent!

    If you're still looking for a strong supportive community here at Spark, please consider joining the Living Low Carb team. We embrace all carb-controlled plans, and Dr. Fung has a pretty good following there as well!
    1305 days ago
  • LAWLI56
    I'm also the same. I cut out refined sugar a long time ago and lost the craving for something sweet. Fruit doesn't affect me that way. The only thing I do like to have is a small piece of 70% dark chocolate and again, I don't crave it, I can take it or leave it but milk chocolate is fatal to my eating plan. I just don't eat it.
    1305 days ago
    Excellent observations my friend. If we listen to our body and analyse what we eat with how it makes us feel we are on the winning path! I'm cheering you on my new friend! emoticon
    1305 days ago
    Thanks! There is something irrational in me that when people tell me they don't crave sweets I just want to punch them in the nose!! Don't worry. I won't. But I find my sugar cravings are embarrassing; seems like something an adult should have outgrown. Anyway, thanks for posting. I've had mixed experiences with giving up sugars. Sometimes it seems to help and the cravings diminish; other times I am then just hungry all the time, never satisfied, and gain. Best wishes for finding what works for you. Warmly, Marsha
    1305 days ago
    Well-being is making its way to you at all times.
    If you will relax and find a way to allow it,
    it will be your experience.
    - Abraham
    1305 days ago
  • ODAT1117
    WOOOHOOOOOOOO!!! I totally get that. It's amazing to me that some people can eat "just a little bit" or don't even want it. That would be amazing to me!

    Keep moving forward!
    1305 days ago
    Same here. It can be vicious. emoticon
    1305 days ago
    No sugar works for me.
    1305 days ago
  • CATE195
    We are all working to find what works best for us, glad you have found your issue with sugar and are working to overcome it.
    1305 days ago
    I have severely curtailed my sugar intake. However, I can occasionally have sugar sweetened items without it causing me to binge.

    Some people can, some can’t. The point is that we do what is best for ourselves. I am glad you are finding your way. Stay strong and keep moving forward,
    1305 days ago
    Just me as well have to stay away from sugar always
    1305 days ago
    I am right there with you. I cannot handle moderation. Some people can and great for them, but just one taste makes me go sugar-crazy. I'm doing LCHF (like charlene) and I avoid fruit because to my brain it still makes me want sugar.

    I am doing my best to stay strong through the holidays - Halloween/Thanksgiving/Christmas.
    1306 days ago
    The struggle IS real. And I understand.

    Thanks for the reminder about prepping the iris bed. I walk by mine several times a day and it has blended into the landscape. It never bloomed last year because they needed thinning three years ago. Something to do this week.

    1306 days ago
  • PJ990003
    I am the sugar lover. Having tried to totally cut it out when I did get a taste I almost could not stop, the same with mashed potatoes or anything I love that I totally cut out. But you need to do what you need to do. I must control mine something I work at. You must stop it all together, something you too will work at.

    1306 days ago
  • THELMA6430
    Totally get you, the struggle can be harsh at times.
    1306 days ago
    Yeah I completely understand where you’re coming from. Sugar can be very addictive
    1306 days ago
  • AJB121299
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  • no profile photo HOTPINKCAMARO49
    Awesome! Way to go!
    1306 days ago
    I am the same way when it comes to sugar. If I eat it then I’m hungry all the time.
    1306 days ago
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