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Drea
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Full disclosure:

Last night I literally coughed for 20 minutes straight. As soon as I would clear whatever tickle I had, another round would come up a second or two later. Some coughs were so strong that I would retch at the end. I googled dry cough and found hot water with lemon and honey. I had honey. I had lemon. I had hot water. I made several cups, then when that wasn't satisfying (cough-wise) I remembered that I used to suck on honey candy to sooth my cough as a child. So I ate the rest of the jar of honey. It helped enough so that I could go to sleep and get a pretty good night's sleep (without too many interruptions).

Being sick is not helping my sugar-free journey!


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I think you need to change your focus during illness. If honey is "medicine" then it doesn't count as being "sugar" for the purpose of your sugar-free journey. If you haven't been eating enough, this may have been your body's way of making sure you get enough calories to fight off this illness.


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I love all the support I'm getting.


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I am 100% with Ruthiegirl.

I am freezing today. Houses her have no heating. Very few do but it does not include ours. It will be the first thing I do when we do a reform. We have had 15 days of rain and clouds. With the humidity, between the rain and the sea (I live by the sea), houses have been unbearable. This morning there were no clouds but some wind making it even colder. I am so hungry. And I have eaten basically the same for the past month. There is clearly something with cold and excess pounds .

My herbal tea has brewed. Time to put an end to hunger. Hopefully .

Hope you have coughed all you had left.

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Quoted from Drea
Being sick is not helping my sugar-free journey!

I'm wondering if the sickness is "caused" by the healing from the sugar-free...  We know sugar is an inflammatory, so when you stopped eating sugar, the body could do more intense healing.  One part of healing is to get rid of any stored fat or waste matter.  I also know that virus or bacteria can "hide" in waste matter.  When the body starts to clear the waste, it exposes the "bugs" and now has to deal with them, while the bugs are fighting for survival...  While in this fight, the body may need more energy since you aren't able to eat regularly or keep it down.  

Flow with it without getting frustrated and get back on track as you can...  The honey provides an anti-bacterial form of concentrated energy, which the body probably needed for the fight currently happening.  This is a big part of listening to the body...


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Oh, Susana, I wish I have coughed my last. I'm much better than last night, though!  

Because of the hysteria of the people around here and the gas outage, stores, gas stations, etc. are circuses. I still haven't had a chance to go into Santa Fe to pick up supplies (I'm hoping to go tomorrow) like sambucol, vit D, and so on...

Just finished lunch/breakfast: lentil soup, quinoa, leftover bell peppers, nutritional yeast. Very tasty!

ABJoe, that's an interesting way to look at it; I hadn't considered that perspective. It certainly explains why I got hammered so severely.


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Drea, sounds rough, coughing all night....been there and its the pits. I take quercetin every day with my bladderwrack. Overall I believe it helps me stay free of colds. It is in deflect, I believe....but I get it from WF...can find it wherever supps are.
Sending you healing thoughts.
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Now that I'm almost back to my picture of health (I'm still coughing and sucking on sugar-laden cough drops, though I aim to change that today ), I'm going to step back onto the path of sugar-free and wheat-free.

It occurred to me the other day that I've been treating golden raisins as bennies (not going overboard) because grapes are bennies. But raisins aren't actually listed on my swami cards (I admit I haven't checked the whole report, just the shopping cards). My thought, though I know this isn't always the case, is that if grapes are bennies, then dried grapes (aka raisins) are also bennies. Raisins are one of the few dried fruits that I can add to my oat bran to add sweetness, that don't contain any other ingredient. I was avoiding the apple-juice sweetened cranberries that my local hfs carries, because they contain safflower oil ( ), but come to find out that is a black dot, and there's so little of it, probably.

Thanks to the suggestions of my friends on the Fresh Start thread, I'm picking up some Vit D-3, Sambucol syrup (cough), more lozenges not made with sugar, and soothing ginger tea today. I've been living off the huge pot of lentil soup I made last Wednesday, along with the large pot of quinoa. Thanks to who ever suggested that one. Now that's a quick meal.


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Glad to know you are back to your good spirits. Nothing feels better than health.

I love quinoa too. Who would have said I would prefer it to wheat. My new love affair. I can control the amounts and it fills me up and comforts me without secondary effects. Ideal!


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This cough is getting old. It's worse first thing in the morning and in the evening. It's evening now and I'm coughing worse than ever.

Today, I walked by the candy jar at the kennel and almost picked up a candy before I remembered that I was staying away from (refined) sugar. Yesterday, while I was at the hfs, a woman was reading the nutritional ingredients in the dried fruit section. I picked up a bag of apple-juice sweetened dried cranberries and she said "there is NO nutritional value in these cranberries, the cherries have SOME", and I said, I really liked them both because I was staying away from sugar. And she said "there are CARBS, and no nutritional value!", and I said I don't have problem with carbs, just refined sugar. I didn't want to get into the whole discussion about how cranberries are bennie on my SWAMI, whereas cherries are just a neutral. *rolling eyes*

Carbs are the new fat.  


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Carbs are the new fat.  


Well at least it is a more beneficial fad for me   It is just unfortunate most people just stay in the surface of issues.

There are a couple of books, last one published last autumn, by Gary Taubes. I absolutely love them. He basically arguments the low fat fad vs low carbs on fashionable terms. Three years ago, when the first book was published it gave me great relief to know that the 5 steaks I was having per week were not necessarily bad for me. Not that I did not trust Dr. D but it was a back up which I actually use with people to use their own terms. Once I de structure their old beliefs I can construct again with Dr. D's work. Not that I get any converts, I do not get then for a low carb diet either, but I hope I open their minds a little bit. I end my pitch by saying that the best way to know which system is best plus more information on additional health benefits is Dr. D.  

Hope that cough of yours goes soon. At least it is getting rid off all the debris. and you're doing some stomach exercises .

Have a good day.

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keep the ginger tea flowing!
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I'm proud of myself because I didn't eat any of the German Chocolate Cake served at the Super Bowl viewing (it was also a birthday celebration). I wasn't even tempted, and I love GCC. Well, almost anything with chocolate. I haven't had any chocolate, except for one attempt at making my own with unsweetened baking chocolate and agave, around last November. I look at the bars of dark chocolate when I'm standing in line at TJ's, but since they all contain sugar, I just look away.

Still coughing, but it's definitely getting less and less. Wuu-huu!


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I like using cocoa powder in my morning yerba mate with cinnamon, homemade rice milk (which I put a bit of stevia into) and sometimes blackstrap molasses. That seems to satisfy all my chocolate cravings quite nicely.


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I sometimes go through phases where I add unsweetened cocoa powder to my coffee, for an unsweetened mocha. I'd forgot about that when I wrote I haven't had any chocolate. Okay, so I've had cocoa powder, but not commercially made chocolate with sugar, since before Oct 22.

I've yet to acquire a taste for yerba mate. It's a bennie but coffee is a ◊.


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Yahoo! Since my initial weigh-in on Jan 26, I've lost 5 out of a total 12 (goal) pounds. Granted, the catalyst was not eating for a couple of days while I was sick, but I'll take it anyway. I'm been well for a week; or I should say, I've been eating like I've been well, for a week.


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Drea,
Something is in the air as it seems EVERYONE around my town and my Mom's area (near orange County) has a "virus" or "allergies"! They all claim the ugly cough is the worst symptom! My sons and husband are getting over it this week...I am hanging in there! But I am also the only one REALLY following BTD, too! They only do a little because I get their vitamins through NAP and do most all the cooking for them. Its a start.
I agree with the ginger tea! Sooo good for you! I am a big fan of lemon and honey with just about any tea, too.
Do you eat honey, Drea?  


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Cajun, I do eat honey on principle, but several months ago I over ate some honey and got a horrible tummy ache (I can't remember if I actually vomited or not ), so I don't use it unless I'm sick. Besides, honey is like sugar to me...makes me want more sweets or carbs.

I'm taking my mama out for sushi tonight, so I'll probably fall off the sugar-free wagon (just because I think something will have traces of wheat or sugar), though not intentionally. Like, I won't be ordering green tea ice cream.


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5 lbs is great! enjoy your dinner out.     
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Last night's dinner was scrumptious. We shared a seaweed salad (avoids, I'm sure), then had the Chef's Choice Sashimi boat for 2. There were a couple of fish that I didn't recognize, and the sushi chefs didn't speak English well enough to tell me what it was, but I know there were several kinds of tuna, red snapper, and salmon. This place serves their sashimi with shiso leaves and shredded daikon radish. I also had miso soup and a house salad, and a bowl of rice. Oh yeah, and I had a draft beer. I haven't had a beer in a coon's age (not sure how long they live). It was really good, but now I'm back on track.

Breakfast: coffee (black), fried egg sandwich with nutritional yeast, parsley, garlic powder, on a toasted piece of 100% sourdough rye bread. Lunch will be a kale salad with assorted chopped veggies and feta cheese (walnut oil and ume vinegar as dressing). I'm going to a "tea party" at 2:30pm, but know there won't be anything on my menu, which is why I'm eating before I go.


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Congratulations on your weight loss and even more for getting back on track. Good luck at the tea party.

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Best laid plans and all that...

I didn't make that yummy sounding kale salad, as I ran out of time doing research on the Internet (I'm seriously considering taking credit cards at the kennel; right now, and for the last 20+ years, we've only taken cash or checks). So I went to the tea a little hungry and grazed on olives, rice crackers (with avoids...potato starch and probably corn), decaf earl gray tea, a couple of chipotle, pine nut, organic sun-dried tomato nori sheets, and strawberries. I didn't have any (known) sugar or wheat, though. I got to visit and do a little knitting, and it was a nice afternoon. Time flew by, and before I knew it, it was almost 5 o'clock! I left to take care of the kennel doggies (feeding/walking), and now I'm eating dinner: sauteed broccoli, bok choy, ginger root, tofu, garlic flakes, in evoo, with ume vinegar and wf tamari. All diamonds except for the ume, which is a neutral.


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I re-ran my SWAMI last night (I wasn't sure if I asked the program to choose my genotype or if I told it -- I had told it, so I changed that), and put in my new (higher) higher weight, and upped my activity level one notch.

I'm still a Warrior, only this time, the software confirmed it (there was never much doubt). But my serving sizes have been reduced across the board with the exception of the amount of fats and oils I'm allowed. For instance, when I weighed 7 pounds less and was less active, I got 1/2 cup of grains, 3 times per day, whereas now that I'm 7 pounds heavier and more active, I only get 1/4 cup of grains, 3 times per day -- which is still a lot in my book. I'm pretty sure these are uncooked grains, because the software also states that I can have 1 slice of bread, 3 times per day, instead.

Anyway, I'm still maintaining my wheat-free, sugar-free lifestyle (as much as possible when I'm being fed by others from time to time). I'm back up 2 pounds from the original 5 I lost from being sick. Grr.


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I've come to the realization that while wheat is a diamond, I was associating wheat with wheat flour, and taking license with eating too much bread, crackers, tortillas, etc. Now that I've been off wheat (and corn, too!) for more than a month (the second time around), I don't even miss it. I'll probably add it back in in the form of whole wheat whole grain, not in the form of wheat flour, since it is a diamond after all.

I haven't had any refined sugar for more than a month, and hardly any agave or other added sweeteners. I do regularly consume dried fruit, which are high is sugar content, but I don't buy any that have added sweetener, unless it's apple juice. I'm still not 100% over my wicked flu from a couple of weeks ago, so I have been sucking on Zand brand throat lozenges, which are sweetened with brown rice syrup. I recently bought a bottle of black strap molasses, but found out later that it's a black dot for me.

Quinoa is my new go-to "grain". I'll put it on a salad, add it to soups, and mix it with beans. I like it for a number of reasons, but the top-most is that it's faster and easier to cook than brown rice. It also doesn't "dry out" in the fridge like rice does.


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