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Drea
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As many of you know, I was sugar-free from October 22 through May 12. That was no mean-feat, either. You can read about that journey HERE.

But on May 13 (the anniversary of my birth), I ingested sugar unwittingly, then went into a wheat flour/sugar spiral that ended yesterday. That's 9 long days of being held hostage by my sugar addiction. The noticeable effects were sluggishness, low energy, intense food cravings, skin erruptions, poor eliminations, and irritability among others.

So I'm back to marking off my portions/frequencies per my SWAMI guidelines, avoiding all things sugar/sweeteners (exceptions being vegetable glycerine and compliant dried fruit) and all flours, and I'm shooting for eating only from my diamond/superfood/neutral lists for 30 days. That's my short-term goal. I'm hoping this will also kick-start my weight-loss again. I'm 10 pounds away from my revised goal.

Anyone else who needs support saying good-bye to a sugar habit, please join me.


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  Great to hear that you're back on track, Drea.  I know exactly where you're coming from.  I remember years ago my grandmother saying to me "one little piece won't hurt you" (pie).  But for me it has always been a struggle with all or nothing.  Once I'm off sugar it's so much easier to just say no, than to have one little thing and spiral off into addictive cravings.

  Keep up the good work!



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I'm not sure I can give up sugar cold turkey, but I will be here to cheer you on and be inspired by your efforts.  Maybe I can at least begin to wean myself by cutting down.  My sugar consumption has crept back up again, and I do feel it (tired).
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Good for you. I can resonate with your feelings, once I get too much sugar, I have difficulty stopping the cravings. yup, addiction.

Are you off of fruit as well?
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Wow- 9 days of binging from one day of celebration?

I'm glad you're back on track now.


Ruth, Single Mother to 19yo   O- Leah , 18yo O- Hannah, and  12yo B+ Jack


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Quoted from marjorie

Are you off of fruit as well?
I eat fruit, but I'm sticking with my beneficial and diamond fruits, and to portion sizes.

Today's food so far:
coffee with soy milk, two small apples, dates, peanuts, tofu with spinach, fresh ginger root, garlic flakes, crimini mushrooms, lemon water, cauliflower with yogurt dipping sauce: yogurt, onion flakes, garlic powder, nutritional yeast, rosemary sprigs. All in all, I've eaten my 6 cups of *green* veggies. *Green* veggies are the ones listed on my SWAMI shopping list card - superfoods and diamonds (on the green side). I printed out the card, folded it, and had it laminated. I keep one in my purse, one at my desk, and one in the truck. That way, no matter where I am, I can look to see where the food in question is rated.



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Drea
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Wow- 9 days of binging from one day of celebration?
It was 2 days of celebration and that caused more days of bad food choices. Then yesterday I ate potatoes, wheat flour and sugar (i.e. chocolate cake).



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Gotcha. DD2 used to be like that with artificial colors (unfortunatley offered frequently at school) before I'd learned about BTD. It was always much harder for her to make good choices (or, rather, resist the constant temptations for artificial colors) when she was already reacting to colors eaten earlier in the week.

Now that she's off wheat and innapropriate dairy, her reactions to artificial colors are much less pronounced. I think her ability to "clean up her diet" more quickly is because she's matured a whole lot since she was 8, and because she's able to remove herself from temptations more easily (I don't keep that kind of junk in the house, and there's simply less junk being offered at her current school than at her prior ones.) It's not like she has many opportunities to eat out.


Ruth, Single Mother to 19yo   O- Leah , 18yo O- Hannah, and  12yo B+ Jack


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Drea
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Even with a cast iron will power, it's easy to succumb when our bodies are fighting off the bad stuff. If I can just get through the first 5-7 days...those are the hardest for me.


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But, even in the first 5-7 days, it's easier when your mom only keeps compliant stuff in the house and the only other option is to walk half a mile to the nearest supermarket (since you're not old enough to drive) and use your limited allowance to buy junk food. It's so much easier to grab some dried fruit out of the pantry or eat spelt muffins that Mommy baked.


Ruth, Single Mother to 19yo   O- Leah , 18yo O- Hannah, and  12yo B+ Jack


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Yes, that's true, ruthiegirl . I need to stay home for 5-7 days and only eat what I have here at the house . I'm not scheduled to drive anywhere (other than Espanola) until Thursday, so chances are good that I can get 4 clean days.


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  My hardest days are 1-3.  If I can get through them then I'm generally well on my way, but I agree, getting a full week in really makes a difference.  Go for it!



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Drea, take one day at a time and forget about the past.  Don't dwell on what you did wrong.  You are human.  You cheated.  It is not the end of the world.  There are much worse things in life you can do.  Just focus on the future and how you want to eat and achieve your health and wellness goals and you will be fine!  Tomorrow is another day!  We all cheat and need to draw a line in the sand to decide to get back on the diet!


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Drea, I have to do this, too. Between on the go meals in the city and parties, I've been having so much sugar this last week or so. Tomorrow starts a new job and a new routine, so I think it's a good time to get myself back off the sugar.
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Thanks Patty H and BCGal! I finished eating at 7pm (last thing was a small apple, the second of the day) and now I'm drinking Tulsi tea with Lavender. I've already brushed my teeth in hopes that it'll curb me eating anything else. Surprisingly, I'm not hungry.

I managed to eat well, but stay on track portion-wise. The only thing I didn't get in today was carbs/grains.


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I still have not gotten the hang of compliance while eating out or eating in situations in which the food is provided by other people (parties).  They are not situations that I can (or want) to avoid, unless I plan to become a hermit, so I need more practice.  It's tricky.  A woman took us out for breakfast yesterday to thank us for something, and it was totally unnecessary, but she really insisted and wanted to.  I knew I was going to eat something I shouldn't - it was the restaurant's homemade muffins.  They are giant, and I ate half of one.  She kept raving about them, "you have to try this".  So I did.     It seems that one half of a muffin is a slippery slope...it paves the way for non-compliance in little bites and bits for the rest of the day.

So, back to sugar:  I will attempt to limit my chocolate intake this week by going back to mixing some dark chocolate chips with dried fruit & nuts in a small serving for my evening *sweet* treat.  The rest of the day, if I stay busy, I sometimes forget to eat at all, which results in a big danger time later because by then I'm ravenous and grabbing for quick sweets.  I will eat a healthy lunch.  I will eat a healthy lunch.  I will eat a healthy lunch.
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I'm rooting for you, OinVA . When I'm solidly in compliance, and have my addictions put away, I can very easily just say "no" to whatever is offered. After this last week of cravings and giving-ins, I realize that it's just not worth it to me to please someone else's idea of what is good food.

I ate a breakfast of oat bran, rice protein powder, cinnamon, dates, peanuts, and a dollop of plain yogurt. That was 4 hours ago. I'm not famished, but am starting to get hungry, so I'll be making lunch soon.

I spent the morning buying supplies for the exterior cat habitat I'm going to build. Of course, now I'm tired and a little hungry, and it's getting hot outside, so I may not start on the project today  .

Lunch: sauteed fresh garlic slices, fresh ginger root, tofu, in evoo, then added kale, wf tamari, and nutritional yeast. Yum.


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Thank you, Drea.    I wish I could have tofu.  Soy is an avoid for me.  
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I just realized that I don't have to leave the compound until Saturday, so I'll have 6 days of eating right before I have to be away (and eating out). Yippee!


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I give you a tremendous amount of credit for setting this goal and holding yourself accountable here in the forums.

I too share this addiction to sugar. Friends and family have no concept of how sugar both gives me a sense of stability and instability at the same time. However as I get older my ability to recover is becoming more and more difficult. I know that my threshold has been reached with frequents trips to the bathroom.

Peer pressure sucks. It is even worse when I have already indulged recently. I am at my strongest when my self esteem is high and I have been on a regular exercise routine. Being in shape can keep me in shape. Being depressed is nothing but a slippery slope.

I wish you the best.
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Welcome Croft Castrell (that name sounds like something out of the Jetsons! I love it!), and thanks for your support. Yes, peer pressure is the worst. And I was just thinking about it this morning, too. I'm trying to get a group together for a visit, and one of the group loves to cook. She's already emphasized that she wants to run the menu by me so I can eat, too, which I absolutely appreciate. Then I feel a little guilty, so don't tell her "all" the offenders, just the biggies. What I have to remember, though, is that I am in charge of what goes into my mouth.

Today is day 3 of no sugar/sweeteners/flour. I've also maintained (for the last two days, I know it's not long, but I'm proud of it anyway) my goal of not eating past 7:30pm. If I want something after that, I'll have a cup of hot tea. It's been noticeable, but I wouldn't say hard. It helps tremendously that I live alone (human-wise) and can control what is in my pantry. One of my biggest triggers is red wine, which is a diamond. But as soon as I take that first sip, all my will power flies out the window. And it's not just for inappropriate foods, which I attempt to not even have at hand, but portion sizes, too. I found out last week that I "can" eat too much watermelon (a superfood). That may have contributed to my continued back-sliding, culminating with eating that piece of chocolate cake!

Regarding the cake, however...it was not a huge piece, and while it tasted incredibly rich, and I took my time eating it, savoring it as much as possible (somehow knowing that our "affair" wouldn't last), when I laid my fork down for the last time, my tummy was not happy. Just the beginnings of uncomfortable. My friend got up from the table and came back with a handful of dark chocolate covered almonds, but I said no to those. And that wasn't hard. I also said no to a second glass of red wine, which wasn't hard either, even though red wine and dark chocolate are one of my favorite combinations.

I'm feeling stronger each day. My short term goal is to make it through until Saturday when I have to go into Albuquerque for the day to get supplies. It's an all-day affair, stopping through Santa Fe on my way back. If I plan it right, though, I can get a salad bar lunch from WF, bringing my own dressing in a cooler, and not snacking along the way. Eating while driving has long been one of the vices that is hardest to give up.

Fortunately, I no longer have to drive to go to work (I live on the property where I work, how cool is that?!) and drive about once a week. But when I do drive, it's often a minimum of 60 miles round trip. I wait to do that trip because it's so far (relatively speaking), then end up spending my day tooling around from store to store, never wanting to just stop and eat somewhere (not that there are many choices for me in this part of the country, anyway). I end up snacking and driving. Such a bad habit.


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I ingested sugar unwittingly, then went into a wheat flour/sugar spiral that ended yesterday. That's 9 long days of being held hostage by my sugar addiction. The noticeable effects were sluggishness, low energy, intense food cravings, skin erruptions, poor eliminations, and irritability among others.-snip-
I can totally identify with that.

Fortunately, the little changes I've made have helped:

Green tea with no sweetener
"Savory" oat bran with no sweetener
Seltzer with just lemon (or lime) and no sweetener
Cutting back a bit on grains
Cutting back on fruit

Luckily for me it's not an "all or nothing" situation.



My SWAMI diet is a blend of BTD and GTD Explorer, but I'm not totally compliant.  Also I try to choose foods that have a Low Glycemic index.  DW and DD are A+, probably also Explorer.
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I'm hanging in there.  I avoided diving head first into a leftover frosted cake that was in the church kitchen this morning.  I go to a women's bible study group on Tuesday mornings (what somebody this morning called "God's Pajama Party" - it's a lot of fun and inspirational, too), and there are always little treats around.  I had a cup of peppermint tea - no sweetener.  I like peppermint tea just fine without any sweetener.  I avoided all wheat & sweet treats.  I went home and had a compliant lunch with a little fresh pineapple for dessert.  So far today, I've ingested no added sugar.  I can have some chocolate chips in trail mix tonight if I'm jonesin' for something sweet.  So far, I'm doing ok today.  
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I avoided diving head first into a leftover frosted cake that was in the church kitchen this morning.






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Tried to find something on here about PGX. Did not find anything. I am finding myself getting hooked on sugar again. Esp vanilla ice cream or cake. I decided to give it a try tonight and it did curb my craving. Want to know if it is okay to take.
http://naturalfactors.com/ca/en/products/605/pgx-daily-ultra-matrix-750-mg
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