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Old 06-01-2013, 12:02 PM
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I've started cutting out sugar today. My parameters are--no foods with sugar in the first three ingredients, not white pasta, white rice, or white bread products, no foods with high fructose corn syrup at all. I'm keeping grain or starch servings to one serving per meal (if that), but other than that not getting to crazy about portions other than only eating until satisfied. I am still eating fruit and drinking milk.

Any thoughts or advice? I'm hoping this will improve my general health and more specifically help with weight control and joint inflammation.
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Old 06-01-2013, 12:13 PM
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All I can say is good luck, you must have far better willpower than I!

Due to health issues, my sister had to cut out most all sugar, including fruit. It was really hard for her.
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Old 06-01-2013, 08:12 PM
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Almost made it through the first day with less sugar. This gonna suck I think!
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I found it easier to find substitutes and start SLOWLY.
I changed up my diet coke to water.
Found a nice whole grain pasta I liked (but kept the pasta sauce I enjoyed until later)
Found a whole wheat bread (but waited til later to change my sugary peanut butter)

I'm still a work in progress! I still eat more carbs than I should for dinner, I still dip into the occasional ice cream

For me, the small changes and easing in over time worked better for long term change.
BIG changes all of a sudden led to a crash and burn..for me personally.

Good luck it's a great move for your health!
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Old 06-01-2013, 08:30 PM
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I'm supposed to be giving up caffeine according to my doctor, but i think that doing that in combination with added sugar might lead bad things--lol. my biggest downfall is convincing myself that I'm not a total failure if I screw up one meal. I tend to then just say "Screw it!" and eat like crap the rest of the day.

I also have found that cutting down on sugar increases my anxiety level, which is weird.
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no foods with high fructose corn syrup at all.
If you still eat many processed or packaged foods, this will probably be your most difficult challenge. HFCS is in EVERYTHING! I wanted to buy some cranberries at Thanksgiving and could NOT find any that weren't canned in HFCS. Finally I managed to find fresh ones at a single store in town. I just couldn't believe it.

If you're still eating fruit you probably won't have many issues with getting the shakes and stuff.

Honestly from everybody I know who has done sugar detoxes and stuff, if you can just make it through the first three days, you will suddenly start feeling a LOT better! But you go through some rough withdrawal stuff those first few days.

Just be sure you're not replacing sugar with artificial sweeteners!!
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If you still eat many processed or packaged foods, this will probably be your most difficult challenge. HFCS is in EVERYTHING! I wanted to buy some cranberries at Thanksgiving and could NOT find any that weren't canned in HFCS. Finally I managed to find fresh ones at a single store in town. I just couldn't believe it.

If you're still eating fruit you probably won't have many issues with getting the shakes and stuff.

Honestly from everybody I know who has done sugar detoxes and stuff, if you can just make it through the first three days, you will suddenly start feeling a LOT better! But you go through some rough withdrawal stuff those first few days.

Just be sure you're not replacing sugar with artificial sweeteners!!



this.
I thought diet coke would be a good stepping stone to get off of regular coke.

Big mistake.
Getting myself weaned off diet coke was harder than anything else (even bread, even pasta!)

The artificial sweeteners are even harder habits to kick!!
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I agree that giving up everything at once it's asking too much. Go slow.

If you drink coffee, start adding some decaf so you're not getting so much caffeine.
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Good for you!!!!!!! take it slow, sometimes a support buddy is what helps the most. I cut it out cold turkey and I felt sick for the two weeks I think... But it was WORTH IT
You will feel SO much better!! I did! and the best thing about it is, if your like me and have a relapse a year later with birthday cake and ice cream, it will give you a headache and bad stomach cramps that will turn you off of it all over again
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Everybody works differently. For some people giving things up all at once is the best way to do it. It's like quitting smoking - some people do great just throwing away their remaining cigarettes and never looking back, some people wean themselves off. Do what works best for you!

Also I agree with Brattina, when you do cheat after getting rid of this stuff, OMG you feel so sick! I used to be a sugar FIEND, I love candy. It didn't really affect me. Now if I eat any substantial amount of sugar I get REALLY hyper and my stomach hurts all at once and it's equal parts horrible and hilarious.
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