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    Dolphin- my eldest reacts REALLY badly too when she has the occasional sugar, she turns into this little b!tch to her sister and will throw huge tanties! Not worth it!! Made some super yummy cupcakes this morning for a bday party dd is going to, feel bad that I'm obsessive over what she eats until I see what there is on offer!! She got a little goodie bag I made, aired pop corn, some gluten free chips, an organic lollipop that has rice syrup, a cupcake and raw chocolate she was in heaven!


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    Hi I am thinking of joining you going sugar free.

    My (slightly stupid) question is- what exactly do you have to give up? I ask this because my SIL went sugar free after reading sweet poison but she gave up things like tomatoes due to high sugar content and alcohol apart from red wine. Also she didn't eat fruit apart from occasional apples and pears as they were high fibre. And to me that seems a bit extreme! I know she also avoided carbs.

    So what kind of things are you guys giving up? I can see myself stopping chocolate lollies sugar in tea etc. All the obvious things. And reducing the amount of fruit I have maybe and replacing with more veg. But I want to be realistic too and not cut out too many foods!

    Some advice would be great thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bond Girl View Post
    Hi I am thinking of joining you going sugar free.

    My (slightly stupid) question is- what exactly do you have to give up? I ask this because my SIL went sugar free after reading sweet poison but she gave up things like tomatoes due to high sugar content and alcohol apart from red wine. Also she didn't eat fruit apart from occasional apples and pears as they were high fibre. And to me that seems a bit extreme! I know she also avoided carbs.

    So what kind of things are you guys giving up? I can see myself stopping chocolate lollies sugar in tea etc. All the obvious things. And reducing the amount of fruit I have maybe and replacing with more veg. But I want to be realistic too and not cut out too many foods!

    Some advice would be great thanks
    I haven't read the book, we eat any fruit or veg, we use a unrefined sweetners like coconut palm sugar occasionally and use raw sweetners like raw local honey. I have come to the conclusion that it's a personal choice, I enjoy dates and other fruits to sweeten things up, they have great vitamins and minerals in them so I tend to go with the belief of not 'throwing the baby out with the bath water'. So no chocolate, soft drinks or 'added' sugar.


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    Quote Originally Posted by shinebrite View Post
    I haven't read the book, we eat any fruit or veg, we use a unrefined sweetners like coconut palm sugar occasionally and use raw sweetners like raw local honey. I have come to the conclusion that it's a personal choice, I enjoy dates and other fruits to sweeten things up, they have great vitamins and minerals in them so I tend to go with the belief of not 'throwing the baby out with the bath water'. So no chocolate, soft drinks or 'added' sugar.
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    This is what we do too. We eat all fruits and vegetables and some organic dried fruit. I occasionally have honey and it doesn't trigger sugar cravings for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrsTiggyWinkle View Post
    Thanks, PND is maybe an awkward thing to bring up but its no secret on here so what the hell eh? So is your hubby gone sugar free too? Yesterday and today I feel... Hmmm... When I first started Ads I felt like someone had switched a light on in my brain. The last 36 hours have been a similar leap forward. And I'm not even bring all that strict, I've had white rice and too much wine lol. Sorry that your dh suffers like that, its so debilitating
    I think it's great that you're able to share your journey, there may be others reading that could be find some relief in what you're doing too

    DH doesn't have sugar, dairy, soy, gluten or additives. Sounds pretty restrictive, but it's not too bad once you get your head around it. Also the health rewards are so worth it.

    Quote Originally Posted by dolphin01 View Post
    Wow I really need to find this book is it in bookstores or just online?

    We cut down our sugar intake February 2011 due to my son whovwas 3 at the time. He was simply out of control and it took 12 months plus a letter from childcare saying they can't handle his tantrums to actually make us go see a doctor. Because they can't diagnose ADD until they're 7yrs, he told me to limit sugar to only 8g per day which sounded easy.... Yeah right!!! We struggled big time for about a month. Mainly because our son was used to getting biscuits and lollies and loved apple juice. Swapping them for carrot sticks, rice cakes and water was a big shock. We learnt that you can't have what's not there! Our shopping basket changed dramatically and we all lost weight. Our son is a completely different child and its fantastic! We can actually sit down and read a whole book or watch an entire movie without him moving... He gives kisses and cuddles instead of bad looks and punches. The bad thing is, if he does have sugar now... He has a big reaction to it because he's not used to it anymore. But he's 4 now and is learning how to cope and recognize signs. It's really amazing how much better our lives are without sugar.
    I would say for myself... It took about 2 weeks before the cravings stopped but I was addicted to all things sweet. I admit I still have 1 teaspoon of sugar in my coffee but its better than 3
    That's wonderful! Sounds like your whole family is benefitting.

    It's a good book for understanding the chemical reactions table sugar causes in our bodies, but I haven't followed his plan exactly. The vast majority of our household's diet is whole foods, and so a lot of what he eats wouldn't work for us.. for example using dextrose instead of sucrose in cooking. Lots of people have found this to help them though.

    Quote Originally Posted by mumtofive View Post
    Hi all..Im just subbing in here, hoping to be able to get some encouragemnet from reading all ur posts...

    I am addicted to coke/pepsi and when i find that i have had to much my body gives me these horriable sharp head pains, so i know that i need to cut back, how ever i have cut back and still getting them this time, so i have decided to try to wean off the softdrink for now..
    So my plan for the next 4mnths is to avoid if i can anything with over 3% sugar per serve..

    Basically im planning to cut out soft drink and lollies there the most obvious with high sugar, and try where i can to swap my bread for crackers etc..
    But mostly its just to cut out soft drink for the 4mths and see how i feel...

    so far its almost lunch time and im dying to have a glass of pepsi and thanks to my hubby my cupboard is full of it..
    i went and bought a drink bottle yesterday just for me to use, so i can moniter my water intake..

    anyway.. nice to meet u all
    Sounds like a good plan. Even if all you worked on to start with was cutting out soft drink, you would be off to a flying start. Just be aware that a lot of people (self included) have to take all refined sugar out of their diet due to the addictive nature of sugar - because the cravings end up getting the best of us.


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    As for me, I am pleased to report that I stayed sugar free today

    I am craving something sweet TERRIBLY right now (and fruit just isn't cutting it!), so I'm here instead! lol.

    Hopefully by tomorrow night, the cravings will be starting to pass again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bond Girl View Post
    Hi I am thinking of joining you going sugar free.

    My (slightly stupid) question is- what exactly do you have to give up? I ask this because my SIL went sugar free after reading sweet poison but she gave up things like tomatoes due to high sugar content and alcohol apart from red wine. Also she didn't eat fruit apart from occasional apples and pears as they were high fibre. And to me that seems a bit extreme! I know she also avoided carbs.

    So what kind of things are you guys giving up? I can see myself stopping chocolate lollies sugar in tea etc. All the obvious things. And reducing the amount of fruit I have maybe and replacing with more veg. But I want to be realistic too and not cut out too many foods!

    Some advice would be great thanks
    It's not a stupid question at all. The book talks a lot about the chemical reactions in your body, and how it is actually fructose that is bad for us, which is why dextrose is recommended as a substitute (once the cravings and withdrawal period are over). Normal sugar breaks down to around 50% fructose and substitutes like agave syrup can have 20%-92% fructose (depending on the manufacturer)

    There is a table in the book that will tell you which fruit is a no-go and only recommends that an adult has 2 pieces per day and a child has 1 per day. I haven't really changed my fruit eating habit at all, we probably average out to that though

    I've given up sugar in coffee, muesli bars, breakfast muesli, most sauces and pretty much anything else with more than 3g of sugar per 100g

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    Quote Originally Posted by shinebrite View Post
    I haven't read the book, we eat any fruit or veg, we use a unrefined sweetners like coconut palm sugar occasionally and use raw sweetners like raw local honey. I have come to the conclusion that it's a personal choice, I enjoy dates and other fruits to sweeten things up, they have great vitamins and minerals in them so I tend to go with the belief of not 'throwing the baby out with the bath water'. So no chocolate, soft drinks or 'added' sugar.

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    This is us too. Though I do allow one sugar treat every week or two if we're out somewhere and want it. It's always something relatively natural though, like a sorbet or an organic wheat/dairy free cake or raw foods treat (we have some great little organic cafes nearby

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    Have ordered the book. Baby steps!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CluckySC View Post
    This is us too. Though I do allow one sugar treat every week or two if we're out somewhere and want it. It's always something relatively natural though, like a sorbet or an organic wheat/dairy free cake or raw foods treat (we have some great little organic cafes nearby
    Yes it's totally un avoidable if you want to socialise! Although I'm slowly getting use to asking for a pot of tea instead of a coffee! Gave up coffee ages ago but out of habit I look at the menu and think to order it! It's beyond belief what things have sugar in them! Loads of lovely cafes around SA! One in the city that has raw vegan desserts!

    If you look at these 'sweet' goods as an occasional treat then I think that's a good relationship, well in our terms. Our diet mainly consists of raw fresh green foods, fruits and Veg. I know I would rather my child have a second or third apple than some other 'normal' treat most children get these days, it gets hard when you don't have meat, milk, cheese or gluten in the diet... Well that's where we are at in our diet anyway


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