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StephanieUlrich
03-04-2011, 01:54 PM
So I am embarking on a No Sugar diet. Not a super strict no sugar, just like no candy, sweets, baked goods {my fav} etc. I have been at it a week and doing really well. However, I am still crazing candy like CRAZY!!! Any ideas on good things to eat that will curb my sweet tooth? I have heard apples, but I only like apples with fruit dip AKA loaded with sugar. :( thanks for the help!

charmedeebob
03-04-2011, 02:33 PM
Good for you Steph! Try to increase your protein, I think that really helps curb your crab cravings. If you need a sweet fix try a yogurt dip and you can sweeten it with Splenda or Stevia. Maybe someone else has a more inspired suggestion than me!

marshmella
03-04-2011, 06:43 PM
This is a tough one. I quit eating sugar a couple months ago. The cravings are still there, but no where near as bad as when I first quit. I sound like a smoker.. lol. I love candy! ALL of it!!! The hardest time for he is after supper. I usually eat some applesauce or some fruit like Char said, but I haven't found anything that really gets rid of that craving. Give it some more time and you should find you think about it less.

StarWarsFans
03-04-2011, 10:16 PM
I use Stevia. When I have cravings, I munch on some raisins. They are nice and sugary in a natural way. :)

charmedeebob
03-05-2011, 04:18 AM
I know what you mean Michaela, I feel like an addict with my sugar cravings lol!!! Now that I've been off sugar about 5 weeks, I don't have the physical cravings I did, now its more a mental thing, which is still tough, but I find easier to battle than both combined!

StephanieUlrich
03-07-2011, 01:33 PM
Ohhh applesauce! That sounds like a good one!! I LOVE candy. This time of year is especially hard because I LOVE jellybeans and GIRL SCOUT COOKIES!! My weakness! Thanks for the ideas, I'll be trying them all. I almost caved last night and made cookies, but then my 3YO got sick and took up all my attention. Thank Goodness!

Colleen
03-07-2011, 05:48 PM
Be careful with your applesauce! ;) You might want to try and get the kind with no sugar added. I hate that the ADD sugar to fruit, applesauce, and juice all the time! I only buy the no sugar added stuff. Then I have to be careful for the no sugar added stuff because then it can sometimes have the artificial sweeteners that I don't want either! ;)

Fruit smooties with yogurt? I'm not sure on the sugar content, but they are pretty yummy! I also make homemade yogurt parfaits with yogurt, a squirt of honey, and lots of different berries. I'll get the frozen berries. I'll layer all of this together the night before, so by morning, all the juices from the fruit have mixed in and made the yogurt all yummy! :D

I just say fruit in general for sweetness. Pineapples are usually pretty sweet, and I can usually get them "in season" all year round. Clementines - these are soooo good and sweet!

I found a dried mango without any sugar added that is super sweet and tasty! I can eat a whole pack in one sitting! LOL

I hope you are finding some things that are helping!

trina513
03-07-2011, 06:18 PM
Yes - fruit is HIGH in sugar - but its "natural"

I too hate that they add sugar to fruit juices and stuff - it's sweet enough w/o it! I dont like when they trick you with all the artificial sweetners - how can they be any better for you? eek.

I cut out my sugars when i was pregnant due to hovering dangerously close to gestational diabetes. It was hard at first - but it did get easier. I keep thinking now I should go back to that - I ate much healthier then - and maybe I could beat my hubby at our weight loss contest quicker ;) hee hee!

Colleen - I wanna know where you found your dried mangos w/ no added sugar - I LOVE MANGO and DRIED MANGOS! And so do my kids!! We make our own - works great towards the end of the season - we can get mangos super cheap at sams! But this time of year they just don't carry them. All the ones around here are LOADED w/ sugars :(

StephanieUlrich
03-08-2011, 01:08 PM
Yogurt parfaits sound absolutely delish. Yum. Much better then the protein bar I currently eat for breakfast! What kind of yogurt do you use? I find that yogurts seems to be high sugar and high calorie to. Plus I am lactose intolerant, so I never buy it, but I want a parfait!!! LOL

Colleen
03-08-2011, 02:28 PM
Yes - fruit is HIGH in sugar - but its "natural"

I too hate that they add sugar to fruit juices and stuff - it's sweet enough w/o it! I dont like when they trick you with all the artificial sweetners - how can they be any better for you? eek.

I cut out my sugars when i was pregnant due to hovering dangerously close to gestational diabetes. It was hard at first - but it did get easier. I keep thinking now I should go back to that - I ate much healthier then - and maybe I could beat my hubby at our weight loss contest quicker ;) hee hee!

Colleen - I wanna know where you found your dried mangos w/ no added sugar - I LOVE MANGO and DRIED MANGOS! And so do my kids!! We make our own - works great towards the end of the season - we can get mangos super cheap at sams! But this time of year they just don't carry them. All the ones around here are LOADED w/ sugars :(Let me think on the mangoes. I think I was in the cities when I got them. The ones at Walmart down here are loaded with sugar. That was the SECOND ingredient!

When I find them, I will pick some up for you. However, I want to be hooked-up with some of your fresh, dried mango this summer! I will glasly supply you with a box of mangoes from Sam's!! YUM!!!

Colleen
03-08-2011, 02:30 PM
Yogurt parfaits sound absolutely delish. Yum. Much better then the protein bar I currently eat for breakfast! What kind of yogurt do you use? I find that yogurts seems to be high sugar and high calorie to. Plus I am lactose intolerant, so I never buy it, but I want a parfait!!! LOLLowfat yogurt or the Greek yogurt. Yeah, I wasn't sure on the sugar count for it, but it has to be better than candy! At least that is my thought process when I am eating it... "This is healthier than a candy bar, this is healthier then a candy bar, this is healthier..." ;) LOL

trina513
03-09-2011, 05:55 PM
Yogurt is VERY high in sugar!! I had to watch that when I was pregnant - I know the strawberry I get has 31g of Sugar! :( I think the vanilla is about 28g. Thats the yoplait kind.

StarWarsFans
03-09-2011, 08:05 PM
The Weight Watchers yogurt is much lower in sugar and actual "sugar" is not listed in the ingredients. The sweetness comes from the lactose and fructose. So I get that once in a blue moon when I'm in the mood for yogurt. But I try not too have it too often because it reawakens my sweet tooth!

I also make sure I check labels. They add table sugar and/or corn syrup to about everything these days. I get the no-sugar added applesauce and the 100% fruit juices. I love that they have fruit cups that are packaged in 100% fruit juice now instead of Splenda or heavy syrups. They are handy for quick snacks.

charmedeebob
03-10-2011, 04:39 AM
I agree on checking labels Tricia....its a nightmare to try and find a salad dressing that doesnt' have high fructose corn syrup or sugar or hydrogenated oils in it! my god they are all so crazy unhealthy! I found a fabulous French Vinagrette by Brianne's that is really yummy and all natural, but I have yet to find a sugar free, natural type of Ranch which is my fave!

StarWarsFans
03-10-2011, 04:52 AM
Yep, Ranch is a hard one. I tried a sugar free one from Whole Foods once that was the nastiest thing I have ever tasted in my life. It was soooooo bad. So now I try to just use a very, very small amount of "real" Ranch when I feel I really need it. :)

charmedeebob
03-10-2011, 05:01 AM
LOL well good to know that if I find one that I shouldn't hold out big expectations for it!

Artsyatheart
04-02-2011, 07:37 PM
I'm diabetic and really suppose to watch my sugar intake.. and what did God give me? A SWEET TOOTH!!! ACK... My elderly mom lives with hubby and myself....shes diabetic and so is hubby...Fruit YES is higher in sugar than one would think... Grapes turn to pure sugar in the body.. Unsweetened apple sauce is good... with splenda in it :) Sorry I can't go without Splenda.. will have to try this yogurt parfait it sounds great .. I'm excited we planted plum and peach trees last year and we have lil bitty fruit on there right now... hoping they get bigger and ripe and not fall off.. time will tell. Appreciate all the hints on eating healthly. when you're diabetic its NOT a diet anymore.. its a WAY of LIFE...

Huggys to all

charmedeebob
04-03-2011, 06:00 AM
I hear you on not going without splenda :) it's got to fix that sweet tooth somehow right?!?!

And Trisha, I tried a zero calorie ranch dressing yesterday and I'm pretty sure that is what evil tastes like!!! It was vile! So I've been using low fat sour cream with the powdered ranch dip mix and it is very low carb compared to most bottled dressings :)

lasnow
04-07-2011, 12:03 AM
I like yogurt for the probiotics, so I've been eating the YoLite made with Splenda. It's 13g carbs, and 3g of fiber (which I also need more of). I only eat one a day so I don't overdo it.

jtbusman(Jamie)
05-06-2011, 01:59 AM
I'm jumping in here. I lost a TON of weight several years ago going off of refined sugars. I will say, there's a ton more available now w/out the added sugar or artificial sweetners and the high fructose corn syrups than there was when I was going without. You can now get ketchup w/out HFCS - I believe it is a cane sugar. It's still a sugar, but not as refined as white sugar and much better than the HFCS.

For snacks; raisins, any of the dried fruits w/out sugar added - which I know can be difficult to find. Some stuff is seasonal - if anyone has a trader joe's near them they are a good resource for healthier versions. They were the only place I could find whole wheat hamburger buns w/out the sugars - that tasted good! I would usually get the plain yogurts and add fruit spread to it. The fruit spread uses fruit juices to sweeten instead of sugars (polaner and I think simply smuckers are the brands I usually buy). I also buy natural PB - believe it or not, it tastes really good to me. It's just like a mouth full of peanuts! I make a homemade granola that is really easy and really good. I will have to dig up the recipe and post it. I use pure maple syrup to sweeten it instead of sugar. I also use the pure maple syrup and make a sort of healthier version of apple crisp w/ out all the sugars.

If you are craving chocolate, eat natural whole almonds they are high in magnesium and that is why you crave chocolate.

Baby carrots are actually naturally higher in sugar so those can be good for munching too. I make a lot of my own dressings, snacks, even ice cream. There's so much added garbage in everything you buy commercially, that for a once in awhile treat, we use the fresh ingredients. If I think of more stuff I'll come back and post! Now you're motivating me to give up sugar again...hmmm....

Laura
05-12-2011, 04:59 AM
man, you are a braver soul than I! i think i would DIE! hehe

StephanieUlrich
05-12-2011, 11:11 PM
Thanks for all the info. Very helpful! I was so good all of March and April then decided I could eat some Easter candy. bad bad bad idea. The stuff really is addicting. I think it's time to start over again! Thanks again for the good ideas!

Char- low fat ranch is indeed pure EVIL! I can only eat the fatty good stuff! However, I did just discover and organic Italian dressing from Costco that is delish!

StarWarsFans
05-13-2011, 07:03 PM
Thanks for all the info. Very helpful! I was so good all of March and April then decided I could eat some Easter candy. bad bad bad idea. The stuff really is addicting. I think it's time to start over again! Thanks again for the good ideas!

Char- low fat ranch is indeed pure EVIL! I can only eat the fatty good stuff! However, I did just discover and organic Italian dressing from Costco that is delish!

Easter candy got me too. I need to get strict again before things spiral out of control!

EhKho
05-14-2011, 09:59 AM
Hey don't replace sugary goods with those with saccharin, it's very bad for your liver and kidneys. I absolutely hate how companies market stuff as kiddy safe until you look at the ingredients and discover it would be safer to give them a big spoon of sugar lol

StephanieUlrich
05-15-2011, 01:24 AM
It's my dream to eat and all organic/all natural diet. We're about half way there. It really freaks me out when I think about all the crazy additives and preservatives they put in our food that haven't even been fully tested! Alas, Diet coke is a huge huge addiction of mine. I've tried the all natural diet cola, and that {next to fat free ranch} is pure evil.

EhKho
05-15-2011, 07:41 AM
Diet cola may help you lose weight but will eat away at your stomach lining in the process, evil nasty stuff!

StarWarsFans
05-16-2011, 12:53 AM
Ewww....I've tried the all natural soda too. D-I-S-G-U-S-T-I-N-G!!!! But it was enough to turn me off to soda in general. LOL!

jtbusman(Jamie)
05-16-2011, 01:49 AM
Hey don't replace sugary goods with those with saccharin, it's very bad for your liver and kidneys. I absolutely hate how companies market stuff as kiddy safe until you look at the ingredients and discover it would be safer to give them a big spoon of sugar lol

oh I know! We actually make our own ice cream so we can control the ingredients and I would much rather let the kids have a 1/2 cup of that then the junk from the stores with all the chemicals! We are a NO soda household - we don't even buy it for parties anymore. It's just garbage! I actually love Izze - it's sparkling water with 100% fruit juices - and it is carbonated. It's kind of pricey, but I have 1 a day at most. I just get sick of plain water all the time. By me, Target, and sometimes Costco carries it. I don't get to Costco tho, it's too far and my friend will grab it for me once in awhile when she goes. I typically shop at a store called Woodman's - it's an employee owned HUGE store that has everything and their prices are pretty good. There's only a couple in WI that I know of and thankfully one is just over the border from me!! They also have a fantastic organic section - which we do some of. It's so expensive to be totally organic/natural - we do the best we can (and better when my sweet tooth is at bay...lol)

EhKho
05-16-2011, 11:24 AM
We've tried growing our own veg/fruit but the nettles and other weeds in the garden that appear to pop up from nowhere keep killing them. On a good note though we have a really good and fairly cheap greengrocers within a 5 minute walk from the house :)