Post # 1
So, I’ve never really been the healthiest person, but when I started college I pretty much stopped taking care of myself, so here I am 4 1/2 years later and I’m pretty concerned about my well-being. My general high-strung nature has turned into full-blown anxiety, my circulation doesn’t seem that great, I have terrible mood swings, and it seems like it’s impossible for me to lose any weight. I’m not that much overweight, maybe 10 pounds for my height, but I think this is way more than a weight issue.
I know that changing your diet can change your life, so I really want to try. I’m a very picky eater so I know going vegetarian or gluten-free would be terrible ideas, but I think I could try and deal with cutting out sugar. My first step would be to cut out all sugary drinks, but I think working around sugar when I bake will be…. interesting.
Has anyone had success doing this? Is it really difficult?
Post # 3
I have done a paleo diet and I thought it would be hard, but it really wasn’t! You pretty much just cut out all sugar and processed food. It took a little adjustment, but I felt so much healthier as I was going it!
Post # 4
Yes, it’s very hard to try and avoid sugar. The only way to do it is to go for a “paleo” type of diet.
Sugar is in everything, hidden as a variety of names. Anything “processed” will probablycontain it, like soups, breads, yoghurts, cereals, salad dressings etc. Most foods boasting that they are “sugar free” chuck in a whole bunch of artificial sweeteners to compensate.
The best way to reduce sugar in your diet is to stop eating processed foods as much as possible – that means making your own meals, breads, soups etc. from natural ingredients.
Post # 5
Yes, I have. I basically eat paleo now. Honestly, eating sugar begets cravings for more sugar, so the first few days are hard, but then it’s a lot easier. You could also look into deficiencies, because those can often cause cravings for sweets (particularly magnesium). Also, I know you said you won’t go gluten free, but I would at least consider limiting it and choosing vegetables, humanely raised meat & white rice whenever you can.
Post # 6
I’d also like to add that I originally gave up all sweeteners, but I now use natural sweeteners (raw honey, maple syrup, coconut sugar, occasionally stevia) in moderation. I do make basically everything from scratch. You’d be amazed where sugar hides in packaged foods- even in things like mayo!
Post # 7
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
I would avoid added sugar, but not sugar in general, and I certainly wouldn’t replace sugar with sugar substitutes. Cut things like soda, cookies, etc. and bake your own treats with natural sweeteners. You’ll do more harm than good if you replace sugar with things like aspatame and saccharin.
I often bake with things like agave syrup, honey, and maple syrup.
Post # 8
@misskittenn: I commend you for thinking so much about your health! I agree with the other posts with regarding the paleo diet. I’ve been doing paleo for awhile now and it is life changing. I had to alter how I cook and what I eat but I’ve lost weight without being able to exercise due to illness. I’d recommend reading Wheat Belly (or maybe just start by following it on facebook). It talks about the dangers of wheat and WHY/HOW it makes a lot of people feel sick. There are recipes in there as well. Here are a couple of blogs for recipes. http://www.paleoplan.com/recipes/ http://www.gourmetgirlcooks.com/ It is hard at first because of the withdrawal your body will experience but once that is over, the difference you’ll feel will be totally worth it. And you’ll still be able to eat lots of yummy food. I’ve never had more energy in my life, despite being sick. good luck with your journey!!!
Post # 9
@misskittenn: You could do a Paleo diet. Google for 30 day paleo challenge and there are TOOONS of hits on it. It’s only 30 days – it wouldn’t hurt to try it!
Wasn’t South Beach Diet about eliminating sugar?
Post # 10
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
@sienna76: South Beach is about cutting carbs. It’s like Adkins light. It works in the beginning, but then stops and most of the weight comes back for most people as soon as they stop the diet.
Post # 11
@mrsSonthebeach: I agree with this.
Sugar is in so many foods, cutting it out completely isn’t really healthy. Fruits and veggies have sugar too.
Post # 12
I cut way back on sugar last winter. My goal was to only eat sugary things like candy, ice cream, junk in general 1 day a week. I still ate things with sugar like fruit and other carbs, but I just stopped eating the junky sugar except for one day a week. By doing this, I lost about 5 pounds.
Post # 13
Sugar (carbohydrates) is found in a lot of foods and comes in many different forms.
Carbs are found in dairy (lactose), fruits (fructose), vegetables and of course the starchy/sugary foods we commonly think of (sodas, cakes, breads, pasta, etc).
There are essentially 3 kinds of food that we eat: Protein, Fat and carbohydrates. If you cut out sugar you are cutting out a lot of healthy nutritious foods our brain/body thrives on.
I don’t recommend it however I do recommend rthat you cut out the sugary drinks you mentioned. Don’t drink your calories.
Post # 14
I cut out added sugar a few years ago, and it was the best decision I ever made. I lost extra weight without trying (and kept it off!) and my skin cleared up, I got sick very infrequently and I had tons of energy.
However, I still ate fruits and foods that have natural sugars, I just avoided things with ADDED sugar. This includes label ingredients like: sugar, any kind of corn syrup, rice syrup, cane juice, honey, fructose, etc. If I was having a big candy bar craving, I would keep fruit or fruit strips (the kind that are just dried fruits, no added flavors or added sugar) in my purse and munch on one of those. That really helped to keep me on track! Maybe instead of sugary drinks you could try drinking tea or squeeze a lemon in some sparkling water?
Also, my favorite alternative sweetener is Truvia, which is composed of stevia and erythritol. Most sugar alcohols (like maltytol, xylitol, etc) can cause stomach upset, but erythritol is processed differently in your body and doesn’t cause the same reaction. I use this for cooking or small things that need a little sweetener at home. Do some research on the available alternative sweeteners to see what works best for you if you still want to bake. There are also blends of half sugar, half alternative sweetener so that you aren’t getting the full amount of sugar. Sometimes cookies are a little flat without actual sugar, so that’s where I think the blends are useful.
Good luck, it’s not that hard once you put your mind to it!
Post # 15
I cut sugar out of my diet for a while and it was the best thing I ever did
I lost 30kgs from cutting out sugar, and I also noticed a major difference in my energy levels, skin, and my sleeping patterns.
I use stevia sweeteners in my tea, coffee, and baking, and if I want a sweet treat I’ll get some sugarfree chocolate or lollies. I used to drink a lot of ordinary coke, but now I get coke zero or diet coke.
Now, I’ve started using sugar a bit more because of Christmas and the holiday season, and my skin has broken out, and I’ve put on weight But I’m going to cut it out for good this week.
It’s quite hard to do at first because sugar is addictive, but it’s worth it!
It’s so good for your insulin levels, metabolism, teeth, skin and weight.
Go for it
Post # 16
I cut out sugar for a year and it was the best thing ever. Not all carbs, still ate fruit and whole grains, but it was the added “fake” and “added” sugar I avoided.