The "I Quit Sugar" (by any method) support thread

edited 10 May 2016 at 4:50PM in Old Style MoneySaving
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  • Mrs_Boo_BooMrs_Boo_Boo Forumite
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    Have just subscribed. Am not going to totally give up sugar or ban it because this will make me want it more,but have decided to cut down. Have stopped buying cakes,chocolate and crisps and my husband is in agreement. Managed to avoid plenty of cakes and biscuits at work too. Am attempting to change my diet due to starting the menopause (I think). Find alcohol and caffeine disturb my sleep, although the hot flushes are still there I think it helps me sleep better. also have found I don't get that mid afternoon slump and tiredness. I binge when I'm tired hence the sugar high with cakes and chocolate. Have increased vegetables and still eat fruit.
    Made a tea loaf the other day with dried fruit and just omitted the sugar in it. lovely. Also find things taste too sweet or salty. Attempting to cut down on bread too.
    Unfortunately dried fruit such as dates have a wind and laxative effect on me so try not to eat too much. Don't want to go down the route of artificial sweeteners.
    Well here's to a healthier life and not too deprived life.
  • VJsmumVJsmum Forumite
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    Can we have the recipe for the apple bread please?

    I'm guessing too that it's made with wholemeal flour? - or would work with it okay?

    Here you are - it is, in effect Rosemary Conley's Kim's cake, instead of the sugar i put in a couple of grated apples, or a little less tea and substitute with apple juice - though i am more likely to have the apples than the juice in the house.

    Kim's cake

    (1 slice [half inch or 1cm] = 1 serving)

    1lb (400g) dried mixed fruit
    1 mug soft brown sugar
    2 mugs self-raising flour
    1 beaten egg

    Soak dried fruit overnight in 1 mug of hot black tea.
    Mix all the ingredients together, then place into a loaf tin or round cake tin.
    Bake for 2 hours at 160°C, 325°F (gas mark 3)
    To make into a birthday type fruit cake, substitute some cherries for the dried fruit.

    It might not be sweet enough for those starting out - remember i am a year on!

    I don't use wholemeal flour - but i guess you could, might need more liquid.

    Agree about the dates being a great instant sweet hit - i spread mine with peanut butter.

    And nowt wrong with fatty food - as long as it's the right sort. I eat loads of avocados, coconut and almonds.
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  • happy35happy35 Forumite
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    I tend to eat very little processed sugar but do eat a lot of fruit.

    I am trying to cut down a bit on carbs, I find it hard though as I love basmati rice and ryvita
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    basmati rice is good, gluten free, low in fat, all the amino acids, low sodium, contains folic acid etc. Wholegrain is better than white but white is good
  • happy35happy35 Forumite
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    Thanks Kittie, that makes me feel better, yes it is white basmati I am not keen on brown.
  • GoldiegirlGoldiegirl Forumite
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    NewShadow wrote: »
    I'm actually under drs orders to add salt to my food - I tend to faint and my heart can stop (really slow down) if I don't.
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    I know that people with low blood pressure are encouraged to eat more salt.

    My husband's blood pressure is in the normal range, but it's on the lower side of normal.

    As our meals are low in salt, he often grinds a little sea salt over his meals at the table. This seems perfectly reasonable in the circumstances.

    I've really had to try and not be the 'salt police' as other people's needs are different to mine.
    VJsmum wrote: »



    And nowt wrong with fatty food - as long as it's the right sort. I eat loads of avocados, coconut and almonds.

    I'm not fond of avocados, but I have coconut from time to time, and I'm making a conscious effort to eat more nuts.

    My low sugar tip is about baked beans.

    Even the low sugar and low salt versions of baked beans still have quite a lot of sugar and salt. I get tins of cannellini beans or haricot beans and make my own tomato sauce for them using passata as a base. There's loads of recipes online for this.
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    Welcome all newcomers :T Day 14 (just) for me :)
    greenbee wrote: »
    Dates are great for when the sugar cravings strike...
    I am happy to walk away from a date, so perhaps I'm not quite as addicted to sugar as I thought? Proof that I am not beyond help :D
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  • milasavesmoneymilasavesmoney Forumite
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    VJsmum wrote: »
    Here you are - it is, in effect Rosemary Conley's Kim's cake, instead of the sugar i put in a couple of grated apples, or a little less tea and substitute with apple juice - though i am more likely to have the apples than the juice in the house.

    Kim's cake

    (1 slice [half inch or 1cm] = 1 serving)

    1lb (400g) dried mixed fruit
    1 mug soft brown sugar
    2 mugs self-raising flour
    1 beaten egg

    Soak dried fruit overnight in 1 mug of hot black tea.
    Mix all the ingredients together, then place into a loaf tin or round cake tin.
    Bake for 2 hours at 160°C, 325°F (gas mark 3)
    To make into a birthday type fruit cake, substitute some cherries for the dried fruit.

    It might not be sweet enough for those starting out - remember i am a year on!

    I don't use wholemeal flour - but i guess you could, might need more liquid.

    Agree about the dates being a great instant sweet hit - i spread mine with peanut butter.

    And nowt wrong with fatty food - as long as it's the right sort. I eat loads of avocados, coconut and almonds.

    Please, can someone tell me how much a 'mug' is in dry equilavant?
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  • milasavesmoneymilasavesmoney Forumite
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    Quick note: Read your peanut butter labels as some brands can have lots of added sugar. Well, at least that's true here in the States. I have found a store brand that has very low sugar content and that's a big plus for me. Saving! And low sugar.
    Overprepare, then go with the flow.
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