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

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  • sniggingssniggings Forumite
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    Morning. Another week gone by and it's a bank holiday weekend here :j.

    It's good to hear about the Stotters chocolate, sniggings. Maybe it would be ok to use in baked stuff? I find the very high content chocolate is way too bitter to eat on its own.

    I would say the lindt is more bitter, but has a better overall taste for me.

    The Zotter was not bitter at all (well I guess for plain chocolate).

    I use the chocolate to melt and cover dates with, or eat a couple of pieces a night, so does the trick to make me not feel totally deprived.


    I guess it's like wine, some of us just prefer the cheaper stuff.
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    I'll have to try the pear and cheese, never heard of that combo, I normally have blue cheese on sliced tomatoes.

    Thinking about making my own bread, might start eating it again in a couple of months.

    Anyone an expert of bread making?

    My aim is to hopefully make a whole grain bread that is quite low GI, so would need to use very course grains?, then I'm also wondering about yeast, is it a good/bad thing to use? heard sour dough doesn't use yeast?

    I haven't really had any cravings, but I would really enjoy a good slice of brown bread with cheese and tomato.
  • Just checking in briefly - have been away and without wifi for the last week or so - am so disengaged from meal life I've lost count of the days - but around plenty of 24-hour-all-inclusive sugary treats! Inventive is an understatement.

    They are no match for me, I just walk past them with the same disinterest I have for most food. I have however maxed out on these little beauties:

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    My veg consumption has increased as predicted, so it's working out well so far. If I can keep it up at home I shall be very happy! :D
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  • Well after 2 weeks of 24/7 food and plenty of sweet treats to tempt me over the last fortnight, I can honestly say that I have reached the end of my support journey. During week 2 I made an effort to limit the amount of fruit I ate, compared to helpings of vegetables, so I'm getting there. I cannot see Christmas as making a difference as the last fortnight has been like Christmas every day!

    I now have no interest whatsoever in sweet foods and in fact find sweetness in foods where it does not exist to normal tastebuds. I still feel irritated without apparent reason when I haven't eaten (now a rare event) but don't find the need to maintain my long-established previous solution of buying some chocolate /biscuit / cake. Instead I buy a sandwich with protein, and eat half of it, which is enough to get me back to normal. I still don't see the point of eating food that doesn't taste nice, though.

    At home I plan my shop to ensure there is enough vegetarian protein in the basket, and adequate portions of veg for the week. Food wise, I start the day by mentally deciding which protein and 3-4 portions of vegetables I'll have, and a handful of nuts. If I'm still hungry after that, I can eat whatever I fancy (usually fruit, crisps or Weetabix).

    It's the most dangerous time of the month for me, and incredibly I'm not hunting out carbohydrate! So yes there has been pain but I think it's been far easier than I had initially thought!

    Thanks to all for your support through the tough times :A xxx
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  • Vfm4mepls can I ask what benefits you felt giving up sugar? Weightloss, more energy, better skin? Thanks!
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    VfM4meplseVfM4meplse
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    edited 30 August 2016 at 7:57PM
    Vfm4mepls can I ask what benefits you felt giving up sugar? Weightloss, more energy, better skin? Thanks!
    My main reason for doing this in the long-term health benefit, particularly cutting the risk of diabetes and improving my lipid profile as well as another very troubling daily symptom.. It was the first step in addressing a lifetime carbohydrate addiction, which was affecting my moods severely. I'd go for long periods without eating, and then every time I felt my mood drop, I'd eat something sweet, which would tide me over for all of 1/2 hr before I needed another dose of sugar....and so the cycle continued, since I was 15 so the best part of 30 years!

    It was a trial but I'm very glad I did it, if only to lose the longing for sugar. My weight dropped at first but then quickly stabilised when I realised I needed to eat something. I feel mentally much better for it, although it's not had the physiological impact I had originally sought. Short term my lipid profile didn't make the dramatic improvement I had hoped for.

    The unexpected benefit was an improvement in my skin, although this might just be a consequence of age. I do look a lot leaner, and although I don't feel like Superwoman, I don't feel tired all the time which is a very good thing. My sleep pattern has improved, but again I don't know which is cause and which is effect!

    I still get very irritated if I don't eat for some time (I had a gap of 26 hours last week and was ready to murder until I ate some creamy mushrooms on toast with a cup of tea :( ). But at least I don't find the answer in a Lotus biscuit anymore :rotfl: . Be in no doubt, high sugar levels - which can be caused by both sugars and excess carbohydrates - cause untold damage to the most sensitive organs, namely the eyes, brain, kidneys and extremities.

    The next stage is eating more veg which I'm not doing too well at :o

    Eta: I had stopped counting, but have calculated today to be day 132 so it's been 4 and 1/2 months now, but feels like forever.
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  • Mumof2_2Mumof2_2 Forumite
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    Oh dear, am I too late to this party? I gave up sugar a year ago and did really well however in Spring time I started having the odd bits and bobs of sugar and now I'm back to how I was again before I gave up - chocolates, sweets, cakes etc. Not good. Also I appear to be losing my waist line again and have muffins over the top of my jeans!! Plus my general mood is deteriorating which is what I found before and why the GP recommended I drop sugar.

    I felt much better although the first fortnight without sugar was shocking and I am thinking I may try again. I thought it'd be nice to post on here but am I right in thinking it's not still active?
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  • Mumof2 wrote: »
    I felt much better although the first fortnight without sugar was shocking and I am thinking I may try again. I thought it'd be nice to post on here but am I right in thinking it's not still active?
    The thread is as active or as dead as it needs to be! By all means track your journey here, support through the tough times or even just day to day is what it's all about. You are amongst friends...:D
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    Hope is not a strategy :D...A child is for life, not just 18 years....Don't get me started on the NHS, because you won't win...I love chaz-ing!
  • I'm on day 3 with no sugar today though I have to confess I did have a little bit of Angel Delight at a Church supper this evening!! I'm already feeling less bloated and, so far, haven't had the awful headaches I got last time but I think that's probably because I've not been stuffing sugary stuff in my face like I was before I stopped it the first time
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  • Sky_Sky_ Forumite
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    After several false starts, where I gave up because I had awful aches and pains which would have kept me off work, I finally stopped eating sugar a week ago. Luckily, I picked a BH weekend to start, because I spent much of the second day on the toilet. :o

    I haven't had any other adverse effects, but I noticed that I felt bloated and tired after eating white carbs, so I've cut back on those a little and I feel a lot better for it. Also my taste buds have sharpened and my addiction to crisps has disappeared--they taste really awful now, of stale oil and just yukky, so that's a positive side effect. :D
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