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

edited 10 May 2016 at 4:50PM in Old style MoneySaving
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  • Isn't it funny how giving up sugar affects people in different ways. I haven't found I've had an upset tummy but I have heard of lots of people who do. My big problem before was stonking headaches but, touch wood, I'm OK this time round.

    Well done on going a week Sky - not sure if I should count today due to the Angel Delight!!
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  • Sky_Sky_ Forumite
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    Bodies are weird, with all their different responses. I'm hoping that one week is only the start, but I'm still taking one day at a time.

    What's helped is allowing myself to eat anything else I wanted--mostly nuts, fruit and salad-- drinking lots of (fizzy) water and having lots of early nights, just in case the side effects were really bad. I also read a Kindle book called 'OMG I would die without chocolate, how I quit sugar and didn't kill anyone', and several more factual books about sugar, which have all been really motivational (so far :o).

    You could always ignore today, or decide that less than a teaspoon of sugar doesn't count. ;)
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  • katkinkatkin Forumite
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    Now I've sorted out my password and can post again, I'd like to join this thread.

    I gave up sugar in May, also incantations of sugar as in carbs and starch.

    I aimed to eat no more that 30g of carbs a day. This was difficult, my diet became like "lazy keto". The reddit keto sub forums have been informative and supportive.

    I lost nearly 3 stone and felt amazing. Lots of energy, no blood sugar drops ( I think I must have been on my way to pre - pre diabetes), less mood swings, no hunger and generally well within myself.

    This last few weeks due to stress and lazyness, I've been eating carbs again - potatoes, pasta and rice mostly. I'm not into sweet stuff so sugary food isn't my thing. I've gained 9lbs. Gutted. I feel awful, tired and sluggish. I bet my insulin levels are suffering from it too. I'm constantly hungry too.

    I need to get back on my food plan again. It made me feel great and I'm sure it'll help with the stress instead of comfort eating.

    Hopefully checking in here will inspire me again.

    Funnily even though i was eating a lot of protein, veg and salad I found it cheaper to eat like this.

    Healthy and cheaper - can't be that bad.
  • katkin wrote: »
    This last few weeks due to stress and lazyness, I've been eating carbs again - potatoes, pasta and rice mostly. I'm not into sweet stuff so sugary food isn't my thing. I've gained 9lbs. Gutted. I feel awful, tired and sluggish. I bet my insulin levels are suffering from it too. I'm constantly hungry too.
    Tell me about it.

    I decided to treat myself to an indulgent breakfast of 3 Oatibix (please don't judge!) this morning and have suffered for it all day :o
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  • I'd be really interested in trying this. Do you allow yourself sugar as in fruit and honey?
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    I'd be really interested in trying this. Do you allow yourself sugar as in fruit and honey?

    I don't think there's any hard and fast rule, it's whatever works for each of us. I have fruit in moderation (because the fibre in fruit slows down sugar digestion), but I don't have honey, sugar, maple syrup or anything similar.
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    edited 10 September 2016 at 11:37PM
    VfM4meplse wrote: »
    Tell me about it.

    I decided to treat myself to an indulgent breakfast of 3 Oatibix (please don't judge!) this morning and have suffered for it all day :o

    These things happen. Don't be hard on yourself for it. Tomorrow's another day x

    I have little fruit - berries as they have less sugars than most fruit. Things like bananas are a not go for me.

    The majority of my fibre comes from lots of green veg /salad.

    Honey etc is sugar. Sky is right though it's not a hard and fast rule, you have to do what suits you.
  • I made the mistake of starting to find substitute natural sugars for baking, but stopped after a few weeks. Dates are as bad as the equivalent amount of sugar so I found it better to just quit altogether.
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  • edited 11 September 2016 at 1:09AM
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    edited 11 September 2016 at 1:09AM
    VfM4meplse wrote: »
    I made the mistake of starting to find substitute natural sugars for baking, but stopped after a few weeks. Dates are as bad as the equivalent amount of sugar so I found it better to just quit altogether.

    It's still sugar, but a wee treat now and again does you good.

    To get that great feeling I cut all sweet stuff including baking. cakes, chocolate and bread. Not having a sweet tooth I didn't miss them. I've still not eaten bread, have no desire for it since May.

    It was the comforting stodgy potatoes etc I missed and it took me a month to adjust.

    Then I felt sated, satisfied and not really hungry when I ate fats and protein. Breakfast at work mid morning would be hard boiled eggs and crispy bacon, huge salad late afternoon with chicken, tuna, cold sliced meats I'd roasted. Really lovely and filling. Then I'd have something like salmon, meatballs, frittata, stews etc with loads of stir fried or steamed greens. If I wanted supper which was seldom I'd have raspberries with cream. Fat's are important when you eat like this.

    My blood work, cholesterol etc was good too as I'd had a check up and my doc was pleased with my results and my eating plan.

    I did this for months and felt fab. I need to get back to it asap.

    To get the weight loss I stuck to 1,200 calories. My normal range (just to stay alive!!!) is about 1,700-1,800. Which was a shock to me, no wonder I was fat!

    Your body converts all food to protein, glucose (aka sugars, carbs) and fat.

    All my food is made from scratch and eating like this made shopping simple and surprisingly cost effective.
  • See, I don't think I'm as strict with the diet as some of you are. For me, I want to cut out chocolate, sweets, anything with processed sugar etc. I do have a horribly sweet tooth so this isn't easy for me! I do have maple syrup and fruit - I know it's not perfect but I figure it's loads better than I was doing before.

    I know carbs aren't my friend and indeed I am trying to limit the potatoes/pasta/rice etc that I have. If I have rice it's generally wholemeal, not white rice like I was having before. My husband doesn't have too much carbs either and gets bloated if we have too much. I've cut down with my sandwiches too and only use 1 slice of bread instead of 2; same for him.

    I definitely feel healthier in myself for being more careful about what I eat. Unfortunately I do suffer from mental health problems and I find my mood is definitely better when I eat better.
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