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    I have been trying unsuccessfully to cut back on sugar consumption. I just can't seem to get it back under control - I am eating way, way, way too much sugar and fruit juice. Every day, I tell myself I am not eating any sugar and every day I cave in. A LOT.

    So, I'm going to try something different. I'm going to try a 30 day sugar free challenge. I am going to keep track here every single day if I ate any sugar or not.

    I'd love to have some partners in my rehab . Anyone else feel like giving this a try with me?
    Using low lectin/nightshade free primal to control autoimmune arthritis. (And lost 50 lbs along the way )

    http://www.krispin.com/lectin.html

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    Meaning 0 dark chocolate, 0 red wine, 0 greek yogurt? I'd love to be supportive, but I am kinda planning on eating the crap out of those three things, and all of them contain sugar.

    If you mean added sugars and fruits/fruit juices, I'm down 100% for support and the fact that I don't eat that stuff anyway.
    The Champagne of Beards

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    • #3
      I would be happy to help support you!! My biggest downfall right now is eating after dinner. So maybe I could hold you accountable for the sugar, and you can hold me accountable for my night time snacking??

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      • #4
        I think he might be talking more about not adding any sugar to his diet that is concentrated, not whole foods with sugars in them likec fruit, veggies, yogurt, etc. We will see, maybe he literal is going to eliminate sugar and do the ketosis thing for a month.

        Wine and dark chocolate?? Abstaining from these pretty easy for me, it's the icecream that has a far richer and more temporarily rewarding effect on the taste buds. But, this may only be due to the fact that I am highly sensitive to both. Also, when I do all the right things, the things I should be doing regularly, I don't really crave red wine or dark chocolate(despite absolutely loooooooving the 85 percent dark stuff)

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        • #5
          Originally posted by MarissaLinnea View Post
          I would be happy to help support you!! My biggest downfall right now is eating after dinner. So maybe I could hold you accountable for the sugar, and you can hold me accountable for my night time snacking??
          I'm not sure night time snacking isn't bad as long as you are eating healthy and exercising properly. A few days of doing the 16 hour fast starting at sleep and ending 16 hours later into the text day would definitely mitigate any potential harmful effects of night time snacking. I also really depends on the person and their body's individual needs.

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          • #6
            I'm shooting for 21 days initially, started on Tuesday. But I'm not counting fruit and natural sugar.

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            • #7
              Thanks for the support! I guess I should have been more clear though

              For me, I am talking about anything with added sugar. No dark chocolate, honey, jam, ice cream, candy, etc. I don't really eat much dairy so yogurt is out, but I wouldn't consider that a sugar. Red wine is definitely in for me - but I hardly drink so its not an issue.

              I guess everyone had their own demons! Those are mine.
              Using low lectin/nightshade free primal to control autoimmune arthritis. (And lost 50 lbs along the way )

              http://www.krispin.com/lectin.html

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              • #8
                Originally posted by morganpmiller View Post
                I'm not sure night time snacking isn't bad as long as you are eating healthy and exercising properly. A few days of doing the 16 hour fast starting at sleep and ending 16 hours later into the text day would definitely mitigate any potential harmful effects of night time snacking. I also really depends on the person and their body's individual needs.
                When I snack at night, it's only on Primal foods, and usually it's berries with coconut milk or manna, or nuts, or an apple with almond butter, things of that nature, sometimes I will have two or three of those things before bed. And of course, I'll get a 90% dark chocolate bar and eat that about once a week as a real treat. But, I've always been told that eating before bedtime is a big "no, no"........is this the next CW that I need to erase from my brain?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by jammies View Post
                  Thanks for the support! I guess I should have been more clear though

                  For me, I am talking about anything with added sugar. No dark chocolate, honey, jam, ice cream, candy, etc. I don't really eat much dairy so yogurt is out, but I wouldn't consider that a sugar. Red wine is definitely in for me - but I hardly drink so its not an issue.

                  I guess everyone had their own demons! Those are mine.
                  I see. Well either way, I could still be supportive if you want it.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by MarissaLinnea View Post
                    When I snack at night, it's only on Primal foods, and usually it's berries with coconut milk or manna, or nuts, or an apple with almond butter, things of that nature, sometimes I will have two or three of those things before bed. And of course, I'll get a 90% dark chocolate bar and eat that about once a week as a real treat. But, I've always been told that eating before bedtime is a big "no, no"........is this the next CW that I need to erase from my brain?

                    From what I've been reading recently, yes, the eating right before bed = bad is CW bullshit. I personally have not had any problems with it in the past.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by KV8R View Post
                      From what I've been reading recently, yes, the eating right before bed = bad is CW bullshit. I personally have not had any problems with it in the past.
                      Well awesome, then I feel a lot better about my after dinner snacks then.

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                      • #12
                        If you are having major issues stopping sugar consumption I'd strongly recommend looking into Candida overgrowth (it can cause upstoppable cravings). You can get a blood test for it from a lot of naturopaths, costs about $30 where I live to do so. I have very high reactivity to candida and this is what I've done to treat it.

                        Low carb, sugar free diet. I do eat a few servings of fruit a day and unlimited vegetables. I always eat fruit accompanied with something else usually a small spoon of nut butter (dont get carried away on the nut butter!).

                        No dairy, alcohol, grains of course, and I also eliminated nightshades since I had a problem with them. I also cannot eat eggs or chicken but that is a specific sensitivity for me. Identifying food sensitivities through blood tests can help with triggers. On a side note I can't stress enough getting grass FINISHED beef, I feel like a million bucks the day after I eat it


                        Candida is highly adaptive so you need to switch between natural antifungals every 3 to 4 weeks for about 6 months in duration then retest. I take Oregano Extract 3 weeks, then Grapeseed Extract 3 weeks, then Caprylic acid 3 weeks, repeat. I take whichever one I'm currently on 1 to 3 times a day with meals. I also take a good probiotic twice a day. For sugar cravings I will take a GTF Chromium this probably happens once or twice a week at this point or I will have one square of 70% or higher dark chocolate with no soy or other strange additives best found at an organic food store. Just be careful with the chocolate I try not to do this more than once or twice a week. I keep a mug of herbal tea around so I can sip it if I feel a craving.

                        I'd encourage you to look up more on google about candida, and this is a treatment for it not a permanent thing so over time I will expand my diet and up my carb/fruit intake a bit. I do plan to stay off sugar for the long run because once I have a bit I find I want MORE until I binge on it. Expect to feel shitty and be okay with feeling bad, it will get better. If you want to message me anytime, you aren't alone.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by JGray View Post
                          If you are having major issues stopping sugar consumption I'd strongly recommend looking into Candida overgrowth (it can cause upstoppable cravings). You can get a blood test for it from a lot of naturopaths, costs about $30 where I live to do so. I have very high reactivity to candida and this is what I've done to treat it.

                          Low carb, sugar free diet. I do eat a few servings of fruit a day and unlimited vegetables. I always eat fruit accompanied with something else usually a small spoon of nut butter (dont get carried away on the nut butter!).

                          No dairy, alcohol, grains of course, and I also eliminated nightshades since I had a problem with them. I also cannot eat eggs or chicken but that is a specific sensitivity for me. Identifying food sensitivities through blood tests can help with triggers. On a side note I can't stress enough getting grass FINISHED beef, I feel like a million bucks the day after I eat it


                          Candida is highly adaptive so you need to switch between natural antifungals every 3 to 4 weeks for about 6 months in duration then retest. I take Oregano Extract 3 weeks, then Grapeseed Extract 3 weeks, then Caprylic acid 3 weeks, repeat. I take whichever one I'm currently on 1 to 3 times a day with meals. I also take a good probiotic twice a day. For sugar cravings I will take a GTF Chromium this probably happens once or twice a week at this point or I will have one square of 70% or higher dark chocolate with no soy or other strange additives best found at an organic food store. Just be careful with the chocolate I try not to do this more than once or twice a week. I keep a mug of herbal tea around so I can sip it if I feel a craving.

                          I'd encourage you to look up more on google about candida, and this is a treatment for it not a permanent thing so over time I will expand my diet and up my carb/fruit intake a bit. I do plan to stay off sugar for the long run because once I have a bit I find I want MORE until I binge on it. Expect to feel shitty and be okay with feeling bad, it will get better. If you want to message me anytime, you aren't alone.
                          Very sound information. Candida can be a huge pain to deal with, but I would highly recommend that you have a go at it.

                          I did a 6 week cleanse, switching between 3 different anti-fungals and I was very pleased with it. Some say that candida can take 2 years to fully overcome, but I saw results with 6 weeks (mild acne), and honestly, I never really ate that bad, nor had I eaten bread/gluten for 2 years prior (I'm 21).Of course now though, due to easter I caved in partly because I was eating the same food day in day out. Literally the same thing for EVERY meal! (I have recently purchased both of Mark's cookbooks and I don't see myself getting bored of food again )Plus the house is ALWAYS choc full of crappy junk sugar foods, literally being stocked up everyday by my unhealthy Father . Support is key so as stated above, check out the numerous articles on google and you will be fine.

                          Herbal tea is great and quite a lot of teas have anti-fungal properties too! (as does coconut oil and garlic).

                          I followed a 'paid for' "candida challenge" from thelovevitamin.com and I absolutely loved it. It was very well putt together and the online forum made it super easy to follow. Tracy, the author, has another cleanse coming up for 30 dollars I think... check it out, but I must say that it is hosted more as a challenge to get you started... Candida can take months.
                          Last edited by Nstocks; 04-22-2012, 10:57 AM.

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                          • #14
                            So I made it through dinner last night without too much trouble. I have been successful today as well, but DAMN do I want some of the dark chocolate that is sitting in my kitchen right now! I really am hooked on sugar. Hopefully this will pass quickly
                            Using low lectin/nightshade free primal to control autoimmune arthritis. (And lost 50 lbs along the way )

                            http://www.krispin.com/lectin.html

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                            • #15
                              I resisted some brownies today at a party. We have very little in the house that appeals to me in terms of sugar right now, so I'm going to keep it that way until after the 21 days. Although I definitely have thoughts about eating chocolate. I'm hoping that as time goes on the cravings/thoughts for sugar will go away.

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