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Busting sugar

Thursday, April 21, 2011

So I've been hearing about trying to eliminate added refined sugar and white flour types of foods.
I know that I sometimes overdo those food groups. I swear, sometimes I act like an addict about them so there must be a problem there. Also I'm a vegetarian, mostly vegan, but the last time I had blood work done, it wasn't as good as you'd expect. Potato chips are vegan, after all. There is science behind the idea that a high sugar diet effects cholesterol as well as blood sugar and I need to use myself as a test subject for a while and then have blood work done again. The local Krogers has a small clinic that will check cholesterol and blood sugar for you for a small fee.

What I'm going to do is a simple common sense approach. Eating whole foods, lots of veggies, whole grains. Just avoiding things with simple sugars. I bought the Sugar Busters book last night and it makes sense. They recommend each serving of any food have less than 3 grams of sugar.
I've decided to cut out the bad stuff and see how it goes. It's harder than you think because sugar is everywhere. For instance, I usually eat plain greek yogurt. It's 80 calories, 15 grams of protein and no sugar. However the container for vanilla flavored yogurt looks suspiciously like the plain variety. I quickly went through the store the other day.... I didn't notice until after I'd eaten it that it was vanilla and that one has 16 grams of sugar in the cup!!

I find that once I start eating junky high sugar foods, my daily intake increases similar to how an alcoholic can't even have one drink or they end up overdoing it.
Maybe this is the key. We'll see...

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    I try to eliminate the sugar as well. It triggers me.
    3503 days ago
    It is very hard to kick bad carbs. They do bind tot he same receptors in the brain that opiates do. Scary huh? I've been kicking them too. I cut back slowly reducing the typical amounts of grams by 10-20 each week. The only sugars I get are from berries now. However, I've compensated by adding in too much nut butter. So, I'm keeping it to a single serving which is also hard. Really dark chocolate is also a treat of mine about three times a week.

    I'm with you on it. May we be victorious over the bad carbs.
    3507 days ago
    These manufacturers are very sneaky about hiding sugar in stuff!
    Label reading becomes almost as much an obsession as overeating, lol
    best wishes, Sandra
    3507 days ago
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