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4/30/11 10:52 P

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I have some of it as well.

-American consumers have no problem with carcinogens, but they will not purchase any product, including floor wax, that has fat in it. - Dave Barry
-My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four; unless there are three other people. - Orson Welles
-The food here is terrible, and the portions are too small. - Woody Allen

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4/30/11 3:11 P

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Just in case anyone is interested in learning more about xylitol, what it is, how it's made, why it's healthy, etc, here's a link to a site that sells it, but also answers a lot of questions.

www.emeraldforestsugar.com/guide_FAQ
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4/29/11 10:36 P

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I know I'm a sugar and flour junkie, nothing is harder for me. But I've found healthy substitutes for sugar---a few years ago I started reading up on the health benefits of xylitol. Often you hear things like "if you eat too much of it you'll get diarrhea or a stomach ache" and things like that (which, most people would have to eat quite a lot to get those negative effects), but you have to dig a bit deeper to learn of how beneficial xylitol is for you.

For example, xylitol KILLS harmful bacteria---in your body, on your teeth, in your blood---it's so good for your teeth that a perfect tooth cleaner is a 50/50 combination of baking soda and xylitol sprinkled onto a damp toothbrush. It can even reverse mild dental cavities. And unlike regular table sugar, which feeds cancer at an alarming rate, cancer cells and other pathogens cannot feed on xylitol, so they often die without ever causing a problem.

So, with benefits like that in mind, I try to incorporate xylitol in my diet (even just taking a spoonful of it each day if I don't get enough any other way). So, a sweet tooth can be satisfied in a healthy way with xylitol, but it does take some creativity---such as making your own chocolate candies out of cocoa powder, coconut oil, and xylitol, or other flourless treats.

Thinking up flourless treats is kinda tough though. I have made flourless chocolate cake with xylitol that was DELICIOUS and so decadent. I also make mini cheesecakes using xylitol quite often. And using almond flour in place of 100% of the flour in a recipe often works.

If we can think ahead and be prepared with healthy alternatives on hand, we don't have to totally deny the natural cravings for sweet treats.

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Oh, Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth!

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4/29/11 9:57 P

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I love those Carolina BBQ chips.

-American consumers have no problem with carcinogens, but they will not purchase any product, including floor wax, that has fat in it. - Dave Barry
-My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four; unless there are three other people. - Orson Welles
-The food here is terrible, and the portions are too small. - Woody Allen

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4/29/11 4:53 P

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I am a chip junkie. I can sometimes be okay with 8 reduced fat Pringles, but more often than not, there will come a time when I sit down with the tube, telling myself I will stop after 8 chips & I will suddenly find I am down to the bottom of the empty tube...opps!

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4/29/11 3:36 P

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I have a chip problem and cannot be trusted with anything over an ounce bag on the rare occasions I cheat because no matter how big it is I will dive head first into it. LOL.

-American consumers have no problem with carcinogens, but they will not purchase any product, including floor wax, that has fat in it. - Dave Barry
-My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four; unless there are three other people. - Orson Welles
-The food here is terrible, and the portions are too small. - Woody Allen

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4/28/11 12:05 A

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Oh, boy, do I ever hear you! emoticon Sugar and flour-- by themselves I can sometimes pass them up, but together they are my kryptonite. (see my cookie confession blog I JUST posted minutes ago!)

I suppose knowing your enemy is a big step in the right direction---now to banish that enemy from my life forever! emoticon

We can do this together.

The only difference between a stumbling block and a stepping stone is attitude

Oh, Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth!

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4/26/11 3:45 P

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Same here. I do best when not tempted.

-American consumers have no problem with carcinogens, but they will not purchase any product, including floor wax, that has fat in it. - Dave Barry
-My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four; unless there are three other people. - Orson Welles
-The food here is terrible, and the portions are too small. - Woody Allen

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4/26/11 2:22 P

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Sugar and flour have got to be two of the most dangerous drugs in the world for me. When I am successful in staying away, I am amazed at how clear thinking, emotionally stable and physically well I feel. The only thing that can drag me back is the siren call of addiction.

Together we can beat it! Welcome!

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4/25/11 8:48 P

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Welcome to the team! I feel better too without all the garbage.

-American consumers have no problem with carcinogens, but they will not purchase any product, including floor wax, that has fat in it. - Dave Barry
-My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four; unless there are three other people. - Orson Welles
-The food here is terrible, and the portions are too small. - Woody Allen

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4/25/11 8:36 P

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4/25/11 7:42 P

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4/25/11 7:39 P

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I know how I feel yucky when I eat these processed things but yet I still keep eating them!
Boy, that sounds like an addiction when I think about it.
I've being trying for the past week to cut out the refined sugar and the processed white flour type of foods and it's been harder than I thought. Especially with all the candy in the house right now. I have a feeling that kicking this habit will be the key to long term weight loss and weight control. It's called eating whole foods that I prepare myself mostly. That and getting up and moving will do it.

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