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Cutting sugar from my diet

GeoarkGeoark Posts: 1,238Community champion Disability Gamechanger
edited August 2018 in Coffee lounge

Since 2015 controlling my weight has been an uphill struggle. We have already made a lot of changes to how we prepare food, got rid of a lot of the precooked meals etc. Thursday I decided it was time to cut out as much sugar from my diet as possible. It was not until then I realised how much sugar was still in my diet, easily 20 teaspoons a day in coffee alone.

Yesterday I felt like hell, ached all over and a nasty headache. Today I feel a bit better but cannot get rid of the headache. I have been tempted to add a little sugar to a coffee to reduce things a little but decided to see it out.

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  • wildlifewildlife Posts: 1,316Member Pioneering
    [email protected], I cut out all white sugar and fruit 2 months ago to get rid of a candida problem. I have been through a bad time feeling ill with flu like symptoms but was determined to keep going as before I started I was going downhill with pain and joint problems, many other symptoms and feeling so ill anyway so it was no different. What has kept me going is the wish to see my son get married next year and not be in a wheelchair. I really believe from what is happening to me that sugar causes more damage than people realize. I recommend you look at using some of the natural sugar substitutes like Stevia or even Coconut Palm sugar to wean you off white sugar. Read about candida as this may be connected to your sweet tooth and finding it hard to lose weight and will also explain your symptoms and help you deal with them. Good Luck...  
  • GeoarkGeoark Posts: 1,238Community champion Disability Gamechanger

    Thank you @wildlife

    Sugar is very addictive to the body, and the symptoms are in line with going from a high usage to cutting most of it out. I also need to cut my coffee consumption, as this is the only fluid I tend to drink.

    I knew in theory this would happen, just did not expect it to be so bad.

    As an individual I stood alone.
    As a member of a group I did things.
    As part of a community I helped to create change!

  • trace1024trace1024 Posts: 7Member Listener
    I've got out sugar due to fibromyalgia as this can make it worse first week is a,ways the worst, look for hidden sugars, your body is going through a detox which is why you feel rough with the headache if u stick to it it will soon go...there's lots of advice on the internet to help...whatcha out for fruit as though natural sugars still is sugar, look for apples or blackberry fruit rather than more exotic as these have more sugar x 
  • GeoarkGeoark Posts: 1,238Community champion Disability Gamechanger

    Thank you @trace1024

    I will have a look around the internet, as I've been wondering how best to sweeten my porridge in the mornings. Flipping disgusting at the moment. I was thinking of using an alternative like honey or maple syrup but suspect these are probably sugars in a different guise.

    As an individual I stood alone.
    As a member of a group I did things.
    As part of a community I helped to create change!

  • Blue FrogBlue Frog Posts: 373Member Pioneering
    Geoark - have you tried cinnamon on your porridge?  :)
  • GeoarkGeoark Posts: 1,238Community champion Disability Gamechanger

    Blue Frog, no but that is a brilliant idea, thank you.

    As an individual I stood alone.
    As a member of a group I did things.
    As part of a community I helped to create change!

  • trace1024trace1024 Posts: 7Member Listener
    I use cinnamon as well....however after u have given sugar up for a month or so, everything tastes better, change she your taste buds.....don't use honey etc as this is still sugar and beware of artificial sweeteners as they can be just as bad, especially with health issues.  I'll look for a good link for u 
  • trace1024trace1024 Posts: 7Member Listener
    https://iquitsugar.com/recipe/ Sara Wilson, I used her and bought books to help me cut the addiction as it is an addiction...the only way I can keep to it is to know how adverse are the effects on my health.....it's difficult to do, however u feel so much better without it, and loose weight x I'm vegan and GF as well as due to health I was dairy and gluten intolerant...find this helps with pain levels.  
  • Sam_ScopeSam_Scope Posts: 7,732Member Disability Gamechanger
    Could you try adding some fruit or dried fruit to your porridge? 

    Theres lots of info about sugar and your diet on the NHS website and they also have a Sugar Smart app that might help you.
    Scope
    Senior online community officer
  • Blue FrogBlue Frog Posts: 373Member Pioneering
    Good idea @Sam_Scope
    blueberries are gorgeous with porridge. We buy the frozen ones they are a lot cheaper 
  • Sam_ScopeSam_Scope Posts: 7,732Member Disability Gamechanger
    Blackberry season starts in June! I pick tons from local woodlands and freeze them. Im a big fan of free stuff and they are great in porridge!
    Scope
    Senior online community officer
  • LilacjLilacj Posts: 4Member Listener
    My recent medication for anxiety has given me more of a sweet tooth and I am finding it more difficult to cut out sugar. I even buy chocolate bars with my grocery delivery and eat them when my husband is at work.
  • johnny100johnny100 Posts: 125Member Pioneering
    I only use Canderel or other sweeting aid,that does me fine,If I use ordainary sugars I go a bit hypo then tend to go sleepy,due to being diabetic.I have coffee with no sugar ,not nice at first but you soon get used to it,I use canderel in cooking etc and it tastes OK and only use a little
  • debbiedo49debbiedo49 Posts: 2,903Member Disability Gamechanger
    @Geoark did you succeed?
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  • GeoarkGeoark Posts: 1,238Community champion Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @debbiedo49

    I found silverspoon granulated sweetner is a good substitute for sugar in hot foods and drinks, though it is expensive. Canderel works well for me in cereals.

    When I have porridge I do tend to use a mix of berries and these work really well.

    About half my coffees are now without any sweetner or with a little cinnamon. I have also started drinking water, still not as much as I should but getting there.

    Weight is slowly comming off, but mylife style is far too sedate, so now started to use the outdoor gym on the estate. Only once a week at the moment but hoping to find the time to up this.

    Thank you for asking




    As an individual I stood alone.
    As a member of a group I did things.
    As part of a community I helped to create change!

  • fishingmumfishingmum Posts: 562Member Pioneering
    @Geoark good luck, there are so many natural sugars in food it will be difficult, I do not have sugar in tea or coffee, I dont drink juices, my sugars come from my food. Not just fruit but veg as well and I find if I need a little boost I pick beetroot or carrots or tomatoes, there are many more high in sugars squash, onions, peas they can all help if you are finding you need a little extra but trying to keep it low at the same time.

    If you find you are struggling with food it may be an idea to get back to a more natural diet with what is in season for where you live, this site will give you an idea of what is in season and it might encourage you to go out and find it, raising your activity levels and maybe gain a new interest.  http://www.eattheseasons.co.uk/

    life is too short to let others make you miserable.
  • debbiedo49debbiedo49 Posts: 2,903Member Disability Gamechanger
    I would love to lick sugar in my tea as I drink a lot of it. I use mainly half spoonful by silver spoon but I am not sure it makes much difference. It is expensive but I am borderline diabetic so I need to get better at this, I have a poor appetite and I don’t usually eat breakfast or food before going out as my IBS and anxiety work against it. I may have a banana. I drink lots of tea almost like a meal replacement but not good fuel for the body. When I get home I’m ravenous and exhausted. So I drink more tea with half spoon sugar and eat something quick. I don’t eat a lot of fruit or veg due to my IBS and enjoy plain food . I would rather have sugar from fruit than sugar in my tea ultimately as it’s more healthy. I lack willpower as I’m a slave to pain management and my conditions. I also comfort eat. Any advice on this would be great. 
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  • GeoarkGeoark Posts: 1,238Community champion Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @fishingmum

    some great ideas thank you. I have decided that I'm definately going ahead and buying a couple of fruit trees for the back balcony this year. Just trying to work out what. They are minarettes, you can see samples at https://www.kenmuir.co.uk/index.php?route=product/category&path=35_43

    I am thinking of pears and cherries at the moment. I have also seen these planted with strawberries succesfully.

    As an individual I stood alone.
    As a member of a group I did things.
    As part of a community I helped to create change!

  • fishingmumfishingmum Posts: 562Member Pioneering
    @Geoark thats a great idea for the mini trees, but remember their fruiting time is only once and they do not provide a lot of fruit. If you get strawberries, getting a couple of different kinds so you can have earlies and late producing plants so you have a longer eating time. Also with the strawberries they do not need much space, you can tier them so you can have more just growing up the way.

    @debbiedo49  what are your symptoms for IBS, my mum used to get constipation but my grandmother used to get diarrhea, so both had different needs from their diet. My grandmother used to use nuts as it made her less likely to have problems and gave a good energy boost, my mum would use oranges. It all depends on what is happening and what symptoms you are trying to stop, time of the day as well as you would want more energy day time and less in the evening, but caffeine will not help if you are having it later in the day. Maybe replace later cups of tea with a cup of soup, so less caffeine and more fibre.
    I really think a nutritionalist would be of benefit to you, between your IBS, borderline diabetes and pain levels.
    life is too short to let others make you miserable.
  • TopkittenTopkitten Posts: 1,043Member Pioneering
    I have the opposite problem but it has come about partly because I cannot use sweeteners without getting headaches. Everything now uses Aspartame, which my body has a dislike to. Due to my not being able to prepare meals properly I have increased my usage of white sugar in order to have some energy to keep going and to prevent losing weight too fast, lol! Where it is optional I use 2 or more very large heaped teaspoons full in coffee and on cereal but then, as I said, it's really to replace meals. Before anyone says so , yes, I do know it isn't good for me but I simply cannot prepare meals with any regularity.

    A good friend of mine, years ago, switched form white sugar to fruit sugar (fructose) as it is supposed to be far less fattening. However, whichever route people go they should reduce rather than stop using anything they take too much of as the body can get very addicted to many chemicals.

    TK
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  • veritercveriterc Posts: 172Community champion Pioneering
    Don't forget there is often a lot of 'hidden' sugar in 'low fat' products such as yoghourt and ready-meals (even savoury main courses).   
  • thespicemanthespiceman Posts: 6,007Community champion Disability Gamechanger
    Hello @Geoark   Have spoken for a while how is the sugar reduction going.

    Understand from reading you have done very well. 

    Apples, Pears all good in Cereals like Porridge or even Cornflakes. Always have Yoghurt natural or Greek Plain no sweeteners with Cinnamon or Fennel Seeds.

    Like Berries, Cherries, Blueberries all frozen those supermarkets sell bags last a long time.  Black berries new to me.

    With looking what is around food stuffs everything has sugar in it.  Understand and looking at food labelling is something I have been doing but always surprises even me.

    Sugar in bread where did that come from.

    Buy tinned fruit but in juice as good as fresh . Not in syrup.  Buy fresh Apples not Pears or Peaches, Apricots.  Bought a load all went off after two days with spots, marks , blemishes. Ridiculous and cost me money.

    I will admit buy dried fruit and know there is sugar in them but combine it with nuts for a breakfast topper..  Usually Apricots, Prunes Sultanas.  Any of those but I know portions sizes.

    Buy Pasta Sauce.  Has sugar in it tend to buy the Italian brands but even so careful. Make own sauces for Ragu and other one pots tomato based sauce. and will put in a sweetener to counter act the acidic taste. Know just a squirt of Tomato Ketchup.  One teaspoon.

    Certain Spices in any recipe can replace sugar. Like Cumin, Cinnamon, Coriander, Paprika, Turmeric, plus Fennel Seeds are the ones I use all helps.

    It is worth having a look at portion control and maybe seeking advice on that as well.

    Every one hands are different.  If you use a hand as a portion. I tend to measure everything out.

    Also it is worth drinking water with every meal. This helps with not only digestion but the teeth .

    Always if I can have Bread or Cheese , Nuts after every meal helps me to digest food . Instead of a sugary pudding. Now and again Rice Pudding.

    Understanding how and what is in food I believe is the key to controlling sugar, salt and fat.

    Please take care

    @thespiceman
  • newbornnewborn Posts: 395Member Pioneering
     the sugar industry has much to answer for.  As many posters say, you get accustomed  to  a taste.  But then, you fight to find any manufactured foods without sweetener of some sort, and all are probably best avoided.  

    The natural sugars inside fruit are  not thought to be particularly problematic, as I understand,  being differently accepted by the body. Unless there's an extreme need, it's probably  ok for most.

    Have you looked at fodmap?  Honey, apples,  garlic top most lists, with odd surprise items.  Much gut trouble and operations could almost certainly be sidestepped if the general public, and medics, were more aware of the food baddies.   NICE is pushing, now, especially  via Kings Dieticians.  Some people experiment with different lists, eg monash.

    But, there isn't just a simple one size fits all list.  Wheat and gluten may be best avoided, without necessarily being full allergy.  Dairy may be poison to one, but another can take at least limited amounts.

      Keeping off ready meals and junk and manufactured foods means if you truly want to shovel sugar onto your food, you need to make it deliberate. That alone will often have the unintended side effect of your weight dropping to a level your body decides is about right for you.

    There have been tv series and books by Dr Michael Mosley and others, on similar  lines plus stress on being kind to your gut bacteria
  • debbiedo49debbiedo49 Posts: 2,903Member Disability Gamechanger
    Great advice, thanks
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  • BevolyBevoly Posts: 2Member Listener
    Can try the SUGAR SMART website. Jamie Oliver and Sustainable foods charity are doing a national campaign. Great sugar free recipes on YouTube Chang4Life with apps you can use in stores to see how much sugar is in the foods before you buy. I have RA and my flare ups are almost non existent when I cut out sugar. I'm now on a whole foods diet and loving it.
  • debbiedo49debbiedo49 Posts: 2,903Member Disability Gamechanger
    Thanks for the info
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