Hi folks! wow such a positive response to my little post, thank you so much
I am late getting back in and have been just chugging away doing my thing for the past 2 weeks. In response to the inquiry of how I did/am doing all of this, big question actually.
Well, I heard on tv or radio awhile back that sugar interferes with a lot including recovery from viral and bacterial infections. So, since bread is instantly converted to sugar, as is potatoes/white rice, and my favorite marmalade...same thing,,,I knew I had to change my stratedgy of eating toast with jam every morning plus when I was sick. That was my first change, not all at once as it isn't an all or nothing proposition for me, but I found alternatives and just gave it a good try.
In March of this year I saw a Facinating interview and demonstration on tv by a gal named Sarah Wilson. Sarah was talking about the evils of sugar to our hearts and vascular systems and a dozen other things...I was ready to hear more. She has a book (bright, colorful and an easy read) full of information/ideas/recipes/alternate ideas etc. I bought it from amazon online and had it in 5 days and have been devouring it ever since. When I began the book I saw there was real hope.
I used to drink black tea with sugar all day, plus big glasses of water but switched to decaf green tea with a bit of milk so my teeth wouldn't stain..neat trick, eh? Lol Then on Dr Oz's advice I stopped eating store bought granola ( full of the harmful fats and sugar ) and now dine on Oikos Greek yogurt and banana. I bought. NutriBullet last year and make green drinks from romaine/small piece of banana/half an avocado/almond milk/water...I have 2 of those. The right kind of fat from the avocado fills me for hours and hours over lunch/afternoon. I form kidney stones so I can't have kale etc, too high in oxolates for me. I have sardines once a day, more if my depression is tough, it really helps.
I never mix starch, which I have rarely anyhow, with a fat...that is a fattening mixture. for example..bread and butter, or potato /butter, you get the idea.
At supper it is just a habit now to have a protein with a fat plus 2 or 3 veggies.
I roast entire cookie sheets of vegetables and people DEVOUR them!! My husband groans when I come in the door with more fresh veggies but he smiles hugely when they are prepared as do the kids and grand kids. Most of my cookbooks have been donated and I have found recipes online and a couple of other books that are sugar free with suggestions as to what to use instead.
It is more accurate to say I am fructose - free as fructose is the really damaging thing. In Sarah's book she has recipes for things like granola that is sweetened with an alternative and explains what to stay away from, and why, and exactly what to buy and try to suit you and your family best.
I would suggest to pick just ONE thing, cut back on it..get used to it and in a very short while your taste buds will have adjusted. I used to drink black tea witty a teaspoon of sugar 10x per day....now I drink fat burning green tea with no sugar or any other sweeteners, just a bit of milk with fat in it, to prevent my teeth from darkening 8x a day. Same satisfaction, sugar free!!! for fun this week I made black tea the old way and had a sip, uck, the sweetness made my stomach turn...my taste buds have changed
Note on skim milk....bad idea, it has the fat removed but is high in, you guessed it...sugar!!
I use Unsweetened Almond milk in my twice per day green drinks but 2% in my green tea. Do you know the hog industry feeds its pigs corn and some even use corn and skim milk to fatten them??!! and since ingesting sugar makes you crave MOre sugar..no wonder skim milk and cookies has you eating so many cookies. I have stopped my sugar insanity, or at least I am on the right train
My huge push to change began the last week in March, it is June 14 and I have lost 20 1/4 lbs and have 60 to go. But it is how I feel that I am hooked on..NO brain fog, joints are less painful without daily bread/potatoes/rice/flour, my depression is lessened, my IBS is not just lessened but completely gone. I am now using many of the 108 recipes in 'I Quit Sugar' now I have begun to feel more comfy with my new way of being. My husband says he feels like I am his partner in life again, and he is slowly converting to my way eating.
Sarah Wilson also has an online program for getting off sugar in a group environment but I am doing alright on my own so just using her book..thank heavens for her book! anyhow the book is a complete 8 week detox program and cookbook which would be terrific for anyone wanting something organized in book form, and online optionif you like the group
One more thing..sugar feeds cancer cells. I have had cancer, don't want it again. makes me stop and think, for sure.