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      After a rocky start on Monday - today is the first day i've felt in control and not eyeing up other people's sweet food.
      Yesterday was the hardest - I felt REALLY bad like my head was going to explode and soooo tired. Can only assume I'm detoxing from excess sugar over past month

      Thanks for always being here @NoSugar with really interesting & informative posts
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      Well done you lot.. Im not doing so well yet on this challenge, but I'm not giving up, will keep reading and the penny will drop soon!
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      Well done you lot.. Im not doing so well yet on this challenge, but I'm not giving up, will keep reading and the penny will drop soon!
      With your running I suspect you need the extra calories Mers. You probably wouldn't get enough from 3 meals a day ....?
      So the quickest way is with sweet carbs.
      To be honest if I didn't load on the weight from sugar I probably would be trying to give up completely ..... just cut back after the Christmas shite is gone. And this will happen automatically anyway. But that's just me. @NoSugar will tell us how bad sugar is on the whole body not just weight.
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      @IamMary, any attempts made are positive, even if you're not 100% on board. This is much more complicated than giving up alcohol because we have to eat so we are required to make choices and sometimes, making the right one is really hard. I was more addicted to alcohol than to sugar but in many ways it was easier to quit because once I decided not to drink it again, I didn't have to have that awful internal debate anymore.

      When humans began consuming sugar, it was so rare and expensive, it was used more like a spice than a food. If we still did that, I doubt we'd have all the chronic metabolic diseases that are doing us in. Like most things, the dose matters and in the standard Western diet, the doses consumed are really high (USDA estimate is 150-170#/year or ~3#/week vs 2#/year 200 years ago).

      A short video explain the negative metabolic effects of sugar (and comparing sugar to alcohol) is here: WHY Sugar is as Bad as Alcohol (Fructose, The Liver Toxin) - YouTube

      A longer one is here: Sugar: The Bitter Truth - YouTube

      Once you enter the you tube - sugar is evil rabbit hole, you could go on forever. Bottom line to me is that at the doses we consume it unless we deliberately avoid it, it is toxic to our bodies, is associated with a myriad of "modern" diseases, and in susceptible people, is addictive.

      In addition to some direct effects of sugar, the hyperinsulinemia that develops due to sugar intake as well as to frequent consumption of carbohydrates likely is involved in (and may be responsible for) many of these diseases.

      Here's a fairly short video: AHS18 Rand Akasheh - The Role of Hyperinsulinemia in Chronic Diseases - YouTube

      And here's a longer one: The Root Cause: Links Between Insulin Resistance & Disease ft. Dr. Benjamin Bikman || #96 - YouTube

      Most people never have their insulin measured, even those with diagnosed diabetes, and it generally is high before diabetes develops. Furthermore, most people with diabetes or pre-diabetes don't know it (Harrowing read: A true gift from my family: Christmas in the ICU - Chicago Tribune). Given that reducing sugar and other carbage intake is an effective treatment for both and may delay or prevent most of the diseases we dread developing, it is worth it to me to give up the short-term reward.


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      Great links @NoSugar
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      Still here and working it! Thanks for the links and your wisdom, NS. We are in good hands.
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      Day 5 with no sugar down and dusted. I did eat a few french fries while waiting for a show because I was very hungry and my friend ordered them. Not perfect but better...

      Thanks for the 4-1-1, NoSugar (that probably dates me...)

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      Thanks for the 4-1-1, NoSugar (that probably dates me...)
      At least 4-1-1 calls are free on MWO !

      Personally, I have no problem with a couple french fries if it stops there. Or even 1 cookie. That is a LOW DOSE of carbs or sugar. The problems come when, like with alcohol, any intake leads to a binge of sweet/carby foods.

      I'm glad you're still feeling good, @Ginger999!


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      Low carb/sugar pancakes

      Pancakes

      4 eggs
      1 cup cottage cheese (or 50:50 with pumpkin purée, mashed bananas, etc.)
      1/3 cup almond flour, coconut flour, etc.

      Combine well in a blender.
      Use as is or stir in blueberries, chopped pecans, etc.

      Make pancakes in nonstick hot pan greased with coconut oil.

      Top with butter, berries, etc.
      Last edited by NoSugar; January 13th, 2019 at 05:04 PM.


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      Pancakes

      4 eggs
      1 cup cottage cheese (or 50:50 with pumpkin purée, mashed bananas, etc.)
      1/3 cup almond flour, coconut flour, etc.

      Combine well in a blender.
      Use as is or stir in blueberries, chopped pecans, etc.

      Make pancakes in nonstick hot pan greased with coconut oil.

      Top with butter, berries, etc.
      YUMMY !!!
      I am going to try these tomorrow
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