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Products I use to help my sugar addiction (+ Join our group!)

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The response from my post about how I lost 20 pounds without exercise was AMAZING! I had no clue that you shared the same struggles and interests as me. I mentioned at the end of my post that I was going to make a private FB group for those that want to share the journey with me. If you are interested, please join the private facebook group here.  Start with the “pinned post” and go from there. There is so much info!

I just wanted to share with you some of the items I’ve used in the past month to kick my sugar addiction. Honestly, there is no way I could have done this without them!

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  • Bees says:

    Krusteaz gluten free flour mix is even higher in carbs than regular wheat flour- it’s still grains, it still turns to sugar in your body.

    You haven’t beat your sugar dragon if you’re just replacing sugar with substitutes. (Erythritol, btw, causes major gastric distress and headaches for many people.) Also, because sugar alcohols are largely undigested they don’t send the same signals to your brain that you’ve eaten and are full so studies show people who eat fake sugars often eat more than just eating something sugar sweetened (or, of course, not eating sweets.)

    I highly recommend doing a Whole30 with REAL FOOD instead to work on repairing your relationship with food. Make it a Whole60 or Whole90 if you have big issues to work through. Read “It Starts With Food” if you do better by following someone else’s plan. You don’t need some hokey plan with rip off supplements- you don’t need them, they’re a waste of money! Unless you’ve been diagnosed with a deficiency real food will handle most of your needs. You’ve mentioned pernicious anemia and depression- are you taking methylcobalamin in a sufficient dose? If you’re taking the cyanocobalamin form of B12 you’re wasting your money since you lack the ability to process it correctly. Has your Dr. actually done the candida stool test or are you self diagnosing? While not eating sugar is safe, supplements to “treat” it may not be if it’s not actually an issue for you and maybe even if you do. Just because something is “natural” doesn’t mean it’s without risk- arsenic is natural too, y’know?

    Following the Whole30 meal template even when not doing a whole 30 works for us we and have some simple rules like not drinking calories unless it’s really worth it (a glass of good wine, an occasional cocktail when spending time with friends, etc.) and not buying food that comes in packages. Every meal should have a minimum of 2 cups of vegetables (not fruits- those are in addition to veg,) and that includes breakfast! It has made us lean, healthy, happy and the Dr. says the blood work is excellent and to keep on doing what we’re doing. I had a major, crazy hormone imbalance that has almost completely righted itself just by following these guidelines and only eating real food. Give it an honest try, you just might be surprised.

    Its awesome that you’re taking control of your health and the weight you’ve dropped is great but is it sustainable? Is this how you’re going to eat forever?

    • JB says:

      Thanks for your comment, Bees! I know some other readers might jump on you and focus on if you’re criticizing Josie. But I want to say thanks for the numerous great points you have made. I lost 70 pounds in a year a few years back. And I’ve kept it off for 4 years. It was very hard. It was daily walking, changing diet (initially with calorie counting and starting the weight loss curve), and cutting way back on alcohol. Ultimately, I had to confront some hard truths about how much I ate. I’m not that tall and I can’t eat huge portions and expect to maintain my weight. And to some degree, that means swimming upstream in this country, as processed food and fast food is cheaper and very easy to get and eat here. I am also very frugal and practical, so I’m not currently willing to significantly raise my grocery budget. Your points about long term success in eating healthy and maintaining a low healthy weight are very relevant. I believe in your points about eating real food vs. trying to find “substitutes.” I aim to buy NO snacks – none – because then I won’t have chips, cookies, crackers, in my house. I’ve found that I’m unlikely to go out at 10 pm to buy snacks when I’m craving them, so then I can make it through the craving and I’m okay again in the morning. Ultimately, I want to avoid and severely limit sweets, cookies, candy, etc. It is hard to do here in the U.S. But it’s worth it so I recommit to this goal all the time. It’s hard each time the stores run promotions on holiday candy – in the last few months, Christmas, then Valentine’s, Easter, etc. I like clearance and sales as do all the readers, and I crave sweets, so sometimes I just have to not go in the drugstore to avoid holiday clearance candy. I struggle with not loading the Ralph’s Freebie Friday candy to my account! But if I make it to midnight, then the coupon disappears and I’m good. 🙂 I don’t have celiac disease or a candida infection. And if I aim at “never” eating sweets, then I’ll end up at a few times here and there, like birthdays and holidays, and I feel like that’s doable. If I put more sweet-tasting things in my mouth (even my current $1-on-sale Nature Made calcium gummy vitamins are doing this, because they are making me want jelly beans), then I’ll crave sweets more. There is a neurological basis to cravings. Finally, thanks for the liquid calories comment. This is also very hard here in the U.S. but I think totally worth it. I drink water, coffee, and tea, and I put Splenda in my coffee (I tried and failed to give up sweetener in coffee.) and the longer I go without drinking juice and soda and sweetened drinks, the easier it is to MAINTAIN. Thanks for the comments and the dialogue, Bees and Josie!

      • Bees says:

        That’s a huge accomplishment, JB, you should be very proud of yourself!!! You’re right that it’s not always easy and it’s no fun to face those hard truths you mention but feeling great and having energy and your body moving well and not aching and thinking clearly and being happy are the best rewards ever. 🙂

    • Josie says:

      Hey Bees. While this little post is just a snapshot of what I’m doing, I highly encourage you to join the group!

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