Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Living SF

Yesterday MizFit left me a comment that she couldn't say much about bread because she was GF. I was puzzled. What did GF mean? GirlFriend? GoFer? Oh, I get it! Bread, Gluten-Free. I know several people that have a problem with gluten and are GF.

Saying I'm SF should be acceptable, meaning I'm sugar-free. I've started telling this to my coworkers as they offer me candy, cookies, and other sweet treats on an almost daily basis.

I've always refused them in the past by saying I'm trying to lose weight, but they'd push me and say you can have just one. Come on, just one. I'd still say no, but we'd always have this same stupid conversation. Now I'm telling them I "can't" eat sugar.

When they start questioning me (they're all very thin and healthy), I tell them it's kind of like my peanut allergy. They understand the peanut allergy, how I break out in hives and can't breathe, but they can't grasp my problem with sugar. They can eat 1/4 of a Krispy Kreme maple bar and be fine with it. One of them did that last week, I mean, who eats 1/4 of of a doughnut? None of them actually eat a whole doughnut.

I do eat fruit, even though it has fructose, a natural sugar, it's a slower release into the bloodstream because of the fiber in the fruit. It also has a lot of vitamins and nutrients. I've limited my fruit intake to two or three servings a day. I was eating five or six servings a day. That was definitely too much of a good thing, and I think it contributed to my cravings.

Letting go of sugar has been a miracle for me. The food cravings are gone. I've noticed the biggest changes in the evenings. I don't go on a food scavenger hunt every night in the kitchen, looking for something to feed my cravings. I eat dinner, and then I'm done.

If I'd only known about this forty years ago I think my life would have been a lot calmer, I wouldn't have lost and gained hundreds of pounds over the years. I wouldn't have lived in a constant frantic state of "I've got to lose weight!". I would have been "normal".

If you suffer from cravings and night binging, you should try going completely sugar free. Just for one week to see if you notice any changes. I noticed big changes in just a few days, although those first few days were hell. It gets better as more time passes being SF.

Be sure to read the labels on everything, especially Weight Watcher products. Their snack bars are the worst, the ones that taste like little cookies. The main ingredient is sugar, the second ingredient is corn syrup. Seriously Weight Watchers, what are you thinking selling these products to people trying to lose weight? Shame on you!

If you're telling yourself this would be impossible, you can't live without sugar, think again. I had the biggest sweet tooth of anyone I know.

I could eat an entire cake or an entire batch of chocolate chip cookie dough in one sitting. I know all about not being able to live without sugar. I know it's draw, it's attraction, it's soothing sweetness. I also know the insane, out-of-control cravings it causes. The wanting more and more sugar. For me, it's a serious addiction.

You can do anything you set your mind to, and you can live without added sugar in your diet. Trust me, if I can do it, anyone can live sugar free.

Great article
I haven't read the entire article yet, but it looks really good. It's about re-gaining weight, something we can all relate to. Check it out - When Fat Comes Back, March 2010 Women's Health.


Helen said...
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spunkysuzi said...

I think you're right! I find that sugar, and white flour really give me cravings for more and more!
People really need to stop being food pushers but some people feel better when they are feeding someone.

Roxie said...

I've been essentially SF for over ten years (with some recent exceptions). Getting off the sugar was a game changer for me. I no longer had to fight my body EVERY.STEP. It also helped with the depression, etc.

Miz said...

lordy do I agree. Ive been GF (wink :)) for 17 years.
now? people "get it" and it seems to be inexplicably trendy.
17 years ago? people thought I was a nutjob and did NOT get that gluten makes me a bloateditchyswollenreddened mess.

Graciela said...

Good for you for giving up sugar. It truly is a poison to "some" of us. (Although not for the naturally skinny people.)

I gave up chocolate in 1996. Cold turkey. It was one of my binge/trigger foods. So when people offer me chocolate, I just tell them I am allergic to it. That usually ends it there. Although sometimes they ask me what happens if I eat it, I just tell them it makes me sick to my stomach. I haven't had any chocolate since. What a difference that has made to my well being.

Rettakat said...

You described the sugar addiction, cravings, and positive results of giving it up SO well.

I've been SF for 1 year now, and I agree, it made a huge difference. For me, this battle is two-fold: mental and physical. I felt like I was fighting the battle on two fronts, and losing.

But giving up the sugar STOPPED the battle on the one front, giving me a fighting chance to focus my efforts on the mental front. It's made it so much better.

People mistakenly think they have to give up the taste of "sweet" if they give up white sugar. But there are so many substitutes, both artificial (like splenda) and natural (like stevia).

And one thing people don't realize: once they get OFF of white sugar, and it's out of their system in a week or two... their tastebuds will become more sensitive to the taste of sweet, and it will take even less, like just a teensy bit of stevia in a cup of hot tea for example, to be able to appreciate a mild sweet taste. At least, that's been my experience. :-)


M Pax said...

I went sugar free some time ago. If something calls for sweetener, I usually use honey instead. It does have a negative impact on the body. If your friends went without sugar for awhile, they would discover it has adverse effects on them, too. More likely than not.

Glad you've found your path.

Ida said...

I know that going SF can make a huge difference. I do so much better when I lay off white flour and sugar. (and most high carb foods)

Kyle Gershman said...

LOL...this SF thing may catch on...way to stand up for your new lifestyle!

Tony The Pink Panda said...

Diana, I'm glad you have found something that works for you. Personally, I don't know if I could eliminate everything with sugar for the rest of my life because as much as I want to be healthy, I want to be able to enjoy sweets every once in a while too. I might have to give it a try though, just as an experiment. Thanks for the insight :).

weigthloss-diets said...

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Ron said...

GF SF BS.... whatever works !!!!! Keep at it.

Pamela said...

That's awesome, Diana! I know I would feel so much better if I did the same, but I have to admit that part of me is with Tony above. I think I still have an inner 3 year old that is stopping her feet and crossing her arms and saying "Nuh-uh. Not gonna do it."

MaryFran said...

I've heard so many people say this about going SF (that the cravings and all stop and that it's easier and better). I just may have to try it!

~Tammy said...

First and foremost I want to thank you for the comment on my blog in regards to my post on my blog and comments on Graciella's blog.

I see, though you are a follower of my friend, that prompted by post - Velda. She is one of my 2 dearest friends. Yesterday was a tough day for her and when they're tough for her, I feel lost and then they're tough for me! So, thank you so much.

So, not to totally hijack YOUR blog entry. I want to adopt a clean eating lifestyle, but I'm extremely hesitant (many reasons). Giving up sugar would be hard, but something I want to minimize at least.

Great thoughtful entry today! I'm now following along with you.

Take care.

Dayne Gingrich said...

"You can do anything you set your mind to..."


But how/what do we set our mind to? This is the million $$ question. We can't just say, "no more sugar," as this sugar thing is linked into our unconscious. We need to unlink these bad habit -- create new ones to take their place... and repeat over and over.

Instead of thinking, "I can't have anymore sugar. I have to stop eating sugar." We need to focus on WHAT WE WANT INSTEAD! We all have tough times quitting (X)... because we keep trying to quit (X), putting more emphasis on (X). Rather, find that thing to counteract (X), and focus all of our attention on the new, better... what we want instead.

Love this blog, and will be following.

Stop by and say hi. I think you'll like what I'm writing about.


Jaynie Martin said...

i suffer really really badly with pmt/pms or that nasty monthly thing what ever people want to call it. My mood swings had increased over the years till they were totally out of control, at 4am i was making jellies and drinking them hot for the sweetness. i was in a vicious circle sweet cravings mood swing sweet cravings mood swings and so on. i found an article about pmt and sugar. i went cold turkey omg! to this day i dont know how i did it~ (think the moods were just so bad i had no choice) its the best thing ive ever done moods are on normal grouchy but controllable track i do have sugar but not the week before the dreaded :S and its no longer huge bars of choc it just one piece ...
reading your blog i think i may look at cutting it totally out again as im doing the night binge thing and a possiblity to improve that nasty week a little more, im gonna have a go :) will let you know how i go thank you xxx

Physicallee Fit said...

I started my weight loss journey just a little while ago. I'm on day 8 of no white sugar. I had noticed before how much I tended toward depression shortly after having eaten sugar.

Without white sugar, I feel great and have energy. I can taste better and smell better too.

I have been using honey, maple syrup and evaporated cane juice. Right now, I feel good about those choices.

But that social pressure at the next big holiday? I'm not looking forward to it! Luckily My Hero is really supportive and even buys me treats that have no sugar!

big_mummy said...

Im with you girl!!! I am doing this, sugar is taking over my effin life! I NEED to do this, my cravings are out of CONTROL!

Ok so how are you doing this? are you handmaking any snacks you have and using honey/splenda? how rough was it?? I'm starting from when my eyes open tomorrow