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2/5/15 8:09 P

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Been doing better w/ decreasing the gran sugar intake, Now, I need to decrease the bread intake.

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2/5/15 10:33 A

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Sugar free jello is my treat at the end of the day! I am doing well by not giving in after stocking the candy aisle at work! I keep telling myself that nothing tastes as good as healthy feels!

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Sugar free jello with whip cream is a very good treat. Enjoy!

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2/1/15 8:17 A

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I have been following the Jorge Cruise 100 menu for the past two weeks. I find when I eat low carb foods I have less cravings and am satisfied until my next meal. I save my sweet treat for my snack after dinner which helps me to eliminate night time snacking. I usually have a serving of sugar free jello with a Tsp. of cool whip.

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Your plans sound great. You've learned much about what works for you. Best wishes on this challenge. You are determined. You can do it.
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1/29/15 8:55 P

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Week 2

This week I have learned that a York Peppermint Patti or a fun size m&m ends the chocolate craving when it is bad and is not as many calories as the other chocolate choices I was making. Grapes have been a good snack substitute. Eating out definitely is a challenge for me. The calories add up fast. My goals are drink 8 glasses of water a day and bring my lunch to work at least 3 out of 4 days a week. Have healthy snack available at work when that afternoon craving hits. Continue walking over 7000 steps a day. I will not eliminate sugar completely but drastically reduce the empty calories in my diet. I cleaned the pantry and removed many of the temptations from home. Starting fresh!
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1/26/15 8:53 A

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You made a good choice to repeat the week. You know how you deviated from your meals and you want to avoid a repetition of it. I commend you for making that choice. Good luck in this challenge.

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1/26/15 5:02 A

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I am feeling deprived too LLESMEISTER, which I am sure has to do with med increase since I never experienced this before increase.

I learned I need to say out of market aisle with sugary foods. Replace sweets with fruit. Place bowl or containers of fruit and veggies on top shelf of refrig as reminder when I open appliance. I bought tangerines to take with me in car, to gym, etc. I drink water and drinks are not problem for me.

Chocolate everything is my trigger along with social gatherings. I need to stay away from junk food aisles in grocery store. I only go to two gatherings monthly where sweets are served.

It is my turn to bring snacks for knitting group. I plan to bring healthy foods instead of cookies, etc. I also intend to bring snack bags with food I can eat when I go to kiddie birthday party in two weeks.




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1/26/15 4:49 A

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Great Healthy-Always. I checked out Dash Diet Younger You at library on Sat and plan to start today. I found high protein diet in the past squashed my sweet cravings.

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Whatever you do in life, think higher and feel deeper. C. Artias

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1/25/15 10:49 P

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How has Week 2 been going?
I just started Week 2 in the challenge, but I started cutting sugar about 2 weeks ago due to OA. Right this moment, things are still hard in terms of craving, feeling resentful and deprived, and being preoccupied with sugar. But this is a decades long addiction for me, so I know it's not going to get magically easy overnight.

What did you learn about sugar this week?
Well, I already knew it was in everything and I pretty much have to make everything from scratch if I'm going to be a perfectionist about this (totally unrealistic with my schedule.) But I did learn that coffee is good with honey, and I don't have to have soda in the afternoon.

Do you have any sugar "triggers"? If so, what?
All of them. :-P But I really go nuts with "free" food--like at church, potlucks, and social gatherings. If someone else brought it, I must have a ton, even if it's just cookies from the grocery store that I've had a thousand of and will never forget the taste of.

How do you plan to avoid your triggers?
The big 3 I'm getting rid of this MONTH, honestly, are soda, sugar in my daily morning coffee, and treats at social gatherings (which happen at least once a week, with church and such.) So this has been a big change for me, but I'm learning, and I've already been able to do more than I ever thought possible.

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1/25/15 8:10 P

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Isis well with exercise this week, but struggled with calories. We ate out too often which I knew would be a challenge and I drank too many calories. I am going to stay at week 2 another week and try to plan snacks and drinks better this week. Good luck everyone!

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1/24/15 12:09 P

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I will have to try it. I hope they can replace chocolate,

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1/24/15 12:07 P

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Sounds interesting. Never heard of it. I'll look it up.
Keep up the good work.

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1/24/15 9:29 A

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I started the D.A.S.H. program for weight loss (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) on Monday. In phase 1 there are very little carbs (no fruits, grains, potatoes, alcohol) for 2 weeks. It has helped tremendously with cravings already. And I'm down 7 pounds!

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Definitely! I got some carob energy bars last night. Very helpful!

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1/22/15 9:34 A

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I am so sorry about the headaches. I hope the Carob helps.

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1/22/15 8:16 A

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Well, since I've been eating dark chocolate, I've been getting massive headaches. I read that chocolate contains Theobromine that causes headaches. So I'm switching to carob.
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1/21/15 8:26 P

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I am so glad that it works for you because it serve its purpose emoticon . I tried it hoping
it would work for me as well but could not take the bitterness. Maybe there's something else out there that would work.

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1/21/15 3:32 P

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Somar, not sure if the question was for me. Dark chocolate is definitely very bitter. Because it's so bitter, I can't eat a lot; which is the perfect deterrent. It's becoming a habit now. I purchased 4 bars of dark chocolate last week and haven't gone through the 1st bar yet, so; it's a plan that definitely works for me.
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1/21/15 2:47 P

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I tried that,but the chocolate was so bitter that I had to spit it out and never tried it again.

Were you satisfied with the bitterness? Have you tried it again?

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1/20/15 1:30 P

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Somewhere in the last few months, I began to overcome my need (craving) for sweets. Don't know exactly how it happened, but I am sure glad it did. I used to eat Peanut Butter M&M's at bedtime every night. I finished a bag and even though I still have an unopened bag, I just quit. My Doxie liked her 2 M&M's at bedtime, but she's little fatty, so I cut them out for her too. I had cut out soft drinks for medical reasons in August and think this may have had something to do with it. But now when I get a hankering for something sweet, I look for something "legal" to overcome the craving. I find cherry tomatoes and cheese (reduced fat, of course) often do the trick. Other fruits help too. emoticon

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1/19/15 9:36 P

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Weeblenomore, thank you so much for sharing the link!! Will check it out today.
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1/18/15 3:22 P

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I saw the documentary film at the library yesterday about nutrition entitled "Fed Up".
Check out the site : www.fedupmovie.com It really explains why we are addicted to food, especially sweets.....


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1/18/15 3:18 P

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I saw where one member said a 90% Lindt dark chocolate bar does not act as a trigger for her. Oh, to find that out to be true for me would be a blessing for sure!!!!

But I'm going to wait to find out :)

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1/18/15 1:44 P

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I seem to be doing the take two steps forward and one step back dance. But for the most part, I am eating fruit and trying to stick to nutrition as my guide. WHY? why? can't oatmeal cookies be a requirement to good health?

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1/17/15 4:15 P

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I had a breakthrough yesterday. Under an onslaught of pressure to feed the sugar desire, I found a way out. I've added dark chocolate to my toolbox. Now that may sound like an oxymoron but because chocolate is what I crave and dark chocolate is bitter; this is the perfect solution for me. I've allotted myself a square. 1 square of dark chocolate per day, when the cravings set in. That's my plan.

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1/17/15 8:50 A

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You are doing a great job with your snack options and your intentions for changing some in the future, Keep up the good work.
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1/17/15 3:33 A

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I am drinking my coffee with cream and NO sugar. I eat plain yoghurt with fruit & granola. I am going to cut out the granola until I can find a healthier substitute or make my own. I have 6 quality small chocolate bars left over from Xmas. I will eat one a day and then that is it for chocolate bars. I have started snacking on snap peas and grape tomatoes which I really like!

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1/16/15 2:34 A

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1/14/15 11:38 A

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Great information I'm getting from you all. I gave up sugar and white flour years ago, but this holiday season kicked my butt. I signed up for this challenge and have had very little trouble getting back to normal knowing that i've done it before and I can do it again. WE can do it!!! One thing that keeps me going (being an avid label reader) is not letting the food manufacturers determine what's good for me by misusing the words "Natural" "good for you", etc. If it has more than 2 ingredients in it, it's probably NOT good for you. There are many foods available now that are much healthier because people like us are refusing to spend our money on foods that are bad for us in so many ways, other than weight gain. Keep it up, you guys. We CAN do this!! We ARE doing it!! emoticon emoticon



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If you keep these foods in the house you will be tempted. The best plan is to substitute them with more nutritional foods. Best wishes on your journey.

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1/13/15 3:19 P

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If something sweet like cookies, ice cream or chocolate (especially chocolate) is in the house, I crave it. My plan is to substitute fruit when I want something eat.

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I agree it is a win situation. Hopefully, the chocolate will be finished by the time you are not so busy

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Super pleased to have avoided the office chocolate basket for the past week. However, I'm not sure if it's because I've been insanely busy at work or if I'm actually just not craving chocolate as much??? Either way, it's a win for this week! emoticon

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1/7/15 1:34 A

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Great way to reward yourself. It is very classy. Enjoy it.

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Ill be making a concious effort to enjoy my chocolates, only the best, no crappy ones with a tiny glass of port. Only once or twice per week when I've had a super day in the eating and axercise areas. This will help teach me control without feeling deprived. I will not have ice cream in the house yet. Tangerines will be my go to grab when I need a sweet otherwise.





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Good idea. This way others will share and hopefully there will be none for you. Good luck,

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No office candy for me, too. I took the candy out of my house & brought it to the office to avoid temptation.

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12/20/14 9:08 A

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It is very difficult to give up sweets. However you are taking your time to do this and that is the best thing to do. Follow the guidelines and be strong. The challenge is to tame your sweet tooth not give it up all together.
Best wishes on your journey.

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So it took me about 3 weeks to get to week 2. ;)

However -

My biggest downfall is definitely chocolate. Chocolate icecream, cereal, cookies, bars, kisses, etc etc.

But I have decided to temporarily cut all the "sweet" dessert stuff from my diet. I swear, if I do the math, it saves me over 1000 calories a day. That is insane.

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Walnuts and almonds are a good substitute. Best wishes on this challenge,

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Chocolate is my downfall. I have Walnuts,and Almonds packaged in one serving packages. I have also giving up prepackaged foods,( Hidden sugars)

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Keep up the good job. Continue to pre plan your snacks and meals.

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Keep up the good job. Continue to pre plan your snacks and meals.

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Starting week 2, I have packed apple slices and sugar free chocolate pudding for snacks tomorrow-no sugary snacks today-hope to keep it up and it should get easier!! emoticon

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Raisins are good, but I think that they are high in sugar. Check it out before you start.

Good luck finding good substitutes.

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No office candy. I'll avoid it by getting some of those little raisin boxes. They're easy and fun.



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I commend you on all changes you are making, Keep up the great work you are doing.

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