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Offline jill

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alternatives to foods with refined sugars
« on: November 18, 2007, 09:16:25 PM »
I'm trying to eliminate added sugar from my diet and I'm looking for new ideas for replacing sweets to curb my sugar cravings.  Any suggestions?

Thanks!

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Re: alternatives to foods with refined sugars
« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2007, 10:56:46 AM »
Hi Jill -

This may sound odd, but I remember reading somewhere about substituting a slice of cheese for a sweet treat in the evening. It actually worked for me. I would eat a piece of two of monterey jack cheese. I found a goat milk monterey jack at Whole Foods that I like now, as I cannot have cow dairy.

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Re: alternatives to foods with refined sugars
« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2007, 12:53:47 PM »
Yup, actually eating fat and protein will generally curb the craving.  The suggestion above is great, can also try nuts and seeds.
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Re: alternatives to foods with refined sugars
« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2007, 11:19:10 PM »
Jill,
     For curbing sweet cravings, I have often found that brewing up a cup of "sweet" and flavorful herbal tea, like rooibos chai or honeybush, then adding some unsweetened almond or oat milk (as I don't like cow's milk), can satisfy me- although you may be talking about actual food ideas.
     When I'm truly hungry, I generally find that a combination of protein/fat/complex carb does the trick, such as:
1. A few apple slices with nut butter, or
2. Some yogurt with berries/frozen banana slices, flax seed, and spices (cinnamon is my favorite- plus, it helps maintain stable blood sugar.)
     Because they include something sweet, I don't feel "deprived" if I'm specifically seeking sweetness, plus the protein and fat give satiety and knock out cravings.
     But the tea is so yummy in itself...

Let us know how it goes!

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« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2007, 12:35:05 PM »
I have found that keeping baby organic carrots around and reaching for them when I have a sugar craving has worked well.  They are naturally sweet, easy to transport, and fill me up.  Give it a try :-)

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Re: alternatives to foods with refined sugars
« Reply #5 on: November 27, 2007, 09:05:48 AM »
Thanks for all the great ideas!  I'm especially interested to try cheese... usually I go for semi-sweet like fruit when I'm craving sugar, I'll be interested to see if a whole different direction has a better effect.

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« Reply #6 on: December 02, 2007, 10:38:51 PM »
I have the same problem with sugar and chocolate.  A quick fix for me is a carob yogurt.  It has fat and protein.

3/4 cup organic whole fat yogurt
1 Tbs organic carob powder
1/8 tsp green stevia leaf powder

Stir and eat!  You can dip apples in it too.  It's close to a chocolate pudding.

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« Reply #7 on: December 03, 2007, 09:05:24 AM »
I broke my sugar addiction...SEVERE sugar addiction :) over the course of three months.  I wanted to do it slowly to avoid relapse.  For the first three weeks I limited myself to one sweet treat a usually an all natural pudding or ice cream--and no more that 1/2 cup and not in the morning.  I replaced all cravings for sugar with seeds/nuts/cheese and a piece of fruit.  Gradually I went from one daily treat to every other day down to once a week.  During this time I also loaded up on fruit--probably too much but it was summer and thats watermelon season.  I went a little crazy with the watermelon....it was so so good.  I gradually phased out the fruit overload to have a more balanced amount.  Now if I want an occasional dessert I have one but its not something I crave or think about during the day.  It took 3 months and I lost 15 lbs. 
Hope this helps.  good luck.
 
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« Reply #8 on: December 03, 2007, 12:08:20 PM »
Jill,  There are some really good ideas here for getting off sweets.  Here's another idea that I have been experimenting with for a few months and finding it works:

Sweet is one of the basic tastes that our tongues welcome.  But, over time, we have equated "sweet"  with treats.  It was suggested to me that I try emphasizing the naturally sweet taste of foods in my daily meals.  Now I use many dishes that have ingredients that are "sweet," tho not necessarily sweet in the treat sense.  For instance, Oatmeal with celery cooked with it, Garbanzo dishes with onions and cabbage, Sweet winter squash with everything!!, Chestnuts with grains or beans. 

My all-time favorite and one that I might have to cut down on is sweet rice, chestnuts, and butternut squash.  Cook or pressure the dried chestnuts until almost soft.  Cover with washed sweet rice and add enough water to cook the sweet rice (2X grain).  Add chunks of squash near the end of cooking the grain.  Use a flame defector.  Don't forget the salt as salt brings out the sweet. 

I think the principle is synergy.  Putting several items together that have a small sweet taste, makes for a dish with a large sweet taste.

Also, when using sweet in this way, the taste is "true" sweet, rather than a false, hyped-up version of sweet.  I am not sure how to say this better.  At any rate, I find it extremely satisfying and was surprised that the need for treats and desserts just disappeared for me.  Remember, dessert is not a food group....

Another one that we used for years to ensure that our kids would eat greens - kale and collards- is to saute onions in a little oil, add chopped greens and stir gently.  Then add a little water and cover to simmer for 3/4 minutes.  Very delicious and quite a bit sweeter than cooking greens alone.

Good cooking for your task!  It is a worthy victory to achieve.
Gayle

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Re: alternatives to foods with refined sugars
« Reply #9 on: December 03, 2007, 01:54:24 PM »
Dear Jessica,

Eating apples is a nice alternative to sugary snacks as well.

Good luck.   Holly

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« Reply #10 on: December 06, 2007, 09:28:50 PM »
I would definitely try carob powder. You could eat it straight up or add it to a smoothie. As an added bonus its full of calcium and other nutrients.

Also adding cinnamon to oatmeal or yogurt adds the illusion of sweetness without adding sugar.

Finally dried fruits are also a good option

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« Reply #11 on: December 09, 2007, 08:37:37 PM »
I have enjoyed reading all of these suggestions...I am addicted to sugar as well, when i say addicted i mean have to have it after every meal.  But it's like they say, "Where there's a will, there's a way" right?

Thanks for the added motivation!

Jenna

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« Reply #12 on: January 07, 2008, 10:37:07 PM »
Whenever I am craving sweets I try to do two things: eat a little protein and eat fiber with whatever sweet treat I am having. 
If blood sugar is out of balance, it will make you crave sugars to get an instant elevation.  Protein helps to balance this effect.  But when I am wanting to eat sweets, I make my own and use fruits as my sweetener base.  The fiber in the fruit helps to balance your blood sugar as well and control your cravings.  You can stew or cook various fruits down and puree them as your sugar base.  Apples, peaches, berries, bananas...whatever you like.  Works in cookies, bar cookies, cakes etc.  Adding spice helps to compensate for the lower sugar content. 
If I need more sweet, agave is a safe way to go since it won't affect your blood sugar like refined sugars and honey.
But my favorite sweet treat to curb cravings...chocolate candied walnuts
You make them by dipping walnuts in beaten egg whites, roll in a mixture of cocoa, agave, cinnamon and cayenne and bake until not sticky anymore.  Delicioso!

With Appreciation,
Jessica

 


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