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Getting rid of the sugar 
Oct. 6, 2011 7:45 pm 
Updated: Oct. 21, 2011 11:14 am
I have recently been working to rid my diet of sugar.  There are huge benefits to doing this and I have been reaping them.  I have lost apx. 30 lbs, I am sleeping better, my cholesterol and blood sugar levels are now normal and my blood pressure decreased!  It wasn't easy, especially since I am convinced that sugar is somewhat addictive.  You might think I am crazy, but think about it... people say, "I am addicted to chocolate, or twinkies, or ice cream", but have you ever heard anyone say they are addicted to chicken breasts or eggs or spinach?  Ha! I didn't think so!

I have spent a lot of time researching alternatives to sugar and traditional flours etc.  I have perfected certain things and bombed at others.  My reputation as a great cook is being somewhat damaged, but I am comitted to getting the sugar out of my life!  I have found that I can eat just about anything and maintain my weight as long as it doesn't contain sugar.

I am hoping to spend time sharing with you some of my findings, my tricks and my recipes.  I get many if not most of my recipes from All Recipes, I love this place!  Some of the conversions are fairly complex so I usually keep them to myself.  I am going to begin sharing these gems of sugar free knowledge to see what type of interest it solicits.  Feel free to contact me if you read this and think we can help each other.

Life is sweeter without sugar!
Oct. 6, 2011 8:22 pm
Very interesting Miss Sally! Now let me ask, are you using sub sugar? Splenda, S N L, agave? Or NO Sugar at All? Hence no cake, cookies, etc at your table. And you are correct, I have never heard of someone saying Geez I am addicted to Broccoli!!! LOL. Now I will belly up to my share of veggies/red meat/cheese and I do have to eat so in a way we Are addicted to food in the sense that we have to eat to live. Isn't that the meaning of addiction? That we Need to do >>> eat, smoke,take drugs? I live to eat. hee hee. I get what you are saying and wish you all the success on your new way of eating. Let us know what you find out.
Oct. 7, 2011 6:35 am
Congrats, Sally! I am totally with you. I would love to cut out sugar as it is so harmful to our bodies. You are a stronger woman than I :)
Oct. 7, 2011 7:49 am
I don't eat sweets if I can help it. My wife eats 1 Russell Stover Sugar Free Candy each day. Personally I don't see the attraction to chocolate or Sugar. Sugar gives me a headache so I avoid it. Me and my wife do eat Broccoli and cauliflower all the time. I used to drink coffee and I stopped about 6 months ago, and had some sugar in that, but that was it. for some reason I lost the taste for coffee.
Oct. 7, 2011 4:46 pm
We have recently taken the sugar free road, also. It hasn't been bad at all. In many recipes we just don't use sweetener and have not missed the sweetness. Unlike you, I have not lost or gained weight, but I seem to feel more energized. I'm looking forward to your next entry and maybe compare some notes with you.
Jeanne Devenport 
Oct. 7, 2011 7:55 pm
Hey there girl, you had better share what you've discovered with me! Family should have some kind of privilege! I'd love to get some of your tips. I've modified recipes with applesauce to cut fat, but would love some tips for cutting sugar.
Oct. 21, 2011 11:14 am
Hi everyone! Sugar, salt and fat are flavor enhancers. One important thing to note if you are cutting sugar out is that fat can't turn to body fat unless your insulin level goes up which happens from sugar (any starch)! Keep that in mind when choosing what to cut or what to replace. In the case of swapping applesauce for fat, you are in essence replacing the fat with sugar...UGH! It takes some time to switch to this way of thinking, but it really does work. Choose to use healthy fats instead like Olive Oil or Coconut Oil. And most importantly, KEEP ON COOKING! :)
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About Me
I am a full time IT employee for a large data storage company who loves to cook for her family and entertain guests - especially when it involves wine! I have recently encountered a few medical problems that required a change in the foods I eat and so I am now trying a do-over on many of my favorite recipes.
My favorite things to cook
Anything Italian! Pasta, gravy, meatballs, manicotti, lasagne... I also love cooking mexican, cajun and indian foods. Spicy is good....! :) I love to bake as well and would do it every day if it were healthy. Sigh..........
My favorite family cooking traditions
Holiday baking is a big one. Not sure how we will manage that this year with the sugar free thing going on! We also have a lot of fun at Thanksgiving. My son's birthday is very close to Thanksgiving each year so after Thanksgiving we make a big pot of Jambalaya with the leftovers. Everyone looks forward to this tradition!
My cooking triumphs
Sugar free flourless chocolate cake!! WOW! Homemade pizza - the best! Cinnamon Buns to die for! (I can't eat these anymore... :( Homemade pasta and gravy
My cooking tragedies
Low carb pizza crust - YUK Lentil Soup
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