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need something to scare me off of sugar

Commented on June 19, 2014
Created December 16, 2013 at 8:13 PM

Yet again, a holiday is approaching and I've gone off the deep end with sugar (and milk products). I have managed to stay away from gluten, at least. I'm not eating it in moderation, I'm devouring whatever I can get my grubby little hands on. Pretty sure I ate 90% of a box of See's candy at my office today. I desperately need some information to scare me back on track. Any takers?

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on June 19, 2014
at 10:13 PM

I'm not, but my dad is, and when we first discovered them they were enormous and full of necrotic tissue and smelled like rotting flesh, and I do have pictures, so while they're not mine, I still have them at my disposal and if it's not enough to scare one off of sugar, I don't know what is. It doesn't matter whose they ares, just that I do have pictures of them and have had to debride them and dress them and have made my dad's QOL a lot lower

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on January 22, 2014
at 11:31 AM

This is acutely important if you're diabetic. Otherwise it's trivial.

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on January 22, 2014
at 11:30 AM

My dr's foot exam for diabetic ulcers is what scared me into action.

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on January 22, 2014
at 01:32 AM

Thank you for this. It's encouraging, and a lot better than vicious scare tactics.

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on January 21, 2014
at 11:23 PM

Yes please !

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on January 07, 2014
at 09:14 PM

Interesting- will try the sggestions

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on December 18, 2013
at 12:38 AM

most MCT oils are nearly all caprylic acid (C8) and capric acid (C10), these two mcfa's usually make up or over 99% of mct oil.

whereas coconut oil contains only a small amount of C8 and C10 (may be less than 2%). lauric acid (C12) is the main mcfa in coconut oil, followed by myristic acid (C14), which may be a mcfa or a lcfa depending on where you read.

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on December 17, 2013
at 11:42 PM

My MCT oil is also in the mail but I doubt there would be a huge difference since Coconut oil is close to 70% MCT oil. I think its like kicking a cigarette habit; if you have one you reignite the "addiction". You have to wait for it subside.

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on December 17, 2013
at 06:12 PM

i am typically low carb, and go through phases of being really good and satiated, then I go through these sugar binges. I actually drink bulletproof coffee everyday, but have been using coconut oil instead of MCT oil. It should actually be in my mailbox today so we'll see if that changes anything.

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on December 17, 2013
at 03:30 PM

no pic nessesary! defintely scray stuff!

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on December 17, 2013
at 03:28 PM

thank you, I've never heard of vegetable glycerin and have been using stevia. will give it a shot!

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on December 16, 2013
at 09:19 PM

Yes I go through this all the time! I feel as though I've kicked the habit, then another holiday comes around and I have one treat...which turns into weeks of treats until I can magically control myself again. I actually don't have anything bad in the house, it's mainly work where I'm having the issue. My Co-workers know I'm Paleo and they also know I have a weakness for candy.

For me, something has to motivate me to stop, and I'm not there yet.

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on December 16, 2013
at 09:16 PM

You're right, I should try eating more. I'm pretty low carb (when I'm not having trouble with sugar binges) so perhaps I'll indulge in some healthy carbs and paleo treats and see where that gets me

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on January 07, 2014
at 09:22 PM

No worries about the future. This day, this moment is all we have. Take each day one bite at a time. I think if I'm pretty good throughout the year the taste of sugary sweets just won't appeal any longer

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on January 07, 2014
at 09:20 PM

No worries about the future. This day, this moment this decision is all you have. Take each day one bite at a time

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on January 07, 2014
at 09:11 PM

general update: I'm back on track but also afraid of this happening again

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on January 02, 2014
at 07:34 PM

Energy balance is the most important aspect (i.e. whether you are gaining or losing weight). If you are eating "dirty/unclean/non-paleo" foods during the holidays, it's absolutely fine provided that you don't OVERindulge and gain any significant amount of weight/body fat.

Gaining weight CAN be fine as long as it is predominantly muscle and you are already fairly lean, but that requires a combination of proper exercise, rest, macro-balance, and nutrient timing.

So in sum I wouldn't really worry too much about occasional holiday indulgences (or occasional indulgences at all) as long as they are occasional and don't leave you tipping the scale or diminishing your body composition.

Hope that helps you out a bit.

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on January 02, 2014
at 03:09 PM

Moderate amounts of sugar (not in excess of dietary energy needs) is perfectly fine. Everything else is 90% scaremongering.

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on January 02, 2014
at 02:13 PM

http://zennaturalremedies.com/sugar-kills/ sugar makes you ugly. It helps me stay away :)

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on January 02, 2014
at 04:58 AM

Sugar literally sucks the collagen out of your skin, making it droopy, wrinkly and old. Plus, the fructose takes a one-way ticket to fat, right to your belly. Summer's only 6 months away people!

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on January 02, 2014
at 03:58 AM

Diabetes alone should motivate you. Anyone can develope it at any point in their life whether you're 7 or 70. It can lead to blindness, amputation and gangrene. Oh yeah, and having to monitor your blood sugar a dozen (or more) times a day and take insulin. Or have an insulin pump implanted. And then there's the oral issues; tooth decay, gum disease and all that stuff.

My personal recommendation would be: Don't scare yourself into dropping a food or additive; understand why it's bad for you exercise self-control to motivate its removal.

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on January 02, 2014
at 03:36 AM

Well, Laura I would not only look at the scary results of sugar but try to figure out what is going on emotionally that is causing the craving. Feeling the need for love? This always makes me crave sugar. Also, sometimes it's a mineral imbalance that causes the sugar craving, try making and eating some bone stock and taking some trace minerals as a supplement.

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on January 07, 2014
at 09:14 PM

Interesting- will try the sggestions

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on December 21, 2013
at 02:22 PM

As well as amputations and blindness, diabetes can lead to renal failure. When I was growing up, my next door neighbours were both on dialysis: he had lost the use of his kidneys, literally overnight, because of food poisoning in his 40's (business meal...); while she was nursing him back to health, she had not managed to remain on top of her type 1 diabetes, and developed renal failure as well. They both underwent dialysis 3 times a week, not at the same time, so the ambulances were coming and going every day. She had also been amputated of both legs below the knee, one of the stumps eventually had to be amputated again, and as her cardiovascular system was damaged because of 2 decades on dialysis, her heart stopped during the operation. She was only in her 50's or 60's.

Besides the fear of losing my kidneys (I have had unexplained haematuria since I was 8 and unexplained proteinuria since I was 22), I am also afraid of cancer and Alzheimer's. I developed lumps in my thyroid gland and my breasts during the couple of years when I was overweight and eating a lot of biscuits, bread etc. and it seems that cancerous cells thrive on a high glycemia. Some scientists now think that sugar may play a role in the development of Alzheimer's (dubbing it 'type 3 diabetes') so as well as ditching the aluminium pans, I am trying to make this Xmas a 'treat-free' one: I am even foregoing the salmon, which I love!

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on December 18, 2013
at 06:37 AM

Want me to upload some pictures of my dad's diabetic foot ulcers? That will scare you silly out of eating sugar

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on January 22, 2014
at 11:31 AM

This is acutely important if you're diabetic. Otherwise it's trivial.

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on January 21, 2014
at 11:23 PM

Yes please !

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on December 17, 2013
at 06:02 PM

Ive noticed that since I started low carb, I dont really have a hankering for carbs anymore. I think certain refined carbs just trigger a system within yourself which creates a craving for more and more carbs.

Dave Asprey (The person who brought us bulletproof coffee) suggests Bulletproof coffee is his secret to beating back carb temptations. I would vouch for that.

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on December 17, 2013
at 06:12 PM

i am typically low carb, and go through phases of being really good and satiated, then I go through these sugar binges. I actually drink bulletproof coffee everyday, but have been using coconut oil instead of MCT oil. It should actually be in my mailbox today so we'll see if that changes anything.

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on December 17, 2013
at 02:30 PM

My exhusband had a toe amputated this summer due to type 2 diabetes. I could send you pics. He stubbed his toe & within two weeks had gangrene. That scared me off it for life!

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on December 17, 2013
at 03:30 PM

no pic nessesary! defintely scray stuff!

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on January 22, 2014
at 11:30 AM

My dr's foot exam for diabetic ulcers is what scared me into action.

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on December 17, 2013
at 12:42 PM

Fear doesn't do it, if it did no one would smoke.

That said, how about amputation, blindness etc that can come from diabetes? Not enough?

I make myself raw choc/nut truffles as a treat. Had some commercial chocolate yesterday, just too sweet and I am a sweet junk food addict!

Grind raw cashews in a meat grinder. Add a bit if raw honey, coconut milk, cinnamon and raw cocoa powder. Mix it together adjust ingredients for taste. Chill a bit and roll them into little balls. Dust them with cocoa powder, coconut or cinnamon as you like.

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on December 17, 2013
at 06:59 AM

If you don't come to these things by yourself then you usually won't stick with them. I can't think of any positives about eating sugar.

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on December 16, 2013
at 11:22 PM

I too can down an entire box of See's in a day, so I get it. It seems that I can't do sugar in a small quantity (like a standard 70% or more dark chocolate bar), any little amount can start up bad cravings for more sweets. I get by with using vegetable glycerin as a sweetener to make my own chocolate. It is a processed sweetener, but for me, does not cause cravings, blood sugar spikes, brain fog, fatigue, headaches and all the other problems that every other sweetener (including stevia) gives me.

Paleo Chocolate Fudge

2 Tbs. coconut oil

2 Tbs. Kerry Gold salted butter

2 Tbs cocoa powder

2 oz. unsweetened baking chocolate

1 Tbs. vegetable glycerin (I use the NOW brand)

Melt it all together, pour into a loaf pan and refrigerate. You can play with the amounts of the ingredients to your taste. You can also add chopped nuts, nut butter, dried fruit, coconut flakes, etc. if desired.

http://www.nowfoods.com/Vegetable-Glycerine-1-Gallon.htm

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on December 17, 2013
at 03:28 PM

thank you, I've never heard of vegetable glycerin and have been using stevia. will give it a shot!

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on December 16, 2013
at 08:37 PM

Hi Laura,

You can do this. I started Paleo five weeks ago and was truly addicted to refined sugar. And yep the more you have, the more you want. That's down to nasty insulin spiking with rebound hypoglycaemia (so not your fault). Best way is to ditch it, full stop. Get rid of everything in the house.

At work, tell your colleagues that you just don't eat refined sugar anymore. Lots of folk will try and sabotage you. Don't let them. I promise you that the cravings will go a lot quicker than you think; and when you look in the mirror there will be noticeable improvement in your skin within a week of this posting. All the very best with this. Jane.

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on December 16, 2013
at 09:19 PM

Yes I go through this all the time! I feel as though I've kicked the habit, then another holiday comes around and I have one treat...which turns into weeks of treats until I can magically control myself again. I actually don't have anything bad in the house, it's mainly work where I'm having the issue. My Co-workers know I'm Paleo and they also know I have a weakness for candy.

For me, something has to motivate me to stop, and I'm not there yet.

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on December 16, 2013
at 08:32 PM

I suspect you already know why you shouldn't be eating the sugar, the trick is to find strategies to avoid it. Are you eating enough to feel satiated? Maybe upping your fat and/or calories a little during the holidays will help you feel less "deprived". It can be as simple as adding some fat (coconut oil, ghee) to your morning coffee so you feel satisfied for a longer part of the day. Try to eat before holiday events, so you won't be physically hungry, and then try to make the best choices if you decide to indulge.

This may be a time to pull out the paleo treats, so you can nibble something without doing a lot of damage to your body. And when I'm apt to feel deprived, I choose something really decadent to treat myself with that other people wouldn't touch because it has fat--think crab or lobster dipped in a paleo alioli , a bunch of roasted marrow bones all to yourself, some rich liver pate.

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on December 16, 2013
at 09:16 PM

You're right, I should try eating more. I'm pretty low carb (when I'm not having trouble with sugar binges) so perhaps I'll indulge in some healthy carbs and paleo treats and see where that gets me

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on January 22, 2014
at 01:32 AM

Thank you for this. It's encouraging, and a lot better than vicious scare tactics.

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