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Challenge: Avoid processed sugar for one month. For your health.

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussion' started by Terndrerrr, Apr 11, 2022.

  1. May 15, 2022 at 12:53 PM
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    Hey All,

    5 years with zero processed sugars here. Less than 30g of sugar per day from all sources of food. I am also zero starch. This is to treat my autoimmune disease (ankylosing spondylitis), but it has improved every aspect of my health and wellness as well as totally halting my autoimmune symptoms and disease progression. I was actually pretty crippled and desperate before I turned to dietary options, and it changed my life.

    I eat a lot of fiberous veggies and meat. Essentially a keto bodybuilder diet... though I eat too much protein to stay in ketosis.

    Anyways, just providing another anecdote about sugar being horrible.
     
  2. May 15, 2022 at 1:08 PM
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    Great thread! Diabetic, and my wife has Rheumatoid Arthritis. We've been off sugar going close to two years. Still do a lot sugar-free things, going with the 'that chemical isn't as bad for me as sugar', and we've given up bread (occasionally have wheat bread). I've mostly given up potatoes and white rice, and she has completely (and raw tomatoes triggers hers...as mentioned, nightshades). My sugar is under control (with meds, still), I've went from 195ish lbs. to 150, and her RA is diet controlled. Absolutely agree, I'm convinced the food industry since about the 50s is an industry bent on addicting us to buy...remember the food pyramid, where starches was your base?
     
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  3. May 15, 2022 at 1:40 PM
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    I think erythritol is definitely better than sugar (swerve / lakanto branded sweeteners). But anything that doesn't activate your disease is definitely better.

    Also, for bread, the best no-carb bread I've had is from Unbun. https://unbunfoods.com/ It tastes like real bread, has no starches or sugars. All fiber. I eat it every day now.
     
  4. May 16, 2022 at 5:56 AM
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    Did you experience any change in your level of fitness? Did you lose any weight, stay the same...?
     
  5. May 16, 2022 at 6:36 AM
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    On a serious note, while it wasn't a big deal for me, a friend of mine (guy I work with, who also happens to be the pastor of our church) caught COVID-19 last summer, and it hit him *HARD*. Basically he had to just lie there the vast majority of the day for like 3 days and concentrate just on breathing.

    Anyways, prior to that....he never went off caffeine because honestly the withdrawal would have been hell. Once he healed up from COVID he realized he hadn't had any coffee in a month, and just kept it going.

    In my case, I've never had more than one 8-oz cup a day; so withdrawals for me is like one day of an occasional mild headache and that's it.
     
  6. May 16, 2022 at 7:13 AM
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    Terndrerrr [OP] it's good to get lost once in a while

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    Similar story here. I make one 10-oz cup of medium/dark roast coffee every morning. Been using the same AeroPress for years. Can’t stand the flavor or the excess caffeine of lighter roasts.
     
  7. May 16, 2022 at 7:21 AM
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    Yeah, that's pretty much how we do it; either manually (if we're not in a hurry) or via the Cuisinart coffee maker (if we are). Caribou coffee is about as 'low budget' as I'll go - not because I don't like the taste of cheaper stuff (although I don't lol) but because I learned a long time ago, with my sliding hiatal hernia, that having better quality coffee meant lower acid (most of the time) and therefore it had a HUGE positive effect on how much acid reflux I deal with.
     
  8. May 16, 2022 at 7:29 AM
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    Man, you are not kidding. Sugar is in everything. It is so hard to avoid all sugars. Back in 2017, I got some poor results from my lab work. My A1C was over 9.0. My doctor strongly urged me to change my diet and he put me on a blood sugar medication. Since then, I have been doing my best to avoid as much sugar as I can. I have not had a drop of soda since 2017 and I try to keep my sugar intake below 35g a day. Just from the reduction in sugar, I lost 10 pounds. My A1C now fluctuates in the mid 6's.
    It is such a challenge. You have to be so diligent on reading the labels on food containers. And now that I am in my 50's, it is becoming harder to stay healthy. I have to fight my body with the diet and exercise.
    I agree with everything that you have said here.... you do feel better without all the sugar.
     
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  9. May 16, 2022 at 8:05 AM
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    I am beginning to think that in order to truly eat healthy and be in control of hidden sugars (and chemical crap) that one needs to back to the simplest for of food; i.e. one word foods only- - lettuce, broccoli, tomatoes, meat, chicken, etc. Nothing processed. This however creates its own set of problems, like spending a lot of time per day preparing food, may trips to the store every week, buying smaller quantities of food more often (no preservatives), etc.

    When I stopped caffeine, I stopped soda/pop. My vice was diet MTN Dew for 25+ years (like 4-7 bottles/day). Now only occasionally (every 2-3 month) have a non-cola soda with a mixed drink. Have recently even gone away from that and am figuring out mixed drinks with water and squeezed orange/lemon/lime with some alcohol mixed in.
     
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    Could be a placebo effect, but I did feel more active and less sluggish. By more than halfway into the challenge, I felt like I didn't need to eat something high in sugar to get energy, if that makes sense

    I highly encourage everyone to try it at least once!
     
  11. May 17, 2022 at 4:10 AM
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    An interesting book I was turned on to last year is The Plan Paradox by Dr Stephen Gundry. Basically he says if we could eat as we did 12,000 years ago we would all be healthy, too much wheat and additives in our food and obesity has only become a real problem in the last 60 years due to yup added sugars. If you have health issues or want to improve your health and feeling better it is worth a read.
     
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  12. May 17, 2022 at 8:20 AM
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    When packaged food became a staple, and fast food was discovered to be desirable and profitable, the shit really hit the fan I think.
    Well before my time, in the 50’s, the fascination was with shelf stable, more convenient food that could be mass marketed. Taste and texture were king, nutrition took a backseat. And why shouldn’t it have? There wasn’t an epidemic of diabetes or obesity to inform the food makers or the customers.
    So was born the convenient, packaged, processed, shelf stable foods that even kids loved.
    It didn’t matter that you might as well have been stuffing cake in your hole. They called it a breakfast, and suggested that it was the convenient equivalent to a nutritious and delicious meal, instantly.
    Also, every meal HAD to have a ‘Treat’.
    I’m a Gen Xer. Lunch always came with a ding dong, Ho Ho, or a Twinkie. A fruit pie (slathered in a sugar crust) made an acceptable breakfast. Ice cream at the conclusion of dinner. And my family was by no means the worst. Friends’ pantries were loaded with Quix, sugar-laden cereals, microwave meals, 1200 calorie muffins, and tankards of Coolade.
    In college, 300 level human nutrition pulled the blinders off.

    You guys are all on the right track. After about age 23, I basically refused any sugared drinks, desserts, candy, donuts, etc… grains must be whole grains with the rare exception of buns for hamburgers. Protein and fibrous vegetables dominate the plate. And I cook from scratch.

    The crazy thing to me is that so many people still buy so much sugary and pre-packaged stuff.
     
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    Terndrerrr [OP] it's good to get lost once in a while

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    A friend and I were competing in an archery shoot recently. It was a 3D shoot (targets the size and shape of game animals) in the woods. It rained the whole time. We had to hike all over the place to find all of the targets. The idea was to simulate stalking your game in the woods.

    My buddy mentioned that this was an example of high quality fun. There’s high quality and low quality fun. Low quality fun requires absolutely nothing from you. Examples are social media, Netflix, screen time in general. High quality fun makes you work, makes you suffer to see the results. High quality fun is something most people have lost the appetite for. And their reward is lesser.

    Never stop fighting the fight to take care of yourself. It’s way too easy to stop. But the rewards are there, the quality of life is there, for the taking if you keep it up.
     
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    Excellent words of advice! I'll never look at "low quality" fun the same now!
     
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