No refined sugar for one month

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    Nov 01, 2011 10:33 AM GMT
    I decided to remove refined sugar from my diet for a month. Has anyone followed this diet? If so how what results did you see?
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    Nov 01, 2011 11:37 AM GMT
    After all the sugar I had yesterday I decided to back off from sugar for a while. Why the fuck did I decide to start right around the holidays!? I'll miss the donuts and the pancakes icon_cry.gif
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    Nov 01, 2011 12:33 PM GMT
    trinijojo saidI decided to remove refined sugar from my diet for a month. Has anyone followed this diet? If so how what results did you see?
    I only do refined sugar at work with my coffee, because that's all they have there. At home I only use raw sugar. Been doing that for over a year. However, it's the taste that keeps me on the raw...it's got a hint of molasses flavor, which I love.
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    Nov 01, 2011 12:36 PM GMT

    I don't add sugar to anything, and only VERY rarely indulge in something with sugar in it, like a cookie. Been doing it for almost a year and a half now. It took a month or so for the cravings to really go away, but since then I don't really miss it much. I never realized how much refined sugar I ate until I stopped using it.

    One great side-effect... the dentist is a more pleasant experience. No decay!

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    Nov 01, 2011 1:09 PM GMT
    Since I got back on program 110 days ago the only "sugar" I indulge in is a packet of Splenda in my coffee...or if there is any sugar in my yogurt. Other than that I don't add it to anything. I don't eat any processed foods or pastries (cookies, cakes, ice cream etc). I don't even miss the sweets anymore, although they seem to have them at my work ALL the time. Any excuse to buy a cake...LOL
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    Nov 01, 2011 1:13 PM GMT
    I only eat refined sugar on rare cheat days. I thought this was a must and no brainer diet necessity for all bodybuilders.
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    Nov 01, 2011 1:34 PM GMT
    djzilla saidSince I got back on program 110 days ago the only "sugar" I indulge in is a packet of Splenda in my coffee...or if there is any sugar in my yogurt. Other than that I don't add it to anything. I don't eat any processed foods or pastries (cookies, cakes, ice cream etc). I don't even miss the sweets anymore, although they seem to have them at my work ALL the time. Any excuse to buy a cake...LOL



    Yea, yesterday my work had "donut day," because... you know... all the leftover Halloween candy people will be bringing in for the rest of the week isn't enough crap... we need donuts, too. icon_mad.gif
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    Nov 01, 2011 5:47 PM GMT
    I'm currently off sugar/wheat/corn/rice with a few tiny exceptions (soup I had yesterday had some corn kernels). It's a great way to shed fat.
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    Nov 01, 2011 5:59 PM GMT
    Yeah, I don't add sugar to anything anymore. I also don't eat any grains or legumes. Basically, I stick to lean proteins, fibrous veggies, some fruit and nuts, and healthy fats like avocado and olive oil.

    I've been eating this way for about two years and have seen my body fat go down and my metabolism and energy levels go up. I highly recommend it.
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    Nov 01, 2011 6:09 PM GMT
    imasrxd saidYeah, I don't add sugar to anything anymore. I also don't eat any grains or legumes. Basically, I stick to lean proteins, fibrous veggies, some fruit and nuts, and healthy fats like avocado and olive oil.

    I've been eating this way for about two years and have seen my body fat go down and my metabolism and energy levels go up. I highly recommend it.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ This!.

    I still need to fuel a 3-4 mile run at 15% incline plus weigh training several times a week. I eat seafood, steamed veggies, with Oatmeal for breakfast. While I'm no stranger to popcorn, its about the only grains I still eat.

    My cheat is a burrito bowl at Chipotle with half a spoon of brown rice, black beans, extra meat, salsa and guacamole.

    The weight is going down while I build mass. I'm happy considering I have a stressful engineering job sitting on my ass.
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    Nov 01, 2011 6:48 PM GMT
    I substituted refine sugar with honey. It is more expensive but I feel that I get tired less frequently. I also feel that I have less bodyfat but that could be just my imagination. icon_confused.gif
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    Nov 01, 2011 6:49 PM GMT
    Hope you're prepared for sugar detox. You will feel like death for a week. icon_razz.gif
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    Nov 01, 2011 8:27 PM GMT
    kandsk saidHope you're prepared for sugar detox. You will feel like death for a week. icon_razz.gif


    I found one of the worst parts to be waking up in the morning after 8-9 hours of sleep feeling like I had just ran a marathon the instant I woke up and needed to sleep another 12 hours.
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    Nov 01, 2011 8:28 PM GMT
    i did it for 6 months...best thing u could ever do..eliminated all sugar/simple carbs/alcohol actually
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    Nov 01, 2011 9:54 PM GMT
    I don't eat refined sugar at all if I can avoid it. On the rare day I allow myself to cheat, I still avoid HFCS and soda.

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    Nov 01, 2011 10:24 PM GMT
    Cityaznguy saidI substituted refine sugar with honey. It is more expensive but I feel that I get tired less frequently. I also feel that I have less bodyfat but that could be just my imagination. icon_confused.gif


    Honey can also be locally produced in most areas of the world, unlike sugar cane or sugar beets, so if you use honey then you can reduce emissions and/or support your local economy.

    (Of course, for most of us, reduced emissions are offset by the fact that we drink coffee from Colombia or Ethiopia, or tea from Sri Lanka, etc. But whatever.)
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    Nov 01, 2011 10:52 PM GMT
    Thanks for all the responses guys. Today was day one and I didnt really miss sugar at all. We'll see how this goes....
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    Nov 01, 2011 10:54 PM GMT
    trinijojo saidI decided to remove refined sugar from my diet for a month. Has anyone followed this diet? If so how what results did you see?


    I have not had refined sugar in years. Well last March I had some pancakes with Buttersworth syrup. I was in a coma for 18 hours.
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    Nov 01, 2011 10:57 PM GMT
    I dont even use refined sugar.... I use brown sugar and honey... refined sugar has no taste and no nutritional value
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    Nov 01, 2011 11:11 PM GMT
    GreenHopper saidI dont even use refined sugar.... I use brown sugar and honey... refined sugar has no taste and no nutritional value


    Brown sugar is 96% refined sugar. Sorry to break it to you. On the bright side it isn't bleached.
    Substituting white sugar and HFCS with brown sugar, honey, agave, and Splenda is also not going to do anything for improving your ability to taste regular things.
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    Nov 01, 2011 11:13 PM GMT
    pre_mortem said
    GreenHopper saidI dont even use refined sugar.... I use brown sugar and honey... refined sugar has no taste and no nutritional value


    Brown sugar is 96% refined sugar. Sorry to break it to you. On the bright side it isn't bleached.
    Substituting white sugar and HFCS with brown sugar, honey, agave, and Splenda is also not going to do anything for improving your ability to taste regular things.


    GASP the horror icon_smile.gif

    Meh, dont really care lol, I like the taste of it.. all that other stuff too... cept Splenda.. that stuff is nasty
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    Nov 01, 2011 11:15 PM GMT
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    Over a few months, fruit juices tasted too sweet, so I don't drink those anymore (eat fruit/drink water); .


    What? Not even those? O man!!!! You would have a hard time in the tropics.. tropical food is heavy on the sugar and spice
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    Nov 01, 2011 11:19 PM GMT
    I learn soooooo much from you guys.

    I like serveral suger fixes daily, I do feel bad in the morning though. I wasn't relating it to the way I eat. I eat somewhat healthy.



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    Nov 02, 2011 12:20 AM GMT
    jim_stl said
    Cityaznguy saidI substituted refine sugar with honey. It is more expensive but I feel that I get tired less frequently. I also feel that I have less bodyfat but that could be just my imagination. icon_confused.gif


    Honey can also be locally produced in most areas of the world, unlike sugar cane or sugar beets, so if you use honey then you can reduce emissions and/or support your local economy.

    (Of course, for most of us, reduced emissions are offset by the fact that we drink coffee from Colombia or Ethiopia, or tea from Sri Lanka, etc. But whatever.)


    I never thought of it that way but you are absolutely right on about that Jim! My colleagues (professors in neurobiology) also tell me that it reduces allergy caused by local pollen. Dunno if this true or not. But supporting the local Econ is always good! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Nov 02, 2011 12:25 AM GMT
    Forget sugar, which I've given up aside from a rare slice of cake from Magnolia Bakery or frozen custard. I gave up BACON. (hold applause) I'd rhapsodize over sugared bacon but I think that's already been done to death.