3 Years, Sugar Free

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2015-11-27 12:32:15 -0600
Started 2014-06-26 05:50:00 -0500

Sarah Wilson has not eaten sugar for 3 years now and it has improved every aspect of her life. http://www.everydayhealth.com/columns/my-heal...

I had posted recently a family that went 1 year sugar free and how it helped them. With Sarah, she has seen improvements in mood, thyroid, weight, and much more.

Going sugar free is not just not eating sugar or sweets. Its about getting rid of all the hidden sugars we have in our processed, boxed and pre packaged foods. It's a lifestyle beyond just diabetes management.

I have cut out a lot of the packaged foods I used to eat…but have stopped short. I see her as an inspiration. She has an 8 week program to help with cutting out sugar. Sounds interesting to me.

33 replies

JoleneAL 2014-10-08 10:16:59 -0500 Report

I've read about people who do this. The majority of them do not have jobs and can spend their days working toward not eating added sugars.

It would be impossible for me to do and my husband wouldn't tolerate it either.

tabby9146 2015-03-05 13:41:32 -0600 Report

there is no way I could do it. My hubby and kids have to have their stuff and my hubby brings this stuff home often. It is hard for me to even cook the meals I want and need, he does not want me to change much about the cooking, but I do cook healthy much more often then I did pre-diagnosis. I did make ad stick to, a lot of changes and made quite a few changes before I was diagnosed, but it seems I can only go so far, because of my family, so I am amazed that I am still doing so well with my numbers. It is hard!! I made sure hubby even went to two classes with me (2 our of the 4) and he took it all seriously back then and tried to help me some…but he is always saying, oh you need more will power, you don't have enough, blah blah. makes me so mad. he knows I am having trouble being more strict.

GabbyPA 2015-03-05 14:07:28 -0600 Report

I have often struggled with the same issue. I gave a warning to my family before the beginning of the year that they had to be ready, because January 1 we start a new way of eating. I promised them just one month of it and at the end of the month, I had no complaints, so we are still going strong. If they want junk, they have to buy it outside of the house and not bring it in. I finally decided that since I do the cooking, I get to have control of it and it has improved my numbers dramatically. Now as we enter our 3rd month of doing this, I am more confident that we will keep it going. Before, it used to fall apart in about 3-4 weeks or less sometimes.

Kalisiin 2015-11-27 12:28:00 -0600 Report

Hummm…I pay the lot rent and the mortgage of our trailer, and so I decide what crosses the threshold and what doesn't. and it is just that simple.

Glucerna 2014-06-26 17:59:11 -0500 Report

Thanks for this great discussion. It's inspiring to hear people talk about eating and enjoying less processed foods. ~Lynn @Glucerna

lanykins 2014-06-29 17:48:03 -0500 Report

I agree with you. I also just noticed your name, Glucerma. I've been a diabetic for 30 yrs. and know better, but I stopped eating everything but dinner. The people where I live got very upset & called my sister, who is my power of attorney. To make a long story short, she sent me 9 bottles of the Glucerma shake and 12 boxes of the bars. I have begun using them for breakfast & lunch and my blood sugars are steady and I feel good again. I have to see if this high protein diet will help the MRSA in my toe. But I definitely am a fan of this product. It has enabled me to start getting the right nutrient throughout the day and that's so important for any diabetic.

evaziem 2014-06-26 12:31:00 -0500 Report

This is VERY important, the body's pH (a measure of how acidic something is).

Our body operates best when is slightly alkaline, not acidic and sugar (topic of this conversation) makes our body very acidic.

Food we eat decides the value of pH and what body has to do to maintain the correct pH, if possible.

The pH of your blood is tightly regulated by a complex system of buffers that are continuously at work to maintain a range of 7.35 to 7.45, which is slightly more alkaline than pure water.

If the pH of your blood falls below 7.35, the result is a condition called acidosis, a state that leads to central nervous system depression. Severe acidosis - where blood pH falls below 7.00 - can lead to a coma and even death.

If the pH of your blood rises above 7.45, the result is alkalosis. Severe alkalosis can also lead to death, but through a different mechanism; alkalosis causes all of the nerves in your body to become hypersensitive and over-excitable, often resulting in muscle spasms, nervousness, and convulsions; it's usually the convulsions that cause death in severe cases.

Here is one of many examples what happens when we eat too much acidic foods. If your body fluids are regularly exposed to large quantities of acid-forming foods and liquids, your body will draw upon its calcium phosphate reserves to supply your phosphate buffer system to neutralize the acid-forming effects of your diet. Over time, this may lead to structural weakness in your bones and teeth.

Here is a list of which foods are acidic (to avoid them) and alkaline (preferred):

haoleboy 2014-06-26 13:35:12 -0500 Report

another celebrity endorsed fad diet with dubious (or no) science to to back it's claims. The real health benefits of this "diet" come from the elimination of processed foods, limiting carbs, increasing consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables.


Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-06-27 17:21:58 -0500 Report

Thanks Steve you save me the trouble of saying that. I swear I need a bandwagon or a scam for people to follow so I can get rich quick and leave the scene.

evaziem 2014-06-26 15:15:08 -0500 Report

In case of the acid versus alkaline foods, it overlaps with what we know as the right diet.

The pH is just another indicator, like weight, for example.

There is NO reason for any fat on one's body. If it is, it means there is something wrong.

There is this idiotic commercial on my radio about embracing fat on the body: "It's your genetics." Yes, your mother was sick and you are the same way.

Here is an issue with this political correctness that so many people practice—-nothing to do with politics…

Example: My eight year old granddaughter started accumulating fat on her belly and I was alarming her mother. Another daughter of mine was offended that I even mentioned the word FAT. It is what it is and it should be addressed, period. Putting head into the sand will not change anything, the fat will be still there.

haoleboy 2014-06-26 16:01:41 -0500 Report

No argument on that from me …

I had the opportunity to spend several hours sitting in an emergency room waiting area (my better half twisted her ankle). I was struck by two things … the majority of the people I saw (including children) were overweight if not obese … and there is more methamphetamine use in this town than I thought.

I was "husky" or "big boned" growing up certainly I was never "fat". now at 157 pounds and 18% body fat I can look back and see that I was indeed FAT! I wish I had "known" that at the time … having to have almost died to figure it out sucked big time.


evaziem 2014-06-26 16:14:46 -0500 Report

People eat too much, period. And mostly the wrong foods: cakes, cookies, ice cream…

I am NOT a proponent of the government intervention in our lives but I DO agree with Michelle Obama's initiative on school lunches.

By our knowledge, these lunches are great, but children do NOT want to eat them and throw them to trash… Waste of money! These children want hot dogs, burgers and fries! They come from homes that imprinted this vision of food in their brains! Too bad.

imjohn 2014-06-26 10:31:31 -0500 Report

It's not easy since 77% of the foods we buy have hidden sugars. "Natural flavors" on a label sounds healthy, but can legally contain over 30% sugar, which is a cheap preservative as well as (dare I use the word?) addictive. Food manufactures know what we want and how to disguise packaging to look healthy. Michael Pollan says if it says healthy on the box put it back on the shelf. Sticking with the produce seems to be the safest, but even some fruits will spike our insulin. Your BGM will tell you.

I've fought sugar for over 40 years have used stevia for about 20, since it seems to be the only natural sweetener that doesn't cause problems. I hope moms take care not to get their kids hooked on sweets by giving them as a reward when they do well. There are a lot of great documentaries about sugar on YouTube showing it is an evil Empire like the cigarette industry.

A great book by Michael Moss is Salt, Sugar, Fat in which he explains how the food industry gives us hooked and keeps us there.

Lentyl 2014-06-28 15:58:33 -0500 Report

We do not, I repeat: do not have to eat junk foods. What Sara Wilson seems to advocate is returning to simple foods in their original state, perhaps the way many of us at when we were children.

Michael Moss's book Salt, Sugar, Fat is marvelous He explains how the "food" (and use that term very loosely indeed) companies manipulate the population. He also notes that a number of the CEO's, etc. won't eat the junk that their companies produce. The population has been brainwashed into thinking that junk foods are what everyone should be eating. None of those items are healthy and detrimental to everyone's health. Frankly, I'm look closely at the way people ate when i was a child in the '40's. Meals were simple and tasty. Portions were small. I'm on a soapbox.

Brian Mowl, somewhere in New Jersey, has a practice committed to helping people with diabetes. He has some convincing arguments about diet.

TAR Jewel
TAR Jewel 2014-06-26 09:27:28 -0500 Report

Great job! However I'm concerned about sugar-free products. I have been told they cause cancer. Have you heard of this?

JoleneAL 2014-10-08 10:19:44 -0500 Report

You have to read labels. Manufacturers remove sugar but supplement it with salt for taste. Packaged food is the worst.

GabbyPA 2014-06-26 11:35:33 -0500 Report

The idea is not to eat sugar free foods, but simple foods. Like evaziem says, one ingredient foods. We can do the rest.

evaziem 2014-06-26 08:58:31 -0500 Report

I bought 1lb of table sugar in 2005 and never used it. Finally, I threw it away this year. I add NO sugar to anything I make. I do not bake anything.
We eat very little fruit, mostly berries and citrus fruit (low sugar).

It can be done, especially if your family approves. My husband, who has no sugar processing problem (his 3-month average glucose was 102), sees the science in what I do and he goes alone with.

My daughter's husband is the type that he cannot live without his coke and other sweets and they have a problem. She is " jealous" and says: " I wish Tom were like daddy about food."

Chuck Fisher
Chuck Fisher 2014-06-26 08:08:08 -0500 Report

I made it a habit of reading labels for packaged goods. It's surprising how many things have sugar added. An example is tomato sauce that I use with for baking fish. I was lucky to find one that has no added salt nor sugar. It's actually made by Heinz using line of their other labels. I also use defatted cocoa powder, again 100% with no added sweeteners. I grow my own citrus, strawberries, peppers and spices, so I complete control over those. And this is with no yard. I am fortunate to have so much fresh fruit and vegetables at the supermarket from which to choose.

evaziem 2014-06-26 08:49:35 -0500 Report

I do not buy any food that has more than one ingredient.

I buy meat, eggs, butter, fresh veggies and very little fruit—all with one item in them. I make every meal from scratch.

Chuck Fisher
Chuck Fisher 2014-06-26 11:14:05 -0500 Report

Better check that butter. If you live in the US it has additives.

evaziem 2014-06-26 11:19:15 -0500 Report

I buy this Ghee that should have nothing else. BUT we never know.

We would need to have our own cow and make butter and cheese… I wish. I know a couple who retired younger, bought a piece of land not far from here and grow all their own food.

theladyiscrazy 2014-06-26 07:33:24 -0500 Report

I have been eliminating more and more stuff from our diet and have very little "processed" foods here. I just don't make tamales - lol - so I do buy a frozen version from trader joe's. ;) Most things, honestly, I make myself OR I buy from a selected few places. I have gone gluten free (allergy to wheat it seems) and that does eliminate a lot of things UNLESS I want to spend big bucks.

Type1Lou 2014-06-26 06:41:34 -0500 Report

I think there's a lot to be said about eliminating processed foods from our diet. Suzy Cohen, in her book "Diabetes Without Drugs" targets the processing and additives as a factor in today's diabetes epidemic. Although her book is geared more toward Type 2 diabetes, the evils of processed foods afflict us all.

neverlowbg 2014-06-26 18:07:19 -0500 Report

Eliminating processes foods is the best thing I know most diabetics do it for the sugar content but I did it for all the chemicals and crap fillers they use in them like ketchup it will polish chrome and soda will clean your car battery really you wanna put that in your body if you read the ingredients I was told if it's numbers or can't pronounce it not good for might be safe but not good and over half the ingredients in pre packaged food isn't food anyways I'm not a fanatic but I due try to live healthy

haoleboy 2014-06-26 19:41:30 -0500 Report

Can you pronounce these?
Alpha-Linolenic-Acid, Asparagine, D-Categin, Isoqurctrin, Hyperoside, Ferulic-Acid, Farnesene, Neoxathin, Phosphatidyl-Choline, Reynoutrin, Sinapic-Acid, Caffeic-Acid, Chlorogenic-Acid, P-Hydroxy-Benzoic-Acid, P-Coumaric-Acid, Avicularin, Lutein, Quercitin, Rutin, Ursolic-Acid, Protocatechuic-Acid

Pretty scary sounding list isn't it. Certainly doesn't sound like something you'd want to eat, does it.
That is the chemical composition of an apple.
the fact that you can't pronounce something does not make it harmful

Kalisiin 2015-11-27 12:32:15 -0600 Report

Well, as a medical biller/coder I routinely come across words most people can't pronounce - so that test does not apply to me.

Esophagogastroduodenoscopy. Say it five times fast. LOL. Even doctors abbreviate it EGD.

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