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  1. followed you on the 31 dayers thursday shares. Good info and great explanation! I’ve been eating lower carb for several months (not exclusively sugar free,however) but from a former carbaholic,, amazingly don’t miss them very much.

    1. Thanks for finding me! Reducing processed carbs probably isn’t for everyone (although I secretly suspect it wouldn’t hurt…), but it makes a huge difference in the way I feel! I also think that has something to do with the better foods that I replace the processed carbs with. 🙂

  2. I don’t think I have a sugar addiction but I too have had the experience of trying to give up sweets then cravingbread and crackers and pasta and rice and potatoes and pasta…which I rarely eat otherwise.. I find that when I drink a glass of red wine, I will crave salty foods and then they trigger a desire for sweet foods. Thank you so much for
    sharing these healthy insights with us at the Healthy Happy Green and Natural Party Blog Hop. I am so delighted that you are partying with us! I’m pinning and sharing.

  3. I am interested in the sugar/carbs addiction challenge. I am 69 yrs young, not diabetic and don’t want to be. I have battled with my weight all my life. Prior to getting married 35 yrs ago, I thought I had my weight problem licked. I married and sugarholic. DOOM!. We have 2 difference issues, he’s active and was muscle bound and I am sedentary and overweight. H e doesn’t realize he has a problem and is not much support for me to not indulge. WE are both arthritic and sugar HURTS!. I know carbs turn to sugar. My husband doesn’t seem to care. We believe he handles better than me because he is so physically active – back in the day he played football, baseball and basketball for the navy. Now he refs, umpires and coaches these sports. I have always had a desk job and now have a home based business – on the computer “W A Y too much. Selfcare is the HARDEST job I have ever had to do – harder than raising children. I know I don’t get enough protein and too many sugars. I need balance. I am knocking on the door of diabeties. I go for my annual exam in Oct. I am in deep heavy prayer. Help.

    1. This is a really tough situation that so many people face! One spouse is on board and the other isn’t. I give you permission to appoint yourself your family’s leader in the kitchen! If you are the cook, then you can cook meals that work for you and your husband can eat what you cook or he can add carbs for himself if he prefers. I have found that, sometimes, I literally say something like – if you want rice / noodles, you will have to make them…I don’t want to be that close to them. For myself, I have an easier time removing all the processed sugar first. If you drink sugary sodas, many people find cutting those out first to be a good place to start. Once I cut the sugar, then I focus on adding in more fiberous veggies and healthy fats – both of which do a great job at keeping your blood sugar stable and your tummy feeling full. I find that as I take in more nutrient dense foods – veggies, fruits, healthy fats, good proteins – then my cravings are reduced. Keeping your blood sugar stable throughout the day is key. Many people, including myself, have eaten 4-6 small meals each day. And by meal, I mean a fruit or veggie combined with a protein. So – a “meal” might be blanched green beans with ranch dip made with Greek yogurt (higher protein than regular). Or maybe an apple with peanut butter. I typically count my latte as a meal if I throw in a piece of fruit. But again – you are eating about every 3 hours. If I get hungry in between, I remind myself that I can do anything for an hour…

      And one final word – if your husband doesn’t want to cut his sugar intake – that’s his choice and it’s fine. But, since he is a lifelong athlete, maybe he would be willing to commit to an early morning or after dinner walk with you. Give him an opportunity to share his active lifestyle with you in a way that feels comfortable to you.

      You may also be surprised, once he sees how much better you feel, and that a lot of your joint pain is gone, how gorgeous and glowing your beautiful skin is – he may end up jumping right in there with you!

      I wish you the best. Remember – some days will be extra tough…but just keep taking those steps toward your goal. If you didn’t have a sugary doughnut for breakfast and instead had an egg with some veggies – pat yourself on the back and celebrate. This can be so hard – consider each successful meal a victory and each less than successful meal and inevitable slip. But for every inevitable slip, remember that you probably have ten successful meals too – so you are that much close to where you want to be! Stay in touch! I’m rooting for you!

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