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Has anyone given up all refined sugar and flour?

Does it really feel as good as people say? I just read Sugar Busters on my doctor's recommendation, and I'm trying it. Day 1 feels pretty good. Did you try it? How long could you stay on it? Did you get more energy? Did it help your diabetes (if you have it)?

Mon. Aug 6, 9:47pm

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I've been banning sugar and flour on and off for a few years and I am getting to be more consistent because those types foods no longer appeal to me as they used to.

Over time you will find that high sugar foods like juice, cakes, candy, etc. taste way too sweet and in some cases disgusting. I do have more even energy (no dips in the afternoon), you lose weight faster, I have less cramps during my period, and I have less breakouts (i don't care what dermatologists say, junk food makes me break out). I don't have cravings for white bread or pasta.

When I go to the supermarket, I stick to the veggie, meat/fish, and dairy areas. I don't even think twice about going down the chips and soda aisle. I automatically go right past those aisles. This is a lifestyle change and it takes time. You will fall of the wagon several times but eventually you will feel what others feel when they cut out sugar and flour.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007, 5:07 AM

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impossible, if you ask me. I just limit it.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007, 1:32 PM

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I've been on South Beach for over 3 years and have stabilized my weight, cholesterol and blood sugar.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007, 9:46 AM

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It's definitely a lifestye change but it can be done and is not "impossible". It's a matter of choice with all your decisions. For some people they don't have that will power enough so it might "feel" impossible but once you get on track it IS possible. Again, it's just a very commited lifestyle change. You obviously just have to be more aware of your food choices and take the time to know what you're eating. I've always considered myself to be a carb-o-holic. I love breads, pastas, sodas, sweets, etc. I previously also thought it would be impossible for ME to do it, but I do and as the 5:07 AM poster said, you lose weight so much faster and over time sugars and white flour begin not to appeal to you as it previously did. Again, I would say it's all about will power and smart choices if this is something you want to stick to. Good luck.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007, 12:29 PM

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I haven't totally elimated them, but certainly have reduced my intake significantly. I do feel different - lose weight easier, have more stable energy levels, and generally feel better overall.

There are certain times I get cravings for sweets, and bread is well, still delicious to me, so I try to go in moderation. I do agree with the early morning poster re: how sweet things often just taste TOO sweet, and I don't enjoy them anymore.

I find that giving up alcohol (total carbville) has an immediate impact on my weight.

If this is a new change for you, be patient, and reduce/eliminate in a way that will not make you feel deprived so that you crave/binge as a response. It will take time, but it's been worthwhile for me.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007, 12:37 PM

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