Friday, January 27, 2012

Sugar and its' ugly twin ... white flour

It has been months since I have eaten any sugar or flour. Months and months ... not a single drop during my birthday, Christmas or New Years. 

Oh. my. goodness ... last week I decided (I have no idea why) to have a scone ... just one lemon scone from my favorite bakery in Chicago. (Bake) 

INSTANTLY I wanted nothing but ...more sugar especially with yummy white flour.

I need to make a decision ... I felt great when I had no sugar and no flour. Really. really. great.

How about you?

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19 comments:

  1. I guess if you felt really, really great without them then that's the way to go...

    But it seems a shame not to be able to have a yummy treat!

    Sarahx

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    1. And England has the most delicious yummy treats.

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  2. I feel responsible for this post. I'm so sorry! (But I know what you mean. I feel better without it, and once I start, it's hard to stop.)

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    1. Ha! You were just responsible for a wonderful day that was good for my soul!

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  3. I think moderation is the key. I crave things I can't have and then overdo it. I am practicing portion control rather than dieting or excluding foods.

    XO,
    Jane

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  4. I have never been completely without either of these, but I certainly feel better when I limit them. Was the scone at least a "little bit" worth it?

    By the way, my daughter lived 4 days. Thank you for asking.

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  5. I could give them up but only for health reasons. I've gone for very long stretches with no desserts but would find the no sugar, no white flour path difficult to follow. I admire you for staying with the program. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  6. Good for you - I am impressed with how much you keep away from sugar and white flour. We try to limit it as much as we can, but not totally.

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  7. I don't have the control you have, Glenda!!! Working on it, though,....just want that good feeling.

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  8. Ugh, now I just want to go to bake for one of those raspberry tarts I had when I was there with you last summer--such a good day.

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  9. Interesting you should mention this, Glenda. I have begun a low carb plan based on the book Fat to Skinny Fast and Easy, by Doug Varrier. It's amazing how much sugar we consume without realizing it, and how addicted we are in this nation.

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  10. I can so relate to this post!!

    For a year, I did not have any desserts or sugar drinks. I didn't worry if there was sugar in the tomato sauce. I had bread and even some sweet breads. (I did not remove white flour.) No desserts, though. And no sugar drinks, including juice. But I did have as much fruit as I wanted. I felt better. And it was easier just not to eat sweet treats than to try to eat them in moderation. I just didn't think about them.

    I have always thought that moderation was a better way to go BUT sometimes it seems too hard. And it seemed easier to say no all the time than to try to figure out when it would be okay.

    Perhaps I should go back...thanks for sharing this thought!

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  11. oh my - i am a sugar addict! i admire you for not eating either for so long..

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  12. I am in the process of cutting out wheat/gluten right now. I cut it out once before and felt sooo much better. Any good white flour subsitutes? Any good bread recipes?

    Rachel B
    www.beranville.blogspot.com

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  13. Has your blog been hacked? I am excited to read this...
    I do think the ideal is to feed ourselves well with foods that are nutritionally dense and which temper our palates so that we prefer simple pure foods, feel the blessings of foods that we do eat and live in freedom to be able to partake of flours and sugars for special occasions etc. not addicted, not craving, not idolatrous. Having said that, some things are best given up all together...false chemical sweetners...gmo flours...corn syrups etc... Use real ingredients and moderation with gratitude....

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  14. I've been trying to cut back on mine quite a bit. I think I'm addicted to sugar! I get a tiny taste of it and I crave even more! You'd think I would learn by now. So why did I let my husband order those Girl Scout Thin Mints??? I've been slowly replacing our white/wheat flour with Rice Flour (especially when I make doggy treats). It's a bit more grainy than I'm used to... must experiment more.

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  15. rachel b and mom2three, i've eaten basically gluten-free (no wheat) for about ten years and would be happy to help with ideas if you need some. i feel better when i leave out the wheat and even better when i leave out sugar, but that's definitely more difficult :)

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  16. Hi friend! I've been on an extended blogging break and only just now came back to the b-world. I've missed you! Hope you're enjoying YOUR break.

    On to your question...I'm starting to feel really strongly about flour. The more I learn, the more dangerous I think the current genetically-enhanced version of wheat is. (Check out Wheat Belly or The Paleo Solution...from everything I've read, it's an insulin-stimulant with nothing but bad things for anyone's body.)

    I haven't done much research on sugar so I have no comment/experience on that yet. But, I know that the more natural anything is, the better. In other words, I do MUCH better on cane sugar sweetened stuff versus splenda sweetened stuff (and don't even mention high fructose stuff...yuck).

    My basic thought? These substances trigger a biochemical reaction in you designed to make you crave more. One will never be enough, biochemically. It's not mind over matter (you're not making it up). So, I'd go back to the original plan and do what's best for you girlfriend! :)

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  17. Matt and I have been moderating our sugar and flour for the last two months. The only sugars we are are minimal in sauces, or some fruit. I didn't think I could do it, but its actually been amazing. Like you said, I find when I take a break, my body stops needing it so much, and if I start to indulge again, my cravings get totally crazy.

    I was in Florida on vacation this past weekend, and it was pretty much impossible to stick to the no-sugar, no flour plan (America - you guys like your sugar! haha) So we'll see how this week goes, trying to cut it back out again.

    Good luck!

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