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  # 1357569 3-Aug-2015 10:06
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I've been actively reducing my (and my kids'!) sugar intake for two weeks now, and have found it fine. I'm a realist - complete abstinence won't work for me, and I will continue to eat fruit and also (a significantly reduced level of) baked goods with sugar. I'm just not willing to give up completely on homemade cake, biscuits etc, let alone an occasional icecream.

It's been really easy to give up on the sweet thing with coffee for morning tea, the 'muesli bar' for afternoon tea, and something sweet for desert etc - but it's surprising how many times people have brought around stuff I now avoid like chocolate, chocolate biscuits etc. These changes are enough for me at the moment, and I'll reassess in a few weeks as to whether it's having an impact and whether I can carry on in the same way.

The weirdest thing was the first time I had a biscuit for a week or so was that it tasted so incredibly sweet!

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  # 1357936 3-Aug-2015 16:16
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jonathan18: I've been actively reducing my (and my kids'!) sugar intake for two weeks now, and have found it fine. I'm a realist - complete abstinence won't work for me, and I will continue to eat fruit and also (a significantly reduced level of) baked goods with sugar. I'm just not willing to give up completely on homemade cake, biscuits etc, let alone an occasional icecream.

It's been really easy to give up on the sweet thing with coffee for morning tea, the 'muesli bar' for afternoon tea, and something sweet for desert etc - but it's surprising how many times people have brought around stuff I now avoid like chocolate, chocolate biscuits etc. These changes are enough for me at the moment, and I'll reassess in a few weeks as to whether it's having an impact and whether I can carry on in the same way.

The weirdest thing was the first time I had a biscuit for a week or so was that it tasted so incredibly sweet!


I had a lightbulb moment when I realised tomatoes and carrots were sweet tasting. And when I had cut out sugar that much (literally all of it, bar for low sugar berries), and I had something 'ordinarily sweet' later on, like soda or juice, or chocolate, it tasted extreme, too much, like an assault on the senses. 

And that is how people get used to drinking coke :P Tolerance




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  # 1358417 4-Aug-2015 10:26
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jonathan18: I've been actively reducing my (and my kids'!) sugar intake for two weeks now, and have found it fine. I'm a realist - complete abstinence won't work for me, and I will continue to eat fruit and also (a significantly reduced level of) baked goods with sugar. I'm just not willing to give up completely on homemade cake, biscuits etc, let alone an occasional icecream.

It's been really easy to give up on the sweet thing with coffee for morning tea, the 'muesli bar' for afternoon tea, and something sweet for desert etc - but it's surprising how many times people have brought around stuff I now avoid like chocolate, chocolate biscuits etc. These changes are enough for me at the moment, and I'll reassess in a few weeks as to whether it's having an impact and whether I can carry on in the same way.

The weirdest thing was the first time I had a biscuit for a week or so was that it tasted so incredibly sweet!


I had a lightbulb moment when I realised tomatoes and carrots were sweet tasting. And when I had cut out sugar that much (literally all of it, bar for low sugar berries), and I had something 'ordinarily sweet' later on, like soda or juice, or chocolate, it tasted extreme, too much, like an assault on the senses. 

And that is how people get used to drinking coke :P Tolerance


When they churn out no sugar or reduced sugar alternatives, in many cases they whack so much aspartame or stevia etc in to it - that it's even sweeter than their normal full-sugar versions, and also has either off-taste or different flavour perception and mouthfeel characteristic imparted by the sweetener.  They don't want you to "go off sweet", as selling sweet is what their business does.

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I have watched both documentaries and I have come to the conclusion that it is pretty hard to avoid sugars but now at least I am more aware of what I put into my body and that of my kids. The wife goes batty if the fruit juice they are drinking has added fructose or sugar or whatever else we thought originally was healthy for them. 

She's so obsessed with sugar that she's starting vegetable juicing and now is trying to get the kids to enjoy them. And to be fair, the ones she's forced me to drink aren't half bad. You imagine spinach and kale would be like drinking bitter or funny tasting green gloop, but she adds a little apple or grapes to sweeten the drink. And the kids think it's Hulk juice which I guess helps them drink it. 

It certainly does make one think about the rubbish big food companies put into our food. 




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