sugar - killer yet temptaion....please help to control????

sugar - control your sugar
@apsara60 (6611)
Israel
October 31, 2007 6:06am CST
Friends, we all know that sugar is the root cause of lot of deadly desease.......but it is so difficult to conrol your temptation for sugar.....I did try all kinds of sugar substitutes but in the end I come back to original sugar. When I made my last medical checkup....I was still safe.....and I want to remain safe always, so please give some suggestions to control temptation for sugar.......Thanks a lot..........
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@dpk262006 (56764)
• Delhi, India
1 Nov 07
I also cannot control myself as far as sugar is concerned. But I do not eat two much sweets or chocolate. I take little bit of sugar in milk and one or two piece of sweet in a day. I do not ununcessarily eat ice-creams and chocolates, toffees etc.
@apsara60 (6611)
• Israel
18 Nov 07
Yes deepak like you even I don't eat much sweets or cholates etc, but as I wrote to mithra, I am addicted to tea and in tea I like only sugar.....don't know how to control this........what do you suggest.......thanks for your reply.
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@dpk262006 (56764)
• Delhi, India
26 Nov 07
You can cut the sugar slowly....not altogether...I think....
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@apsara60 (6611)
• Israel
26 Nov 07
yes I am trying hard......thanks
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@balasri (26549)
• India
15 Jan 08
I came across an article which says that Red cabbage is rich in natural pigments called anthocyanins, which new research suggests may help boost insulin production and lower blood sugar levels.
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@apsara60 (6611)
• Israel
15 Jan 08
Hi Bala, This is very important information that you gave me. Here in Israel we get lot of red cabbage, but I was eating only green cabbage as I read that it uses up extra sugar of your body. I will read more about red cabbage, I am sure this information will be useful for many people reading about sugar control.......Thanks a lot. By the way, how much sugar do you take in your one cup of tea.......I take 2 teaspoons.......not good.........lol
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@balasri (26549)
• India
15 Jan 08
Of course not good.lol.There is a simple rule to remember.Anything white in food is not good.For example rice,milk.salt and sugar are harmful in excess. My mom was a diabetic.So I am very wary of sugar.I take only half a teaspoon of sugar in my coffee or tea and run half a mile to burn it.lol
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@apsara60 (6611)
• Israel
16 Jan 08
Yes I know bala, my mother in law is also diabetic and she is with me and I know how she is suffering and so are all of us indirectly. I try so much to control my sugar, but I keep coming back to my old ways. I cannot run like you :)).... but I do go for walks often and long walks on weekends.. I will tell you a secret....recently I have ordered vibro shape belt.....soon it will arrive, then I am going to melt all my fat and become slim and trim and run faster than you........lol, what do you say.
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@mimpi1911 (25475)
• India
10 Dec 07
Dear apsara, I think you have already taken a step forward by educating yourself and actually doing your bit to curtail sugar intake. I have seen that ppl tend to consume sweets when they are hungry so ideally, we should keep our tummies more or less full, ofcourse with healthy food. If we can do that, our job is almost done. Sugar substitutes work but we havd to have strong motivation, afte all it doesn't taste the same. I do use sugar free tablets but many a times I keep switching over to sugar as well. No motivation at all. lol..
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@apsara60 (6611)
• Israel
14 Dec 07
so in this case you are just like me.......switching back to sugar after a little bit of trail of control.......lol, wase tum ho bhi misti.....mithi mithi.....I am sure like every other aspect of life, here also you have complete control on yourself and you exactly know your limits.......that is what I have to learn from you........how to control.........lol.....kya kare control hi nahi hota.......:)) Have a nice day dear.
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@mimpi1911 (25475)
• India
17 Dec 07
Yeah, it's difficult to control! We need to have strong motivation to do it. Apsara, we should S T O P it it, now and that's it. There is no T R Y. We must D O it. Trying wont help. So, promise me you would take sugar substitutes for major part of food intake. And I will as aswell. Best wishes.
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@apsara60 (6611)
• Israel
17 Dec 07
mimpi.....did you like songs of sawariya....they are making me crazy....what about you...:)) ..friends...trying to divert her attention for sugar....shhhhhhhh..:))
• Malaysia
27 Nov 07
Hi apsara, I used to like sugar in my coffee. But now I either take black or just creamer without the sugar. You shd get to the root of problems. Not try to find a way to get rid of sugar from your body. What you plan to do is like..you slap a person n say I love you after tht. Taking sugar subs is worst than taking sugar. Maybe you can try taking brown sugar or honey in your tea.
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@apsara60 (6611)
• Israel
27 Nov 07
hello Mushroomlady, Thanks for your reply. I know we should always try to find root of the problem.....but if my problem is that I cannot control my temptation, then what should I do. Can you suggest something, Is brown sugar better than white sugar, and yes I will try honey, I keep saying I will try and I never do.....but this time I will surely do it........I hope.....:))Have a great day.
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• Malaysia
27 Nov 07
Hi again apsara... Well, people (incl doc) can give you thousands of suggestions. At the end of the day...it is YOU who decides what exactly you want to do. Or how exactly you wanna help yourself from going into D I A B E T E S zone. I hope you would think carefully n pray tht God will give you wisdom to decide. I hv seen n treated many diabetics. Diabetes do not kill. Its the complications of being a diabetes tht actually kills which I am pretty sure you know what they are. So..take K of your health, my freind.
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@apsara60 (6611)
• Israel
27 Nov 07
I know my friend, once we have diabities, we are sick forever.....I have my mother in law at home and I know how much she is suffering and how indirectly we all family members are suffering.....I think you are right, I should not be childish at this age and should really start thinking seriously about this. Ok I will really try honey instead of sugar and if it will work (it should, its for me)..lol....I will let you know..........thanks you did give me some brains, which I have but I don't use....:)) thanks again.
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• Kottayam, India
20 Jan 08
Once one man came to Ghandiji and asked to tell his son who is eating too much sugar. Then Ghandiji told him to go and come back ten days.So he came back after 10 days.Then he asked why you have taken ten days to answer his request.Then Gandhiji replied, I was trying to see myself how I could avoid sugar myself before giving him a advise.So be practical.
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@apsara60 (6611)
• Israel
20 Jan 08
but then what.....did Gandhiji succeed in controlling sugar or did not........did he give some advice..if yes then what........
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• Kottayam, India
21 Jan 08
given advise lived happily ever after
• India
18 Dec 07
Hi apsara! I do not have diabetics but have it in the family. So for over 6 months i have switched to 'sugarfree' and i do not find an difference in taste. I also have succeeded in reducing the quantity of sweetness i use. I also try to avoid sweets these days but howmuchever I am tempted I consume only 1/4th of what i would have consumed otherwise. My advice is not to avoid or reduce sugar in one go but do it gradually.
@apsara60 (6611)
• Israel
20 Dec 07
Dear Lovely, It is very nice that you could control you sugar temptations so eaisly. Which sugarfree substitute are you using....how come you did not find the difference in the taste....actually I am not eating much of sweets, but it is just tea with sugar sevral times a day...recently I have started to use brown sugar in my tea , I like it.......do you think it is better than white sugar. let me know your opinion. Thanks for your reply.
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@sophylline (1042)
• Philippines
29 Nov 07
Well, I know I am not too "sweet-tooth" as much as you are, however I can relate to you sometimes somehow. I know what you mean when you say it's so hard to control the temptation for sugar. There are times that I seek a certain food that contains sugar and it tastes so good that I buy more and then I have to say to myself to quit because of obvious reasons that too much sugar is unhealthy. And it's like no, I can't it tastes so good. But you know that's where you can test your self discipline. It's just willpower, when you practice each time and exercise it regularly you can make self discipline work for you. So, take it one step at a time, everytime you think about the temptation replace it with willpower. There are other things you can think about to replace cravings for sweets. There are varieties of fruits that are equally delicious and much, much more healthy. Now, about sugar replacement I have heard that Splenda is great as a sugar substitute. It is natural and has no bad side effects as that of the other sugar substitute kinds like nutrasweet, equal, pal, and so on. So, you can safely take that. Though, it is much more expensive. But it is better to be safe and healthy, right?
@apsara60 (6611)
• Israel
14 Dec 07
Dear sophylline, Thanks for understanding me and for your tips.... I will try my willpower.....but I am not sure, I will much succeed.......but I will surely try to find out more about Splenda.....that was great help to start with .......till my willpower works, I can depend on Splenda....lol. Will let you know if I will succeed in getting splenda........cheers.
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• Philippines
1 Nov 07
That is really hard to do. My wife also loves sweet and I am worried for her. I just think that you just really have to make up your mind that you have to reduce sugar intake.
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@apsara60 (6611)
• Israel
18 Nov 07
Believe me I have made up my mind so many times, but could not last for more than a day or two.....it is very difficult to control ourselves. I was wondering if there is some way to wash away sugar from body as soon as you take it, I have read that eating raw cabbage helps. Cabbage utilises all the extra sugar from body and cleans our body.....I don't know how much truth is in this.......If you have any suggestions do let me know. Sugar is a serious problem.........for all of us.
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@marabdl86 (615)
• United States
31 Oct 07
Honestly there's notthign you can do. Sugar is good, but you have to be mentally strong not to always eat it. I cannot stand sugar substitutes of aspartame, it is disquisting and downright just as bad for you. I say if you have to have your sugar fix, make sure to drink alot of water with it inorder to dilute the sugar content. When drinking tea, add honey instead. But in the end, it comes down to mental toughness and being smart when you do decide to binge
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@apsara60 (6611)
• Israel
31 Oct 07
Thank you so much for your tip.....yes I will drink lot of water.....I have read that raw cabbage if eaten in large quantity also take away stored sugar from your body.....is it true........cheers.......
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@lucgeta (925)
• France
20 Jan 08
You got yourself a difficult problem as the sugar intake is not thru sweeties, it is just tea. Honey is the first thing that came into my mind, depending on the type it can leave a different taste on your drink. So I would suggest adding lemon to make less sweetie. With some luck you will think you can do with less sugar. Nothing is granted thou and you need fresh lemons around you all the time. If it was candies and sweeties, our grandmother could advice us to take a tablespoon of olive oil after the meals and sweeties intake. After tea thou would fell awkward and too harsh. Scientist have proved that if one is more likely to repeat with a good taste in their mouths than with olive oil or other products. Best of luck.
@apsara60 (6611)
• Israel
27 Jan 08
Thanks for your valuable tips freind. They indeed seem to be useful.As for lemon I have already used it in black tea, but you know what will happen if I will add it to milk tea.......lol.......But I am controlling, now a days we are getting ali kinds of tea with flavour of different fruits and I have started to like peach taste and enjoy drinking it without sugar.....hope I will get use to it and will stop sugar completely. Have a nice day.
@rb200406 (1825)
• India
9 Nov 07
Well it is right that eating too much sugar is bad for health.Friend everything is in mind.Try to control your greed.If you practice it will happen.Don't surrender yourself to the taste .Think & eat.It will be benefecial for you in future.I thankfully don't like much sweet & i am also not too much into them.
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@apsara60 (6611)
• Israel
18 Nov 07
I wish I could be as strong as to make up my mind and not to be greedy..:)) I keep on surrendering to sugar again and again........I wish I was like you....not a lover of sugar and sweets....anyway,,,,,thanks for your reply.
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@I_LUV_U (2519)
• India
28 Jan 08
You need some motivation to control eating sugar. Start doing some exercises for body, that will give strength and motivation to balance your diet as well. Simply cutting off sugars with no exercise will only make you more depressed.