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Old 12-09-2013, 04:49 PM   #1
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a- I am lazy and / or at work and cannot do another internet search
b- I am looking for advice based on experience rather than "facts"
c- I really like sweets but I am trying to break the addiction


Questions: What are some of the healthier alternatives to sugar ?
Is honey a good substitute ?
What are some alternatives to oh so delicious cake and cookies and such ?
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Old 12-09-2013, 04:55 PM   #2
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Once your body is addicted to sugars there is no alternatives. Sure you can try to trick it by eating healthier sugars but it all adds up in the end.

Best advice is to cut it out, get some beef jerkey or nuts instead!
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I was/am a sugar addict, and my blood sugar was high enough to have to do something about it. I would have some sugar-free treats and some protein bars with the sugar alcohols- but I don't seem to have a stomach problem with the sugar alcohols, some people do. But I would not keep even those around the house, because then I would eat them all at once- go and buy one if I just had to have it.
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Dont know if I'm an addict, but I do eat a lot of fruit.
when I was cutting out junk, I replaced it with fruits.
so Use fruit as a desert after my lunch/dinner.
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Addiction may have been a bad choice of words ( may be true - I have no idea ) keep those ideas coming !!

What is the difference between a sugar alcohol and sugar ? Keep it simple I ain't too bright.
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Honey has no enhanced health benefits compared to table sugar. It's got a few traces of B vits and minerals, and that's about it.
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Sugar alcohols are chemically modified so that they are not absorbed as well, so somewhat less blood sugar effect; but the not-being-absorbed part causes some people's digestive problems with them.
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For the sake of the post let's assume:
a- I am lazy and / or at work and cannot do another internet search
b- I am looking for advice based on experience rather than "facts"
c- I really like sweets but I am trying to break the addiction


Questions: What are some of the healthier alternatives to sugar ?
Is honey a good substitute ?
What are some alternatives to oh so delicious cake and cookies and such ?
This is a highly debatable and personal subject when incorporating other opinions. However, personally, I came to terms with "sugars" (and its various forms) and my "want" versus "need" a long time ago, when I was just starting to enter training and wanting to diet down my weight.

What started it for me, was looking at the 2 gram sugar packets that are customary in sitting near coffee placements, and then looking at a can of regular coke (for example), which has a traditional 32 grams of carbohydrates and 32 grams of sugar, and approximately 160c (or so) calories.

Doing the math (2 grams/32=16 grams), I said t myself, "Wholly Crap!" . Drinking 1 can of Coke is similar to opening each one of those 2 gram sugar packets one by one, 16 times, and emptying them into my mouth. And, if you drink more than one can, multiply this by that number. Surely, this can not be a healthy thing pointing just to some common sense (and not pointing to "reputable" information on the internet or other sources).

Like myself and many others with similar goals (at the time), I like a carbonated beverage like "Coke" (and other flavors), and I like that the carbonation gives a temporary "bloat" long enough to engage the brain before I make diet decisions.

However, regular Coke and other "regular" flavors, were out for 2 reasons: 1. The sheer amount of simple sugar consumption, and the associated rise/fall of blood sugar as a result, and 2. Approximately 160c of worthless calories, that can be better served eating something else, and thereby better serving potential hunger cravings.

So, its engaging the "brain", "common sense", knowing the difference between a "want" and a "need" and what's best for your body (personal discipline), and mostly importantly, "what is best suited for the goal in which you want". Personal responsibility and discipline.

The alternative to "regular" coke, or "regular" other sodas, "Diet Soda", does not fair too much better in the sense of "whether it is good for you" (when pointing to the various types of artificial sweeteners used), but does fair better when its applied to certain dietary applications.

The term/word "Artificial" should make personal flags go up; even when not mounting a search on the internet (as your posts suggests), however, the calories are null, and in certain applications of the sweetener used, does not raise blood sugar (to the level of the regular), is better suited to one dieting down (Note: No Calories), and in moderation, will suite one's craving for carbonation (and even get the temporary bloat to enable the brain of the individual).

Now, between "these two" (regular and diet) I call: A bad choice set. They both have their cons, but one over the other is better in a specific personal application when one is deciding to consume this sort of beverage or other "sugar based food". If one is deciding to eat a sugar item (say candy bar, soda, other type of candies), one has to come to personal terms between regular sugar or artificial sweetener based, and as both are bad for you, in general sense.

On most other food topics, I approach it in this sort of reason (and other logic), and "test it toward the passion in my heart I have toward the goal I personally desire, and my overall health".

Be aware of your choices.
Analyze your choices. Once you become aware of making a decision, ask yourself, “Will this choice help me to succeed or hold me back?”
Make your choice. After realizing whether the choice is helpful or harmful, make a decision for the best.
Act on your choice.
Multiply your choices, if applicable.


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