No Sugar Tonight

OK. I admit it!

… I am a sugar-holic. I love sweets and I have very little willpower to resist them. If it’s there, I want it. I’m doing some better but it is still a challenge.

To be honest,

I have yet to have a doctor tell me to eat more healthy or tell me to cut out sweets or fats. I have only received guidance through a holistic nutritionist, a representative to a nutritional product, and through reading on the internet. I’m going to leave most of the advice to the professionals, but I do want to take some time to talk about sugar.

Reminder:  I just want to say that I am a patient, not a doctor. What I am sharing comes largely from what my doctors taught me and what I have discovered in my own searching.

I am sharing to hopefully help you be informed enough to support friends with this syndrome or possibly acquire informed questions for your doctor. Please talk with your doctor or visit the Mayo Clinic website for official information, diagnosis, and treatment.

Aside from all those giving their advice

I am very aware that sugar is my biggest downfall. I believe, it is the underlying cause of many if not all of the autoimmune diseases we are dealing with these days. There could be other reasons, such as pesticides, GMOs and processing, but sugar is the biggy.

Sugar Equals Pain

Over the past 5+ years of my fight with chronic pain, I have learned to pay close attention to my body. It tells me when I am getting too much or not enough of something. When my pain gets more extreme, I can look back a day or so and see that I have given in to the sugar temptation.

Usually, as soon as I cut out the sugar, my pain numbers drop back down to a manageable level. And I’m sorry to say this, but this includes most if not all of the sugar substitutes that are out there.

Sugar Substitutes

Sugar substitutes all come with their own disadvantages that basically make them worse than using the real thing. Dr. Mercola explains it in this article, “The Case Against Artificial Sweeteners“.  Here’s a snippet from his article …

Sweetener lesson 101: Avoid artificial sweeteners like the plague. While the mechanisms of harm may differ, they’re all harmful in one way or another. This includes aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal), sucralose (Splenda), saccharin(Sweet’N Low), acesulfame potassium, neotame, and others.

Twenty years ago I wasn’t sure, but now there’s little doubt in my mind  that artificial sweeteners can be far worse for you than sugar and fructose, and there is plenty of scientific evidence to back up that conclusion. In fact, there’s enough evidence showing the dangers of consuming artificial sweeteners to fill an entire book — which is exactly why I wrote Sweet Deception.

I was also told by my nutritionist that your body reacts the same to substitutes as it does to real sugar. So indeed, you are not helping yourself, even to lose weight by using these substitutes.

So, it’s really important to just stay completely away from sugars of all kinds. I try my best, but my family likes having sweets around AND I love to bake. So sometimes, I do succumb to a sweet or two. The problem I find is that once I start, it is sooooo difficult to stop. That’s why it’s best to avoid sugar at all costs.

The Sweet Herb, Stevia

There is one substitute that I use for my tea and coffee in the morning. that is Stevia. It is not a processed food but rather, it is an extract of a plant. My nutritionist suggested using only Kal Stevia or Sweet Leaf Stevia. She says, they are the only ones entirely pure.

I like the liquid form because you can control the amounts better. It is something like 20x sweeter than sugar. So you only need a few drops. If you get too much, it will have a bitter after taste.

For traveling or eating out, I use the packets, only because it is easier to carry around than a bottle of the liquid.

So …. these are my thoughts about sugar… even though I am preaching to myself.

Give it a try and see if it helps curb your pain.

Feeling Your Pain;

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P.S. I entitled this ” No Sugar Tonight” because when I first started avoiding sugar, I was reminded of an old song by “The Guess Who” called “No Sugar Tonight”.  Well, they were singing about losing their girl, but the feeling was the same. 🙂

So now I have told my age, might as well share the song …

You could probably dance along with this girl and get your joints moving better too! Ha!


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0 thoughts on “No Sugar Tonight

  1. Interesting GiGi. I love my sweets too. I have been using Pure Via stevia in my tea and coffee for a time now.

  2. I have a mild case of diabetes and other physical and mental illnesses and I really struggle with sugar, particularly in the summer when it’s hot and I want ice cream or milkshakes. You are so right about cutting it out altogether, it definitely is like a drug. Stopping by the Chronic Friday Linkup.

  3. So glad that eliminating sugar has helped you so much! That’s great! I have ME/CFS, not fibro, but a restricted diet has helped my son (who also has ME/CFS as well as Lyme & 2 other tick infections) and I very much. In our case, it was mainly due to yeast overgrowth (the immune dysfunction of ME/CFS plus lots of abx for Lyme). We switched to a Paleo diet 2 years ago (no sugar, no grains, no dairy) & I am currently on an even stricter diet to try to get the yeast under control – I feel so much better! It’s been tough, but feeling better is worth it.

    Good for you for doing what works for you & is best for your body.

    I found you through Chronic Friday Linkups!


    Living with ME/CFS

    1. Pale is a tough diet to stick to. So proud of you. I have been sugar and grain free in the past. But it’s hard for me to give up dairy. (I grew up on a dairy farm). Looking back though I know that a lot of my issues began when I left home and began drinking pasteurized milk. Dad is retired so I don’t even get a fresh glass of milk when I go home. Oh how I would love that!

  4. Cutting out the sweets was the most difficult because I am a sucker for sweets. Like you, if it’s in my house, I WILL eat it. I’m much better. In fact, I went to a kid’s birthday party for my younger kids and I didn’t eat a single cupcake. I knew what the consequences would be – stomach pain and pain the following day – so it was easier for me to skip out on that part of the party. It’s not always so easy, but baby steps, right?

    1. Baby steps for sure. Two steps forward one step back! My son loves to bring home treats after work. Been actually wanting the treat and not wanting to hurt his feelungs..I really struggle. Sometimes I do well Other times not so much.

  5. Oh sugar is my downfall too. I don’t eat sweets and dessert every day but I eat a lot of cereal which has hidden and not so hidden cereal. But I also have severe digestive issues and actually have to eat a lot of white carbs that we’re always told are not great for us. White bread, pasta and rice vs wholegrain as my digestive system just can’t tolerate it. Its taken me a long time to learn, but what’s conventionally healthy isn’t always what our individual bodies need.
    Via #ChronicFridayLinkup

    1. Wow! I’ve heard that some people can’t take the whole grains. In the past I cut out all sugar AND all grains. It did alot for me. But now that I’m not the one doing most of the cooking and shopping, it’s a bit harder to stay on that diet.

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