Monthly Archives: April 2012

Not Sugar Sugars-Beware of Faux Sweeteners

As I have stated a number of times artificial sweeteners were a problem for me that I didn’t recognize for a long time, and even when I did recognize they were an issue, I still had a bit of trouble staying away from them.  At this point I only use stevia, and once in a great while I might have something with sucralose, but my objective is that faux sweeteners be consumed no more than once a week.

Happily, I found my cravings subsided greatly once I cut out 95% of artificial sweeteners, and if I find cravings coming back, I will eliminate.  You gotta do what you gotta do!

Here is an excellent post from Dr. Attia on faux sweeteners:

Yours in learning,

Nan aka Sugarbaby

Sugar is Hard to Kick

Unlike quitting smoking or drinking or doing drugs, all things you never have to do related to living, quitting the brain-numbing foods laden with sugars-starch-artificial sweeteners is to my mind harder. Harder because you have to eat, and food, sharing meals, is so much a part of being social, of our family gatherings, and holiday celebrations. We have to eat. The temptations are so great, and unlike for people quitting the other toxic substances, we can be bombarded by those who don’t believe in what we are doing, who say “a little won’t hurt”; even those who  want to undermine our efforts because it threatens them. I can’t imagine any of the people I know encouraging someone to go ahead and have a drink or a smoke, but they can be relentless when you tell them you don’t do sugars and most carbs. Suddenly everybody becomes an expert, they know better than you or all the knowledgeable people who have researched the subject. So what to do?

My best strategy is to put my needs in terms of health concerns. “I can’t eat sugars or refined foods if I want to avoid diabetes.”  To make it clear that your major concern is health, and you know what you’re doing usually gets people to back off.  If they don’t then you might have to resort to something a bit more aggressive: “What business is it of anybody but me?” “We have to agree to disagree.” But being prepared helps.

I know most people don’t have to eat as strictly as I do, and I’m happy for them, but this is my lot, and it has been damned hard work to figure out the reasons for my extreme sugar sensitivity. I’ve avoided diabetes, which I am very happy about. I still work at my weight, but, that’s life. All-in-all, I feel really lucky when I see people grossly to morbidly obese, because that could have been me. I just hope they can figure out how to manage their health.

Sadly, most doctors, along with most nutritionists and dietitians, still don’t understand the degree of toxicity in sugars-starches-faux sweets, and how it isn’t just a matter of controlling portions or more exercise.  But almost every week I’m seeing more doctors and other health care professionals seeing the light. I live in hope that I will live to see the old models turned on their heads as they should be.

Yours in hope,

Nan aka Sugarbaby

The Many Side-Effects of Sugars

Daily it seems I am reading about yet another health problem associated with eating too much or many sugars such as obesity, diabetes, joint problems, dementia, and now even gall stones which used to be linked with fat. Logically, we can take it as gospel that varying much from the diet of our evolutionary ancestors is likely to create problems of both width and breath (can’t resist a pun!). One source said that we should only be eating things we can in essence hunt, fish, pluck and gather in the wild.

The concentrations of sugars even in fruit, as one case in point, is far beyond what any prehistoric person would have gotten; and, keep in mind that they had to eat as the foods became available during seasons for fruiting, not at any old time they felt like going to the market or restaurant.

True, there are a few people who don’t get fat eating sugars, but overwhelmingly most do have weight issues over time, but they are still vulnerable to the hidden effects. True, not everyone develops the insulin resistance that means virtually everything s/he eats is converted to fat thereby leading to hunger, cravings, and fatigue from not enough energy release (aka sugaraholics).

For anything we can offer that is positive about even healthy sources of sugar, at this point in time is far outweighed by the cumulative negatives of too much of any kind of sugars.  Best advice: you won’t have a problem from avoiding sugars, but you could have lots of problems from eating them very often.

Once a sugaraholic, always a sugaraholic.

Nan aka Sugarbaby

Good News, More Doctors Getting Wise to Sugars

I am really excited by the number of doctors getting on board the low carb/sugars train. Physicians’ voices carry a lot more weight than voices of purely experience like mine. We want to know doctors are getting and giving us the best advice possible, so we are more than willing to follow. I’ve seen doctor’s blogs, like exploding. I’m sad to report that I had become very disillusioned with this notion over the last ten plus years. But finding so many more physicians, dieticians, nutritionists willing to rethink what they had learned. Or, perhaps never learn and just now getting a true understanding–thank you Gary Taubes!

As I read through the various blogs I scan during the week I keep getting led to new great sites, and today I found Dr. Attia, and I heartily recommend a visit to his site.

We sugaraholics used to think we were just weak, but the news is good from that standpoint that it’s not just us, but most people who react poorly to sugars; only some of us who have become very insulin resistant feel the worst of what sugars can do. I see even in my wider family the great differences in tolerance or desire for sugars; we go from skinny skinny to grossly obese, with most in the middle somewhere.

Doctors are figuring out that one-size does not fit all, but that by knowing the main source of the problem, which is that wide array of foods that become sugars in our bodies, we can at least develop a plan of attack that will work.

Yours in the fight against sugars,

Nan aka Sugarbaby

Ouch! The Truth Hurts

We can become very skilled at lying to ourselves. Rationalization is a singular human trait. When we hit a bump in the road, fall off the wagon, let go into a binge, or otherwise undermine our best intentions to stay off sugars-refined starches-artificial sweeteners, or stick to a diet, we may initially decide to “excuse” our erring ways with something that soothes the upset. But as a psychologist (I’ve got to find the reference and insert here–) I read in an old Psychology Today article stated, people who finally overcome things like alcohol or sugar addictions have to be humble in order to move on. I don’t know why this magazine from 2010 surfaced in my house, but reading this article I experienced a moment of painful recognition.

Often I have felt overly sure of myself, even cocky about my Sugaraholics experience,  feeling that I had at last solved my problem; then some weeks or months into the program an episode would upset me, and sure enough I would find all the excuses–the stresses and other things–that led me to stumble.  I think now I am really not so sure of myself as I had thought, but maybe that knowledge will help in the long run.

The learning never ends. And thank goodness for that.

Yours in learning,

Nan aka Sugarbaby


New Sanjay Gupta Videos on Dangerous Effect of Sugars

Two new videos on the powerful and dangerous effects of excess sugars-starch-artificial sweeteners (remember to the body and brain these all have the same effect. The science is backing up what many of us have believed for a long time now.

Two new videos with Dr. Sanjay Gupta on 60 Minutes and CNN:;listingLeadStories



Spring is Good Season to Get Off Any Junk + Some Pounds

With all the burgeoning going on around us here in the mid-Atlantic area I’m mindful that this season of regeneration is an especially good time to make changes. Our bodies are programmed for them, in fact.

Many of us remember how we would put on a few pounds in the late fall and winter, then as we got out and about, ate more green stuff, thought about the bathing suit season approaching, found that those pounds seemed to just fall  off.

Fall off they did, but it came about because of our behaviors. We are ready for changes after the sedentary nature of winter for most of us. I long to get out and plant a few annuals, do some gardening clean up, wash the car, clean out a few closets, and generally move. My walks get more energized, too. I feel less cravings for food than I do in the fall and winter. So it all works together to help.

As I got older, though, after 40, those pounds began to want to cling, and I’ve had to get progressively more restrictive in my diet. Now I’m down to one main meal a day, with only some protein shake if I get really hungry, but generally I don’t. I’m actually finding this one of the most freeing things I’ve done for myself. So more pounds going, which at this stage of life is really a big deal for me.  Happily, most people just need to eliminate the carb-laden junk that is made only with sugar-grains-artificial sweeteners. Get those out of your life, and you will never regret it.

To spring and all things new,

Nan aka Sugarbaby