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Why Wednesday – Why I Try to Limit Sugar

Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and

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  1. Lisa (bakebikeblog)

    wow – they are some seriously scary sugar stats!!!

  2. Esther Fox

    I rarely eat candy or desserts, and I don’t drink ANY soda (unsweetened tea and water FTW), but my downfall is orange juice. I love it. If its in the refrigerator, I drink a lot. If its not there, I go out and buy some. Its a bad habit and I want to kick it! Any suggestions?

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Hmm that’s a tough one. What about buying those single serving orange juice containers and limiting yourself to one a day?

    2. Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin

      Have you tried Trop 50? I think its delicious and it’s half the calories and sugar of regular OJ. Or, you can always do half water half juice or just a splash in your water for flavor like I like to do.

  3. Carbzilla

    Awesome awesome awesome post! On my plan, I try to limit my sugar to under 15 grams/day which is no easy feat. It takes some major label reading. I don’t recommend it to everyone but it totally helps with cravings, it helps me lose weight, AND it battles my reactive hypoglycemia. I really do think that sugar is worse for you than (most) fats.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I agree. Sugar spikes my blood sugar so much and causes a million little side effects that just make me feel like crap! But it tastes so good. 🙂

  4. Ashley

    I’m just like you — I really try to limit my sugar by reading labels and cutting our refined carbs like cereal and granola. Even Kashi is not that good for you!

  5. Emily

    I’ve been sugar-free for about a year now, and have gone up to 2 years before falling off the wagon. Sugar just makes me feel bad, period. If I have sugar, I feel like I’m going into a coma afterwards. I get lethargic and can’t keep my eyes open.
    If I have ANY sugar, it’s in low glycemic fruits like berries. Sugar substitutes such as Splenda and Truvia help when there is a major craving, but I’ve noticed that I make things less sweeter with those even. For example, the Crystal Light packets for bottled watter- I use 1 packet in 1 liter of water, which makes it double diluted. Any less diluted and I feel like I’m drinking syrup. Blech!
    The longer I go without sugar, the less I want it. Just isn’t worth it for the physical side effects I get with it.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I haven’t tried Truvia yet! Do you like it?

      1. Emily

        Yeah, Truvia is great- well, any stevia product really- I have individual “splenda-size” packets I use occasionally to sweeten a smoothie. If I’m “baking” a treat though, I usually use Splenda because it’s much easier to measure out in it’s Granular form. The stevia has a little bit more of an aftertaste.

        1. Lisa Eirene

          I wanted to try using Splenda with baking but is it the same amounts as what the recipe calls for regular sugar?

  6. Stephanie

    Great post! 🙂 I’ve always had trouble with sugar, but I quit drinking sodas almost two years ago, and I honestly haven’t missed it at all. I also try to reach for fruit if I’m having a sugar craving. 🙂

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I haven’t missed it either! Once in awhile I’ll splurge and have a diet coke though.

  7. Alan (Pounds Off Playoff)

    Good for you calling them out on the chocolate milk poster!

  8. Lisa @ I'm an Okie

    Sugar! I have a hard time with it sometimes. If you start eating it, you can really get on a roll.

    But, I do allow myself a small sugarfilled treat a day and I find that helps!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      You make an excellent point. If I STOP eating sugar, I can resist it. But one bite and I’m back on the addiction-wagon again.

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