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Is Anyone Sugar And Gluten Free?


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#1 Violet

 
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Posted 12 July 2005 - 01:39 PM

It seems I can't even eat things like pamela's cookies etc...all gluten free stuff including bread has sugar for some reason! Or does it? Is there anything out there that doesn't?

Please say yes..lol.
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#2 kabowman

 
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Posted 12 July 2005 - 01:59 PM

I don't know about Pamala's cookies, I found one Lemon Snap in a yellow package that I can eat but I have no idea about sugar. I limit my sugar intake due to being pre-diabetic but don't avoid it completely - however, I almost never eat sweets unless I make a brownie mix or buy the package of cookies then I eat one every day until they are gone or they are old enough to make me sick (yeast). I just don't gorge........

Also, anything I make at home I use 1/4 sugar and 3/4 Splenda (seems to cut the flavor enough for me to tollerate it).
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Posted 12 July 2005 - 02:09 PM

I go back and forth - these days my worst sugar offense is one or two of those Pamela's cookies. I may use some agave nectar, rarely some maple syrup (real stuff), or a little sugar in an 85% cocoa chocolate bar. For the most part I avoid sugar - just causes me more problems than not. I also avoid 100% any artificial sweetener.

I will use xylitol and stevia semi-regularly. At this point I am trying to limit my corn, rice, and sugar consumption, though I still eat fruit and quinoa. I was eating more of all those things and starting to have a lot of mood swings - sure signs for me my blood sugar is getting out of control.

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#4 Violet

 
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Posted 12 July 2005 - 02:49 PM

I have such a hard time giving up sugar, but I do get myself to a place where I'm not craving it if I'm not eating it. That's what is so frustrating to me about the bread etc..its not even sweet but its enough to get into my blood and make me crave sweets. I am candida mama when I eat sugar at all. I was SO sick w/candida for a few years and now that I look back, I bet gluten was a bigger problem than candida. Man...I bet there are so many people out there who don't know why they are sick and its gluten. How sad.
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#5 Kasey'sMom

 
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Posted 12 July 2005 - 03:31 PM

Hi Violet,
We try to due the no sugar thing and it's challenging to find ready made products that are sugar free. I've been mostly sugar free since December and I feel so much better. I've been doing the candida diet and I had my daughter on the diet for a while also. You might check out the Whole Approach which is a program for candida. They have a fourm that has lots of information and recipes. Most of the recipes are gluten free and sugar free. They have a good recipe for sweet muffins and milk chocolate, (without milk.) They even have a few cake recipes. I try to make things in big batches and flash freeze. :) I use glycerin from NOW and stevia. The glycerin from NOW is derived from Sago Palm. When you use the two products in combination they taste more like sugar. Send me a message if you need more information. :)
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#6 tarnalberry

 
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Posted 12 July 2005 - 04:08 PM

Do you mean no added sugar, or no sugars (including honey or fruit) period? If only the former, yeah, it takes out some pre-packaged products, but not everything (depending on your tastes ;-) ).
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#7 Violet

 
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Posted 12 July 2005 - 05:04 PM

I would ultimately like to be free of all sugar including concentrated fruit sweeteners etc.. (for a time) but I'm not there yet. For now, just not seeing the words "sugar" and "unrefined cane juice" in everything would be great.

Kasey's mom...I'll look into the whole approach. Is there a website? I'll google around. My dog's name is Kaicee and kids on my street call me Kaicee's mom, lol.
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Posted 12 July 2005 - 08:32 PM

But you still eat fruit? I mean, fruit has a lot of naturally occuring sugars, so I'm just trying to figure out which path you're taking. If you're eliminating *all* added sugars but leaving whole foods that have naturally occuring sugars, it's true that it's going to be tough to get packaged products (outside of nuts and dried fruit). And if you're eliminating *all* sugar ... well, I can't imagine living without fruit! I feel for those who have to try it!

BTW, with the bread, the sugar may be in the ingredients, but if it's a yeast bread, much of it may be "consumed" by the yeast in the rising process.
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Posted 12 July 2005 - 10:12 PM

I have been sugar free for a while now. It was really hard at first, but I found this herb called Stevia (I'm also off of artificial sweeteners.) Stevia is a South American herb that's 100 times as sweet as sugar! It's awesome! I use it to make lemonade and sweeten plain yohgurt.

Also, for the ice cream cravings, stevia, some raspberries and plain yogurt all mixed up poured into popcicle makers are awesome. They taste great to the sugar free person! They've saved me!

Stevia's easy to get at Trader Joes. It's $10 for a bottle that has lasted me over 5 months. Half done.

Hope that helps!
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Posted 13 July 2005 - 02:56 AM

Hi Violet,

I've asked myself so many times "am I the only one out here on this planet who doesn't eat gluten and sugar".
It really hard to find sugarfree and glutenfree stuff. I live in Holland and France, and I travel a lot. Though it's not really difficult to find glutenfree products in Europe, these breads and cakes always contain sugar or cane sugar (which I don't eat either). As you will know, surfing the web is of little help to find the desired food.
So when I found out that this is how it is, the only solution I saw is to adapt and bake stuff myself. To sweeten I use dried fruits, (a small handfulf of) raisins and to add some taste spices like coriander, cinnamon, cardomon.
I just set myself to adapt never taste sweet things again. And after some weeks, I found that things I never considered sweet, start to taste sweet.
It's not easy. I have a busy life, being single, 28 years of age and at the start of my carreer and on the road a lot.
So, if I am at home, either in Holland or France, I have a kitchen and I can bake the most healthy things myself. These are the recuparation times. And yeah, it boring sometimes. Come home and cook everyday, make stuff for breakfast as well. Sometimes I feel like some old granny in the kitchen, it doesn't feel very trendy. But in the end I feel better this way.
While traveling and without opportunity to cook, is to make the best of it. So I eat nuts, raw veggies, cheese, fresh fruits, puffedrice cakes. And if all is unavailable: potatochips and frenchfries! But I always carry food with me.
Being sugar free and gluten free is not really a choice, if I do otherwise I become sick, really sick.
I took me 4 years to get used to live like this. But before the diet I didn't have a life. So in the end missing out on sugar is not a great loss, other things will replace it. Search for a good cookbook, put the prefab stuff out of your mind. Succes!!!
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