The No Sugar & Junk Food Thread, For Those That Are Serious About Quitting

Louis IX

 
Banned
I am still taking chocolate bars and energy drinks....
and i am 33 ... I even hide it from my wife

What a shame. Thanks god i have a clean life besides this....
 

Andrew088

Chicken
It's an awesome idea. I've been eating clear and healty food for 2 month and results are awesome. I look good, fell myself even better, my allergy had also gone
 

Marmite

Kingfisher
Gold Member
I stopped drinking soft drinks a few months back, and I'm now on day three of no sugar. Feeling clearer, and sleeping better for it.

I'm drinking about three to four litres of tap water a day. I've been meaning to buy a water filter, just haven't gotten to it yet.

I still need to clean up my diet, but it isn't that bad. I just need to add more veg, and reduce portion size. Then adapt as I go.
 

ChefAllDay

Kingfisher
YetiECV said:
My problem is I like beer, I don't know how to give that up. Also, when I say I like beer, I'm down to drinking every other weekend.

Try Michelob Ultra, it's passable to drink with very low carbs.
 

Kelent

Robin
I've cut soda almost completely out of my diet. The only times I'll have it are if I'm at work, then I'll cut it with the cup being 80% water. Otherwise I'll use concentrate syrups, which aren't as bad but still I limit them. Tea and coffee are good alternatives, I just don't have a way to brew tea consistently enough to switch. Suggestions welcome.
 

Zenta

Woodpecker
Gold Member
Kelent said:
I've cut soda almost completely out of my diet. The only times I'll have it are if I'm at work, then I'll cut it with the cup being 80% water. Otherwise I'll use concentrate syrups, which aren't as bad but still I limit them. Tea and coffee are good alternatives, I just don't have a way to brew tea consistently enough to switch. Suggestions welcome.

Getting a cheap electrical kettle is easy.
 

cycl0ne

Sparrow
I found it so strange when i lived in America that a lot of households do not own a kettle unlike in the UK (or Europe) where every house has one.
 
I basically cut the sugar out of my diet. In the past week I've had maybe two servings of sugar. And I tell you what the tea that had the sugar and it was really good, I mean really good. I have enjoy a beverage with sugar that much in the longest time. And yes I do think sugar is addictive.

It is incredible the number of calories the average American gets from sugar. No wonder we are all so fat. Yes you can have a soda but no do not have more than one serving, don't even bother have 12 ounces, have 8, 8 ounces is a serving size.

I've never been in the habit of eating junk food and prepare all my own meals. Don't eat anything out of boxes. But the problem still remains that there are additives and toxins in almost all of our food products, much less processed food products (100 percent of which have messed up stuff in them).
 

Zenta

Woodpecker
Gold Member
I was at whole foods yesterday buying a bunch of meats and some rice so I can cook dinners the whole week, and because I hadn't slept in 36 hours and didn't feel like cooking I grabbed two slices of pizza from them at the hot bar. This brings me to the question that presumably the whole foods pizza ingredients are probably fairly well made(in theory) vs say something from pizzahut, Is this type of food considered junk food? And also if I was to buy decent quality ingredients separately and bake my own pizza, would that be junk food?
 
Zenta said:
I was at whole foods yesterday buying a bunch of meats and some rice so I can cook dinners the whole week, and because I hadn't slept in 36 hours and didn't feel like cooking I grabbed two slices of pizza from them at the hot bar. This brings me to the question that presumably the whole foods pizza ingredients are probably fairly well made(in theory) vs say something from pizzahut, Is this type of food considered junk food? And also if I was to buy decent quality ingredients separately and bake my own pizza, would that be junk food?

I'm a pretty big fan of whole foods pizza myself. The last time I checked it's good in terms of quality. As you know, Whole Foods doesn't fill their foods and items they sell with preservatives and chemicals. I think you're good man.
 

Hermetic Seal

Pelican
Orthodox
Gold Member
I need to get on this.

I barely ever drink alcohol (maybe a glass of wine or cider twice a month, at most), and never drink soft drinks, but definitely have a sweet tooth, and I'm vulnerable to doing stuff like getting a bag of chips or a candy bar from the vending machine at work (at one point, I was doing this every day.)

I'm slim and in good shape so there's never been any real sense of urgency, but if I could cut out the junk food, I'd probably have visible abs, clearer skin, and more energy.

For now, I will cut out everything except a maximum of two squares of dark chocolate once every few days. I already like snacking on nuts and usually do that once a day. Maybe I'll try substituting a mix of berries for sweets for my other meal.

I generally do intermittent fasting a few days a week (8PM-12PM) so my goal is to maintain that at least five days a week.
 

Handsome Creepy Eel

Owl
Catholic
Gold Member
Zenta said:
Kelent said:
I've cut soda almost completely out of my diet. The only times I'll have it are if I'm at work, then I'll cut it with the cup being 80% water. Otherwise I'll use concentrate syrups, which aren't as bad but still I limit them. Tea and coffee are good alternatives, I just don't have a way to brew tea consistently enough to switch. Suggestions welcome.

Getting a cheap electrical kettle is easy.

You can even heat up water in a microwave.
 

treypound

Woodpecker
I need to commit to this myself. Since moving, I have found myself off my game when it comes to my diet, and it's led to gaining a few pounds around the midsection. I can likely go cold turkey on sweets/junk food, although my kryptonite is often the occasional late night meal if my gf and I are out on the town.
 

muscacav

Woodpecker
Trad Catholic
In five months, I:
  1. Stopped adding sugar to coffee and tea,
  2. Reduced industrialized food intake, especially those heavy on refined carbs,
  3. Started drinking more filtered water,
  4. Completely removed energy drinks and fruit juices.
After taking these steps, I've lost 20 pounds. Sugar cravings occur less frequently. Few were the times I ate more than I needed or any form of sweet treat. The next step is including organics and then my grown food. I eat lots of eggs and meat too. No milk and reduced wheat-based foods such as homemade bread/pizza helped a lot. My basic main food is lentils.

I thank God for helping me out!
Edit: I improved the presentation and fixed some typos.
 
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It_is_my_time

Crow
Protestant
I have my Knees Over Toe's Guy thread, and the workouts have been life changing. I wish I had found this information, or it even existed, 30 years ago. Anyway, I will update it on the 18 month "anniversary" of me starting it in September. I played in a basketball tournament in my mid 40's, and I was blown away at how much quicker I was, and how much higher I could jump, and even how much stronger I felt. I have not moved and jumped like that since I was young, and I was as strong as I ever had been.

The problem was I wasn't eating 100% healthy and not doing cardio. I was a stud for about 5 minutes, and then I couldn't breath. It was so frustrating. I have never had that kind of trouble getting air into my lungs. I will not allow that to happen again. But it was great to find out that despite being stronger and healthy, I still had severe short comings. It was a great reality check. So I dug into this a lot more. I am getting older, time to take this serious. I have always had a bad sweet tooth. Alcohol? Drugs? Oh no way, give me sweets!

So I found a video of the KOTG talking about his diet. He is shredded like crazy, especially for a 30 year old. And what he said really changed how I view nutrition. I have always had a bad sweet tooth, and I can ween myself off of it, but after a while I have no energy and eventually return to sugar. It has been a 15 year of repeating this cycle, then eventually telling myself that "well, I just don't have the genetics". KOTG said he had a very similar problem and he found fruit replaced his sugar cravings. So I went all in, and it has again been life changing.

Here is what I did...

I got raisins (high in sugar for fruit, but healthy sugar), grapes, apples and bananas. Any time I felt a crash I just grabbed one of these items. If the crash was bad I would eat a spoonful of raisins. After a week these crashes happened less and less. I had more energy, didn't have the sugar crash, and eventually I was even eating less fruit.

Now I am eating less fruit everyday. I still have a banana, usually two apples, and maybe a few grapes a day, but that is it. I only eat raisins if I feel a crash (not often) OR it is the only thing available. And even at that, now raisins really taste too sweet. I had a terrible sweet tooth, and now I don't think I could even eat processed sugar without getting sick. The fruit trick worked for me and I don't want to go back. Not having the sugar crash is WAY better than the taste of processed sugar.
 
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