Hello Everyone, my name is Michelle. I am a new vegan... loving the book and the site... very informative... any ideas/suggestions for tackling the nasty "oses". I am a sugar a holic for sure.... any help would be GREAT! Thanks, and look forward to meeting more of you. Thanks,
Hello Michelle, welcome. I'm right there with you being a sugar holic. A good way to start is to get rid of all white sugars, corn syrup ect... and replace them with brown rice and maple syrup. I'm personally trying to train myself to only occassionaly indulge since I'm the type of person who needs a sweet treat every evenings...It's nuts! So I'm cutting back. It's hard but it gets a little easier each day. The book as some great recipes, my personal fav.... the peanut butter cups. Good luck.
Hi Michelle and Maria....I have questions about sugar as well. I know that the white, processed, and refined sugars are bad for you but I see so much for and against other kinds as well..... raw sugar, turbinado, agave, stevia, brown rice syrup..... Ugh! Quite honestly, it is overwhelming!!
Hi fellow sugar-lovers! That's been the hardest part for me too since going vegan about a month ago. Meat, dairy.... no problem! Sugar.... hold on a minute. I still occasionally have "moments of weakness" where I'll eat a bite or 2 of a "regular" dessert. Just yesterday at work there was free cake (for some sort of celebration). I had a small piece. I don't do that often, so I figured now and then isn't so bad, and it keeps me sane. After all, life is for living, right?! That being said, I buy brown rice syrup and agave nectar for my daily sweetness (such as in my morning oatmeal), replacing the brown sugar I used to use. I have yet to switch to 100% maple syrup b/c it's so darn expensive, but I'm sure I'll make that leap soon. As for the "sugar alternatives" that Susan asked about.... in my understanding the raw sugar isn't much better than granulated, white sugar (it just sounds better). Turbinado I have not heard of. Stevia I have heard is more natural. I do buy Truvia (a more user-friendly, and cheaper version of Stevia). It seems more natural to me (than granulated white, or brown, sugar), so I'll put a packet of that in my tea, for example. I also highly suggest keeping a prepared dessert from The Kind Diet on hand! I'll make something, and use that as my dessert for lunches until it's gone, then make something else. I second Marie-Helene's comment - the peanut butter cups are amazing!!!! I also made the cupcakes (Alicia's "favorite cupcakes", from the book). VERY good too! And most recently I made the chocolate cake with the glaze. Again, great!
These are fab ideas. I will make some cupcakes as a treat! I had my hands on the maple syrup and put it back for expense, but for health reasons I may just pick it up. I like the additive to oatmeal etc..... what great ideas. Thanks so much, Michelle
Great info ladies!! I was freaking out about this yesterday as well. Susan & Sarah, "Raw" or "turbininado" sugars are still refined... just not as much as white sugar. I found the Nutrition Diva's Quick and Dirty tips to be helpful... I download her Podcasts sometimes and listen to them on the way to work. There was one about sugar, here is the link:
I started to only use Maple syrup or agave nectar to sweeten my oatmeal, ect, and Sarah, I like your routine about always having a dessert made from TKD, then I'm not tempted to eat some crappy dessert just because I want that sugar fix.
Hmm, I wouldn't call myself a sugarholic, I'd much prefer salty and savory, BUT I do need something sweet at night and I LOVE chocolate. Luckily, I also love peanut butter and made the switch to a natural one months ago. Can you believe what's in Skippy?! SO much nonsense, wow! Anyway, usually at night I'll put peanut butter on a semi-frozen banana or an apple. Not that fruit needs anything but its perfect self, but this definitely fulfills the sweet need. So does a Larabar (one of the most wonderful food products that exists, I swear!). There was another thread on here a while back with a peanut butter debate, but if anyone is curious... I like a Whole Foods kind. They have a few; smooth, chunky, with salt, without - I like the one that only has dry roasted peanuts as the ingredient. I believe the others have a bit of oil in them. It's great, I promise!
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