How to manage without sugar?

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  • I am about to start on a weight loss program.

    A very kind member of this forum, told me not to eat sugar.

    Problem is, I have around 3 cups of tea a day – in which I put sugar.

    What do I do?


    Do the same as me and simply stop putting sugar in the tea.I had 1 spoonful and reduced that to a half for a week and then just stopped putting any in. You could try by having just 1 cup of tea a day without sugar or simply have 3 cups without sugar. Drink water the rest of the time. I found the first week hard but after that it just got easier and after a couple of weeks, I didn’t miss it at all.That was after 40+ years, so if I can do it then anyone can. Ditch any drinks that either have sugar in or sugar substitutes.

    Look to your food and see what sugar you are consuming there too. Start reading labels and avoid anything ‘diet’ or ‘low fat’ as they are usually stuffed full of sugar.

    Remember that the changes that you make are for a new way of life, NOT a diet. Diets fail but positive changes in what you eat and drink just keep giving.

    Hi annette52.
    How are you?
    I have been having 3 teaspoons of sugar in my tea – since the time I can recall.
    I luv sweet tea.
    Your advice is very good…but I wonder –
    How can I cope with having tea that is not sweet – after having sweet tea for so many years?
    Thanks for the tips.

    Simple really, have 2 tsp in your tea this week, then 1 next week and then none.

    A helpful publication that may be of interest is “SUGAR SNUB” BY Claire White and available on AMAZON. It is an “Eating Out” guide to the sugar content of many drinks and foods we consume when in coffee shops and restaurant chains.
    The World Health Organisation in 2015 said that no more than 5% of daily calories should come from added or free sugars. For adults this is 30 gms or seven teaspoons daily.
    Some examples of sugar loaded foods and drinks we consume when out shopping or socialising are these….
    COSTA COFFEE…Hot drink-Cappuccino-soya-medium….8.2 gms. Cappuccino-full fat-medium…12.8 gms. Cold drink. Iced Mocha Latte- skim-medium…37.4 gms. Lemon muffin…33.5 gms.
    Starbucks… Cold drink..Caffee Mocha-whip-tall-skim…21.7 gms. Same drink hot..26.7 gms. Nutella & Oat Cookie..30.3 gms.
    The list goes on and on but I have cut out my Lemon muffin in Costa.
    Given the self interest of the big food companies it seems that we have to do our own research into how much sugar is in our daily food and drink.
    Just be careful out there.
    Seasons greetings to you all.

    The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends a maximum of 6 teaspoons of sugar per day for females. You are having 3 x 3 = 9 just with your tea. Realistically it is a lot more than this with all the hidden sugar in processed foods. Try stevia or cinnamon or better still just learn to have your tea without sugar.

    In my lifetime, I managed to go down from 2 to 1 spoon of sugar.I went from 2 to 1.5, to 1. I know someone who had 3 spoons, and they went to 2 spoons plus a sweetener. I found:
    -My first cup of tea of the day doesn’t need to be as sweet. Reduce the sugar to maybe 2 spoonfuls on that cup
    -Eating a slice of sweet cake, the sugar stays in your mouth enough to not need as much sugar in your tea,
    -The afternoon tea I couldn’t reduce 🙂 That’s the dip in energy time!

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