Quitting sugar?

Have you ever considered eliminating (or at least significantly reducing) sugar for you and your family? It's something I've been flirting with for a while, and the evidence about the toxicity of sugar keeps building up. I have a friend who quite sugar a month ago, lost tons of weight, feels super energetic and her thyroid levels are back in check. I feel like I could make this happen for myself and maybe even drag my husband along, but feels virtually impossible to do with the kids. One change we've already made is that I'm "outlawing" cereals with more than 5 grams of sugar per 1 cup serving starting now. We've never been big on heavy sugar cereals (like Froot Loops), but even ones that seem healthy can be crazy sugary. In Post Raisin Bran, there are 23 grams (that's right, 23!!!) of sugar.

So I'm curious, have any of you considered this or, even better, done it?

Check out these links in case you are interested:
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/17/magazine/mag-17…

http://www.everydayhealth.com/columns/my-health-s…

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4Rina
    04/07/14
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    04/07/14
    4Rina
    Mandi - I agree; I need some sample meal plans as well, particularly good ideas for kid-friendly food. Also, because I don't do the cooking during the week (my nanny does), I need to get her on board!! She'll do it, but I need good recipes that she will be able to follow.
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      04/07/14
      Being pregnant and now preparing for Charlie to eat homegrown baby food has definitely tuned in my radar to labels. I would never cut it all out. It's my firm belief that people who cut one thing out of their diet entirely (unless for medical reasons) tend to crash the hardest in the end. Just my opinion.

      I want to be very good role models for Charlie once he's sitting at the table eating what we're eating, balance is so important.
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        04/08/14
        4Rina
        I think we can live without many things if we really want to...For example, when we were pregnant, there were lots of foods we didn't eat and lots of things we didn't do for the health of our baby. I don't see myself or my family ever giving up sugar 100% - it's just too ubiquitous - but I'm going to try to cut it down big time.

        As for coffee, one of the articles I read about this issue discussed coffee in particular. I am not a coffee drinker, but apparently, this guy learned to drink coffee with milk and "appreciate" the natural sweetness of the milk. He can't even drink coffee with sugar anymore; it makes him gag. I made the same change with tea a few years ago and now never take sugar in my tea...
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