I'm fussing about this too, although I'm not really interested in getting a blendtec insetad. But I'm interested in ways to prevent this from happening. My smoothies now are better blended, which is great, but they have that light-thick texture, which isn't my favourite. I've heard that some smoothie aficionados add a lot more liquid to prevent this... and you can also be careful to blend as little as necessary on high. I'm thinking I'll blend the liquid and dates first separately, because dates always need the most blending (possibly because I care more about them being perfectly evenly distributed, while this is not as big a deal with other stuff).
The one I am doing: three weeks to eliminate all suspicious foods. Then add them back one at a time, starting from the least commonly allergenic to the most. In order to add a food back, you eat as much as you can manage of that food in one day. Then for two days, don't have any of it. Observe your reactions. If you don't react, you can keep eating it in a regular way now... if it seems like you do, don't eat it and perhaps retest later after you're body's had another break from it. (It can also help to test different foods from the same group separately. For instance, I know I react to some forms of dairy, but as far as I know not to yogurt, etc... so I'll start by just adding back yogurt by itself.) Anyway, on the fourth day you'll add in a new food, eat a lot of it, don't eat it for two days... etc.
I should also add... after the 3 weeks my problems were way less severe, but I still had problems. My ND says this is because I probably am not sensitive to anything I'm currently eating, but I still need to do gut healing. I'm taking a tincture, and a powder I make into a drink that is primarily psyllium husk with a bunch of herbs such as slippery elm bark--it smells pretty good, sorta like fake coffee, and I add it to homemade chocolate nut/seed milk, but it still has that unpleasant psyllium husk texture, and I have to drink a lot of water to make sure it doesn't solidify (I might be a little overly worried about this).
Another thing. One way I motivate myself is that I promise myself that once I KNOW what I am sensitive to, and the diet is finished, I can stuff my face (that phrase is key...I actually usually visualize mashing a particularly delicious chocolate mousse pastry I once had into my mouth/face, unless I'm being tempted by some other food like dim sum...) with whatever I want. In reality, once that time arrives, I may not want to make myself sick. But the point is that the most valuable thing is having that knowledge--once I have that I can make whatever choices I want--but if my gut is very irritated all the time, I can't tell what I'm reacting to because the reaction is spread out over time.
I have a sweet tooth and I have blood sugar & candida-type problems. I managed to go sugar free for awhile, but at this point the best approach for me is to compromise.
Every morning I have a green smoothie with banana. No juice, but I put in as many dates (or honey/agave if there are no dates) as I feel it needs. Sometimes I add raw cocoa powder. Parsley is actually one of the super healthy greens, yet the taste disappears in a sweet smoothie.
If I'm having a sugar craving later on in the day, I may have another green smoothie like above... more likely to be a chocolate one. However sometimes I want something that's more of a sweet snack, or else it's late and I don't want to be trying to digest the fiber from a smoothie while I'm sleeping. I've had nut butter mixed with lots of cocoa powder on slices of apple... somehow the sweetness of the apple is enough, and it tastes like mild chocolate fondue. I've made chocolate-date-nut-banana sauce and poured that over bananas. Never got that one completely right, but it still basically hit the spot. Another concoction I never got completely right was taking leftover porridge and blending it with dates and cocoa, but it still saved me while I was having cravings. ETA: A reliable sugar fix is chocolate milk from the blender: 1 cup milk (dairy, or nut/seed/rice), 2 dates, 1 tsp cocoa powder. I think that is a bit higher sugar than the more solid stuff, but it's reliably tasty.
My general idea is to add more healthy whole foods into my diet (check out the book "Super Immunity" by Joel Fuhrman for ideas... not when it comes to most of the recipes though!), and to make my sweets whole food based as much as possible. When it comes to regular sweets... I've become a lot more picky. I don't plan to phase them out entirely, but they have to be *really* delicious to be worth it. Otherwise I can satisfy my craving with something healthier at home.
I'm also hoping that as time goes by I can gradually decrease the amount of sugar I eat overall. At this point I'd say my cravings are less than before, but still considerable. BUT--I almost never eat more sugar than I actually *want*. You know how it is, even when you desperately want a sweet, even most of the sweets sold out there are *more* sweet than you actually wanted. In this case I control the sweetness myself.
This won't help much if your husband has weight issues as well, but I've been told that if you want to slow the absorption of sugar in your body, to make sure you have a lot of fats at the same time. To a certain point, you might consider giving him sweets with a lot of nuts. They're high calorie, but very nutritious and health promoting... and they promote satiety... although that will be diminished if sweets are eaten at the same time... but it's gotta be better than refined flour-based treats.
Another idea... keep a secret stash of whole food based sugary stuff that's a little extra indulgent. Things like those nut/granola/etc bars, whole wheat pastry type things, whatever works for you. Take some of it out when the health nut sweet treats aren't doing it for him.
1. Join a calorie counting website. I use fitbit.com because I had their pedometer, but there are others as well. You don't have to calorie count all the time, but on the days when you do so it's like taking a snapshot of your daily calorie intake… you may discover you eat less than you think you do. Then you can change your meals, and find out if they have the calorie content you need for your daily intake… when they do, just keep eating similar meals and you don't have to calorie count all the time.
2. Add healthy fats such as olive oil and coconut oil (refined has a neutral taste) to food in abundance. Especially starchy veggies are actually not calorie dense, so add on the fat.
3. Eat a lot of calorie dense food: legumes, lean meat, diverse grains. Top with healthy fat.
4. Eat a lot of avocados.
5. Eat a lot of nuts and seeds--raw or toasted (not roasted) to get the maximum nutritional value out of them. Calorie-wise and nutritionally they're great, but be careful because they make you feel full quickly--this is why people can eat them while trying to lose weight. To counteract this, eat them with something sweet, since the sweetness is an appetite stimulant: add dried fruit or chocolate chips to nut/seed mixes, have them in nut butter form on fruit slices, or add a lot of nuts/seeds to smoothies (green smoothies while you're at it). Also, if you're having smoothies, be generous with bananas and again avocado.
6. For dessert type dishes, have banana or other fruit, and top with something heavy in healthy fats and moderately sweet… I think of these as somewhere between a banana split and a fondue.
7. Dairy turns out to not be the best thing to eat/drink regularly, but it's great now and then. Full fat yogurt, or low fat yogurt with some healthy vegetable fats mixed in (as in tsatsiki, I think)… ricotta cheeses, in savory or dessert dishes… hard cheeses on crackers… really whatever you like.
8. If you would eat more if your food tasted better, concentrate on herbs, spices, and all those sorts of flavorings, especially in your fats. Also acids (but not too much or it suppresses appetite). Bland food is the secret to why all weight loss diets can work.
9. Minimize the liquid in your meals, unless it gets you to eat more overall. Have stews instead of soups, for instance.
10. This won't help you gain weight, but eat a variety of greens and veggies to keep up your general health. The easiest way is to do this in (high calorie, adequately sweet) green smoothies, so if greens don't happen in other meals at least they happened there.