Week 20: Eliminating Sugar & Sugar Substitutes

We have gotten to a point that our list is too long to keep listing each week. However, this week I still want to review all that we have accomplished in 5 months now. We have continued to eliminate negative thinking, label read, recognize the importance of breathing, add positive affirmations into our daily lives, eliminate high fructose corn syrup (fructose as well) & dyes from our diet, sit in silence within nature for 30 minutes a day, set goals in our lives, eliminate preservatives from the diet, practice forgiveness, offer an attitude to gratitude, drink a glass of water each morning before we put anything into our bodies, offer more love to others in our life, eat more raw foods, let go of preconceived ideas, be impeccable with our word, drink half our body weight in ounces of water, made a personal mission statement, rest for 20 minutes a day and this week we are going to eliminate sugar & sugar substitutes.

If you have continued to label read, you may have noticed how much sugar is present in things that you would never even expect sugar to be in. Many savory items contain sugar as well as sweet items. It is expected to have sugar in sweet items but in a box of Spanish rice or jar of salad dressing? Sugar and sugar like products are becoming more and more present in boxed, canned and frozen foods. That is why it is important to eat from scratch using whole foods as much as possible. That is the main way that you will always know what is in your food.

Obesity and diabetes, even in children, has skyrocketed over the years. This is due to the extreme amount of sugar and sugar like products that are in nearly everything that isn’t in the produce or health foods section. Our serving sizes of sodas have gone from 8 ounces when first put on the market to bucket size from the gas station or fast food restaurant. With heart disease and cancer being the number one and number two killers in America, sugar is a huge part of that statistic. Cancer cells as well as bacteria thrive on sugar. Sugar is harming us more than we could ever imagine.

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Sugar is also more addictive than cigarettes and other addictive drugs. Can you think of the last time that you had absolutely no sugar intake for even 1 day? You may not even think you had sugar but the odds are unless you made the conscious effort to not consume it, you most likely had it in some way or another. If you have done a sugar cleanse, how much did you can crave it as you were detoxing it out of your body?

Aside from disease prevention, there are plenty of other immediate to fast changing benefits of eliminating sugar from the diet. Reduction of brain fog, improvement in sleeping patterns, weight loss, more emotionally balanced, less energy crashes, more energy overall and much more. Eliminating most sugars from the diet can do so much for health is will be astounding!

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Does this mean that you can never eat anything with sugar? I would never be able to do that honestly. However, there are many sugar substitutes that work just as good as sugar for baking and other sweetening needs. Also, feel free to give yourself one sugary treat each month. You most likely will find that through the months you like the “treat” less and less. You will start to find that natural sugars found in fruits and desserts made with such ingredients become the most satisfying in the long run.

Use the following chart below. Only consume items in the Natural Sweetener Section. Stevia can be used as well however it is important that it be from an organic source other wise it may not be a healthy alternative.

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This is a challenging one. So… if you fall off the horse, get right back on! This is usually a life-long challenge and honestly addiction for most of us. You are not alone J Best of luck as you continue this transformative journey! I know that each week we are all closer to a more whole, happier version of ourselves. Give yourself a hug or pat on the back for all your weeks of hard work… or in a month, a delicious piece of chocolate cake!

 

Resources:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/wellness-today/diet-and-nutrition_b_5411759.html

http://www.prevention.com/health/what-happens-when-you-stop-eating-sugar

http://www.everydayhealth.com/columns/my-health-story/year-of-no-sugar-one-family-grand-adventure/

http://www.rd.com/health/diet-weight-loss/sugar-addiction/

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