Monday, April 01, 2013
I have chosen to replace dairy and soft drinks.
by Melony Teague
SUGAR - Choose Coconut palm sugar, Stevia, dates and fruit. I would avoid Agave Nectar or other sweeteners at this time. Read more about sweeteners and their risks and more about Stevia here.
If you are panicking about chocolate, good news, you can have 80% Dark Chocolate, or 90 % and if you really want 100 %. Unsweetened cocoa is good for adding to smoothies if you need a chocolate fix and it will not give you a sugar rush. Beware of hidden sugars like high fructose corn syrup, glucose fructose, maltodextrin and dextrose. If you are wondering if you made the right choice to kick the sugar habit, read this.
COFFEE - Replace with Herbal teas, Green Tea, Peppermint Tea, Unsweetened hot apple cider.
Participant Elisabeth from San Carlos Mexico says,"Drinking decaffeinated tea to replace the coffee has worked - no withdrawal headaches! " and Karie- Anne from Elmira wrote, "I replaced the coffee with green tea and water for the pop." Just a reminder, Green tea is not caffeine free, so please be aware of that, however it is full of other beneficial ingredients.
Be warned you may experience headaches from cutting back, but keep at it a little by little. Increase your water consumption at this time, it will help you feel better. Take comfort that the headaches should not last longer than a day or two. If your headaches persist longer than a week, please see your health care provider, unless of course you were drinking two pots a day and now are only drinking 2 cups, that may take a little longer to adjust.
WHITE CARBS - instead try: 100 % stone ground wheat, sprouted grains. Quinoa (Red and White) and Buckwheat.
Berries and low Glycemic fruit are not considered CARBS on this Challenge. White carbs are white potatoes, white rice, white bread, white pasta and corn.
ALCOHOL - Try this instead: Sparkling water with lime and flavored water. Here are some awesome ideas too. You HAVE To click this link! Seriously.
DAIRY- Replace with Almond Milk, Organic Soy Milk ( and Organic ONLY) and Coconut Milk. You can also try hemp milk and rice milk. Rice milk does not have many nutrients in it, so that would be the last choice.
WHEAT - Choose Spelt, Quinoa, Gluten Free Organic Oates. Quinoa and Buckwheat. Coconut flour is also a great and tasty alternative.
GRAINS - Try some of these foods instead of grains: Sunflower seeds, nuts, pumpkin seeds, Quinoa and Buckwheat. Flax seed too, but it is best ground.
SOFT DRINKS - Choose to have Sparkling water, unsweetened juices instead.