I agree with the others, it was easier for me to get used to life without grains before I tried to stomp out my sugar habit.
Agave nectar is usually made the same way as high fructose corn syrup. They try to make it sound like it is just concentrated agave juice, but agave juice is very expensive, so they use a heat and chemical process to convert the starches in the stalk of the plants into a sugary syrup. It is also mainly fructose, as HoundLover said, and will really spike your insulin. This said by a former agave nectar addict.
Honey is ok in moderation, but sugars tend to slow my weight loss. I haven't tried Xylitol, but I've had good luck with stevia as a substitute sweetener. Some brands can be bitter, but if you shop around you can usually find a tasty one.
The trick is to use as little sweetener as possible and wean yourself off of sweet flavors and readjust your palate. It took me a few months, but now fruit tastes like desserts used to, and I had a serious sweet tooth. And getting off sugar has done wonders for my energy levels.
I don't plan on ever fully cutting out dark chocolate (the horror!), but I do try to keep it in moderation.
I think I can, I think I can, I think I can,
Therefore I can.
| current weight: 145.0