I've had a blood sugar/hypo-glycemia proglem for most of my life. I've really been focusing on having only natural sugars in my diet (i.e. fruit, berries) and grain products that are whole wheat and digest slowly (i.e. oatmeal, etc.)
WOW can I ever tell the difference. I don't crave chocolate and sweets nearly as much as I used to. So I totally recommend cutting out sugar...whatever you're comfortable with. Not only healthier, but it makes you feel SO much better!
I love this challenge and I am approaching it as Skinny Pup laid out - sugar free of processed and refined or fake sweeteners. It is interesting that after two days of cravings, I am not craving the sugar any more - yeah.
My mom and I have a challenge going on ourselves. It's a series of 7 day challenges where we check in with each other and for each day that we are sugar free, we put $5 in a jar/envelope. When we have made it for 28 days (4 weeks), we are going to determine what our treat will be (spa, new workout clothes).
Both my mom and I are on strict cash budgets, so this investment in ourselves, this reallocation of funds, is really intentional. So far, so good. We figure after 28 days, we will have "kicked the sugar habit".
Also, I recommend LARA bars as a treat - they are basically fruit and nut bars - no extra sugar.
You might want to check out the PureFit protein bars. Try: www.purefit.com
I like all the flavors but the berry.
I don't know how "clean" they are - but they are tons better than many out there. They have no wheat/no gluten/no dairy, no artifical ingredients, no sugar alcohols, are low glycemic, vegan, are 40/30/30 balanced, and high in protein (18g).
Calories are about 230.
I can get them at our club/gym, but I usually order them direct as that is the cheapest way.
Since Christmas I have given up Diet Coke, all artificial sweeteners, and began using organic sucanat in my baking versus white sugar. I know the organic sucanat is a sweet, but I am not ready to give up everything yet. I do reduce the amount of sugar/sucanat called for in the recipe.
For my next goal, find a high protein, low sugar snack to replace my Balance Bar. I have to eat at my desk and only have time for a bar or something similar. Anyone know of a good protein bar? Otherwise I might put some PB on a piece of Ezekiel bread and call it good.
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WOW, based on that list, we cannot eat sugar at all. However, I'm sorry, I know some sugar is going to be in my foods. The one change I incorporated in my lifestyle is using Truvia (made from Stevia). I just cannot drink my green tea by itself. So, I made the switch to this instead of processed white sugar. I think that's a big leap!
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Wow, that list is shocking! I find it difficult to know how much sugar I'm consuming because the label can say 0g sugar, but still include massive amounts of other sweeteners. I found myself getting headaches, dizziness, and headaches anytime I had something with sucrolose: Skinny Cow fudge bars, cereal, protein powder, etc. Eating clean in general helps a lot in that respect because more foods I consume are wholesome rather than processed and sweetened. The cereal is still difficult to resist, though!
I really need to work on this. I am much better at not drinking too much diet pop (maybe 1-2X's a week), I cut down on the amt of creamer (sugar-free of course LOL) in my coffee, BUT I still succumb to the processed sweets that I find in my path. We don't keep them at home so that's not a problem, but it seems that if I go somewhere and there are cookies, brownies, cake, etc I eat them and not just one piece either. Sooo....I really need to just say NO!!! I know if I don't take a bite, I'm fine. I don't have to eat them. But as soon as I take a little taste, that's it. I vow to take no more little bites of this stuff. I want to save my "sugar fix" for something really worth it and not waste it on blah tasting, chemically manufactured food. Thank you for this.........
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I hope this helps..... I was totally shocked at this list.
When the food industry wants to include questionable or controversial ingredients in their products, the FDA frequently allows them to list those ingredients with fabricated (sometimes even offbeat) names, which can serve no other practical purpose than to deceive consumers.
One example really stands out and gives clear (circumstantial) evidence of this deception. Looking at the many names that sugars and sweeteners have been given, it is easy to understand how consumers would become more and more confused by the ambiguities built into our regulatory systems. Step4The "evidence" of hoodwinking:
Here is a list of names that are used to identify ingredients that, by any other name, are sweeteners. But, because the FDA definition of sweeteners is not what you and I might expect it to be, these names allow manufacturers to manipulate the Nutritional Facts label requirements for "Sugars".
Some of these listed sweeteners are considered "natural", and some "artificial". There are likely other names being used as well, but I trust this list will make my point.
Agave syrup, alcohol, all natural sweetener, anything sugar, auamiel, aspartame, Barbados molasses, Barbados sugar, barley malt, beet sugar, black strap molasses, brown sugar, cane sugar, cane syrup, caramel, caramel color, clarified grape juice, cooked honey, concentrated fruit juice, confectioners sugar, corn, corn starch, corn syrup, corn sweetener, couscous, dark brown sugar, dates, date sugar, date syrup, dextrine, dextrose, disaccharides, dried fruit, evaporated cane juice, figs, fig syrup, filtered honey, flour, fructose, fruit juice concentrate, fruit sugar, fruit sweetener, galactose, glucose, glycerine, granulated sugar, grape sugar, guar gum, heavy syrup, high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated glucose syrup, invert sugar, invert sugar syrup, Jaggery, lactose, levulose, light brown sugar, light sugar, light syrup, lite sugar, lite syrup, lo-sugar, low sugar, malt, malts, malted, malt "anything", malto-"anything", maltodextrose, malt syrup, maltose, manitol, maple sugar, modified food starch, molasses, monosaccharides, natural honey, natural syrup, naturally sweetened, nectars, organic evaporated cane juice, 100\% Natural Sweetener, polysaccharides, potato starch, powdered sugar, powdered sweeteners in packets, pure honey, pure natural sweetener, raisins, raisin syrup, raw honey, raw sugar, ribbon cane syrup, ribose, rice malt, rice syrup, Saccharine, sorbitol, sorghum molasses, sorghum syrup, soy, splenda, succanat, sucrose, sugar, sugar cubes, sugar packets, sweetener, turbinado sugar, uncooked honey, unfiltered honey, wheat, white sugar, wine, Xylitol
We should try to find a list (library computer so no time for me to) of different names for sugars in products. Post it here so that we can eliminate them one at a time.
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I took this from the earlier challenge. I beleive it's a great ongoing life change to replace refined and fake sugars with more noble sweets....
Of course the occasional dessert or reward for me is still there. Why not? Life is good. Chocolate or ice cream 1x per week works for me (if that!)...
So in moderation and in thought... what is your plan?
Get rid of sodas/diet or otherwise? Stop sugaring up those coffees? (Milk already has sugar, and so does soy et al) Stop buying all those work out "bars" or cereals that are loaded with strange sweetneers including fructose corn syrup..
There are so many areas we can change. The first step is just making a step. Create your own awareness in just one area, maybe? Start there. I recommend we just remain diligint label readers....
Repeat, repeat repeat. :)
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