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Day 17 – No Sugar

To touch on Monday’s post just a little more. If you have one bite, you start over. Now I am a firm believer in TREAT MEALS! I just don’t want you to fool yourself into believing it’s not going to have an affect on you at all! The last few days have been a battle. I had to go through the detoxing process all over again. The cravings, headache & grumpiness all came back. So no, one bad meal does not make a bad diet just know you are going to pay the price & it will be more than for a few moments.I had my treat on Saturday night, it is now Wednesday & I am just starting to feel “clean” again. Everyones body is different & you may not have the same drastic experience as I do. I have been eating mostly clean for years now do to food allergies. So I know my body well & can identify easily when something is wrong do to food I eat. If you have been eating processed food your body is numb so to speak. Until you clean it out you will not be as sensitive. Once you start feeding yourself whole & natural foods on a regular basis you will notice a drastic difference. Only you can decide….. Was it WORTH it???

XylitolLet’s talk Xylitol! I am extremely happy I decided to try this naturally occurring alcohol despite it’s crazy name. It is found in most plant material, including many fruits and vegetables. It can also be extracted from birch wood to make medicine. It is known for killing bacteria in the body as well as a medicine to prevent middle ear infections (otitis media) in young children, & as a sugar substitute for people with diabetes. WARNING TO ANIMAL LOVERS……..Xylitol is deadly to dogs even in small amounts.

As far as the taste goes….. I like this much better than the Stevia. I tried Stevia for a little over a week & I just can’t get past the after taste. It so strong on the pallet in my opinion. The Xylitol is not as sweet which I’m OK with since I am not eating sugar. It does not have a taste at all, again in my opinion. Everyones tastes are different but I highly recommend giving this a try. I don’t believe I will go back to using the raw sugar in my coffee once this is all over. I drink a lot of coffee! This is one of my biggest areas of opportunity to make a healthy change.

Let me know what questions you may have or if there is something you would like me to write about. I am not a professional dietitian or nutritionist. I am just an everyday person sharing my experiences with you. Thank you for visiting & your feedback is welcome!

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Day 8 – No Sugar

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My weekend was EVENTFUL & INFORMATIVE! Now to share what I have learned.

SUGAR is in EVERYTHING!!! I think I already said that a few times…. but it’s in like everything. Unless you are going meats, veggies & fruits there is going to be sugars. I am really focusing on eliminating added sugars. Natural sugars occur in fruit, honey, coconut & lists of other natural foods. So my main focus has become eliminating the ADDED SUGAR.

The average American consumes 22 teaspoons of added sugar a day, which amounts to an extra 350 calories. Most added sugar comes from processed and prepared foods.  Sugar-sweetened beverages and breakfast cereals are two of the most serious offenders.

The AHA suggests an added-sugar limit of no more than 100 calories per day (about 6 teaspoons or 24 grams of sugar) for most women and no more than 150 calories per day (about 9 teaspoons or 36 grams of sugar) for most men.

There’s no nutritional need or benefit that comes from eating added sugar.

One of the fastest & easiest ways to cut out some added sugar…. Watch What You Drink!

The average can of sugar-sweetened soda or fruit punch provides about 150 calories, almost all of them from added sugar!!! Usually high-fructose corn syrup. That’s the equivalent of 10 teaspoons of table sugar.

 

So how am I feeling?! I wish I could say I have the discipline to live a sugar free life forever….. but I know better! I feel fantastic! I gauge how I feel based on what is happening in my body first thing in the morning. Usually I wake up tired….. after 7 – 8 hours sleep. My eyes water in the morning & my muscles ache depending on exactly what I ate the day before. So eliminating the sugar has made a HUGE change in how I feel! The biggest is I keep waking up before the alarm goes off. I feel rested & ready to start my day. I am SO EXCITED for this change. I believe in the long run I will switch to honey in my coffee. I have been using Stevia for the past week & I just can not get used to the after taste. This week I am going to try a product called Xylitol.

Xylitol is a five-carbon sugar (five carbon atoms in the molecule) unlike most other sugars, which have six. This subtle difference means it helps prevent the growth of bacteria. It’s a healthier alternative.

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More info here: Planet Organic Xylitol Natural Sweetener, £3.19, www.planetorganic.com

I have included a few links where I found some info, if you would like to read more.

http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/carbohydrates/added-sugar-in-the-diet/