So you’ve decided to quit sugar once and for all? Good for you!
A diet without refined sugar can bring amazing health benefits. Controlled blood sugar can help increase energy levels, boost your immunity and improve your weight-loss efforts immensely.
High blood sugar impairs many bodily systems, including immunity, digestion and hormone balance. It contributes to obesity, acne, allergies, digestive disturbances, eczema, cancer, epilepsy, diabetes, hyperactivity in children, mood swings, depression, nutrient deficiencies, addictions to alcohol and so many other dis-eases, syndromes and symptoms.
The transition from sugar to a diet without can seem next to impossible, especially if you have a long seated relationship with sweets like high fructose corn syrup in sodas and refined beet sugar in just about everything else.
Want my secret tricks to going sugarless?
For most, it only takes a few days to break your sugar addiction as long as you replace refined sugar products with natural whole foods. These slower releasing carbohydrates balance sugar in your bloodstream, while increasing your nutrition and reducing your cravings at the same time, more about this in a bit.
Whenever we eliminate a specific food from our diet a slow and gentle process works great. It’s more effective and kinder to add replacement foods first, then remove all sugar products gradually.
Here’s another trick.
You’ve got to keep focus by remembering why you wanted to kick sugar in the first place.
Why did you want to transition to a sugarless diet again?
Was it to lose weight?
To look and feel better?
To have more energy?
To reduce your risk for dis-ease?
To reduce an alcohol addiction?
To be here and healthy for your kids?
To have the energy to keep up with your grandchildren?
To boost your immunity?
To live longer?
There are a whole lot of reasons why someone would give up processed sugars. Try to stay focused and remember your WHY for kicking the sugar habit!
Want to know the easiest way to eliminate cravings for sweets?
Our bodies don’t crave calories, nor do they even know what they are, rather we crave nutrients.
Metabolizing refined sugar regularly requires digging into your own store of nutrients and using them up, so the constant intake of refined sugar will cause your cravings for many foods to increase.
From an Eastern perspective, the Chinese philosophy of Yin and Yang, or universal balance, effects our bodily systems by influencing what we choose to eat. Yin represents expansion and includes sugar, fruits, leafy green vegetables, nuts, seeds, root vegetables, beans, pork and milk. In contrast, wheat, buckwheat, rice, corn, fish, cheese, beef, eggs and poultry are Yang foods, representing contraction.
Sugar for instance is at the extreme end of Yin. Eating foods on the extreme end of Yin or Yang causes imbalance, and cravings for the opposite extreme. This explains why eating yang meats, eggs and salty cheeses, promotes cravings for sweet foods, alcohol and coffee, all Yin foods. (Kushi, 2004)
Replace your sweets with these naturally sweet treats
Treat yourself to these naturally sweet treats to replace foods with refined sugars. Once you’ve completely transitioned you can cut back gradually on fruit intake. If you simultaneously increase all macro and micronutrients, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals, raw proteins and raw healing fats your cravings for sweets and carbohydrates will automatically wane as your body receives everything it needs.
Try naturally dried and organic fruits such as figs, apple slices, dates, apricots, raisins, cherries, blueberries, mango, papaya and pineapple. Mix them with organic seeds and nuts to make your own personal blend. Keep refrigerated and snack on them between meals.
Have banana or sliced fresh apple with peanut, nut or seed butter (watch for hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated fat in peanut butter). Top with freshly sprouted alfalfa, red clover or other tiny sprouts, if you love them. Use fresh raw celery sticks, endive leaves or thick slanted slices of cucumber instead of bread.
Try naturally sweet apple butter on lightly toasted Ezekiel bread.
Buy unsweetened applesauce and peaches without added sugar.
What About Cookies?
Got a dehydrator? I hope so! Try these recipes and don’t stop experimenting. I got fanatical and now dehydrate everything.
In Autumn our cupboards are full with dehydrated tomatoes, sweet and hot peppers, cranberries, raspberries, strawberries, peaches, chopped celery, garlic scapes, kale, Swiss chard, lots of different herbs, spring onions and anything else I can fit in my dehydrator! You’ll save so much money and eat so much better if you dehydrate your favourite seasonal foods as they arrive in markets and stores.
Make dehydrator cookies with mashed banana, raisins, cinnamon or tiny chunks of apple and a few tablespoons of ground flax seed. Add a couple of mashed dates for more sweet flavor if you want.
These are soooo good! Cranberry Orange Cashew Raw Vegan Cookies, Dehydrator Required: Cranberry orange cashew cookies raw vegan dehydrator required
Stock up on frozen fruits
Use lots of fresh and frozen organic berries = less sugar and more fiber than most other fruits.
When you buy a large fruit such as pineapple, mango papaya, freeze any leftover chunks on a tray then pack in containers for use in smoothies (some papayas are genetically modified).
For added nutrition, frozen fruit can be blended with water and a couple heaping spoonfuls each of immune building ground flax seeds and brain boosting raw organic coconut fat, or fresh raw Thai coconut flesh.
Smoothies make great desserts as well as snacks and breakfasts. Add a handful of raw organic seeds or nuts, a chunk of fresh raw ginger and spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom pods.
Have lots of delicious, fresh fruits available.
Keep chopped tropical fruits fresh, frozen or dried on hand for a quick, healthy snack.
Use fresh fruit chunks to make kabobs on wooden skewers for parties or as a special treat for your children and their friends.
Make a large fruit salad and refrigerate for up to four days.
Keep apples, bananas and oranges on hand as well.
Mango slices are delicious on fresh raw greens, with a splash of white wine vinegar, unrefined olive oil and a sprinkling of your favorite herbs.
Blend an orange with peel and bananas with water for a ‘cream-sicle’ digestive system (promotes bile flow, helping to release buildup in gall bladder and liver) cleansing smoothie.
Chop fruit into salads, like Celery, Apple and Cranberry Salad.
[Cleansing Celery Apple Cranberry Salad]
Don’t tell me I have to eat sugarless baking!
Use mashed or blended fruits, berries, raisins, naturally sweetened cranberries, freshly blended fruit juice, dates, raw organic honey (that’s honey from bees fed on organic crops – ask your local beekeeper or apiculturist) and stevia as sweeteners in pies and cakes.
What not to eat
Eliminate the processed whites.
White (hydrogenated) shortening, white flour, white sugar, white rice, white (iodized rock) salt, pasteurized dairy.
Forget processed foods, you can just feel how bad their energy is, how devoid their nutrition is.
This will go a long way to reducing damaging blood sugar fluctuations.
Refined grains equal sugar and sugar equals added fat, poor digestion, dis-ease, pathogens, acidic blood and a host of other symptoms and problems.
There is no way I’m giving up dairy!
I know, I know it’s a hard one! Let me make it easy for you.
Go to the refrigerated health food section of your grocery store or your local health food store and look for unpasteurized or raw organic cheese.
You’ll have to look hard.
Believe me, it’s worth it!
Got it? Okay, that’s the only cheese you want to eat.
I knew you’d ask, Why raw? Because pasteurized cheese has been heated and the molecules of fat and protein become ‘denatured,’ which really means they have been melted and destroyed. Now their electrons are missing. Yep those fats no longer conduct electricity in your body and the protein chains are no longer fit for building anything. Congesting waste, with damaged nutrients, that’s it.
I thought we were talking about sugar?
Dairy products have lactose. Lactose is a sugar.
Don’t worry, you’ve still got raw organic cheddar cheese!
If you have the occasional slip up, forgive yourself and forget about it … moving on.
Go organic whole grain in moderation or no grain.
Whole grain products provide fiber, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals, which have been stripped from processed grains.
Complex carbohydrates are slowly converted to simple sugars and released over a longer period of time helping you keep balanced blood sugar.
Don’t even get me started about genetically modified corn and other GMO’s and how they are now registered pesticides. Yes the corn kernel in and of itself is actually a pesticide. If you eat ANY corn products do yourself a favor, eat ONLY organic corn.
Soy? ORGANIC and fermented!
Canola okay? NO! Just skip the Canola. Skip it.
Just say NO to GMOs and all the chemicals, pesticides and devastation they foster in our world.
I love Canada but our Canada’s Food Guide tells us to eat way too many grains, way too many. Two or three whole grain servings maximum per day is an excellent goal, providing you have lots of other raw, organic, nutrient rich foods.
What about sugarless sweeteners?
Don’t give them the time of day. They contain dangerous chemicals such as formaldehyde and methanol in Aspartame, and Chlorine in Splenda.
If you need to sweeten your coffee or tea, use a little unpasteurized honey or a pinch of the herbal sweetener Stevia.
If, on occasion a delicious piece of homemade birthday cake somehow wedges its way into your life, don’t stress, you’ll get right back on track.
Besides, with all that nutritious food you are eating, a little homemade cake won’t be a problem for your healthy body.
[isa lean bars] The clerk at my health food store said protein shakes and bars help with sugar cravings.
It’s true that protein bars and shakes can help with sugar cravings, especially if they are properly formulated and with the highest quality ingredients, which means they provide all necessary macro and micronutrients in easily absorbable form and in correct ratios for satiety and optimal nutrition.
Did you know there are genetically modified organisms, pesticides, additives, hydrogenated fats, denatured (cooked and melted!) proteins, damaged fats, damaged vitamins, flavor enhancers, artificial flavors, artificial colors and processed foods all available in your local health food store?
Sadly, just because a product is available in a health food store, doesn’t mean it’s healthy.
Where can I get protein bars and shakes I trust to be safe and nutritious?
Use well formulated meal replacement shakes like Isagenix’s IsaLean Shakes, only 8% carbohydrate, with 24 grams of immune boosting and tissue building UN-denatured raw protein and a varied balance of macro and micro nutrients essential for proper functioning of all your bodily systems. As a full nutrition meal replacement, they are very effective at reducing carbohydrate cravings as well. They include digestive enzymes and beneficial bacterial cultures and are specifically formulated to burn fat and build lean muscle, while providing a full balance of nutrition. They are also great for improving every day nutrition and detoxification, including times when you can’t prepare meals, or you are rushed or working late. Lemon Passion Crunch = Amazing!!
Use the highest quality nutritional raw protein bars with low carbohydrate content as fill in snacks. IsaLean Bars are formulated with UN-denatured protein and a slew more nutrients to provide improved energy, performance and immunity, better sleep patterns and balanced blood sugar to help you release fat and build lean muscle easier and faster.
Lisa Robbins is a holistic nutritionist and teacher for exceptional people who want to know how to cleanse, heal and eat for optimal healing! Lisa is the author of The Cancer Journal Heal Yourself and Cancer Cure and Survivor Stories and Founder at IncredibleHealingJournals.com Get her popular free cleansing report with 9 simple and effective cleanses, Cleanse Your Body at TheGoodWitch.ca