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I gave up refined sugars about two years ago and I am so glad I did. The benefits far outweighed the good. I would mark it as one of the defining moments in my journey towards better health.
Giving up the white stuff isn’t easy, but hopefully these tips will help get you started.
1. Set a short-term goal for eliminating sugar. Try it for two weeks and see how you feel. You might notice a difference immediately! And when that sugar craving comes knocking, reach for a piece of fruit or a medjool date stuffed with your favorite nut butter.
2. Don’t go cold turkey! Gradually wean yourself off the white stuff, it will be easier in the long run. I used medjool dates to help me break free of my cane sugar addiction. Medjool dates are naturally sweet and they’re the perfect smoothie sweetener.
3. Start reading labels. Did you know that most tomato sauces and salsas have added sugar? Yup, and added sugar is completely unnecessary given how naturally sweet tomatoes are. Time to add sugar to your label reading.
4. Find an unrefined sugar replacement. I started my sugar-free journey by using maple syrup to sweeten my baked goods. I also use coconut sugar when I’m working with granulated sugar and small amounts of stevia in salad dressings, smoothies, and on cereal.
5. Cut out fruit juices and other sugary drinks. I did this by making myself a green smoothie most mornings. The sweetness of the fruit satisfied my desire for orange or apple juice. You can also start by swapping apple cider for apple juice; it’s just pressed apples, if you find the right brand.
What can you look forward to by cutting out refined sugars?
- Weight loss, especially around the belly
- Less moodiness
- Less colds and illness (no more bombs on the immune soldiers)
- More flavor, you’ll rediscover how sweet fruits and veggies really are
- Relief of candida symptoms
- Relief of unnecessary inflammation
- And so much more!
Here are some of my favorite refined sugar-free recipes from She Let Them Eat Cake:
I personally don’t want to live without a little natural sweetness in my life. Small amounts of honey, maple syrup, and coconut sugar from time to time are tolerable for me.
The bottom line? You have to find what works for you and what makes you feel your BEST!
Check out these resources for quitting sugar:
Gabby Bernstein’s guide to quitting sugar
Hallie’s Sugar Shocker video series
I Quit Sugar: Your Complete 8-Week Detox Program and Cookbook
And now I want to hear from you! How did you kick your sugar habit?