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Day 11: Goodbye Sugar

Sugar is one of the #`1 most inflammatory foods. If you are serious about getting healthy, this is a step that you need to take. I realize it is not easy to do, sugar is highly addictive. Any health provider you speak too will advise you the same. The research is mounting showing that sugar can lead to high cholesterol and blood pressure and a greater risk of cancer, diabetes, and heart disease, not to mention excess weight gain. Sugar will wreak havoc on your waistline and your health. Did you know, the average American consumes almost 152 pounds of sugar in one year. That is the equivalent of a grown adults sugar! Now not all sugar is bad. There are 2 types of sugar, natural and added. Natural sugar is found in fruits. Added sugar is found in your snacks and processed foods. As you can guess, a limited amount of natural sugar is OK to add to your diet. There is a natural amount of fiber and antioxidants in fruit which is great for your body. Our bodies use natural sugar as energy and it is burned quickly and efficiently. The added sugar is where the danger lies. There are no health benefits in a candy bar...even the ones with almonds. Ridding of added sugar can be tricky because it is hidden in many foods. Here is a list of foods you will found that hidden sugar.

1. Soda

2. Cakes and candies

3. Alcohol

4. Fruit juices

5. Canned fruits

6. Condiments

7. Low fat/diet foods....WHAT? Low fat food is not good for me? That is correct! Low fat is full of hidden sugar!

Here are some names of sugar that may be hidden in your foods:

• Sugar • Dextrose • Maltose • Glucose • Fructose • Corn sweetener • Honey • Corn syrup • Sucrose • Sorghum syrup

• Sorbitol • Brown sugar • Lactose • Molasses • Syrup • Fruit juice concentrate • High-fructose corn syrup

Here are some tips on how to detox your body from sugar. Remember, 1 step at a time. Make small adjustments in your diet. Completely changing your routine will lead to frustration and failure.

  1. Cut back on your sugary beverages by adding more water into your day.

  2. Switch your desserts to fresh fruit bowls.

  3. Eat your chocolate, just remember, the darker the better.

  4. Water down your wine with seltzer water and make it a spritzer.

  5. Eat full-fat foods. Avoid low fat.

  6. Season your food with fresh herbs, vinegar, or mustards and avoid the condiments.

  7. Eat whole food. Foods that are processed are full of hidden salt and sugars.

Remember, take it slow. Instead of taking away from your life, add to it with fresh fruits, veggies, and water. Living a healthy life should not be perceived as a punishment! If you want to have sugar, enjoy it in small amounts!


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