SO! I hope a few of you are still with me in this little no-sugar quest. First tasks?
These first few days are likely to be the hardest, and in keeping with my practical approach to improving health, its a good idea to find cheater substitutes that you actually like, and therefor are most likely to use. Keep in mind: Start by adding foods you like which don’t have sugar to your day, instead of focusing on cutting out the sugary foods you crave.
Buuuuuut, you’re likely to hit a craving or two, so here’s a few cheater foods / ingredients to arm yourself with:
*Dates (pitted, un-pitted, cut up whole…. you pick which you like. I usually go for whole un-pitted because I don’t have to spend time pitting, but they stay moist as whole dates.)
*Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
*Real Vanilla Extract
*Dried **unsweetened** Coconut (read the label!)
*Cinnamon, Nutmeg, & Ginger spices
*Oranges, Magoes, Bananas, Pineapple
In the coming days and weeks, I’ll be sharing some recipes that you can try at home for those moments when your cravings are owning you.
My sister-the-doc would also tell you that getting refined sugar out of your diet IS important, but equally important is understanding that this effort should be made with full understanding that just replacing sugar with equal substitutes of maple syrup and honey is not really hitting the point. The point is to re-wire your brain to enjoy a diet with less sugar, which can only happen if you’re willing and ready to make a change, knowing that the process to getting there will be challenging, and may include some withdrawal.
So making this effort for change as a group, and telling people around you who can help you stick to your goal are helpful tools! Tell your partner, spouse, best friend, boss…. whomever you trust to help you stick to your guns! Or email me 🙂 email@example.com