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PB2 has Added Sugar?!

22 May

Sugar Detox:Day 3

I’m feeling great! Once again, sitting in a 4 hour organic chemistry class without gum is harsh for me, but other than that, fruit has been enough to satisfy that sweet tooth! One finding from yesterday..

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You know that so loved PB2 peanut flour that tastes so great?! Well now I know why. It has added sugar!! Why does everything have to have added sugar to it? I would not have used as much of this as I have in the past if I had known. Thankfully I realized this before I ruined my sugar detox!

Another bad thing about pb2: It has had almost all the fat taken out, so that it is so much “lower in fat and calories”. But isn’t the reason we eat nut butters is to get in some healthy fat. I think so. And now, with this, that isn’t true.

The Truth about PB2 in detail can be found here!

I’ve learned it’s all about moderation. Moderation in eating the food. Not Modifying the food to make it “healthier” so we can eat mass amounts of it! There is such an over eating epidemic in the world today. By the way, things that are “low in fat” have usually had that fat replaced with sugar, so they truly are healthier for you!

There is a peanut flour in which is truly just peanut flour, and no sugar added. Like I said, it still doesn’t have those healthy fats, but I will probably purchase some for minimal use. My main source of nuts will definitely be coming from real, full fat, yet raw nut butters I make at home:) That’s truly healthy! This genetically modified, sugar free, low fat stuff is not truly “healthy”. Low in calories unfortunately does not mean healthy, just like high in calories does not mean unhealthy! There is such a misconception of what healthy is today, and it has led to obesity and eating disorders of all kinds unfortunately.

What to take away from this? Reevaluate what you coin as healthy and not healthy. And check your products labels, they might just surprise you! Fats are good for you, in moderation and of the right type :)

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Surprising Foods with Sugar

20 May

Sugar Detox:Day 1!

As I begin my 3 weeks journey of having absolutely NO sugar, I have to say, I’m excited. It’s going to be so beneficial for me. But, it isn’t going to come easily! See, it’s not that chocolate cake or donuts that is going to be hard for me. If I’m honest, my body doesn’t even like that kind of stuff anymore after beginning to eat healthy.

For me, it’s going to be the addition of stevia and agave in almost everything that is going to be hard to stay away from! From my morning coffee with stevia and molasses, to my plain Greek yogurt with added agave, to all the gum I chew during class, to my shakes I make almost every night with protein powder(yep, it has sugar in it too!) and agave..this will surely not be easy!

Have you checked labels on things you eat on a day to day basis? I think it may surprise you as to just how many of those things have added sugar..I know some of my foods already today surprised me. Here’s a couple that I didn’t realized were adding to my sugar intake every day!

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Unless buying plain Greek yogurt, almost all yogurts are PACKED with added sugar.

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Protein powders are a huge one. Most active people (including myself!) use at least a scoop a day, if not more..but have you checked the ingredients lately?! Some of them like these above have SO many ingredients, things that you have NO idea what they even are. Plus, they have artificial sweetener, which truthfully, is even worse for you! Try to read labels before buying, and opt for an all natural one with little sugar or stevia added.

ketchup

Yes, most tomato products have added sugar! I went to put this on my eggs this morning, and realized I couldnt! Many condiments have sugar added. I went to go use my honey mustard for lunch, then realized I couldn’t. Went for the mayo, same story! So many of our foods have added sugar nowadays!

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Sorry all you gum lovers (I’m one of them!), gum has tons of sugar added! Even the “sugar free” gum has artificial sweetener :X This will be a hard one for me throughout these next 3 weeks to not have!

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Protein Bars. Yep, usually full of sugar! Thankfully, these above have very little stevia added, (the ONLY zero calorie sweetener I will use), but these next 21 days I wont even be able to have these! Check the bars you eat, msot are loaded with sugar!

sugarfree

BEWARE of this title! Most things that claim to be “sugar free” are the furthest thing away from no sugar added than anything! I hate how people think they are eating healthy when choosing “sugar free” foods, like canned fruit, jelly, candy, chocolate syrups, ice cream, sodas, all sorts of things. Why? Because what they are really saying when they say their product is “sugar free”, is that it contains loads of artificial sweetener like splenda, equal, sweet n low, or “aspartame” and “sucralose” as its called many times. Caution! Artificial sweeteners, except for all natural options like stevia, are very bad! Their is so much research on this, but to make it short, these type of sugars do not register in your body’s hunger signals, therefore usually just making you overeat! And it has bad effects on digestions and internal processes. Please stay away :)

Here’s a long list of foods(and other things!) you may not have realized have sugar added I found here :)!

Tomato Sauce

Ice Cream

Lip Gloss

Canned Vegetable Juice

Pancake Mixes

Cough Drops

Breakfast Bars

Packaged Cereals

Bread Mixes

Soup Mixes

Yogurt

Dried Fruit

Protein Powder

Red Wine

Chewing Gum

Relish

Mustard

Canned Soups

Canned Fruits

Rolls

Puddings

Breads

Waffle Mixes

Apple Butter

Sherbet

Peanut Butter

Crackers

Soy Sauce

Toothpaste

Ketchup

Lipstick

Lemonade

Canned Beans

Breath Mints

Potato Chips

Stewed Fruit

Baby Foods

Condensed Milk

Licorice

Vitamins(my gummy vites for sure!)

Mouthwashes

Pickles

TV Dinners

Condiments

French Fries

Breakfast Drinks

Meat Sauces

Medications

Food Seasoning

Envelope Adhesive

Hamburger Buns

Gravies

Packaged Nuts

Margarine

Pretzels

21 Day Sugar Detox

19 May

Will you be joining?

I got really bad at one point with artificial sugar. I fell into that false thinking that low calorie (or no calorie for that matter!) meant healthy, and tried to sweeten everything with splenda or stevia, and bought every “sugar free” (which by the way, is NOT free of sugar, just has fake sugar) product I could find..low calorie does NOT mean healthy everyone. A lot of those products actually are worse as they have so many chemically modified ingredients :( Thankfully, I’ve realized that and live stay away from it all. I still use stevia occasionally, but mostly use agave and honey now.

But, because of the use of so much artificial sweetener in the past, that is MANY times sweeter than regular sugar, I have such a sweet tooth! It’s so bad, I love everything so sweet. Since using such a sweet form of sugar for so long, I just don’t like anything that isn’t super sweet anymore.

SO, a friend and I (check her out at fitfunandfantastic.wordpress.com!) have decided to nip our sugar cravings and super sweet likings by going on a 21 day sugar detox! Yes, that is a whole THREE weeks without ANY sugar. The only sugar we are allowing ourselves is sugar that is naturally occurring in fruit and veggies, ect. But NO stevia, other artificial sweeteners, honey or agave.

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Want to join in on the challenge? I dare you :)

This may be one of the hardest things I have ever done, but I am SO excited to step up to the challenge! I think it’ll be so great for my body, and such a healthy change from all the sweetness I’m use to! Guess I won’t be drinking my morning coffee anymore, as I certainly wouldn’t enjoy it without sweetener :p

P.S. Do you realize how many foods we eat in our day to day life that we add sugar to unknowingly or has hidden sugar added you would have never expected? You know that gum you chew every single day..yep, tons of sugar..even the “sugar free” gum (fake sugar alert!).  And no sugar in that coffee/tea or bite of chocolate at night! Make sure to look at everything you eat, because many dried fruits, nuts, and so many other products you buy have added sugar :X

I’ll try to begin posting some little creations here and there that I make as my substitute dessert :)

 I’d love to know if you’re willing to join in on the challenge! If you have an instagram, follow me! @freshfitnhealthy, and tag any posts about this sugar detox with #FFsugardetox :)