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Sugar Detox Comes to an End…Or Does It?!

11 Jun

Yesterday marked the end of my 21-day sugar detox! It was such a wonderful experience. Here I thought I would be counting down the days until I could have sugar again..but time went by so quickly, I almost forgot it was coming to an end!

In the beginning, I was having to give up so many foods that I normally ate, like stevia in my coffee, chewing gum throughout the day, protein powders, agave in my Greek yogurt, ketchup and honey mustard that I used all the time, and the list goes on. Oh, can’t forget my vitamins and probiotics that had FRUCTOSE in them! I couldn’t believe it. But, cutting sugar completely out of my diet, helped me feel just all around so much better! And I learned some important lessons:

1) Check your food label ingredients. Buy the kind with the least ingredients (and one that you know what they are!)
2)As much as I missed making all my yummy shakes with protein powder, after working out, the best fuel to give your body is real food. Not all these processed powders and bars. I found things like chicken and sweet potatoes or cottage cheese and fruit as such great refuel after workouts instead of my typical shakes.
3)SO many things have added sugar that you would never guess. Again, check your labels.
4) There are so many ways you can add natural sweetness without sugars, such as dried fruit like dates and figs, or even fresh fruit like strawberries, bananas, watermelon, and berries!

Here is an excellent example about checking your ingredients. Most cottage cheese brands, like publix, friendship, and breakstones all have many ingredients, some of which you don't even know. But Daisy brand only has FOUR. And they are all natural, with no preservatives or additives on the label. Which one are you going to choose next time?

Here is an excellent example about checking your ingredients. Most cottage cheese brands, like publix, friendship, and breakstones all have many ingredients, some of which you don’t even know. But Daisy brand only has FOUR. And they are all natural, with no preservatives or additives on the label. Which one are you going to choose next time?

To sum up these past three weeks, its been such a great lifestyle change. This didn’t become just a 3 week challenge, only to go back to the way I use to eat. This was a way to change my habits, and to get away from that s0-s0 sweet taste that I wanted everything to be. I will NEVER use artificial sweeteners like Splenda or buy any of those “sugar free” products (aka, tons of added fake sugars and chemicals) again. Stevia will be limited, as I now have such a different liking for sweetness, that many things I use to have to load with agave or stevia like greek yogurt or grapefruits, I like plain now!  And natural sugars like agave and raw honey will mostly be the only types of sweeteners I use.

I love the new lifestyle, and how I feel with no sugar, that I’ve decided to extend my sugar detox until the end of June! My good friend Amy (find her over at Fit Fun and Fantastic) and I who originally began this challenge, will both be continuing our no sugar lifestyle for a little bit longer! Are you in?! Feel free to join now :) You can find me on instagram at @FreshFitnHealthy if you want to follow my day to day no sugar creations!

As for now..how do you feel about added sugar? I believe raw honey is great for our bodies, and am in no way saying I’m staying away from that for a little longer because I think its bad. But eating no sugar except that naturally occcurring in fruits and vegetables, has made me feel so wonderful! So why not continue my journey for a bit longer? :)

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Sugar Detox:Day2- No Sugar Added Chocolate Mousse

21 May

Sugar Detox: Day 2!

Today is my second day on my sugar detox, and I’m feeling pretty good! I just can’t do coffee without sweetener, so I’ve had tea these past two mornings, which hasn’t been the most enjoyable compared to my molasses sweetened Teeccino. But I managed! I woke up feeling so good this morning. I think part was definitely do to no sugar, and part of it just due to not stuffing myself before bed since I couldn’t have sugar:) Today in my summer Organic Chemistry class, I was so tempted to chew gum, I wanted it so much. One thing about me, I chew gum all the time! I usually can’t workout/run without it! So that’s definitely been one of the more tough things to give up..along with my PB2 peanut butter.

Honestly, it continues to surprise me how many things have added sugar in them. This detox has made me so aware of all the added sugar these days! But, It’s been a great way to get myself eating almost all whole, fresh foods instead..since almost every packaged product has sugar! P.S. If you buy “low fat” or “fat free” products, the fat that is taken out is usually substituted with sugar. Beware of products that claim to be “healthy”!

But last night I had to make something to substitute for my nightly dessert/shake I usually have:)

So, I came up with a chocolate mousse, completely free of any added sugar! Is it as sweet as your typical mousse? Probably not. But its such a good way to curve those chocolate cravings without putting all that sugar in your body! Plus, I think it’s pretty tasty:)

Using tofu in makes this mousse a great high-protein dessert! That’s always a good way to go at night :)

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No Sugar Added Chocolate Mousse

-1 package silken tofu

-2T cocoa powder

-10 pitted dates

-1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp cinnamon

*Directions: Blend all ingredients until smooth. Food processor is best here, but if not available, high power blender is also okay. Choose any toppings you like: unsweetened coconut, peanut butter, nuts, fruit, ect.!

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!

gum

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 :)