Embracing a sugar detox is easier than one might think

Five days ago, I began a sugar detox. Actually, I proclaimed a moratorium on processed sugar and I pledged to have no intentional sugar for 10 days.

Halfway through, I can tell you, it has been easier than I thought it would be!

For instance, there is so much sugar in the foods that we eat, especially fruit, that if you don’t eat processed sugar Screen Shot 2015-12-05 at 4.30.53 AMfor a few days, you can taste minute amounts of sugar in EVERYTHING.

I also can taste the actual flavor of the many different coffees and teas that I buy. And I still had a little sugar because, did you know that skim milk, which I’ve used for years and years, contains a lot of sugar?

Screen Shot 2015-12-06 at 7.38.22 AMBut I’m going to keep on trekking because it’s important. The only thing I really miss is bubble gum. There are 4 grams of sugar in each tiny piece. Sigh.

And you, unfortunately, have to cut back on fruit, too. Sugar galore!

A single slice of watermelon has 18 grams of sugar. A whole banana has 17 grams. But a cup of strawberries has only 7 grams. So my goal is to have fewer than 10 grams of natural sugar in a single serving of anything: a half banana sliced to look pretty; a cup of strawberries with sugar-free Cool Whip (Yum!); a half cup of watermelon. (See measurements at http://www.sugarstacks.com/fruits.htm )

To feel like I’m not cheating, later today, I’m switching to veggies. But based on sugar content, Screen Shot 2015-12-06 at 8.00.16 AMit’ll be asparagus, avocado, bell peppers, cabbage, celery, collards, kale, lettuce, mushrooms and tomatoes. Gotta skip the carrots, corn, peas and potatoes. Boy, do I miss French fries! But thank God that I love avocado salads!

ROCHELLE RILEY is a writer whose essays here are about her personal thoughts and adventures. No reprints without permission.  You can read her columns at www.freep.com/rochelleriley. Follow her on Twitter @rochelleriley.

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