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 for 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?
But 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, it’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!
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