|Before we get into Week Four of the Sugar Detox challenge, let’s review. So far, we’ve kicked out High Fructose Corn Syrup, refined white flours, and all desserts. How are we doing? Very well actually. Last night was the first time I craved sweets. However, I’ll just tell you that it might happen to be in line with a certain thing that occurs on a monthly basis…….and I ate a handful of almonds instead and was perfectly satisfied. I think it might all be in my head. Week four wasn’t that bad either. Let’s see how it went.|
|This week we say adios to all refined sugars. What does that mean? All white sugar, brown sugar, organic sugar, or any other refined sugar product has to go. I didn’t have much remaining in the house since we already eat whole foods anyway…..but I did have a few organic processed foods that had “organic sugar” listed in the ingredients. Did I get rid of them? Nope. I know this won’t last forever, and that occasionally a splurge of organic sugar (better than regular white sugar in my book) is okay. I just stuck those items in the back of the pantry and I won’t visit them for a while. If you don’t have that type of willpower, you might want to donate them to your neighbor…….and make sure you don’t have a key to that neighbor’s house in case of an “emergency.” Needing a cookie is not an emergency.What are we allowed to eat instead? Honey, maple syrup, Sucanat, date sugar, and coconut sugar. I don’t have the last two, so we’ve been using the first three items (which are outlined in detail here). I have used stevia once……I’m not sure if it’s considered “refined” or not. I’ve asked Donielle, and I’m waiting to hear back. I’ll advise when I find out. 🙂
ETA: Donielle advises that stevia is okay in it’s pure form – which is green. I guess I’ll do without stevia for the next five weeks.
|We get a great explanation of why we have sugar cravings. I won’t go into that here – you’ll have to sign up to find out. 🙂 But, I find that I don’t normally have sugar cravings. Sure, sometimes I’ll want a Tootsie Roll……but I don’t feel that it consumes me. My problem is dealing with snacking. I would snack all day if you would let me. I’ve had to train myself only to eat when I’m hungry. I think that has helped me control sugar cravings – except when Eve comes to visit (I want to kick her). I honestly thought that all I would be able to think about was chocolate cake. So, I’m surprised that I haven’t had that issue. It’s nice. :-)The hard part comes when you go to someone else’s house to eat. It means you mainly have to stick with meat, fruits, and vegetables. We’re blessed that at this time of year, all of those things are in abundance. So, I can eat a whole tomato and be perfectly happy….and pass up the bonbon. Donielle says the best way to deal with sugar cravings is to remove all of those types of foods out of your house. She also mentions that adding coconut oil to your food can help you control cravings. Since that’s what I use a lot of to cook, maybe that’s what helping me deal.|
|The natural sweetener we explore this week is Sucanat, also called Rapadura. I’ve been using Sucanat in a lot of my cooking for the past three months, and it works beautifully! I purchased a 50 pound bag from Bread Beckers. It filled two five gallon buckets, so I’m sure it’s going to last us a while. In items that I worry about the taste being too strong (it tastes very strongly of molasses), I usually use stevia, honey or maple syrup instead. You can substitute Sucanat cup for cup in place of white or brown sugar.|
|So, there you have it. We’re halfway there and doing great! I have only experienced headache symptoms from switching to decaf coffee, so I don’t contribute that to this detox. Have you had any symptoms since going off sugar? Make sure you sign up to follow along with me on the Sugar Detox Challenge!Stay tuned for Week Five.|
|This post is linked at Monday Mania on The Healthy Home Economist, at Healthy2Day Wednesdays on Day2Day Joys, and at Fat Tuesday on Real Food Forager.|