Healthy Habits 3 Simple Tips for Going Sugar-Free This Year

Published on January 14th, 2015 | by Leah Gehlsen Morlan

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3 Simple Tips for Going Sugar-Free This Year

3 Simple Tips for Going Sugar-Free This Year

Try your hand at giving up (or even just decreasing) your sugar intake this year.  Read on for 3 simple tips for going sugar-free and staying that way!

I love treats.  I love them.  I love to finish off a meal with a little something sweet and sugary.  It just feels right.  And according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), I guess it also feels like an increased risk for heart disease, weight gain, and a decrease in the nutrients that are actually good for me.  So, I’ve decided that, this year, my family and I will try letting go of that need for the candied life and maybe, just maybe, going sugar-free.

 3 Simple Tips for Going Sugar-Free

3 Simple Tips for Going Sugar-Free This Year

Whole fruit contains fiber and nutrients that balance out its natural sugar.

1. Eat some sweet stuff, if you need to.

Just don’t turn to refined sugar.  Throw some tasty fresh (or frozen!) fruits into your daily smoothies. Grab a piece of whole fruit.  Try out this recipe (minus the sugar, of course — don’t worry, it will still be delicious) or this vibrant superfood bowl (make sure to skip add-ins, such as granola, that contain refined sugar).

A favorite sweet-tooth soother of mine is as follows: mix half an avocado, one ripe banana, a tablespoon of cocoa powder and almond or peanut butter (no sugar added!) to taste.  Puree in the food processor and enjoy a chocolate-y treat.

3 Simple Tips for Going Sugar-Free This Year

Artificial sweeteners like aspartame are no better for your overall health than sugar.

2. Please don’t turn to aspartame.

Keep it out of your house and out of your system.  When I talk about going sugar-free and getting rid of the crud in my diet, I’m not down with replacing it with aspartame.  Read on here and here for more information on the dangers of faux sugar.

Juice might seem like a good alternative to sugar or artificial sweeteners, but sweet fruit juices are basically just sugar water.

3 Simple Tips for Going Sugar-Free This Year

Refined flour has no nutritional value, and it turns into sugar as you digest it.

3) Eat less refined flour.

White flour is a big baddie too. All of its nutrients have been stripped, and it’s a simple carb, just like its friend refined sugar. In fact, those refined carbohydrates turn into sugar when your body digests it.  It does, however, have an excellent shelf-life, which is kind of the point.

Replace your pasta with zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash.  Try out this muffin recipe which is a new favorite of mine (and the kids can’t get enough of it).

Carry your post-holiday detox tips (more info on detox here as well) further into the new year by really giving your body a break.  Going sugar-free is a tough one, but well worth the energy and health benefits.

 

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  • Sweetener Council

    The reason why aspartame is beneficial for use is because it is approximately 200 times sweeter than sugar. Therefore a very small amount is required to achieve the same level of sweetness without the added calories or change in blood sugar levels, making it ideal for controlling weight and blood sugar.

    Despite the misunderstanding surrounding the ingredient, aspartame is among the most studied and reviewed ingredients in the world and has been extensively tested, proven safe, and approved by all major regulatory agencies around the world including Health Canada, the European Food Safety Authority, and the FDA to name a few. Likewise, leading health organizations including (but not limited to) American Diabetes Association, the National Cancer Institute, and The Obesity Society support its use, despite claims of diabetes, carcinogenicity, and weight gain, respectively, that have been tirelessly tied to the ingredient.

    As a result of the vast body of evidence consistently supporting the safety of aspartame, consumers should have every confidence in enjoying aspartame containing products without fear of adverse health effects.

    Check out these helpful links for more information on aspartame safety!

    European Food Safety Authority: http://goo.gl/LCH48c

    Health Canada: http://goo.gl/wYSFrG

    The Calorie Control Council: http://goo.gl/s5iT9j

    • Becky Striepe

      If there’s anyone we can trust for accurate information on artificial sweeteners it’s the Sweetener Council!

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