Say No To Sugar

by HEAB on July 2, 2009

Edited to Add: After re-reading this post, I thought it came off as a bit harsh, but I’m not changing a word.  Just being my honest self.  Please know that I love you guys, and I only want what’s best for ya! -HEAB

After my weight loss post, several of you emailed me with questions regarding sugar.  Guess what?  You don’t need it in your life.  You don’t!

Our bodies convert ALL carbs into glucose for fuel, but in excess amounts, the carbs are stored as fat.  Now, I’m not going to get into my feelings on eating low carb, but in my opinion, our bodies do not need that much.  The USDA recommends that carbohydrates make up 45 to 65 percent of our daily food intake…I’m sorry, but I think that’s a load of crap.  Look around my friends…why do you think we are in the midst of an obesity epidemic?  You think it’s almond butter and avocados causing all those cases of Type 2 diabetes? No, it’s sugar. Quit eating it.

Now, I won’t lie.  I eat my carbs, and I love them.  However, I try and keep them as minimally processed as possible, and I make sure to get in plenty of protein and fat as well.  Since I quit running, my carb intake has gone way down, but not on purpose.  I’m just not craving them as much anymore. Besides my daily dose (or two) of oat bran, I don’t eat a lot of other grains, and my other sources of carbs are mainly vegetables and maybe one serving of fruit a day.  Otherwise, I fill my meals with protein and fat…the latter being my favorite. :)

So, how did I kick my sugar habit?  Well, I gave up sugar, but not dessert.  Once you stop sweetening your food, I promise your body will get used to it, and the cravings will go away. To me, dessert means a plain baked sweet potato or some carrots smothered in almond butter.  How about a few squares of dark chocolate or some raw chocolate pudding (blended avocado, dark cocoa powder, and a few soaked dates)?  Need a protein boost? Then make yourself a Dryer Lint Smoothie with some protein powder.  Just because you’re not eating sugar doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a little treat after meals.  You simply have to modify your dessert perspective a bit.

Please keep in mind that I am in no way licensed to give out any sort of nutritional advice, and just because I have figured out what works for me doesn’t mean that I’ll know what works for you. That being said, I do KNOW that nobody needs sugar. So, keep that in mind the next time you reach for that healthy vegan cookie. After all, brown rice syrup is still sugar my friends, and whole wheat flour is still flour.

On that note, I’ll leave you with my blogger inspired lunch from yesterday:

A Polly Salad

A Polly Salad

Inspired by Polly, I had tuna salad made with mashed avocado, dill pickles, and salt and pepper served atop a bed of spinach and grape tomatoes.

Check out my dessert:

Cherry Bliss

Cherry Bliss

After seeing this combo on Living Free, I could not wait to try it.  Frozen cherries + coconut milk + dark chocolate flakes = Wow. A new favorite for sure!

My simple advice to you?  Eat your veggies, and lots of them.  Eat your protein & eat your fat.  Eat your oats & fruit if you want some, but skip the sugar.