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Sweeteners – Healthier Options

Going without sweets can sometimes be a challenge. Here is some of the advice I share with my clients. 

It seems people miss things like cheese, chocolate, crunchy things, salty things, flour things, ice cream, sweets, coffee, sugar, creamer, milk,  etc. 

Just the mention of the food item, a thought or a picture of it, can set off consuming thoughts and longing.

This is for those who are not lucky enough to be able to make up their minds and swear these foods off forever. Although it is best to taper off these foods as they are calorie dense, harmful to your health, make one eat more calories and do not help heal the addicted brain, here is some help for those in transition.

My next few blogs will attack these cravings. Today I will help you deal with Sweets.

Check out the recipe page for great tasting recipes for sweet candy, drinks, ice cream and even Healthy Chocolate Cake!

Remember, if you make green smoothies, you can always add dates or other dried fruits  to make a delicious and healthy sweet shake.

Avoid sugar substitutes, even “natural ones”; they will only perpetuate your cravings.

Sweeteners like honey are not favorable. According to Dr. Fuhrman; “Honey is a concentrated mixture of fructose, glucose and sucrose with no notable phytochemical or antioxidant load (see vitamin and mineral chart below).  Just like sugar, the nutrients in honey are so few that they are almost non-existent. Add this to the fact that honey is high in fructose and contains more glucose than most fruits and you get a food that puts stress on our bodies, especially our liver and kidneys. There are 64 calories in one tablespoon of honey and all of these calories are in the form of sugar. That’s 17.25 grams of sugar in just one tablespoon!”.

Noncaloric sweeteners like Stevia, Splenda, Equal, Sweet-n-low, etc., introduce a discrepancy. We encounter the appetite-stimulating effects on our brain resulting from the sweet nerve sensations on our tongue, minus the appetite-suppressing impact of calories entering our system. Therefore, this heightened appetite may prompt us to consume more, surpassing what we might have eaten without the diet soda, ultimately leading to weight gain.

Focus on green vegetables which are very low in calories but high in essential nutrients like calcium, magnesium and folate. One pound of non-starchy vegetables has fewer calories than 1 tablespoon of any oil that can be hidden in processed foods.

Dark leafy greens such as kale, cabbage, spinach, and lettuce are especially beneficial. A compound in dark, leafy greens called thylakoid can actually block fat absorption, turn off your hunger switch, dial down cravings for sugar and other unhealthy foods! 

Abstinence is your friend. It will get better. If you are tempted to fall off the wagon, read my blog  How to Avoid Falling Off The Wagon 

It is not your fault that you are craving things like sweets. Your taste buds have been hijacked by the food industry. This book is a great resource to help you understand why Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us 

Learn how sugar is hidden in nutrition labels That word means sugar?

Finally, if you have diabetes I highly recommend reading The End of Diabetes by Dr. Joel Fuhrman

How do you combat cravings for sweets?

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