Congratulations! You’ve made it to the end of Week 2 of our Bye-bye Sugar Challenge!
Did you ever think it was possible for you to say “goodbye” to sugar? Give yourself a pat on the back.
By now, you should have parted ways with refined, white sugar, and the so-called “healthy” fruit juices, sodas and other soft drinks. Have you noticed any physical changes? Have you lost weight? Have you started to feel some positive changes in your energy and overall mood? Perhaps you are finding it easier to get out of bed in the mornings. Or maybe, you’ve noticed more consistent energy throughout the day and less of the “afternoon slump.” All of these seemingly small changes are confirmation that your overall health is improving and that you are getting one-step closer to a more fertile you.
Hopefully, you’ve found our previous tips helpful in curving those sugar cravings. Here is a recap:
Eat breakfast– Preferably a high protein one containing eggs. This helps to stabilize blood sugar and set your day up for success.
Eat regularly– Eating regular meals (preferably high protein) and snacking in between helps to further maintain healthy blood sugar levels and avoid slumps that can lead to sugar cravings. Just make sure you are having healthy snacks like har- boiled eggs and fresh fruits or a handful of nuts.
So, are you prepared for the next step in the Bye-bye Sugar Challenge?
This is week 3 of the challenge. Here is what’s on the chopping block: sources of “fake” sugar.
We are talking about items labeled as “sugar-free” that actually contain toxic substitutes known as artificial sweeteners. You know those little pink, blue and yellow packets hanging out in the black bin on diner tables?
The most common artificial sweeteners on the market are Aspartame (blue packet, Equal®), Saccharin (pink packets, Sweet-n-Low®) and Sucralose (yellow packets, Splenda®), though there are others like Maltitol and Sorbitol. These are found in many food items such as:
Drinks– Crystal Light® Drink Mixes, Non-Dairy Creamers, Gevalia® Skinny Cappucino K Cups
Snacks– Sugar Free Jello® (Gelatins and puddings), Sugar Free Gummy Bears
Baked Goods– Sugar Free Breads, Murray’s cookies, Harris Teeter Sugar Free Muffins, Pound cakes, etc
You know that saying “if it seems to good to be true, it probably is.”
Being sugar-free comes at a price, usually on your health.
A study conducted at Harvard University suggested, “non-nutritive sweeteners are far more potent than table sugar or high fructose corn syrup. A minuscule amount produces a sweet taste comparable to that of sugar, without the comparable calories”. (Source: http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/artificial-sweeteners-sugar-free-but-at-what-cost-201207165030)
This means that over time, we are training our brain and taste buds to increasingly desire sweeter things to satisfy the sweet tooth. In addition, some studies have even shown Saccharin (the pink packets) to be MORE addictive than Cocaine!
And what about Splenda®? The once golden-child of all sugar substitutes is not so safe either. An in-depth scientific review of sucralose, the ingredient in Splenda®, published in the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health (Source: Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, Part B: Critical Reviews, 16:7, 399-451 ) reveals an extensive list of safety concerns, including toxicity, DNA damage, and increased risk of cancer when used in cooking. Not to mention that sucralose destroys gut-bacteria (source: J Toxicol Environ Health A. 2008;71(21):1415-29 ).
The use of artificial sweeteners as a way to cut corners by eating unhealthy foods while claiming “it’s sugar-free” is not doing you any favors.
Take the time to go through your cupboards, read the ingredients and toss out anything that contains any artificial sweeteners. If in doubt, remember, you should be able to pronounce all the ingredients and if it isn’t sweetened with Coconut Palm Sugar, Honey or Maple Syrup, it needs to go!
After cutting out artificial sweeteners from your diet, your palate will reset and you’ll be able to better appreciate the natural sweetness of fruits. Not to mention the fact that you’ll be able to curb the sweet cravings easier.
Speaking of cravings, make sure to check in on our Facebook page every Friday to see how we’re coping with the Bye-bye Sugar Challenge, and steal our strategies and recipes.
Remember to post your progress on Instagram using the hashtag #ByeByeSugarHelloBaby or on Facebook using the hashtag #FertilityRevolution2017. Your postings will be entered in our awesome giveaway at the end of the month.
You got this! We are here to help!