This week, I had the privilege of accidentally being included in a chat session with a bunch of girls that are on our “30 Day Detox Challenge!” I was SO impressed by the support and dedication that they were giving each other. I couldn’t believe what was going on…questions, answers, thoughts, and simply being there for each other. It truly brought tears to my eyes. It was a wake up call to me…as I was reading, I was thinking “this is really happening!” Its not just a bunch of emails. There are really groups of girls that are really coming out of their comfort zone… changing the way they are eating, and looking to make long lasting changes for the betterment of their health and wellness. Who knows how this is going to snow ball. All I can say is “Hooray to US!”
A major part of the success of this challenge is your “e-mail buddy” I’m still pairing people up, so send me a note if you need help!
I’m receiving such exciting feedback on how women on the Detox are beginning to gain awareness of what foods are being put in their bodies-more awareness than ever before! For instance, a bite of “this” and taste of “that,” – usually the thought was, oh, its only a little piece of cookie…cake..etc.. Most people never realized the hidden sugars that are found in many foods like breads, dressings and white rice sushi. Others are just amazed at how well they are doing!
Here is the question of the day: Can I use cane juice or cane fiber? How about honey? After researching a little, this is what I came up with: ”One hundred grams of dried cane juice is pretty much the same thing as 100 grams of other sweeteners, no matter what you call it,” says a nutritionist at the respected Bastyr University, in Seattle, Washington.
“Dehydrated cane juice is sugar. It simply sounds like a whole food.” The author thinks that virtually every commonly used sweetener is as bad as sugar when it makes up a significant part of the diet.
Albeit, evaporated cane juice does not undergo the same degree of processing that refined sugar does. It’s benefits is that it does retain trace vitamins and minerals. Cane juice has the same amount of calories as sugar but since its sweeter, you might get away of using less of it than sugar-which is always good!
There are mixed results about whether honey is better than sugar. It depends on the individuals health and condition. Consider- Honey is a sweet, thick fluid made by honey bees from the nectar of flowering plants. Honey is sweeter than sugar (100% sucrose), has more calories than sugar and raises the blood sugar even more than white sugar. The plus side is that raw honey reportedly has medicinal benefits and contains enzymes and small amounts of minerals and B-complex vitamins.
Whether you’re talking about cane sugar, honey, barley malt or Sucanat , they’re all primarily simple sugars, simple carbohydrates. People should understand that, if they’re eating 150 pounds of sugar a year and you change that to 150 pounds of barley malt, you’ll have the same problems with your immune system and blood sugar levels you would have if you are eating the sugar.
The bottom line is- use these sweetener substitutes sparingly!
From my own experience, I use as much “real” food sweeteners as possibly. Eating a sweet potato is a great way to satisfy a sweet tooth. If someone told me that last year, I would of thought they were crazy. A sweet potato vs. Oreos? No way! I can assure you, its works. If you are new to detoxing from sugar it will take some time to retrain your taste buds. When you can start tasting the sweetness of a carrot or even the sweetness in brown rice, thats when you know you’ve got it. Until then, use sweeteners such as Agave, Stevia,(more about these next time) honeycomb honey, cane fiber or cane juice,-use it sparingly and if needed. Notice how you may need a certain amount on week 1, and less of it by week 4 and so on.
To my “Detox Buddies”:
Another great Sugar Detox on Friday and Saturday,(though splurged on empanadas!-but no sugar) I visited my sister in law Olga on Shabbat who is doing great on the challenge, I have to say I was so impressed, her house was filled with great choice snacks, such as, dried mango from the health food store, raw unsalted pecans, fruits and dates- way to go! my mind and body are feeling good.
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