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Sugar Detox- Day 18!

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Sugar Detox- Day 18!

2 Comments 19 May 2011


Hello Sugar Detoxers!

How are you doing? Today is Day 18 on our Sugar Detox. Is it getting hard for you to keep up this regimen of eliminating refined sugars? I’m sure that it is! It’s so unfortunate for us that the USDA named sugar as the number 1 food additive. It’s added to pizza, hot dogs, boxed rice, soup, crackers, flavored yogurts… We simply cannot get away from the substance that literally destroys lives. I know that is a bold statement to make- but it is a fact that becomes more clear as time passes. Newspapers and magazines   are making headlines on articles about sugar.  If we all know how bad sugar is for our health, don’t  you think that the American government would know this also? Wouldn’t it be amazing if the government put a ban on sodas and soft drinks. I know I am sounding idealistic and unrealistic, but before any reality there is always a dream. So lets keep dreaming!  How wonderful would it be if we no longer have to witness our children downing a can of Coke? It breaks my heart to know that going to a children’s birthday party means coming home with a candy bag that can basically feed the whole block.

As many times as we discuss the negative effects of sugar I can’t stress enough that this is real. This is an epidemic that is affecting America, yet we still allow it in our homes.

Let’s do an awareness experiment. Go into your food pantry and see how many items have sugar or white flour in the ingredients. It’s mind boggling how we bring this drug into our homes and actually serve it as food. My suggestion is to fill the fridge with the best high quality fruits and vegetables. Always have a platter cut and ready to eat, so when you or a family member is ready to munch- its there for you -ready to eat!

I know Sugar Detox is pushing the comfort level for many people. Honestly- its asking a lot from me! We are surrounded by sugar laden foods almost everyday  and are constantly troubled with trying to stay away from sugar.

Let’s create power in numbers! Let’s make a deal- if you stay away from all your sugar favorites, then I’ll stay away from my favorites! Let’s make this coming week, the best week that we can. If you cave in- don’t worry! Just get back on track right now. Eat whole foods and I know you will feel great, look awesome and help your health and wellness in its most natural way.

Please comment  below!
Sari Dana
Health Coach
Fitness Professional

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6 Comments 02 May 2011


Hi Detoxers,

The greatest part about being on the challenge is  changing the way you are eating, and looking to make long lasting changes for the betterment of their health and wellness. Who knows how this is going to snowball. There is a ripple effect whenever someone is on to something big- and ridding sugar from your diet is BIG!

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.

Here is the question of the day:

Can I use cane juice or cane fiber? How about honey?

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. Dehydrated cane juice is sugar. It simply sounds like a whole food.”

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 reviews 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 ( almost 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, honeycomb raw honey,-use it sparingly and if needed. Notice how you may need  a certain amount of sweeteners on week 1, and less of it by week 4 and so on.

Here is  typical food plan on a Sugar Detox:

Breakfast- steel cut oatmeal with greek plain yogurt and berries.

Lunch- Ezekiel wrap bread with black beans and brown rice, chumus

Dinner- vegetable soup, tossed salad, olive oil and lemon dressing topped with fish (or protein of your choice)

2 snacks per day if needed, examples-  apple with some walnuts, seasonal fruits, carrots.., yogurt with fruit

Comment below on with your progress!!

Please Note: This is a general guide on how to eat more healthy food and omit processed and refined flours and sugars.

It does not take the place of private counseling. My goal on this site is to bring awareness to eating in a healthy and balanced way; to lose weight, feel great and ward off diseases that so many Americans are faced with.

Good News!

I am offering a free health history evaluation in person, or by phone for those who are interested in receiving individualized recommendations and nutrition advise based on your goals.

Its my pleasure to help you!

Sari Dana 917-517-7542

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White House Fruit and Oat Bars

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White House Fruit and Oat Bars

1 Comment 14 May 2010

Even if you aren’t lucky enough to have your own White House pastry chef,

your kids can still have a taste of  what the Obama girls snack on.

Try this yummy fruit bar taste tested by Michelle Obama herself, who has practically banished white sugar and white flour

from the White House kids menu.

(recipe reprint from The New York Times

read more about the White House pastry chef written by Julia Moskin)

Time: About 50 minutes, plus time for cooling

6 tablespoons grapeseed oil, or other neutral oil, plus extra for brushing pan

2 cups rolled oats

1/2 cup mixed seeds, such as pumpkin, sunflower and sesame

1/2 cup honey

1/3 cup dark brown sugar

1/3 cup maple syrup

Pinch of salt

1 1/2 cups mixed dried fruit, such as raisins, cherries, apricots, papaya, pineapple and cranberries (at least 3 kinds, cut into small pieces if large)

1 teaspoon ground cardamom or cinnamon.

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9-inch-square baking pan with parchment paper or foil, letting a few inches hang over side of pan. Brush with oil.

2. Spread oats and seeds on another baking pan and toast in oven just until golden and fragrant, 6 to 8 minutes, shaking pan once.

3. In a saucepan, combine oil, honey, brown sugar, maple syrup and salt. Stir over medium heat until smooth and hot. In a mixing bowl, toss together toasted oats and seeds, dried fruit and cardamom. Pour hot sugar mixture over and stir until well combined.

4. While mixture is warm, transfer to prepared pan, pressing into pan evenly with an offset spatula.

5. Bake until brown, 25 to 30 minutes. Transfer pan to a rack and let cool completely. Using the overhanging foil or paper, lift out of pan and place on a work surface. Cut into bars, about 1 1/2 inches by 3 inches.

Yield: 2 dozen bars.

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Day 27 of Our Sugar Detox!

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Day 27 of Our Sugar Detox!

1 Comment 07 May 2010

27 days of  eating with awareness is amazing!
Now what??

My story part 2:

I went on sugar detox last April on till September. During that time, I truly felt absolutely amazing. My mind was clearer. My eyes seemed wide opened all the time. I always thought that I needed a sugar snack for a “pick me up” but it was the exact opposite. Its was the lack of sugar that kept me  feeling refreshed, never going into that “slump”- (for me it was at 5:00 pm- when I would search for anything to get me thru the evening.)
Even though detoxing from sugar gave me an incredible boost of everything good, I wanted to know, for myself, that I can eat a portion of desert or sweets and not over do it. I intentionally re introduced sugar back into my body! I always envied people who took a bite of cake and pushed the rest aside, not wanting anymore. Or the person who can have a few M+M’s and feel satisfied. I wanted to be that person. So..I experimented from September until April in that manner. Testing the waters so to speak on where I wanted sugar in my life.. and with what kind of balance.

I enjoyed dabbling on sweets. Purposely taking a piece of chocolate at a wedding and a slice of cake on Friday night. I wouldn’t be happy with myself if I knew I couldn’t control myself in that fashion.
So how do you think
I did?

Honestly, some days were good and somedays weren’t. But, at the end of the day I felt I was cheating myself out of how I really wanted to feel. Its important to me, to eat whole clean foods that aren’t filled with ingredients that I have no idea what it means. In exactly a years time, I felt the difference of what it means to feel “clean” and what it means to feel “filled up with stuff.”

With this knowledge and experience, I can answer what my ideal is in relationship to Sugar and health and wellness.
It is OFF SUGAR for SURE.. 99.3/4 percent of the time. 1/4 percent is maybe for an occasion that I care to have something with sugar ingredients. The reason I am putting in that 1/4 percent, so when an occasion does arise that I want something indulgent it won’t feel like I am breaking a rule. An example would be to have a bite of my moms cheese cake. But, it will be on an extremely rare occasion because my mom hasn’t made cheese cake in over 10 years!

SUGAR DETOX has made me so happy, I want to continue for the rest of my life!

What is your ideal? Whatever it is you DESIRE you can ACHIEVE!

Drum Roll Please…..
This Thursday May 26 is….the Day we are weighing our self! E- mail me ur results! We can post how much we all lost collectively.

This Friday May 27 is….our Celebration Day.
I will send out details tomorrow.

With Love, Sari

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