Join us for delicious recipes and inspiration to cut back on your sugar intake. Though sugar may be sweet, most of us are getting way too much added sugars in our days. Rather than go completely sugar free this month, our goal was to help you cut down on sugar from processed foods and desserts and load up on healthier options. The recipes featured this month deliver protein, whole grains or vegetables to help keep your blood sugar from spiking and crashing. We also selected some sweet treats you can feel good about with little to no added sugar. This month is about eating healthy, staying sane and not letting your sugar intake get out of control. Join us for this day challenge to slash your sugar. Sugar is not the only thing that can make our food taste good. Spices and extracts can add more complex, satisfying flavors to a dish or treat.
A s a mother of four I am not sure how I am supposed to feel about sugar. If I believe the anti-sugar lobby, it’s “the new tobacco”. Sugar rather than fat, the argument goes, is responsible for ever-rising levels of obesity. It is an unnecessary source of calories and a major cause of obesity, thereby causing many deaths and diabetes. The more sugar you eat or drink, the more the body stores it as fat. Hence the links to obesity. But what is emerging is just how much of what we eat is stuffed with “hidden” sugar, not just in fizzy drinks and doughnuts, but sauces, cereals, fruit juices, even fruit itself. This month Britain’s chief medical officer Dame Sally Davies said ” we may need to introduce a sugar tax” to help reduce the amount manufacturers put in their products. This can be confusing for the average person who is just trying to feed their kids. And that’s before addressing the counter-argument that sugar is taking too much of the blame and that overall nutrition, as well as exercise, are important too. To try to make sense of it all, I go cold turkey for 30 days, dragging my family along for the ride.
I’m totally in! Live long and prosper. The fact that you’re even trying is an accomplishment in itself. I am in my groove. I’m going to try this challenge. During a dinner party, I knock back a lot of prosecco the worst, red wine and potato gratin. Her take: Even those of us who consider ourselves “healthy” could probably stand to try a sugar detox. Lets kick this habit for good.