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25 Ways to Reduce or Eliminate Sugar From Your Food Choices - Best Ever You
by Elizabeth Hamilton-Guarino on February 25th, 2012

6/2/12: UPDATE: I'm over 130 days sugar free now and loving life :)  I feel so much better.  I've also been doing Zumba each day and adding some walks in as well.  I noticed a few folks following along... just leave me a comment on this blog or in facebook if you need help or have questions.

I absolutely love green smoothies.  I drink one each morning.   My recipe is pretty easy to follow:

1/2 cucumber
handful of spinach
1 fresh pear
4 ice cubes
1/2 cup of water
Mix in hand/personal blender such as a Bullet.

A very special thank you to Gary Kobat (www.garykobat.com) for those four special words "self-love/self-worth".

Original Blog Post:

I've been on a sugar detox for 34 days. I've lost 12 pounds. Thank you for all of your emails and tweets and facebook posts in support. I've writing this blog because people having started to ask me "How are you doing this?"

Well, I've changed my food choices. Here are 25 ways I've changed my interactions with sugar.

For more information, please see our ebook called Ten Steps to a Healthier You.
1. Drink green smoothies

2. Don't eat sugary cereals or add sugar to it.

3. Eat fresh vegetables

4. Eat fresh fruit

5. Eat brown rice instead of white rice.

6. Eat whole wheat pasta instead of regular pasta.

7. Eat wheat bread or whole grain bread instead of white bread. Say no, when possible to white flour based foods.

8. Nix the honey habit.

9. Watch your coffee with sugar, tea with sugar intake.

10. Stop the ice cream intake.

11. Watch your peas and carrots. They are very sugary.

12. Change from white potatoes to sweet potatoes

13. Candy, Candy, Candy, No. No. and more No.

14. Dark chocolate in handfuls = sugar don't kid youself

15. Pass on the donuts, muffins and other breakfast sugar monsters.

16. Eliminate dressing on your salad and switch to freshly squeezed lemon.

17. Oatmeal. Just oatmeal. Hold the raisins, maple and brown sugar and milk.

18. Say no to processed, packaged foods, such as granola bars, fruit roll ups, fruit snacks and other sources of hidden sugars.

19. Hold the cream and dairy products.

20. Say no to fruit juices, soda and diet soda too. Drink water or decaf tea.

21. Pancakes with fruit are better than pancakes with syrup. Not eating pancakes or waffles with white flour would be the best choice.

22. Eat spinach.

23. Don't drink alcohol or limit your intake.

24. Know where sugar lives and hides out. Here is a list of some of the possible code words for “sugar” which may appear on a label. Generally, anything on a label ending in “ose” can usually be assumed to be “sugar”.

.•Agave Nectar
•Barley Malt Syrup
•Corn sweetener
•Corn syrup, or corn syrup solids
•Dehydrated Cane Juice
•Fruit juice concentrate
•High-fructose corn syrup
•Invert sugar
•Malt syrup
•Maple syrup
•Raw sugar
•Rice Syrup
•Sorghum or sorghum syrup
•Turbinado Sugar

25. Pizza with veggies is still pizza. Watch how much you eat and try to use whole grain crust instead of regular white flour crust.

About Elizabeth Hamilton-Guarino

Elizabeth is the CEO and Founder of The Best Ever You Network. She used to be a chocoholic and is now blending spinach instead of chocolate shakes.

ps- Elizabeth is the typo queen. If you see one, just let her know. Our editor "Liz" is reading labels.

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Margie Deska - February 27th, 2012 at 6:26 AM
Hi! Good list but I see no reason to eliminate healthful salad dressings that you can make yourself. Just use a ratio of 2 tablespoons olive oil (extra virgin) to 1 tablespoon vinegar of your choice. Or try a ratio of 3 tablespoons olive oil to 1 tablespoon vinegar for a less tart dressing.. Then some salt and pepper plus any other herbs or spices on the salad. It's quick and delicious. I personally couldn't eat salad without any dressing and think a lot of other people are the same. Best wishes.
Suzy Fauria - June 2nd, 2012 at 9:28 AM
Great list! I'm sharing in my 3 weight-loss Challenge groups! Thank you for being a wonderful resource.
Jackie Hutchings - August 26th, 2012 at 10:04 AM
Some new tips here for me - thanks! It's been 6 weeks since I started eliminating sugar - 10 lbs lighter and feeling wonderful! One of the treats which I've used to replace sugar is almond butter on oatcakes.

Lesley Jefferson - August 27th, 2012 at 1:31 AM
Great List - I'll also share on the Zlimm123 FB page. Did you go cold turkey did you change habits gradually?
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