I’ve been actively removing sugar from my life, and it’s a daily battle. Some weeks I’m great, and then I find myself returning home from shopping with two boxes of cookies!
I do like my Madeleine’s with afternoon tea. I’m not trying to “quit sugar” because it’s the latest fad, I’m doing it for several important reasons.
- Looking for food: I’m never satisfied or satiated, and therefore I need to increase my protein intake and focus on healthy fats.
- Acid reflux: After some research, I’ve discovered that removing or reducing the amount of sugar I eat and replacing it with fermented foods will help to reduce acid reflux. Having acidity causes a whole lot of problems for your body, which I’ll get into a later post.
- Bloating: Too many foods containing sweeteners and foods high in fructose can cause gas and bloating. While I didn’t take any tests that to confirm if the bloating is from white pasta dishes, I do feel much better since I’ve reduced eating foods with white flour.
Next Step: Removing Fructose From Daily Diet
Here’s a quick roundup on fructose.
Fructose or fruit sugar is a simple ketonic, found in many plants and derived from sugar cane, sugar beets, and corn. Because fructose is low in cost to produce, we find this ingredient in many packaged foods and beverages. And, it also doesn’t help that it is the sweetest of all naturally occurring carbohydrates.
Plus, all grains and cereals are naturally high in fructose. And, pasta made of wheat flour will be high in fructose and tends to be sweet when compared to other foods. Any foods made with white flour pasta; the fructose will be absorbed easily in our system as opposed to whole grain flour.
All this to say is that the gluten in wheat contains food opioid peptides suppress your natural appetite and can help to suppress cravings. My pantry now consists of whole wheat pasta, pasta made of brown rice and sourdough rye bread. The pasta sauce was always home made; my Italian mother would bop me in the head if she saw a commercial pasta sauce in my home!
Short List of Foods Highest In Fructose*
- Cereals & Pasta
- BBQ Sauce
- Foods & Snacks containing Sorbitol
- Dried Fruit
- Power Bars
- Granola Bars
- Ranch Flavoured Anything
- Canned Applesauce
* Please read the ingredients and here’s the link for the complete list.
Sugarless Diet Results, So Far?
Pasta: We’ll have this every six months or so. It’s a big change for an Italian girl who would have pasta about four times a week! The sauce has always been homemade. Cereal: We eat Arrowhead Spelt Flakes when I can find it here in Montreal! If not, it is usually oatmeal. And, feeling great!
Current Diet Includes
- Avocados, nuts, seeds, coconut fat, olive oil
- Free-range eggs
- Fatty fish and fish oils
- Sole and Basa Fish
- Chickpea flour
- Vada flour
- Sourdough rye bread
- Raw honey, limited
- Plain Greek yoghurt
- Keifer Milk
- Organic Chicken
- All vegetables with a special focus on Brussels sprouts, broccoli, kale, green beans , carrots, cauliflower, asparagus, bamboo shoots
- Salads with white wine vinegar dressing
What about you? Are you starting to eat less sugar? Would love to hear your story.