Processed sugar or refined sugar comes from sugar cane or sugar beets, which are processed to extract the sugar content. In the ingredients list it’s normally included as sucrose. White and brown sugars are used to sweeten cakes and cookies, coffee, cereal, fruit jams, salad dressing and even supposed healthy teas. Many food manufacturers actually add chemically produced sugar to beverages, flavoured yogurt and tomato sauces. And did you know “low-fat” foods are the worst culprits as manufacturers add sugar to give flavour?
There is a massive difference between processed sugar and natural options, like raw honey and sugar from fruits. Most processed foods contain calories and sugar with little or no nutritional value, while fruit, honey and unsweetened milk all have vitamins and minerals. Milk also contains protein and fruit has fibre, these both keep your stomach feeling full longer.
Processed sugar is not only void of any nutritional value, but it’s also incredibly addictive for our body and mind. There are studies which show withdrawals from processed sugar can be comparable to withdrawals from a drug.
So, my challenge is to slowly and methodically cut out processed sugar from my diet. While I don’t typically eat very much sugar, but I’m the first one to slip when I am not prepared. After making the decision to start the 90 Day Total Body & Mind Transformation Journey I decided to give up processed sugar. It’s takes time and diligence to plan ahead, making sure I have a little pot of honey to take with me in my handbag when leaving for the day and preparing all my own salad dressings, dips, and my smoothies.
I have been eliminating all the obvious offenders that have sugar & syrup in the title, and anything on the label like glucose, dextrose, fructose, and sucrose. It’s only been a week but I am feeling different without consuming processed sugar. My mind is feeling more clear and my normal mid afternoon sugar cravings are subsiding.