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Life Force Diet: Kick Your Sugar, Sugar Substitute, and Refined Carbs Habit

Life Force Diet: Kick Your Sugar, Sugar Substitute, and Refined Carbs Habit

On average, we eat over 2 1/2 pounds of sugar weekly, adding up to over 150 pounds of sugar annually in the form of sugary soft drinks, sweetened juices, cookies, cakes, and pastries, and hidden in processed and prepared foods . Compare that to our ancestors just over 100 years ago: They ate only 5 pounds of sugar annually.

Linked to high blood pressure , high cholesterol, heart disease , weight gain, diabetes , and premature aging, to name only a few, sugar in the amounts we consume is one of the worst substances we put into our bodies. Even a fairly small amount suppresses your immune system for between four and six hours, giving any viruses or bacteria you’ve been exposed to a heady advantage to take hold of your body. From ketchup and burgers to seasoning salts and juice, sugar may be lurking in the most unlikely places.

Here’s the good news: Sugar consumption is easy to reduce because we are starting from such a high quantity. This week and throughout the life force diet, eliminate soft drinks. If you are thirsty, drink water, herbal tea, or vegetable juice (be careful of the bottled brands—they can be full of sugar and salt too). If you have a sweet tooth, reach for a piece of fruit. I find a delicious blend of green tea lemonade made with freshly squeezed lemon, brewed green tea, ice, and sweetened only with stevia to be a great thirst quencher.

If you haven’t already thrown out anything in your cupboards or fridge that contains sweetener, now is the time to do so. Look for any ingredient that contains “-ose” such as glucose, high fructose corn syrup, dextrose, maltose, etc. Instead, use small amounts (maximum 1 teaspoon three times a day) of pure, unpasteurized honey, pure maple syrup, barley malt, agave nectar, or the herb stevia. Replacing sugar with most artificial sugar substitutes is like replacing one poison with another. If you’re eating sugar substitutes, even ones supposedly “made from real sugar,” now is the time to kick the aspartame, lose the sucralose, and shun every food containing artificial sweeteners. No exceptions.

Stevia is the best choice and the only one that doesn’t affect blood sugar levels. It is naturally between 300 and 1000 times sweeter than sugar, depending on whether you’re using the whole herb or the liquid extract. I find liquid stevia has the best taste and the least aftertaste. You can use it in fresh juices like lemon or lime juice with water to make a delicious lemonade or limeade, or to sweeten herbal teas—either hot or iced ones instead of soft drinks—and even in baking (although most recipes will need ingredient adjustments when using stevia).

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Michelle Schoffro Cook, DNM, DAc, CNC, is a six-time and best-selling book author whose works include: The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, and The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan. She is a doctor of natural medicine, holistic nutritionist, and holistic life coach. Visit www.TheLifeForceDiet.com to learn more.

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Michelle Schoffro Cook

Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 15-time book author and doctor of traditional natural medicine, whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim, Weekend Wonder Detox, Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and The Phytozyme Cure. Subscribe to her free e-magazine World's Healthiest News at WorldsHealthiestDiet.com to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.

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11:01AM PDT on Jul 3, 2009

Agave is not good for you. Stevia is good, in moderation. Please check out this wonderful article here:
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/07/02/Agave-A-Triumph-of-Marketing-over-Truth.aspx

11:48PM PDT on Jun 14, 2009

thanks...
Kabin
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4:30PM PDT on Mar 29, 2009

To respond to Cindy M., the reason I think that fruit juice isn't super healthy is that it contains all the sweetness of the fruit without any of the fiber. Therefore, you can consume lots of it (meaning lots of calories), and not become full. Aside from all the nutrients in fruit, the high fiber content is one of the main reasons fruit is so healthy, because it fills you up and cleans out your system. So instead of drinking the juice, just eat the whole fruit!

4:27PM PDT on Mar 29, 2009

To respond to Cindy M., the reason I think that fruit juice isn't super healthy is that it contains all the sweetness of the fruit without any of the fiber. Therefore, you can consume lots of it (meaning lots of calories), and not become full. Aside from all the nutrients in fruit, the high fiber content is one of the main reasons fruit is so healthy, because it fills you up and cleans out your system. So instead of drinking the juice, just eat the whole fruit!

2:53PM PDT on Mar 24, 2009

To respond to one of the earlier statements: fruit is GOOD for you! However, if you're trying to lose weight, suffering from an infection, or have a blood sugar disorder like diabetes, you'll want to moderate or minimize your fruit consumption. Fruit is packed with excellent phytonutrients that have proven disease-fighting properties!

But, beware of packaged foods that are sweetened with "high fructose corn syrup"--while it sounds ok, it is one of the worst kinds of sweeteners and it has been linked with obesity and illness. Natural fructose the way it is found in fruit is not so bad because it contains fiber, minerals, and enzymes that assist with digestion and help balance blood sugar.

Michelle Schoffro Cook
Best-selling and six-time author whose books include: The Life Force Diet
www.TheLifeForceDiet.com

2:48PM PDT on Mar 24, 2009

If you don't like the taste of one brand of stevia, try another. They don't all taste the same. I can't stand the taste of some brands of the powder but certain liquid varieties taste excellent. Don't give up on stevia. It's the ONLY natural sweetener that doesn't affect blood sugar levels. It's an excellent choice.

Michelle Schoffro Cook
Best-selling and six-time author whose books include: The Life Force Diet
www.TheLifeForceDiet.com

11:27PM PDT on Mar 16, 2009

I hate the way stevia tastes! And it lingers too. I'd rather have nothing. But I do love agave, & maple syrup! What about xylitol? Yum! & LoHan? I also like succanot, of course this is much less refined sugar in a much more true form, but still sugar. Yet it's not as bad for you, nor was it processed by running it through bone, like regular white sugar. Gross! Anyone ever try date sugar, or coconut sugar? I like them too. I don't understand, though, why unsweetened juice is bad for us. I know freshly juiced is best, but I'm hard pressed to buy into believing fruit isn't good for us, while veggies are. They're both good for us!

7:34PM PDT on Mar 16, 2009

Since I was diagnosed as pre-diabetic 3 years ago I have been basically sugar free. Aquave nectar and Stevia are my sweetners of choice. Instead of juices or processed drinks, I consume gallons of Iced Green Tea made by steeping organic green tea, cinnamon sticks, cloves and stevia leaf(grown in my organic herb garden). The green tea advice is an excellant place to start for eliminating sugar.

Hugs to all. Don

11:26AM PDT on Mar 16, 2009

Giving up sugar completely is not that hard and does not result in a relapse binge. Trust me, I used to eat quite a bit of sugar, but stopped cold turkey. In the beginning it was a little hard, but now you can put me in front of any form of sugar and there's no temptation. It only takes a couple months for your taste buds to change and for cravings for sugary things to dissipate. My energy level is better than it has ever been and, unintentionally, I've slimmed down. Check out the book GET THE SUGAR OUT by Gittleman for more info on how detrimental sugar is to your health.

9:50PM PDT on Mar 15, 2009

i take sugar bcoz i need it 4 my energy

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