Glutamine Can Help You Wean
"If you have a sweet tooth and you're making a concerted effort to get yourself off sugar, take a supplement called glutamine when you have a craving (1,000 milligrams every four to six hours as needed). It's a benign amino acid that tricks your body into thinking it's getting sugar (aka glucose). You can find it anywhere that sells high-quality vitamins and supplements".
Comment: TrainSMART carries Exos/Thorne Products which are a very old and reputable supplement source. Ask us about it if you are interested in glutamine, we will be happy to have it to you within 2 business days. Glutamine is an amino acid that can also be an aid in digestion and strengthen the immune system.
Use Stevia If You Need A Sugar Substitute
"For a sweetener in your morning drink, choose stevia, a natural option that doesn't spike your blood sugar. You can get it in organic powdered or liquid form. In a pinch, you can occasionally use a drop of raw honey or maple syrup (but both are almost as bad as sugar). Don't even think about chemical substitutes like aspartame and saccharin".
Comment: Sugar substitutes are on the increase! I personally stay away from sorbitol, aspartame, high fructose corn syrup, and splenda. Many of us gravitate towards agave and honey today thinking they are 'natural', and therefore must equal less sugar. Right? Sorry, but both pack a high delivery of the sweet stuff! Because agave and honey are pretty sweet you will need less to make your food taste good. If that is your sugar of choice, use the old adage of less is more. Stevia has been shown to have some positive side effects. Research has shown it may lower blood pressure and insulin levels. That can also be a negative for people on medication or with certain health conditions. I buy mine from amazon.com. Here is the link: http://www.amazon.com/Now-Foods-Stevia-Glycerite-Ounces/dp/B0013OZAZ2/ref=sr_1_1_s_it?s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1459956370&sr=1-1&keywords=stevia+glycerite
Watch Your Fruit
"In many ways, sugar is sugar, whether it's white and granular or banana-shaped-and your body shouldn't have too much of it. Snacking on a nice fresh piece of organic fruit is fantastic, but don't overdo it. When you can, opt for fruits that are lower in sugar: strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, melon, grapefruit. And don't drink fruit juice: It's an intense dose of sugar - often heavily processed - without the fiber benefits of whole fruits.
Comment: Ok. Sugar is sugar - got that! BUT if you are on the typical American standard diet (SAD ) adding in or swapping out refined foods for natural sugars is a great deal. Remember - veggies are King!! If you are changing your diet to more whole foods, keep going, and don't forget to keep regular exercise a part of the program when you add in extra fruits.
What I know for sure: I'm keeping this post simple. A lot to take in if you are trying to fuel your body better. Please comment if I can help in any way!
Note: As always, consult with your Health Care Practitioner if you plan to make changes to your diet. Some foods (and sugar content) should be avoided as they may affect the efficacy of some medications and/or directly impact an existing health condition.