Sugar-Free Fresh Start

Today, I started my sugar-free adventure. In honor of Lent, I decided that I would give up more than just candy and ice cream this time. I am walking away from all things “added sugar.” My particular list includes:

  • White bread (includes any bread with white flour in it)
  • Pasta, unless whole grain
  • White rice
  • White flour, and products made with it such as cake, cookies, crackers, pretzels, doughnuts, bagels, and muffins
  • Corn and corn chips
  • Sugar and products with added sugar, e.g. canned fruits in syrup
  • Jams and jellies containing added sugars
  • Salad dressings and sauces with added sugar, such as Teriyaki sauce
  • Fruit drinks containing added sugar
  • Sugar-sweetened soft drinks
  • Sugar-cured meats (e.g. ham is often cured with salt and sugar)

I’ve seen a lot of different lists, so far, and I have to say, I do have a few things I’m NOT cutting out.

  • Chewing gum
  • Honey
  • Wine
  • Bananas, pineapple, beets, corn, etc. (This is beyond silly to me.)

Basically, I’m just trying to eliminate sugar that doesn’t occur naturally. This weekend, I’m hoping to get some serious baking done so that I have a variety to live on for the next 40 days. (I actually started this a day after Ash Wednesday.) So here are a few examples of what I will be eating.


Oatmeal: 1/2 old fashioned oats, 3/4 cup of unsweetened almond milk, 2 tbs of unsweetened applesauce, handful of raisins, a handful of almonds and a splash of honey. Perfect flavor combination! I think I’ll throw apples in tomorrow.


Caprese Spinach Salad: bed of spinach with freshly chopped basil, sliced cherry tomatoes, a little fresh mozzarella and a homemade dressing with olive oil, white vinegar and stone ground mustard.

My goal is to keep the ingredients as basic as possible. So here’s to going sugar-free!

My Healthy Tip of the Day: Read your food labels! It’s truly amazing how much junk gets put into our processed foods. For instance, did you know that the following are all fancy terms for sugar?

  • Brown sugar
  • Cane crystals
  • Corn sweetener
  • Corn syrup
  • Crystalline fructose
  • Dextrose
  • Fructose
  • Glucose
  • High-fructose corn syrup
  • Invert sugar
  • Lactose
  • Maltose
  • Maltodextrin
  • Malt syrup
  • Molasses
  • Sucrose
  • Sugar
  • Syrup

Shocking! So just be aware and try to look for things with less than 3 grams of sugar. Your waistline will thank you later!

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