I believe that sugar and sugar forming foods may be the most addictive substances on this planet. Sugar consumption has increased even within the last 30 years by a significant amount. We are eating sugar like never before! And most of us find it hard to stop…..
The reason we like sugar is obvious. It’s sweet. And ever since we were newborn babies we have been attracted to sweets, like our mother’s milk. But in the end, not only is sugar empty calories, making us gain weight while remaining undernourished, do we really want to be controlled by anything, even something as pleasant as cakes and cookies?
I know so many people who can’t refuse sweets or who can’t go without them for any period of time. Sweets control them to a certain extent.
I have personally found dealing with my sugar cravings to mean greater freedom for myself. For example, I always knew I shouldn’t overdo sweets, but it was hard to resist it (especially since cakes and cookies seem to flaunt you at every turn). But once I went on an anti-yeast diet and dealt with some antibiotic related issues, I’ve found it so freeing as I can generally easily refuse sweets (not always, mind you, but usually).
Let me tell you, it feels good to be free!
For us personally, after an unfortunate month of antibiotics right after Elena was born. We have had to be ultra-careful with how much sweets we consume. Elena just had a recent flare up of a yeast related issues after spending just a few days eating “normal” food on a trip. I don’t think she will always be so sensitive, but meanwhile it serves her best if we don’t overdo it. Thankfully it was just a small flare up, and she was still able to have her birthday cake, but it’s time to have a little anti-yeast, sugar free challenge for ourselves and we invite you to join us!
Next Monday, I will be hosting and blogging about going sugar free for a week. I would love to have you join us! This is a great time to go sugar free, since it’s cold and flu season and sugar can also lower the immune system.
Here are the three levels you can join in on:
Beginner level: Take out all refined sugars including corn syrup and white sugar. Also remove all white flour from your diet, as it’s also very sugar forming.You will need to read labels carefully when buying prepackaged foods. Instead use natural, more unrefined sugars such as rapadura, coconut sugar, honey, stevia.
Moderate Level: Remove all natural sweeteners as well, and only use fruit to sweet foods. Consider removing other starchy foods that can also feed yeast, or make you crave sugar more.
Advanced Level: Take out all sugar forming foods, including most grains, starchy root vegetables like potatoes , and fruits. Buckwheat, Quinoa, Millet are non-starchy grains that are generally acceptable on yeast free diets. Please, beware, if you have a yeast issue, taking out the foods that feed it may make you detox and have a die-off effect (which can make you feel sick and miserable). If you have any illness or health issue, you should consult your health provider before trying a anti-yeast diet.
So what do you think? Are you up for the challenge? You don’t have to be perfect to join in with us. The first step is to reduce consumption. If you would like to join in starting next Monday, leave a comment and I’ll add you to the list!
1: Kimi Harris-Aiming for moderate/advanced level
2: Elena Harris-Aiming for moderate/advanced level
3: Katie– Moderate Level to Advanced
5:Anna- Beginner level
6: Nicole-Advanced level
9:Holly M-Beginner to Moderate Level
10:Tarena-Moderate to Advanced
11: Jessica-Moderate Level
12: Sharon-Beginner Level
13: Jennifer and Husband-Advanced
18: Margaret L-Moderate-Advanced
27:Marlise and Peter-Advanced level
28: Jessica T-Beginner
30:Pampered Mom and Husband-Moderate
36:Kelly the Kitchen Kop-Advanced
38: SCB: Beginner
41: Kylie Thomas -Moderate-Advanced
42: Karen B-Advanced
43: My Boy’s Teacher-Beginner
48: Robin-Beginner for Family, Moderate for self
51: Tacia-Beginner to moderate
55:Becky@ Boys Rule My Life -Beginner Level
58:Lisa@ What Feeds My Soul Moderate-Advanced
62:Michelle @ What Does the Body good-Moderate
66: Elena R-Advanced
78:Loree and Tahli (2 1/2yrs) Galpin/Schoenfeld-Moderate
82:Michele and Two kids-Moderate
83:Nancy Stall- Advanced
85:Cindi-Advanced, Rest of the Family Moderate
96:Karen Olayo- Advanced.
97: Jennifer Sikora-Beginner
98:Christy and Family-Beginner
99:Rachel-Moderate to Advanced
107: Stephanie and Family- Seven-beginner-moderate 1-moderate-advanced
111:Cook 4 Seasons-Moderate/advanced
113:Michelle Y and Kids – Moderate
119:Grandma Len plus husband and mother
120:Tammie Thomas-Beginner Moderate
121: Lisa z-Beginner-moderate
123:Sarah Nissen and Son-moderate
124:Angela and house-beginner
125: Shelly-Moderate to Advanced
128: Jana -Moderate
129: Brook and Three Family Members-Moderate-Advanced
130: Evie and Michael-Beginner
136:Dawn, Small Footprint-Advanced