Today’s the last day of the Break the Sugar Habit Challenge…are you excited?
To be honest…I haven’t been 100% sugar free this week.
I was telling a friend last night — during my first restaurant meal in a month! — that I’ve never been very good at following the rules just because they’re there, and I tend to avoid “legalistic” things that follow the letter of the law and not the spirit of it. I felt like I’d learned what I set out to learn — how to be more intentional about the food we’re eating, how sugar affects my body, how to resist cravings, etc — and I was tired of avoiding every little thing because of added sugar.
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We’re wrapping up the Break the Sugar Habit Challenge this week, and today I want to share some more research about sugar alternatives and natural sweeteners.
To be clear, I strongly believe that the risks of artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, saccharin and Splenda outweigh any possible benefit. Because these are chemically processed and about as far from “real food” as you can get, I do not consider them healthy replacements for refined sugar. We avoid “sugar-free” products — which almost always have one of these added — almost entirely, especially for the girls (although I will admit to occasionally sneaking a Diet Pepsi at my mom’s house).