If you are trying to shift some weight, or having health problems due to your immune system being compromised, then the first thing you need to modify in your day to day eating habits is your sugar intake. Know this: pure sugar is better than artificial sugar. And pure sugar is much better than corn syrup, also known as High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS). But do we really need any of those things? Can’t we just eat some fruit, and use pure raw honey, Xylitol, Rice syrup and Stevia as sweeteners instead? That’s what I’ve been doing. That, and a lot of cleansing with raw vegetable and fruit juices (with some of the pulp left in – for fibres sake). And you know, once you break the waist-bulging-grind of the daily sugar fix, there’s room for some sugar. Mindful sugar, I call it.
Below is an infographic explaining the theory behind HFCS turning up in the ingredients list of nearly every confectionary bar, cake, biscuit, soft drink, and takeaway burger on the market. This is just for your information, because information is power, and power is something we need to take back from the food corporations. I’ve taken to making my own treats, which I’ll be posting under the Paleo tab, above this post, later in the week. But for now, just know that I’m a big believer in Sarah Wilson’s I Quit Sugar series of ebooks, and now, also available in an old-fashioned paper book as well. I love her philosophies so much so, I’ve become an affiliate re-seller, and I’ll be linking to them throughout my paleo posts from now on. You probably don’t need these books to get sugar and HFCS out of your life, but they’re a great kickstart to creating a life without sugar—especially if you’re a sugar addict and you feel you’ve lost control. (I’ll blog more about my sugar journey later, but for now, also know that I’m a die-hard-sugar-addict/hypocrite, I eat mass quantities of chocolate whenever I need to. It’s what I do, but I always buy good quality organic chocolate, and at least I’m living by that ol’ rule of 80/20: eat healthy eighty percent of the time, while eating what I want the other twenty! And all I want that’s naughty is chocolate!)