When I talk about eliminating sugar, I’m referring to refined sugar. I’m not talking about the sugars found in fruit, vegetables and dairy products. These sugars are essential for good health.
Basically, when you crave sugar, it’s your body telling you that you need some good quality fuel (protein). So as soon as you get the craving, have some protein straight away. Eggs, almonds and greek yoghurt are great sources of protein. If your body is still craving sweets try a chai tea with coconut oil and honey or a sliced green apple spread with almond butter and sprinkled with cinnamon. A single date filled with almond butter or some fruit are also good options.
Please, whatever you do, DO NOT QUIT SUGAR! Your body needs sugar (good sugar) to function optimally. Sugar is needed for far more than simply energy. Sugars are found on every cell and in every organ within our bodies. The sugars surrounding our cells carry out all of the communication between cells. Cell communication organises life by establishing which nutrients are needed by which cells for optimum function. If your body doesn’t contain the right sugars your cells can not communicate which nutrients they need. Sugars are also extremely important in establishing the four different blood types. Sugars help the brain and nervous system. Sugars control cholesterol and fats and they retain bone density and muscle mass. You need sugar.
Eight sugars are essential for optimum function. These are xylose, fucose, glucose, galactose, mannose, n-acetylglucosamine, n-acetylgalactosamine and n-acetylneuraminic acid. Your body can produce all of these sugars from glucose alone. However, it is an extremely long process and if your body contains any inhibitors such as disease, toxicity, free radicals and genetics, the sugars will not be created properly or in the correct quantities. The lovely Cyndi O’Meara’s book, ‘Changing Habits Changing Lives’ lists the food sources that contain the eight essential sugars.
Xylose is found in guava, pears, blackberries, loganberries, raspberries, aloe vera gel, kelp, echinacea, psyllium, broccoli, spinach, eggplant, peas, green beans, okra, cabbage and corn.
Fucose is found in medicinal mushrooms, seaweeds, kelp, wakame, brown seaweed and brewer’s yeast.
Glucose (the average diet includes A LOT of glucose because of all the bad sugars we typically eat). The following are some of the better sources of this sugar: honey, grapes, bananas, cherries, strawberries, mangoes, cocoa, aloe vera, liquorice herb, sarsaparilla herb, hawthorn, garlic, kelp, echinacea, rapadura and sucanat.
Galatose is found in dairy products, most fruits but highest in mangoes, plums, rhubarb, prunes, oranges, nectarines, peaches and blackberries, echinacea, fenugreek, chestnuts and most vegetables but highest in carrots, brussel sprouts, leeks, asparagus, pumpkins, parsnips, cauliflowers, onions and cabbages.
Mannose is found in black or red currants, gooseberries, green beans, capsicum (cayenne pepper), cabbage, aloe vera gel, fenugreek, guar gum, eggplant, tomatoes, turnips, shiitake mushrooms and kelp.
N-acetylglucosamine is found in bovine (gelatine) and shark cartilage.
N-acetylgalactosamine is found in bovine (gelatine) and shark cartilage and shiitake mushrooms.
N-acetylneuraminic acid is found in whey protein, hen eggs and other animal and human substances.