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Learning to live without sugar

by Colleen P Moyne (Colmo) (follow)
I'm a freelance writer living in the beautiful river town of Mannum in SA, dreaming of the day I can retire from the 9-5 to write full time.
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With all the media attention on the detrimental effects of sugar on our health, I made a decision several months ago to wean myself off sugar. It was not an easy journey at the beginning and I still allow myself the occasional slip but the benefits Iím feeling have made it all worthwhile.



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So what prompted me to change my diet? The worry of illnesses like diabetes, heart disease and Ė the biggest one of all Ė Alzheimerís. You know how we all have that one disease that we fear the most? For my daughter itís Multiple Sclerosis and for one of my friends itís blindness. For me itís Alzheimerís and Iíve seen more and more information linking sugar intake to the disease.



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To cover all the bases Iíve also increased my vitamin D and magnesium intake, and find more opportunities to walk. Iíve already begun to lose weight just by taking these simple measures and find my mood is more positive and I sleep better.

I havenít shaken my desire for a certain amount of sweetness in my diet, but Iíve found ways to accommodate that and still eat healthily.



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Hereís what I do:

I mostly eat a savoury breakfast but occasionally have cereal or porridge with honey or fruit.

I eat much less high-carb foods like pasta and bread and have switched to sourdough bread which has a lower sugar content. I eat lots more green vegetables and will substitute them for pasta drizzled with Bolognese sauce (yum!) When making mash I use mostly sweet potato but still add a little regular potato in there to make it fluffy.



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To satisfy the afternoon craving for sugar (which is happening less and less) I keep a couple of sugar-free sweets in my handbag.

In the evenings I will eat fruit and - on rare occasions Ė sugar-free dark chocolate. I only need two squares to satisfy the desire.

I drink water with a squeeze of lemon.

If I need to add sweetness when cooking I use honey or a small amount of Stevia© sweetener.

Iím surprised at how quickly Iím losing the craving and not only do I feel healthier but I feel proud that I have managed to keep my willpower strong Ė and as I said Ė it gets easier every day.

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