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Love Kills Sugar – Is quitting Sugar harder than quitting Porn?

Love Kills Sugar – Is quitting Sugar harder than quitting Porn?

As more and more of my friends learn about my SugarBroke.com Blog, and my goal to break sugar, I’ve started to get my communication from them about their own experience. One of my friends sent me a text message yesterday, which gave me some extra motivation and determination to quit sugar for good. This is the text I received and sent to my friend: From Him:  “Sugar is the worst. I have stayed away from added sugars the last couple…

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Hello Insomnia, My Old Friend

Hello Insomnia, My Old Friend

The first time that I realized that harm that sugar was doing to my bed, was the night I quit. It was the first day, that I can remember that I went without sweets.  No added or refined sugars. I couldn’t sleep. I woke up multiple times at night and in the morning, I wasn’t tired. I wasn’t Tired? I spent the last years of my life living with tired.  I’d fall asleep at work and be miserable when I…

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More Benefits to Quitting Sugar

More Benefits to Quitting Sugar

A recent post on Reddit got me thinking about the many health benefits to quitting sugar. I wanted to go line by line and see if this person’s experience matches or aligns with mine. As a background to this Redditor’s post: This is someone that is a sugar binger, as I am.  He’s addicted to sugar and can eat up to 10 oreos in one sitting (I can do 15-20). They would especially be triggered when life is bad, when…

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The Sweet Taste of an Apple

The Sweet Taste of an Apple

When I got off of sugar, I started to love natural foods again. I appreciated fruits and vegetables for what they were, pure and unadulterated. I savor every bite of an apple now. As I’m sitting here at work, I’m looking at the apple on my desk.  I can’t wait for breakfast time to bite into it. I don’t need sugar cereal.  It’s fake.  It’s not real flavor.

No Refined Sugar Apple Pie

No Refined Sugar Apple Pie

Life doesn’t have to be pure torture as you are coming off of sugar. The first week is the hardest and cravings often hit pretty strong. Sometimes, you need to eat something that can curb the craving and that tastes great, but that is Within the Rules of Sugarbroke Yesterday, I wanted to make a pie I’ve never made a pie before. I found a very simple recipe online. This is it: 1).  Go to the store and Buy a…

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Relapsing all over the place

Relapsing all over the place

My life is 50% better off of sugar. I’m not going to pretend I have some awesome life without problems.  And that when I’m off sugar, I live in a Utopia of wonder and excitement. I’m generally a pretty mundane guy with typical life issues who deals with melancholy. But, I just feel way better when I am disciplined and OFF OF SUGAR! I usually get to about week 2 or 3 when I lose cravings and wonder why I…

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Today’s Craving: Donuts

Today’s Craving: Donuts

I love Donuts. They are probably my favorite Sweet and easily my strongest craving. When you are going COLD TURKEY, like we are here on SugarBroke.com it is inevitable that you will be confronted with sugary tweets that tempt you. It is going to be part of your life. You can’t force others not to eat sugar, nor should you. These are the donuts that are sitting outside of my office. I pass by them 2x per hour as I…

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Should I Quit Sugar in Moderation or Cold Turkey?

Should I Quit Sugar in Moderation or Cold Turkey?

This question often arises at SugarBroke.com. Sometimes my mind starts weakening and I start to believe that I can eat sugar in moderation: http://www.sugarbroke.com/yesterday-i-ate-sugar-today-i-feel-like-crap/ Most of my family think that I am just a fanatic extremist. “Just eat one cookie, what’s the harm.” “Quit being so religious about it, you’re no fun” “Just eat a little bit” “You’re making us all feel guilty about eating sugar.” I’ve heard all of the b.s.  And I do admit that sometimes I get a…

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Sugar Broke was Hacked – Restarting Now

Sugar Broke was Hacked – Restarting Now

You may have noticed that SugarBroke.com has been down for one month. Someone hacked the website and broke it.  I received an email from my hosting provider that told me that SugarBroke was “full of malware” and they were kicking it off the internets until it was clean. I thought about Giving the thing Up.  What a Pain and Expense to get it going again. But, I know this is a good cause.  And it helps me. So, I decided…

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Craving: Cake Batter Doughnut…

Craving: Cake Batter Doughnut…

My boys played football this morning. Afterwards they begged me to take them to Krispy Kreme. I didn’t feel like lecturing them about how sugar harms our body. Plus, I am easily manipulated. So, I took them to Krispy Kreme. One of them got a Cake Batter Doughnut: I did not get a doughnut. I did check the sugar content though. 26 Grams of Sugar in one of these babies. I used to be able to eat a dozen of…

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Can a No Sugar Diet help COPD?

Can a No Sugar Diet help COPD?

I’ve noticed now that I’ve been off of sugar for 30 Days, that I breathe better. More freely. I’ve always been somewhat asthmatic and sensitive to allergies and was once prescribed an inhaler. I’ve just noticed that my lungs seem to be less inflamed, making it easier to breathe. This is my own experience with it and it may not be representative for everyone. But, I thought it was curious enough that I wanted to dive into the science of…

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Why are you addicted to sugar?

Why are you addicted to sugar?

Maybe your sugar obsession is a symptom of other problems. I’ve psycho analyzed myself for years now. I truly believe I am obsessed with sugar. Because I love how it tastes. Otherwise, my life is pretty normal. Not that I’m normal. I am slightly weird and eccentric. Sometimes, sugar addiction can be a symptom of other issues. Work on the issues and the symptoms will be more manageable. Like this short story of a Lady who used sugar as an…

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Free Sugar Addiction Calendar

Free Sugar Addiction Calendar

Probably the most effective aid in my sugar addiction recovery has been the Sugar Broke Sugar Addiction Goal Calendar That sounds awfully self serving. But it’s true. At least for me. Accountability is vital when helping you overcome negative habits. Often, in the self struggle against Sugar, you will find yourself completely alone in the battle. You will find that some people are supportive, some times. But most of the time, you will probably need to keep it to yourself…

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A Sunday Dessert Craving: Fresh Peach Pie

A Sunday Dessert Craving: Fresh Peach Pie

My Brother was in town for Sunday Dinner. He’s from Harvard. Anyways. I knew it was going to be a difficult day. Because my wife goes all out to impress him. Full on dessert menu. Sweet Rolls ✓ Chocolate Cookies ✓ But the Main Temptation for Me Is the Fresh Peach Pie. That stuff tastes like pure heaven. So. I did some pre-game meditation and preparation. I told myself that Sugar is a cheap substitute for real, natural goodness. Than…

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New Study: Sugar impairs your child’s Memory and Learning

New Study: Sugar impairs your child’s Memory and Learning

It’s no secret that sugar consumption in America is WELL above recommended limits Nobody needs to perform a study for that conclusion. It is a Truism: a statement that is obviously true and says nothing new or interesting. I am an attorney and have taken multiple cases through trial. I understand somewhat of what it takes to convince a jury of 12. It is difficult, a monumental task, when they are looking at you through their skeptical eyes. I’m convinced…

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23 Days without Sugar: Meditation to Overcome

23 Days without Sugar: Meditation to Overcome

I’m officially 23 Days without Sugar or Sweets: I have to admit, this has been a difficult week. Last night, I had a dream. I dreamed that I was surrounded by Kit Kats And I love kit kats. They are my favorite. With their texture and chocolate goodness. I reached for the kit kats in my dream, but didn’t partake. I wanted to, but didn’t. My mind told me to, but I didn’t. My Mental Health is Definitely being Effected…

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Foods I miss: Chocolate Blueberries

Foods I miss: Chocolate Blueberries

There are some foods that I just really miss. And crave. And want to eat so badly some times. Today, I got home from work. And my kids had purchased some chocolate blueberries at the local mercantile. I used to eat Dozens of these at a time. Maybe hundreds. Seriously. I would skip dinner and just eat chocolate blueberries. I checked the Sugar Content in these puppies. 84 Grams of Sugar in One Cup These are sugar marble killers. What…

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Day 20 Off of Sugar: High Energy, Low body aches, Gained 5 pounds

Day 20 Off of Sugar: High Energy, Low body aches, Gained 5 pounds

I celebrated my 20th day off of refined sugar yesterday. It was hard. It was sunday dinner time with mom and sisters and cousins invited, and everybody brought a pie. And it is peach season. And the pies looked awesome. Had I let my mind slip into any sort of Middle Ground thinking I would have caved. You know what I mean. This sort of thinking: “Don’t be extreme Levi” “One day a week of sugar is not going to…

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Response to Article: How to stop your sugar cravings FOR GOOD

Response to Article: How to stop your sugar cravings FOR GOOD

I was scrolling through the internets today, looking for interesting articles about sugar. I came across this doozy: https://www.naturalnews.com/2018-08-22-how-to-stop-your-sugar-cravings-for-good.html They claim they can “stop your sugar cravings FOR GOOD” For Good is in capital letters for emphasis. So, I went through their claims. Here they are: You will stop eating sugar for good if you can follow these easy steps: 1). Stop eating processed foods. Of course. Easy. 2). Replace processed food with real food. 3). There is no step…

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Does Sugar Weaken Your Immune System?

Does Sugar Weaken Your Immune System?

Just like my Post about the link between sugar and Cancer: http://www.sugarbroke.com/sugar-feeds-cancer/ I’m going to be VERY CAREFUL here. I don’t want to be a Sensationalist. And I’m not going to turn Sugar Broke into a Fake News website, where I speak with platitudes of fear and anger. I will hopefully be as objective as possible, using the latest scientific research and objective evidence. HOWEVER, I am going to throw in some of my own anecdotal evidence. Because, since I’ve…

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Craving Beater: Made in Nature Organic Dried Mangoes

Craving Beater: Made in Nature Organic Dried Mangoes

I was strolling down Costco with my hun the other day. Looking for some new “no sugar added products” Usually, the dried fruit is loaded with Sugar. Just check out some of the stuff at the store, you too will see. I came across some Made in Nature Organic Dried Mangoes I’ve had dried bananas with no added sugar, that don’t taste very good. These are AWESOME. Well I love them at least. I eat some after my lunch and…

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Tips on Stopping Sugar Cravings After a Meal

Tips on Stopping Sugar Cravings After a Meal

There’s no Question that After dinner the sweet tooth kicks in: It’s just how we are conditioned. We need something sweet to satisfy us before we go to bed. There are many options available, and healthy ones, that help curb this. I drink a Zevia (sparkling water with a slight infusion of stevia to take away the bitter and add some sweet)   There is a recent discussion on Reddit, Sugar Free subreddit, about tips for stopping post dinner cravings….

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Is Eating Molasses breaking the No Sugar Rule?

Is Eating Molasses breaking the No Sugar Rule?

My Wife said she was going to make me a “Sugar Free” Banana Cake Yesterday I’m always skeptical of sweet food that people call “sugar free”. You already know the Sugar Broke Rules: http://www.sugarbroke.com/how-it-works/ But, as a Recap: 1). No added sugar 2). No artificial Sweeteners 3). Honey and Pure Maple Syrup are fine in moderation I had personally never considered Molasses before. So I looked it up on Wikipedia to try to figure out what it is. This is…

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Added an extra spoonful of Honey to my Oatmeal

Added an extra spoonful of Honey to my Oatmeal

Honey Exception Probably the most controversial thing about SugarBroke is the “Honey Exception” to the sugar abstinence rule. You can read our rules here on the Sugar Broke Challenge Page: http://www.sugarbroke.com/how-it-works Yeah, I’ve heard all the arguments that Honey is the same as sugar and my body will process it in the same way. But I just don’t FEEL the same after honey as I do with sugar. Maybe my body is different than others. There is some science behind…

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Monday Motivation – No Sugar Week

Monday Motivation – No Sugar Week

I am now on Day 7 of No Sugar. I made it through the weekend, limping, but alive. It was not easy, not with the birthday cake and fresh peach pie. It’s always difficult turning the corner of days 5 and 6. I needed some motivation this monday morning. And, I’m not usually a rah rah rah beat the odds type of guy. I tend more towards the skeptical and less optimistic side of life. But this post on the…

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3 Days of No Sugar

3 Days of No Sugar

These are the physical benefits I am noticing: 1). I sleep better and I wake up with energy; 2). I am alert and motivated at work; 3). I feel disciplined and in control; 4). I have lost the mental sugar haze; 5). My joints feel good and I run with much more ease; 6). I went through some cravings and withdrawals yesterday. I was grumpy. I feel better today; 7). I don’t feel the need to proselytize my success. I…

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Sugar and Poor Mental Health linked

Sugar and Poor Mental Health linked

New Research Linking Sugar and Mental Health Problems Check out this article from “Medical News Today:” https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/318818.php A couple of takeaways: 1). Our bodies DO NOT NEED sugar to function properly. This is because our “bodies have sophisticated machinery to break complex carbohydrate molecules into simple sugars” 2). There is a strong link between diabetes and Alzheimers (maybe a link between inflammation and decreased blood circulation through body); 3). Rats started to experience problems with recognizing places as early as…

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Difficult Weekend. Back on the Wagon starting Today.

Difficult Weekend. Back on the Wagon starting Today.

Fell off the Wagon Well, it is peach season. And my Mom makes amazing peach pies. Cream cheese, sugar, whipping cream, the whole nine yards. I pretty much knew coming into the weekend that I was powerless. I knew I would fall. And so I did. The problem is not that I eat some pie now and then. It’s that when I go down the road of sugar, I can’t get back out. So, I had pie, smores, brownies, fruity…

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What can I buy on Amazon to help my Sugar Addiction?

What can I buy on Amazon to help my Sugar Addiction?

I have come across two food products that help curb my sweet tooth cravings. Usually when I get home from work and after dinner, I start craving something sweet. Sometimes fruit helps but sometimes I need the texture of something that my mind relates to pure sugar fun. So when I need a Soft Drink. I now reach for these Zevias: They are deliciously good and only with a hint of stevia to sweeten the bland and almost bitter taste…

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What should I do if I’m invited to a Dessert Party?

What should I do if I’m invited to a Dessert Party?

Last night my family was invited to a neighbors home for “home made dessert and ice cream.” I considered my Options as well as the Upsides and Downsides. First let’s start with the reasons why I wanted to go: The Reasons Why I wanted to Go 1). I like friends. Everyone needs a community to rely on, including myself. I like to sit around and chat while eating food. It just feels good. 2). My kids like friends. They don’t…

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Norway increases Sugar taxes by 83%

Norway increases Sugar taxes by 83%

This news recently from Norway – That they are Raising Sugar Taxes by up to 83% In order to improve the national diet Yeah, I get it, keep the Government out of the free economy. I’m pretty sure sugar should be treated as a mild drug at this point. Certainly, over indulgence of sugar is an epidemic in America and we just can’t control ourselves. I don’t blame us for not being able to control our sweet tooth. Just walk…

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Restarting my No-Sugar commitment after July 4th Binge

Restarting my No-Sugar commitment after July 4th Binge

I finally woke up without a sugar hangover. I was concerned going into the week of July 4th that I would sugar binge and I did and I enjoyed it for a couple of days, but a couple of days turned into one week. At the end of the week, my body was really upset at me. I had a thick sugar haze and my stomach started feeling flabby. I was excited to start over. Here is my month of…

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Sugar Feeds Cancer

Sugar Feeds Cancer

I’m going to Be VERY Sensitive Here and As Objective as Possible I know that making a claim that Sugar feeds cancer is a very serious issue. I’m not an alarmist and I don’t want to come across as a lunatic. I’m not selling anything. Literally, I don’t have pills to sell and I’m not a naturopath. I’m just a regular dude who has listened to his body carefully over the years and is convinced that refined sugar, when eaten…

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Last Night I wanted Cookies – Did not eat them

Last Night I wanted Cookies – Did not eat them

Feeling Good this morning. But after playing basketball and coming home late to these homemade cookies, I just about gave in: Late night craving. pic.twitter.com/9SMhhA196B — Sugar Broke (@SugarBroke) June 29, 2018 Definitely glad that I didn’t. I’m feeling great. Tweet your cravings with a photo to @sugarbroke. It is therapeutic.

Day 3 of No Sugar: Headaches, Grumpiness, Tired…….

Day 3 of No Sugar: Headaches, Grumpiness, Tired…….

What can I expect when I quit Sugar? I’m sure everyone will experience different withdrawal symptoms. I have started and stopped eating sugar multiple times in my life. The more I stop and start the less I want to start again. I have noticed recurring themes every time I stop eating sugar. On day 3 of Quitting sugar, these are the things that I this is how I feel. 1). I am grumpy. Like clockwork on the third day of…

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Sugar in McDonalds Muffin Toppers

Sugar in McDonalds Muffin Toppers

Yes, the McDonald’s muffin toppers look awesome. Back in my prime I would have eat 6-10 of these puppies and washed them down with some O.J. Now, they are repulsive to me. McDonalds you are gross. Quick feeding America this crap with sugar. Maybe I’ll try one just for fun someday. How Many Sugar Grams? 14 grams – in the Chocolate one. 13 in the lemon one. 12 in the Blueberry. These are small little toppers. That’s a lot of…

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The Kennewick Man didn’t eat Refined Sugars, Didn’t have Cavities

The Kennewick Man didn’t eat Refined Sugars, Didn’t have Cavities

I recently took a lunch break to visit a local museum that was showcasing information about the Kennewick man (the skeletal remains of a prehistoric Paleoamerican man found on a bank of the Columbia River in Kennewick, Washington). The museum also had his dental records and caste copy of his teeth. The Kennewick Man was 55 Years Old – Had all his Teeth – And had ZERO Cavities A description of the Kennewick man at the museum said the following:…

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How Quitting Sugar woke me up, Literally

How Quitting Sugar woke me up, Literally

Why Should You Stop Eating Refined Sugars? I will explain in this short article the difference in my life from when I was a sugar addict to now. First I will define what I was as a sugar addict. I was on a diet plan where I was counting calories. I was losing weight and lost almost 40 lbs on this calorie counting diet. People would ask me, I bet you are feeling a lot better now right? I would…

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How to Beat your Sugar Addiction

How to Beat your Sugar Addiction

How to Beat your Sugar Addiction Hello my name is Levi and I am addicted to sugar. Some people may laugh at me when I say that. Because it doesn’t sound serious, like say an addiction to hardcore drugs. But, for me it is serious. I have an Insatiable Sweet Tooth I think I developed it in my late 20’s. I loved sweet stuff so much that I dedicated all of my calories to sugar and sweets. I didn’t want…

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Sugar Addiction Cycle Image

Sugar Addiction Cycle Image

Sugar named ‘most addictive and dangerous substance’ of our time; worse than cigarettes and alcohol. https://t.co/dPHVED1afP #sugar #addiction #health pic.twitter.com/DYHFAtwJS8 — Michael I Goran, PhD (@michaelgoran) June 22, 2018

Sugar named “most addictive and dangerous substance of our time”

Sugar named “most addictive and dangerous substance of our time”

There is research, and this is a few years old, but more relevant now, from a Mr Van der Velpen. These are the reasons why this researcher claims sugar is so dangerous: Insatiable Appetite 1). Sugar upsets the metabolic system. This means that we don’t get full. Our body is tricked into eating more and more and more and more. As a test of this theory, try not eating sugar today. Notice how you don’t want to eat anymore? That’s…

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Two year olds eat more sugar than an Adult is supposed to

Two year olds eat more sugar than an Adult is supposed to

Interesting, but not surprising research into the sugar consumption habits of our toddlers (2 years and younger). Yes, they eat too much sugar, yes it is indulgent and unhealthy and yes it leads to an array of physical and psychological problems later on in life. The American Heart Association already recommends that children under the age of 2 avoid food with added sugars, including ready-to-eat cereals, baked goods, desserts, sugary drinks, yogurt, and candy. But researchers at the CDC found…

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Yesterday, I ate Sugar. Today, I feel like Crap

Yesterday, I ate Sugar. Today, I feel like Crap

Yesterday, My mind gave into the unfortunate rhetoric that I should be able to “eat sugar in moderation”. I actually had a rough weekend as well, as I went for the Sunday dessert. It kind of started me on a downhill motion and I hit rock bottom yesterday. This is what I fell for: I didn’t just a little bit of cookie dough. I didn’t just eat one cookie. I ate and ate and ate and ate while I played…

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Cotton Candy Pop at Olive Garden

Cotton Candy Pop at Olive Garden

My Wife and I went to Olive Garden today for a lunch date. My 5 Year old son came with us. Because his Pre-School had gotten out. We looked on the menu and I ordered a non-sweetened carbonated water with fruit. My wife the same. My Son saw this Deliciousness. It is POP. But POP Is not sweet enough. So they Add COTTON Candy to the Top. I’m a terrible parent. But I’m trying to get better.

Sugar Offender: Fanta Pop

Sugar Offender: Fanta Pop

The FDA Recommendation for Sugar Intake is 23 Grams As a general rule, the FDA recommends 23 grams of Sugar intake per day.Here is their data:https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/InteractiveNutritionFactsLabel/sugars.html My office Bought a case of Fanta Pop from a Boy Scout Door to Door Salesman I looked to See how many grams of Sugar one Fanta Pop had (These are the 20 oz bottles, not the big ones, the small individualized sizes). ONE 20oz Individual Bottle of Orange Fanta Pop has: 73 Grams…

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Business Insider: Diet Soda linked with Chronic, Serious Health Issues

Business Insider: Diet Soda linked with Chronic, Serious Health Issues

This Article from business insider talks about the recent research into Diet Soda Drinking: http://www.businessinsider.com/drinking-diet-soda-could-be-linked-with-serious-health-issues-2018-5 Unfortunately, many Sugar Addicts turn to Diet Sodas to curb our cravings. I know I did for a long time. I love diet soda. It is delicious. These are some of the scientific findings associated with diet soda: 1). Chronic Diabetes – Goodbye sugar, hello diabetes 2). Cardiovascular Issues – Has to do with increased physical responses from Artificial sugars including inflammation, which causes Heart…

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100 Day “No added Sugar” challenge

100 Day “No added Sugar” challenge

I like this challenge from Katie Couric. Here are the rules: For 10 Days You are Challenged to Abstain from: 1). No soda or sweetened beverages 2). No Artificial Sweeteners (aspartame, sucrose, etc) 3). Any Foods that have added sugars At Sugar Broke we go the extra mile. 10 Days is a nice start, but our goal is 100. 10 Days isn’t enough to stop the cravings or recover your body. You need 100. Here are the Rules. Sugar Broke…

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Tracking Your Sugar Intake

Tracking Your Sugar Intake

As you may know by now, I am a subscriber to the subreddit “Sugar Free”. It feels like a support group of supports for people like me that are trying to beat their sugar addictions. I enjoyed this post from a subscriber about “tracking sugar expenses.” There’s a similar philosophy with cigarettes. Just seeing the accounting and how much we spend and how much we would save if we stopped, can be an added motivation.