How added sugars and alcohol can spread cancerous tumors

How added sugars and alcohol can spread cancerous tumors

New Article: https://www.inquirer.com/health/sugar-alcohol-cancer-diet-tumor-growth-20200908.html The links between sugar, alcohol and cancer are receiving so much attention that the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services recently released new dietary guidelines, recommending no more than one alcoholic drink a day for men and women — it had previously been two drinks a day for men. It also recommended that no more than 10% of a person’s total daily caloric intake be from added sugars.

Food Recommendations: Coconut Cashew Granola and Small Apples

Food Recommendations: Coconut Cashew Granola and Small Apples

I went perusing through Safeway this week to find some new varieties of food products that don’t add sugar. I ran across this Coconut Cashew Granola and it is absolutely 10/10.  Probably my favorite breakfast food right now.  Sweetened with fruit juice, not refined sugar so it passes our test: 0 grams of added sugar.  These things are powerfully good.  I wouldn’t lie.  No one is paying me for any advertisements. Then I bought a box of small apples.  They…

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Good Start – Giving up “Fun” Sugars

Good Start – Giving up “Fun” Sugars

I liked this from Reddit today:   I gave up “fun” sugar 954 days ago from r/sugarfree *My wife asked me why I put this gif on. It might “alienate” part of the audience. “Maybe”, I told her. But I frankly don’t care. Maybe I’m the only one that ever looks at Sugarbroke.com. Maybe there are thousands. I wouldn’t know. Never look at the statistics. Also, maybe this Gif is apolitical? Does it reveal whether I admire Trump or think…

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Beat the weekend

Beat the weekend

Took a nice hike up to Packwood lake. Finished the weekend with no added sugar. Still was able to enjoy a nice meal on the river with my wife. Some mexican soup, burgers and fries.  Ketchup and Fry sauce are ok pursuant to Sugar Broke 100 Day Challenge Rules:   

“Made with Real Sugar” – A badge of honor

“Made with Real Sugar” – A badge of honor

A new trend is for food companies to highlight that they are using “100% all natural cane sugar” or some derivative. I get it.  Sugar is better than corn syrup or some other chemical alternative. But. Come on folks.  Let’s move this in the direction of “No added sugar” being the real marketing highlight. This post came to mind as someone at work purchased a 2 liter bottle of soda with pizza for lunch:

Camping……

Camping……

The #1 place to lose sugar abstinence is on a campout. Believe me, I’ve done it many times. Damn.  Starting back at Zero. Today from Reddit:   Card

Dealing with Cravings – Add fat. And Confession Time

Dealing with Cravings – Add fat. And Confession Time

Discussion today from Reddit on how to satisfy cravings. Adding back fat to your diet (I know this may be counter intuitive to those of us growing up in the fat free era) helps. Dicaprio was part of the anti fat movement: This from Reddit on increasing fat intake to curb cravings: Card Rockaway Oregon – Confessional I recently spent some time in Rockaway, Oregon: Went on a nice hike to some private beach that I don’t remember the name…

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“No amount of added sugar is OK for a baby’s development”

“No amount of added sugar is OK for a baby’s development”

A few comments from today’s article: https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/15/health/dietary-advisory-guidelines-infants-wellness/index.html US advisory panel “Nutritional exposures during the first 1,000 days of life not only contribute to long-term health but also help shape taste preferences and food choices.” One key message in the 2020 infant recommendations: No amount of added sugar is OK for a baby’s development. “Avoid foods and beverages with added sugars during the first 2 years of life,” the committee stated. “The energy in such products is likely to displace energy from…

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Healthy Soda Alternatives

Healthy Soda Alternatives

A new article for the day: https://www.insidehook.com/article/food-and-drink/best-healthy-alternative-sodas 16 alternatives to the sugar-filled behemoths of your youth I’ve previously written about my favorite sugar alternative drink: My Favorite Drink when I crave Sugar   From Reddit: What has kept me strong for 3.5 months: Sugar is harmful twofold. from r/sugarfree

One Day at a Time

One Day at a Time

From the Internets.  This bloke was just trying to make it to sleep before he ate sugar.  Celebrating one day off.  Good for him. I’m also celebrating one day off.  As my weekend didn’t go well.  Poker night led to cookie fest.   Insane sugar addict here from r/sugarfree Card Card

Weekend Temptations

Weekend Temptations

Seems as though I was surrounded by sugar this weekend. I snapped a couple of photos, but this is only part of what I survived: My wife’s peanut butter cookies: This whole menu from Sonic:

Working on my book

Working on my book

The frequency of posts has decreased as the time I have to devote to Sugar Broke has shifted from posting to book writing.  I’m hopeful that by Christmas 2020 my book will be done. What is the book? I’ll tell you what it is not.  It is not a dense, science only, persuasive piece on the dangers of sugar.  Though some of that is mixed in.  It’s not a textbook.  It’s not Moby Dick, though Melville is oft quoted. It…

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“1 month sugar free, what I’ve noticed”

“1 month sugar free, what I’ve noticed”

First of all, I fell off the wagon last weekend.  Too complacent, maybe a little discouraged in the world and politics.  I need a boost and I turned to sugar.  Dairy Queen as a matter of fact.  They have a new S’mores blizzard that blew me away.  The crunchy little chunks of texture.  Wow. I was at 60 Days off Sugar. Now I’m back at one. Here is someone on the internet that went one month without sugar:   1…

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Chipmonk Cookies Review

Chipmonk Cookies Review

This article piqued my interest.  https://www.houstonchronicle.com/lifestyle/renew-houston/nutrition/article/This-Houston-man-needed-to-overhaul-his-health-15300060.php I love and miss cookies.  Not as much as I miss donuts.  But dang close.  I’ve tried other brands of sugar free cookies. Here is my mixed review of Light Delight Sugar Free Cookies: Light Delight Sugar Free Cookie Review The reasons these Chipmonk cookies caught my attention is the owner has a similar story to mine: 1). Sugar Was destroying his energy “I grew up really active,” Hernandez said. “I was always outdoors playing…

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Stevia – Good for your liver?

Stevia – Good for your liver?

A New Study today released from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles shows that taking stevia actually improved the markers associated with fatty liver disease and lowered glucose levels. The makers included, among other things, the amount of fat in the liver and fibrosis. These positive effects may have been due to changes in gut bacteria and decreases in cellular stress, according to the study lead Rohit Kohli, MBBS, MS. Additional research is necessary, however, which is where the clinical trial comes in….

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New Favorite No Added Sugar Snack

New Favorite No Added Sugar Snack

A hobby of mine is perusing the grocery stores looking for some new and exciting No Added Sugar snacks. While at Target, I ran across these: Good & Gather Date and Nut Bars This is the Apple Pie version: They have others which are delicious as well. You can get them on Amazon: These bars have 6 All Natural Ingredients: Dates, Almonds, Apples, Walnuts, Raisins and Cinnamon: They have ZERO Added Sugar (Thank you Good & Gather – you are…

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Moderately Moderate or Absolutely Abstinent

Moderately Moderate or Absolutely Abstinent

Yeah, we have had this discussion many times before.  But, it’s an ongoing one and we can all learn from it. The question is usually framed this way. Can I eat sugar in moderation, or do I need to completely abstain? I have tried every variant of moderation.  For me, it doesn’t work.  For SugarBroke and our 100 Day Challenge it Doesn’t count.   But, you are grown ass adults.  Decide on your own. Here’s a decent discussion about it on…

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Coronavirus and Me

Coronavirus and Me

It has been a while since I posted.  It’s because I’m a lazy.  Seriously.  There’s no other excuse than that.  I’m a lazy donkey ass. I mean what are my hobbies right now?  Being a lazy ass is #1. I have been sick.  I got Covid 19.  There’s no doubt in my mind.  Remember my last post: https://www.sugarbroke.com/vacation-binge/ Yeah, that’s me in San Diego, at a wedding and at Disneyland.  All three are the worlds’ petri dish for spreading virus. Including…

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Vacation Binge

Vacation Binge

Went on a trip to San Diego for my brother’s wedding. Stopped at Disneyland for a day (that’s about my limit, one day. I enjoyed the matterhorn). Everynight, we went to IHOP where kids eat free.  We ordered these oreo milkshakes.  They were crazy good. I ate every form of sugar for one week.  Really I didn’t resist anything sweet that was placed in front of me. These Macaroon Cupcakes at the wedding Dinner?  Sure, why not….. Am I disappointed…

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Resetting the clock

Resetting the clock

And working on completing the book. Do I feel like a hypocrite writing a book about not eating sugar on the day after I binged hardcore? Yes. “I felt the urge to reassure him that I was like everybody else, just like everybody else.” ― Albert Camus, The Stranger

Falling off the Wagon and Getting back Up

Falling off the Wagon and Getting back Up

Here is a Reddit post that resonated.  More on my Holiday and post Holiday binge later. Last night I partook of some ice cream and chex muddy buddies along with a bowl of sweetened cereal.   Fell off the wagon (after 2 years) from r/sugarfree Card

Down but not out………

Down but not out………

Ended 2019, in the year of our Lord, with many chocolates, cookies, cakes and all of the extremely negative side effects and consequences.  My body becomes less tolerant to sugar every year. I did have a 125 day sweets free 2019 though and I keep that on the forefront of my mind. I’m working on my 2020 goals and “intentions” (a millennial generation term for goals and I am on the back end of that generation, so I might as…

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Back to Zero – And How to Avoid Sugar on Christmas

Back to Zero – And How to Avoid Sugar on Christmas

My Holidays are choppy right now.  I wake up pretty committed, then it kind of melts away as the day progresses.  I succumb yesterday at the feet of some Christmas chocolates.  Then I paid for my sins. So, I had to reset my counter and starting today at 1 again. These recent posts on Reddit resonated with my experience:   Going great and then BAM I binged from r/sugarfree Card At Coca-Cola, we recognize that too much sugar isn’t good…

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Always Starting Over

Always Starting Over

Not a downer post.  A Happy post.  I went 125 days without sugar.  I feel great about that.  Yes, I’m starting back at zero, but I don’t feel down.  Sincerely.  Not trying to be a motivator, just how I feel. Unfortunatley, over Thanksgiving, I flew to Vegas with my family and partook of the forbidden fruit.  We flew on Frontier Airlines.  Have you ever flown on Frontier?  That’s an experience in itself.  Really cheap though.   Found a cheap ass…

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Clean Halloween – But it wasn’t easy

Clean Halloween – But it wasn’t easy

There are plenty of people “re-calibrating” after Halloween weekend. No need to be discouraged.  Today is monday and you can start fresh today. If you binged on Halloween, just ask one question to yourself. Was it worth it? Don’t shame or blame or wallow in defeat.  Just ask that question and remember the answer for the next Holiday season. I’m slowly forgetting my answer to that question as I get closer to 100 days. Here’s the reddit thread of people…

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Will I partake of Halloween Candy?

Will I partake of Halloween Candy?

Last year at this time, I was committed to not eating Halloween candy. It didn’t go so well. I’m a sucker for kit kat bars and reeses sticks. This year, I have something more to lose however.  I’m 92 days into my 100 Day challenge. I will drown in sorrow if I fall. I’ll let you know how it goes tomorrow. ______ I weighed myself this morning. I’m down to 176lbs.  I haven’t been this low since I was a…

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Today’s Fishing Conversation

Today’s Fishing Conversation

I’m not a fisherman.  I think I’ve caught 5 fish my whole life.  My grandpa used to live on a river so we would go bass fishing now and then. Last night I got a call from a friend.  They had joined a competitive fishing event and needed a 6th guy.  I told him that I don’t know a rod from a reel, but I’d be happy to experience it with them. I woke up this morning at 4:00 am. …

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Cruise Control, with speed bumps

Cruise Control, with speed bumps

As the 100 Days off of sugar is getting very close, my mind has basically given up on tricking me into eating sweets.  I’m committed to 100 days and there’s no amount of donuts or talk of moderation or chocolate cake that is going to persuade me into caving. Take last Sunday for example. It was my sister’s birthday.  So we celebrated it with a chocolate cake. On my list of sweet cravings, chocolate cake is #2.  Here is my…

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Over 50 Days Sugar Free – Down 55 lbs

Over 50 Days Sugar Free – Down 55 lbs

I went to bed last night at 11:30pm.  I woke up this A.M. at 5:30 and jumped out of bed. I don’t want to sound like Mr. motivator or whatever.  I’m actually not happy about this. I told my wife that I’d prefer to sleep in, because I get bored in the morning. My body and mind just aren’t tired anymore.  I used to be the sleepiest guy in the world.  Now, I am wide eyed at 5:30am trying to…

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Day 43 of No Sugar – So Much Easier Now

Day 43 of No Sugar – So Much Easier Now

I’ve never been past 50 days of no sugar.  Right now I’m trending in the right direction and I’m feeling great. I don’t have the intense cravings, I don’t even think about sweets anymore.  My mind knows I’m not going to do it and it has largely left me alone.  It is usually at about this length of abstinence that my mind starts tricking me into the “moderation trap”. The Moderation Trap Life is great for people that can eat…

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August was Sugar Free – I can now stare a doughnut in the face

August was Sugar Free – I can now stare a doughnut in the face

I made it through August Sugar Free (According to these Sugar Broke guidelines). I’m going to get to 100 Days.  I’ve tried many times and failed.  This time it feels a little different. For example: Over the weekend my 6 year old boy asked me if I’d take him and a friend to Krispy Kreme. Usually Krispy Kreme is very triggering for me.  I crave doughnuts.  I love them.  They love me.  We just don’t do well together.  The sights,…

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Easiest to use Monthly Budget App

Easiest to use Monthly Budget App

I developed an app about 5 years ago.  It’s a simple monthly budget app.  The app resets at the end of every month, though the spending history is saved for you to review at anytime. The app has gone through different names. It All started as Accountable App It was the most viral thing that I’ve done.  When I released it, immediately there was about 1,000 downloads which raised to about 5,000 in one year.  I wasn’t prepared for the…

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A beach in the 70’s

A beach in the 70’s

On Reddit, a user posted a photo of what a beach looked like in the 70’s. I’m not about to fat shame anyone.  I care very little with body shape, size or figure.  We all are unique. I do care about activity level, discipline and the over saturation of sugar in our food culture. The Sugar industry is to blame.  We are to blame.  Quit buying sweets, and the convenience stores will take notice.   A beach in 70s. Not…

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Help sugar cravings with this Pretzel Favorite

Help sugar cravings with this Pretzel Favorite

I got home from work the other day: And all of my kids were talking about “how good” this “new cereal” is. I wandered over the kitchen to see what all the fuss was about: “Dad, this Churro cereal is awesome”, exclaimed my excited 6 year old as he slurped up the sweet remaining bites. “What kind of cereal are you eating?” I had never seen this shape before. He pulled out the box: Wow.  “At least they’re not hiding…

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14 Days of No Sugar – 10% Happier

14 Days of No Sugar – 10% Happier

Yesterday was my 2nd full week off of sugar (according to these Sugar Broke Rules) Unfortunately, we had a pool party with friends and relatives that I hadn’t seen in a long time.  Pool parties always turn into sugar festivals with everyone bringing their best dish to one up the next person’s.  There’s also a lot of pressure to eat a lot of sugar.  With my new philosophy of keeping my sugar diet to myself, it is difficult to join…

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My Favorite Drink when I crave Sugar

My Favorite Drink when I crave Sugar

I’ve been drinking these Zevia Sparkling Waters now for 3 years.  I like them.  They have just a little bit of stevia in them to take away that bitter taste that some people don’t like in sparkling water. I’ve shared many of these with unsuspecting friends.  I’ve never had someone hate it.  I’ve seen people not love it, I’ve seen people absolutely love it, but everyone can finish a can without too much disgust in their face. You can buy…

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Washington Post on Sugar Detox

Washington Post on Sugar Detox

Ran into this article this morning in my news feed: Does a sugar detox work? I’m on it and have had some surprising results. https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/does-a-sugar-detox-work-im-on-it-and-have-had-some-surprising-results/2019/08/02/561245b4-a724-11e9-9214-246e594de5d5_story.html?noredirect=on “For the first several days, frankly, my detoxing was hell. Making certain foods forbidden made me want them more. Ice cream. Pasta. Chocolate. Even wine, which contains a fair amount of sugar. My cravings were intense and seemed never-ending, and if I cheated I felt like a loser. I was irritable and moody — and,…

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Sugar Free Weekend

Sugar Free Weekend

Stopping and Starting a Consistent Theme My all time no sweets record is 50 days.  That was a nice time of life.  I remember not even being tempted by sugar anymore.  I didn’t want it, I didn’t care for it and it was a pleasure to leave it alone. Something creeps in my mind, a weakness, a discouragement, an abandonment, and I think “I’ll just go to DQ tonight for a blizzard and that will be just fine.” I read…

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Yesterday’s Temptation – Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yesterday’s Temptation – Chocolate Chip Cookies

My wife and I came home yesterday from going on a date, and she told me that someone is ‘delivering’ chocolate chip cookies to her.  She wanted me to be prepared for it. I asked, “They are delivering chocolate chip cookies to you?”.  “Who the hell delivers cookies?” Well, apparently, there are new cookie businesses opening up from all over the Western Hemisphere that deliver boxes of Cookies.  GIANT COOKIES. So when we got home, we took a peek: This…

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These Deer turds ruined my Sugar Broke Streak

These Deer turds ruined my Sugar Broke Streak

I was up to 10 days again. My goal is 100.  I’m going to get there. There are setbacks, learning opportunities.  Speed bumps on the road to complete sugar sobriety. But, yesterday I ate sugar.  And, I woke up with a sugar hangover. This is what I ate: Coconut Almonds.  Yes, they taste good.  But, I could feel the texture of the sugar granules.  The chocolate is hardly “dark”.  It has plenty of sugar per serving (20 grams). It’s garbage…

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Shame on Bachelorette for Destroying Jed

Shame on Bachelorette for Destroying Jed

Just watched the final part 2 of the prolonged, embellished and often painful Bachelorette.  I don’t blame my watching the show on my wife (I’m not one to say, “I watch it because my wife makes me”).  I watch it, independently of her, but with her.  We enjoy our conversations along the way.  The show itself is all the bad things. I liked Hannah.  I think she brought a nice flair to the show and kept it interesting.  I didn’t…

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Yesterday’s Temptation – M&M Cookies

Yesterday’s Temptation – M&M Cookies

Growing up, my Mom made one type of dessert that was irresistible. It was a succulent combination of flavor and texture.  The first level of sweetened oats.  The second level, a crunchy M&M. Yesterday, we had a BBQ at our house.  Mom brought dessert. Unfortunately, she brought the one thing that I literally can’t resist: My hand hovered over one. I thought that maybe I would just nibble on a corner of it.  What’s the harm? So, I meditated on…

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Conversation on quitting sugar Cold Turkey vs Tapering Off

Conversation on quitting sugar Cold Turkey vs Tapering Off

A nice thoughtful commentary from Reddit on quitting sugar cold turkey versus tapering off. As you know, I am firmly planted in the cold turkey, complete abstinence camp. However, I am open minded enough to understand that the method of Sugar Broke is not for everyone. Consider this example: Don’t try to quit cold turkey. This may work for some people, but not for most imo. Your brain is absolutely and completely addicted to dopamine you’re used to getting from sugar. If you…

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