Dealing with Family and No Sugar

Dealing with Family and No Sugar

A relevant post today on reddit about dealing with your family (especially extended) and friends, when you are on a no sugar diet. Here it is:   How to deal with family and friends? from r/sugarfree Really there aren’t any answers that I can give. My extended family (parents) are the worst at this. I’ve heard every persuasion technique imaginable to get me to eat sugar. It makes me not want to come around. But that isn’t great either. So…

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Depressed and Empty after Stopping Sugar

Depressed and Empty after Stopping Sugar

I have used sugar in my life to fill whatever voids there are.  We all have them.  I guess there are some people that are so filled with satisfaction, entertainment, joy and peace that moments of emptiness don’t come. But, I have melancholy moments and time periods. So, in the past I have filled the voids with sugar.  Usually chocolate. When you stop eating sugar, you may start feeling an emptiness. I read this following story from a fellow traveler…

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My Holiday Binge

My Holiday Binge

I had intentions, going into Christmas, to abstain from Sugar. I was working on Day 50 of being Sugar Free. I was also alive and well in this $100 Bet: https://www.sugarbroke.com/love-kills-sugar-is-quitting-sugar-harder-than-quitting-porn/ Unfortunately, the bet died, you can read the details here: https://www.sugarbroke.com/love-kills-sugar-is-quitting-sugar-harder-than-quitting-porn/ I didn’t have the will power to abstain. There was so much pressure to partake: Orange Rolls Huckleberry Pie This stuff: Not to mention all of the chocolates that come from all of the well intentioned friends.  And the chocolate…

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Dismissing Dickens: Where did the colon go?

Dismissing Dickens: Where did the colon go?

I was gifted a limited edition 1935 publication of Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol” this past week: I opened up to the first page to read the well known opening line: “Marley was dead: to begin with” Dickens punctuated the sentence with a colon: deliberately of course, for reasons left up to reader interpretation. I was disappointed when I saw that the publisher had replaced the colon with a comma. Dismissing Dickens. Probably in their short sighted attempt to bring the…

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Toxic Masculinity and Sugar Addiction

Toxic Masculinity and Sugar Addiction

I hadn’t heard the term “toxic masculinity” until this year, 2018. I had felt it. I feel it within myself. I am the product of a culture and family that was patriarchal. I am conditioned and wired to see my maleness narrowly defined as Provider, Protector, Adventurer. The problem is, I’m not adventurous.  I am irrationally afraid and anxious. My wife is all of the things that I thought I should be, and she is these things personified brilliantly. This…

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I was asked to Judge the Sugar Cookie Contest

I was asked to Judge the Sugar Cookie Contest

Sugar Cookies were never really my thing.  Until I went off of sugar. Now, I love them over most other cookies. Only the soft ones though.  The ones that melt in my mouth. If it crunches when I bite into it, I don’t want to have anything to do with it. My 12 Year Old Daughter asked me to Judge her Sugar Cookie Contest I was happy to do it.  I enjoy being a critic.  I’d like to be a…

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34 Days Sugar Free – What I have noticed

34 Days Sugar Free – What I have noticed

I am on Day 35 of No Sugar – Per the Rules of the 100 Day Challenge here: https://www.sugarbroke.com/how-it-works/ I attribute getting to Day 35 to this bet that I am still working on: https://www.sugarbroke.com/love-kills-sugar-is-quitting-sugar-harder-than-quitting-porn/ These are the 5 Things that I am thinking of Today that I have noticed as a Side Effect of no sugar: Positive Benefits 1). Decreased Sugar Cravings The main thing is I don’t have intense cravings anymore.  It is the holidays.  We had a…

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Choc Zero Keto Bark Almonds Review

Choc Zero Keto Bark Almonds Review

I received an email from a Sugar Broke follower.  She asked me if Choc Zero bark was considered a violation of the 100 Day Challenge: http://www.sugarbroke.com/how-it-works/ So, I got on Amazon and bought a box. 1). The Box is Pretty.  Great Presentation.  10/10 2).  All Natural Ingredients – No Added Sugar I was curious about this “monk fruit.”  I’ve heard of it, but have never looked into it.  Sounds like it is an extract from some tropical fruit grown in Thailand. …

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Update on Porn vs Sugar: Day 27

Update on Porn vs Sugar: Day 27

I had a REALLY difficult weekend.  Lately my cravings have kind of left me, at least on a constant basis.  But on Sunday, we had a family dinner at my house.  And my mother brought Christmas Pudding with Sauce.  I’m sorry, but that is my ultimate weakness.  I could eat bucket fulls of it, with ice cream or whipping cream.  It is just good.  So good. But, I’m on my 27th day of no sugar: And I’m almost on my…

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Better Gut Health without Sugar

Better Gut Health without Sugar

I’m pretty sure that my digestive system and guts are functioning much better now that I am 23 Days Sugar Free.  I haven’t yet dove (dived or dove?) into the science behind sugar and guts.  But I’m sure, based on anecdotal evidence, that there is going to be a link between healthier guts and less sugar. I was perusing the sugar free zone at reddit and found someone with a similar experience as mine. She (he?) says: My biggest benefit…

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Light Delight Sugar Free Cookie Review

Light Delight Sugar Free Cookie Review

I was at the gym at lunch today, and as you know, I’m coming off a thanksgiving weekend of complete abstinence.  So, I’m feeling a little vulnerable and living in some pretty intense cravings. The gym was advertising these Light Delight Sugar Free Cookies:   The lady at the front desk said she is on a no Sugar and no Carb diet and that she loves these cookies. As I was in intense sugar cravings, I bought two.  They cost…

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Made it Through Thanksgiving – Sugar Free

Made it Through Thanksgiving – Sugar Free

I have a very traditional family, with very traditional Thanksgiving ties.  I think my 14th great grandpa is William Bradford, who sailed the mayflower. We have an uber traditional Thanksgiving gathering, with all of the usual craving inducing foods. This year, we even had small chocolate sweets at each place set: Normally, I would have paused my sugar diet and just binged on whatever festive yuminess I could get my hands on. But, this year was a little bit different….

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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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