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Avoiding ALL Sugar: Sugar Detox Day 2

Day 2 of the sugar detox has come to a close. Today’s lesson : MEAL PREPpexels-photo-141814

Having your meals planned out ahead of time is always a good idea. Breakfast can be a tricky low sugar meal, especially when you don’t prep and wake up late for work.

I love to have smoothies in the morning, but when you make smoothies there is usually fruit involved. I don’t use a ton of fruit in my morning smoothies, but even 1 piece of fruit is going to be around 10 grams of sugar.

Now, all you fruit lovers out there – don’t worry! I am not telling you to never eat fruit again. I am simply stating that when you are detoxing or lowering your sugar intake you should avoid fruit as it contains fructose (the sugar found in fruit is natural fructose and reacts differently in your body than sucrose or high fructose corn syrup, but fructose = sugar either way).

If I was not running late for work I would have had some eggs and spinach, but because I hit the snooze button there was only time for a smoothie to go. I used 1/2 of a singular date and the smoothie was still 8 grams of sugar!

Think about how much sugar is in your smoothies each day.. are you using more than one serving of fruit? What kind of fruit are you using? Check out these numbers:

  • 1 medium apple – 19 grams sugar
  • 1 cup grapes = 15 grams sugar
  • 1 medium pear = 17 grams sugar
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks = 16 grams sugar
  • 1 cup whole strawberries= 7 grams sugar

Whether you are trying to lower your sugar intake to help with cravings, or you are simply trying to lose a few lbs, remember sugar is sugar and 1-2 servings of fruit a day should suffice.

 

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