TotalSweet helps me give up sugar. It's pure xylitol, a natural sweetener made from birch trees. You can find it in Holland and Barratt.
I also eat a bit of 100% or 90% dark chocolate sometimes in natural yogurt with a bit of raw organic honey (I'm more concerned about refined sugars than natural sugars as long as I don't have too much).
If I want ice cream, again Holland and Barratt sell Whey Hey ice cream made with xylitol instead of sugar, it's gorgeous. Expensive but if you REALLY need ice cream it's worth it.
Also love making hot chocolate with Green and Blacks pure cocoa powder, 50/50 milk/hot water and either xylitol or raw honey.
If I'm going to go absolutely nuts I'll have a bit of diabetic choc from H+B or Thorntons but this is very rare.
Without these tips I'd never have been able to give up sugar. It does get easier as time goes on, too.
(Original post by kka25)
Right, so I've completely removed table salt from my diet but should I remove sugar as well? I do know that one teaspoon of salt is enough to fill in my sodium intake and that could be dangerous in the long run, but what about sugar?
*The processed sugar (white sugar/cubed) is what I'm thinking to remove.
Do it. I personally couldn't stress it enough. 'Sucrose' or table sugar has absolutely no health benefit whatsoever, empty calories as they say. I completely eradicated sugar from my diet - including sweets, chocolate, fruit juice, etc. the only high sugar foods I eat are fruit. And believe me, it's the best decision I've ever made. My physique is better, my mood is better and my diet overall is better. The only time I'd say table sugar is okay would be during/after intense exercise, just as long distance running/cycling, just to replenish those glycogen stores. Also, I wouldn't recommend eradicating table salt, because salt is important in your diet, especially if you exercise.