My Sugar-Free Life

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I used to cozy up on the couch to watch movies and to eat cake for dinner. I would drink copious cups of tea with heaps of brown sugar with a side of chocolate chip cookies. Sugar and I were friends; we were pals. I never had a meal without some sort of glorious sugar laden treat.

Most of my best memories involve sugar. After all, what’s a celebration without cakes, cookies and candies? But what do you do when you’re faced with a severe illness, and your treatment demands that you live a sugar-free life?

Well…I had to say good-bye to my best pal, sugar. And I had to say hello to the foods that I had been ignoring for so long.

Why do I live sugar-free?

I have Lyme Disease: a bacterial infection that I contracted from the bite of a tick. To kill the bacteria, I’m being treated with high doses of antibiotics. Since my treatment involves antibiotic therapy, living sugar-free is a great way to avoid the nasty side-effects that can pop up during antibiotic treatment.

Sugar is also an immune system suppressor: it stops white blood cells from attacking bacteria. Ultimately, I want to kill the bad bacteria in my body while strengthening my immune system. So, living sugar-free is an absolute must.

Sugar acidifies the body as well. That means, it lowers the body’s pH level. If you want to promote healing, it’s best to alkalize the body, and a way to do that is by avoiding foods that acidify.

What do you mean by sugar-free?

I mean totally sugar-free, including fruit and simple carbohydrates like white rice, potatoes and white flour. Instead of these sugary foods, I load up on fresh green juices to pack my body with as many nutrients, minerals and enzymes as possible. I also eat brown rice and millet, and I eat bread made from almond or quinoa flour. I quickly found out that living sugar-free doesn’t mean depriving yourself of yummy food.

How do you have a sweet treat without eating sugar?

My go-to sweet treat is hot chocolate, made with raw chocolate powder, almond milk and liquid vanilla stevia (by NuNaturals). It’s so incredibly amazing — it tastes decadently sweet but contains absolutely no sugar!

What’s the best part about going sugar-free?

There are some wonderful advantages to living sugar-free:

  • My energy level is much more stable. I’m no longer riding the energy ‘roller coster’ throughout the day
  • Since my energy level is stable, I can think more clearly. I used to have the worst brain-fog
  • Not that this is too important but I’m now back to the weight I was in my teens and early 20’s
  • Reducing the inflammation in my body, caused by excessive sugar consumption, has helped to reduce my joint stiffness and pain
  • Going sugar-free has allowed me to discover the wonderful world of JUICING — the most powerful way to reboot your body and promote healing
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