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Monday, April 01, 2013

I have chosen to replace dairy and soft drinks.

by Melony Teague

SUGAR - Choose Coconut palm sugar, Stevia, dates and fruit. I would avoid Agave Nectar or other sweeteners at this time. Read more about sweeteners and their risks and more about Stevia here.
If you are panicking about chocolate, good news, you can have 80% Dark Chocolate, or 90 % and if you really want 100 %. Unsweetened cocoa is good for adding to smoothies if you need a chocolate fix and it will not give you a sugar rush. Beware of hidden sugars like high fructose corn syrup, glucose fructose, maltodextrin and dextrose. If you are wondering if you made the right choice to kick the sugar habit, read this.

COFFEE - Replace with Herbal teas, Green Tea, Peppermint Tea, Unsweetened hot apple cider.

Participant Elisabeth from San Carlos Mexico says,"Drinking decaffeinated tea to replace the coffee has worked - no withdrawal headaches! " and Karie- Anne from Elmira wrote, "I replaced the coffee with green tea and water for the pop." Just a reminder, Green tea is not caffeine free, so please be aware of that, however it is full of other beneficial ingredients.

Be warned you may experience headaches from cutting back, but keep at it a little by little. Increase your water consumption at this time, it will help you feel better. Take comfort that the headaches should not last longer than a day or two. If your headaches persist longer than a week, please see your health care provider, unless of course you were drinking two pots a day and now are only drinking 2 cups, that may take a little longer to adjust.

WHITE CARBS - instead try: 100 % stone ground wheat, sprouted grains. Quinoa (Red and White) and Buckwheat.
Berries and low Glycemic fruit are not considered CARBS on this Challenge. White carbs are white potatoes, white rice, white bread, white pasta and corn.

ALCOHOL - Try this instead: Sparkling water with lime and flavored water. Here are some awesome ideas too. You HAVE To click this link! Seriously.

DAIRY- Replace with Almond Milk, Organic Soy Milk ( and Organic ONLY) and Coconut Milk. You can also try hemp milk and rice milk. Rice milk does not have many nutrients in it, so that would be the last choice.

WHEAT - Choose Spelt, Quinoa, Gluten Free Organic Oates. Quinoa and Buckwheat. Coconut flour is also a great and tasty alternative.

GRAINS - Try some of these foods instead of grains: Sunflower seeds, nuts, pumpkin seeds, Quinoa and Buckwheat. Flax seed too, but it is best ground.

SOFT DRINKS - Choose to have Sparkling water, unsweetened juices instead.
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    Thanks for this! I no longer eat any wheat products, but must warn others that coconut flour and almond flour is very high in calories, so moderation is still the key!

    I gave up sweetener and am using two tsps of sugar in my morning coffee. I still have one cup of coffee every morning, and enjoy it, but have cut back on any others during the day in favor of water. I also hate stevia and am not sure what else I could use in my coffee...hate the added calories of the sugar and its the only white sugar I have in my diet. Might try the coconut palm sugar. Other suggestions?

    Great post, thanks!
    2757 days ago
    Thanks for the tips!
    Have a great day!
    2757 days ago
    Some good ideas in there! Thanks for sharing. :) Though I have to say, I cannot STAND stevia. I have tried different brands, and they all taste soooo bitter to me. Anything I bake with it turns out with a funny taste. I don't know why; I always read how fabulous stevia is and how much people just love it, but it tastes gross to me (and my husband, too). It's a shame. Maybe we just haven't hit upon the right brand yet?

    2757 days ago
    good ideas

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    2758 days ago
    So glad you posted the replacement guide so that you can keep it in front of you!
    2758 days ago
  • TLG71567
    Thanks for the ideas. I am doing well with all of them except for the coffee. I just can't seem to give that up in the morning. I drink tea in the evening, but in the morning I really want my coffee.
    2758 days ago
    Good ideas
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  • YMWONG22
    Good tips. Thanks for sharing.
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  • LIS193
    Welcome to the challenge!
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