No refined sugar diet benefits

A filling, healthy,
sweet snack I take everywhere
in a ziploc bag or tupperware container—apple slices, raisins, walnuts

I am one of the biggest honey bears on the planet; I crave and seek out sweets. I never met a sweet food I didn’t like, from the junkiest of junk foods to the more natural, better sources of sweets. And the natural, better sources of sweets is how I recommend you satisfy your sweet tooth. Don’t make the biggest mistake of all and go for “diet” anything, products made with chemical sweetners like asparatame. This is the worst thing you can do; it doesn’t work and studies show it most probably sets you up to gain weight, not lose it.

An extremely important fact to understand in this area is that refined sugar is addictive. The food products with high amounts of refined sugar (and this includes evaporated cane juice, honey, maple syrup, etc.)—candy, cookies, pastries of all kinds, etc.—are addictive and absolutely keep us coming back for more. Refined sugar is a perfect example of the wise saying about addiction: you can’t get enough of what you really don’t want.

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Instead, satisfy your sweet tooth with the myriad of natural sweets that are available. I love Fuji apples. Invest in an apple corer—one whack gives you six wedges of sweet, succulent fruit, perfect for popping into a snack box and taking along, alone or with other natural foods.

I love mangoes, and is there anything sweeter in the world?

Cantaloupe. Cherries. Grapes. Bananas. Oranges. Pineapple. Watermelon. Sweet potatoes. Some carrots are incredibly sweet.  Beets, too. Raisins, dates, prunes and other dried fruits (these are concentrated calories, so moderation is advised). The above is just a partial list; this list is long and sweet. These are naturally filling foods, for starters. They’re sweet and satisfying. Think whole, fresh, natural. That’s the the healthy, natural way to satisfy your sweet tooth. Enjoy!

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