I ate sugar by choice, do I really have to start over?


I got asked the other day if I am doing a Whole30 (or 21 Day Sugar Detox (21DSD)) do I really need to care about the amount of sugar in things like condiments that I only use sparingly? The answer is yes*.  When you make the choice to jump into something like Whole30, you are doing so to learn about the food you are eating and the reaction your body has when it is completely out of your system for a sustained period of time.  More importantly, you’re learning (or relearning) about the food you are purchasing and really understanding what is in that food.  Wait, you say, that little squirt of sriracha is going to make me restart my Whole30 all over again?  Yep, you blew it, you purposefully consumed sugar.  Do over.  That’s a little harsh, you comment.  Tough love, you actually knew there was sugar there, it wasn’t a mistake because you read the label and dove right in.  Look, you made a pact with yourself, live up to it, learn something from it.  If you fail, get back up, dust off and get back on the horse.  You’re going to learn some really powerful stuff about yourself and your food.  All that said, you’re an adult, you get to make your own choice here!

Now the asterisk *. If you used to be paleo/primal but have fallen off the bandwagon completely (even if you jumped on the gluten-free, processed foods band wagon), then see the first paragraph; you need to reset.  However, if you’ve been paleo/primal for a while now and you’re doing a reset because of food or behaviors that have crept back in that you want to purge or relearn about; you rarely eat processed foods and the only condiments you have in your fridge are some stadium mustard, sriracha, Worcestershire sauce and some homemade mayo… Relax.  Don’t beat yourself up so badly about that teaspoon you put on onions while sautéing them for a meatloaf.  You’re off of sugar already, focus on what you’re trying to improve upon.  And no, you still don’t get to make pancakes or muffins or bread or scones or pasta and call them Whole30 compliant.  They’re not.  You can however look over to 21DSD and find some of those goodies.  Again, depends on what you’re trying to relearn and refocus on.

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Here’s just a few of the ways companies sneak sugar into your foods, this list is sadly not exhaustive!

Sugar, brown sugar, raw sugar, turbinado, cane sugar, beet sugar, high fructose corn syrup, cane syrup, malt syrup, refiners syrup, rice syrup, Agave (nectar), Coconut sugar, coconut syrup, cane juice, evaporated cane juice, date sugar, fruit juice, honey, maple syrup, molasses, rice malt, sorghum, treacle, dextrose, sucrose, glucose, fructose, disaccharide, galactose, lactose, maltose, monosaccharide, polysaccharide, aspartame, equal, nutrasweet, splenda, stevia, sucralose, sweetleaf, truvia, sweetnlow, splenda, saccharin, glycol, glycerol, lactitol, sorbital…..

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