Should you quit sugar completely?

Janella Purcell offers her top tips

It depends what sugar you’re referring to. White sugar is nothing but bad news, but realistically it may and probably will pass your lips again in your lifetime.

As long as you don’t have this kind of toxic sugar regularly or use it at home (or in your takeaway coffee) then you should be ok with a tiny amount sometimes. Although I promise you, after you get onto the good stuff, there’s just no way you’ll want to eat something that sickly sweet and processed.

What are the alternatives to sugar?

At home, use granules of coconut palm sugar or rapadura. And if you need syrup, then have on hand raw agave, maple or rice syrup, or coconut nectar.

Plus, there is no way I agree with the advice to stop eating some vegies and most fruits. If you’re reacting to a particular fruit or vegie then, sure, avoid it for a while, then reintroduce it and see how you go. Your body may very well not like capsicum for example, and so be it, but don’t eliminate wholefoods like fruit and veg’ just because you’ve gone a little overboard on the white sugar for a few too many years. Get rid of the undesirable, highly refined ‘food’, not wholefoods.

Janella Purcell is a natural living and food expert.

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