Sugar Free Detox Food Guide

Detoxing from sugar altogether may seem like a radical step but it’s easy to understand why, for some people, just cutting down on sugar isn’t enough. One of the major negative consequences of sugar consumption is weight gain, but in addition to this, sugar is linked to mood swings and is highly addictive. Unfortunately, more and more each day, you see that sugar is everywhere and not going away anytime soon.

The good news is, the longer you have sugar out of your system the less you will crave it. A detox doesn’t need to mean a permanent change in diet but rather a re-setting of the way your body gets energy and a re-setting of the way it asks for this energy. You’ll begin to feel far more energetic as you won’t be subjected to the energy highs and lows that sugar produces.

Let’s break it down further so you know exactly what you should and should not be eating to eliminate sugar from your diet.

Foods to Eat

  • Whole Grains – Brown rice, quinoa, millet, barley, amaranth, buckwheat, einkorn wheat, farro, oats, sorghum, spelt, teff, wild rice.
  • All Meat – Chicken, turkey, beef, lamb, bison.
  • All Seafood – Salmon, Arctic char, catfish, tilapia, mackerel, sardines, sea bass, shrimp, trout, baaramundi, crab.
  • All Vegetables – Kale, Swiss chard, spinach, lettuce, leeks, avocados, winter squashes, sweet potatoes, beets, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels, sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celeriac, celery, fennel, parsnips, raddicio, radishes, turnips.
  • Low Glycemic Fruits – Blueberries, raspberries, peach, kiwi, grapefruit, honey dew, coconut, apple, lime, apricot, pear, plum, nectarines, oranges, strawberries, cantaloupe.
  • All Nuts & Seeds – Almonds, cashews, peanuts, sesame, pumpkin, Brazil, macadamia.
  • Legumes & Beans – Red lentils, green lentils, black lentils, chickpeas, kidney beans, navy beans, mung beans, black beans.
  • All Spices – Ginger, turmeric, curry, paprika, cumin and especially cinnamon and vanilla.
  • Beverages – Tea, water, unsweetened almond/nuts milks.
  • Condiments – Apple cider vinegar, red wine vinegar, oils such as olive, coconut, sesame, cacao of 85-100% are acceptable.
  • Eggs & Butter

Foods to Avoid

  • Sugar – Raw sugar, brown sugar, white sugar, palm sugar, date sugar, turbinado sugar, coconut sugar, confectioner’s sugar, agave sugar, maple syrup, corn syrup, maple crystals, honey.
  • Refined Flours – White bread, pretzels, bagels, cookies, cakes, brownies.
  • Condiments – Check sauces, balsamic vinegar, marinades and dressings for added sugar.
  • Dried Fruit
  • Beverages – Alcohol, juice, soda, sweetened tea beverages.
  • Artificial sweeteners – Aspartame, neotame, saccharine, sucralose, potassium.
  • Banana – One per day is acceptable.
  • Stevia
  • High Glycemic Fruits – Mangoes, grapes, cherries, prunes, bananas, pineapple, watermelon
  • Yogurt, Cheese & Milk

Reference : https://www.furtherfood.com/going-sugar-free-your-handy-food-guide-of-what-to-eat-what-to-avoid/

14 Comments Add yours

  1. Astrid says:

    This is so interesting. I had no idea grapes are a high glycemic fruit. I did know about most other fruits.

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    1. Garima says:

      Yes Certain fruits like bananas, grapes, cherries and mangoes are full of carbohydrates and sugar and may raise your blood sugar levels quickly. These are all fruits with a high glycemic index, which measures the increase in the blood glucose levels after eating a particular food

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      1. Astrid says:

        Yeah I know about the glycemic index. I just had no idea there’s so much sugar in grapes.

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      2. Garima says:

        👍🏼👍🏼

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  2. Gonzov krik iz getribe autizma says:

    Bananas are not the problem when it comes to dieting. You’d have to eat a kilo to make an impact. Also they are rich with Kalium. Good for digestive tract. Refined sugar and simple carbs are not to be avoided but taken at the right time of day. In the morning. Before the daily activities beguin. Too much is too much especially without proper exercise. Getting too focused on the food itself and not getting any exercise is the biggest problem of all those having issues with weight. Balance it and you can eat anything. Life is short and hard.If you can’t enjoy food it’ll be even shorter and harder to live through.

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    1. Garima says:

      Great advice. Thank you for sharing.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Gonzov krik iz getribe autizma says:

        Thank you for writing about these matters. I learned a lot.

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  3. Dom says:

    I tuned into my body and how it feels, and I learned that my body doesn’t know what the hell it wants. So I stopped listening to my body, and I’m getting by right now on three small meals a day with very few craving. It took a month with a few hours of exercise a week to feel better, but the journey is the reward.

    The keystone to me is exercise, but abstaining from excess sugar is definitely a major pillar. I absolutely agree with you.

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    1. Garima says:

      Exercise does increase your BMR.

      Like

  4. clcouch123 says:

    I wish it weren’t so, well, tricky to be rid of sugar. Sugar has been put in so many things that we don’t think of. Or so many things we’re so used to having. I appreciate especially your go-to listing for foods. There are so many things given there that we shouldn’t have a problem.

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    1. Garima says:

      I am glad you found the list helpful. We all got to start somewhere.

      Like

  5. Interesting Garima, especially now that I’m on a No Sugar Challenge ❤️

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Garima says:

      Ah then I am glad you found this post.

      Liked by 1 person

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