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I have found that, with my Fibromyalgia, refined sugar causes my symptoms to get worse. This may be because sugar is a natural inflammatory, so, in order to reduce my sugar intake, I am trying to limit my consumption of added sugars like those in ice creams, theatre box candies, popsicle, Italian ices, milkshakes, and cookies. This has drastically improved my mood and general health. Why not try it?
Want Ice Cream? Try…
Greek Yogurt – This yogurt has the least amount of sugar compared to other yogurt. I like to eat mine with granola and/or fruit. This is a great substitute for ice cream.
Want Theatre Box Candy? Try…
Fresh Fruit – If you get ripe fruit, it will taste sweeter. Look fruits with rich colors that are firm with some give (not too squishy though). This snack is great for when you are craving to pop that theatre box candy into your mouth.
Sugar Snap Peas – These are truly delicious and satisfy that desire for something sweet and crunchy.
Dried Fruit – My personal favorites are dried apricots and mangos. Raisins can be quite pleasant too. I prefer the golden ones pictured here. Make sure though that they do not have added sugar.
Want Popsicles or Italian Ice? Try…
Frozen Fruit – I love this as a sweet snack when I am craving popsicles or Italian ices. My favorite kind is frozen pineapple.
Want a Milkshake? Try…
Fruit Smoothies – I love combining some of my frozen fruit with almond milk and Immune Tree Colostrum6 Powder, Certified 6-Hour Colostrum, 6.5oz (or vanilla protein powder). This satisfies my craving to drink something sweet. It has natural sugars, some of the silky feel of a milkshake, plus protein!
Peanut Butter Chocolate Faux Milkshakes – Seeking that chocolate creamy flavor? Try Hershey’s Cocoa Powder, Peanut Butter, Almond Milk, and Ice Cubes. For some extra fun, instead of adding ice cubes, add half a frozen banana.
Want a Cookie? Try…
Apples with Peanut Butter – This will give you the sweetness and crunch that you crave. Make it crunchy peanut butter to make it even more satisfying. (Peanut Butter can be high in sugar, so use the one with the lowest sugar you find – usually the natural brands.) I find that Honeycrisp apples with two tablespoons of peanut butter best for this snack.
I’m always looking for new ways to kick my sugar craving. Do you have any ways that work for you? Any other foods that could be added to this list? Please comment below!
Since this post was published, I did a follow-up post called Say No to Sugar. Check it out! I try to go for a week without sugar!