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Jerusalem artichoke cocktailI’m looking to stay clear of sugar. It’s everywhere but now that I’ve been off it for months (with the occasional cheat) I can happily say I no longer crave the stuff. Passing along more motivation and ideas here. Join me in being sugar free. You will be amazed at how good you feel.

Once upon a time, sugar was mostly relegated to desserts. Today, excessive amounts can be found in our everyday foods and beverages, and it’s taking a toll, according to recently published studies.

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center exposed high-sugar diets as major risks for cancer, especially breast cancer.
The Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience journal indicates that sugar may cause not only diabetes and obesity, but also brain defects similar to those triggered by stress or abuse.
Sugar accounts for much of our country’s weight gain and the rise of fatty liver disease.

“We already knew it was very bad for us, but alarming new evidence just keeps pouring in,” says nutritionist and juicing pioneer Cherie Calbom, MS, who is known as “The Juice Lady.” [Juicing is big business right now BTW – and rightly so]

“Despite the case against excessive sugar intake, we know its prevalent use remains in things like ketchup, yogurt, canned soup, salad dressing, tomato sauce, bread, granola bars – not to mention soda or dessert-style coffee beverages.”

Calbom suggests taking full control of the sugar in your diet by making your own meals, snacks and drinks. Her most recent book, “The Juice Lady’s Sugar Knockout”  offers recipes for overcoming sugar.

Samples of her “Sugar Knockout” recipes include a tasty Jerusalem artichoke-based juice cocktail. Pic. above:

3-4 carrots
2 celery ribs
1 Jerusalem artichoke
1 cucumber, peeled if not organic
1 lemon, peeled if not organic
½ green apple

Wash produce first and, once juiced, drink as soon as possible.

Chocolate Mousse

And here’s a delicious alternative to traditional Chocolate Mousse.