Banish Sugar Cravings Forever in 10 Easy Ways (& Replace Sugar Dips With Energy Hits)

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Sugar cravings can be tough, and sugar is at the root-cause of pretty much every health battle, every condition, every ache, pain and waistline.

Proven to be more addictive than cocaine, it is a craving that some people never kick their whole life.

And as time goes on and society ‘develops’ and food manufacturers get better and better at making us addicted to their foods we are consuming more and more sugar.

We know it is bad for us (even if not everyone knows quite how much), and yet we succumb to it every day.

Until now.

Sugar Cravings Begone! How to Eliminate Sugar Cravings in 10 Easy Ways

In this new guide I give you seven easy ways to help you completely banish sugar cravings forever and move you a HUGE step closer to ditching th esugar.

Why it’s so important to break the addiction…

Giving up sugar cold-turkey will be very hard.


Research has proven that sugar is more addictive to the body than cocaine (source), so simply deciding to ditch it is going to be hard.

Plus it’s everywhere. Hidden in sauces, cereals, dairy and dairy-alternative products, juices & smoothies… in fact, pretty much anything preprepared or shop bought contains more sugar than we ever realised.

In 1820, we consumed under 10lbs of sugar per year, per person.

As at 2013, that figure stands at 150lbs of sugar per year, per person. (based on US-statistics)

That’s pretty shocking. But not surprising…

It’s added to everything. It’s combined with fats and salts and specific chemicals in such a way to make certain foods (quite literally) addictive.

The food manufacturers have gotten pretty smart at this…

Let’s Break the Habit Now!

TEN Powerful Tips to Completely Banish Sugar Cravings Forever

Kick Sugar Cravings Tip #1: Coconut Oil

coconut oilCoconut oil is incredible at destroying sugar cravings. And all you have to do is have one tablespoon of this delicious oil and you’re set!

Coconut oil is made up of medium-chain fatty acids, or medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs).

As soon as you consume them your body sends them straight to your liver to use as energy.

In doing this, coconut oil gives you an energy hit that is exactly like sugar and other carbs.

However, and this is the best bit, it doesn’t cause an insulin spike in your bloodstream, meaning that it doesn’t put you into that blood-sugar spiral!


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If you’re concerned about coconut oil being a saturated fat – definitely don’t be worried anymore! It’s been proven beyond doubt that the medium chain triglycerides from coconut oil lower bad cholesterol, raise good cholesterol, help clear the arteries, help prevent brain and mental conditions, speed the metabolism, help remove excess body fats, reduce inflammation, reduce acidity and so much more.

And if you want more depth to the research on saturated fat being GOOD not bad – check my guide to saturated fats here.

And if you’re looking for ways you can increase the amount of coconut oil in your life check out Katie’s article here.

Kick Sugar Cravings Tip #2: Don’t Be Afraid of Salt!

Salt? Yes, salt.

It’s not always the bad guy it’s cracked up to be.

Remember when we thought all fat was bad? And then researchers started showing us that there were ‘good fats’ and ‘bad fats’, and the same is now happening with salt.

According to Robert Young of the pH Miracle Research Centre, what seems like a sugar craving could often be your body’s cry for healthy salts.

Remember, healthy mineral salts such as magnesium, potassium, calcium and sodium bicarbonates are vital to the body’s functioning. Without them we suffer.

Put this to the test, it’s really easy: next time you have a craving for sugar or carbs, simply have half a teaspoon of pure sodium bicarbonate in 300ml of water.

See how the sugar craving simply evaporates. It’s magic!

Kick Sugar Cravings Tip #3: Bigger Brekkie

bigger brekkie for sugar supportAnd on the subject of the blood sugar spiral…

One of the reasons why most people struggle with sugar cravings throughout the day (think mid-morning, mid afternoon…after big meals…etc) is because they start the day wrong!

Not having a solid breakfast instantly puts you in a blood sugar catastrophe! And when your blood sugar crashes, the sugar cravings can be huge.

Sugar cravings are way more in control and easy to avoid if you don’t let your blood sugar spike and then dip too low.

Having an alkaline breakfast containing fats and protein is a great idea. [Grab my Alkaline Breakfast Recipes Here]

Here are some more ideas for a big alkaline breakfast:

Alkaline Antioxidant Smoothie
Scrambled Tofu Mega Brekkie
Almost-Alkaline Quinoa & Apple Breakfast Warmer
Alkalizing Baked-Bean Salsa Brekkie
Chai Infused Quinoa Breakfast Porridge

Kick Sugar Cravings Tip #4: Use Cinnamon to Sweeten

replacement sweetener!This one is especially useful with breakfasts, and especially if you’re creating your own health and alkaline ‘cereals’ or having breakfasts like quinoa or organic oats.

In fact, even if you’re just having a nice glass of almond milk this one is a winner.

Use cinnamon to sweeten!

Numerous show that cinnamon regulates blood sugar, meaning it’s perfect for maintaining stable energy levels and moods.

PLUS it’s alkaline, anti-viral, fantastic for colon health, helps prevent blood clotting and is great for controlling cholesterol.

Whenever you’d think of needing a sweetener of some sort, try cinnamon instead!

Kick Sugar Cravings Tip #5: Have Healthy Snacks Available


I have a full series on healthy snacks coming up, with loads of recipes, ideas and the like…but for now…

Having blood-sugar dips and spikes, sudden huger, feeling tired, irritable and famished – these are all symptoms of sugar addiction and all lead to high sugar intake.

While you’re working on the sugar habit, a key ally is having healthy snacks available.

When you have healthy snacks within reach, 24/7, your chances of beating the sugar addiction go up massively.

Just think about the last 5 snacks you bought from the shops when you were running on empty.

Shop bought snacks are almost ALWAYS filled with sugar.

And as you’ll see below, you don’t necessarily want to over-consume fruit either (you can find out which are the most alkaline fruits here)

So, here is my guide from a couple of years ago on the Ultimate List of Alkaline Snacks (plus recipes)

And here are a few more recipes I’ve posted just lately too:

Quick Delicious Kale Chips
Cauliflower ‘Buffalo Wings’!
Alkaline Wrapless Wraps
Raw, No-Bake Cacao Bliss Balls
Coconut Chia Cream Pot

Kick Sugar Tip #6: Get Enough Sleep!

Sleep deprivation severely affects your appetite hormones. Fact. According to the amazing Dr Mark Hyman “You literally can sleep your cravings and your weight away.”

In human studies, depriving college students of just two hours of the recommended eight hours of sleep led to a rise in hunger hormones, a decrease in appetite-suppressing hormones and big cravings for sugar and refined carbs.

It makes sense. If you don’t sleep your body defaults to it’s easiest most frequently known energy sources i.e. quickly absorbed sugars.

An additional study found that when subjects were sleep-deprived, their reward activation centers in the brain were actually greater, thereby making it more difficult to say no to sugary treats.

The bottom line? Get more sleep 🙂

If you haven’t already checked it out, Ariana Huffington’s new book The Sleep Revolution is a must read.

And if getting to sleep is a challenge for you I recommend the Relax Melodies App from Ipnossoft – it’s got everything from white noise, rain sounds, pan pipes etc through to isochronic tones and Binaural beats to meditate you off to sleep. Works for me every time.

Kick Sugar Cravings Tip #7: Exercise

I know, I know. You didn’t want me to bring this one up.

Getting more sleep? Easy! Thanks Ross!

Getting more excercise?! Noooo.

The fact of it is, it can be simple, easy exercise – it doesn’t have to be 60-minutes of crossfit every day (although it can be if you like!).

Just getting moving and getting the blood pumping, oxygen flowing and lymph stimulated is what’s important.

If you’re starting from scratch, it can be something really simple like walking or light jogging (or rebounding if you have a rebounder!) – but make it something you can do every day – even if only for ten minutes.

Anyone who exercises on a regular basis will know that cardiovascular exercise is one of the best “cures” for food cravings.
It always amazes me how my appetite, especially for sweets, dramatically decreases after a good workout.

After exercise there is a dramatic reduction in insulin levels and raised insulin levels are a big contributor to sugar and carb cravings.

So get moving, get breathing and get sweating – it will ward off the cravings and make you look and feel amazing!

Kick Sugar Cravings Tip #8: Stay Hydrated

Dehydration is a leading cause of both sugar and carb cravings.

When you’re dehydrated your body gets depleted of necessary minerals and nutrients and your body will start to crave anything and everything to replenish them.

This often leads to sugary snack binging.

As you’ll know if you’re a regular reader of my blog: you should be aiming for between 2-4 litres of good quality (preferably alkaline water).

While that might sound like a lot to begin with, start small. Just aim for 2 litres to begin with and build up from there.

Of course, black tea (with or without milk), coffee, alcohol etc are dehydrating and juices, cola etc…well, we’ll get onto that in just a minute.

Try swapping your black tea and coffee for herbal tea (here are some of my favourite alkaline herbal teas) and this will easily contribute a litre or more of your hydration intake (if you have 3 cups per day).

And if you want some yummy ways to make your water more tasty, here is my guide to Making Water Delicious (contains five or six delicious recipes).

Kick Sugar Cravings Tip #9: Get Rid of Liquid Sugars

Any form of liquid sugar is worse than solid food…and can lead to sneaky sugar cravings ongoing…


Sugar without the fibre and bulk is far more detrimental to the body, hits harder and more directly on your liver and it turns of the fat storing process in your liver, leading directly to fat gain.

When you drink sugars (including fructose, in fact, fructose is absolutely the very worst type of sugar you can consume, especially when you drink it) without the fibre, your brain is not sent the message that the calories have been consumed.

Your body literally does not register those calories. As a result of this you stay hungry and crave more sugar.

This includes sodas, juices (ANY juice containing ANY fruit), alcohol, sports drinks, sweetened tea and coffee etc.

This is why I am so adamant about having NO fruit in my green juices or smoothies.

When you consume liquid sugars (and more on fructose below) you don’t feel full, so you eat more all day and you crave more sugar and carbs.

I could spend all day talking about the dangers of consuming soda, but that’s for another day.

Put simply – you have to cut soda and liquid sugars (and sweeteners) from your life if you ever want to get to your true health potential.

Kick Sugar Cravings Tip #10: Don’t O.D. on Fruit

I know there is a lot of debate about fruit, fructose and how much fruit is healthy.

I’m going to very breifly give you my beliefs here and an explanation, but ultimately you have to do what works for you.

Fruit is not alkaline-forming (generally). There are some exceptions, and these are all of the very, very low sugar fruits (lemons, limes, avocado, tomato, grapefruit etc).

The reason why these are alkaline forming is because they contain all of the alkaline minerals that most fruits do, but almost no fructose.

(Explanation as to why lemons and limes are alkaline forming here).

As mentioned above, when you consume fructose without the fibre (i.e. when you juice it, or drink a shop-bought juice) it goes straight to the liver, causes massive blood-sugar spiking and turns on the fat storing mechanism in the liver.

Without the fibre, the brain does not register the calories from this as being consumed and therefore you still remain just as hungry as before, and still have the sugar craving.

Fructose has been manipulated by the food industry over many years to be seen as the ‘healthy’ sugar, but in reality is simply isn’t.

However, fructose in a fresh, in-season piece of fruit is different to fructose in juices (fresh or bought) and is certainly different to High-Fructose-Corn-Syrup.

BUT, I personally recommend keeping fruit intake down to one piece of in-season fruit per day (maximum two).

Mercola (who has done more research on fruit and fructose than perhaps anyone!) recommends keeping fructose intake under 15g per day as an absolute maximum.

And considering 1 medium banana on average would have around 7-8g of fructose, you can see how you can easily overdose!

If you’re struggling with sugar cravings, but eating a lot of fruit, I recommend looking into this.

Mercola has a fructose per fruit chart here which you might find useful (note: you have to scroll about half way down the page).

happy sugar free lady!

And finally…

Bonus Kick Cravings Sugar Tip #11: Just Start Over Whenever You Slip Up (right away…)

Just remember:

If you ever slip up, have a sugar binge, or even just something you know is a bit naughty, it’s not the end of the world. Or even the end of the day. Just get back up, dust yourself off and carry on where you left off!

So many people slip up and then think “oh well, that’s it, may as well start again tomorrow/next week/after my holiday/next year” and it’s just wasted time!

There is no benefit from writing off the rest of the day, week, month or year!

Just stop for a moment, think about what led you to making the mistake, what emotions you felt, what physically happened and swear to learn from this. See it as a positive learning experience.

And as ever…

If you liked my guide please do hit the share button below, and feel free to ask me any questions either below here or on Facebook!

It’s always my pleasure to serve you and I look forward to hearing your questions, your story or your tips below!

Scientific Research & References:

Added Sugar Intake and Cardiovascular Diseases Mortality Among US Adults ; Yang Q, Zhang Z, Gregg EW, et al. JAMA Internal Medicine. Published online Febraury 3 2014 (Link to research)

Opposing effects of fructokinase C and A isoforms on fructose-induced metabolic syndrome in mice.; Takuji Ishimoto, Miguel A. Lanaspa, MyPhuong T. Le, et al; Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, February 27, 2012; (Link to research)

Greater Fructose Consumption Is Associated with Cardiometabolic Risk Markers and Visceral Adiposity in Adolescents; N. K. Pollock, V. Bundy, W. Kanto, C. L. Davis, P. J. Bernard, H. Zhu, B. Gutin, Y. Dong;  Journal of Nutrition, 2011; 142 (2): 251 (Link to research)

The internal circadian clock increases hunger and appetite in the evening independent of food intake and other behaviors; Frank A.J.L. Scheer, Christopher J. Morris and Steven A. Shea; Obesity Journal; Volume 21, Issue 3, pages 421–423, March 2013; (Link to research)

Effect of ground cinnamon on postprandial blood glucose concentration in normal-weight and obese adults; Magistrelli A, Chezem JC.; Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; 2012 Nov;112(11):1806-9.; (Link to research)

Effect of cocaine and sucrose withdrawal period on extinction behavior, cue-induced reinstatement, and protein levels of the dopamine transporter and tyrosine hydroxylase in limbic and cortical areas in rats; Grimm, J.W., et al.; Behavioral Pharmacology 2002 Sep 13(5-6):379-88;  (Link to research)


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  1. Elena Reply

    Thank you Ross. I was unable to see your messages for almost a year now. But I am so happy to find you in my mail at present.
    Thankful for all you so generously transmit.

  2. Jodi Benowitz Reply

    I am a self confessed hard core sugar junkie. My love affair goes way back to early childhood. Unfortunately, I have a very fast metabolisim and despite all the mass quanities of sugar I have consumed over the years I don’t gain weight. 4’10 and 78lbs soaking wet! For me I have learned that cold turkey is best and after about 2 weeks the cravings are gone. Of, course I have fallen off the wagon so many times but, when I am good I am really good and for several months and when I am bad I am really bad for several months. It is in my opinion the single most addictive substance on planet earth!

  3. Lani Gerson Reply

    Thank you Ross for everything you do and how freely you share. Many many thanks much appreciated. Lani

    • ross Reply

      Absolutely my pleasure Lani!

  4. Steve Riedel Reply

    Hello, is pure sodium bicarbonate the same as bicarbonate of soda or baking soda ?


  5. Doug Christensen Reply

    Small typo on this page:
    “Just Start over whenever YOUR slip up…”

    YOUR should be YOU. 🙂

    • ross Reply

      Cheers Doug 🙂

  6. Charis Khalife Reply

    I’ve read a ton of articles /blog posts/research on quitting sugar. This one stands out because of your exhortation to keep going after a binge. So important! Thanks for bringing that up without a shame-trip. Binges/slips/week-long-trainwrecks happen and we need more experts acknowledging that and urging people to forgive themselves and keep going. Shame has great power, especially when paired with sugar addiction. Thanks for this post!

    • ross Reply

      My pleasure Charis!

  7. Derrick Reply

    Hey Ross,

    Thanks for the tips and I’m at the point mentally where putting down the sweets is doable. Also, at the Pre-diabetic stage of life where putting decreasing sugar is a must.

    I use organic honey for anything I want to sweeten but I notice you didn’t mention it. What are your thoughts? I really don’t do sodas (gingerale once in a while), but I sweeten my oatmeal, tea, and yogurt with a little natural organic honey.



  8. Cynthia Reply

    Raw organic Agave, High in Fructose low on Glycemic index. Good or bad, bad according to Fructose levels, good according to low glycemic results. So confused about this product. Please can you enlighten

    • ross Reply

      Hi Cynthia – it’s highly processed terrible stuff. The fructose content is way more important than the GI rating. This will cause a lot of inflammation and damage to your liver. Please avoid.

  9. Debbra Reply

    I appreciate the sources you provide. Usually bloggers on the internet make many claims and have nothing to back them up.

    • ross Reply

      My pleasure Debbra 🙂

  10. Carolyn Reply

    A very informative article Ross. Spot on information.
    I am actively cutting out most sugars from my diet and finding it not too difficult but it was a very strange and emotional two weeks when I first started. Although I eat very little processed food I realised that my sugar intake was mainly from way too much fruit. I thought I could eat a lot of it because it was healthy! I was always hungry and so would eat another piece of fruit.
    I am far more stable hunger wise without sugar in my life.
    Looking forward to you online course on 2nd August

    • ross Reply

      Hey Carolyn

      Thanks for adding this Carolyn. It’s a very common situation – the reason we have so much sugar in our life without realising half the time is because the food industry has been so focused on vilifying fats. We’ve never been properly educated about sugar.

      Looking forward to the session too – so exciting!

  11. Mary Reply

    What supplements can I take to stop auger craving also to suppress appetite

  12. Cindy Milan Reply

    Hi Ross,
    So kind of u to post this sugar cut- out!!!! Yes, I do appreciate it & yes I realize it’s the #1 addiction the people of planet earth has. It’s so nice of you to care enough to help in getting other to realize. I mean I’m pretty good but seems like if I start, it’s hard to cut it out but I eventually get there & I’m off it now. But, do like the idea of just dusting myself off if it shd happen again which it will but maybe because of u, I will be able to control it better & do sum of the things you suggest so as to curb it. I do sum of the things you talk bout but never had them all written to confirm & to use your recommendations with certainty that I have all the amo when I need it & to DO consistently all the things you mention. Deeply, I thank you & thank you for caring for your fellow men, women & children. L, Cindy

    • ross Reply

      Thanks Cindy! 🙂

  13. Denise Norwood Reply

    Hi Ross, thank you for many years of inspirition and invaluable information. I have a question for you that has nagged at me: Although you repeatedly maintain that lemons and limes alkalinize once ingested, and use tomatoes in many of your recipies, I continue to suffer with laryngo spasms (a symptom of laryngo pharangeal reflux disorder) when I consume these foods. Cacao also. Mainstream medicine advises against eating these foods for LPR sufferers, but I thought I could safely do so based on your directive. Regretably even lemon water causes me to choke, which is due to acid. Can you shed any light on this conundrum? Thank you!

    • ross Reply

      Hey Denise

      There are conditions that some folks have (generally around Hydrochloric acid production and balance in the digestive process) that means they need to give specific foods a wide berth until they’re back in balance. Definitely don’t try to battle through – just avoid the tomatoes, limes and lemons until you’re back in balance and then you’ll be able to enjoy them again.


  14. Anne Reply

    Hi Ross,
    This is great information to cut out sugar.
    It seems almost impossible not to get caught somewhere. I’ve recently started drinking cows milk and discovered that there’s lots of sugar in that too.
    Likewise with soy milk and coconut water.
    Any suggestions?
    Thanks Anne

    • ross Reply

      Hey Anne

      For non-dairy milks look out for unsweetened and pref organic. A lot of the soy milk companies make their product as unhealthy as just having cows milk!


  15. vinod Reply

    how much alkaline water help our health, also tell me how much PH water is good for drinking.

    • ross Reply

      Aim to drink 3-4 litres of filtered, good quality water with a pH above 7.5 and below 9.5 per day and you’ll go great.

  16. lisa Reply

    Hi Ross , Many thanks for tips- I drink two coffee’s each morning , no juuice or any coffee or tea throughout the day just water and or herb teas I can only get tap water where I am is it ok to boil the water to drink.
    Also regarding suger my weakness i s chocolate in the evening i try to stick to dark but have wabdered off into milk sweet chocolate its very hard and is 1 tsp each coffee brown pure cane suger . i also drink lemon in warm water throughout the day . what can i do to sweeten my coffee instead of brown suger ? and still eat chocolate int he evening ?? Many thanks

  17. Patricia Reply

    Hey Ross, Thanks for the list. Sounds great. I have a question about putting lemon juice in water. I was wondering if lemon essential oil had the same reaction as the juice. I believe it wouldn’t be as hard on the tooth enamel. Would it work to substitute a couple drops of lemon essential oil for the juice of half a lemon?

    • Dianne Dansby Reply

      Is there any type of store bought salad dressing I can use

      • ross Reply

        Generally speaking, no. They’re usually full of sugar, preservatives, vinegars etc.

  18. Sharon richards Reply

    Hi Ross, not a question on sugar cravings.In one of your emails last week you talked about a recipie for a gluten free bread, I hope it s a tasty one.Most gluten and yeast free breads in the shops are disgusting, .Recently I went to a new vegan cafe and they had Sourdough bread there,but it was not gluten free.It tasted lovely,I couldn’t believe it , I had actually found a bread that I can eat.Sourdough bread is slowly fermented,so maybe this is okay to eat.What do you think?Please say yes it is fine.I have searched and searched for a bread that I can eat ,because it is what I would love to eat for breakfast,it really fills you up.

  19. Tracey Pritchett Reply

    Hi Ross,
    Sugar is definitely my biggest addiction. Years ago I read Sugar Blues and thru will power was able to kick it for about 6 months. Unfortunately I fell off the wagon. I’m ready to kick it again and shed a few pounds. Thank you so much for your generosity in providing us with all these excellent recipes and alkaline information. Greatly appreciated!

  20. Debbie Hill Reply

    Great article Ross. I’ve come to realise that I have had a sugar addiction for. Very long time. In fact I used to eat sugar sandwiches as a teenager! I quit sugar in tea over six months ago and don’t miss it. I am slowly moving over to healthier products eg moving from dairy to rice and coconut milk for example and cutting down on bread/flour based products. I like your approach i.e. It’s ok to fall off the wagon, just get back to it and move on and keep going. I am finding the slowly, slowly approach is working better for me than trying to fix my diet in one go.

  21. Mary Diaz Reply

    Ross, what do you recomend for someone who has colitis, diverticulitis, and other issues of the gut that does not allow them to eat raw veggies, raw juices, ect..I noticed every time I try to eat any raw stuff i get extreme pain, inflammation in colon, and have to stop 🙁 The only way I heal myself from these flare ups is with bone broth, glutamine, msm, -& other supplements i researched on my own. I really want to do this alkaline diet, but dont know how I can without eating raw…PLEASE HELP!! Mary

  22. JoAnne Reply

    Ross, Great Guide! Thanks for taking the time to write down and share these tip! This is an Awesome guide and very informative! Thanks for sharing!

  23. Linda Reply

    Hi Ross,
    We start our day with a glass of water (not cold) with half a lemon then follow with a fruit smoothie made of, Blue berries, kiwi fruit, banana, water and spirulina powder. I have no cravings of wanting anything sweet throughout the day and feel full after the smoothie although I do follow it with muesli or toast a half an hour later. I’m surprised about your comment of not having fruit smoothies. Blue berries are an antioxidant, kiwi fruits have more vitamins and minerals per gram, and per calorie, than most other fruit. Bananas are loaded with potassium which is good for blood pressure and heart. Surely our bodies can handle some acidic food. We do have a veg drink in the afternoon which consists of Beetroot,Kale,Cucumber,Carrot and Ginger.

  24. Chris Fursdon Reply

    Thank you Ross for your passion to share this vital information it’s very much appreciated.

  25. Regina Reply

    I tried unsuccessfully to go off sugar for about a year, I gradually reduced and got down to almost none during the day, but at night the cravings were impossible, then I started having a big green salad with lots of veggies, seeds, and beans for lunch and dinner each day. Within a week I was off sugar without even trying, I just realized that it had been four days… I was without cravings and stayed off sugar for about 6 months. For medical reasons I had to go off gluten about the same time. Gluten free made a much more noticeable difference and sugar free didn’t make me feel much different, so I lost my motivation, but I know I need to try to get rid of it again. Thanks for the reminder.

  26. Celeste Reply

    Being an oncology nurse your statement about salt being ok is not ok. Salt is a potentiator of carcinogens and I would rather my patients were addicted to sugar instead of salt. My pediatric patients live on a diet of salt consisting of cheetos, doritos, raman, cups of soup and macaroni and cheese. Stick to the vegetables and be safe.

    • Energise Ross Reply

      Hi Celeste

      I think you’re missing my point. It’s very very important to distinguish between good salts (sodium bicarbonate, magnesium bicarbonate etc) and bad salts (sodium chloride i.e. refined table salt).

      It’s much like good and bad fats.

      Sodium chloride is like trans fat and sodium bicarbonate is like omega 3.

      Patients with kidney disease and gout are prescribed a medical grade 100% sodium bicarbonate.

      All of the foods you list, cheetos, doritos, ramen, mac and cheese – CLEARLY these are not the salts I’d be talking about in those foods!

      I hope this makes more sense – I’m talking mineral salts, the types of salts naturally found in vegetables.


  27. Pablo Garrido Reply

    I am very happy with your food habit’s advise.

    Thank you so much

  28. Donna Hankinson Reply

    Thank you so much for your generosity – for caring about the health of so many people you don’t even know. Thanks for this latest tips sheet – what a valuable tool this will be for so many including my husband and me!! God bless you.

  29. Kristie Reply

    Would also like to know if honey is a good or bad thing.? Know that it is acidic, but how different than sugar is it.

    Thanks !
    Keep up the good work

  30. nancy Reply

    I have been making avocado,honey & unsweetened cocao,whip it up,its a delicious pudding,I put 2tbs. of it with the Fage plain 2% yogurt 4Tbs. What do you think about this ? Thanks,Nancy

  31. Janet Reply

    Really helpful tips . The advice reinforces what i try to do. My own weak points are berries which i like although i have reduced my fruit intake. And wine ( I am trying to cut down). Then there are the other people : Sometimes i cook for a lot of grandchildren plus I have a very slim husband who likes a biscuit or slice of cake ( not a lot). Some of my super healthy attempts with chia seeds and stevia are not appreciated.
    What are your views on honey, agave syrup etc. Thank you.

  32. Sharon Reply

    Hi Ross,

    What about Agave Syrup and Stevia. I use both which is why I ask as I use it in my tea, baked goods and for sweetening purposes.


  33. Candra Evans Reply

    Good tips! I really need this. I was not aware how addicted to sugar I was until my husband started eating a sugar-free meal plan. I tried to join him and only eat naturally sugared foods like fruit, but I did not last very long. I thought I was going to go mad. Lol… I love eating veggies and whole organic foods, but I often follow up a plate of asparagus with an ice cream sandwhich. 🙁 …I can’t wait to try the coconut oil!

  34. eddie Reply

    Thanks Ross ~
    Would honey, molasses, agave be considered liquid sweeteners ? What do you think about these tips applied to quelling the cravings of alcohol ? Great and helpful articles.

  35. Joseph Reply

    Great suggestions and good article. I will send to my friends who still think sugar is harmless.

    Along the same lines as Frankie’s question above, what about Stevia, Brown Rice sweeteners, and Agave?


  36. Frankie Reply

    Hi Ross,

    Just read the whola article and was wondering (cause you mention liquid sugar as being really bad sugar) how bad is honey? Cause I make my own breakfast every morning and use a tablespoon of honey because I like the taste of it. Is that bad or is honey different?


    • AlkalineAnthea Reply

      Raw honey is a superfood and contains so many beneficial enzymes! That is the best kind of honey to get and use daily, you can find it on amazon. Normal honey is better than sugar though. When he says liquid sugar, I he meant the kind you get in drinks like coca cola.
      Hope this was helpful 🙂
      ~ Anthea