Health The Silver Cloud Diet

New Year’s Resolution: A Sugar Free Life That Starts in the Pantry

Stocking the Silver Cloud Diet Pantry

Getting ready to realize your New Year’s Resolution of a healthier life, a leaner body, and a shot at a longer life.

Your doctor may prescribe a sugar-free diet for you for several health conditions.  Metabolic syndrome, diabetes type I and II, and prediabetes all respond well to a sugar-free diet.

A diagnosis of one of these life threatening disorders is quite alarming both to the patient and the care givers and even though most everyone agrees they will do everything to help themselves get better, changing the diet is one of the hardest.

Other conditions equally challenging that benefit from a sugar-free regimen include cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity.  Cancers, for example, feed on sugars, so it’s best to avoid sugars if you have received a diagnosis of cancer.

Sugars in all their forms have been observed to aggravate asthma, create mood swings, make heart disease worse, grow gallstones, hasten hypertension and precipitate arthritis.

In short, sugar is one of the 3 major causes of degenerative diseases.  Whether you are the patient, or the care-giver of a patient whose doctor has advised you to get rid of sugars in the diet, know that everyone in your household will benefit by a major overhaul of the pantry, including a big sugar purge.

First off, become a label reader and understand that sugars are known by a number of names when included in food products, so your first challenge is learning to recognize sugar in all its disguises.

Second, go through your pantry, freezer, and cabinets and box up all the products that are sugary and get them out of the house.

A sugar habit is a hard one to break and the first thing you must do is remove the temptation.

Don’t just look at the cookies and cakes, but also understand that sugar hides in everything from soups to ketchup in our modern world.

In fact, the use of sugar has skyrocketed in the past 20 years until the normal amount of sugar eaten – in all its forms – has risen from 26 pounds per year to a heart-stopping 135 pounds.  When you consider that in the nineteenth century, average consumption was about 5 pounds, you can begin to understand the health problems this excessive consumption has caused.

Where is all this sugar, you ask?  It’s in prepared foods, soft drinks, breakfast cereals, peanut butter, spaghetti sauce.  You name it.  If it was manufactured the chances that the flavor has been pumped up with sugar are great.

So after you’ve cleared out your cupboards, what can you stock your pantry with and stay on your doctor’s recommended sugar-free diet.

For your sweet tooth:

Fresh fruit

Nuts and seeds (try shelling pistachios)

Sugar-free popsicles and fudgsicles

Sugar-free jello

Artificial sweeteners (more on those later)

Peanut butter

Sugar-free jams and spreadable fruits (Polaner is good)

Sugar-free ice creams and ice cream bars

For quick meals

Soups and broths (read labels to avoid hidden sugars)

Canned beans

Pasta (for carb free try Dreamfields) and sugar-free pasta sauces

Fresh vegetables including carrots, celery, lettuces, premade salads in the produce section

Ingredients for recipes

Baking powder and baking soda

Cocoa powder


Cream of tartar

Flour, all-purpose and whole wheat

Corn meal and polenta

Vinegars: balsamic, red wine, white wine

Worcestershire sauce


Chiles, dried and fresh

Mushrooms, dried and fresh

Mustards, Dijon, ball park (read the labels)

Mayonnaise (ditto)


Cajun and Chili powders

Cinnamon and cloves

Crushed red pepper flakes

Cumin and curry powders


Fresh and dried herbs including: basil, bay leaves, dill, oregano, rosemary, saffron, tarragon and thyme

Garlic, whole, crushed, fresh or dried

Italian seasoning mix

Paprika and poppy seeds

Peppers and specialty salts

Taco seasoning


Extra virgin olive oil

Coconut and sesame oils

Any cold-pressed nut oils


Animal fats including the fat on the steak


Cottage cheese

Whole organic milk and creams

Yogurts (watch out for hidden sugars. We like Greek)

Cottage cheese

Any full fat cheese of your choice

Large organic eggs

Canned goods

Beans including cannellini, garbanzo, kidney, navy, pinto, black and white

Chicken, vegetable, and beef broth

Tomato sauce and paste

Tomatoes, crushed. Diced and whole

Tuna and salmon packed in water or olive oil

From the freezer

Peas, corn, asparagus, any other whole frozen vegetable

Unsweetened IQF fruits (individually quick frozen)

Unsweetened, all natural fruit juices

This is enough to get you started. As we continue our journey,  I’ll teach you lots of great foods,  both ready-made and ready for you to make.  You will not suffer on this regimen.  You will prosper.