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Good, Better, Best . . . Part II

By Robyn Openshaw, MSW | Apr 15, 2008

GRAINS

Good: eat whole grains and quit eating white flour.

Better: eat soaked whole grains (this requires planning a little ahead, as my cousin noted).

Best: eat sprouted, raw nuts, seeds, and grains.

SWEETENERS

(Note, that I am uneasy about fructose, xylitol, “organic sugar,” or dehydrated cane juice crystals—ways to spend extra money on refined options that really aren’t much better.   They’re maybe a 2 on a scale of 1 to 10, whereas sugar/corn syrup are a 1.   So I don’t even include them in the “good” category.)

Good (4 on a 1-10 scale): use Sucanat and honey  and real maple syrup instead of refined sugar and corn syrup.   They have a high glycemic index but also good nutrients and are not terribly acidic like refined sugars.

Better (7 on a 1-10 scale): use raw agave and stevia and molasses.   They have higher nutrition and  lower impact on blood sugar.

Best (10 on a 1-10 scale): use little or no concentrated sweeteners, just fruit and dates as treats or sweeteners.   They are high in fiber, lower in sugar, and highest in nutrition.

Your body and spirit will tell you when you’re ready to transition to the next level. If everything in you is resisting the “best” levels, then start with “good” and congratulate yourself, for now, rather than anguishing or beating yourself up.

Posted in: 12 Steps To Whole Food, Detox, Good, Better, Best, Nutrition, Raw Food, Standard American Diet

3 thoughts on “Good, Better, Best . . . Part II”

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  1. Darlene says:

    I loved the way you grouped the info into good, better, and best. Very informative and easy to understand!

  2. Erin says:

    what is sucanat and rapadura? are they one and the same? do they have another name- are they only something that is found at the health food store?

  3. asemmett says:

    I loved hearing about your family trip, but hope the Good, Better and Best Series will continue once you get home and settled back into a routine. I’d like to know more about pasta, seasonings, nut butters, fats and other areas as well.

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