Avoiding Those Sneaky Hidden Sugars (and My Favorite Nut Butters)

Oh, how we love you sugar. But oh, what you do to us physically and emotionally! The sooner you can kick the sugar habit, the better.

I talked about what all of the sugar (and other ingredients) in that brown fizzy water called soda do to you in “Put Down that Soda because It’s Killing You” (go back and read that article if you missed it), and today, I want to share some information about hidden sugars.

It’s really eye-opening to me when I hear a client say to me, “It’s really healthy, Jen. It has no sugar in it.” If it comes in a wrapper, I always ask to see the ingredient list because sugar can hide in many foods with an alias name. This always blows my mind!

Take a look at the chart below and see for yourself. Sugar is a master at disguising itself (or more accurately, manufacturers are masters at disguising sugar so consumers don’t notice it – whether that’s intentional or not doesn’t matter).


The reality is that the sugars in the above chart are laced in most of the foods that are not coming from the land, sea, or soil.

Now, I don’t want to be a Debbie Downer. Not every sugar on this list is a big fat NO. I believe that everything can be done in moderation and with balance, so let’s look at some smart choices that you can make.

Let’s Talk about Honey

The one alias for sugar that I absolutely love is honey. Now, there is are specific honeys that are more likely to raise your blood sugar levels FAST such as the conventional honey sold at your big box stores. They look like a cute bear (you know what I’m talking about without mentioning names).

It’s hard to resist those little bears, but they’re not a good choice. A much better choice is honey that is organic and/or raw, which has incredible health benefits! It’s anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial.

My favorite go-to honey lately is wild flower honey. It’s delicious and a good choice.

And that brings me to my favorite nut butters. Drumroll please…

My Favorite Nut Butter

Today, I’m introducing my all time, most simple, delicious, and clean nut butters!

Welcome Big Spoon Roasters to the roster of Simple Clean and Whole approved foods!

There is no refined sugar in Big Spoon Roasters. They sweeten their nut butter with wild flower honey. I truly have never come across a more delicious nut butter! This is a truthful, honest, and pure brand that exudes those qualities through its taste.

All Big Spoon Roasters products are handcrafted from scratch in Durham, North Carolina. They only make small batches of nut butters and bars using fresh and nutritious ingredients sourced from local and like-minded producers. I love that, but what I love even more is that every batch is made to order! That means these nut butters aren’t sitting on the shelf for months until someone buys them. Instead, your nut butter isn’t made until you place your order, so it’s as fresh, nutritious, and yummy as possible when you get it!

Listen to some of the nut butters Big Spoon Roasters makes: Peanut, Peanut Pecan, Peanut Cocoa, Almond Ginger, Espresso, Chai Spice, and more. Is your mouth watering? It’s hard to decide which one to choose first.

I can say this – everything I’ve tasted from Big Spoon Roasters has been delicious! Head on over to their website and go shopping. You won’t be disappointed!

Just Say “No” to Hidden Sugars

Please don’t let those alias sugars get in the way of eating Simple Clean and Whole foods. There are other options that are delicious! Big Spoon Roasters nut butters are a perfect example. Put down the Skippy and pick up a better choice!

If you’re like me and information on food, nutrition, recipes, and lifestyle feeds your soul, then let’s work together!


My sugar addiction: The Whole Story + How I Shifted

How do you sustain a healthy lifestyle after doing a 10-day cleanse?

I am asked that question often. If it were up to me and I had all the time in the world, I would personally guide you all through a whole year of living a Simple Clean and Whole lifestyle.

Sounds like a fun idea, right? A whole year together? But realistically, how can I do a program that is manageable and realistic for both of us… setting you up for a whole year of success? I got to thinking…

I have had over 200 clients go through my 60-Day Shift program, diving deeper than simple cleansing and learning what it is like to live with more…

  • Energy
  • Clarity
  • Weight loss
  • Mindfulness
  • Awareness

Well, studies show that someone who commits to something for 21 consecutive days will far more likely to continue the habit after that date. While I don’t believe in the myth of quick fixes and am all about a holistic lifestyle approach, 21 days is definitely enough to witness yourself feeling better, sleeping better, waking naturally and not suffering from blood sugar crashes and mood swings, and MANY more benefits.

What I know for sure is that after 21 days of simple clean and whole living, you will feel more alert, have more energy, and definitely feel more productive.

This I know for sure. How? I have seen it over and over again with my private clients and past 60-day SHIFTers…. And have experienced this myself! That’s right. Jen hasn’t always lived Simple Clean and Whole! I had to create this lifestyle after learning the hard way.

Fifteen years ago I finally stopped a deadly addiction to SUGAR!  

Yup…I did! I chewed more double bubble, bazooka, freshen up, hubba bubba then you could imagine. Yum!  I remember putting one piece in my mouth after another. You can only imagine the thick sugar film I had on my teeth and tongue. (Not so yum.) The sugar actually made me so thirsty. And, If it was not sugary gum, it was gummy bears, swedish fish, or licorice!

After a 31 years of a high sugar diet, I had developed a pure addiction. My cravings always came after lunch and dinner… and you bet I fulfilled them.

And I will tell you: it wreaked havoc on my mind, body, and soul.

I developed a condition called Candidiasis, which is basically Yeast throughout my gut!  The yeast then caused some of these horrible symptoms:

  • Loss of clarity
  • Fogginess
  • Lots of highs and lows
  • Cravings
  • Bloat, gas…oh I won’t bore you!
  • Constipation
  • Acid Reflux
  • Weight Gain

Candida breaks down the wall of the intestine and penetrates the bloodstream, releasing toxic byproducts into your body and causing leaky gut. And guess what? It’s not just sugar – too much of anything can cause these horrible symptoms… carbohydrates, GMO’s, alcohol, gluten!

Sounds fun right!? No?

I began fervently researching what could be causing these symptoms.  How could it have been my diet? Well it was…thank god!

I was lucky to have found a 21-day challenge to cut sugar out of my diet… which now I call “lifestyle.”

Holy Shit! (Excuse my language but this was that huge…)

After 21 days, I never felt better in my life. 

I regained mental clarity (which was a big one), stabled my blood sugar levels, the bloat was gone, and my entire being felt back to it’s natural state. (I actually did not even know what my natural state was before this because it was hijacked by SUGAR!)

I am now going back to my roots from 15 years ago – when my journey to Simple Clean and Whole first began – and offering you an opportunity take 21 days to heal yourself as well. Or, like I did – just get the healing started and begin to experience your (incredible) natural state of being!

SHIFT 21 is a new, abridged version of the 60-day Shift program.   

So, those of you who need a reset, want to extend your cleansing experience, or just want to jumpstart Spring with some good ’ole eating and lifestyle patterns… This is for you!

This program is truly for everyone. Come as you are.

This is the EASIEST program I have written thus far.

Think: Understandable, Relatable, Workable and Doable!!!!

Fear no more! No fussy recipes with tons of ingredients and prep time – instead, simple how-to charts (with pictures!) and my guidance every single day.

Sound like a challenge you are up for? Then join me! I know that this 21 days can be as transformational for you as mine were for me all those years ago. No more excuses… it’s time to get clear, energetic, and feelin’ great… just in time for spring. Still on the fence?

Pretty awesome, right? Still need a little incentive??

Get the scoop on Shift21 and join us:

shift-21-imin xo Jen