As a doctor, I am always telling people to eat fruits and vegetables (these end up replacing sugar for the most part), move to sea salt, get excited about eating quality whole grains and turn to good fats like avocados, nuts or olive oil. I'm human though and of course there are times when I want to have some sugar. That's when making the choice to have raw (turbinado) sugar or stevia makes sense. Sea salt naturally helps your release excess water -- who needs water retention -- AND it has higher mineral content. Quinoa is a food that is so undervalued yet it has amazing properties. Not only does it taste great, but it is high in protein so when you have pasta made from quinoa, you end up loading up on the healthiest of proteins while scaling back on all the white, processed junk from typical white flour or rice pasta. Good fats like those that come from coconut or olive oil, nuts and avocados actually taste better than lard, which should only be used as a skin moisturizer and not as a food, mind you.