I am where ever possible sugar free, I have been now since September 2016. I say where ever possible because food contains sugars, there is lactose in milk for example. So as far as possible I have reduced the carbs and also the sugar from everything I eat, this keeps me in a state of ketosis and lowers the amount of insulin I produce, which is what we are after when we follow the ketogenic lifestyle, but the great thing is that since I have stopped taking any extra sugar I find everything has a natual sweetness. I have found that the key to removing sugar from your diet is to completly change all your old habits, its not enough to change sugar for sweeteners, as you are still maintaining the pathways in your brain that say this is nice and also associate happiness with sweetness. for example if you always have a cake or biscuit with a cup of tea at mid morning break, swapping from sugar to sweetener is not enough as you are still associating the mid morning snack with tea. As it is possible for us to eat regardless of weather or not we are hungry the habit of eating snacks have to be broken, this is easier if you do something complatly different, like having coffee instead.
Personally I have come to realise that its best if I don’t have snacks at all, they contain little nutrition on the whole and if you start to view food as fuel, it is better that you include food that is full of nutrients and as a rule snacks do not have a lot of nutritional value. That said I know that sometimes you want to join in with the family or celebrate a birthday and for those occasions this chocolate cake fit the bill