This post was inspired by a blogging adventure called Scattered Life Collective by Cynthia Lee. It’s a great series and I hope that you will check out the rest of the participants and perhaps even join us!
current time: 8:35 AM
on the menu: Caribou Coffee’s Spinach & Swiss Mini. Only 1 g of sugar! OK, so you need the back story…
My sisters and I are participating in a social community called FatSecret (FatSecret.com) and we started a challenge this week that has us NOT weighing ourselves for two weeks so we can see how much we’ve lost in two weeks. Now, I could have just stuck with my normal food intake but I haven’t been doing very well in the weight loss department. I have been tracking my food intake (which is very helpful, by the way, if you’ve never tried it!) and my weight has gone down some but hasn’t gone down as fast as theirs did.
So, I decided that I would give up sugar for two weeks. My two sisters have given up sugar for months now and I just wasn’t ready. I was eating LESS sugar but not giving it up altogether. Sunday night, I was sitting on the couch with my husband and daughter looking for something to watch. As we reviewed the new releases, I saw the movie Fed Up appear. I had been wanting to see this movie about childhood obesity. To my great surprise, both my daughter and my husband were also excited to see it! (Generally, they do NOT get into any of my dieting ideas. They normally just want to eat whatever they want.) When the movie was over, both my daughter and my husband said that they wanted to join me in the no sugar thing! So what we decided to do was to eat less than 10 grams of sugar a day. The reason we chose this amount was because this is the amount that the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends. Actually, they WANTED to recommend this amount but it was never published because the U.S. government fought it and won. (Read this post to learn all about it.)
So we are reading all our labels and if sugar is on the ingredient list, then we look at how many grams it is. We are not counting fruit because that is healthy and if you eat it whole, the fiber content negates the negative effects of the fruit sugar. We are not counting whole foods that are naturally sweet like tomatoes, either. We are counting sugars from molasses and honey. I am not counting stevia, since this does not have the same effect on blood sugar that other sweet foods do. Our goal is to eat less than 10 grams a day and so far, it is has been remarkable.
Without sugar in our diet, food tastes much better! We are all somewhat foodies, and have been very surprised at how good everything is tasting this week! Fruit is a special treat. What I have noticed is that sugar is a distractor. If sugar is available, we want to eat it above all else. So we eat, say, a granola bar instead of an apple. This is the default for our brains after so much conditioning through media and habit. I have also noticed that, because food is tasting so much better in foods without sugar that I suspect that sugar is added to mask the taste in foods that are not really good tasting like processed crap. I have also noticed that, usually, the foods labeled as “for a healthy heart” or likewise, have more sugar added because they have removed the fat but added sugar instead!
I will keep you posted on our progress. It’s a great adventure.