I am returning from the blog-post death! After 3 weeks of no posts I am back with a brand-new challenge to myself – no sugar for 30 days! The details: No added sugars – all sugars, like honey, cane syrup, high fructose corn syrup, etc – AND no no-calories sweeteners, like aspartame or stevia. Fruit or other natural sugars, like those found in some dairy products, are not included in the challenge, although I am watching it.
What brought on this challenge, you may ask? Two things. First, through tracking on My Fitness Pal, I have noticed that I consistently eat way above what the app is recommending for sugar intake. Even on the days that I didn’t eat something known to be sugary, like chocolate, I would eat 30-50 grams of sugar. Since everything I read about sugar makes me believe that it is pretty much the devil food, I knew I needed to cut back. Second, I way overate sugar on a recent trip home to the U.S. (we had dessert every night and my mom made two batches of cookies in the eight days I was home) and it left me feeling the need to rid my body of its sweet, granular residue.
Today is Day 7 of the 30-day challenge and with the exception of 10 minutes of weakness on Saturday that ending in me eating 3 Ferrero Roche’s, I have held to my challenge. I am feeling really good – much better than the gut rot I woke up with multiple days during my trip home. Knowing I’m challenging myself has made me stop several times from grabbing a sugary snack – I’ve held my hand back from the sweet biscuits at work, said no to a co-worker offering a chocolate-coconut treat, and eaten almonds instead of All-Bran and milk for a morning snack (Did you know that sugar is the #2 ingredient in All-Bran and 30% of its calories come from sugar? I didn’t!).
Will I lose weight from only this challenge? I’m not sure. But I do know that it will challenge me to think of new snacks and new ways of cooking, which is always a positive!
Stay tuned for more updates on the no-sugar challenge!