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28-day Sugar Challenge

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

I've decided to challenge myself, for 28 days, to cut out sugar and refined carbs and see what happens.

Even though most days I have been staying within my ranges, almost every day has had some infusion of sugar. But reflecting back, I'm shocked at how much I used to consume over a day, even at times I thought I was doing pretty good. Tracking has really opened my eyes.

I find that the more I track and further I get into this, the more I want to replace some of my "empty calories" I track through the day with whole foods. I am proud of myself for tracking every soda and piece of candy for the last month, but I also think that those things are holding me back.

So here it is, my straight forward plan for the next 28 days - to take one further step each week to breaking my sugar addiction. NOTE: each newly added challenge week maintains the challenge of the prior week(s).

Week 1 (April 19 - 25): eliminate soda (up water goal by 3 cups)

Week 2 (April 26 - May 2): eliminate candy

Week 3 (May 3 - 9): eliminate refined carbs (white rice, white flour, etc)

Week 4 (May 10 - 16): eliminated added sugar (to tea, coffee, etc)

This does not mean that I am giving up sugar for the rest of my life, I just want to eliminate it completely over the course of a month and see how I feel, how my body responds, etc. The goals I would like to achieve with this challenge are:

* break my soda addiction
* focus on listening to my body & feel how it responds without sugar
* better plan my nutrition for the day so that I don't just tack on sugar at the end of the day to meet my ranges

I am not eliminating sugar completely from my day - naturally occurring sugars are fine, although I will be avoiding juice (which I have been doing for the last month anyway - I don't like the way it makes me feel about 30 minutes after drinking it, and I would rather eat the whole fruit and get the fiber).

I also feel like I have been gearing up for the this challenge. Since we went dairy-free around here two weeks ago (on guidance from the pediatrician), I have gotten used to not having some of my favorite "treats" with dairy - including ice cream. That also means that my access to diary sugars won't be an issue. Also, since I started tracking my food, I dropped my added sugar consumption to things like coffee and tea from 1 Tablespoon (equivalent to 3 teaspoons) to 1 teaspoon, and most recently a 1/2 teaspoon. Also the dairy ban effectively put an end to milk chocolate candy consumption. As far as refined carbs, I have been trying to choose whole wheat and whole grain versions (like brown rice) at least 3/4 of the time, that additional 1/4 shouldn't be too difficult, but I am going to have to put some effort into it.

Also, I will not be using artificial sweeteners or switching to diet soda. I would rather not have the chemicals in my body, and I have never liked the taste of them.

That's all I have for now. I may post a blog entry or two about how things are going through the coming weeks.
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    Good for you! ! emoticon That's a fabulous goal and a pretty scientific process!
    I am avoiding artificial sweeteners, like you, because they make my mouth and throat tingle and give me a "munchy" feeling. Plus they taste wrong to me. My partner has no problem with it, though. Must be an individual thing. The Low GI Diet book we started with recommends artificial sweeteners like crazy, so we bought a big packet, but it just doesn't work for me. I like cinnamon and fruit for sweetness.
    Good luck on your challenge and please post your results!
    3368 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/20/2011 11:01:11 AM
    emoticon plan and emoticon goal.
    Look forward to your success!
    3368 days ago
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