Monday, February 27, 2012
Over a week ago I listened to a snippet of a radio broadcast from a doctor saying that sugar should be classified as a drug. He feels that sugar has contributed to the obesity epidemic. Years ago during the low-fat craze when fat was removed from food, the food industry replace fat with sugar.
So I thought this was very interesting and since I was feeling horrible after a 4 day sugar binge around Valentines days, I was curious to see how I would feel to go without sugar for a week. I focused on eliminating caloric and non-caloric sugar.
I was really more interested to find out if I had the willpower to do this. Luckily my daughter did this challenge with me, so I had support.
Going in I knew I would have to eliminate the following:
Starbuck's skinny vanilla lattes
Skinny cow ice cream sandwiches
Fiber 1 brownies
Most frozen meals
Bran buds cereal (favorite yogurt parfait topping)
My biggest challenge was reading the food label carefully for added sugar. Here are some of my surprises during the week:
Whole wheat English muffin (6th ingredient sugar)
Pike Place fish rub seasoning (1st ingredient brown sugar)
Low-fat chocolate milk (my post-workout drink)
All bread in my house (bummer
Salad toppings mix
I didn't realize when I started that not only was I going sugar-free, but also gluten free and low-sodium.
How I felt:
Less achy (I had terrible body aches after 4 day sugar binge)
I lost 3.2 lbs!!!!!! This is huge for me since I'm on the tail end of my weigh loss journey. I average 5 pounds a month and to lose over 3 pounds in one week is incredible.
The following are some of my meals for the week:
Breakfast: Egg white omelet (spinach, mushrooms, onions) with skim milk
Lunch: Green smoothie (Fage 0 plan yogurt, spinach, apple, pineapple, grapes)
Lunch: Fage fruit parfait (puffed rice instead of my bran buds)
Dinner: Salmon and couscous/or steamed veggies
Dinner: Large salad (w/ lima beans, kidney beans, cucumbers, onions, olive oil, balsamic vinegar).
Snack: Banana with almond butter
Snack: Handful of walnuts
Snack: Rice crackers
To be honest I didn't feel deprived. I think my smoothie and fruit parfait satisfied my sweet tooth. I actually stayed at the lower end of my calorie range.
I will continue reading labels for added sugar and make better choices. I will add back in my bread and my post workout chocolate milk. I can't give those up.
You should give it a try
I dare you!