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Sugar free

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Starting Monday I wanted to re-visit an old experiment of mine that asks for no refined sugars for a week. Last time I was stoic, as I was freaking out about a knee injury and really wanted to heal via diet and exercise rather than via medications and flimsy justifications. So is my version, anyway. The result was that I went 30 days remembering to eat fish oil every day and not eating refined sugars. All in all, I lived to tell the tale, my knee was fine, and so ended my dramatic panic.

I like the idea of avoiding sugar for a couple of reasons, but my main idea here for the next week is that when restricting the overall amount of how much I eat, I see myself replacing nutritious foods for delicious foods, and then not eating further to fortify myself because I have run out of calories. So the idea is to take out the empty and see what happens to my macronutrients. Hopefully they increase, I eat enough iron for once, and I get my full day's ration of protein.

I have an entire novel that I should write about artificial sweetners, and artificial foods, and how I eat them in reality even though the version of me that is in my head is that I am a sustainable, nuts-and-berries type of gal. Not so. But maybe no sugar could be a gateway to realizing the ratio of packaged foods: not packaged foods, even when they are "good"--ie manufactured by ethical companies, nutritious, wrapper printed with soy ink, etc. I'd love the gateway and the wake up call.

Anyway---off into my week of no refined sugar!

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    Good luck!!!
    1809 days ago
    1811 days ago
    Today's no-refined-sugar surprise was a delicious (I mean it!) Ruby Red grapefruit at lunch. I also got to chat with a long-lost friend when I had to go to the grocery store for more rice cakes for my afternoon unsweetened snack at work. All in all, a winner of a day! I love the idea of taking out the "empty" stuff and replacing it with macronutrients. It really makes this more about the fullness in life and less about loss.

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    1811 days ago
    holy mackerel that's a challenge. I know you can do it and I will anxiously await the results of this blog :o)
    1811 days ago
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    1811 days ago
    It takes fortitude to do it, so good luck.
    1812 days ago
    A week is a start. I only started to lose a lot of weight when I gave up artificial sweetners and not having any added sugar (succrose) in my food. If I want to sweeten food e.g. tamato sauses I add presoaked dates sparingly and that way my family and I are getting some fibre in as well. You go, girl. Make it count.
    1812 days ago
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