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Taming your sweet tooth challenge - Week 2; Day 7

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Last day of week 2.

Let's take a look at this weeks objectives and see where things stand:

1. Find out where sugar may be hiding. You probably already know the most common sources of sugar (think cupcakes or cookies), but how well do you know the unexpected places sugar may be hiding?

It is surprising to see how many processed foods have sugar added to them.

It looks like around 4-5g of sugar per meal (12-15g total per day) is in keeping with health recommendations: http://www.livestrong.com/arti

I will be sure to keep this in mind.

2. Learn to spot sugar by other names. Sugar often likes to go incognito under multiple names on food labels. Take this quiz to see if you know some of its undercover aliases.


3. Start reducing your sugar intake. Pick three sources of sugar that you tend to reach for and take your first steps toward managing your cravings and cutting down on sugar from these foods this week. Tell us which triggers you plan to avoid here.

> IN PROGRESS - after meals is still the danger zone. It seems like sugar-free gum might take the edge off of an intense craving. I think hot tea *might* actually make it worse some how? I was trying to substitute a processed sweet for dried figs, this seems like it *might* be a viable solution. I have a feeling that at the end of the day my ability to break the habit will depend most on being firm with myself.

So far the wheels have come off of my progress every weekend for the last month -- I have a really hard time enjoying meals socially without completely losing focus on my goals. I might try looking at menu's ahead of time and putting my prospective meal into SP before I go out to make what I am about to do vividly quantified...

4. Continue to be mindful. Keep tracking your food and blogging to measure your progress throughout the week.

Been doing great on this one too with the exception of Friday, Saturday, Sunday...
My goal this week/weekend is to track everything all weekend long...

On to week 3!
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