I thought the title was a cheat because they really didn't go sugar free.
I think it would be really hard to go completely sugar free. Sugar has been added to so many foods that I do not want to make from scratch and I don't want to do without. On the rare occasion that I eat French Fries, I want ketchup!
It looks like they tried to cut out all sweeteners- artificial and natural. It is interesting to think about.
"Do you think you could go a year without eating any sugar? Or being realistic since so many foods have added sugar, could you reduce your sugar consumption by 90%? 75%? "
I think it would be difficult to go entirely sugar/sweetener free unless you make everything from scratch, don't eat with other people, and don't have a sweet tooth. I don't really want to lump all sweeteners together and remove them from my diet. I think planning to reduce those types of foods is more realistic and helpful to making lasting changes.
I've gone years without sugar for the most part. Yes, I eat fruit, but I make a point not to buy foods with added sugars (they're everywhere). And yes, I have a treat or eat a slice of cake or cheesecake every so often. But we certainly don't need all the sugar that we eat and it's not very good for us.
I did find that after I completely gave up sugar for three months (no cheats, no treats), that sweet foods tasted too sweet. They still do and it can be enough to make me a little sick to my stomach, so that much easier to avoid.
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Attempting such a thing would make a me a miserable person. I enjoy a slice a cake of weddings and birthdays, and an ice cream cone after a round of mini-golf with my family, and having pancakes at my church's fundraisers, and a glass of sangria at a pool party, and a snow cone at the fair. While these are not choices I make every day, I make them often enough that I would feel deprived if I gave them up entirely.
Yeah, not even going to try.
I'm all about eliminating the added sugars in processed foods that really aren't necessary. I don't see why sugar needs to be added to things like applesauce, yogurt, oatmeal, or peanut butter. I'm all about seeking out better choices. It's not that hard to make my own pasta sauce to avoid one with added sugar.
I'm not interested in any diet rules that would be so restrictive that I would have to give up M&M's and Girl Scout cookies forever. Stop that crazy talk.
I did a 10 day sort of detox from sugar and dairy. Only fruit was 1/2 cup blueberries and 1/2 Cup cranberries each day. REMARKABLY: My feet QUIT sweating!!! No more sweat and vinegar smell. Started right back up when I started back on the sugar.
Edited by: EEKAMIGHTY at: 4/14/2014 (11:18)
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I read the article too, they did seem to have some loose rules. I gave up added sugar, as much as I could find, for about 3 months. I lost 16 lbs. Then sugar started sneaking back in and I'm pretty much back to sugar, I have regained 5 lbs. I'm heading back to the no sugar route to see if I can give it up for good. To me this means no soda, no candy, no cake, no cookies and no yogurt, no processed foods with sugar in them. I will not give up my milk!
I've reduced my sugar intake by not eating processed foods. I'm gonna guess 80%. I do use small amounts of sugar in my daily tea. haven't had it in forever, but I would have Alden's ice cream www.aldensicecream.com/, and I still enjoy dark chocolate at a certain time of the month ;) I made cookies at xmas....
They fact that they didn't' truly do it (a year without sugar) does make it seem like it was created in order to sensationalize a headline in order to sell...
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I know I've reduced my intake of sugar by 75% just by limiting refined sugars, processed foods, and starches. My taste buds prefer the natural sweetness of fruits and veggies like carrots, sweet potatoes, and butternut squash...without the added condiments (sugar, butter, cinnamon). My occasional downfall is ice cream...but I'm working on it.
idk if I read the same article that you did.... but what put me off (in the article I read) was the fact that the woman is a writer and stated she needed an idea for a book and hit on a year without sugar. In other words, they did it so she could write a book that, because of it's premise and people being overweight etc etc, would sell well. Not because they were overweight or pre-diabetic or whatever.
So I reckon if I could make a ton of money off writing a book about it.... I'd go a year without sugar too. Especially if I could make all kinds of "exceptions" to the rule.
That said.... I've cut back on my consumption of sugar quite a bit over the past few years. It's not that difficult to do, if you eat at home most of the time, cooking from scratch. What I'd really like to see is the nutritional labels on foods, calling out specifically "added sugar".
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I read the article and have been seriously thinking about doing my own version of it.
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There was an article in the paper today about a family that went a year without sugar. They didn't really go without sugar but it was an interesting thought.
They allowed the each person to make their own decisions about eating sugar at birthday parties or occasions where everyone else was eating sugar. They also each had one personal exemption that they could have at any time.
They also didn't count "natural sugars" such as the sugar in an apple. But they did count anything that was a natural sugar, like agave syrup, that was concentrated and added to another food.
The author states they didn't lose any weight but noticed that sugary foods were almost sickeningly sweet. In the picture with the article everyone in the family looked "normal" weight.
She was also surprised at how many foods had added sugar and the many different forms of sugar that is hidden in foods.
She was also surprised at how often they were offered foods high in sugar. Cookies at work, play dates with ice cream, dinners with friends that end with dessert etc.
Do you think you could go a year without eating any sugar? Or being realistic since so many foods have added sugar, could you reduce your sugar consumption by 90%? 75%?
In changing my diet over the last 10 years I think I have reduced my sugar intake by 75%. I don't think I want to get rid of the last 25%! like my occasional cookies and candies. They just aren't a large part of my diet anymore.
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