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28 Days Later Challenge

Friday, February 01, 2013

Zombie team is doing a 28 days later challenge. In this challenge, we will spend the month of February cutting processed sugars out of our diets. The team leader and his wife did this last year and had fantastic results.

The downfall.... just about everything has sugar in it. Even light yogurt. My Slim fast. All the quick and easy processed foods I usually reach for.... but know are awful for me.

But I'm not here to talk about bad stuff. I'm here to tell you that usually by this time each morning, I would have consumed 18g of sugar in my slim fast shake alone. My daily goal for the first week of Feb is to be between 9-15g. I have consumed.....
*drum roll please*

1.9g of sugar thus far this morning (I thought it was 3.5, but I only had 1 slice of bread with my egg sandwich, so got to cut that original number in half). What was your low sugar breakfast you may ask?

2 eggs scrambled in a dab of light butter
1/2 slice of American Cheese
1 slice white toast

I made a 1/2 sandwich out of it, and enjoyed. Snack will be some almonds (usually with an apple, but an apple has 10g of sugar in it....). This snack will have 1.4g sugars.

Lunch will be a salad with chickpeas and sunflower seeds totaling .5g of sugars.

I am not sure what dinner or pm snack will be yet. But I plan to keep it under 5g of sugar whatever it is.

I'm noticing three trends in doing this.
1. I am forced to eat more unprocessed foods
2. It is very difficult to get SP's recommended carbs as most of the carbs I would usually consume are processed foods. But I'm not going to obsess about that. I'm just going to focus on my sugar intake.
3. I have to give up sweet snacks... obviously.

Maybe I can do this. It won't be easy... and I'm expecting a headache any time soon from caffeine withdraws. But maybe this challenge will be what I need to get me moving in the right direction.

Now if only I could get my bride friend to set a date for her wedding so I could get a countdown started.

- T.
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    I did almost 2 months of no sugar/no gluten and lost 15 lbs this summer.. I felt great and was so pleased that I was doing something healthy for myself.....however when I added sugar back in I didn't do it gradually..that was my I was suddenly SUGAR happy! :( And quickly gained back the weight in the following months....:P SO this week I decided for the next 5 weeks I"ll allow myslef one sweet a day. THat way I"m still getting some sweets for my craving, but not going overboard...I'm such an extremist! Lol. But I'll get it right someday! :))) Keep doing a great can do IS possible! :)
    1898 days ago
    Remember to focus on the artificial and added sugars. Keep the others in mind, but the real bad guys here are the extras.
    1898 days ago
    You are doing a great job. Believe me, I know how hard a time I have, and that's with PSD nagging.. I mean helping.. me all the time.
    1898 days ago
    I am struggling with cutting sugar out as we speak (or type) lol.

    My doctor told me that I had to stay below 19 grams a day!

    I am having a hard time with it.
    Also I have to say at 120 grams (or less) of carbs a day.


    I know if I wrap my mind around it and get in that right "zone" I can do it, but it is hard to do that when DH eats anything and everything, especially cookies, cakes and pies!

    I guess all we can do is emoticon

    emoticon on your success so far!


    1903 days ago
    Way to go!! One of my goals is to cut down on the processed foods. emoticon
    1903 days ago
    And here I thought I ate very little processed foods. All well. Here's to no sugar!! emoticon
    1903 days ago
    You can do it!!!!
    1904 days ago
    You are AMAZING! emoticon
    I'm so proud of you for getting out of your comfort zone and challenging yourself this way. Keep up the great work! Congratulations on eating less processed foods! emoticon
    1904 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/1/2013 10:57:03 AM
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