Monitoring Sugar

Friday, December 27, 2013

I'm combining Sparkpeople's Official Tame Your Sugar Addiction Challenge with an 8-week program to eliminate sugar that my wife found on a food blog.

So the first step is to monitor my current sugar intake to find out how many grams of sugar I'm currently consuming on a daily basis. With soda, my daily total is coming out way too high, but if I were to eliminate soda, the total would be under the "legal" limit (25g).

My current plan is eliminate soda and replace it with a small cup of coffee in the morning. I generally put two teaspoons of sugar in my coffee, so that's a mere 8g of sugar compared to a 12-oz Coke's 39g (!)

I'm excited about making the switch, especially because I have been waking up with a metallic taste in my mouth similar to the aftertaste of Coca-cola. Yuck!

Ideally, I would want to eliminate sugar and caffeine entirely to get off the wheel of sugar/caffeine cravings and bingeing. But somehow I can't seem to give up my morning beverage ritual. Especially in the winter, a warm cup of coffee in the morning is very soothing. I know I could switch to tea with a similar effect, but I've never been a huge fan of tea.

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    If you set your mind on it, you can do it, but I think the joy of that morning cup of coffee is hard to beat. There must be enjoyment in what we eat or drink within healthy limits and one cup of good coffee is not going to impact your health in a negative way.
    1942 days ago
    The first step is the hardest to make.I wish you well. Trying to eliminate sugar is hard to do. I tried to do it cold turkey and found out I couldn't. Therefore I did keep some sugar in my diet so I did not crash. I continue to lower it a little at a time. So please be careful at how fast you eliminate sugar so you won't crash the way I did.
    1942 days ago
    Stay motivated!
    1942 days ago
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