Saturday, March 3, 2012
Day 1 - Sugar Free
During this challenge I will not only be cutting out all traditional sugars, I will be cutting out all artificial sweeteners too (with the exception of my protein powder which uses stevia). I firmly believe that artificial sweeteners are more toxic than sugar in general. There are numerous articles on the dangers of artificial sweeteners; some of these side effects are cancer, allergic reactions, headaches, mood swings, seizures, memory loss, fatigue, anxiety, change in vision, GI issues, skin irritations, weight gain, depression, and liver and kidney issues. More info found HERE. After I'm done with this challenge, I will go back to using raw sugar (the least processed, the better) and honey in moderation. It's amazing how much your tastes adapt to having no sugar and you get an idea of how things truly taste.
Here's a helpful list of what I won't be eating (shared from my friend Amanda at Run To The Finish):
Syrups (cane syrup, rice syrup, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, molasses, honey, sorgam)
Refined and processed sugars (cake, cookies, candy)
Look through your cabinets, unexpected things like tomato sauce, ketchup and peanut butter can contain sugars we are trying to avoid or just excess sugar. Avoid: Fructose, Maltose, Sorbitol, Evaporated Cane Juice, Xylotol and other sugars end in “ol” or “ose”
Sugar substitutes (Aspartame, Sucralose, Nutra-sweet)
Fruit juice: Yup that's right you need to nix this because of high sugar content
Also - If you are looking for some amazing recipes to substitute some of favorite things or just for some great sugar free recipes - check out Spoonful of Sugar Free. Alex has been sugar free for a while and has created some great sugar free recipes!! She is an excellent resource.
Day 1 Meals:
Breakfast - Oats w/ blueberries and raspberries, chia seeds and vanilla whey protein.
Lunch - PB (just ground up peanuts) on sourdough bread.
Dinner - Just a lot of snacking (apples & pb, bruschetta on sourdough bites)
First day took a little getting used to. Meals are already planned out for the next couple days to make it easier though.