30 Day No Sugar Challenge: Day 1

Today marks the first day of the 30 Day No Sugar Challenge!  If you have decided to bite the bullet and take the challenge, congratulations! You have just made a decision that will make you healthier in so many ways.

If you have not yet taken the challenge, watch this video and read this post.

Daily Recap (how my day went with no sugar)

  • Got through the first day with NO SWEETS!  Yay!!!!
  • Avoided a piece of birthday cake at work that everyone was talking about and saying was “so good”
  • Realized what times of the day I really crave something sweet.  I mean really crave it!
  • Felt so good that I withstood the strong temptation!

Sugar Rehab

One fundamental of cutting out sugar is knowing how to look at labels to tell if a food has sugar.

You’d think it would be simple: it would just say “sugar” in the ingredients list, right?

Wrong!!!  The food industry uses many different forms of added sugar:

  • Corn sweetener
  • Corn syrup
  • Brown sugar
  • Maltose
  • Molasses
  • Raw sugar
  • Sucrose
  • Fructose
  • Fruit juice concentrate
  • High fructose corn syrup
  • Invert sugar
  • Raw sugar
  • Syrup
  • Table sugar

Try to avoid foods that have one of these forms of sugar as one of their top ingredients.  Always keep in mind that ingredients are listed by weight, in descending order.

I’ll admit that I’m not getting as extreme as avoiding anything that has one of these ingredients.  For example, I use protein bars for breakfast on the days I work quite often.  Some of these bars do contain some sugar, but these are a very calorie-controlled meal that I do not “overeat.”

You know your own weaknesses.  Maybe it’s chocolate chip cookies.  Maybe it’s grabbing handfuls of your kid’s chocolate teddy grahams when you’re starving in the afternoon.

Remember that this 30 Day No Sugar Challenge is designed to get you (and me!) out of bad habits and starting new healthier habits!

Hang in there through the next few days — they are the hardest!  You can do it!

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