For the month of February, I made a decision to consume less than 10 grams of sugar a day. Let's be honest, I was addicted. Every single night, I needed to end the day with a half (well... a full) dark chocolate bar, or entire container of coconut ice cream, or granola, cookies, etc. All of these snacks alone have 10+ grams of sugar.
I wanted to prove to myself that I can achieve any goal I set out for myself, no matter how challenging it may be. There is still a full container of coconut ice cream in my fridge that I bought that last week of January, so I think I can successfully say mission accomplished! The temptation was there, but I did not succumb.
The fact of the matter is, we are all addicted to sugar.
In the 1960s, the sugar industry started booming and adding extra sugar into everything they could from cereal to sports drinks (sugar, brown sugar, agave, corn sugar, dextrin, fructose, fruit juice concentrate, etc). We started eating it for every meal without knowing the impact on our health. As the industry turned into over a $50 billion a year industry, the sugar folks paid scientists to prove that fat made you fat and not sugar. They conducted studies to show that sugar had no adverse effects on health. Well, this is wrong. With growing rates of type 2 diabetes, autism, ADD, and childhood obesity, something cannot be right with this equation. I am NOT saying that sugar is the entire problem, but I am saying that you do not need it to enjoy your food and you might even find that you enjoy food more without it!
Giving up sugar is hard. We associate sugar with happiness.
Birthday Party = Cake
Friday Office Breakfast = Donuts
Movies = Sour Patch Kids
Little League Championship = Ice Cream
Sunday Morning Brunch = Syrup with a side of Pancakes
We have conditioned ourselves to believe that sugar correlates with positivity. When in reality it slows us down. When is the last time you felt amazing after eating 15 donut holes? When is the last time you wanted to workout after the whole pint of ice cream? It is time to make a change and show you that good food means good mood and good mood means a good life!
What I Ate:
Wake Up - 4:30am
Water - 0 Grams
- Drink 2 liters of water with sea salt
- Activated Charcoal
Tea - 8:30am
Mushroom Tea - 0 Grams
- 1 TBS. Cacao
- 1 Four Sigmatic Coryceps Tea Packet
- 1 Tbs. Rishi Turmeric Ginger Tea
- 10 oz. Mountain Valley Spring Water
Meal One - 12:00pm
Smoothie Bowl - 4 Grams of Sugar
o Coconut Milk - 0 g
o Vital Proteins Collagen Protein - 0 g
o 1 TBS. Peanut Butter - 1 g
o 1 Handful Kale - 0 g
o 1/2 Avocado - 0 g
o 1/3 Cup Sunflower Seeds - 0 g
o 1 Serving Gluten Free Oatmeal - 0 g
o 1 Tbs. Tonic Alchemy Super Food Blend - 0 g
o 1 tsp. Bee Pollen - 1 g
o 1/3 Cup Pumpkin Seeds - 1 g
o Sliced Avocado - 0 g
o 1 Tbs. Chia Seed - 0 g
o 1 Tbs. Hemp Seed - 1 g
o 1 Handful Walnuts/Brazil Nuts - 1 g
- Garden of Life Multi Vitamin
- Mega Hydrate
Meal Two - 2:00pm
Avocado Gluten Free Toast with Egg - 0 Grams of Sugar
- 2 Slices Gluten Free Bread - 0 g
- 1/2 Avocado - 0 g
- 2 Over Hard Eggs - 0g
Snack - 3:30pm
- Bullet Proof Vanilla Shortbread Protein Bar - 2 Grams of Sugar
- Bullet Proof Fuel Bar - 0 Grams
Meal Three - 5:00pm
Salad/Grain Bowl - 3.5 Gram of Sugar
- 1/2 Cup Rice - 0 g
- 1 Chicken Breast - 0 g
- 1 Handful Spinach - 0 g
- Mixed Chopped Peppers - 1 g
- 1/2 Cubed Sweat Potato - 2.5 g
- 1/2 Avocado - 0 g
- 2 Tbs. Hope Hummus - 0 g
Meal Four - 7:30pm
- Grass Fed Burger
- 1/3 Pound Grass Fed Ground Beef - 0 g
- 1/2 Avocado - 0 g
- Toasted Gluten Free Bun - 0 g
- Swish Chard - 0g
Daily Sugar Total = 7 to 9.5 grams
How I did it:
I reached out for social support by telling my fiancé and friends sugar was gone from my diet for the month. I wanted them to know so they could support my mission. I used Instagram and Snapchat to document my experience by sharing recipes and my feelings throughout the sugarless journey. The support was amazing. I had so many people ask me for recipes, to cook with them, and asking how the hell I was doing it. It was amazing. And that was a huge contributor to me achieving my goal.
I had serious cravings! The first 5 days were really tough. I saw the ice cream, wanted the ice cream, but dismissed it even existed! I told myself, "I am the one who reaches the spoon in there, fills it with ice cream, and then eats the damn thing." It is your choice to eat everything you eat. Remember that. Take ownership.
I challenge you:
Not to do what I did, but to go 5 days without added sugar. Mind you, I took it to the extreme (as I often do) and went completely off all sugars. Try it without the added stuff. Read the labels. Sorry Captain Crunch, Minute Made Apple Juice, and Starbucks Mocha Fraps, but we are taking a week off! You will be amazed on how much sugar is in foods we consider to be “healthy.” No more sugar. Learn and improve yourself. Notice how your body changes, your mind clears up, your skin gets better, and you feel like a better you!
Get off Sugar.
Enjoy food again!