no sugar added.

by Janetha on April 26, 2011

in Featured,meals

due to my self-induced sugar coma on sunday night, i have been left feeling less than 100%.  while i loved each and every sweet, sugary bite of homemade carrot cake, my head and belly did not love me afterward. it’s pretty crazy how quickly our bodies get used to clean eating and how they react when we consume foods that fall below the healthy eating radar.  i am not saying there is anything wrong with eating these less-than-healthy foods.  i do it all the time and, as you know, am a big advocate of taking a day off once a week to eat whatever floats my boat. i call it “free day” and that terminology came from my days with body for life.

so, what am i getting at, you ask? well, this week i am conducting a little experiment.  a challenge, if you will.  i am going to only eat foods that contain no added sugar.  there is no real reason behind me doing this.  the carrot cake headache is what gave me the idea, then i basically just wanted to challenge myself and see if i could make it a week.  i love a good challenge.  it makes me try harder and do better.


by “no sugar added”, i mean foods that have ANY type of sweetener in the ingredients list.  basically, if it is a food that has a label and lists more than one ingredient, i will be looking to see if one of those ingredients is a type of sugar or sweetener.  because it’s a tricky topic, i went ahead and googled a list of various terms for added sweeteners.  here is a compilation of what i found (not comprehensive):

  • sugar of any kind (brown, powdered, white, unrefined, palm, raw, turbinado to name a few)
  • cane juice or evaporated cane juice
  • syrup of any kind (maple, corn, birch, beet, carob to name a few)
  • honey
  • molasses
  • sucanat
  • agave
  • stevia
  • high fructose corn syrup (i avoid this regardless)
  • dextran
  • dextrose
  • fructose
  • glucose
  • lactose
  • sorbitol

obviously there are a lot of other terms for sugar and sweeteners, but this is a good start for me to watch for when i read labels.  plus, thanks to good old technology, if i wonder about an ingredient, i can always look it up on my iphone.

lucky for me, i never add sweetener to any of my foods (such as adding sugar to coffee, agave to oatmeal or honey to tea).  i always just eat things as they are without any added sweetener.  the real challenge and kicker is that i can’t eat foods that have the added sugar built into them.  i have done some label reading and was pretty surprised to see how many of my staple foods have added sugar.

here is a list of some things i eat on a weekly (and some daily) basis that i won’t be eating this week—it is by no means comprehensive:

  • all the granola in my house
  • all the cereal in my house
  • my beloved mighty maple peanut butter (!!) and other flavored nut butters in my house
  • all the protein bars i eat (the simply bar, luna bars, perfect foods bars)
  • ketchup
  • the majority of the salad dressings in my house
  • flavored yogurts (i eat these sparingly so it won’t be hard)
  • any of the baked protein items i usually make (like the protein muffins—sweetened with xagave)
  • vitatops
  • the chocolate chips that are in my favorite trail mix
  • my bread and my bagel thins and my tortillas (yes, they have added sweeteners. i need to find some items that don’t!)
  • the sugar free items i still eat but shouldn’t: sugar free syrup, ketchup and jam (even though they are sugar free, they have added sweeteners of other sorts)
  • the craisins i have been eating handfuls of (why do dried cranberries need added sugar? they don’t. this is lame.)
  • my adora dark chocolate calcium discs and fiberchoice fiber chews
  • some of the crackers in my house
  • the sugar free trident gum i chew, like, 8 pieces of a day

as you can see, most of the items on this list aren’t unhealthy items!  except they do all have added sweeteners of some kind and that is what i want to cut out this week.  the reason i say “no added sugars” is because i will, of course, still be eating sugars.  the sugars i will be eating are the naturally occurring kinds.  some examples are the sugars found in fruit, vegetables, milk and yogurt.  if it has sugar naturally and it is not added into the food, then it is fine by me for this challenge.

i think i will be eating a lot of foods that are only one ingredient so i don’t have to be reading labels at all times.  i made it through the day yesterday with no problems.. here are the meals i ate:

  • breakfast: plain egg whites and plain oats with cinnamon (skipped the salsa and SF syrup i usually use)
  • lunch: cottage cheese, salad greens and 2 wasa fiber crackers
  • snack: trail mix with chocolate chips picked out
  • dinner: spinach, hummus and cheese stuffed chicken, spaghetti squash and steamed broccoli
  • dessert: glass of skim milk and a protein cake made with protein powder, unsweetened applesauce, an egg white and baking powder

not bad.

the one exception i am making is with my protein powders.  i don’t use protein powder a lot, but i do use it when i need a protein boost.  i will try to use it sparingly, but i am not too worried about the minimal sugar it adds to my day.  i checked out the labels and for most of my powders, there isn’t more than 2 grams of sugar per serving.  last night, i used 1/2 a serving of protein powder for my protein cake, which came out to one gram of sugar.

i told marshall about my plan (because i think it’s a good idea to voice your goals to help make them a reality!) and told him i was going to try to make it a whole week.  his response was amazing. he said “don’t say you are going to try to do it. just do it. and don’t think of it in the term of a week. take it one day at a time. one meal at a time. and you will do it.”

i love that guy!!!! those were some of the wisest words i’ve heard in a long time!

i wanted to point out a few blogs i will be going to for no-sugar recipes and inspiration. these ladies know how to cut out sugar and still eat deliciously.

check them out if you are looking to reduce the amount of sugar in your own diet!

so, now that i have voiced my new little challenge and goal to you guys.. i will show you today’s meals so you can see how i did.

after waking up and doing the plyometric cardio circuit of insanity (still going strong!), i showered and got to work on breakfast.

breakfast: 1/3 cup plain oats (cooked in water) + 4 plain egg whites.


205 calories, 24g protein, 24g carbs, 2g fat, 7g sugar (from skim milk)

i would typically put mighty maple peanut butter on the oats and sugar free ketchup on the eggs.  i skipped both sweetened condiments and, guess what? i didn’t miss them.. and i was just as full as i normally am.  i was worried that i would be less full due to the lack of nut butter, but i wasn’t.  in the future, if i did want a little more staying power, i would simply add some slivered almonds or a nut butter that contains only peanuts.


i did pour a little skim milk into the oats because they needed some cooling off before i could shovel them in.  i couldn’t wait for them to cool because i was running late for work.. truth be told.


the egg whites were pretty bland and boring, but i don’t have a problem with that. i treated them as protein packed fuel for my morning and happily ate them, sans ketchup or other condiments.


lunch: 1 cup spaghetti squash + 1 cup broccoli + 1/2 cup cottage cheese + garlic salt.


235 calories, 26g protein, 22g carbs, 4g fat, 13g sugar (4g from squash, 3g from broccoli and 6g from cottage cheese)

don’t knock it til you try it.

i started to get a headache mid-afternoon. i wonder if this was lack of sugar? it’s crazy.. i get a headache from sugar overload and i get a headache from sugar withdrawal. what the? anyway.. my snack fixed that with some naturally occurring sugar.

snack: plain chobani greek yogurt + banana.


pretty self explanatory. i sliced the banana and piled the slices in as i ate.


300 calories, 21g protein, 46g carbs, 10g fat, 23g sugar (7g from yogurt and 16g from banana)

i also added some chia seeds for healthy fats and fiber.


i went to bikram today at 5:30. i had the spot RIGHT next to the heater. whew, i was steaming up. it was a good class, though, and i am getting the hang of more postures. slowly but surely.

after class i pounded a coconut water, which has 60 calories and 14 grams of naturally occurring sugar.

came home and got to work on FOOD because i was ravenous. i had a handful of trail mix while prepping (about 3g sugar due to the raisins.. give or take)

dinner: my new favorite meal.


335 calories, 32g protein, 42g carbs, 8g fat, 9g sugar (7g from sweet potato and 2g from yogurt)

remember my tofu scramble from a couple weeks ago? it had been too long since i had eaten it again. just as good the second time around!


i measured things out (by weight or measure) so i could get an accurate account of the naturally occuring sugars (out of curiosity).. so this was exactly:

  • 100 g sweet potato
  • 160 g extra firm lite tofu
  • 2 tb tofu scramble seasoning (basically just nutritional yeast with seasonings)
  • 1 oz (30 g) avocado
  • 50 g plain fat free greek yogurt
  • 50 g black beans

turns out cholula has no added sugar, so i doused it in that before eating.


looove cholula!


whew. all that calculating is a pain in the ass. how do people track their macros every day? i have never been the type that is able to do it daily.

anyway, my point in calculating all those macros is that after these four meals (and my post-workout drink and trail mix) i consumed 70 grams of naturally occurring sugar! and i still have my fifth meal to eat. that seems like a lot to me. i have no idea if it is a lot or not.. but to be eliminating added sugar all day long and still consume 70 grams is crazy to me.  i wonder how many grams i consume on the days that i add mighty maple to my oats, ketchup to my eggs, salsa to my lunch, have a protein bar for my snack and my candy-like supplements.  i might have to tally that sometime.

i am basically thinking and typing at the same time. i am no expert by ANY means and i really am not educated on sugar consumption.  i plan to do a little more research on the topic because i love to learn.. and i plan to continue my week of no added sugar. like marshall said, one meal at a time.. i will make it.

hope you enjoyed reading my no sugar added rambles.. i am going to close up shop, eat meal #5 and hit the hay. hasta luego!


1. do you pay attention to your sugar intake? talk about it.

2. what is your favorite no sugar added meal and/or snack?

xo. janetha g.

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applesnoats April 26, 2011 at 8:17 pm

wow you go girl!!!
i have complete faith that your gonna demolish this challenge..i dont think i could give it up completely but your inspiring me to cut my stevia usage for sure!

Katie April 26, 2011 at 8:17 pm

I am loving this challenge and damn girl this is a challenge! I love what Marshall said! He is a good hubby!

Love u!!!!!

Tw April 26, 2011 at 8:18 pm

SO weird is I opened Gracious Pantry sugar free on Monday and they are still minimized on my computer :) This morning after boxing I tried to eat my oatmeal with nothing and ewwwww it was awful. I had to have pbutter in there. The cinnamon just did not cut it for me…so I am going to tweak things this weekend and try to go sugar free from May 1-10 I can do anything for 10 days right!

I love, love agave and they sell my fave at Costco :)

katshealthcorner April 26, 2011 at 8:22 pm

Yes, I do pay attention to sugar. I have cut it out of my life, and it’s as if my taste buds have come alive! Everything tastes better! :D

I saw your entire list of “sugars.” Isn’t it cravy how many different types of sugar, sources of sugar, and how many staple-products have it in it?! It is RIDICULOUS!

glidingcalm April 26, 2011 at 8:23 pm

how cool!! i dont think you should worry about the 70 grams since fruit is healthy!! I love the rule that you can eat as many fruits and veggies as you want!! (Well, I would say within reason on the fruit… esp. dried fruit since I can bust through a pack of dried apricots like THAT…or banana chips! oh dAYUM) But i DO like your idea of clean eating… i am trying to do that more and more now! like today I was CRAVING plain scrambled eggs, and that is NEVER ME. I bet you could make a homemade salsa or something and it’d be bombbbbbbbb (super tedious though, i knoW!).

Oh yeah, I was going to say how i would DIE without gum. Yes, i am THAT dramatic. Need my oral fixation!! whooli whooooooo!


Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) April 26, 2011 at 8:23 pm

tracking my macros, no never. for the reasons you pointed out!

i love sugar. do not come to my blog for sugar free anything…lol! Truly, I need sugar. I am a busy, flying around on the go person..and I need that RUSH of sugar and carbs way more so than i need protein. Fat, yes, that too. But after years of tweaking, i know i need carbs, fat, protein, in that order. And the carbs I eat include everything from fruit to desserts, plenty of “natural” and unnatural sugars, included :)

I think it’s great youre experimenting with your dietary path.

And that avo on your salad…NICE!

Kelly April 26, 2011 at 8:24 pm

I honestly have no idea how many grams of naturally occurring sugars I eat but I am religious at keeping my added sugars to less than 20 grams a day.

Sam April 26, 2011 at 8:24 pm

I have been eating to reduce the amount of sugar I eat for some time now so I think I will join you on this “No Sugar Added” challenge. One week? Bring it on!

BroccoliHut April 26, 2011 at 8:26 pm

I went on a Clean Eating kick last spring in which I tracked all my added sugars. It was tedious, but it was a great way to learn which foods have unnecessary sugars! I pretty much just limited processed foods and stuck to whole foods in order to avoid the sugars.

katshealthcorner April 26, 2011 at 8:26 pm

Have you ever tried spraying olive oil and sprinkling some basil on your egg whites? :)

Heidi April 26, 2011 at 8:27 pm

The body is a great thing – it always tells us what it doesn’t like.
I noticed that you tend to chew lots of gum too. I go through at least a half pack daily, sometimes more, but I’ve been cutting back because I have read that excessive gum chewing leads to bloating (increased air intake). It’s amazing what this easy fix has done for me. I think you’ll see a huge difference, just by quitting that for a week!

Good luck with your sugar free challenge :)

errin April 26, 2011 at 8:38 pm

i try really hard to stay away from sugar of all kinds, but after watching this video the other week, it REALLY sent me over the edge it’s all about how sugar is a REAL poison.

sugar is such a hard addict to break–i wasn’t able to keep from eating some the past few days over easter/my birthday, but as of tomorrow, i’m done w/ all sugars–processed and otherwise.

i made your tofu scramble yesterday morning. my good lord, it was fantastic, thanks for the recipe!

BrocStar April 26, 2011 at 8:38 pm

I’ve tried this before.. twice. Both times I was going for 2 weeks. I made it 8 days once and 10 another time.. it’s really tough! Your body really does get addicted to sugar. I always found the third day to be the hardest.

Ezzie April 26, 2011 at 9:02 pm

My stomach has always been sensitive to sugar, but that didn’t really stop me from eating it. It wasn’t until pretty recently that I actually listened to my body and lowered my sugar consumption. I’m not perfect though; After gobbling up all our Easter candy, both my brothers and I agreed that we felt like we ate trash. It’s crazy how sluggish you feel after a sugar crash! I know now that sugar should can be enjoyed moderately, and I think it all goes with finding the right balance for your body. Good luck on your challenge! & I loved marshall’s words of encouragement!

Leanne April 26, 2011 at 9:02 pm

Hey, your yoga session got me’s the toe touching challenge coming along?! I bet yoga will help with that!

janetha April 27, 2011 at 8:56 am

that’s exactly why i started yoga! so i could get closer! i am getting there.. but still have a couple inches to go!

thanks for asking :)

edenseats April 26, 2011 at 9:04 pm

I love you with all my sugar filled heart! Sadly, I will never be on your “sugar free inspiration” list. Because I seriously cant let a day go by with out a spoonful (and sometimes a pint) of ice cream. I’m made of mostly sugar, and a teeny bit of spice. But mostly sugar ;)

Kerryne April 26, 2011 at 9:10 pm

YUMMMMMMMMMMMMMM…. your food looks absolutely amazing… and I think you need to just skip on over here and become my personal chef! :) I definitely try to watch my sugar intake. I am one of those people that swell at the sight of any sort of carb. I am anxious to see how this week goes for you. I took some time to enjoy a little Easter candy on Sunday had the WORST headache since. Wonder if that’s why. Hmmm… anyway… good luck this week!!!!!!

melissa April 26, 2011 at 9:59 pm

Totally digging the no added sugar challenge! I heard somewhere that if something contains less than 4g of sugar your body doesn’t really register it and your insulin levels won’t spike. I have no idea if this is correct but I found that interesting. I’ll have to look into it.

I love that you are bringing our attention to sugar… I think we can focus on other macros in our foods but we tend to forget sugar. Considering how sugar effects EVERYONE’S bodies in crazy ways, we should be looking at it more.

megan @ muncher cruncher April 26, 2011 at 10:08 pm

Oh my gosh this is crazy… I was JUST looking at my logged food for the day and gawking at how my sugar intake was high from all of the added sugars in my food. I loved this post…loved it. Good luck on the challenge. I think it’s something we can ALL be more aware of!
I would die with chewing no gum. I’m kind of a gumaholic…
I made your ranch/cottage cheese/chickpea combo today and LOVED it. Gracias mi amiga! I hope you have an awesome week! xoxoxo

Mama Pea April 26, 2011 at 11:08 pm

You are a better woman than I am. I add stevia to a LOT of things I eat, though I do watch my sugar intake…both natural and added sugars. I don’t do well with it. Period. I’m pretty sure I would go into convulsions without my stevia, though.

The thing I do most when I’m trying not to add “sweet” is to put cinnamon on everything!

movesnmunchies April 26, 2011 at 11:58 pm

WOW i totally believe you can do this!!! i try to limit my added sugar as much as I can- this info it great too thanks for sharing the fact!

paijery April 27, 2011 at 12:46 am

I just did a sort of cleanse for the past two weeks where I ate no sugar. At first I found it really difficult because there is sugar in evvvverthing! But after a day or two I didn’t even miss it! I made my own almond butter (was super sad about the mighty maple too!) and snacked on bananas with nut butter and made ashley’s banana cornbread bake for breakfast. So so sooo filling! I also made my own salsas!
Those damn craisins got me too :D

Cilla April 27, 2011 at 1:21 am

Oh, I love sugarfree chewing gum!

I try to watch my added sugar intake pretty carefully, and natural sugar intake varies depending on how much fruit and what type of veggies I’ve eaten.

(Although today’s frozen yogurt added 15g of sugar. Sigh).

MelissaNibbles April 27, 2011 at 1:37 am

I’ve tried this before and it only made me binge on sugary foods. I’m ass backward like that. Good luck girl!

jenna_sk April 27, 2011 at 2:44 am

Really helpful ideas here… yes, am mindful of sugar and admit to needing improvement in this area. I still need that sweet kick (e.g. in coffee, smoothies), so I try to use stevia whenever it makes sense.

cathy April 27, 2011 at 3:17 am

thanks for sharing about your no-sugar challenge, j! that marshall is such a wise guy…i love the advice he gave you about taking a more micro-view of the challenge, going meal to meal.
i don’t track sugar consumption – i do look at salt, though. crazy how much sugar AND salt ketchup has!! eesh!
like mama pea (above) i NEED my stevia! coffee + stevia is the only way to drink it!
good luck today with day #2!

chocolate katie April 27, 2011 at 3:19 am

awwww i’m so honored u mentioned me on that list! i look to YOU for motitation… for weight-lifting! all the time!
i went through a phase where i ate a TON of sugar b/c i really wanted to gain weight. i’d be eating pints of ice cream in a sitting or daily double-layer cakes. it made me SO tired and just awful.
i’ve never actually calculated how much natural sugar i get… but it doesn’t seem to make me feel the same way as added sugars. dunno why. my favorite desserts are things like fudge babies or my raw chocolate fudge cake, which have no added sugars whatsoever… oh yeah, and coconut butter from the jar ;).

lindsay April 27, 2011 at 3:48 am

awesome job lady! the hardest thing for me would be the condiments and gum. But I did find natural unsweetened ketchup the other day, perfect! and thank goodness for cholula! SAVED THE DAY!
My husband use to get the sugar headaches too. Thankfully they go away. Try a kombucha to help knock that!

Lauren April 27, 2011 at 3:50 am

Wow, this seems tough. At first, I was thinking, it can’t be that hard, just don’t eat anything that has added sugar but when I read over all of the things that contain added sugar, I gasped. I don’t know if I could do it!!! Good luck girl. I bet you will feel amazing at the end of the week! :)

Katie April 27, 2011 at 4:07 am

I am trying out the paleo diet for the month of may, which means: no dairy, no grains/gluten, and no added sugars (except honey or maple syrup – and those should be kept to a min.) I will be eating lots of veggies, meat, seeds/nuts, oils (mainly olive and coconut) sweet potatoes, eggs, and some fruit. I am excited about this because the paleo diet has been known to improve people’s digestive systems and cure them from their IBS and other digestive woes. I have a bad digestive system, so hopefully with going paleo and taking my probiotics daily, I will be feeling better! If I do reap some great benefits and feel better all around, then I will most likely stick to it. Otherwise, I will do a gluten/dairy free and no added sugars way of eating.

Erica April 27, 2011 at 4:12 am

I think this is a fun challenge…but I personally would allow for natural sweetners to be added (i.e. the pure maple syrups and honey types). Marshall’s advice is awesome! What a great husband :) I love how fantastic all your meals look- especially dinner. Makes me want to run out and buy an Avocado!!I try to do my best eating as clean as I can. I’m a big fruit and raw/unsalted/no added sugar nut butter fan!

Holly @ The Runny Egg April 27, 2011 at 4:41 am

Ok Marshall had the best advice!!! And not just in terms of cutting out added sugar — that is awesome! Makes me think of Yoda’s advice: Try not, do or do not, there is no try. Or something like that.

I do somewhat pay attention to added sugars — I try to follow Jackie Warners advice of eating no packaged foods with 5g of sugar or more.

Heather April 27, 2011 at 4:53 am

oh man, i know i could do that but i don’t think i would want to! you’re a brave brave woman :) although i do love a smoothie that’s packed with fruit for a sweet treat…and i never add sweetener!

kgirl April 27, 2011 at 4:58 am

haha I was thinking it must take a lot of work to calculate all that, glad you admitted it was. What do you use to calculate it all?

I love living with no sugar- when I am able to actually stop accidently eating it. Now that the bulk of eating holidays are over and I gotta fit into a wedding dress, I stopped sugar again on monday- which is the BEST excuse ever… I always find that other people are the slowest to accept it … friends are always trying to convince me to “just have a piece of cake!” “its just ONE! you cannot live without sugar!”.
But I really think I can, I find that my body stops craving the stuff altogether after about a week and I feel more awake and energetic, and then I just have to avoid it after the withdrawal.

My favorite “no added sugar” snack is a protein smoothie. Same old: spinach, frozen strawberries, 1/2 banana, scoop unflavored protein, 1 tbs natural peanut-butter, and some plain yogurt.

You can stay on track with Insanity, so I’m sure you’ll do great!

atastelife April 27, 2011 at 5:01 am

1. I try. But I don’t obsess over it. These days I’m cutting out gluten so I’m focusing more on that, I guess.
2. Easy. Banana plus Almond Butter. Or carrots plus almond butter. Match(es) made in heaven.

withasideofhope April 27, 2011 at 5:20 am

This seems like a really tough challenge. I don’t know if I would be able to handle it. I don’t monitor how much sugar I take in. I try not to eat foods that contain too much sugar. I can’t wait to see how you do. Good luck! :)

Elina (Healthy and Sane) April 27, 2011 at 5:28 am

Wow, quite the challenge! I did a month of no white sugar once and it was kind of hell by the end. Hope a week is more manageable although you are doing it much more strictly. Good luck!
One of my favorite sugar free snacks: wasa cracker with hummus and slices of boiled egg, or carrots + hummus, fruit + cheese or peanut butter. simple stuff is the best :)

The Healthy Hostess April 27, 2011 at 5:36 am

You go girl! I need to do this too. Maybe next week – after Anna’s bday party and when we move to my parents. I have been eating so much crap since I’m stressed – this would be a good challenge for me!

Nicole @ Fresh & Fit April 27, 2011 at 5:59 am

Wow, good luck! I cant wait to see what you eat all week. I want to try to cut back on my sugar intake too. I ODed on sugar this weekend too.

Marisa @ Loser for Life April 27, 2011 at 6:04 am

I did a No Sugar experiment a while back. It was eye-opening to say the least! Honestly, I felt SO MUCH BETTER physically and mentally didn’t suffer from as many cravings as I normally do! Since, I have really cut back on the amount of added sugar in my diet. It’s definitely worth it!

Marshall is a genius :)

Sherry April 27, 2011 at 6:05 am

You’re awesome!! You are such a dedicated person I know you can do it! I have been eating like this for awhile now. Trying not to eat anything with added sugars in them and it’s really easy once you get use to it and know what to look for. Also, just so you know there is ketchup without added sugars or sweeteners. It’s only 1 gram of sugar per serving and that’s 1 gram of naturally occuring sugars that are in the tomato product used. You should look for it. I eat eggs all the time and season them with different herbs and spices for flavor. I am a firm believer that food should taste good no matter how healthy. I like to look forward to my eats and if it’s bland, tasteless, and unappealing I won’t eat it. I wish you the best of luck this week and look forward to watching you reach your goal!

janetha April 27, 2011 at 8:58 am

Thanks for the info on the ketchup! I will have to look for it. Honestly, I like some things totally plain and bland, like the egg whites. I love the taste of egg whites so it doesn’t bother me! I always look forward to eating, too, and think it should always be appealing. Amen! Thanks for your comment!

Trisha April 27, 2011 at 6:28 am

Good luck! You will totally rock it. I try to only eat natural sugars in fruits and yogurt. That is usually my “dessert” if you will. My body likes it…I never have the highs and lows of sugars & sweeteners. And it still tastes great!

kristastes April 27, 2011 at 6:44 am

I go through phases where I am really good about limiting sugar intake and then have a sugar binge like your weekend festivities. When I was 19, I was going to participate in a medical study at school and they did all sorts of pre-testing and told me I was pre-diabetic and should ‘deal with that asap’. I was not overweight, worked out regulary but drank all the time back then. After they told me my terrible glucose stats, I cut out the college binge drinking and stopped eating ice cream and sweets every day. The ice cream was way harder than the alcohol since penn state has its own creamery and like 15 diff ahhhhmazing flavors. Long story short, I definitely need to watch my sugar and I am not always good about it!

Sarah April 27, 2011 at 6:53 am

i’ve never really thought about my sugar consumption. i’m sure it’s up there though! i eat a lot of the things that you mentioned from your pantry that contain added sugar. good luck with this challenge! it definitely seems like you’re really good at focusing on a goal and completing it, so i’m sure you’ll rock this!

Emily April 27, 2011 at 6:56 am

1. I recently (and finally) incorporated snacking in between meals into my daily eats. I have been researching what the healthy ratio’s are for my body type (fat, protein, carbs, and that loved/hated item: sugar) I am getting mixed messages. So, I haven’t really applied any of this infol. to what I eat everyday yet. If I understood some of my research correctly, excess sugar may be stored as fat! (meaning consuming more than the body uses) Here is an interesting (and very lengthy) post about sugar that might interest you.

2. I have not considered adding Stevia to be adding sugar… I use “Stevia in the Raw.” ((Perhaps I should do more research instead of assuming?)) And do you like “No Bake Cookies?” You know, chocolate, peanut butter, oats… YUMMY! Well, I have an oatmeal concoction that is my new absolute FAVE right now. I posted the recipe on this blog post: If you made the oatmeal without Stevia, you would be sticking to “no sugar added” since I used unsweetened cocoa powder. Today, I made a slight alteration. Instead of 1/2 cup of almond milk, I used 1/4 cup of almond milk and 1/4 cup of dark chocolate almond milk (the dark chocolate almond milk certainly has more sugar than the regular. Oh my wordy word, it’s amazingly delicious.) I couldn’t believe how decadent my oatmeal tasted this morning.

I loved your post today! Really got the wheels in my brain turnin’ this morning. Thanks!

janetha April 27, 2011 at 8:59 am

thanks for the link to the article, i will have to check it out. excess sugar definitely gets stored as fat! you are right about that. i learned that with body for life.

i am trying to eliminate sweetened things all together, so i am nixing stevia, although i think that is the best choice if you are going to sweeten something. thanks for the link to the cookies! i am a fan of healthified no bake cookies and make them often!

have a great day, emily!

mering4 April 27, 2011 at 6:59 am

Good job girl!! It will be a fun challenge for you! You are so good at them! :) I gave up sugar for Lent…which was basically the exact same plan as yours. FYI – cinnamon puffins don’t have ANY added sugar!! SCORE!!! One thing that was a staple for me during my 6 1/2 weeks of no sugar was fruit strips! They had no added sugar, but basically tasted like candy! Whenever I was craving something really sweet, I would eat one, and it really helped me get through it! I also changed my nut butters to only ones with peanuts in them and now I prefer them over the ones with added sugar!

p.s. LOVE Marshall’s advice! Thanks Marshall!!

brandi April 27, 2011 at 7:07 am

isn’t is weird how cinnamon can makes things taste sweet without any sugar at all? That’s how I finally weaned myself off of splenda a few years ago. I started adding just cinnamon to my oatmeal, and now i love it like that!

you did great, and your meals yesterday all looked awesome! especially that dinner. yum.

anytime you want to come visit in VA, you can make me a tofu scramble :)

321delish April 27, 2011 at 7:08 am

Great challenge! Question though…why cant you make your own trail mix and put in chocolate chips? if you eat chocolate chips on their own is it added sugar? Or since they are a food on their own would be considered un added sugar?

janetha April 27, 2011 at 9:03 am

i think my post above was misleading–i took the chocolate chips OUT of the trail mix. the rest of the mix is raw nuts and seeds and shaved unsweetened coconut and unsweetened raisins. i can totally make my own, but i have a HUGE bag of this stuff that i eat each day.. and so i will just be picking the chocolate chips out this week. chocolate chips definitely have added sugar in them. to get chocolate in during this challenge, i would have to eat unsweetened chocolate in cocoa or solid form.. thanks for your Q!

Marlow April 27, 2011 at 7:09 am

I can’t believe all the added sugar!! Eek!

Sugar gives me such a headache! I can’t have more than one cookie without getting a headache. Plus the sugar hangover. Not worth it!

Lisa (I'm an Okie) April 27, 2011 at 7:14 am

SO SO INTERESTING. I can’t wait to see how you feel at the end of the week.

I’m very impressed with how thorough you are as well.

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