After my post about should I or shouldn’t I go sugar free…a few little birdies popped up and said YES and we want to do it to. In a completely selfish move, I realized that if you are willing to take this journey with me then I will be more likely to succeed.
Spoonful of Sugarfree is also stepping in to assist in providing some amazing tips for how to go sugar free. We will be running the Sugar Free Challenge from June 1 to June 10. The goal of this period is to help reset your body and taste buds… so you might be cutting out a few more things than you think of as just refined sugars.
What Not To Eat
Syrups (cane syrup, rice syrup, corn sryup, 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, Stevia)
Fruit juice: Yup that's right you need to nix this because of high sugar content
Advanced: If you already have a very low sugar diet or want to see what a complete sugar detox feels like you will also remove “sugar forming foods”. This includes: all starchy root vegetables like sweet potatoes, carrots, bananas, quinoa millet and buckwheat.
What To Eat
MORE importantly let’s focus on what to eat…WHOLE FOODS
Fruits of any kind (recommended to eat whole fruits and not dried at this point)
Vegetables: Especially cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower
Protein: Eggs, meat, beans, dairy, avocados, nuts
Spices: Cinnamon, vanilla, allspice, ginger, nutmeg
Most of us realize that sugar isn’t great for our bodies, but until recently the research hadn’t been strong enough to give us more reason than weight loss. I have a complete post on all the ways sugar is harmful.. but in case you don’t click back.. here are a few:
Addictive: “Sugar can be addictive, wielding power over the brains of lab animals much like a craving for drugs, according to Princeton University scientists.”
Too much sugar blocks leptin in your brain and your body can’t tell when it’s full…this is part of why we are now in an obesity epidemic
Toxins: Our liver holds on to toxins and fat when we eat too much sugar…so we need to clean it out by cleaning up our food choices.
May be a leading cause of cancer - creating insulin which feeds cancer cells and scientist are working to prove the theory that it causes them to grow faster
I requested some tips on how to get prepared for this challenge and you can find her list of how to get prepped here. While I wish I could comply with the BIGGEST suggestion of getting all sugar out of the house, this is my journey and not one that Mr. BMX is interested in taking. So I will need to find ways to avoid all of his sugary treats.
DURING THE CHALLENGE
During the challenge we will be providing you with sample days of eating (low sugar snack ideas here), more information about sugar, tips, tricks and hopefully a lot of useful advice to keep all of us healthy and moving forward!!! Alex has a great list of recipes for you to checkout…yes they are sugar free and tasty dessert ideas.
Right now, I am gathering recipes and planning to clean out those cupboards…so by June 1 we will all be ready to rock and roll.
AFTER THE CHALLENGE
For me personally, this isn’t about going sugar free for life. It’s about removing that “I MUST HAVE A TREAT” feeling. Ideally we would take this first 10 days and the momentum we have gained to go for 28 days per the Dr. Oz plan: “It takes 28 days to detox from most addictive substances, and sugar – hidden in fast food, low-fat options and condiments – is certainly an addictive substance.”
Are you up for the challenge? If so here is a badge you might choose to place on your blog and you can SIGN UP in the form at the end of this post. I want to make sure I have everyone’s blog or email address so I can link to you on the site and get feedback from you or feature you on the site as well.
You can copy the image below and link to: http://www.runtothefinish.com/2011/05/10-day-sugar-free-challenge.html