I’ve decided to quit sugar…for 6 weeks. The perils of sugar are everywhere you look. How the brain responds to sugar like it responds to cocaine, how it’s making us tired and fat, how we’re all addicted to it and the food industry is perpetuating this addiction with no concern for our wellbeing. There are documentaries, news reports, scientific studies, and even comedic takes on our sugar addiction (John Oliver fans, anyone?).
According to the American Heart Association, women should consume no more than 6 teaspoons (25 grams) of sugar per day and men no more than 9 teaspoons (38 grams). It can be hard to track how much sugar you’re consuming, but I’m pretty sure that most of us eat far more than that on a given day.
I tend to pick savory over sweet, so I imagine that I probably consume less than the average person. However, as a 30-something, I do find myself gaining weight and getting tired more easily. I have trouble focusing in the afternoons and I really have a hard time getting up in the morning. When a friend suggested that we both go sugar free for 6 weeks, it didn’t take much for me to agree. I do love a good challenge!
There are a variety of programs out there that we could follow (I have Sarah Wilson’s I Quit Sugar Cookbook which I intend to use for some recipes), but we decided that rather than follow a program we would just focus on consuming ZERO added sugars, even natural sugars. No white sugar, brown sugar, agave, honey, corn syrup, etc. We’ll stick to moderation on other things such as fruit, bread, cheese. After 6 weeks we will slowly reintroduce sugar into our diets.
Week 0: A recap
I’m starting today! I’ve gone sugar-free for short periods of time before, but never for this long. I’m looking forward to trying this out, and having a friend do it too makes me a little more optimistic.
I think that the toughest part for me will be sauces and snacks. So many packaged sauces are loaded with sugar! Most salad dressings are a no go, as are flavored yogurts, nut butters, and lunchmeat.
I’m hoping to:
- Gain more energy
- Get clearer skin
- Gain creativity in the kitchen
- Lose weight
Here we go, it starts now!
Have you ever gone sugar free?