We did it! My hubby and I conquered Week I of War on Sugar. Both training for IM Florida this year we decided we had to do SOMETHING about eating all the crap we eat. I've seen some other "Crappy Food Avoidance" threads, and wanted to share how things are going in the battle. We set up the rules as follows:
- No added sugar in foods for 6 days/week.
- "Sugar Days" on one weekend day each week when we can eat whatever yummy goodness we've been craving (aka ice cream)
- Race Days and Holidays count as "Sugar Days" within reason/moderation.
- Training aids (sports drink, Clif Shot Blocks, gel, etc) not included DURING WORKOUTS
It helped SO much to be going through this together! I work 24 hour shifts at the Fire Department where there is access to ice cream 24/7...so I needed to have him available via text message to give me a swift kick/talk me through making good decisions during stressful days.
I learned that I have a MSG sensitivity!! No kidding, unexpected results. I've cut out caffeine recently too and thought mid-afternoon headaches were part of the caffeine withdrawal symptoms. I would use caffeine and sugary snacks as a little "pick me up" when I would get these headaches and just thought it was a normal part of the day. Now my headaches are VERY pronounced when I eat MSG and completely absent when I don't. Who knew!?
The lunches I send with hubby are getting HUGE! I want him to have plenty of good things to eat so, but seriously, I'm going to have to sending him to work with a Coleman cooler !
I'm having trouble giving up my favorite treat of a little natural peanut butter mixed with honey. Honey doesn't count, does it? ;-)
I'm *learning* to deal with plain yogurt. Icky in and of itself... but if I add blueberries or other fresh fruit... MmmMmm. Hubby still won't touch it...can't really blame him.
Week II Challenges:
I'm off duty this week, so I have more time to veg at home and munch my way through the cabinets. Thinking we might have to rid the cabinets of the addictive white substance very soon....The good news is, I'll have more time to shop and plan menus so we'll have healthy stuff on hand.
Going to look into cutting out any remaining artificial sweeteners.
Still undecided about added sweeteners to Soy milk... What exactly is Cane Juice or whatever they use?
Am I missing anything?
For what it's worth,