No sugar, including juice, or simple carbs (or artifical sweetners) for 10 days. Done. Finished. Successful.
- water with lemon for diet snapple, lemonade, diet coke, and everything else
- fruit and almonds for popsicles that I thought were all fruit, but have added sugar. And for cookies, popcorn, and candy
- some brick like brown thing labeled as 100% whole wheat bread with no sugar (that got tossed) for fabulous bread from our farmer's market
- 100% whole wheat pasta and a bunch of veggies sauteed in a little olive oil for some amazing spinach ravioli from a local Italian store
- hamburgers (twice, once at a restaurant) with no roll instead of a Garden Burger with a roll at home and a burger with a roll at the restaurant
- broccoli instead of french fries (at restaurant)
- salsa with no sugar for salsa with sugar
- cheese and almonds in a plastic bag for lunch at the mall (I was by myself.)
- nothing for popcorn at the movie
- Fage yogurt fat free with fresh fruit instead of same thing with added honey (Fage is 100 times better than any other yogurt...)
- baba ghanoush with no added sugar for baba ghanoush with added sugar (labels people!)
- No cereal for cereal with sugar (threw out the cereal).
The relationship between public policy, the sugar industry, and what we eat is fascinating and infuriating. And when did this happen? In 1977, the government first proposed a recommended diet that called for reducing the amount of fat, sugar and sodium. The sugar lobby went nuts and the final recommendations eliminated any mention of sugar. Consumers listened and freaked out about fat. That's when we got on the low fat, fat free craze. Since fat tastes good, companies substituted sugar to make up for the fat. We all got used to the taste of sugar in everything. While the movie doesn't mention it, this is also when a lot of moms went to work outside the home, and prepared foods, take out, etc. took hold. The rest is history. (I am NOT blaming moms here!)
I realize I only heard one point of view, but look around and the reality is that
- lost 6 pounds
- sleep better
- feel good about doing something to improve my health
Problems with the Fed Up Challenge itself: there is no clear list of what is and is not acceptable. Triscuit has 100% whole wheat flour, salt and oil. Was that ok? Were tortilla chips ok? Popcorn? I didn't eat them because I quickly wanted to use this opportunity to lose weight. But I think they are ok. I think the point was to eliminate sugar and artificial sugar, and that was clear, but there was no message on the other stuff. And I got recipes sent to me, one of which included white pasta!
Is this sustainable?
No idea, but most 60 something overweight women do not change their eating habits. That is reality. However, my sense of fair play (don't want my money supporting bad public policy), and my desire not to have a stroke are strong motivators. I want to sustain it. Dinners (making separate dinners for us is not going to happen), eating out, and traveling will be a challenge and therefore, I intend to be reasonable about keeping with the challenge most of the time -- we love pizza! I'll let you know how it goes!