Monday, August 1, 2011

I'm Going Sugar Free for 14 Days

With the Tri coming up in less than 2 weeks, I felt I needed a bit of a challenge to make sure I keep my eye on the prize.  I know, the Prize technically is the Triathlon, but since I'm participating as a relay, I'm having a hard time staying focused- and I really don't want to rest on my laurels thinking "Oh it's just the swim, it will be fine"  because I don't want to just do fine- I want to kill it.

Something last week- that of course I can't for the life of me remember right now, got me to thinking about how much sugar we consume every single day.  And its in everything not just the obvious things like pop and candy bars...  Milk!  Ketchup (I actually don't eat or like Ketchup but I'm trying to make a point here)

According to the USDA  a woman should eat NO MORE than 25 grams of sugar every day.  TWENTY FIVE GRAMS.  

Do you know how many grams of sugar are in say,  a can of pop?  27...  in ONE can of pop.

How about in Yoplait Yogurt?   In just regular old Plain Jane Vanilla Yogurt-  17 grams of sugar in one serving

Milk?  12Grams of Sugar (for 2%)  Skim Milk 12 grams

Turn that into Chocolate Milk you have a whopping twenty six grams of sugar-  almost as much as a can of pop!

The point is- life has become dominated by sugars... so I'm going to do a two week expirament on myself.

Starting Tomorrow:  Monday, August 1st 2011...  I'm going to keep track of and try and stay under my daily sugar intake allotment.  And, I am going to attempt to avoid processed sugars completely.  The only sugars I will have are naturally occuring sugars, like the ones in fruits...  and obviously the ones I can't avoid (like in Milk)    We'll see how close I can stay to the 25 gram requirement each day.

It should be an interesting two weeks.

I welcome your suggestions if you've gone sugar free :)


Becky Durham said...

I did it for Lent this year. I went through withdrawal for the first three days and was always hungry (even though I was eating enough calories). BUT, eventually, the withdrawal symptoms ended and I felt great. Good luck! I think I need to do it again.

The Tubby Triathlete said...

Thats awesome! I think you should do it again! We could be sugar free partners!! :-D