No Sugar Challenge Week One Complete!

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Week 1 of the no sugar (added sugar) challenge complete! Overall consensus seems to be that no one really needs sweets and added sugar. However, we are finding ourselves to be addicted and have addictive habits around sugar, and that needs to come to an end. The first week was pretty easy for me, only two times did I want something sweet and only once did I give in.

 Giving up sugar for one week made me realize that sugar is not necessary, but we often experience triggers that cause a desire to consume sugar. We all noticed that external stressors and work environments are the main triggers for sugar. The two times where I experienced a break down for sweets were the days where the to-do list is miles long and the work keeps piling up then our roof leaked, and got water all over my night stand at home. I just wanted a god damn cookie and my Mom to come and make it all go away. Adulting is hard and sugar can be a short-term comfort to stress.

Read below for everyone’s report on how the official week one with no added sugar went and be sure to read next week’s post as we talk about where we are finding the most added sugar in our day to day lives!

Anna

Q1) What time of day is the hardest for sugar cravings? What are you doing to combat cravings?

A)“I am craving or wanting to eat something sweet at night, I actually thought the 3-4pm time would be the hardest for me. However, I would say that first 15 minutes after dinner and then anytime past 11pm I want something sweet!”

Q2) Have you caved in and indulged in some sugar? Spill it! Don’t worry this a judgement free zone, focused on progress not perfection!

A) “I often crave a sweet treat after we finish dinner, but by the 3rd day I didn’t want anything sweet and the dessert train seemed to come to a painless end. However last night I finally cracked and went in for some chocolate chips! I probably had around 15, I didn’t feel that guilty eating them, but I was up writing blog posts doing emails and working it was around 11:30 pm and I had a snack attack.”

Q3) Where are you finding excess and added sugars. this could be coffee creamers, mustards, pasta sauce etc.?

A) “I was already pretty good about reading labels. I make my own salad dressings, and we don’t eat granola or cereals, so I don’t consume hidden sugar. I do find ordering coffees out to be a pain since I don’t eat diary or soy, I rely on nut milks and at all the coffee places they often have a nut milk with added sugar. So lately I have been drinking black coffee if I get a coffee out, at home I make my own cashew milk with just a sprinkle of sea salt. The only pro here is that I am saving a ton by skipping my almond milk lattes which normally run me almost $7!”

Q4) Are you feeling better? Getting better sleep? or still feel the same? please elaborate!

A)“I would say I feel better, not exponentially but I feel lighter have more consistent energy throughout the day. I think I am getting better sleep and fall asleep much quicker!”

Justin

Q1) What time of day is the hardest for sugar cravings? What are you doing to combat cravings?

A) “10am, 2pm, and 8pm. This typically has to do with finishing a meal. After breakfast I like to have a granola bar, or maybe 3, after lunch I just get tired and coffee has stopped working at that point, so I look to graze on junk food. After dinner, I just love the idea of dessert!”

Q2) Have you caved in and indulged in some sugar? Spill it! Don’t worry this a judgement free zone, focused on progress not perfection!

A) “NO!! I have been good so far, haven’t had one gram of added sugar! The 6th day was really difficult because I had a super long work day so I was craving junk food, but I was able to avoid.”

Q3) Where are you finding excess and added sugars. this could be coffee creamers, mustards, pasta sauce etc.?

A) “Bread, some savory snacks sneak sugar in and I’ve been missing my ketchup and honey mustard!”

Q4) Are you feeling better? Getting better sleep? or still feel the same? please elaborate!

A) “Yes, I am feeling better. I never get a whole lot of sleep anyway (usually around 5 hours) but I’ve found that my sleep is much higher quality and I’m able to be much more productive throughout the day and I don’t come home in a horrible mood!”

Liz

Q1) What time of day is the hardest for sugar cravings? What are you doing to combat cravings?

A) “Afternoon and evening.”

Q2) Have you caved in and indulged in some sugar? Spill it! Don’t worry this a judgement free zone, focused on progress not perfection!

A) “Yes. Friday, a cookie. Today, (Sunday) I had a hot fudge Sunday. I have been snacking on a mix that has dried fruit in it. Oh, I did put honey in my tea.”

Q3) Where are you finding excess and added sugars. this could be coffee creamers, mustards, pasta sauce etc.?

A) “I think sugar is hidden everywhere. I don’t add it to anything.”

Q4)Are you feeling better? Getting better sleep? or still feel the same? please elaborate!

A)“I would say I’m doing better. My sleep has been a little erratic. I realize more than ever that I think of sugar as a reward, I need to wrap my mind around the more I can control my impulsive behavior towards it. Once I see the cookie ice cream in my mind I obsess about until I eat it.”