Last Friday the movie FED UP was released in limited theatres across America. Unfortunately, Tampa is not one of the major cities it is showing in, but from all of the media attention this documentary has been getting, I have a pretty good idea of what it's about (you can read more about the FED UP movie and 10-Day Sugar Free Challenge here). I look forward to seeing it and hope it will be released to a wider audience soon and checking out which movie-goers in the audience are drinking their super-sized sodas while eating a large buttered popcorn with extra butter! Hahaha!
Let me begin by saying that I am in no way a dietitian, nutritionist or fitness expert. Anything I post here is purely my own opinion, based on my own experience. I am just like you–trying to figure out the good from the bad–in order to live a life that is healthy and full of energy rather than one that is dependent on medications or "the system" to make me healthy due to the poor decisions I made. Everyone has a choice on which lifestyle they want to live. I choose healthy.
For the most part, I believe I do live a healthy lifestyle. I work out 4-5 times a week, my cholestral and blood pressure are low and I get between 7-8 hours of sleep each night. I do drink alcohol on the weekends, I gave up soda several years ago, don't eat fast food and I don't consider myself to have a sweet tooth. My one weakness though are crackers. It's the texture and crunch that I like!
I've been reading through several of the posts on the FED UP fan page on Facebook. It looks as though there are just as many people excited about the challege as there are those confused and stressed out by it. There are those giving encouragment and some who "seem to know everything." There are those that believe the challenge is going totally sugar free for 10 days and those that believe the challenge was set up to stay away from added sugar. I found this on the FED UP resource page...
...so while there are people taking this challenge who are giving up ALL sugar, I am giving up foods with added sugar. If it was to give up all sugar, why would one of the tips in our daily email today suggest to stock your fridge with "fruits, vegetables and other fresh foods"? Apples, carrots and other fresh foods have natural sugar in them! In addition, I believe this challenge is to also encourage people to stay within the recommended daily allowance of sugar which is 6 tsps for a woman. As a side note, 1 teaspoon is equal to 4 grams of sugar. That makes things easy to figure out when you are looking at food labels. They don't list the amounts in teaspoons, they are listed in grams. Do the math.
So this is what my Day One food intake looked like: (I referenced food labels and referred to my Fit Bit dashboard for the amounts of sugars in the food)
Post work-out | Two hard boiled eggs=1.2 grams sugar
Breakfast | 3/4 cup Fage Greek Yogurt, 1/2 cup fresh mixed berries, 1/4 Grape Nuts cereal = approx. 17.5 grams sugar
Lunch | Quinoa with grilled chicken and mixed roasted vegetables = 4 grams sugar
Snack | sliced cucumbers with hummus = 2 grams sugar
Dinner | poached chicken breast on a bed of spinach, cherry tomatoes, julienned carrots sauteed in olive oil and garlic, feta and a drizzling of balsamic vinegar = 11.8 grams sugar
Other | I nibbled on almonds throughout the day. Probably about a 1/2 cup = 2 grams
Sugar intake for the day: 38.5 grams
Recommended Daily Allowance for women: 24 grams.
WOW!!! I totally blew it!!!
This was really interesting because nothing I ate had added sugar. This is going to be harder than I thought. I am so used to counting calories, fiber and protein that never really paid attention to the sugar intake. The last few minutes has been a real eye-opener! Granted these are approximate totals, but it is still giving me a good idea of the amount of sugar I took in.
This has really left me confused about things. I mean in my head I am eating healthy? Aren't I? Isn't it better that the sugar you DO intake during your day comes from natural sources instead of it being altered in a lab and added to you food? I'm so confused! What do you think?
It's 10pm and I am going to have to rethink my meal plans for tomorrow! Thanks for reading!