Hi, my name is Deanna and I’m a sugarholic.
You: Hi Deanna!!! [Cheering and applause appreciated. An Arsenio Hall “roo, roo, roo” fist pump is acceptable, as well.]
So here’s the deal. I’ve gained a liiitttlllle weight. Like a smidge (if a smidge equals a few pant sizes and I’m pretty sure it does). I’ve also noticed my skin not looking as glowing and dewy as it used to. Hey, I’m pretty sure this weight gain and negative face transformation has nothing to do with:
- Eating candy every day
- Downing coworker’s cupcakes near the water cooler
- Adding spoonfuls of sugar to ice tea, coffee, cereal, grapefruit
- Making things like this or this and telling everyone “it’s for the blog”, meanwhile eating half the leftovers
Could I be addicted to sugar? And please, let’s not read into the fact that I’m eating a cookie as I type this. Total coincidence.
If you’ve watched any of the morning shows like Good Morning America, you might have heard Katie Couric discuss her new film Fed Up. It’s about obesity in America and how it’s not us who are to blame, it’s sugar and the food companies who are putting unnecessary refined sugars into our foods.
Here’s a little 7 minute video about sugar addiction you might find interesting:
What Katie Couric and the makers of the move Fed Up want us to do:
Take the 10-Day Fed Up Challenge (more details to come)
Here is what I’m going to do:
I’m willing to give it a try. I’m going to experiment with not eating sugar to see if I notice any changes like:
- Will I have withdrawal symptoms?
- Will I lose any weight?
- Will I feel better?
- Will I sleep better?
But between you and me – I’m hoping that the experts are totally wrong because I would love to continue popping Sprees like they are one of the main food groups.
The Sugar Addiction Action Plan
Do you have a sugar addiction? If you were drooling over the above candy pics and are about to leave this website to go dig through your sweet snacks, yes you do. So let’s do something about it together! Purty please join me in going on a 10-Day No Added Sugar Challenge.
What we’re going to do together:
Not consume any added sugar for 10 days. (official rules to come)
2016 Start Date: January 11. Although if that doesn’t jive with your schedule, like you have plans to eat your way through a vacation in Italy that week, I get that. Start when you get back. Whatever is convenient for you. Go here for the official 2016 announcement.
What I hope you will do:
Chime in with your comments, gripes, thoughts, cravings. Anything you want to say. Let’s start a conversation about this. Let’s be more healthy. (I need buddies when it comes to doing hard things!)
I will post the official rules of the challenge and more about this in the coming weeks. But in the meantime, start to notice how often you are eating sugar. Just be aware of it.
I promise that if we do this 10-Day No Sugar Challenge together, afterwards I won’t become a crazy health nut and start coining phrases like “The War on Chocolate Cake”. If that happens, rest assured that my brain has been altered by aliens.
Okay friends, who’s with me? Check out the Rules for the Fed Up Challenge!
Here are some great Kitchen Snob recipes that are Sugar Free:
Impress YourMother-In-Law Avocado Toast
Herbed Basmati Rice (instead of white rice use brown rice)
Easy Pan-Seared Pork Chops
Fresh Green Beans with Caramelized Onions and Bacon
Marinated Vegetable Salad