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Day 19 – No SUGAR

So the food companie think their slick! Change the name & we won’t know the difference. Sugar has over 200 different names & forms. It is difficult to identify all the sugars all the time, but it is possible. Once you get past the learning curve it becomes easier & easier. The main thing to remember is anything that comes in a box or can is usually bad. If you stick with whole foods….. fruits, veggies & fresh meats you can steer clear easily.

Today I wanted you to see the names of sugar and it’s counterparts. I can not take credit for this list, except for the beautiful presentation of course! I got this list from Rips & Curves. Check out her facebook page. Amazing information all the time. https://www.facebook.com/RipsandCurves

I am back on track. The weekend is here & I am determined to stay focused. Check back in on Monday to see how I do?!

 

Sugar part 1

 

sugar part 2

Day 15 – No Sugar

Don't Stress

It is really hard for me to admit this but I fell off the no sugar wagon this weekend. It’s scary to admit to the whole world your faults. Especially when you are in a position of leading others on their fitness journey. I’m still just a human, like you I have to say no to my cravings & get back up when I fall. Failing is inevitable, it’s part of the process to success. How else would we learn? I believe my success is not based on “IF” I get back up, but solely on “HOW QUICK” I can get back to my feet. Weather or not to get back up is no longer an option because I have committed myself to an extraordinary life! When I do fall back into average behavior, the question becomes; “how long will I stay there in my mediocrity”? That is the test against which I measure myself.  I’m back in the saddle today. I don’t promise you perfection but….. I promise to keep it real.

Here is where the breakdown happened. While going to get my nails done with a girlfriend on Saturday I could smell the aroma of fresh bundt cakes from the bakery next door. In an effort not to tempt you I will not give you any further details about the decadence that I ate…. but let me just say it was WORTH it. Meaning this wasn’t just some day old dried up bundt cake. I reasoned with myself….. this is a great way to see how this will make me feel tomorrow?! Well it made me feel horrible…. but it didn’t even take until tomorrow…… it took all of about 30 minutes & I hit a brick wall! Yep, the sugar made me crash. Within 30 minutes I was so tired I could barely stand.  I also started to feel like I had a head cold. Scratchy throat, stuffy nose, my eyes began to water. I couldn’t believe what a quick & drastic reaction I was having.

The next morning was just as I suspected. Achy muscles, still a scratchy throat, watery eyes & a stopped up nose. I know this feeling all too well & I know how to handle it….. WATER & EXERCISE! Lots of water & sweat will flush the sugar right out of your system.  Today I am still not 100%. The lethargy is still hanging around & I could only make it through about 15 minutes of my work out.

success really looks like 1

It’s amazing how sensitive your body becomes when you clean it out. It was not made to run on sugar that is one thing I know for sure. If you are on this journey & you have fallen off, don’t beat yourself up. The great thing is you can start fresh every moment. One good decision can lead to the next. The most important thing is you get back up. Don’t let one little set back cause you to quit.

If you are on this journey or thinking of trying it…. I would love to hear from you! Your questions/concerns are welcome. Send me an email jessica@destinydesigner.be

 

Day 8 – No Sugar

Candy-Sweet-Wallpaper

 

My weekend was EVENTFUL & INFORMATIVE! Now to share what I have learned.

SUGAR is in EVERYTHING!!! I think I already said that a few times…. but it’s in like everything. Unless you are going meats, veggies & fruits there is going to be sugars. I am really focusing on eliminating added sugars. Natural sugars occur in fruit, honey, coconut & lists of other natural foods. So my main focus has become eliminating the ADDED SUGAR.

The average American consumes 22 teaspoons of added sugar a day, which amounts to an extra 350 calories. Most added sugar comes from processed and prepared foods.  Sugar-sweetened beverages and breakfast cereals are two of the most serious offenders.

The AHA suggests an added-sugar limit of no more than 100 calories per day (about 6 teaspoons or 24 grams of sugar) for most women and no more than 150 calories per day (about 9 teaspoons or 36 grams of sugar) for most men.

There’s no nutritional need or benefit that comes from eating added sugar.

One of the fastest & easiest ways to cut out some added sugar…. Watch What You Drink!

The average can of sugar-sweetened soda or fruit punch provides about 150 calories, almost all of them from added sugar!!! Usually high-fructose corn syrup. That’s the equivalent of 10 teaspoons of table sugar.

 

So how am I feeling?! I wish I could say I have the discipline to live a sugar free life forever….. but I know better! I feel fantastic! I gauge how I feel based on what is happening in my body first thing in the morning. Usually I wake up tired….. after 7 – 8 hours sleep. My eyes water in the morning & my muscles ache depending on exactly what I ate the day before. So eliminating the sugar has made a HUGE change in how I feel! The biggest is I keep waking up before the alarm goes off. I feel rested & ready to start my day. I am SO EXCITED for this change. I believe in the long run I will switch to honey in my coffee. I have been using Stevia for the past week & I just can not get used to the after taste. This week I am going to try a product called Xylitol.

Xylitol is a five-carbon sugar (five carbon atoms in the molecule) unlike most other sugars, which have six. This subtle difference means it helps prevent the growth of bacteria. It’s a healthier alternative.

Xylitol

 

More info here: Planet Organic Xylitol Natural Sweetener, £3.19, www.planetorganic.com

I have included a few links where I found some info, if you would like to read more.

http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/carbohydrates/added-sugar-in-the-diet/