Sugar Freedom Challenge – Wrapping Up

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Congratulations, we DID it!  Eight weeks of progressively eliminating sugar from your diet is no small feat!  Whether you held strong the entire time, or slipped up a time or two, give yourself a pat on the back.  Even if you completely fell off the wagon, we applaud your effort, and hope you at least gained:

  • Awareness of where and how you consume sugar,
  • Knowledge of the harmful effects sugar can have on your body,
  • Understanding of which sugar sources are less damaging or even beneficial, and
  • Some guidelines for minimizing your overall sugar intake.

So now that the challenge is over, where do we go from here? Continue reading

Minimize Fruit

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You know the saying, “An apple a day…”  But is that really advice you should heed?

Fresh fruits, generally, are nutritious and healthy to consume.  They are a great source of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals, but they also contain the sugar fructose. This natural sugar is accompanied by nutrients the body needs, which is why we prefer it to, say, the sugar found in a can of soda or a donut. Too much sugar, though, no matter where it comes from, can have negative effects on your body and overall health.

Excess sugar (the amount beyond what the body needs to function) gets stored as fat. Continue reading

No Alcohol

No Alcohol

Imagine having to give up alcohol for NINE WHOLE MONTHS?!?! Giving it up for a measly two weeks doesn’t seem so bad then, does it?  But why cut alcohol at all?  Is it really that bad?

Alcohol has no nutritional value, so truly does not belong in your diet.  What does that mean, “no nutritional value”? Continue reading

Let’s Be Real

Let's be RealWe’ve now been educated about the negative side effects of consuming sugar.  We can recognize sugar’s many names and forms, and we’re working really hard to eliminate it from our diets.  So what about those “sugar free” or “diet” products – are those good alternatives when that sweet tooth craving seems too much to bear?  In a word, no, but let’s find out why. Continue reading