Sugar, sugar everywhere!! But we just can’t get enough. The more we have, the more we want. I know this to be true as “My name is Jackie and I’m a recovering chocaholic”.
You see, sugar was my best friend. Sugar, and in particular chocolate, made me feel good. We had some great times together. Like the time when I was breastfeeding the twins and would sit down at night after a hard day in the feeding chair and consume a whole 250g block of Cadbury Hazelnut Dairy Milk. Or the good times we had on the trip back from the supermarket as I would crack open the packet in desperation as couldn’t possibly wait until I got home. I would often tell myself I would have just a small portion or just one row, but chocolate was my friend, how could I spend less time with my friend? I never did just have one row. For me, it was all or nothing!
I used to tell myself it was ok, I deserve this, I’m breastfeeding, I don’t need to lose weight, I’m active and healthy, It won’t hurt. Until one day, around the time I was studying the effects of sugar on the human body, I discovered obesity related diseases like diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease are not only associated with what size we are, they are also associated with what we put in our mouths. Don’t get me wrong, my nutrition was good. I was eating clean, apart from the sugar.
The more I learnt about the science of the human body and the effects our nutrition had on it, the more scared I became of my friend. I decided for my own health it was time for us to part ways.
As I couldn’t have just a small amount it was cold turkey all the way! I’ve been clean for almost 3 years now. Don’t get me wrong, I could scoff a whole dairy milk in an instant but what’s the point.
I tell you this story because I want you to help you to be the healthiest version of you and I want you to understand that I know it’s hard! It’s hard to cut back or even contemplate going without sugar. But It can be done.
This brings us to our focus of term 3. You guessed it, “Shunning Sugar”. The first thing we would like to do is create an awareness of how much sugar we do actually consume in our western diets.
We want to create this awareness by running a “short term challenge”. You know how much we despise a short term challenge here at Crabtree Fitness, its all about positive lifestyle change for the rest of your life, for us!! But this one is more about education and awareness and a challenge that may give you the skills to be a stronger person than you think.
Starting next week (we are giving you a week to think about it and get your head in the game) we would like you to go cold turkey, sugar free FOR ONE WHOLE WEEK!!
Our Shunning Sugar challenge will begin Monday the 21st of July. For those who are willing to take part in our challenge, we will give you the opportunity to put your name forward for accountability via social media or email next week when we go into the challenge in more detail. Don’t feel obligated to put your name down if you feel pressured. Have a think about it, you need to be strong and ready!
We will be creating a hash-tag #shunningsugar so that you can get involved by posting on Instagram/Facebook etc. You can show us how well/bad you are going. Get on board with friends or work colleagues, spread the word this week. While you’re at it start checking nutritional labels on your food to find out what has sugar added, it’s not just the obvious things we are avoiding here. Breads, sauces, cereals, condiments can all contain sugar.
SHUNNING SUGAR RULES:
DO NOT CONSUME ANYTHING CONTAINING SUGAR, NO SOFT-DRINK, NO ADDED SUGAR, IF YOU’RE NOT SURE CHECK THE LABEL IT PROBABLY DOES
NO ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS (they are just as bad but more about them later in the term)
What sweetness is allowed?
Fruit, dried fruit, honey-THAT’S IT!! No maple syrup or stevia or rice malt syrup.
As sugar is more available than ever before, portion sizes are up and more foods have added sugar to make them taste better, it’s easy for us to be consuming way too much!
The recommended daily intake of sugar for an adult is around 6 teaspoons of sugar. But the average adult is consuming around 22 teaspoons daily and that figure is going up.
How much are you having? Keep a little tab on it this week, have awareness, you may be surprised how much has crept into your diet. For those of you who haven’t met our friend “diabetes” we will be bringing him along this week.
Remember, we are giving this advice and offering this challenge so that you can be “the healthiest version” of you! The healthier we are the more we reduce our risk of disease and that makes us feel good!
The following is a trailer of a documentary that was released in theatres around America last month but unfortunately I couldn’t find a date for release in Australia yet. It highlights where America is going wrong fighting the obesity epidemic and exposes the dangers of excessive sugar consumption. This is closely related to our focus- “Shunning Sugar”
P.S. This Thursday our 17th July our early morning bootcamp will be at the Buninyong Primary gym as Damascus is unavailable. (6.15am)