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I survived Day 1 of the Fed Up (No Added Sugars for 10 Days) Challenge, mainly due to a loophole I discovered yesterday afternoon.
WINE IS ALLOWED! I repeat, you are allowed to drink wine on this challenge!
You are only prohibited from having foods with added sugars, therefore, wine is perfectly acceptable. Hooray! Thank you to my friend Marla for pointing this out to me.
Here’s what I ate yesterday…
Breakfast: Oatmeal made with whole milk, butter, and salt. Coffee w/ half-and-half. Water.
Lunch: Toasted Ezekiel bread with mashed avocado and red pepper flakes. Peanuts. Leftover roasted potatoes and carrots from dinner. More water.
Dinner: Veggie Chow Mein. White wine. Water.
Snacks (throughout the day): Tostitos, sesame sticks, and pretzels.
I had high expectations for dinner, but the recipe was
a little bit very frustrating. It said to soak the rice noodles for 6-8 minutes, by which time they should be ready.
Well, I guess all rice noodles are not created equal because mine required 25-30 minutes of soaking. So by that time, my veggies were all soggy. It turned out okay, but I learned a lesson– always check the instructions on individual ingredients in the recipe.
The only foods that I really had to turn down yesterday were Cinnamon Swirl toast and chocolate-chip cookie bars that we made on Sunday. I had made the Cinnamon Swirl toast for my son and he didn’t eat it. (My instinct is to eat what the kids don’t eat before I make myself a whole other meal.)
This brings me to a partial failure from yesterday. I realized early on that I hadn’t planned enough no sugar added meals that my kids would eat. So when my daughter saw the Cinnamon Swirl bread in the cabinet and asked for toast, I just said “yes.”
Then I was making her lunch for daycare and I realized that everything I usually pack for her has added sugar. So she got PBJ on crackers, like usual. And one of the chocolate-chip cookie bars. Oops!
So I will try to serve them meals with no sugar added for these 10 days, but I think it will be more of a long-term process to swap out our “go-to” lunches and snacks with more suitable replacements. Although I don’t know if there will ever be a sugar-free replacement for a PBJ, right?
We are done with juice, though…which cuts out between 20-30 grams of sugar in their diets each day (and that’s just from one glass of either the Tropicana with Calcium or Ocean Spray Cran-Apple that I used to give them).
Back to my own eating, I kind of feel like being allowed to have wine makes this challenge sort of lame. But now I have learned that there are all sorts of sugar free challenges. There are ones like this one, the Fed Up Challenge, that focus on no added sugars to make you realize how there is sugar in things you never imagined and it all adds up throughout the day.
And then there are sugar free challenges that are actually no sugar at all, meaning NO WINE and no fruits that have sugar either.
This makes me wonder whether I will even see a difference in my health/attitude/anything from just cutting out added sugars. I’d like to eventually try a strict NO SUGAR AT ALL detox. Just not right now.
Anyone else trying this? How have you been doing?